Big tech in AI. Most active in travel tech. North American fintech activity.
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Hi there,

Today, we're featuring a number of subscriber-submitted terrible data visualizations.

Let's start with a favorite made by some hapless consultant.

What happens when 3 hexagons with arbitrary labels overlap? 

You get the triangle of innovation.

Big tech in AI

We analyzed the AI efforts of the top 10 tech companies in the US by market cap and their corporate venture arms. Combined, these companies have invested in 80 artificial intelligence startups, and acquired 50 companies in the last 5 years.

The co-managing bar looks super uncomfortable

This dataviz wins for most information presented with zero informational value. 

Thx to Justin Warren for submitting.

Not boring 

We have an insanely high rate of repeat attendance at our conferences.

There are many reasons for this (no sponsors, great speakers, different venues, senior audience). 

Another reason is our list moderators who are all journalists.

These are people who know how to ask questions and conduct interesting conversations.

For our upcoming A Ha! Conference, we've got a great lineup of journalist moderators including:

  • Brad Stone of Bloomberg and author of The Everything Store
  • Katie Benner of The New York Times
  • Harry McCracken of Fast Company
  • And several others as you'll see below
Use the code "jetsetter" to get $500 off A Ha! tix here.

Travel time

We ranked the most active investors into unique travel tech startups since 2013, including venture capital and corporate venture investors. 500 Startups is the most active VC investor in the space, with 16 startups in its portfolio.

As if 3 pie charts weren't bad enough

Then there is a note that says "image not to scale."

Very helpful.

Thanks to reader AK for submitting.

Top of the world

North America saw funding to VC-backed fintech companies hit $2B in Q3’17, accounting for approximately 50% of total quarterly global funding.

Asia saw fintech funding drop to $1.4B in Q3’17 after Softbank’s $1.4B investment to Paytm parent One97 Communications buoyed Q2’17’s Asia total. 

Read about this and more in our Q3'17 Fintech Report.


The Industry Standard 

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

Forbes. A look at Andrea Barrica's (@abarricastartup O'School with a reference to CB Insights data on investment to femtech startups.

The Times of India. A look at the fitness startup market in India with a mention of CB Insights investment data.

SiliconBeat. Marisa Kendall (@marisakendall) writes about Lyft's latest $1B financing round and refers to CB Insights valuation data.

Happy Monday.

I love you.


P.S. Tomorrow, we'll dig into the eSports industry and how its audiences stack up against other professional sports. You will be surprised. Don't miss out.

The Blurb

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Coding VC

MongoDB. Glenn Solomon (@glennsolomon) on the MongoDB IPO and why it matters.
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