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This week in data:
100: The AI 100 has been decided. Out of over 1,800 companies, we picked the 100 most promising AI companies globally, which we’ll unveil at the Innovation Summit. If you are unable to make it to Santa Barbara, livestream the event to find out who made the cut.
12: We looked at the acquisition activity of the largest US internet corporates by revenue, focusing on the 5 most acquisitive, which include Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, and Salesforce. Of the 5, Salesforce has seen the most notable increase in M&A activity, hitting a 5-year high in 2016 with 12 deals.
32: The number of M&A deals made by large media corporates in 2016, as mentioned in our research released earlier this week. Verizon Communications, AOL’s parent company, was the most active company on the list in M&As. We’ll cover more on investor activity as well as trends and key startups to watch in the digital media space in our upcoming Digital Media briefing. Join us on January 9th.
554M: The number of Jack in the Box tacos that are consumed on an annual basis, according to this report. Sometimes described as “wet cat food,” the beef-filled tortilla appears to be the most popular item on Jack in the Box’s menu. If you want to taco ’bout less successful fast food options, you can find some on our list of the 102 biggest product failures of all time.
99: Didi Chuxing announced its plan to invest in Brazil-based on-demand e-hailing service 99. This follows Didi’s acquisition of Uber’s China arm last year, a move that added another level of complexity to the already tangled web of investment in the ride-hailing space.
14B: The number of WhatsApp messages exchanged in India on New Year’s Eve, including 3.1B images, 700M GIFS, and 610M videos. WhatsApp was one of the fastest $1B+ exits among US VC-backed companies, and the largest, at a $22B price tag (acquired by Facebook)
$50M: Namely, a cloud-based HR management platform, raised a $50M Series D from investors including Sequoia Capital, True Ventures, and Matrix Partners. The company, which also focuses on insurance benefits, previously raised a second $30M tranche of a Series C (totaling $75M) last February. Both rounds rank as two of the Top Deals in Insurance Tech since the beginning of 2016.
6.5 seconds: We previously reported on Twitter’s move to shut down Vine last October. This week, Vine announced it will become Vine Camera, which will allow a user to make 6.5 second looping videos and post them to Twitter (or save them). All other Vine-related capabilities will be shut down.