Social media screw ups. Hate mail. Alanis Morissette.

Hate mail

Hi there,

Belarus is apparently where the party's at.

Lightspeed responds

Our latest annotated VC teardown features smart money VC firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. In it, Lightspeed Partners provides commentary on top of and in addition to our data-driven teardown of the firm. Lightspeed wrote the first check into Snapchat, and recently saw a $2.28B exit in the IPO of Nutanix (Lightspeed was a Series A investor). 

The teardown includes their thoughts on the IPO market, the LA startup scene, and working with early-stage founders. 

These are the partners who annotated the teardown.

Kind regards?

Nice email I got yesterday from a fan of the newsletter. #blessed

Down in the deals realm

We examined private market trends for IoT startups through Q3 2016. Presently, IoT deals are on track to decline slightly compared to last year’s total. In terms of funding, 2016 is set to surpass 2015′s total by a hair.

Isn't it ironic?

After Tuesday's newsletter on how to become a thought leader, I've spotted some folks tweeting out some of the faux- thought leadership by myself, Amish, or Nick un-ironically.


Digitizing bricks and mortar

We look at investment into in-store tech startups since 2012. Deals to in-store tech startups dipped in Q3’16 to 41, compared to 52 deals the prior quarter, but that deal level still remains notably higher than it was in any quarter in 2015.

Socially awkward

From auto tweeting to offensive campaigns to promoting competitors, we’ve highlighted some of the top corporate social media fails. Stubhub's tweet — featured below — is an example of what can happen when a tweet goes out from the wrong account.

The Industry Standard

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

Silicon Valley Business Journal. Cromwell Schubarth (@svbizcrom) dives into Postmates' new round of funding and cites CB Insights data on funding to delivery businesses.

Forbes India. Harichandan Arakali (@arakalihari) writes about web optimization provider Zarget's new round of funding and references CB Insights data investment data.

Insurance Business Magazine. Allie Sanchez on financial solutions firm Annexus' new VC fund with a reference to CB Insights data on insurance tech investment.

Have a great rest of the week. 

I love you.


P.S. Join us for a look at China's investments into Silicon Valley on November 15th. Sign up for the briefing here.

P.P.S. The CEO of the world's most well-funded AI startup is joining us at The Innovation Summit. Details coming soon. They just raised a $100M+ round.

Seed/Angel Watch
Here's a look at select early-stage deals from the past week.

1. Alantaya raises $2.71M seed
The company offers an online service that suggests culinary menus based on the user's health constraints.

2. Uplevel Security raises $2.5M seed
Uplevel Security is an intelligence-driven incident analysis and response platform. Investors in the round included Aspect Ventures and First Round Capital.

3. Better Caring raises $2.28M seed from Ellerstone Ventures
Better Caring is a community of independent care workers offering their services directly to people who need care and support to live independently. 

4. Winnie raises $2.25M seed
Winnie is an app that gives parents information needed to travel, explore, or run errands with their kids. The round's investors included #Angels, BBG Ventures, Deep Fork Capital, Flight Ventures, Homebrew, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Ludlow Ventures.

5. ZenProspect raises $2.2M seed VC
ZenProspect is a platform that combines lead generation, sales communication, and analytics. SV Angel, Y Combinator, and ZhenFund were investors in the round.

Lightspeed Venture Partners teardown

Lightspeed has been increasing its investment pace, averaging a little under 7 deals per quarter in 2009 compared to 15 last year. Check it out.
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Slumping deal activity to internet of things startups

The largest deals in 2016 to date were to wearable maker Jawbone, armband maker Thalmic Labs, and connected car insurer Metromile. See the data.
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In-store tech deals and dollars on track for all-time high

For the first time, in-store tech startups see three straight quarters with 40+ deals. Read about it.
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26 of the biggest corporate brand fails on social media

From tweeting from the wrong account to failing to monitor your bot, brands like Tinder, Chrysler, and even Twitter itself have all screwed up on social media. Check it out.
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The Blurb

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

Revenge of the nerd. Jason Heltzer (@jheltzer) shares his experience of being robbed and how he reconfigured his stolen laptop's software in order to locate the thief.
Venture Evolved

The competitive landscape for machine intelligence. Shivon Zilis (@shivon) and James Chan (@jamescham) on what the Fortune 500 and other companies should be doing to get started with machine intelligence.
Harvard Business Review

Of messages and movements. A podcast comparing the similarities between go-to-market strategies and political campaigns.

From mobile first to mobile native. Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) discusses evolving beyond the "mobile first" strategy.

Ben Evans

Successful sports VCs. Harry Alford (@harryalford3) on how and why the most promising sports startups exist at the intersection of sports, tech, and media.

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