Startup M&A (the bad kind)
We dig into companies that sold for pennies on the dollar and the demise of the acquihire below. Yeah — happy Tuesday to you too.
But we got wine
On Jan 13th in NYC, we're hosting a dinner for senior corp M&A, strategy, innovation, and VC folks and have a few spots left.
These dinners are really good if I do say so myself.
If you are interested in joining, please let me know by responding to this email.
Fire sales — $50M and nothing to show for it
Last week's article on former unicorn Good Technology's demise prompted us to look into other well-funded startups that exited for less than they raised. The number of "down exits" is increasing.
As the father of a little girl, this comment by Mark Zuckerberg was pretty money. Well done.
Around the world in 80 days
Travel tech startups are becoming increasingly popular as they take on lodging, consumer booking, fare alerts and more. With US and China dominating, we look at travel financing trends globally.
Acquihirers slow their roll
2013 and 2014 were the apex of the acquihire trend — where companies were snatched up for their talent. But the acquihire is now dying. We look at the demise of the acquihire — Silicon Valley's startup severance package — and feature perspectives and commentary by Mark Suster, Jason Lemkin, Sarah Frier, and Selina Wang.
The Most Trusted
As the authority on private company, venture, and emerging tech trends data, we see the media using our data & analytics in lots of interesting ways. Here's a few from the last few days:
Bloomberg - Alex Barinka and Eric Newcomer dig into the IPO prospects for 2016 for tech companies and highlight that valuations may not be pretty.
The Wall Street Journal - Rick Carew and Juro Osawa use our China venture data to discuss the headwinds facing Chinese startups and the mergers with rivals that many are contemplating. (subscription required)
American Banker - Bryan Yurcan and Robert Barba dig into our fin tech data and discuss how banks will respond to threats to their business.
Financial Times - Richard Waters and Nicole Bullock dig into the chasm that exists between public and private funding to tech companies. (subscription required)
A friendly reminder that we are in year 6 of the tech bubble. Be careful out there.
Bubble or not, I still love you.
P.S. Hire a chef, wear jeans to work, and get an Xbox. Corporate innovation unlocked.