Newsletter change-up. a16z and USV bet on blockchain. Startups take the L.

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Hi there,

So our 3rd annual ranking of venture capitalists along with The New York Times came out on Sunday. It's good. 

We're also reducing the frequency of our free newsletters.

More on both below.

But first...

The easy button is here

Dear analysts — now you can use that Ivy League education for something better.

We just launched Market Map Autobuilder.

Yes — you press a button and you magically get a market map.

No logo chasing.

No copying & pasting into PowerPoint.

No changing logo sizes to make it all fit.

Change we can believe in?

For the first time in a couple of years, we didn't send a public newsletter yesterday.

We've been gradually moving our research behind the paywall.

This is an experiment in line with that.

Instead of writing 4 public newsletters per week, I'll be replacing some of those with client-only notes. We'll be running 2 public newsletters per week in the near-term.

If you are a corporation that loves our research but has been on the fence about buying a subscription, it might be time to get off that fence, or to finally try out the CBI platform.

The top 100 VCs

The top 100 VCs are here. It's an incredibly impressive list of folks. Here are the top 10:

  1. Bill Gurley (Benchmark)
  2. Steve Anderson (Baseline Ventures)
  3. Joshua Kopelman (First Round Capital)
  4. Alfred Lin (Sequoia Capital)
  5. Brian Singerman (Founders Fund)
  6. Jeffrey Jordan (A16Z)
  7. Rob Hayes (First Round Capital)
  8. Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners)
  9. Mary Meeker (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
  10. Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners)
See the full list here.

O startup! My startup!

Seventy percent of upstart tech companies fail, usually around 20 months after first raising financing. Their failure can be attributed to reasons ranging from lack of funding to fierce incumbent competition to regulatory concerns.

We rounded up the farewell letters and investigative takedowns of 253 startups. Read them here.

Gentlemen, place your bets

Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures have been betting on blockchain technology since 2013, with recent investments shifting towards cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.

We mapped out how their approaches to the space have evolved over time. See where they're putting their money

For your HLTH

Join CB Insights senior analyst Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit) at HLTH: The Future Of Healthcare on May 6 - 9.

HLTH will discuss disruptive innovation across healthcare, highlighting key stakeholders from established providers, payers, employers, and pharma services.

Register today and get $150 off your ticket using the code cbinsights_150.

Those client-only notes

If you're a paying client and missed yesterday's client-only note, log in and go here.

We covered:

Check out the entire client-only note here.

Incumbents aren’t messing around

A big trend will be on display at Future of Fintech this year — incumbents getting serious about fintech. From insurance to lending to brokerage services, long-standing industry leaders are causing some disruption of their own with new products, partnerships, and strategic investments.

Here are a few you’ll hear from at Future of Fintech:

Claim your $500 discount using the code disrupt or use our ticket pair price.

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

New York Times. Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) discusses what a wave of tech IPOs would mean for Silicon Valley’s startup ecosystem and cites CB Insights’ Top 100 Venture Capitalists list.

Bloomberg. Tim Culpan (@tculpan) and Shuli Ren (@shuli_ren) write about China’s tech giants and media regulations and cite CB Insights data.
Wired. Erin Griffith (@eringriffith) discusses SoftBank Vision Fund’s big bet on the real estate industry and refers to CB Insights research.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Space will fix it. The Environmental Defense Fund plans to launch a satellite into space to monitor methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Cargo is the new first class. Airbus plans to introduce modular sleeping areas to the cargo hold of its A330 planes by 2020.
FastCo Design
Look at yourself.
Brian X. Chen (@bxchen) writes about what he found when he downloaded a copy of his Facebook data.
New York Times
Slimemongers. The popularity of homemade slime has created YouTube stars and brought a failing glue factory back to life.
The Guardian
Graphs and taxes. One interactive graphic explains 100 years of debating tax brackets.
Scratch that. Amazon is canceling its plans to sell and distribute pharmaceuticals through Amazon Business.
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