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From bankers to bloggers to the media, here are some of the smart folks who featured CB Insights data and commentary on startups, technology, and investment.

JP Morgan featured our unicorn data in their Eye on the Market snapshot by Michael Cembalest. They also included a pic of a vomiting unicorn which is the easiest way to ensure you get a shoutout in our newsletter.




Credit Suisse dug into subscription commerce in this equity research report on retail by Michael Exstein, Charlene Wong, and Anjani Vedula. It featured CB Insights' unbundling PetSmart graphic and analysis.




The New York Times' Jim Kerstetter (@jimkerstetter) digs into startup delivery services who are running into reality and uses our data on Doordash, Postmates, and peers.

International Business Times' Besta Shankar uses CB Insights and KPMG's quarterly VC data on India in her write-up on Snapdeal's mega $200M round.

Hack Education, which is a great ed tech blog put together by Audrey Watters, (@audreywatters) featured our 2015 ed tech data.

 
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And the hits don't stop

We just added more amazing speakers for The Future of Fintech Conference including:
  • Brendon Kim - Managing Director, Samsung Strategic Investments
  • Julio Maura - Head of R&D at Banco Santander
  • Alan Gallo - EVP, CFO at American Express
Samsung Pay just crossed 5M users and has processed over $500M in its first 6 months. The topic of traditional tech and telecom giants (everyone from Google to Samsung to Facebook) encroaching on financial services is one we'll be digging into at the conference. Incumbents needn't just worry about startups.

Early bird tickets are available for another week and then they go up in price again.

The complete list of speakers is here and includes everyone from CNBC TV show hosts to CIOs/CFOs of major corporations to partners at the top VCs to founders/CEOs of fintech unicorns. The below image includes just a few of them.




Fo' real, fo' real

Real estate tech startups raised a record high of $1.7B in 2015. We dig into the financing history and trends in the real estate industry.

    



Unicorns only

We looked at all still-private unicorns since 2011 and charted them based on when they first joined the unicorn club. There were 25 new unicorns in Q2’15 and 26 in Q3’15, but only 13 new unicorns in Q4'15.

Yup, the unicorn birth rate has declined.



 

Unit meet Economics

The below tweet summarizes the problems of the overcrowded food delivery space pretty well (and probably a number of other sectors).



 

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10 high-momentum companies to watch at Mobile World Congress 2016

We’ve scraped the exhibitor list and put together a list of 10 must-see companies at the event as well as an Excel form and public list on 500+ exhibitors on our platform. See the companies.
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Global funding to real estate tech explodes, with startups raising $1.7B in 2015

The three most well-funded companies in real estate tech are based outside of the US, including Fangdd, PropertyGuru, and Aiwujiwu. See the data.
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The increasingly crowded unicorn club in one infographic

Things are still crowded in the once-exclusive unicorn club. But the pace of unicorn creation slowed noticeably in the last quarter of 2015. See the infographic.
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Notable Deals From This Past Week

We tracked 618 financings and exits totaling $3.3B in the last week. Here are 10 notable deals. To see them all, login to CB Insights or create an account here.

1. LeTV Sports raises $460M Series B
The China-based esports streaming company also announced intentions to acquire broadcast rights for China's main soccer championship.

2. QuEST Global raises $350M round
The Singapore-based engineering consulting company operates in several verticals including aerospace, oil and gas, and transportation. Advent International, Bain Capital, and GIC Special Investments provided the capital.

3. Mobi Magic raises $100M Series B
Frees Fund and Qihoo 360 Technology contributed to the round. Mobi Magic is an Android security app developer based in China.

4. StoneEagle raises $76M growth round
FTV Capital was the sole investor in the round for the Richardson, Texas-based B2B payments startup.

5. Jana Mobile raises $57M Series C
Previous investors Publicis Groupe and Spark Captial were joined by Verizon Ventures for the round.

6.  Indigo raises $56M Series B
Flagship Ventures led the round. Indigo, formerly called Symbiota, was formed within VentureLabs, Flagship’s in-house startup incubator.

7. Giphy raises $55M Series C
The .gif search engine raised at a $300M valuation. All in the round were previous investors which included Betaworks, CAA Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and RRE Ventures.

8.  FabIndia raises $52.8M round
The India-based platform for handmade goods held the equity round at a valuation of $660M. PremjiInvest was the sole investor.

9. Aria Systems raises $50M Series E
The company provides subscription billing and subscription management solutions and raised from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Venrock, and InterWest Partners, among others.

10. Shield Therapeutics raises $46.45M at IPO
The UK-based company develops treatments for iron deficiency anemia in patients intolerant of oral ferrous products.

The Blurb

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

The full dataset on what VCs are thinking about funding in 2016. Mark Suster (@msuster) of Upfront Ventures provides an analysis of the venture markets.
Both Sides of the Table


Zero to IPO. Dharmesh Shah (@dharmesh) shares lessons from the unlikely story of HubSpot's success.
On Startups


The one super skill every founder should have. Tom Blondies (@tomblondies) says duct tape is the most important founder skill.
Medium


Measuring ROI. Jordan Con (@jordanmcon) discusses how to measure the ROI of brand marketing with attribution.
Bizible


How is an investment decision made at a VC fund? Jason M. Lemkin (@jasonlk) talks about the voting process at VC funds.
SaaStr


Building a startup doesn't make you special. Jon Westenberg (@jonwestenberg) says startups are no different than other businesses, nor are they more important.
Medium


Marketing in the year 2016. Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee), CEO of VaynerMedia, says the problem with marketing today is that most people are not following consumer attention.
Gary Vaynerchuk


Two things Star Wars: A New Hope taught me about business ownership. Jamison Noorlander shares two powerful lessons regarding being detail-oriented and company culture.
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