Big 5 patent activity. 2017 tech IPO trends. The United States of AI.
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Sequoia in the house

Hi there,

Tomorrow's newsletter will have some VC jobs so look out for that.

First, today's big news.

Alfred Lin at Future of FintechI'm excited to announce that Sequoia Capital partner Alfred Lin (@Alfred_Lin) will be joining us at The Future of Fintech Conference.

Alfred, formerly CFO of Zappos, invests in a range of areas from mobile to consumer services to marketplaces. 

Sequoia, of course, has a long history investing in fintech companies. They invested in PayPal before fintech was even a thing. And they now count current fintech unicorns like Stripe and Klarna as well as Chinese fintech unicorns JD Finance and Rong360 in their portfolio.

Regarded by their VC peers as the best VC in the game, we're excited to dig into where Alfred and the Sequoia team see and don't see opportunities in fintech.

Join us to hear Alfred at The Future of Fintech.


We mapped the most well-funded AI startups in each of the 35 states where there have been equity deals to an AI company in the last five years. 

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BTW, if this is you, we're hiring for 50+ positions across engineering, research, marketing, sales — basically everything.

AI patential

We studied the AI patent application trends of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft using our patent search engine to compare the research activities of these tech giants in this field. 

Perhaps surprisingly, Microsoft leads the pack with over 200 AI-related patent applications since 2009, while Google comes in second with over 150.

So, you're a doctor?

The USA churns out more PhDs than any other country.

But on a per capita basis, Germany outdoes the USA.

A look at the insurance landscape

We look at insurer and reinsurer investment activity from 2012 to 2016. On a year-over-year basis, private tech investments involving (re)insurer participation rose 49% in 2016 and 257% from 2014′s tally.

Rusty pipes

We tracked equity financing to companies on the 2017 Tech IPO Pipeline. These 369 companies collectively raised $86B across nearly 2000 deals since 2000 and about $22B in 2016.

The Industry Standard

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

CNBC. Harriet Taylor (@harri8t) writes about new video software conferencing unicorn, Zoom, and cites CB Insights research on downrounds.

Business Insider. Julien Rath (@julien_rath) dives into how Paris could be closing in on London as Europe's startup capital and refers to CB Insights investment data.

Zee Business. Collin Furtado (@c0llinfurtado) digs into e-commerce unicorns and references CB Insights research on the subject.

Happy Monday.

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P.S. In our Saturday newsletter, we showed you how to get $1000 off your Future of Fintech Conference ticket. That offer expires end of day today. 

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The United States of artificial intelligence startups

Startups in 35 US states are applying machine learning algorithms across industries including marketing, healthcare, and retail. See the map.
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Microsoft, Google lead in AI patent activity, while Apple lags behind

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Where insurers and reinsurers invested in tech startups in 2016

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2017 tech IPO pipeline companies see decline in deal activity

Deal flow to companies in the 2017 Tech IPO Pipeline is down for the second consecutive year. Funding has also shrunk this year. See the data.
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