Global unicorn count. China investment in the US. Genomics 101.

International edition

Hi there,

Did you know there are some new unicorns in the world of artificial intelligence? Yes, private companies worth over $1B that focus on AI.

That was quick.

And we got 2 of the biggest coming to The Innovation Summit.

I'm excited to announce that the CEOs of Cylance ($1B valuation) and Sentient Technologies (just raised $103.5M in Nov 2016) will both be joining us at The Summit. Both Stuart of Cylance and Antoine of Sentient have a great vantage point into where AI is headed so we're excited to hear where they see AI going. They join an already insanely amazing speaker lineup in case you've not seen.

We're also into round 2 of the AI 100 to identify the 100 most promising private AI companies. We received over 800 applicants in total so competition is stiff.

Allons enfants de la patrie

We just issued our first-ever French tech trends report in partnership with La French Tech. Get the 33 page report here. France's funding tallies in Q3 exceeded Germany and were near UK levels.

Get the full report.

So you like cost synergies, eh?

In yesterday's newsletter, we featured some corporate M&A jobs. People loved that isht.

So today, we've got some VC & investment jobs. See below.

If you are a VC or PE client with an open position you want in front of 212,000+ of the smartest, most beautiful people on the planet, ping me.

Sequoia. Microservices. You.

You've still got time if you're a microservices startup to apply for our AMA with Sequoia Capital next week.

Apply here (only if you are involved in the microservices ecosystem).

Silicon Valley wants out

According to an article in Fusion, there is a movement in California by the "Silicon Valley elite" (translation: 5 people) to get the state to secede from the Union. (article in The Blurb)

According to the article, the group now has a Slack channel which means that these guys are not messing around.

1 unicorn, 2 unicorn

We look at which countries are home to the most unicorns private companies valued at $1B+. Of the 174 unicorns, 96 are headquartered in the US, with China coming in second at 37.

Opacity be gone

After we broke details of Postmates' and Wish's financing rounds and valuations, we got some questions about how we get that data.

Without giving away the secret sauce, here is some info on how we get Enhanced Private Company Valuations (pdf) which now appears on the CB Insights platform. 

Powerful chart

A look at real income gains as a result of globalization.

China in the US

We analyzed the US-based investments of Baidu, Alibaba & financial affiliate Ant Financial, Tencent, and JD. The annual US-based deal total by the four rose nearly 5x between 2012 and 2015, but the numbers have declined since.

Want to be a VC?

Some jobs in VC and investment. Remember, if you land a gig, you have to buy at least 2 Answers-level subscriptions. Thank you.

If applying, read this advice from 45 VCs on how to break into venture.

Here are the gigs:

Not a job in VC but FirstMark Elite is a summer internship program for the portfolio companies of FirstMark Capital.

Genomics 101

We dive into genomics and look at the key trends and opportunities within the space. Deal activity broke 100 deals for the first time in 2015 and the fastest growth is happening at the earliest stages. 

The Industry Standard

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

The Memo. Oliver Smith (@oliversmitheu) looks at startup investment in France and cites CB Insights data on financing trends to private tech companies in the country.

Chicago Tribune. Guy Turner (@guyhturner) shares his thoughts on the 2016 presidential election and references CB Insights research on startup failure.

Times of Israel. Shoshanna Solomon discusses corporate investment into Israeli IoT startups and cites CB Insights funding data.

Have a great rest of the week. 

Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian, just know that I love you.


P.S. Get our 33-page report with La French Tech that looks at emerging trends, investments, and active investors in France. Download it here.

Seed/Angel Watch
Here's a look at select early-stage deals from the past week.

1. Arex raises a second $3.34M tranche of a seed VC round
The online marketplace raised from investors including Lifeline Ventures and Local Globe.

2. OnlineTyari raises $2.1M seed
The ed tech company focused on exam prep solutions raised from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

3. PetCoach raises $2M seed VC
The digital pet healthcare platform raised from Comcast Ventures.

4. Doctible raises $2M seed VC
Doctible, an online healthcare marketplace, raised from Bootstrap Incubation.

5. MachineMetrics raises a second $2M tranche of a seed VC round
The developers of real-time production monitoring software for manufacturing companies raised from Long River Ventures and MassVentures.

US still holding strong with most $1B+ startups, China a distant second

The UK leads the European market, with 7 companies valued at $1B+ in the private markets. Check it out.
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US startup investments by China’s internet giants slow in 2016

A detailed look at the US startup investment trends of Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and See the data.
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Understanding how the genomics revolution is changing medicine

Genomics has the potential to change medicine. Our webinar can help you track some of the major trends. Read about it.
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The Blurb

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

Technology and national security. A podcast covering everything from technology procurement to the politics of industrial policy and ethics debates around use-cases for new technologies.

AI is not magic. Andrew Ng (@andrewyng) dives into what artificial intelligence can and cannot do right now.
Harvard Business Review

California to secede. Kristen V. Brown (@kristenvbrown) looks at a proposed movement on behalf of the "Silicon Valley elite" to secede from the Union.

Blockchain will revolutionize publishing. Don Peppers (@donpeppers) on why blockchain technology offers the possibility of resurrecting the business of creating and selling intellectual content.

LinkedIn Pulse

The tipping point for bots? John Brandon (@jmbrandonbb) on the idea of bots possessing more "proactive" features.


You don't need a master plan. Bryce Roberts (@bryce) believes startups are overdosing on ambition these days, and that it could be beneficial to start small and give your ambitions room to grow. 
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