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In Canada they refer to unicorns as narwhals, eat smarties instead of M&Ms, and say parkade instead of parking garage. Eh? It's Canada Day today and to mark the occasion we highlighted 120+ startups, investors, and exits that have shaped Canadian tech

Have a great weekend (and a happy July 4 holiday to our US readers). 



P.S. We've also published periodic tables on the UK, Germany, Israel, and India.

The Week In Data
  • 1,098: Between 2011 and 2015, a total of $6B was raised in global artificial intelligence funding across 1,098 deals to private companies in the space. Learn more about AI trends from our webinar that took place earlier this week. The recording and slides are available here if you missed it.
  • -$2.5B: The hit in overall valuation taken by Zenefits which went from $4.5B to $2B in a stock repricing, according to Fortune. We've added this event to our Downround Tracker, which includes down rounds, as well as stock price declines, and down exits.
  • 11,000: The number of bots now on Facebook’s Messenger platform, according to Messenger head David Marcus. The impact of bots on financial services was also a topic at our recent Future of Fintech conference.
  • $1M: The amount of revenue generated by the CB Insights newsletter in the last year, according to this write-up in Fast Company
  • 193M: US regulators are investigating a death in a Tesla Model S while the autonomous mode was activated. Tesla described the death as a “tragic loss” and noted it was the first death in 130 million miles traveled in Teslas with autopilot activated, while among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles.
  • $1.4B: VC firm Kleiner Perkins raised $1.4B with $1B for a new digital growth fund, and the balance for an early-stage fund. The investment firm is one of our 24 smart money VC investors. We’ve recently covered smart money’s bets in food deliveryreal estate tech, and fintech.
  • 8: The number of deals made by the most active New York VCs investing in New York startups in 2016, according to Shai Goldman of Silicon Valley Bank. His results, based on a query using CB Insights data, shows Bessemer Venture Partners and Greycroft Partners at the top (tied with 8 deals to New York startups). RRE Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and ff Venture Capital also enter the top 5.

  • 64%: Inflation-adjusted home rents have risen 64% since 1960, but incomes are only up 18% in the same time period. With the US becoming less affordable for many renters, broker-free listing and search services are just one way in which startups are working to help reshape residential real estate

  • 100 feet: Amazon is building three giant spheres outside its new offices in downtown Seattle to house over 300 plants that are endangered species. The 100-foot tall domes are scheduled for completion in 2018.
  • 8,000: The number of fireworks injuries in the month of July 2015, in the US. That’s more than 5x times as high as the number of injuries in any other month. Sometimes seasonal patterns in data are crystal clear. (h/t @_cingraham)

  • 9,000: The amount of times New Yorkers have used the DoNotPay bot to challenge traffic tickets. In London, where it was first released, 160,000 of 250,000 tickets have been successfully challenged using DoNotPay.

  • 40%: According to a report by human resources consulting firm Mercer that looks at women in the workplace across 42 countries, women are expected to make up just 40% of the professional workforce by the end of the next decade. Globally, women make up 33% of managers, 26% of senior managers, and only 20% of executives.

Tweet of The Week

Here's what the team at CB Insights has been talking about.

Mosaic Momentum Alerts

These startups saw the biggest uptick in their Mosaic momentum scores in the last week. 

The CB Insights Mosaic algorithm is a National Science Foundation-backed score that tracks the health of private companies using public data.

1. PeerStreet+290
PeerStreet is a real estate lending marketplace. Investors include Felicis Ventures and Guggenheim Partners.

2. Endava+170
Endava is an IT services company.

3. DNAnexus+160

DNAnexus has created a DNA data management and analysis platform that provides instant online genomics data centers for researchers and sequencing service providers alike.

4. SingleHop+140
SingleHop is a provider of hosted private clouds, managed hosting, and infrastructure-as-a-service. 

5. AHAlife+130
AHAlife is a curated marketplace that sources products from around the world.

6. SnapAV+110
SnapAV is a manufacturer and distributor of installation-friendly audio, video, and CCTV products to residential and commercial A/V integrators.

7. Catchafire+110 
Catchafire makes skill-based connections between professional volunteers and other non-profits. 

8. Liaison Technologies+100
Liaison Technologies is a global integration, data management and data security company.

9. OptionsAway, +100 
Options Away allows users to hold flights for days or weeks while finalizing travel plans. Investors include Thayer Ventures and OCA Ventures.

10. Drobo+100
Drobo, formerly Data Robotics, makes data storage products for small and medium businesses and individual professionals.

The Week's Top Deals
We tracked 390 deals totaling $3B in the last week. Here's the top 10. Run this search on CB Insights to see them all.

1. Shanghai Yupei Group raises $433M at IPO
The China-based warehouse developer and operator had previously raised from The Carlyle Group, among other private equity investors. 

On a recent fundraising spree, the China-based ridesharing company raised additional capital from Poly Group, a state-owned trading and real estate conglomerate, at a $27.6B valuation.
The China-based healthcare consultation app maker raised from China International Capital Corporation, among others. 
The Bethesda, Maryland-based healthcare facility lessor raised at a $109M valuation. 
Based in Culver City, California, the socially-conscious online retailer and grocer raised from Cross Culture Ventures,, Greycroft Partners, and Invus Group. Thrive Market has a membership model similar to Costco, but for every membership sold the company sponsors one for a low-income family. 
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company invests in real assets in the renewables industry and raised from Wood Creek Capital Management.
The China-based online recruitment company raised from China Mobile and Matrix Partners China at $1B valuation. 
The company develops AI-powered robotic toys and raised from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Two Sigma Ventures.
The IoT platform developer raised from 3NOD, Acorn Pacific Ventures, ANTS Capital, Cisco Investments, Crosslink Capital, International Finance Corporation, Linear Venture, Mitsui & Co., SAIF Partners, SJF Ventures, and Voyager Capital.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company is focused on gene-editing technology. New backers in the Series B included Clough Global, Franklin Templeton Investments, New Leaf Venture Partners, and Wellington Management. 
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