Deals and dollars down in Q3. Vitamin & supplements market map. Mega-rounds slip.


Hi there,

We just released our 92-page Pulse of Fintech, Q3 2016 Report with KPMG. The quarterly report provides a global analysis of fintech venture funding and trends.

Check out a few highlights scattered below.

But first.

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A continuous fintech descent

Deals to VC-backed fintech companies dropped 12% on a quarterly basis in Q3’16 reaching 178 deals, the lowest it has been since Q2'14. Funding fell 17% from Q2’16’s total, reaching $2.4B.

This has been bothering me all day

What do you think?

One a day

Funding to private vitamin and dietary supplement companies has grown over 200% since 2012. In light of the increasing interest in this space, we identified 38 privately held vitamin and supplement companies and mapped them according to 10 main categories.

Pizza tech

Looks like VCs should be developing a pizza-as-a-service strategy alongside their AI, IoT, and autonomous vehicle theses.  

Here's a few recent pizza deals:

Zume Pizza - pizza making robots
&pizza - $25M raised from AVALT this month
MOD Pizza - $42M raised from Fidelity Investments and Perella Weinberg

Here is a graph from CB Insights of funding to companies with the word pizza in their description.

And the pizza innovation doesn't stop there. Someone has developed the pizza pouch which allows you to hold a slice while carrying an extra one everywhere you go.

Mega-rounds dip down

Asia saw $50M+ fintech rounds stay level for the fourth-straight quarter, while Europe has not registered a $50M+ round to a VC-backed fintech company in 2016 to-date. 

The Industry Standard

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

Business Insider. Oscar Williams-Grut (@oscarwgrut) dives into global investment into fintech companies and references the CB Insights Pulse of Fintech report with KPMG.

Deal Street Asia. Christina Larson (@larsonchristina) writes about the slide in valuations of China's tech unicorns and refers to CB Insights valuation data.

Boomberg Gadfly. Leila Abboud (@labboudles) discusses Google's expansion plans in London and cites CB Insights data on VC investment into UK startups.

ValueWalk. A look at what you should know about cancer with a reference to CB Insights research on corporate-backed deals to cancer-focused startups. 

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Geographic Spotlight

Silicon Valley doesn't have a monopoly on innovation. Here's a look at startups, emerging industries, and deals elsewhere in the US and the world.

Atlanta, Georgia is home to unicorns Kabbage, a fintech company for small businesses, and GreenSky, a startup that operates in the consumer finance marketplace. Email technology platform Mailchimp and location-based social app Yik Yak are also headquartered in Atlanta. Other companies to come out of the city include Cardlytics, an advertising and tech company that targets consumers based on purchase behavior; First Data, a payment processing company; and Pindrop Security a cybersecurity company that provides solutions to protect enterprise call centers and phone users. There were over 50 deals to VC-backed companies in Atlanta in 2016 year-to-date. Here are 5 of the largest deals.
  • Pindrop Security raised a $75M Series C.
  • OutSystems, an enterprise Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) platform, raised a $55M Series C.
  • GreenSky raises a $50M round.
  • Ionic Security, a data protection and control platform, raised a $45M Series D.
  • ClickDimensions, provider of online marketing automation solutions, raised $32.9M in equity.

The Q3 2016 Pulse of Fintech Report

CB Insights and KPMG's Q3 2016 fintech report highlights the latest trends in venture-backed fintech companies globally. See the analysis.
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38 startups upending the vitamin & supplements industry

From personalization to cognitive enhancement, startups are finding new ways to innovate within the vitamin and supplements industry. See the market map.
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