Future of Fintech. Construction tech funding. Houzz raises.

I don't get it

Hi there,

Some beautiful charts (by us) and not so beautiful ones (by others) in today's newsletter, but first, have you been watching the #FutureFintech livestream and tracking it on Twitter and Instagram?

You should be.

Fintech 250

We revealed the Fintech 250 — a list of the 250 most promising private fintech companies changing the face of financial services — at the Future of Fintech today.

So lost

Got home from the Central Park Zoo reception last night and spent 15 minutes trying to understand this.

What the F is this? Someone help me.


Build me up

We looked at annual and quarterly investment trends as well as deal share and geographic distribution in the construction tech space. Q1’17 reached a quarterly deal high of 20 deals.

Citi startup discovery

Citi uses CB Insights to support its discovery of startups — check out how they're using CBI as their CRM for Innovation.

Citi’s Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) is one such example where they use the CBI platform. T4I is a global open innovation competition to promote integrity and fight corruption, and it recently completed six demo days around the globe, where close to 100 finalists presented solutions to help the public sector fight some of its biggest challenges.

In the Houzz

On Friday, home-decor e-commerce startup Houzz closed a $400M Series E round. In light of the news, we looked at where Houzz’s raise stands amidst other deals in the e-commerce home furnishings space, and how the company stacks up against Pinterest.

This chart taught me nothing

But I'm definitely having chicken for dinner tonight.

Dentist > bank

Harit Talwar — CEO of Marcus at Goldman Sachs — joined us for day 1 of the Future of Fintech to discuss online lending and the customer experience. Talwar went on to say that there's something seriously wrong with banks if stats show that most people prefer visiting dentists.

Industry Standard

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

Bloomberg. Camila Russo (@camirusso) and Simone Foxman (@simonefoxman) write about Michael Novogratz's discussion on cryptocurrencies at day 1 of the CB Insights Future of Fintech conference.

BuzzFeed. Venessa Wong (@venessawwong) writes about corporate food venture funds and quotes CB Insights analyst Zoe Leavitt (@zoe_leavitt) on the subject.

Boston Herald. Jessica Van Sack (@jvansack) writes about influencer startups and cites CB Insights investment data.

SF Chronicle. Kathleen Pender (@kathpender) writes about mortgage startup Sindeo's shut down and references CB Insights research on the subject.

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P.S. If you can't join us for day 2 of the Future of Fintech conference tomorrow, follow along on our livestream.

The fintech 250

Who are the emerging fintech companies that will change the face of financial services? Find out here.
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Construction tech deal pace slows slightly after steady rise

Q1'17 marked the fourth consecutive quarter of deal growth, but Q2 is on track for a significant slowdown. See the data.
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Home-decor e-commerce startup Houzz closes $400M at nearly $4B valuation

Houzz's latest mega-round is the largest ever raise of any home furnishings-focused e-commerce startup. Read about it.
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Goldman Sachs exec: Most people would rather see their dentists than their bankers

Goldman Sachs' Marcus business launched in October 2016 and has passed $1B in loans. CEO Harit Talwar says the focus is customer experience. Check it out.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Doing the heavy lifting. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) says not all venture capital firms in your syndicate will be the same.

The real threat of AI. Kai-fu Lee (@kaifulee) says artificial intelligence will not lead to robot overlords, but unprecedented inequality.
New York Times

Lobbying tech. A podcast on lobbying and how it plays out for tech companies in particular.

The only metric that matters. Josh Elman (@joshelman) says the only thing you need to think about is whether people are using your product, and whether they are using it at the frequency in which you expect.
Greylock Partners

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