Sean McCormack, the CTO of Harley-Davidson, will be joining us at The Innovation Summit. The entire speaker lineup is insane.
Get your tickets. The hotel block is now full except for a handful of suites.
Jobs for the 1%
FYI - Tomorrow's newsletter will have VC and M&A jobs from our clients. If you are a client with a position you'd like featured, please send to me by 2pm ET.
Taking on insurance
Sequoia Capital-backed Lemonade, the NYC-based peer to peer insurance provider, which raised a monster $13M seed round last December looks to have raised an additional $33M per a filing unearthed by the CB Insights Cruncher on Friday evening.
Lemonade CEO Dan Schreiber had some choice words for the insurance industry at CB Insights Future of FinTech conference last year.
Be sure to get our insurance tech newsletter for more insurance industry insights.
We inadvertently caused some issues in one subscriber's marriage.
Supply chain and logistics tech has seen a big funding bump this year. We look at the investors that have done the most deals into the space. SV Angel, FundersClub, KPCB, & NEA top the list.
Jack: Do you know what Pied Piper’s product is Richard?
Married: thought leadership AND dealflow
Our friends at KEC Ventures, an early stage firm in NYC, worked with Kerry and Britie on the CB Insights team for some data as part of this great post on freight trucking. The post by Brian Laung Aoaeh (@brianlaungaoaeh) and John Azubuike (@jnazubuike) of KEC is data-rich and worth a read.
In a note to our team after, Brian wrote, "Thanks for showing us how to use CB Insights to get data for the post. It's already helped generate some additional dealflow for us in the space."
And the post just got blasted to the 220k on our newsletter. Dealflow-in-a-box.
Investors first, customers second.
As we highlighted in Friday's newsletter, First Round Capital just came out with their great state of startups report. One of the questions FRC asks founders is why they might not be successful.
Look at how far down customers are on this list.
It's a good reminder of this conversation on the show Silicon Valley between Richard Hendricks and Action Jack Barker, the CEO brought in to run Pied Piper.
Richard: Is it me?
Jack: Pied Piper’s product is its stock. Whatever makes the value of the stock go up is what we are going to make. Maybe sometime in the future, we can change the world and perform miracles and all of that stuff. I hope we do. But like I told you before, I am not going to mortgage the present for that.
Bryce Roberts of Indie.vc has a good article about this in The Blurb below.
While investors overall are pursuing fewer new tech investments in the US, investors from China have ramped up. Between 2012 and 2015, deal activity rose over 4.5X. We look at Chinese investors' participation in US tech deals since 2011.
Where the stock isn't the product
Not all founders view their product as the stock.
Case in point is Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilio. Check out the video that Fred Wilson posted on his AVC blog (in The Blurb) and see how many times Jeff mentions and talks about customers. At the 15 min mark, he actually says "investors don't matter. Customers are what matters."
Help me help you
We identified 10 companies to watch offering solutions aimed at flexible workforce recruitment and management. Scheduling and management company Skedulo is featured below.
Funding to startups offering technologies for use in-store is rising to an all-time high this year, even as overall investment to e-commerce contracts. We look at the 8 most important trends shaping retail going forward.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Bloomberg. Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) and Hiroyuki Nakagawa write about "the Laundroid," a robot that is being developed to assist with laundry-related tasks, and cite CB Insights funding data.
CNBC. Jeniece Pettitt (@jeniecep) discusses driverless car company Seegrid and references CB Insights research on autonomous vehicles.
Lexology. A look at how fintech deals are reshaping financial services with reference to CB Insights global investment data.
I love you.
P.S. Want to know about the latest tech moves by automakers? Sign up for our newsletter and keep up.