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CB Insights and PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2017 MoneyTree report highlights the latest trends and data on venture capital.
2017 was the second year to see dollar funding top $70B, though VC-backed deals declined for the third consecutive year.
Check out the full 101-page report here.
Oscar is not grouchy
Ask Mario Schlosser, Co-founder & CEO of Oscar ($2.3B valuation), if the Affordable Care Act is collapsing, and you’ll probably get a hearty laugh.
Oscar, which provides affordable healthcare on ACA exchanges, soared past the 250K member mark last year, turned an underwriting profit in Q3'17, and expects revenues to reach $1B this year.
We look forward to hearing more about what’s next at Oscar when Mario joins us onstage at Future of Fintech, June 19-21 in NYC. Get your ticket today. Early pricing ends Jan 31.
Our MoneyTree report also takes a look at VC-backed unicorn trends. Last year saw 22 private US-based companies reach a $1B+ valuation — up from just 14 unicorn births in 2016.
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A new patent from Microsoft highlights a device that would analyze neurological signals to allow users to open and operate apps with their minds (no pinches or swipes required).
A-ha moments: of mice and aging
Calico Labs is Alphabet’s low-profile company focused on studying the biology of aging. Very little has been shared publicly about its work.
In a fireside chat with The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin, Daphne Koller, Chief Computing Officer of Calico, treated the A-ha! audience to an unprecedented look into Calico’s study of the biology of aging (yes, part of it is studying the effects of a restricted-calorie diet on mice).
Read about that chat here, or watch the full session here.
After the discussion, CB Insights clients had a few additional questions for Daphne, so we posed them to her backstage. You can hear her thoughts on AI here.
Despite major shutdowns, some solar companies have managed to survive, with solar startups raising nearly $6.4B in funding since 2013. We rounded up the 10 most well-funded solar startups.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Bangor Daily News. Lori Valigra (@lvaligra) reports on record venture capital investment in Maine and cites PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Report.
The Denver Post. Tamara Chuang (@gadgetress) breaks down the $1B year for Colorado venture investments, referencing the PwC and CB Insights MoneyTree Report.
The San Diego Union-Tribune. Mike Freeman (@techdiego) also uses the PwC and CB Insights MoneyTree Report to explore how San Diego startups fared with 2017 venture capital funding.
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