H1 2016 Global Tech Exits Report. AI in retail market map. Big auto's bets.
We <3 unicorns

Hi there,


In one word, that describes how I feel after hearing about Brad and Angie's split. More on this below, but first...

...we got exits data.

We just released our 38-page H1 2016 Global Tech Exits Report. The report provides a comprehensive and data-driven look at the first half of 2016's M&A and IPO trends globally.

Check out a few highlights including a big one about unicorn exits finally eclipsing unicorn financing rounds.

That's big.

Down in the first half

There were 1,590+ exits in the first half of 2016, a 17% decrease compared to the same period in 2015. On a quarterly basis, total exits reached 820 in Q2’16, a 6% increase over Q1’16. After an anemic Q1’16, there were 16 tech IPOs in Q2’16, which saw companies including NantHealth and Twilio going public.

The tech bubble is upon us (again)

Dearest tech pundits:

If you call a tech bubble long enough, eventually you will be right. Brangelina have been getting divorced every year since 2010.


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Don't you look smart

We look at the wide array of AI startups focused on retailers and e-commerce businesses, including AI-powered personal shopping apps, natural language processing and image recognition tools for shopping websites, predictive inventory allocation tools, and more.

 The startups in the following graphic have raised roughly $650M in total disclosed equity financing. 

Exits > births

There were 5 billion-dollar exits compared to 4 unicorn births in the second quarter of 2016. We haven't seen that since we started tracking this in Q4'14.

Big auto's big investments

We visualize the moves of a dozen automakers active in private markets since 2011. GM, BMW, Volvo, SAIC, and Audi all have distinct venture arms, while the other corporates are investing directly.

Huge if true

I'm excited for the future of financial media if it looks like this.

The Industry Standard

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

Mashable. Vidhi Doshi (@vidhidoshi91) on how some Indian universities are banning startups from recruiting on campus with a reference to CB Insights data on investment activity in India.

Financial Times. Guy Chazan (@guychazan) dives into discussion about German fintech startups and cites our Pulse of Fintech Report with KPMG.

CNBC. Ari Levy (@levynews) writes about exits exceeding the number of unicorn births for the first time in six quarters and references our H1 2016 Global Tech Exits Report that released today.

Have a great rest of the week. 

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Geographic Spotlight
Silicon Valley doesn't have a monopoly on innovation. Here's a look at startups, emerging industries, and deals elsewhere in the US and the world.

Seattle, Washington is home to Amazon's headquarters and in close proximity to Redmond-based Microsoft. The Emerald City has also produced one of the most recent additions to the unicorn club, OfferUp a marketplace for people to buy and sell things locally. Other companies to come out of Seattle include Zulily, an e-commerce company and PayScale, a platform that provides information on salaries. There were over 70 deals to VC-backed companies in Seattle in 2016 year-to-date. Here are the 5 largest.
  • OfferUp raised a $119M tranche of a Series C round.
  • Alpine Immune Sciences, focused on protein-based immunotherapies, raised a $48M Series A.
  • PayScale raised $42.25M in private equity.
  • Remitly, a mobile payments service, raised a $38.5M Series C.
  • Qumulo, a data storage company, raised a $32.5M Series C.

The H1 2016 Global Tech Exits Report

A deep dive into tech M&A and IPO trends, covering top investors and VCs, largest exits, and much more. Download the report.
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