Most active VCs in the UAE. Smart money in pet tech. AI survey.

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Blooming desert

We looked at equity funding to tech startups in the United Arab Emirates and mapped the most active VCs and corporate VCs based in the UAE that invested in tech startups since 2012. Wamda Capital took the top spot with 18 investments.

Where are the troops?

Cool visualization of where US military are deployed across 177 countries.

How to freak out your team

Yesterday, at 10AM, I sent an invite to the entire team titled "Company Meeting" for a meeting at 4PM.

It created some stress.

It was to celebrate a great company milestone, but lesson learned.

The Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous

Great graphic on the largest vocabulary in hip-hop. Wu-Tang Clan members are all near the top. Drake — not so much.

Investment op(paw)tunities

We mapped out smart money VC investment into the pet tech space. Foundry Group is tied with Benchmark for the most investments overall.

Learnt up

CB Insights retail and CPG analyst Zoe Leavitt (@zoe_leavitt) shares her experience on Good Morning America and how presentation coaching classes, using CB Insights' education stipend, helped her.

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

The New York Times. Robert Cyran (@rob_cyran) says unicorn investors are desperate for growth and are willing to provide startups with funding, referencing CB Insights research on unicorns.

The Huffington Post. Adi Gaskell (@adigaskell) writes about AI-driven imaging analysis and refers to CB Insights research on the top 100 AI startups.

Khaleej Times. Alvin R. Cabral reports on Saudi Arabia's tech scene and cites CB Insights research on Saudi investors.

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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.

Denmark is home to Trustpilot, an online review company and one of the most well-funded companies in Europe. Other companies to come out of the country include Coinify, a blockchain payment service provider; Peakon, an HR tech platform; and Symphogen, a cancer immunotherapy company. There were over 55 deals to VC-backed companies in Denmark in the last year. Here are 5 of the most notable.
  • RFRSH Entertainment, an e-sports media company, raised $28.1M in funding.
  •, a price comparison platform, raised $22.4M in Series A financing from investors including Nova Founders Capital and SBI Group.
  • Blackwood Seven, a media platform, raised a $15.1M Series B. Investors in the round included Conor Venture Partners and Sunstone Capital.
  • Orphazyme, developer of therapies for the treatment of genetic diseases, raised a second $14.8M tranche in Series B funding. Investors included IDInvest Partners, Life Sciences Partners, and Novo Ventures.
  • Trustpilot raised $6.9M in funding from Draper Esprit.

The top UAE-based VCs and their tech investments

Dollars invested in Emirati tech startups first broke $100M in 2014, and sky-rocketed to over $1B last year. See the infographic.
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Where smart money is placing bets in pet tech

Smart money VC interest in the space has thus far been tepid. Check it out.
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How a retail and CPG analyst at CB Insights used her education stipend to take presentation classes and gain lifelong skills. Read about it.
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The Blurb

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

From soldier to CEO. Scott Lee on how experience in the army helped shape him into an entrepreneur.

The future of Apple & AR. Daniel Eckler (@daniel_eckler) says Apple is slowly building an ecosystem of products that AR can integrate with.


VC marketing. Janessa Lantz (@janessalantz) on how VCs do marketing and what can be learned from their methods.

The storage renaissance. A podcast that discusses how storage is becoming cheaper and faster, and what it means for the big players in the storage ecosystem.
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