Robotics funding trends. Top 100 active CVC firms. Agricultural and chemical giants.
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So looks like Diplo, the DJ and songwriter, has raised $900,000 of a $3M round for something called Ballertronix.

A couple of weeks ago, we broke news about Chamillionaire's financing.

And yesterday, our data on Gawker's valuation vs other media outlets featured this image.

I couldn't be prouder.


Barn burners

With 35,000+ votes in, here are the closest match-ups by % of votes in our VC March Madness bracket after day 1.

Lowercase Capital 54.31

Kleiner Perkins 45.69

Intel Capital 50.35
Felicis Ventures 49.65

Spark Capital 51.50
SV Angel 48.50

Round 1 ends March 27th so vote for the VC you'd want in your Series A round today.

Robots R'Us

We look at funding to robotics startups over the last 5 years. Funding to private robotics companies nearly doubled in 2015, and in 2016 thus far, nearly 15 companies have raised an aggregate of $89M in funding.

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Top 100

With the number of CVC units hitting all-time highs, we list out the most active corporate venture arms, based on the number of unique startups that they invested in worldwide. Intel Capital leads followed by Google Ventures.

Agribusiness corporates

We look at how agricultural and chemical corporates have been investing in private companies across industries including biotechnology, mobile & telecommunications, energy & utilities, and internet. 

We narrowed the list down to the 14 most active corporates and corporate venture arms in this space, including Dow Chemical and DuPont.

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

NY Times. The on-demand dream isn’t translating into reality. Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) digs into the reasons why, referencing CB Insights on-demand industry data.

Bloomberg. Yoolim Lee (@yolimleenews) interviewed Gobi Partners’ Thomas Tsao about a new seed fund with Malaysia Venture Capital Management targeting Southeast Asia. Investors are seeking to capitalize on growth in the region, as reported in the latest Venture Pulse report from CB Insights and KPMG.

Seeking Alpha. Citing a CB Insights Mosaic ranking of HR Tech startups and recent funding, Seeking Alpha (@seekingalpha) says LinkedIn still has some major hurdles to growth.

Sydney Morning Herald. InsurTech funding is driving dramatic change in the insurance industry, writes Ruth Liew (@Ruth_LiewAFR), citing data from CB Insights’ new Insurance Tech Insights.

Wired. The warnings signs for failing companies go deeper than down rounds, writes Jessi Hempel (@jessiwrites), citing The Downround Tracker and CB Insights data on new unicorn companies.

Vator. Could consumers pull the wearables market out of its slump? Steven Loeb (@Stegrelo) reports on CB Insights funding data as well as public company stocks and consumer adoption.

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P.S. SoFi, valued at $4B, is the 2nd most valuable fintech unicorn in the US. Mike Cagney, the CEO of SoFi, is going to be speaking at the Future of Fintech Conference. Boom-shaka-laka.

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54 startups providing infrastructure for the on-demand boom

Checkr, a company that offers background screenings, just raised a $40M Series B. See what other companies are providing tools and services that make the on-demand economy possible.
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Funding and deal activity to robotics see new highs in 2015

Investors are piling into robotics. Funding to the category, excluding drones, was up 115% in 2015. Innovation Works, Intel Capital and High-Tech Grunderfonds were the most active VC investors. See the data.
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The 100 most active corporate VC firms

The number of active corporate VCs hit record highs in 2015. Here are the 100 most active corporate venture units. See the list.
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Big chemical and agribusiness corporates: where they're investing in biotech, ag tech, and food

We identified the 14 most active agricultural and chemical corporates and corporate venture arms active in private market investing and dug into their bets ahead of the DowDupont mega-merger. See the list.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles on private companies, venture capital, emerging industries, and innovation.

What lack of VC conviction looks like. Patrick Meenan (@pmeenan1) of Arthur Ventures says VCs that lack conviction have the founder educate them, make sure the historical metrics meet their investment requirements, and then see if there is a vision.


Breaking down the drone stack. Michael Dempsey (@mhdempsey) of Rothenberg Ventures shares thoughts on drone infrastructure, services, hardware, and other elements within the drone ecosystem.

AI applications. Matthew Zeiler (@mattzeiler), founder and CEO of Clarifai, says AI can help make humanity better, not just by winning games or driving cars, but also by addressing some of the not-so-great aspects of human nature.

Insights from two years of "driven" founders. Andrew Oved (@andrewoved) of FirstMark Capital shares some of his learnings from best -in-class founders, hackers, and designers.

SaaS growth. Jason Lemkin (@jasonlk) says in SaaS, 50% to 60% growth year-over-year means the competition isn't as big of a deal as you think.

Thirsty? take the water. Dave Kerpen (@davekerpen), founder and CEO of Likeable Local, conducted an unscientific study that tested the results between taking a beverage offer and not taking a beverage offer during meetings.

The riskiest hire. Beth Miller (@srexecadvisor) says for most entrepreneurs, the first sales representative is their riskiest hire.

Five questions with Kyle Russell. Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) interviews Kyle Russell (@kylebrussell) on his journey from reporter to a16z venture capitalist.
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