Beware of those bearing gifts
I'm hearing disturbing rumors that VCs are pawning off their 2nd-tier portfolio companies to corporate investors who are desperate for "innovation."
Actually, we're seeing this as our corporate clients use CB Insights to understand these offers. And honestly, some recent corporate investments clearly indicate that the strategy is working.
Stay vigilant out there.
(h/t Marc Andreessen who has heard many more disturbing rumors)
From consumer to industrial verticals, the Internet of Things is touching all types of business and use cases. We look into IoT funding trends, deal share, and most active investors from 2011 to 2016 year-to-date.
Terrible VC board members
The folks at Bessemer Venture Partners put together this handy summary of the 10 worst types of VC Board members.
Which one do you have?
Some of the most active hedge funds in private tech are putting the brakes on new investments in the US. We look at firms including Tiger Global Management, Coatue Management, Valiant Capital Partners, and more and analyze their investment activity since 2011.
We're #1 - oh wait.
From 2004 to 2013, emerging markets lost $7.8 trillion due to illegal outflows.
The scale of the outflows is eye-popping. China, Russia, Mexico and India led the way.
The scramble for AI
Corporate tech giants from Google, Apple, and Amazon to Facebook and Intel have snapped up more than 20 AI companies in the last three years.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Washington Post. Elizabeth Dwoskin (@lizzadwoskin) reports on the newest hot job title to hit the Valley: Personality Engineer. Her Page 1 story quotes CB Insights data on virtual-assistant startups.
Bloomberg. Fintech startups threaten 250,000 jobs as Europe’s insurers cut costs to compete with emerging tech. Thoughtful piece by Oliver Suess (@OliverSuess) citing CB Insights' Insurtech funding data.
Folio. Greg Dool (@GregDool) refers to CB Insights research on St. Louis tech funding in this profile of Alive Magazine reinvesting in print.
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