what stupid startups say July 17, 2017 Newsletter Archive July 17, 2017 Share what stupid startups say on Facebook Share what stupid startups say on Twitter Share what stupid startups say on LinkedIn Share what stupid startups say via Email Newsletter Archive Smart home M&A. Food & beverage financing. Zhong IPO. An ode to Sisqo Hi there, Last year we launched our venture fund, ChubbyBrain Ventures. Like all VCs, we are also top decile. This is largely the result of our proprietary dealflow. See Exhibit A below. Live smart We analyzed M&A and IPO activity since 2013 among private smart home companies and created a timeline of acquisitions activity. One of this year’s notable acquisitions was Ring‘s purchase of Zonoff. The pie chart sums to zero I have nothing else to say. Om nom nom We analyzed financing trends to the food and beverage space since 2013. Deals jumped to a new high of 102, worth $350M in aggregate disclosed equity funding. But does it use machine learning? Hundreds of companies submit data to us via The Editor every week. Say yay for data network effects. It’s the easiest way to get featured in our newsletter and get in front of 300,000+. But when submitting data, don’t use jargon as The Editor filters that isht out. If you’re looking for what not to do, here’s an example. With that gibberish out of your system, go update/add your company profile or portfolio here. That Zhong, Zhong, Zhong, Zhong, Zhong Recently, Zhong An filed to raise $1.5B on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In light of the news, we look at the company’s products, partnerships, and regulatory landscape. SoftBank’s Vision Fund The SoftBank Vision Fund, first announced in October 2016, has now closed at least $93B of a target $100B to invest in global technology companies – making it the largest tech investment fund in history. We rounded up thoughts from top VCs and other players in the tech ecosystem in response to the fund. Industry Standard CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits. Lend Academy. A podcast on insurtech featuring CB Insights senior analyst Matt Wong (@mlcwong). Inc. A look at IoT startups to watch with a reference to CB Insights investment data. Deal Street Asia. A look at the most active India tech investors with a mention of CB Insights on the subject. Happy Monday. I love you. Anand @asanwal P.S. A ha! We’re doing our first-ever San Francisco-based conference later this year. It’ll be invite-only and amazing. Stay tuned.