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Benchmark Capital teardown. HR tech funding growth. Global exit activity in 2015.
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Benchmark Capital teardown

We dive into Benchmark’s investment and exit trends as part of our investor teardown looking at a range of dimensions from industry strategy to deal size to notable partners.




Software eats the back office

HR tech is a hot category, with both funding and deal activity leaping to new highs in 2015. We dig into funding trends, most well-funded companies, and active VC investors in HR tech (aka human capital management), which includes tech-enabled management of human resources, staffing, recruiting, and employee benefits.





Unicorn with rainbow shooting out of its bum

I presented at the Montgomery Summit this AM about the private markets. Here is my presentation looking at the bubble vs not debate which has been raging for the last 6 years.

The unicorn rainbow image is in the presentation, btw. Enjoy.


Crossing the finish line

Tech exit activity was up in 2015, with 14% more exits in the year than the previous year. We break down these exits by region and highlight the top 52 markets globally by exit activity in 2015.




Industry standard

CB Insights is the authority on emerging tech, venture capital, and startups. Here's some of the latest media articles featuring CB Insights data.

BloombergTV. Emily Chang (@emilychangtv) interviews reporter Mark Milian (@markmilian) and CB Insights senior analyst Matt Wong (@mlcwong) about our data on mutual funds investing in startups.

The New York Times. In her opinion piece “The Art of Failing Upward,” writer Kate Losse (@katelosse) looks into the need for more diversity in tech, citing data from our Human Capital Report.

GeekWire. Madeline Vuong (@madelinewriter) covers our research on tech giant M&A activity: Microsoft was the most active of the big tech companies in 2015, while most other heavyweights pulled back.

SiliconBeat. Reporting on Uber’s costly overseas expansion, Marisa Kendall (@MarisaKendall) refers to the CB Insights Unicorn Tracker, a running list of private companies valued at $1B+.


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Benchmark Capital teardown

Silicon Valley stalwart Benchmark has added Jasper Technologies to its tally of $1B+ exited investments. Benchmark also was early to invest in unicorns such as Uber, Snapchat, and Docker. See the teardown.
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HR tech startups see over 60% funding growth in 2015

Deals also leapt in the year. Rounds to Zenefits, OneSource Virtual, and FXiaoKe accounted for a big chunk of funding. a16z and 500 Startups are the most active investors in HR tech. See the data.
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UK and India lead international exit activity in 2015; US still ahead overall

Canada, Germany, and India were among the top-ranked markets for tech exit activity in 2015. Read about exit trends.
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The Blurb

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

Retail venture capitalists. Ben Carlson (@awealthofcs) says individuals hoping to cash in on startup investing through mutual funds or other vehicles should remember that the majority of companies that they invest in will go bust.

A Wealth of Common Sense

What it's like to risk it all in Silicon Valley. Claire Cain Miller (@clairecm) writes about Nathalie Miller's (@nathaliequynh) experience with starting her own company, Doxa.
New York Times


Why startups leave. Chris Nyenhuis (@cnyenhuis) says to think of a startup as a highly motivated student athlete who goes through different growth phases.
Columbia Business Times


All about network effects. Anu Hariharan (@anuhariharan) dives into network effects, and the relevance of this topic to tech businesses especially.
a16z


Why you should put yourself out there and try new products. Mark Suster (@msuster) says trying new products allows you to learn about the latest technology, which is helpful when it comes to investing.
Both Sides of the Table


The moneyball approach to sales. Sahil Mansuri (@7kindsofsmoke) discusses the SDR recruiting process, and says it is important to focus on hiring for headcount quality not headcount volume.
Medium


Economic contribution by city. Jeff Desjardins (@jeff_desjardins) shares a visual that shows the United States' economy based on the relative economic output of each metropolitan area.
Visual Capitalist


Anything worth doing takes years. Jon Westenberg (@jonwestenberg) says you can't set short time frames and that success takes a solid amount of time commitment.
Medium
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