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Leonardo DiCaprio

Hi there,

More baller (kids still say that?) speakers for our Future of Fin Tech Conference.

This morning, we added:
  • Ron Suber (@ronsuber) - President of Prosper (unicorn valued at $1.9B)
  • Jaidev Shergill (@jshergill) - Founder & Head of Capital One Ventures 

Five days left to get early bird pricing.

This is going to sell out, and because we're the type of ruthless capitalists that Leonardo DiCaprio hates, prices will go up (see section below re: Leo).


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My heart will go on 

This is the first and probably only newsletter that will mention Leonardo DiCaprio. (Actually
if this newsletter does really well, we'll be mentioning Leo all the time.)

Anyways, Leonardo DiCaprio was at Davos and was slamming corporate greed and the terrible things they've done to the environment. DiCaprio's claims probably have merit but when you read the following headline, it kind of all seems hollow.



Been noticing more of these "do as I say not as I do" missives of late (mostly from very wealthy folks).
  • Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook says MBAs are not really all that useful to work in tech despite having an MBA.
  • Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook and now Asana, calls for balancing work & life despite having not balanced them at Facebook.
  • David H. Hansson, co-founder of Basecamp, talks about extreme wealth being overrated in the same essay where he talks about buying a yellow Lamborghini.
One day, I hope I'll get to say stuff like this too.

The United States of startups

The tech boom has diffused beyond the traditional hotbeds in California, New York, and Massachusetts, across the entire United States. We look at the most well-funded startups by state



Chatting with ISIS

The Wall Street Journal broke down which chat apps ISIS prefers. Interesting.




SPV in venture

Roland Reynolds (@rolandreynolds) of Industry Ventures dives into the topic of Special Purpose Vehicles and how they are being used to help finance many earlier stage-VC backed companies.


Root for the Denver Broncos

Given how the markets are doing, we can probably use all the help we can get.




E-commerce spotlight

Using CB Insights' Mosaic algorithm, we identify some of the hottest early-stage e-commerce startups.



I love you.

Anand
@asanwal

P.S. We just crossed 18,000 followers on Twitter (@cbinsights). Lots of interesting graphs, data, and sarcasm. Follow us here.

 

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The most well-funded tech startups in every US state

Our map infographic shows the top tech startups in every US state, as determined by funding totals. They include Avant, DraftKings, and Vice Media. See the map.
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The mainstreaming of Special Purpose Vehicles in venture

Roland Reynolds (@rolandreynolds), managing director at Industry Ventures, writes about the changing role of SPVs. Read about his findings.
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10 high-momentum early-stage e-commerce companies to watch

CB Insights' Mosaic score helps track the health of private companies. Food and meal kit delivery startups are hot, taking 4 of the top 10 spots. See the list.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles on private companies, venture capital, emerging industries, and innovation.

At 83, I decided to develop an app. For the past two years, Donald Rumsfeld (@Rumsfeldoffice) has been working on a mobile app involving a card game that dates back to at least the Second World War.
Medium


6 things to expect when your company hits 100 people. From upholding values to modifying operations, Christine Tsai (@christine_tsai) of 500 Startups lists her thoughts on what to expect as a company grows.
Medium


Machine learning vs. quants. Bradford Cross (@bradfordcross) writes about the advantages of machine learning in finance.
Oap


How to wake up at 5AM and build your startup. Patrick Park (@parkhmp7), founder of Krown.io, talks about enhancing your productivity and accomplishing goals by making small changes to your schedule.
Medium


My first VC meeting. Eli Portnoy (@eportnoy) of Sense360 discusses the rejection he faced during his first VC meeting, and how he hopes VCs can display empathy for entrepreneurs, even if they are not interested in their ideas.
Medium

Don't mind the share price. Albert Wenger (@albertwenger) of Union Square Ventures says to ignore short term swings in share price, and to instead focus on whether your company is making real progress.
Continuations


Privilege and inequality in Silicon Valley. Ricky Yean (@rickyyean), CEO of PRX, talks about why few successful startup founders grew up desperately poor.
Medium


How to talk about competitors. Dharmesh Shah (@dharmesh), founder and CTO of HubSpot, provides insight on how to deal with the topic of competitors.
Medium
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