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Moving Inventory: Funding To Auto Commerce Companies Continues To Soar | #VentureCanvas

Alyce Ge | CBInsights


The hype surrounding autonomous driving is reaching mainstream consciousness, while OEMs have been exploring new car ownership models in light of explosive growth in ride-hailing services.

However, despite these trends — and despite used car marketplace Beepi’s very public failure earlier this year — deals and funding in the traditional auto commerce sector are still making a strong showing. CarGurus‘ strong IPO highlighted companies working with the existing retail ecosystem, and we’ve also explored a few of these startups previously with our compare companies tool.

Deals to vehicle sales, financing, and leasing startups in 2017 have already exceeded total deal activity last year, while funding is also on track to exceed 2016 levels — in part due to the rise of car sales platforms abroad.

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Source: Moving Inventory: Funding To Auto Commerce Companies Continues To Soar

 

The Most Hated Profession Gets Automated As Legal Tech Heats Up | #VentureCanvas

Alex Paci | CBInsights


Legal tech startups have already reached a high in deal count this year, as technology aimed at automating high-cost, white-color professions gains investor attention.

By offering software solutions that streamline law offices’ workload, automating rote and repeatable work, projects that might have previously required hundreds of hours of human capital, could be accomplished much more efficiently.

 

FINTECH TRENDS Q3 2017 RESEARCH BRIEFING

Fintech deals and funding are on track to reach record highs in 2017. See what’s happened in Q3’17, we’ll review the deals, dollars, investments, and more.

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Source: The Most Hated Profession Gets Automated As Legal Tech Heats Up

 

Google, Amazon, Alibaba, And The Battle For Fintech In India | #VentureCanvas

Meghna Rao | CBInsights


With historically weak banks and many citizens without proper identification, India has always lagged in access to financial services.

A July 2017 Ernst & Young study found that 19% of India’s population of 1.2B were still unbanked — representing a huge opportunity for those fintech players nimble enough to cater to India’s unique market. 

The wide availability of smartphones and more fintech-friendly government policies have paved the way for innovation, luring Google, Amazon, Alibaba, and other outside companies more deeply into the Indian payments space.

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Source: Google, Amazon, Alibaba, And The Battle For Fintech In India

 

Battery Breakthrough: How Startups, Tech Giants, And Automakers Could Finally Make EVs Go The Distance | #VentureCanvas

Madelyn Young | CBInsights


Now that Tesla, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and other carmakers are selling electric vehicle (EV) models at sticker prices of $35,000 or less, electric vehicles could finally become affordable for the average car buyer. But even as costs come down, some people are still hesitant to buy EVs due to battery capacity and “range anxiety.”

When considering an EV purchase, all car buyers essentially have the same questions:

How far can the battery go? 

How long does it take to charge?

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Source: Battery Breakthrough: How Startups, Tech Giants, And Automakers Could Finally Make EVs Go The Distance

 

Unbundling Intuit: The Fintech Startups Attacking the Tax & Accounting Software Giant | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Wong | CBInsights


Founded in 1983, Intuit has built itself into a financial and accounting software giant with a product line catering to individuals, small businesses, and accountants.

But despite a market capitalization of over $37B, Intuit faces the threat of “unbundling” from a host of competitors who are attacking the incumbent in each of its individual product lines and services rather than head on across its entire portfolio.

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Source: Unbundling Intuit: The Fintech Startups Attacking the Tax & Accounting Software Giant

 

Fintech Report Preview: Fintech Deals Reach All-Time Quarterly High | #VentureCanvas

Emily Adler | CBInsights


The past quarter saw a record number of deals to VC-backed fintech companies globally, at 283. If the current run rate holds steady in Q4’17, global fintech investment dollars and deal activity could top new highs in 2017.

In 2017 year-to-date, deals stand at 825 worth $12.7B in funding.

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Source: Fintech Report Preview: Fintech Deals Reach All-Time Quarterly High

 

Big Tech In AI: What Amazon, Apple, Google, GE, And Others Are Working On | #VentureCanvas

Deepashri Varadharajan | CBInsights


Artificial intelligence is the future of big tech — and is already an integral part of the consumer and enterprise products at Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Google.

Now network connectivity providers like Cisco and Oracle are integrating advanced machine learning algorithms into their IT and cloud infrastructures, while GE has focused its efforts on AI for the industrial internet of things.

