Chinese investors in U.S. tech. Used car marketplace funding trends. Startups helping the elderly.
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Chinese bets on US tech

We dug into the activity of China-based investors and found they backed a record number of deals to US-based tech companies last year. Among their targets were Lyft, Snapchat, Yik Yak, and others. 


Chinese internet giants like Alibaba Group, Tencent, and Renren Lianhe Holdings have been among the most active in deals, even as the overall trend slowed down in 2016 year-to-date. 

This is part of the ongoing globalization of US VC investing. International firms accounted for over a quarter of VCs investing in US companies in the last quarter, according to our Q1'16 Venture Pulse report (that's up from just 18% in Q2'15).


No lemons

We looked at funding trends to startups working on used car marketplaces, a hot space. The used car e-commerce space has caught the attention of prominent investors including Sequoia Capital, KKR, Tiger Global Management, Digital Sky Technologies, and Baidu.

Never heard of it

Only 15% of Americans have ever used a ride-hailing app, per new Pew data. One-third of them don't even know what that is. 

Golden years

We identify 11 startups working to help the elderly, attacking spaces ranging from home care, to monitoring systems, to social networks designed for the elderly. 

The Industry Standard

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

Bloomberg. Japan’s big gaming companies are joining the rush to invest in VR startups. Pavel Alpeyev (@pashakun), Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56), and Takashi Amano (@Takashi_Amano) cite CB Insights funding data showing we’ve already surpassed 2015’s funding total.

St. Louis Business Journal. A St. Louis startup is on the receiving end of some of the increasing funding to blockchain. Brian Feldt’s (@stlbizbfeldt) report refers to CB Insights trend data.

San Francisco Chronicle. Thomas Lee’s (@ByTomLee) wide-ranging interview with venture capitalist Tim Draper refers to the CB Insights Tech IPO Pipeline report.

Geektime. Gedalyah Reback (@gedalyahreback) takes a look at the funding environment for insurance tech companies, citing CB Insights research on the industry.

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AR/VR funding spikes thanks to Magic Leap's mega-deals

Google announced major forays into the VR space at the Google I/O space, which wrapped up today. As we mentioned in the Bloomberg story above, Japan's gaming giants are also rushing in. We recently updated our trends on funding to the space. See the data.
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The rise of Chinese investors into US tech companies

With Chinese corporates like Tencent and Alibaba on the hunt for for US opportunities, 2015 saw more than 140 deals to US tech startups with Chinese investor participation. The pace has slowed this year, however. See the data.
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Used car marketplace startups see record funding

India and China combine for more than half the deals to used car e-commerce and a flurry of $100M+ mega-rounds. See the data.
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11 startups improving the lives of the elderly

We used CB insights to identify companies that are helping the elderly in different ways. See the list.
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The Blurb

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

Why I'm teaching prisoners to code. Chris Redlitz of The Last Mile describes the thinking behind Code.7370 San Quentin, a program to rehabilitate prisoners by teaching them to code.


Data pitfalls. Monica Rogati (@mrogati) talks about data pitfalls, from assuming data is clean to excluding/including outliers to ignoring seasonality, and more.

Pre-revenue companies. Leo Polovets (@lpolovets) dives into discussion about how investors value pre-revenue companies.
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Not all upsell is created equal. Nick Mehta (@nrmehta) provides an expansion taxonomy to help answer questions about how to handle upsell.

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Social entrepreneurship. TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie (@blakemycoskie) shares advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs. 

Amazon is not your friend. Caroline Fairchild (@cfair1) talks about Amazon's impact on both the retail and delivery spaces.
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