Best fintech companies. France tech trends in 2016. Femtech market map.
Why is nobody disrupting VC?
We just released our second French Tech Trends report in partnership with La French Tech. The analysis provides a data-driven look at emerging trends, investments, and active investors in France through the last quarter of 2016.
Check out some highlights scattered below.
Worst graph ever: Part deux
We previously highlighted what we thought was the worst graph ever by Thomas Friedman.
But there’s competition. See below.
Femtech market map
Today, we see an increasing number of startups offering fertility tracking apps, as well as startups focused on egg freezing and fertility treatments, women-only clinical care, and even subscription tampons. We put together a market map to visualize the startups in the femtech space, which together have raised over $1.1B in funding.
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As you can see, Company 2 won in a landslide followed by Company 3. The companies were real and the data was from CB Insights.
The 3 companies in question were competitors in the online mattress space:
Company 1 – Casper (10.9%)
Company 2 – Tuft & Needle (63.8%)
Company 3 – Saatva (25.3%)
With the data we shared, I have no idea why anyone would pick company 1 TBH. I guess as Eric Paley of Founder Collective said, VC is a heck of a drug. (See The Blurb for his great article on the topic.)
Some people have bought into the trope that in order to build a big company, you need VC.
A common theme in VC land is that if you’re going big, you take VC. If not, you build what are pejoratively called “lifestyle” businesses. Some VCs to their credit dislike the lifestyle moniker but the theme is the same. Ambitious, going big? Raise VC.
It’s definitely a good narrative for VCs. You need us to go big.
But it is not always true. Just this past week, Outfit7, a revenue-funded mobile app developer, was acquired for $1B. On revenue funding, the founder said, “We raise a round of money from our users every month.”
There are of course other big companies that are/were revenue-funded. These were companies not building a small biz but which have taken another path. Think Mailchimp, Mojang, Storm8, and Atlassian.
I remain perplexed that the financing model for tech companies has not evolved and as a result, the go big with VC narrative also persists. Bryce Roberts is trying interesting things with Indie.vc and there are some revenue-based financing options which are cropping up but nobody has gone big here (yet).
We can also testify to the fact that it’s perceived as super boring to be revenue-funded and run a real company. When we were 65 people doing millions in revenue and bootstrapped, nobody cared. When we “sold out” and raised $10M of growth equity, folks fell over themselves to congratulate us and tell us we were the isht.
Yeah. Weird. Oddly, when American Express increased our credit limit and we pitched that to journalists as a funding story, nobody cared.
BTW, we haven’t touched any of the money we raised. We love the Outfit7 founder’s perspective that the company raises a round of financing every month. Here is our revenue translated to funding rounds since that is much cooler than just making money.