Best VC bets ever. What are smart cities? Healthcare innovation labs.

The usual suspects

Hi there,

As we mentioned yesterday, we published our new MoneyTree Report with PwC this week, and it’s been picking up a lot of media attention.

Bloomberg’s analysis by Justin Fox focuses on how most venture capital keeps going to the same places. Annual funding in the US hit $99.5B in 2018 — a 30% increase from 2017 — but about 70% of that went to San Francisco, San Jose, New York, and Boston.

You can download the complete MoneyTree Report here. Check out the full Bloomberg article in the Industry Standard below.

Take the L, then bounce back

In the world of venture capital, 80% of the wins come from 20% of the deals. Great venture capitalists know they're going to have to strike out a lot before they hit a home run. 

Those wins often make up for all the losses — and then some. From Alibaba to Flipkart to Spotify, we take a look at some of the best VC bets of all time.

Left rook, right rook, jab

Forget SoulCycle. Forget Crossfit. Chessboxing is the newest workout craze — for your mind and your bod.

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Players face off in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. To win, they have to either knock their opponent out or corner them into a checkmate.

Huck Magazine has more on the sport. Check out the article in The Blurb.

Huck Magazine

Street smart

Smart cities are not a futuristic fantasy — they're already a reality. And thanks to innovations in technology, they're quickly expanding. The global smart cities market is projected to be worth $1.4T in the next 6 years.

But what exactly is a smart city? We dig into that question as well as who's investing in the future of smart cities, challenges and criticisms, and more. Read it all here.

 Know the code

Quick Response (QR) codes are not a new technology, but they're getting more attention on earnings calls and in the media — and they're picking up steam as a replacement for paper money. 

We take a look at what's driving the interest and which companies are focusing on QR codes. Expert Intelligence clients can read about it here.

Relationships are hard

Yesterday we launched our Healthcare Business Relationships dataset.

Clients are using it to:

  • See competitor priorities, strategies, and areas of expansion

  • Assess traction of healthcare startups

  • Predict future M&A transactions

  • Understand future healthcare industry trends

  • Analyze vendor health & relationships for supply chain decisions

Learn more about the data here. Clients can also see it in action in today’s client-only note.

Welcome to my lab

As our world becomes more digital, brick-and-mortar retail stores are embracing new ways of disrupting the system and reclaiming customer attention. Many are doing this with retail innovation labs.

From Walmart to Nike to Ikea, we identify innovation labs from some of the biggest names in retail working to shake up their industries. Check them out here.

Baby name inspo

Anyone who names their kid “CB Insights” or “CBI” gets a free subscription. If you get a permanent face tattoo of our logo, you get a lifetime subscription and a keynote fireside chat at Future of Fintech.

 Yes, but how?

Scientists are working with neoantigens, proteins found specifically on cancer cells, to develop personalized vaccines that would make cancer treatment more targeted and consistent. 

We explore how the vaccine process works, companies working with the technology, and more. Expert Intelligence clients can read it here.

The future is now

Here’s what to expect at Future of Fintech 2019 (June 11-13, NYC):

  • 70+ amazing speakers, including some of the biggest names in fintech, like the CEOs/co-founders of Palantir, Oscar, Plaid, Toss, Ripple, and more

  • 6000 1:1s, with an entire dedicated floor for meetings and an app to help you schedule them in seconds

  • 1400+ senior level attendees from big banks, VCs, unicorns, corporations, and startups

  • 200+ journalists from WSJ, FT, NYT, Bloomberg, and others

  • Attendees from 45+ countries and execs from the largest banks, payment companies, and insurance companies from every continent (except Antarctica)

Register today to guarantee your place at the fintech event of the year. Prices go up January 15.

The Industry Standard

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

Bloomberg. Justin Fox (@foxjust) writes about how venture capital continues flowing to the same big cities and references PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Report.

MedTech Dive. Susan Kelly discusses Apple’s healthcare ambitions and cites CB Insights’ Apple in Healthcare Report.

Becker’s Hospital Review. Julie Spitzer (@juliespitzer94) writes about the healthcare services that Apple could offer in the future and refers to CB Insights research.

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P.S. We’re partnering with The New York Times for the 3rd year to identify the top 100 venture capitalists. This year, we’ll be issuing global rankings plus rankings for Asia-based VCs. Review and submit your data here. The top 100 VCs of 2018 are here.

P.P.S. Tomorrow we'll be discussing luxury trends to watch this year. If you haven't already, sign up for the briefing here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

I’m gonna knock you out. Chessboxing is the newest workout craze that trains your mind and your body.
Huck Magazine

Good work, if you can get it. With only 8% of US coders employed in flashy Silicon Valley, coding could be the next big blue-collar job.

If I were a rich man. If all of the plastic waste in our environment could be monetized, it would be enough to purchase some of the world’s biggest companies.
Fast Company

Bird man. A man is on trial for the fourth time for trafficking unhatched eggs of the endangered peregrine falcon.

Is anybody out there? Nasa’s Tess mission has discovered a gaseous planet that’s around three times the size of Earth.
The Guardian
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