Soon-to-launch insurance tech startups. Q4'15 European trends and investors. Driverless disruption.
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Porsche's CEO Oliver Blume yesterday commented that the company doesn't plan to develop self-driving vehicles. "An iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road," he said.

We talked about this approach to disruption in our recent startups & corporate innovation webinar. It reminded me of comments by CEO of Blockbuster, John Antioco, back in the day about Netflix or the more recent comments by Brian Moynihan about robo-advisers.

Let's see how it plays out this time. History is not on Blume's side.

Launch claims

From just-in-time insurance apps to P2P carriers, here are eight insurance tech startups planning a full roll-out of their services in 2016 or beyond. 

I am embarrassed by this

Have you ever been to an amusement park and played that game where horses race and their pace is determined by the amount of water you shoot into a target?

Many years ago, I'd thought that it'd be a good idea to make a urinal that did this.

I dream big.

In any case, CB Insights took me away from my urinal king dreams, but yesterday I discovered this company that has turned the urinal into a guitar. It is fully integrated and works with MPee3s.

Eyes on Europe

Although funding to European startups fell in Q4'15, the decline in funding and deals globally was far more dramatic globally. We dig into the trends and top investors in Europe.

This is fantastic

Back in 2009, WhatsApp founder Brian Acton tweeted out that he'd gotten turned down by Facebook.

He went on to co-found and sell WhatsApp to Facebook for $19B.

Guess that worked out alright.

Driverless disruption

With autonomous vehicles, tech and (some) auto companies stand to gain. But many industries from fast food to discount hotels to real estate could face serious upheavals unless they are able to adapt to the many changes self-driving cars will bring to the market.

I love you.


P.S. Join us for our digital health / health IT webinar on February 10th. From wearables to EMR/EHR, we'll cover all the technology, funding, and exit trends in the space. Register here.




Venture capital funding, unicorn births, and mega-deals plummet in Q4'15

2015 was a banner year for VC... until the end. See the data.
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Insurance tech startups that are planning to launch in 2016

Soon-to-launch insurance tech startups include stealth startup Ladder, aspiring carriers in health and P&C, and a couple of startups looking at micro-duration coverage. See the list.
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Funding to European startups dips in Q4'15, but Europe is more steady than other regions

Among the top European financings of Q4'15 was a $100M Series D to food delivery startup Deliveroo, led by DST Global and Greenoaks Capital Management. See the data.
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Industries other than auto that driverless cars could turn upside down

Fast food, real estate, hotels, and airlines — many large industries will have to shift their strategies in the wake of driverless cars. See the list.
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The Blurb

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

Things we learned as a new VC fund. From making team decisions to fundraising, Bernard Moon (@bernardmoon) of SparkLabs Global Ventures lists the top 12 lessons the company has learned over the last two years.

How Soylent and Oculus could fix the prison system. Shane Snow (@shanesnow), co-founder of Contently, claims Soylent could provide every inmate with a balanced diet and an Oculus Rift headset would grant access to social situations without the risk of violence in a prison yard or gym.
Man Eating Robot

San Francisco bubble. Lawrence Finn, a principal engineer at AppNexus, believes that San Francisco is in a financial and social bubble separate from the real world.
Deep Thoughts with Larrold

Nothing beats growth. Angel investor Jeffrey Carter (@pointsnfigures) says startups that don't grow fast tend to die slowly.
Points and Figures

How we built a tech startup without tech. Mike Wilner (@mwil20), co-founder of Hellocompass discusses his technical inability as a handicap that had its advantages, since it forced him to learn how to sell and build a business not just a product.

Fund level vs deal-by-deal carry. VC Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) talks about how losses and gains are treated in a venture fund by comparing two compensation models.

Lists are the new search. Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) of Andreessen Horowitz dives into discussion about searchable databases vs curated lists.

Smart bathroom mirror. Max Braun (@maxbraun) of Google writes about his experience building a smart mirror for his bathroom that shows the time, weather, and news.
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