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Hi there,

Here are the past week's top 10 research briefs:

Downrounds now more common than unicorn births
Downround activity has shot up in recent quarters, eclipsing the new unicorn count in the last two quarters.





Where CPG corporates are investing in food, personal care, tech, and more
We analyzed where 14 of the top consumer packaged goods brands and investors are investing in private markets.





Drone funding falls as large deals are mostly absent
Q1'16 only saw 2 deals to drone startups of $20M or more in size, compared to 7 the previous quarter. However, Q1'16 was the third quarter in a row in which activity broke the 20-deal mark.





Corporations working on autonomous vehicles
Google might be the biggest name chasing self-driving cars, but a host of automakers, auto brands and other tech heavyweights are also investing heavily in driverless R&D.




The cannabis gold rush: startups across delivery, compliance, news, and more
As the marijuana legalization debate rages, deals to cannabis startups are hitting new highs. Investors active in the space include DCM, Founders Fund, as well as Casa Verde Capital, Snoop Dogg's cannabis-focused fund.




The most active VCs in ed tech and their investments in one infographic
We ranked the top VC and CVC investors in ed tech and visualized their portfolio companies. Top investors include NewSchools Venture Fund, 500 Startups, and Learn Capital.




Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple in a rush to grab artificial intelligence startups
Over 60% of the AI companies acquired in the last 3 years had VC backing. There have been 4 major acquisitions already in 2016.




Private companies unbundling P&G and the consumer packaged goods industry
Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble is under attack from a number of specialized private companies. Here are the consumer goods companies unbundling P&G's brand portfolio.




Who are the top real estate tech VCs?
Felicis, RRE, and MetaProp have emerged among the top real estate tech investors, as seen in our new analysis of VCs active in this hot category.





US early-stage tech report
In March 2016, consumer products companies saw large $10M+ Series A deals, giving the sector a new monthly high in dollar share.





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Anand
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