Tech activity in Australia and New Zealand. Real estate companies to watch out for. IIoT funding and growth.
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Deals down under

We look at financing trends for Australia- and New Zealand-based tech startups, as well as the most active investors in the two markets. Combined, they have seen a nearly linear increase in the number of deals happening over the last 5 years.

Uber winning while Lyft and TLC are struggling

Todd Schneider analyzed open Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) data to look at the taxi industry, Uber's growth and Lyft's traction struggles in NYC.

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Very cool

Amazing pic by NASA of Space Shuttle Endeavour heading toward Earth orbit a few years ago.

Movin' on up

Q1’16 saw a quarterly record of 56 deals to real estate tech startups. We identified the 9 largest financings to real estate tech companies in the last 12 months.

Machine money

We look into industrial IoT funding trends, deal share, and most active investors. The IIoT category is driving a significant amount of this investment, accounting for nearly a third of overall IoT investment in the last quarter.

That's more like it

After we said the Elite 8 matchups weren't very close yesterday, folks must have let their portfolio companies know as things tightened up in the Series A VC bracket.

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The Elite 8 ends on April 17th

If you already voted, here is another sports poll on what you watched last night.

Industry standard

CB Insights is the authority on emerging tech, venture capital, and startups. Here are some of the latest media articles featuring CB Insights and our data.

CNBC. Just five startups passed the $1B valuation mark in Q1, reports Anita Balakrishnan (@MsABalakrishnan), citing the new Venture Pulse Report from CB Insights and KPMG.

Institutional Investor. Stock options could help growing startups retain employees during trying times, writes Dan Weil (@iimag). He points to the Downround Tracker, which has tracked 60 downrounds from private companies since the start of 2015.

Lux Capital. Shahin Farshchi (@Farshchi) says it’s a fantastic time to be a deep-tech investor, outlining the lessons he’s learned and citing CB Insights Frontier Tech report.  

The Heights. Juan Olavarria (@Juan_Heights) analyzes the reasons behind Boston’s emergence as a startup hub, referring to CB Insights funding data.

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P.S. Dear procrastinators tomorrow is the deadline for the private company presentation track at the Future of Fintech Conference

Australia and New Zealand tech deal activity jumps 8x since 2011

The Kiwi and Aussie tech scenes saw a deal high in 2015, but activity did slip in the last two quarters. See the data.
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9 real estate tech companies that raised $50M+ rounds in the last year

Shanghai-based real estate tech startup Aiwujiwu raised two $100M+ mega-rounds in the last 12 months. See the list.
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Funding to industrial IoT startups bounced back after two quarters of declines

The industrial IoT is driving roughly one-third of investment in the broader IoT category. Over half the deals are happening at the early stage. See the data.
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The Blurb

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

Networks, target markets, and company structure. Jeffrey Carter (@pointsnfigures) says it is important to think about these three factors and the relationships between them at the early stage of a company.
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Selling to developers. In this podcast, Peter Levine (@peter_levine) and Martin Casado (@martin_casado) offer their observations and advice about selling to developers and open source business models.

Who has the brighter future? Tien Tzuo (@tientzuo) dives into the discussion about Apple vs Amazon Web Services, and says he believes AWS will take the reins as everything moves to a subscription-based economy. 

The benefits of staying private. Dave Whorton (@dgwhorton), founder of the Tugboat Group, explains why public companies and startups that require venture capital are too dependent on others to thrive.

Snapchat should start paying its users. Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) believes mobile apps won't be popular for long if they can't give their everyday users a good reason to keep making content.

Startups on steroids. Bryce Roberts (@bryce) compares the use of steroids in sports to the certain instances of dependency on outside funding to fuel growths for startups.

How to make Pittsburgh a startup hub. Paul Graham (@paulg) provides a series of suggestions to help turn Pittsburgh into the next Silicon Valley, from encouraging the "youth driven food boom" that is driving youngsters to the region to maintaining cheap housing to making the city a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly city.
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How I cheated LinkedIn. Didac Hormiga shares his unconventional approach to being recruited.
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