Europe's lack of mojo
Reading this will not make your corporation more innovative.
I just wrote this rant for all the strategy and innovation groups at corporations who love our data and research and who just put them into Powerpoint decks. Stop it.
Cuz I'm happy
India wins for happiest employees. Japan comes in at the bottom.
We dig into the data surrounding travel tech investment trends, including deals and dollar breakdowns, deal share by top countries, and most well-funded companies. In the first two quarters of 2016, travel tech startups raised almost $1.5B across 141 deals.
Changing face of retail
Walmart disclosed a number of store closings as it focuses on e-commerce. This highlights the increasing pace of change in retail and CPG.
We look at e-commerce dealmaking with participation from "crossover investors," including hedge funds and mutual funds, from 2012 to 2016 year-to-date. Since 2012, crossover investors participated in nearly 250 e-commerce funding rounds, totaling over $15.6B in aggregate.
Europe — the fading force
A look at the largest public US and European companies shows Europe lags in market cap and net profits. In 2006, 17 of the 50 most valuable companies in the world were European. Today, it's only 7.
Hit the accelerator
In this guest post, Samir Kaji (@samirkaji) of First Republic Bank assesses how helpful startup accelerators are in getting funding.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Bloomberg. David Fickling (@davidfickling) discusses the dangers associated with self-driving cars and cites CB Insights data on automotive and transportation funding.
Los Angeles Times. JustFab co-founder Adam Goldenberg says the company is headed toward an IPO. Shan Li’s (@byshanli) article refers to CB Insights research on the struggles faced by subscription services.
Financial Times. Maija Palmer (@maijapalmer) says the rise of chatbots could lead to frustrating consumer reactions and references CB Insights' list of virtual assistants.
EET Asia. Toni Urrutia (@toniiu) says startup incubators are keen on nurturing local talent in a bid to place Asian AI startups on the map, citing VC investment into the AI space.
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P.S. Google just acquired Moodstocks, a machine learning startup that turns your mobile device into a scanner to identify objects. This company joins a host of other companies listed on our Google Acquisition Tracker.