Corporations are often quite good at incremental, flavor innovation. When they get it right, 1+1=3.
The below product is an example of things going just right.
Of course, it's the disruptive, discontinuous innovation that big corporations often struggle with, but that's a topic for another day.
Of course, incremental, flavor innovation doesn't always go perfectly. Exhibit #1 is this cookie. Are you serious with this?
Round 1 results are in - Series A VC bracket
Alright sports fans (aka VC / tech geeks), round 1 of our VC bracket has concluded with just over 67k votes.
Round 2 features several battles between titans. A few that the CB Insights team is dialed into include:
Expert analysis: We're expecting these VC firms to come out of their locker rooms fired up and to leave everything on the floor. The key to each game will come down to getting more votes than the other firm.
- Social Capital vs Lowercase Capital
- Union Square Ventures vs Thrive Capital
- Spark Capital vs Benchmark
- First Round Capital vs Khosla Ventures
Round 2 ends on April 3rd. Make your picks now.
Growth equity takes a hit
As funding and deals to venture capital-backed companies pulled back in Q4’15, we analyzed whether a similar trend was evident in the activity of 18 growth equity investors.
So when the bubble pops, will this nonsense end?
If you like wearing shoes, we're doubling the size of our engineering team and hiring full-stack developers and software engineers in test.
HR tech landscape
HR tech startups raised $2.4B in 2015. With funding and deal count reaching all-time highs, we mapped 125 startups in HR tech addressing productivity, recruiting tools, freelancer and contractor hiring, perks, job search, operations, payroll, and insurance.
Betterment in the house
If you're a fintech junkie (yes — that's a thing), you probably heard that Betterment raised a $100M Series E from Kinnevik earlier today.
It makes Betterment the most well-funded "robo-adviser" and with a valuation of $700M, one of fintech's most highly valued private companies. The graphic below from their CB Insights profile highlights them versus some similar companies for total funding.
I'm excited that Betterment's CEO, Jon Stein (@jonstein) will be joining us at The Future of Fintech Conference.
We're going to have a lot to talk about including:
- The company's decision not to go for a unicorn valuation this round in favor of better terms
- Their decision to launch a white-labeled institutional business
- The growth in their just launched 401k business
Get your tickets before March 31st (when they go up by another $1k)
In addition to Jon, we have 41 other amazing speakers including:
- Mike Cagney, CEO of SoFi
- Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures
- Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir
- James Hobson, COO of OnDeck Capital
- Jeff Glueck, CEO of Foursquare
- Pat Grady, Partner at Sequoia Capital
The battle for consumer goods
Consumer packaged goods giants like Procter & Gamble are under attack from private companies addressing some of their largest product categories.
We look at the investment into private CPG companies globally and see that funding to private CPG companies overall has increased in every year since 2011.
CB Insights is the authority on emerging tech, venture capital, and startups. Here are some of the latest media articles featuring CB Insights data.
TwentyMinute VC. Harry Stebbings (@HarryStebbings) has a great interview on the podcast with Satya Patel (@satyap) of Homebrew, who names the CB Insights newsletter as one of his favorite things to read alongside the blogs of Fred Wilson and Brad Feld.
Fortune. In her interview with JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes, Leena Rao (@leenarao) cites CB Insights data on the rise of corporate venture.
FirstMark. VC Matt Turck (@mattturck) delivers the State of IoT in 2016, with CB Insights data on funding and the omnipresent corporate players.
Reuters. Japan’s big banks are hoping new regulations will allow them to invest more in fintech ventures. Thomas Wilson (@tomwilson1983) uses CB Insights data on the country’s dearth of VC-backed fintech upstarts compared with China and other markets.
Miami Herald. In a profile of Miami’s Home61, Nancy Dahlberg (@ndahlberg) uses CB Insights data on funding to real-estate tech to put things in perspective.
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P.S. Yesterday's newsletter which covered a diss of Airbnb by The Four Seasons and LinkedIn's UX critics got gobbled up by overzealous spam filters. It also had a picture of executive worshipping at the throne of Silicon Valley. Read it.