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Last year we launched our venture fund, ChubbyBrain Ventures.

Like all VCs, we are also top decile.

This is largely the result of our proprietary dealflow. See Exhibit A below.

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We analyzed M&A and IPO activity since 2013 among private smart home companies and created a timeline of acquisitions activity. One of this year’s notable acquisitions was Ring‘s purchase of Zonoff.

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We analyzed financing trends to the food and beverage space since 2013. Deals jumped to a new high of 102, worth $350M in aggregate disclosed equity funding.

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That Zhong, Zhong, Zhong, Zhong, Zhong

Recently, Zhong An filed to raise $1.5B on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In light of the news, we look at the company's products, partnerships, and regulatory landscape.

SoftBank's Vision Fund

The SoftBank Vision Fund, first announced in October 2016, has now closed at least $93B of a target $100B to invest in global technology companies – making it the largest tech investment fund in history. We rounded up thoughts from top VCs and other players in the tech ecosystem in response to the fund.

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Lend Academy. A podcast on insurtech featuring CB Insights senior analyst Matt Wong (@mlcwong).

Inc. A look at IoT startups to watch with a reference to CB Insights investment data.

Deal Street Asia. A look at the most active India tech investors with a mention of CB Insights on the subject.


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Smart home M&A on the upswing

Corporate acquirers in the space have included tech giants Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Apple. See the timeline.
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Food & beverage deals hit new high

Beverage startups, including Soylent, Bulletproof, and High Brew Coffee drove much of the growth in Q2'17. See the data.
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Unpacking Zhong An’s IPO prospectus

Taking a deeper look into Shanghai-based Zhong An Insurance's products, partnerships, and regulatory landscape. Check it out.
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What the SoftBank Vision Fund means for tech investing

The world's largest-ever tech investing fund is raising concerns over deal value, volume, demand, and supply. Read about it.
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