|Humans ain’t that bad
First, I wanted to congratulate the Nutanix team on their very successful IPO. I was humbled to not have been part of their Series A round.
Second, in Saturday’s newsletter, I asked folks to recommend our newsletter to 1 friend as we were at 199,600 and needed some help to break through 200k. Thanks to all of you who recommended us as we’re now over 201,100. Love you.
Zuckerberg v Bezos
Imagine Wrestlemania for tech geeks.
Imagine no more.
After the success of the Series A VC bracket (congrats a16z), we’re changing it up.
We’re asking who is the tech founder/CEO you admire most?
Some of the interesting matchups in round 1 include:
- Ben Silbermann (Pinterest) vs. Travis Kalanick (Uber)
- Jack Ma (Alibaba) vs. Jeff Lawson (Twilio)
- Mark Cuban vs. Michael Dell
- Peter Thiel (PayPal) vs Tony Hsieh (Zappos)
Round 1 closes October 9th. Vote now.
That’s a lot of TV
6% of the US population accounts for 87% of streaming. (h/t @Sub8u)
We look at smart money investment trends across travel tech since 2012. So far this year through 9/13/16, the top two dozen VCs participated in only 5 travel tech funding rounds. In 2015, we saw these 24 leading VCs involved in 18 deals, adding up to nearly $2B.
Let me Google that for you
In last Thursday’s newsletter, we shared a graphic on which mammals most frequently kill their own kind.
Meerkats led the pack with a whole bunch of primates close behind.
And I got 300 emails from people asking me where humans ranked.
I love you all and since you’re all too busy to Google the answer, I did it myself.
We’re not even close to the most violent species. While meerkat deaths occur 19.36% of the time due to other meerkats, humans stand at only 1.3%.
Consumer goods startups are having a moment
In this guest post, Sophie Bakalar (@sophiebakalar) explains why it’s never been a better time for CPG- and retail-focused startups. M&A activity is strong and at an all-time high, with over 1,300 deals projected in 2016.
The 6 minute question
Most conferences handle Q&A horribly.
It goes like this.
To prevent this at our larger events, we curate the questions and our team asks the best ones. Attendees really appreciate it as it keeps the content top notch.
Join us for The Corporate Innovation Summit where we’ll talk about AI, algorithmic medicine, and the future of CPG/retail. We’ll also ensure the Q&A doesn’t suck.
Organic food sales are on the rise, but a number of higher-profile farm-to-table startups recently shuttered food operations. We look at 15 early-stage farm-to-table startups that have raised funding within the past 24 months.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Silicon Valley. Marisa Kendall (@marisakendall) on startup failure with a reference to CB Insights data on startups that raised a seed round only.
The Economic Times. Shelly Singh dives into why Nasscom 10K, a startup accelerator program, has had mixed success in India, and references CB Insights’ global tech exit data.
RetailDive. Daphne Howland (@daphnehowland) discusses compensation changes at Rent the Runway and cites CB Insights investment data.
Hope you had a terrific Tuesday.
I love you.
P.S. Join us October 12 for our Genomics Revolution webinar. We’ll look into the opportunities for pharma, health insurers, and investors as our understanding of the human genome expands.