United States of unicorns. New fintech unicorns. Genomics financing trends.

That fintech boom, boom, boom.

Hi there,

We just released our 60-page Q2'17 Global Fintech Report, covering global financial technology investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity.

Check out some highlights scattered below.

But first.

US Unicorns

The United States is home to 105 unicorn companies valued collectively at ~$360B. We mapped out the locations of every US-based unicorn and found that after California, New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois, the next-highest unicorn populations are found in Utah and Florida.

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This graph simply and perfectly summarizes the value a VC can bring to your startup.

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Thanks to Rob Soderbery for sharing this gem. More terrible charts here.

On the rise

Funding to global VC-backed fintech companies set a quarterly record with $5.19B in Q2’17. On a quarterly basis, funding rose 83% while deal activity rose just 2% from Q1'17.

GE Ventures uses CB Insights

We recently looked at how GE Ventures is using CB Insights to manage internal knowledge, accelerate collaboration, and innovate within the organization. One such innovation is the recent launch of Avitas Systems, a new company that will improve inspection services in the oil & gas, transportation, and energy industries via predictive data analytics, robotics, and AI.

Read more about Avitas Systems here and stay updated on the latest from GE Ventures here.

More CS talent to the rescue

Some promising data.

Worldwide unicorns

Q2’17 saw five new fintech unicorns: Clover, Symphony, Robinhood, AvidXchange, and Tuandaiwang. North America leads with 15 fintech unicorns, followed by Asia with 7, and Europe with 4.

Reducing your carbon footprint

Candidly, when I saw this chart and the high impact activities, the only thing I could think was "dang, this seems hard." 

Gene scene

We looked at financing trends in the genomics space since 2013. Q2’17 tied with Q3’15 as the second-highest quarter for deals to date, reaching 35 deals.

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

CNBC. Ari Levy (@levynews) writes about investors pouring into the cryptocurrency market and cites CB Insights research on blockchain investment trends.

Insurance Journal. A look at insurance tech financing trends in Q2'17 with a reference to CB Insights' latest Insurance Tech Report with Willis Towers Watson.

Deal Street Asia. Antonia Timmerman (@timmerman91) writes about ride-hailing startup Grab's latest $2.5B round of financing and quotes CB Insights senior analyst Matt Wong (@mlcwong) on the subject.

Nikkei Asia Review. Joyce Ho reports on Chinese tech companies' activity in Southeast Asia and refers to CB Insights investment data

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Q2'17 global fintech report

A comprehensive, data-driven look at global financial technology investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity. Get the report.
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The United States of unicorns

Collectively, US unicorns are worth approximately $360B. Combined, these companies have raised just over $73B. See the map.
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Genomics funding on track for record year

Genomics funding this year has already surpassed total 2016 funding, as cancer diagnostics startups raise large rounds. See the data
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

New startup paradigm. Sam Cash (@sam__cash) says we're witnessing the democratization of a number of components of the startup ecosystem.

Micro VC. Samir Kaji (@samirkaji) on what you need to know before raising a micro-VC fund today.

Growth-stage financing. Anupam Rastogi (@anupamr) on strategy and tactics a company should consider when preparing to raise a growth-stage round.

Lean. Tricia Cervenan (@triciacervenan) shares lean practices and lean startup methodology.
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