French tech in Q3'17. Startup failure. Early-stage travel tech startups.

Spookiest newsletter ever

Hi there,

In honor of Halloween, I wanted to share this joke.

Q: Where does Dracula keep his savings?
A: At the blood bank

Hilarious, eh?

OK. Back to data and startup spookiness in honor of Halloween.

First, let's start with the the scariest thing our data analysts have ever seen.

h/t @johncmohl

French tech

We just released our 40-page Q3'17 French Tech Report in partnership with La French Tech, which digs into emerging trends, investments, and active investors in France.

While France narrowly beat Germany in dollar funding for the second consecutive quarter, both countries witnessed a decline in $100M+ deals in Q3’17, causing their dollar funding levels to drop.

Big expensive tombstones

The biggest, scariest startup failures of all time are all here. In fact, 111 of the biggest startups failures ever.

Everything from Kozmo to Beepi and everything in between.

BTW, I used to work at Kozmo.

Anyone else miss ordering a single Krispy Kreme donut at 2AM and getting it delivered for free?

Hobnobbing with the 2%

The good news: We’ve narrowed 2,000+ Demo Day applicants to the final 40 who will present.

On December 12, during the A-ha! Conference at the SFJAZZ Center, we’ll feature them on two separate stages.

They’re promising startups in fintech, health, AI, IoT, mobility, and more.

And the only way to see and meet them is at A-Ha.

Score your tickets to Demo Day and A-ha! for $500 less today.

Prices go up by $1000 tomorrow. 

Use discount code "D-day" to save $500 (no quotes).

As a reminder: Demo Day will not be livestreamed. You have to be there.

Scary times

Here is our startup downround tracker. They ain't dead but are definitely hurting.

The scariest products ever launched (scary = terrible)

Remember when Gerber (the baby food company) released adult food that was mashed up?

Me neither.

But it happened. Along with these 110 massive product fails.

The search for immortality

The California Life Company aka Calico is a biotech company started by Google and Arthur D. Levinson with the goal of combating aging and associated age-related diseases.

While Calico keeps a low profile, discussion of the company often does veer into the genetic possibilities and moral/ethical implications of immortality.  

It's a fascinating company and topic, and so I'm really glad to have Daphne Koller, the Chief Computing Officer of Calico, joining us at the A-Ha! conference.

Daphne was a co-founder of Coursera and is a professor at Stanford with a specialization/focus on AI.  

If you'd like to live longer, join us at A-Ha!.

Use the code "immortal" for $500 off today.

Tickets go up by $1000 tmw.

If you've not checked out the speaker lineup, do it now. Some amazing big thinkers from healthcare, AI, retail, education, space travel, and more.

Startup graveyard discussion

Sometimes, when startups fail, founders candidly discuss why they failed. Sometimes, they blame the market or financiers, and sometimes, they really get into what went wrong.

We've compiled 242 startup failure post-mortems of all types so you can see what not to do.

And we analyze them to understand the top 20 reasons startups fail.

The Industry Standard

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

TechCrunch. Connie Loizos (@cookie) reports on Peter Thiel's opinions on self-driving technology and cites CB Insights funding data.

The Motley Fool. Matthew Frankel (@tmfmathguy) on when you'll be able to buy Pinterest stock with a reference to CB Insights valuation data. A look at US fintech startups with a reference to CB Insights research on the topic.

I love you.


P.S. We'll be diving into how AI is powering the future of retail in an upcoming briefing. Sign up here.

P.P.S. A-Ha! tickets go up by $1000 tomorrow. Get $500 off today here using code "immortal." Do it here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Fashion, Maslow, and Facebook's control of social. Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) on social influence and the differences between Facebook and Snap.
Benedict Evans

Marketplaces. Andrew Chen (@andrewchen) on how to build a billion-dollar digital marketplace.
Andrew Chen

Empathy. Judd Mercer (@juddmercer) on empathy in user experience and digital marketing.

10 things. Jason Lemkin (@jasonlk) on the 10 things he'd tell his younger CEO self to do better next time.
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