Tomorrow, the 45th President of the United States will take office.
It will be a historic day.
After the election, I got a lot of questions during our monthly townhall about what the election means for us? Here is the memo I wrote about what the election means for CB Insights.
Disruption. Innovation. Synergy.
The most innovative economies in the world are led by South Korea and Sweden. It's an interesting analysis although I'm always a bit skeptical of these analyses given they don't typically normalize for size of economy and use weird measures like "concentration of high-tech public companies." That said, still interesting.
Placing HR bets
We analyzed the investment activity of 20 HR corporations, including through their venture arms or separately managed funds. Concur Technologies is the most active investor on our list with 16 investments in 12 unique companies.
We like to party
The next CB Insights conference will likely be in Laos, Honduras or Congo as that's where it seems you can get a "basket of vice" for crazy cheap.
Until then, join us in NYC at Lincoln Center at The Future of Fintech where we can promise you'll overdose on graphs.
A great post-mortem
Slava Akhmechet, the founder of RethinkDB — a MongoDB competitor — penned a great and honest post-mortem entitled "Why RethinkDB failed."
What's great about it is the detail which Slava dives into as well as his candor. In our compilation of 178 startup failure post-mortems, there is a lot of "woe is me" with founders blaming their demise on the "financing market" or being too early or customers not getting it.
In Slava's writeup, there is none of that.
It's a very honest post-mortem which is worth a read. (See Blurb)
We tracked funding to private AI companies globally over the past five years, and looked at how deal share breaks down by geography. Nearly 62% of the deals in 2016 went to startups in the US, followed by 6.5% to UK-based startups.
Old people watch a cr^pload of TV
I'm defining old as 50+ here based on graphic below.
I know in Silicon Valley, 30 is old, so apologies to my Valley friends.
We identified 12 startups that are working in cyber insurance, risk scoring, and threat remediation. The companies on our list all obtained funding since 2016.
For a full list of cybersecurity startups, including the ones listed in the brief above, check out the Cybersecurity Collection on the CB Insights platform.
We analyzed how financing trends in the auto tech space evolved through 2016. With more than $1B invested across 87 deals last year, 2016 represented a 30% rise in annual deal activity while funding skyrocketed 91%, both record highs.
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The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Boston Globe. Adam Vaccaro (@adamtvaccaro) writes about drone software startup Neurala's latest funding round and cites data found in the CB Insights and PwC MoneyTree Report.
City A.M. Nell Mackenzie writes about active sovereign wealth funds and the French tech scene and refers to CB Insights research on the subject.
Crowdfund Insider. JD Alois reports on US VC-backed deals in Q4'16 and references the CB Insights and PwC MoneyTree Report.
Love you always.
P.S. For our upcoming Future of Fintech conference this June, we've created a spot for you to nominate a speaker (or yourself).