VCs in HR tech. Early-stage exits. Tracking active mutual funds.
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Let's build a wall. A really tall wall.


One of my favorite posts recently looked back at what CEOs of big companies said about emerging challengers. It's fairly hilarious (or sad) to see how incumbents discounted Apple, Salesforce, and Netflix among others.

My favorite quote came from 2010 and was made by Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of Time Warner, who had this to say about Netflix.

Incumbents often delude themselves into believing they have an insurmountable wall around their business.

The reality is that the walls they have are getting harder to maintain. See the S&P 500 lifespan below and its downward trend as one indicator.

And this looks like it will accelerate as the pace of technology adoption increases.

This is a really interesting graphic by Barry Ritholtz about the march to a billion users. It's remarkable how quickly some of these platforms have gotten there. 

VCs in HR

In 2015, HR tech saw $2.4B in funding across 383 deals. In the following infographic, we ranked VCs by their unique HR tech investments over the past 5 years.

Early exits

Most VC-backed tech companies that exit do so before making it to the Series C stage of their lifecycle. In fact, we dig into the data and find that nearly half of VC-backed tech companies exit at the seed or Series A stage. 

One of the better article corrections, ever

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 and our data.

CNN Money. Sara Ashley O’Brien (@saraashleyo) dives into the IPO discussion quoting @asanwal on the likelihood of companies going public

South China Morning Post. Alice Woodhouse (@alicemuwu) uses our data on global investment in her piece about a new accelerator program in Hong Kong.

Investors Business Daily. In his article on artificial intelligence, Brian Deagon (@BrianDeagon) cites our funding data on AI startup, Sentient.

DCInno. Chris Bing (@Bing_Chris) references our data on VC demographics in his post about an investment fund that will be created to fund and grow startups launched by minority founders.

It's mutual

We analyze the activity of the most active mutual fund investors in tech companies, focusing on the five mutual funds that have made the most bets on tech startups in the past 5 years. We find that they have slowed their investment pace sharply in the second half of 2015.

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The most active VCs in HR tech and their investments in one infographic

a16z, 500 Startups, and NEA are the three most active investors in HR tech startups. See the infographic.
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Nearly half of tech startups exit at the early-stage

When looking at the last round raised before exit, the data shows one-fourth of exited tech companies don't go beyond the seed stage. See the data.
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Tracking the most active mutual funds

T. Rowe Price has done the most deals cumulatively, with nearly 50 deals to tech startups since 2011 including Zynga, Flipkart, and Warby Parker. Read about it.
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The Blurb

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

How we were building the wrong product for the last 10 months. Alex Flom (@alex_flom) talks about all the changes he had to make to his startup's analytics product.

Corporate equity investing in biotech. Bruce Booth (@lifescivc) says corporate equity investing has been a significant positive over the past decade, and that the role of CVC investing is likely to change.
Life Sci VC

Thoughts on gender and radical candor. Kim Scott (@kimballscott) of Radical Candor, Inc. discusses gender issues that make it harder for both men and women to be candid at work. 
First Round Review

Twitter taught me that I don't want to be an investor. Leena Rao (@leenarao) writes about how former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer lost money on Twitter.

How we built code at Netflix. In this post, Netflix (@netflix) describes the tools and techniques used to go from source code to a deployed service serving movies and TV shows to a large audience.
Netflix Tech Blog

Idea generation. Amjad Masad (@amasad) of Facebook discusses the "antifragile" concept present within John Carmack's (@id_aa_carmack) theory of idea generation.

The biggest deal I ever turned down. Randy Komisar, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers explains why he regrets turning down an early opportunity to invest in a music streaming startup.

Musings on media. Om Malik (@om) of True Ventures dives into the reality of media today and what media entities need to do in order to be successful.
Om Malik
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