Mobile World Congress 2017. Corporates in regtech. Cards Against Silicon Valley.
Woo, woo – The sound of the police
It’s Valentine’s Day. And cuz I don’t say it enough, I love you.
Wow, we mess up a lot
Last week, I spoke at SaaStr and talked about 68 things not to do when building your SaaS company. The lessons may be applicable to many types of founders/businesses so wanted to share in case it’s useful or if you just want to laugh at some of CB Insights early stupidity.
Here’s a couple of DON’Ts from the presentation.
#1 – Don’t take advice from non-customers
One of my favorite quotes ever is from Mark Cuban who said “Only take advice from those who have to live with the consequences.” So true.
#2 – We’ve had folks who were destroying their sales quota but still…
#68 – Don’t blindly follow this advice
You’ll disagree with stuff in here.
You should. This is what has worked for CB Insights. There is no playbook.
Today, I’m happy to announce that Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir ($20B valuation) and founder of venture firm 8VC will be joining us as well.
Joe’s conversation with Robin Wigglesworth of The Financial Times at last year’s Future of Fintech was one of the crowd favorites because Joe (1) is sharp as heck and (2) he spoke candidly about which fintech sectors were of interest as well which ones he felt were boring and not solving hard problems.
We’re looking forward to seeing where he sees opportunities within financial services, Palantir’s growth within financial services and also what areas within fintech he thinks are not that interesting.
You can get $1000 off until the end of this week (Feb 17th) with the code SmartSpeaker. Just go here.
This Thursday, senior CB Insights analyst Matthew Wong (@mlcwong) will be leading discussion on fintech digging into:
where the early stage money is going
a case study on Ant Financial
where big banks and insurers are investing in fintech
If you need to get up to speed on what’s happening in fintech quickly, you should sign up for the briefing and chat with Matt.
Please note that we’re not giving out physical versions of the game except to clients. We are also not selling them. Please don’t ask.
The RSA Security Conference is being held this week in San Francisco. We previously identified 106 private companies in cybersecurity and mapped them according to the 11 main categories where they’re operating.
Network & endpoint security is the largest category on our map and includes unicorns Tanium, Cylance, and CloudFlare.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.