We <3 unicorns
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
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.
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
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.
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