Snapchat’s strategy post-IPO March 2, 2017 Newsletter Archive March 2, 2017 Share Snapchat’s strategy post-IPO on Facebook Share Snapchat’s strategy post-IPO on Twitter Share Snapchat’s strategy post-IPO on LinkedIn Share Snapchat’s strategy post-IPO via Email Newsletter Archive Call for startups. Sales tech market map. Top VC investment trends. Snaaaaaaaaaaaap Hi there, Lightspeed Venture Partners is having a great year. Their $8M investment into Snapchat may yield $1.5B per the WSJ. Call for startups: In-store tech We are working on a market map for startups developing in-store technology ranging from shelf-stocking robots, to augmented reality displays, to Wi-Fi-based beacons that collect data on shopper behavior, and more. If this is you, submit your company here. Whipper snappers Snap Inc. (the parent company of Snapchat) priced its IPO yesterday evening ahead of entering the public markets today. As part of our Snap analysis, we dug into the numbers to examine how Snap’s exit compares to those of other social and messaging properties and also compared Snap to comparable companies at the time they entered the public markets. Snapchat me that patent Want to know where the newly public Snap is making their bets? Their patents provide a great view into their strategy. We identified 9 areas of focus including: video calls with commerce/payments audio/acoustic fingerprinting facial recognition & privacy protection Americans love themselves some debt Trillions of dollars of non-mortgage debt and it keeps climbing. What Snap means for the IPO market Snapchat’s IPO means a lot of other tech companies will go public. Or maybe they won’t. The best part of the Snap IPO is that all the inane hot takes on what Snap means for civilization can hopefully stop. Yay. Cold call We created a market map of sales tech companies and mapped these 65+ startups across 7 major categories in which they’re operating. Everything is bad Interesting view of which countries are on the right track according to their citizens. Industries of the future We identified where smart money VCs are investing in early-stage companies since 2010 and how that investment focus has shifted. We looked at the most common words used in company descriptions among those companies that received early-stage investment, and which words have trended up and down over the years. The Industry Standard CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits. Inc. Bartie Scott (@bartielouscott) on why construction management is one of the best industries for starting a business in 2017 with a reference to CB Insights funding data. Livemint. Nandita Mathur (@nanditamat) reports on private market activity of the top 5 US tech companies and references CB Insights research on the subject. South China Morning Post. Bien Perez (@bienperez) reports on the expansion of travel tech company Klook and cites CB Insights investment data. I love you. Anand @asanwal P.S. How many fintech unicorns can you fit into Lincoln Center?