AI startups have played a huge role in advancing the internal R&D efforts at big tech companies:

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Source: Big Tech In AI: What Amazon, Apple, Google, GE, And Others Are Working On

 

Infographic: Google’s Biggest Acquisitions | #VentureCanvas

Thomas Sineau | CBInsights


Eleven years ago, tech giant Google announced its largest acquisition since it incorporated in a Menlo Park garage, paying $1.7B for YouTube, a video platform that at the time had fewer than 100 employees.

Since then, Google’s checkbook has opened wide (as we highlighted in our deep dive into Google’s M&A strategy), with close to 200 M&A transactions announced over the past decade.

This includes six $1B+ acquisitions, such as marketing solutions provider DoubleClick ($3.1B, 2007) and navigation app Waze ($1.15B, 2013). More recently, the company made a big push into AI, acquiring UK-based DeepMind ($650M, 2014).

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Source: Infographic: Google’s Biggest Acquisitions

 

10 New Funds Focused on Southeast Asia | #VentureCanvas

Meghna Rao | CBInsights


This year, funding into Southeast Asia has already hit an annual all-time high, with startups closing a total of $6.5B in 2017 YTD (9/13/2017) — more money than the region has ever pulled in before.

Those investing in the region include China’s tech giants, the region’s conglomerates owned by some of the region’s richest families, and venture capital funds. In the past year, several new funds have also entered the arena specifically targeting the region.

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Source: 10 New Funds Focused on Southeast Asia

 

We analyzed 7 of the fastest-growing personal finance apps of all time to figure out the secrets to their success — here’s what we learned | #VentureCanvas

Marcelo Ballve | CBInsights


An explosion of new consumer finance brands is transforming how people save, spend, and manage their money.

Ninety-two million millennials will soon be in what Goldman Sachs calls their “prime spending years.” In aggregate, they command $1.3 trillion in annual spending. They have a deep antipathy to traditional financial institutions.

A host of startups have emerged to capitalize on this trend. These companies are making it easier to make a budget, invest, and buy stocks, as well as to get loans and credit cards.

The secrets of user growth

To build a successful personal finance management tool, it’s important to understand the dynamics of user acquisition and growth.

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Source: We analyzed 7 of the fastest-growing personal finance apps of all time to figure out the secrets to their success — here’s what we learned

 

New Microscopic DNA Machines Could Deploy Drug Therapies Right Into Cells | #VentureCanvas

Madelyn Young | CBInsights


Common medical treatments often allow drugs to indiscriminately target healthy tissues alongside unhealthy ones, leading to unpleasant or harmful side effects.

To minimize the negative side effects from drug treatments, scientists are continually seeking new ways to more precisely target diseased cells.

Research Briefing: Healthcare Horizons

We’ll deep dive into 27 promising startups across 9 categories that are working on cutting edge developments in biotech, medical devices, and digital health.

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Source: New Microscopic DNA Machines Could Deploy Drug Therapies Right Into Cells

 

Travel Tech Market Map: 95+ Startups Changing Where You Go & How You Get There | #VentureCanvas

Thomas Sineau | CBInsights


After an initial wave of disruption that witnessed online booking websites overtaking traditional travel agents, travel tech startups have progressively spread the digital revolution to other parts of the industry.

From home-sharing unicorn Airbnb to nascent smart luggage brands, investors are continuing to place bets on travel tech companies, with over $10B raised by these startups since 2015.

We used CB Insights data to identify over 95 private travel tech startups and mapped them across 9 main subcategories, from general booking & search services to a range of niche markets such as private jet booking, smart luggage, and more.

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Source: Travel Tech Market Map: 95+ Startups Changing Where You Go & How You Get There

 

18 Network Technology Companies To Watch | #VentureCanvas

Jud Waite | CBInsights


Today, nearly half of the world’s population has internet access. As this figure grows, so too will the complexity of networks and connectivity. To keep pace, ongoing innovations in information technology are increasing the efficiency and reliability of these ever-expanding networks. Software-defined networking, or SDN, in particular, has changed the way information moves around the world.

Using the CB Insights Platform, we surfaced 18 notable network technology startups developing systems to increase the reliability, efficiency, and security of data mobility while reducing costs. These companies vary widely in their offerings, but generally leverage software to manage network functionality.

