Care & feeding of unicorns
4 of 10 US unicorns are likely to need to raise a round in the final 6 months of this year. Depending on how they fare in the latter half of the year, we'll know if the proverbial bubble has popped.
One headwind they will be facing is that the usual deep-pocketed investors for these unicorn financings are starting to slow down their activity. Mutual funds have already slowed down, and some of the most active of these crossover investors have shifted away from the US.
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A few new additions to the already insane lineup at the Future of Fintech Conference.
Ticket rates go up again next week so register today.
- Paypal, Chief Credit Risk Officer - Sean Rowles
- NEA, General Partner - Ravi Viswanathan
- Scotiabank, SVP Global Wholesale & Wealth Technology - Karl Abbott
We look at 92 of the most well-funded startup failures of all time.
The reasons for failure are varied, but a few common threads do emerge such as running out of money, inability to generate sustainable revenue, bad product-market fit, and losing to competitors.
Fun with numbers
I did not know this. Pretty cool.
We analyzed corporate venture financing trends in recent years. Funding rose through much of 2015, reflecting the stepped-up presence of corporates, but we also saw a sharp year-end drop-off in 2015, mirroring the sentiment shift in the VC space as a whole.
Wearables cool down
We analyze the annual and quarterly trends in funding to wearable computing over the last five years. For much of 2015, funding to wearables startups was on track to fall to a five-year low, and annual funding totals have not budged much from those seen in 2012 and 2013.
CB Insights is the authority on emerging tech, venture capital, and startups. Here are some of the latest media articles featuring CB Insights data.
CNET. Max Taves (@maxtaves) interviews senior analyst Matt Wong (@mlcwong) about signs the on-demand economy might be dying.
Siliconbeat. In line with CB Insights data on the 2015 funding slowdown, Michelle Quinn (@michellequinn) reports that Silicon Valley’s “undertaker” has seen a pickup in business.
Knight Foundation. Matt Haggman (@matthaggman) shares his ideas on what Miami should do to support its startup community, citing CB Insights data on the declining costs of launching a tech company.
Modern Healthcare. Widespread consumer dissatisfaction with insurance providers has spurred increased interest in startups in the space, writes Bob Herman (@MHbherman), citing the latest CB Insights funding data.
Forward Compatibility. Peter Vander Auwera (@petervan) is tired of simplistic views of disruption, citing our now-famous Unbundling of a Bank infographic. He argues that startups and incumbents will have to work together.
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