weird IoT devices August 23, 2017 Newsletter Archive August 23, 2017 Share weird IoT devices on Facebook Share weird IoT devices on Twitter Share weird IoT devices on LinkedIn Share weird IoT devices via Email Newsletter Archive US pension funds. Indonesian financing trends. Fitness tech. Just pluggin’ away Hi there, If you are into the internet of things (IoT), we live in wondrous times. Today, the team and I assembled a list of a few “favorites.” First is a salt shaker, the Smalt, which you can control with your smart phone or Amazon Echo. It takes all the labor out of putting salt on your food, as detailed below on The Verge. (I should have highlighted the entire passage since it’s that good) Ok — now some data. US pension funds shift focus Many pension plans in the US have been considering shifting their portfolio strategies away from managed funds and into more direct investments, following the moves of Canadian pensions. Three of Canada’s largest pension funds have made at least 88 direct investments in private companies since the start of 2012, totaling over $19B in funding. No sharing economy here Lots of debate as to whether this device should have been added to our poop tech market map. Indonesia on the rise We look at fintech investment activity in Indonesia since 2014. At the current run-rate, deal activity is on pace to reach a record high of 33 in 2017. Hold me An IoT bracelet that gives you a gentle squeeze from your loved ones. Survival of the fittest We dig into investment trends, deal share, and geographic trends across the overall fitness ecosystem, from fitness clubs to sports-related innovations to meditation apps. Q2’17 holds the quarterly record for fitness tech funding, with deals totaling $525M in disclosed equity funding. The Industry Standard CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits. Quartz. John Detrixhe (@johndetrixhe) writes about the biggest tech startup investors of any Fortune 500 company outside of tech and references data found in the CB Insights Fortune 500 Investment And M&A Report. Xconomy. Jeff Engel (@jeffengelxcon) reports on Hubspot’s startup investments and refers to CB Insights CVC investment data. Zee Business. A report on investment to Indian startups with a mention of CB Insights funding data. Breitbart. An article on a patent filed by Facebook with a mention of CB Insights research on Facebook’s emotion tech patents. I love you. Anand@asanwal P.S. We’re bringing together senior VC, corporate M&A, and strategy folks across a range of industries for drinks, dinner, and maybe even some fintech data on September 26th in NYC. Request an invite here.