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Source: 18 Network Technology Companies To Watch

 

Development & Operations Market Map: 75+ Companies Facilitating Software Production | #VentureCanvas

Jud Waite | CBInsights


Last year, development & operations startups reached an all-time funding high. While the sector is on pace to see fewer deals and dollars in 2017, investment activity remains strong.

Within the space, testing, monitoring, and containerization companies remain a focus for institutional investors. However, companies often provide a suite of services across multiple domains.

Using CB Insights data, we identified 75+ private companies in the development & operations industry that have raised disclosed equity funding in the past 24 months. We then categorized each startup into one of 7 main categories: product management, development, test & review, logging & monitoring, delivery & deployment, containerization, and code management.

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Source: Development & Operations Market Map: 75+ Companies Facilitating Software Production

 

AI Will Displace 10 Million Jobs — More Than Were Eliminated By The Great Recession | #VentureCanvas

Deepashri Varadharajan | CBInsights


The shift from traditional manufacturing to computer-enabled industry took nearly a century. But the shift from personal computing to billions of smartphones, massive networks, and the IoT has taken just a couple of decades.

And the next phase of technological evolution is already underway: advanced neural networks that learn, adapt, and respond to situations.

With AI and automation advancing at a breakneck pace, society’s capacity to respond is being stretched to the limit.

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Source: AI Will Displace 10 Million Jobs — More Than Were Eliminated By The Great Recession

 

Unicorns Abroad: The Creation Of Billion-Dollar Startups Is Shifting Out Of The US | #VentureCanvas

Meghna Rao | CBInsights


Today, there are 214 unicorn startups globally — private companies that have reached a valuation of $1B+.

Of these, the United States has taken the largest share of the world’s most valuable private companies, with 127 US-based startups reaching unicorn status since 2013. China follows in second place, producing 59 unicorn companies over the same time period.

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Source: Unicorns Abroad: The Creation Of Billion-Dollar Startups Is Shifting Out Of The US

 

Breaking Down The Multi-Billion Dollar Supplements Landscape | #VentureCanvas

John Prendergass | CBInsights


The dietary supplement industry is unregulated by the FDA and prone to deceptive marketing tactics. And yet, more than $12B is spent every year — according to the NIH — on products ranging from pediatric vitamins to plant-based nutraceuticals purported to prevent aging.

The FDA defines dietary supplements as products containing ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and enzymes, often sold in forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, powders, and liquids. Dietary supplements often lack the extensive federal oversight, years of clinical research, and intricate supply chain issues of their medical device and pharmaceutical counterparts. This relatively straightforward product development cycle, combined with an increasing consumer focus on personal wellness, has resulted in continued growth in the supplement sector.

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Source: Breaking Down The Multi-Billion Dollar Supplements Landscape

 

Market Map: 45+ Indian Startups Focused On Education | #VentureCanvas

Meghna Rao | CBInsights


Since 2012, the number of equity deals to tech startups in India has increased every year. Simultaneously, after a global dip in edtech investment activity in 2016, this year is on pace to bounce back in terms of both deals and dollars, as investors bet on education.

India’s edtech industry is still nascent, but in the country of 1.3B there are plenty of areas for startups to cover. And success stories in other emerging economies hint at potential growth in the future — in China, tutoring startup Yuanfudao reached a $1B unicorn valuation this past May, with more than $244M in disclosed funding from investors such as Tencent Holdings, Warburg Pincus, IDG Capital, and others.

Even now there are noteworthy companies gaining traction in India, with some even attracting attention from global investors — such as Tencent Holdings-backed BYJU’s, which offers a learning app for K–12 students as well as for users preparing for standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, JEE, and others.

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Source: Market Map: 45+ Indian Startups Focused On Education

 

Analyzing Stash Invest: The Millennial-Focused Investing App On Track To Reach 1 Million Users In 2 Years | #VentureCanvas

Lindsay Davis | CBInsights


One of the fastest-growing fintech startups in the US today is Stash Invest, or Stash. The New York-based savings and brokerage startup aims to make it easier for underserved, lower-income users to invest in the stock market.

Stash leverages education as a key differentiator among robo-advisors and uses a micro-investing model, which means users can make more frequent investments at fractional dollar amounts. The small dollar amounts has brought in large number of first-time investors — especially millennials — who had previously stayed out of the market.

