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.
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
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.
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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