Big tech’s biggest acquisitions. French tech funding. Ant & Tencent’s growth playbooks.
What’s the score?
Folks have been talking about using data to assess the health/traction of private tech companies for a while now.
We at CB Insights were initially funded by a National Science Foundation SBIR grant to tackle this. So we built our Mosaic score to try to track private company health. It rates companies across 3 dimensions:
But the one “M” missing from the Mosaic model is Management.
And so we’ve wondered if we can build a score to understand if individuals or a team are exceptional. There are some basic signals that we know folks use around credentials/pedigree, aka “pattern matching”:
School, e.g. Stanford, Ivy League
Former employers, e.g. Xooglers
But if you were building a score to assess team/individual exceptionalism, what would the less obvious signals be?
More on this below.
AND NOW, THE RESEARCH
Silicon Valley Pacman
With Google’s $2.1B acquisition of FitBit, FAMGA cos (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon) have now made 27 billion-dollar acquisitions over the last 20 years.