Snap's earnings. Global medical device companies. Shazam for food.

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This is the most stressful metric I've seen in a while.

66% of startup founders have < 12 months cash left.

World wide med

We looked at funding and deal flow to medical device startups operating in the US and internationally, and created a map showcasing the top 3 most well-funded medical device startups in countries with at least 10 private medical device companies.

We'll also be digging into trends in the space on May 16th. Sign up for the briefing here.

Why the pie chart hate?

We've been raging against pie charts for a while.

Sometimes, folks genuinely are confused by why we spend our energy hating on a chart.

Partly cuz we're nerdy AF.

And partly cuz, except in a few instances, they are terrible.

See below.

Shazam for food?

We dug into Microsoft's latest granted patent for a wearable system for imposing dietary self-control. The new patent, titled "Wearable food nutrition feedback system," includes mixed-reality glasses that can monitor sight, sound, location, temperature, and motion.

Speaking of patents

Snap's infamous Spectacles, wearables as a whole, and augmented reality were all topics of conversation today during the company's first earnings call since it went public at a $24.8B valuation in March.

We took a look at some of Snap's related patents and what the company appears to be working on. A recent filing details augmented reality technology that could map onto surroundings and superimpose lifelike moving images such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

There is a Wikipedia page for everything

Wow. I am impressed.

Crop up

We look at ag tech financing trends since 2013. Q1’17 saw $216M invested across more than 50 deals, more than triple the number of deals in the prior quarter.


If you've not seen the Fyre Festival pitch deck, you should (see The Blurb). It is 1 part delusion and 2 parts dumb which makes it worth a read.

My favorite slide from it is this one mainly cuz I love the influencers image.

I mean, who wouldn't want to hang with this guy? 


After seeing this, I wanted to see if investors were still jumping onto the influencers bandwagon. Here is the funding trend of companies with the word influencer in their description.

In good news, deal and funding activity to #influencer tech is declining. 

The Industry Standard

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

CNBC. Christina Farr (@chrissyfarr) writes about Microsoft's patent for smart glasses that track nutrition uncovered by CB Insights.

Zee Business. A look at the food delivery space with a reference to CB Insights funding and deals data.

Internet of Business. Nicholas Fearn (@nicholasfearn) writes about the IIoT startup space and refers to CB Insights research on the subject.

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Mapping medical device startups across the globe

The US accounts for 77% of global medical device deal share while Israel and the United Kingdom are tied for second. See the map.
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Microsoft patents AR/VR glasses that tell you what to eat

Bringing the HBO comedy Silicon Valley's "Shazam for Food" to life, Microsoft was granted a patent for augmented reality glasses that track when and what you eat. Check it out.
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What Snap’s patent activity tells us about their efforts in facial recognition, payments, wearables, and more

We analyzed Snap's patents and came across two notable new patents in augmented reality and emotion recognition. Read about them.
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Ag tech deal activity more than triples

Ag tech has seen a surge of activity in 2017, especially at the seed stage. See the data.
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The Blurb

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

Fyre Festival. A look at the 43-page Fyre Festival pitch deck.
Vanity Fair

Dear Silicon Valley. Rob Go (@robgo) on building products that cater to mass markets.
Think Growth

Beyond the fairy tale narrative. Adam Smith (@asmith) says the idea that you can sell a startup and then "live happily ever after post-acquisition is a dangerous myth."

Seeing through the fog. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) on seeing through the fog of an emerging market and picking out the winning idea.

It's the end of the beginning. A podcast on wearables, quantified self, and biohacking.
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