Top tech startups in Europe. Investors in top ride-hailing companies. How to get into venture capital.


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European Startup Union

Europe is home to prominent startup and innovation hubs like Berlin, Stockholm, and London. Our newest infographic looks at the most well-funded VC-backed tech startups across Europe by country based on disclosed equity funding. Seven of the companies in our infographic are unicorns.


With Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber China, we look at how the deal affects investment into the ride-hailing space. We mapped out the investor networks of the 5 most well-capitalized ride-hailing companies, including Uber and Didi Chuxing, as well as Lyft, Ola, and Grab, who were not directly involved but will undoubtedly see repercussions from the deal as they each have ties to Didi Chuxing.

How much does * cost in ______?

Someone used Google's autocomplete feature to see cost obsessions by country.

Here's South America.

And here's Asia.

How to get into VC

We thought it would be useful to see how some experienced VCs (and newcomers) got into venture capital. We compiled a list of quotes that describe the ways VCs have entered into the space which includes their advice for others looking to do the same. 

% Renewable energy by country

Norway is almost 100%. Day-um.

Big oil's bets

Over the last few years, oil and gas giants have not shied away from investing in private companies innovating in diverse areas including cleantech, biofuels, battery tech, wearables, and chemicals. We analyzed the investment activity of 23 corporations and corporate venture arms, including Chevron Technology Ventures, Shell Technology Ventures, Castrol innoVentures, and more.

The Industry Standard

Bloomberg. Tim Culpan (@tculpan) features CB Insights valuation data in this commentary on the Uber-Didi Chuxing deal.

Fortune. Erin Griffith (@eringriffith) predicts we’ll see more mergers among unicorn companies, citing CB Insights acquisition data.

DealStreetAsia. Infocomm Investments and NTUC Income, an insurance co-op in Singapore, are launching an accelerator. Shiwen Yap (@shiwenyap) refers to CB Insights data on the funding flowing to insurance tech.

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The most well-funded tech startups in Europe

Our map infographic shows the top tech startups mapped by European country, as determined by funding totals. They include Spotify, Delivery Hero, and BlaBlaCar. Check it out.
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How the Didi-Uber China deal redraws the ride-hailing landscape

In the wake of Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber China, we analyze how the deal adds another level of complexity to the tangled webs of investment in the ride-hailing space. See the investor map.
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45 VCs offer advice on getting into the game

Want to break into the VC world, but not sure how to do it? There's no sure way, but here's a compilation of quotes on how some notable VCs got to where they are. Check it out.
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Where oil and gas corporations are investing across cleantech, wearables, and big data

We visualize and analyze the private market bets made by oil and gas corporations, including the venture arms of Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobile, BP, Saudi Aramco, Statoil, and many more. See the data.
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The Blurb

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

Paradigm shift machine. Alex Danco (@alex_danco) says the modern tech industry can be thought of as a "paradigm shift machine," in which technology changes the equation around scarcity, increasing access to resources like irrigation, entertainment, and software and upends industries in the process.

You don't need a CEO. Vinod Khosla (@vkhosla) believes founders should lead and innovate and are best fit to run their own companies.
Startup Grind

Satellite launchers. Michael Dempsey (@mhdempsey) looks at whether satellite launchers are the most overcrowded pickaxe in space.

Opposition to innovation. Steven Overly (@stevenoverly) dives into why humans often oppose new technologies and why the pattern continues today.
Washington Post

The training gap. Tom Brakke (@researchpuzzler) talks about what he calls a "persistent and destructive training gap" in most investment organizations.
Research Puzzle Pieces

The golden age of open protocols. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) says one of the problems we have in tech is that there aren't large monetary incentives to create and sustain open protocols.

Think, decide, act. Russell Fleischer on leading and making decisions through tough times
Battery Ventures
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