Stash’s approach has gone viral among first-time investors who account for 60% of Stash’s customers, including customers in lower-income brackets that cannot afford a traditional wealth manager and are hesitant to invest all of their savings at once.

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Source: Analyzing Stash Invest: The Millennial-Focused Investing App On Track To Reach 1 Million Users In 2 Years

 

The Venture Capital Funnel: Ranking The Top Startup Tech Hubs For Raising Funding — And Exiting | #VentureCanvas

Jud Waite | CBInsights


Silicon Valley is where the greatest number of tech startups get their start and where a good deal ultimately fail.

Given the brutal odds of getting funding — and even tougher odds of exiting — we analyzed the VC funding funnel by region to see what percentage of companies in each region were able to raise funding between Series A through Series E rounds, and what percentage ultimately exited.

We selected 8 different top tech hubs based on total deals (Boston, China, Germany, India, New York, Silicon Valley, LA, and the UK) and found that Boston and New York ranked just above Silicon Valley as the top regions where a startup is likeliest to receive a second round of funding. LA, Germany, the UK, China, and India all ranked below Silicon Valley.

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Source: The Venture Capital Funnel: Ranking The Top Startup Tech Hubs For Raising Funding — And Exiting

 

Travel Tech Is Having An Uneven Year, But Emerging Markets Are A Bright Spot | #VentureCanvas

Thomas Sineau | CBInsights


Travel tech companies in emerging markets have been making the headlines recently, from the successful IPO of Despegar, the Latin American travel tech unicorn, to the $500M raised this year by Indonesian online travel portal unicorn Traveloka Indonesia.

In addition to their unicorn status and focus on emerging markets, both Despegar and Traveloka Indonesia also have a well-known common investor: US-based leading online travel company Expedia.

In an industry that was one of the first to be disrupted by the internet, corporate and VC investor interest in the travel tech space has grown as startups continue to attack existing travel markets — and create new ones as well.

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Source: Travel Tech Is Having An Uneven Year, But Emerging Markets Are A Bright Spot

 

Apple’s New 3D Printing Patent Brings Augmented Reality (AR) Into Additive Manufacturing | #VentureCanvas

Madelyn Young | CBInsights


While Apple has had plenty of success in consumer hardware, it has stayed away from 3D printing. Aside from one patent application in 2014 focused on printing multicolored 3D objects, and another for a rapid prototyping technique using liquid metals, Apple hasn’t made any noteworthy plays in the space.

But a newly secured patent could be used to make 3D printing a piece of Apple’s augmented reality initiative: The tech giant recently acquired a patent (US 9,776,364) for an AR-compatible 3D printing system.

The patented technology plugs a gap in current 3D printing techniques: Existing methods have provided no solution for new objects or materials to be 3D-printed onto existing or unfinished objects. For example, printing a new handle onto an existing cup.

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Source: Apple’s New 3D Printing Patent Brings Augmented Reality (AR) Into Additive Manufacturing

 

Amazon Energy? Amazon Looks To Deploy Drones To Recharge Electric Cars And Other Vehicles | #VentureCanvas

Madelyn Young | CBInsights


As our vehicles become more automated and battery powered, we’ll spend less time at the fuel pump and less money on gas. But even electric cars — or bikes, or boats for that matter — can run out of juice, and charging stations aren’t widely available yet.

UAV rendering from patent

With a newly granted patent, Amazon could use the drones from its Prime Air fleet to keep you and your Tesla from getting stranded if you cruise too far out of town.

The e-commerce giant just won approval for an invention that would allow it to use its drone fleet to deliver energy to vehicles, both at rest and while they move — just like fighter jets refuel large aircraft in flight.

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Source: Amazon Energy? Amazon Looks To Deploy Drones To Recharge Electric Cars And Other Vehicles

 

175+ Food & Beverage Startups Attacking Grocery Shelves | #VentureCanvas

Zoe Leavitt | CBInsights


Big CPG players have stepped up their M&A and investment activity in recent years. Since late 2015, General Mills, Campbell Soup, and Kellogg’s have all launched or invested in venture capital funds to foster startup innovation.

Other corporates have made major acquisitions. Danone announced a $12.5B acquisition of WhiteWave Foods in October 2016, while the very next month PepsiCo acquired kombucha startup KeVita and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group acquired antioxidant beverage startup Bai Brands for $1.7B. 

