Hardware is hard. Google predicts the weather. Cybersecurity unicorns. Blockchain in healthcare.

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The largest publicly disclosed data breaches in history.


Hardware is hard

From Jawbone to Juicero, we can learn a lot from the failure of several consumer hardware startups. We sifted through nearly 400 failed consumer hardware startups and identified the reasons for failure.

These are drugs. This is your war on drugs.

America at the top of the leaderboard.

Cybersecurity USA

We mapped out the most well-funded cybersecurity companies across California, Virginia, Massachusetts, and other US states with the greatest number of cybersecurity startups. California is home to 33% of these privately owned companies, including the most well-funded cybersecurity startup across the US, Tanium ($395M in disclosed funding).

The Next Big Thing
A look at the research coming out of universities, corporate R&D teams, and government research labs that CB Insights thinks you should know about.

Predicting Parkinson's
New research uses an algorithm to crunch existing administrative data to predict if a patient will be diagnosed with Parkinson's. Read about it here.

Google says it's going to rain

Using weather-related sensor data from smartphones, Google plans to predict "micro-climates" (and maybe even map your commute away from inclement weather). Check it out.

It's in the genes

Check out a great article by the FT's Madhumita Murgia(@madhumita29) in The Industry Standard on the genomics space, which references CBI data on genomics.

Two graphs from the article worth noting are below.

The first shows the cost of genome sequencing plummeting.

And the second shows the rush of investment into the sector as a result.

If you want more on genomics, here is our writeup on trends shaping the genomics revolution, the top investors in the genomics space, and the monster year that the genomics space is having.

Blockchain in healthcare

We analyzed the strategies of 5 of the most well-funded equity-backed startups building blockchain solutions for the healthcare industry. PokitDok, featured below, intends to provide a secure network for all sources of patient data, from EMRs to medical devices and pharmacies.

The Industry Standard

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

Financial Times. A look at the genomics space with a reference to CB Insights investment data.

Business Insider. Frank Chaparro (@fintechfrank) reports on Goldman Sachs' moves and lending platform Marcus, and references data found in the CB Insights Goldman Strategy Teardown.

CNBC. Anita Balakrishnan (@msabalakrishnan) writes about the partnership between Pinterest and Target and cites CB Insights valuation data.

Insurance Journal. A report on State Auto Labs' new $25M innovation venture fund with a reference to CB Insights investment data.

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P.S. We'll be diving into cybersecurity startups in the enterprise and heavy industry on October 5th. Join us for the briefing.

Why do so many hardware startups fail?

Hardware businesses are brutal. Here's what consumer hardware startups can learn from failures like Jawbone, Juicero, Pebble and others. Read about it.
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5 blockchain startups working to transform healthcare

Early-stage blockchain startups are tackling major issues in healthcare from medical record interoperability to pharmaceutical supply chain management. See the list.
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The country’s most well-funded cybersecurity startups on one map

California is home to over 30% of US cybersecurity companies, with 6 CA-based cybersecurity companies raising over $200M to date. See the map.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Dear founders. Josh Felser (@joshmedia) on operating with the mentality that companies are sold, not bought.
On Startups

0 to 300. In this interview, Instagram co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger (@mikeyk) shares lessons learned from scaling an engineering team.
First Round Review

Essential startup advice. Geoff Ralston (@gralston) and Michael Seibel (@mwseibel) share a guide to help startups find success.
Y Combinator

The case study of Lyft and local governments. A conversation on how startups engage with policymakers and build their own government relations (GR) function (whether in house or with consultants), and the lessons learned from the process.
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