Drones market map. Vice Media raises. Smart cities.

Who let the dogs out?

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That's sick

Last week, we asked you which tech topic you were getting sick of. And it looks like the most folks are tiring of the drama at Uber.

Drone on

We identified over 70 leading private companies in the drones space and categorized them into the twelve main categories in which they operate.

Who's down with NVP? Ya, you know me

CB Insights' client Norwest is a legendary VC whose recently funded companies include CognitiveScale, Manthan, and PolicyGenius.

We dug into how they're using CB Insights to discover, assess, and nurture deals here.

By the way, Norwest is also gearing up for an event in San Francisco tomorrow night (June 21) that you might want to check out. It's titled:

“The Magic Behind Creating Top Brands like Casper and Allbirds”

You can register here.

Media madness

Digital media company Vice Media closed its fourth 9-figure financing round on Monday with a $450M private equity raise financed by TPG Capital.

In light of this news, we looked at digital media financing activity and top deals in the space since 2012. All three of the top mega-rounds to date took place this quarter, including Vice's $450M round in the third spot.

Caption contest

After we received hundreds of submissions for our 1st caption contest, we're back with #2.

This time, write the funniest caption for this photo and get a free grass-fed, non-GMO CB Insights "Data > Opinion" t-shirt. Submissions must be made on Twitter.

Thanks to Phil Hobson of Apple Product Design for sending this.

There will be 2 winners. One chosen by our team and one which gets the most favs by others (Audience Choice).

Tech week

Yesterday, tech CEOs and executives met with President Donald Trump to kick off a series of discussions for the White House's first American Technology Council meeting. Among the topics, infrastructure is one area where Trump has pledged a focus.

We put together a market map of startups working to build smarter cities, including categories from transportation to connectivity to urban planning, and more.

Wise words

Peter Drucker is smart.

There is a great essay on the Y Combinator blog about minimum viable products (see The Blurb) which cites our report on why startups fail. It contains this quote which is pretty fantastic.

Industry Standard

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

Fast Company. Ruth Reader (@ruthreader) writes about what Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods means for Instacart and quotes CB Insights senior analyst Kerry Wu (@kerrygwu) on the subject.

CNBC. A look at what Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods means for Blue Apron's IPO plans with a reference to CB Insights valuation data.

The Japan Times. A look at advances in AI to diagnose and respond to conditions with a mention of CB Insights research on AI startups in healthcare.

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Drones market map: 70+ companies navigating unstructured environments

Drone startups are transforming the way data is collected, property is inspected, and goods are delivered. See the market map.
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A few media startups see mega-deals as overall deal activity drops

Q2'17 has seen the three top deals ever to private digital media companies. See the data.
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80+ startups making cities smarter across traffic, waste, energy, water usage, and more

The Internet of Things is helping cities improve everything from traffic data, weather, and parking, to water usage and waste management. See the market map.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

MVP. A minimum viable product is not a product, it's a process.
Y Combinator

Should startups care about profitability? Mark Suster (@msuster) says often investors care more about growth than profits.
Both Sides of the Table

Lessons from the internet bubble. Brad Feld (@bfeld) on growth vs profitability.
Feld Thoughts

A call to brains. Can we mobilize education like manufacturing in WWII?
This is Going to be Big

Vertical AI startups. Solving industry-specific problems by combining AI and subject matter expertise.
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