P&C insurance tech. Digital health trends. HR tech exit activity.
Getting bigger & smaller

Hi there,

In Saturday's newsletter, I mentioned a CRM for Innovation we built for large corporate clients and received a bunch of emails about it.

So here is more detail on the CRM for Innovation we've built.

All major functions in an org (sales, marketing, HR, finance) are organized and systematized. Conversely, innovation which gives a big corporation a shot at owning the future, is managed with this haphazard mix of spreadsheets and PowerPoint.

The reality is that innovation efforts often struggle to get attention from senior management. One of the drivers of that is that it is not managed in a structured, organized way.

If you're struggling with this, would love to chat.

P&C moves

We look at investment trends of property & casual (P&C) insurance tech startups since 2012. This year, P&C insurance tech deals have nearly doubled, growing 92% over 2015′s total.


This graph of overdose death growth is sad and scary.

New York > Silicon Valley

We look at funding trends to digital health startups in the greater metro areas of Silicon Valley, NYC, and Boston. While Silicon Valley has led digital health investment for the past 4 years, the NYC metro area is pulling ahead so far in 2016.

Clear? Crystal.

Alright. Here is some conflicting data.

This graphic shows banks getting bigger.

And this data suggests they're not.

Got that?

Confused? Yeah us too. Why don't you unwind with our fintech report which gets into all the startups who will help unbundle these big (small) banks.

HR exits

We analyzed HR tech exit activity from 2012-2016 year-to-date. This year, there have been 57 HR tech exits, including 53 M&A transactions and 4 IPOs. 2016 has already tied 2015’s total which saw 57 exits total, including 56 M&As and 1 IPO.

Safety first

To visualize the breadth and depth of the cybersecurity industry, we created a periodic table of over 120 cybersecurity startups and investors. The table covers startups targeting a variety of cybersecurity categories, as well as top exits and top investors in the space.

The Industry Standard

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

Fortune. Aaron Pressman (@ampressman) writes about Microsoft's plans to back more AI startups through venture funding and cites CB Insights funding data.

Bloomberg Quint. Tim Cuplan (@tculpan) on whether 2017 could be the year of Southeast Asian startups with a reference to CB Insights investment data.

CNBC. Anita Balakrishnan (@msabalakrishnan) reports on the use of AI to stay competitive and cites CB Insights data on AI acquirers.

Hope you had a terrific Tuesday.

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Activity booms in property & casualty insurtech

A look at investment trends to startups distributing policies or providing software for property and casualty insurance including auto, homeowners, and cyber risk. Read about it.
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Digital health showdown: New York overtakes Silicon Valley for startup funding, Boston lags

Oscar Health helps New York top Silicon Valley for the first time for digital health funding. The two regions are tied in activity. See the data.
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HR tech startups exit the building: 55+ exits three years running

There were four IPOs this year, including three in Australia, but there has been only one $1B+ exit in the space in recent years. Read about it.
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The periodic table of cybersecurity startups

The 121 companies, VCs, corporate investors, and acquirers defining the cybersecurity industry. Check them out.

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