Uber – we can’t quit you June 21, 2017 Newsletter Archive June 21, 2017 Share Uber – we can’t quit you on Facebook Share Uber – we can’t quit you on Twitter Share Uber – we can’t quit you on LinkedIn Share Uber – we can’t quit you via Email Newsletter Archive Ed tech market map. Brexit aftermath. Smart home financing. Ask and ye shall not receive Hi there, Alright, let’s start with a graphic made by an innovation consultant. It’s all about that sweet spot, right? This likely was used to sucker some big corporation into spending a lot for a PowerPoint full of platitudes about thinking like a startup and failing fast. When will we learn? If you’re looking for more ways to look innovative, here are 8 strategies (with #8 below). And here’s a blog post that won’t make your corporation more innovative. Ahead of the curve We identified over 90 of the most well-funded private ed tech companies and divided them into the 14 main categories in which they operate. NYC’s finest — FirstMark CB Insights client FirstMark is an early-stage investor with 60 active portfolio companies and $1.5B under management. We talked to managing director Amish Jani (@amishjani) and VP of platform Dan Kozikowski (@dfkoz) to understand how they’re using CB Insights to take their market analysis and market trend evaluation to the next level. If you’re interested in learning more about FirstMark, check out their portfolio, see a breakdown of 1,000+ big data companies on their Big Data landscape, or see talks from frontier tech founders at their Hardwired events. Brexit schmexit With Brexit negotiations starting this week, we looked at annual financing to VC-backed companies in the UK. Deals and dollars are on pace to reach a six-year high with no signs of a Brexit private markets slowdown in sight. On Monday, we’re taking over The Central Park Zoo The Future of Fintech kicks off Monday evening at the iconic Central Park Zoo. We got penguins, unicorns, a bunch of financial services big wigs, and great food and wine. Looking forward to seeing all the conference attendees there. Uber — We can’t quit you You told us you were sick of hearing about Uber. And we heard you. So here’s a bit more about Uber. VC ghostwriters are currently working overtime trying to come up with pieces about Uber. To make it easier for you, we’ve come up with a few headlines that can turbocharge your thought leadership: What Travis Kalanick’s resignation means for your startup Why culture matters in startups (lessons from Uber) How should you talk to your team about Kalanick’s resignation? Confidential Memo: Why we passed on Uber due to culture concerns The Culture Playbook (lessons from 723 companies) Will Travis Kalanick’s resignation lead to a Series A crunch? With Travis’ resignation, right now is the best time to launch your startup Why I never bought into the Uber hype You are welcome. Smart home slump We analyzed yearly and quarterly financing trends to private smart home companies as well as funding by deal stage. Q1’17 saw only 15 deals, the lowest quarterly deal total since Q3’13. The Industry Standard CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits. Times of Israel. Shoshanna Solomon writes about Intel’s decision to team up with two Israeli cybersecurity firms and cites CB Insights investment data. Bloomberg. Lizette Chapman (@lizette_chapman) writes that Collective Health is looking to raise funding at a $1B valuation and references CB Insights data on investment to insurance startups. Deal Street Asia. A report on fintech startup Akulaku’s latest round of financing with a mention of CB Insights research on Southeast Asia fintech investment activity. I love you. Anand@asanwal P.S. We’ll be digging into IIoT and advanced manufacturing trends on June 29th. Make sure you sign up for the briefing. If you aren’t already a client, sign up for a free trial to learn more about our platform.