More recently, Nestlé paid up to $500M for a majority stake in coffee startup Blue Bottle Coffee just last month. The company was valued at $700M at the time of acquisition. Prior to the deal, Blue Bottle had raised $116M in disclosed funding, from investors running the gamut from large corporates and CVCs (Nestlé, Morgan Stanley, Google Ventures), to high profile VCs (Lowercase Capital, Index Ventures), to a bevy of celebrity investors (Bono, Jared Leto, Tony Hawk), among others.

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Source: 175+ Food & Beverage Startups Attacking Grocery Shelves

 

watch out Zuck: new social networks | #VentureCanvas

Prathima Pinnamaneni | CBInsights


Hola,

Strava is suddenly everywhere. 

The Sequoia-backed social network started out as an app for bicyclists to clock their rides. But now it is also used by runners, climbers, surfers, kayakers, etc. to track what they do.

It is also one of over 125 companies on our fitness tech market map.

This month Strava announced a new range of indoor activities that can also be tracked at select gyms, plus a partnership with connected bike company Flywheel. Strava signed a similar deal with connected bike company Peloton last year.

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Source: watch out Zuck: new social networks

 

Lyft, Ford, and going public | #VentureCanvas

Prathima Pinnamaneni | CBInsights


 

Investing at 35,000 feet

Hi there,

Beyond the usual (groundbound) stakeholders like automakers, their suppliers, and other mobility providers, aerospace players have also begun placing their own bets in auto tech private markets.

We analyzed investment and acquisition activity of the 10 largest aerospace corporations by revenue, with auto tech falling out as a top area of interest:

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Source: Lyft, Ford, and going public

 

WeWork’s crazy valuation | #VentureCanvas

Prathima Pinnamaneni | CBInsights


Gibberish

Hi there,

Last week, we talked about the benefits of writing like a human being.

Sadly, it’s shockingly rare.

We see it every day. Hundreds of companies submit their data to us daily via The Editor.

And they are addicted to jargon and marketing speak. Yes — lots of five-person startups that are the “world’s leading.”

In any case, Andrew Davidson has created a corporate gibberish generator (see The Blurb) which you can use to generate jargon-infested press releases, website copy, and ICO whitepapers.

Here is an excerpt about CB Insights — the industry leader of collaborative schemas.

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Source: WeWork’s crazy valuation

 

compressing the value chain | #VentureCanvas

Prathima Pinnamaneni | CBInsights


Hi there,

We were saddened to hear about last night’s tragic events in Las Vegas, where we know many of you on this newsletter are planning to be for the ITC conference this week. Our thoughts are with the victims and families of all those affected. 

Infrastructure for insurance tech

In July, Markel acquired publicly-traded “fronting” carrier State National for $919M (or 14.5 times its estimated 2018 earnings). In discussing the acquisition on its Q2’17 earnings call, Markel co-CEO Richard Whitt III described that the move could help provide a conduit into “the insurtech space”:

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Source: compressing the value chain

 

never invest in NYC restaurant | #VentureCanvas

Prathima Pinnamaneni | CBInsights


Comical

Hi there,

If you watched Shark Tank last night, for a quick minute, did you think Mark Cuban was going to smack Richard Branson? Woah.

Keep buying those lottery tickets

Last week, we talked about an angel investor who got lucky with an investment in Uber. He was selling the idea that others should become angel investors as a way to thrive given coming economic woes. He is the self-anointed GOAT of angel investing (GOAT = greatest of all time).

I’m reminded of this great XKCD comic which nicely summarizes this advice.

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Source: never invest in NYC restaurant

 

Ghost Ships IRL: How Autonomous Cargo Boats Could Disrupt The Massive Shipping Industry | #VentureCanvas

Madelyn Young | CBInsights


Just as driverless cars and trucks are bringing huge changes to the auto industry, and drones are disrupting everything from emergency response to conservation, autonomous ships are becoming the next major transportation innovation.

A number of startups and governments are piloting “unmanned marine vehicles” or crewless cargo boats, with the potential to disrupt the $334B shipping industry.

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Source: Ghost Ships IRL: How Autonomous Cargo Boats Could Disrupt The Massive Shipping Industry