Happy 420 day
Greetings from the UK (near'ish Manchester).
As expected, the Final Four matchup between Sequoia and A16Z is super competitive. Sequoia is currently leading by the smallest of margins — 50.8% to 49.2%.
Voting closes April 24th.
Collision 2016 watch list
We created a public list of companies that will be at the Collision Conference this year, which starts April 26 in New Orleans. Using our platform, search "Collision Conference 4.26.2016" in our company lists to access it. The list is also available in Excel form on the "Research" tab under Analytics & Research.
BTW, several of us from CB Insights will be at Collision next week. Hopefully we can meet up.
The reason we need driverless vehicles...
...is because humans are stupid.
Maybe one of these 30 corporations working on autonomous vehicles can help. Besides making us safer, here are 13 industries driverless cars will impact (beyond automotive).
Cannabis startups raised over $213M in 2015 as deals hit a new high in Q4’15. We highlight some of the various startup companies entering the cannabis market in the following graphic.
Down in the dumps
Despite seeing record investments to VC-backed companies in 2015, Q4'15 saw a dramatic drop in global funding and deals, and the slowdown continued in Q1'16. We analyzed the VC pullback and find the slack in deal count can be attributed to the drop-off in seed activity.
Germany is home to a number of prominent startups and ranks fifth among the top countries in the number of tech exits in 2015. We highlight 11 early-stage German tech companies to keep an eye on across a variety of industries, from digital health to real estate tech to payments, and more.
College debt wasn't enough for Americans. Now day care is more expensive than college in nearly 1/2 of US states.
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.
Mashable. Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) spoke with Shuddle executives, investors and employees about the warning signs that preceded the company shutting down. His piece includes a chart of CB Insights on-demand funding data.
Shanghai Daily. Xinhua (@XHNews) reports on the Q1 Venture Pulse report by CB Insights and KPMG, which showed a decline in funding to Chinese companies.
LA Times. LA startups notched another slowdown in the first quarter. Paresh Dave (@peard33) cites data on fewer $1B companies from the Venture Pulse Report.
Tech Cocktail. Conor Cawley (@ConorCawley) debunks the myth that 8 of 10 startups fail within the first 18 months, citing CB Insights post mortems research on the most common causes of failure.
City A.M. DN Capital founder and CEO Nenad Marovac (@nenadmarovac) argues that we aren’t on the verge of another dot-com bust, giving examples from CB Insights Unicorn Tracker data.
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P.S. Our CPG webinar is coming up. It's gonna be good.