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Happy new year.
There have been no new unicorns in 2017. It’s going to be a brutal year for startups.
A16Z in the house
There is one week until The Innovation Summit, and one of the conversations I’m most looking forward to listening to is with Scott Kupor (@skupor), managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz.
A16Z is making investments in a wide array of areas and one area they are spending a lot of time on is what Kupor describes as the intersection of life sciences and computer science and “how can you apply machine learning to biology to help improve the ways you diagnose cancer or the ways you figure out what are the right treatments for cancer?”
Look forward to hearing where Scott and the A16Z team see opportunities in healthcare and AI and more.
One just needs to look at last year’s billion dollar exits to see the shift.
With the average lifespan on the S&P 500 index precipitously declining (graph below), non-tech companies will outsource R&D (via investment or M&A of startups) if it gives them half a shot at owning the future.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts on January 5th. For those of you with access to CB Insights, you can view the CES 2017 Collection here which lists all the private companies exhibiting at CES. Clone it to create a private collection that you and your team can then add to, comment, and collaborate on while at CES.