Disrupting payments. Poor exits. End of the acquihire.
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This week's top 10 research briefs:

The year in tech tweets - a look back at 2015
From VCs crying "bubble" to Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca crossfire, we did a retrospective on the year by digging up our favorite Tweets.

Big pharma bets: where they're investing across digital health, biotech, and medical devices
Where Roche, Novartis, Merck and others are making their private market investments.

109 startups disrupting the payments industry
From point-of-sale solutions to money transfers, payments makes up one of the largest categories within the larger fin tech industry.

How many startups sell for less than they raise?
As The New York Times analysis of once high-flying unicorn Good Technology showed, some exits are busts. And they're happening a bit more frequently these days.

Venture capital funding, unicorn births, and mega-deals plummet in Q4'15
2015 was a banner year for VC activity...until the end.

The end of the acquihire
Silicon Valley's "severance package" for startups fell out of favor in 2015 as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Dropbox eased up on acquihires.

146 startup failure post-mortems
No survivorship bias here. A compilation of startup failure post-mortems by founders and investors.

The fin tech startups that are unbundling Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America
Traditional banks are under attack from a number of emerging specialist startups. Here are the fin tech startups unbundling banking.

The venture capital funnel: your chances of raising follow-ons, exiting, and becoming a unicorn
The venture capital funnel highlights the natural selection process of the venture capital process. Three-fourths of companies are orphaned or die along the way.

10 high-flying companies to watch at CES 2016
Our algorithmic Mosaic score identified the highest-momentum startups at CES, which concluded today.

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