Top 100 US VC-backed exits. Financing to meal kit startups. Travel tech investment trends.

I will miss 2016's headlines

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Here's more proof that disruption ain't cheap.

Silicon Valley VCs pay more for their Sand Hill Road digs than East Coast finance types.

Exit trends

We analyzed the top 100 US VC-backed exits in each of two different time periods — Q1’09 through Q3’12 vs. Q4’12 through Q2’16. We used the data on each 15-quarter period to understand how the most successful tech exits have changed across a number of different metrics, including financings, valuations, and geography.


A look at European football leagues by attendance.

Meals made easy

We look at financing to meal kit startups since 2012. So far this year, meal kit startups have raised $88M across 18 deals. Although overall deal size is down since 2015, Q2'16 deal count was up slightly over the first quarter.

Oh no he didn't

I'm in Cincinnati today which has a thriving startup scene. And which is a cool city to boot.

But headlines like the above don't really help anyone. The next Silicon Valley is Silicon Valley (or maybe China).

Yes, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, among others, have a great deal of momentum and some awesome emerging startup scenes, but hyperbole about displacing the left coast is a waste of time and energy. 

Travel Tuesdays

We dig into travel tech investment trends since 2012. Travel tech startups have already raised $982M across 21 deals in Q3’16 through 9/9/16, but quarterly deal count so far is down 70% compared to Q2’16.


Quantum timeline

We analyzed major fundings for select private quantum computing companies. Fifteen private quantum computing companies have received equity funding since 2000 — for a total of nearly 40 equity funding rounds through 2016 year-to-date (9/7/2016).

The Industry Standard

DLA Piper. An article on the growth of corporate venture capital groups with a reference to CB Insights investment data.

Seeing Both Sides. Jeff Bussgang (@bussgang) shares a guide to the Boston startup scene and cites CB Insights geographic funding data.

Bloomberg. Tim Culpan (@tculpan) covers Stripe's move into Asia and refers to CB Insights funding data.

CNBC. Ari Levy (@levynews) writes about Salesforce's introduction of Einstein, a technology described as the "world's first comprehensive AI for CRM," and cites CB Insights acquisition data.

Hope you had a terrific Tuesday.

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P.S. Join us as we dive into M&A and IPO trends during our Global Tech Exits briefing on September 26. Sign up here.

Tech startups are raising more money, exiting at higher valuations

More than half of top exiting companies over the last few years have gone public. See the data.
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Meal kit dollars and deals down from 2015 high

Deals in 2016 to date have been mainly low dollar and early stage. Read about the trends.
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Travel tech: deals are down but dollars are ticking back up — because of Airbnb

Travel tech startups raised $982M across 21 deals so far in Q3’16 — a 70% decrease in deals but a 68% increase in funding over Q2'16. See the data.
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Quantum computing: 17 years of major startup financings in one timeline

There were nearly 4X as many quantum computing funding rounds in the last three years compared to the previous fourteen. See the timeline.
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The Blurb

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

It takes time. Nabeel Hyatt (@nabeel) discusses the journey of Thalmic Labs and the types of risks that have the potential to be transformative.

What do you call a tech unicorn that goes public? Ravi Mhatre (@ravi_lsvp) says tech IPOs are not coming back any time soon and that truly successful tech companies are going to have to measure up to the same standards that great non-tech companies live up to.
Lightspeed Venture Partners

The third transportation revolution. Co-founder of Lyft John Zimmer (@johnzimmer) provides a look at the company's vision for the next ten years and beyond.

The five types of virality. Josh Elman (@joshelman) on the five main ways a product can achieve virality.

Welcome to the new era of commerce. A podcast on how crowdfunding is a broader phenomenon than what the term and tools imply.

Should you take small checks from deep pockets? Christoph Janz's (@chrija) advice to entrepreneurs on how to respond to investment interest.
The Angel VC

Employee #1: Dropbox. A conversation with Aston Motes, Dropbox's first employee.

The Macro
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