What a yr.
In March of 2017, we launched Crunchbase News. Since then we’ve grown our little workforce, debuted two podcasts, broke some information, printed lots of of charts, instructed some dangerous jokes, and had a typically bang-up time.
We didn’t get every part proper. Our first chart color-scheme was too vivid, it took a while to get our fashion locked-in, and we nonetheless don’t have a Crunchbase News emblem on our entrance web page. And we spent extra of the yr tenting out on the Crunchbase About website’s URL construction than we should always have. Hindsight, and all that.
What we needed to do at the moment was spotlight a few of the finest stuff that we did. And we need to try this because the individuals behind the phrases and pictures and graphs are sometimes a bit too exhausting to see.
So, with none extra fuss, right here’s 2017. Enjoy!
Help, I’ve Too Many Charts
If there’s something that we’ve discovered methods to do at Crunchbase News, it’s charts. Our very first printed piece included the minimalist chart you see under:
For a time, that template did its job. But as our knowledge mining grew extra advanced, our chart fashion needed to develop as nicely. And courtesy of our personal Li-Anne Dias and Jason Rowley, right here is only one instance of the end result from Jason’s submit on funding tendencies:
For extra on how we’ve used our new design information for charting take a look at our piece asking if VCs can spot the following development earlier than the general public, our piece on lawyer tradition and that trade’s uptake of recent tech, and our overview of Softbank’s funding cadence.
But we didn’t simply produce charts by the bucket. Aside from protecting the day’s information every day in our morning studies, we broke information.
Our protection of Teespring’s unraveling, for instance, detailed the corporate’s layoffs and company restructuring. The agency had raised almost $57 million from a who’s who of enterprise gamers earlier than coming aside on the seams. We went again and charted the corporate’s income, internet revenue, and new worth of its frequent inventory.
This yr we additionally broke the information that WeWork would purchase Meetup, a giant deal for the New York startup area. (We’ve taken a couple of moments to write extensively about WeWork, as nicely.) That deal was alleged to tip the scales at round $200 million.
Earlier in 2017, we additionally broke information of a safety incident at Eaze, a cannabis-delivery startup and missed being first to this Google story by minutes.
One vital technique that Crunchbase News used this yr to make sense of 2017’s startup scene was location. Geographic location, to be exact.
By chopping knowledge, information, and firms by borders we bucketed the startup world into discrete items that we may then stack up towards each other. The outcomes had been enjoyable. For instance, right here’s a take a look at the South Bay startup scene, and one trying solely on the East Bay Startup scene.
But we didn’t simply stick near residence. Instead, we scampered across the United States, trying into the most effective startup cities within the Midwest (although, this headline generated some criticism), and publishing a variety of work on Austin, together with knowledge on its startups and rising cohort of underrepresented founders. We additionally lined immigrant entrepreneurs.
Looking overseas, we printed a two half collection on Russian startups elevating capital from the United States, and United States-based startups elevating Russian cash, together with a dive into the Canadian startups world’s relationship with the United States (Part one right here, half two right here.)
And China. China was a giant subject for our little crew this yr. We checked out its bikesharing ecosystem, the affect of regulation on “China-US enterprise exercise,” the state of the Chinese self-driving market (it’s sizzling in case you’re behind.), what one Chinese enterprise store is doing each at residence and outdoors its home market, and quite a lot of Chinese IPOs.
Finally, right here’s the place you’re almost definitely to run right into a unicorn within the United States, and knowledge on the place enterprise capitalists make investments, and, spoiler, why it’s “near residence.”
Partners And Friends
This yr we took half within the launch of Equity with our associates at TechCrunch. The weekly podcast has been a shocking success given its area of interest subject, however a welcome one. It’s developing on 50 episodes now, amazingly, and is extra fashionable than ever.
(Not to spill the beans, however you need to be capable to catch a dwell taping in Q1.)
We additionally labored with the San Francisco Chronicle this yr on a recurring print and digital collection (right here’s one instance) digging into the Bay Area startup scene. The purpose of the serial is the discover and canopy the following set of huge firms in Silicon Valley, not merely cowl the already-large.
That collection spawned a weekly video shoot, which has additionally now turn into a podcast. It’s nice enjoyable and we’re a complete bunch extra of the identical in 2018.
All that and we cross-posted a bit with VentureBeat for good measure.
We additionally spent a variety of time writing issues that we needed to as a result of we needed to. That doesn’t imply that we fully left the farm. More, as a substitute, that we wandered the again forty greater than a bit.
We touched on a small-cap American firm going public in London, checked out what tech outlets did within the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and put out a variety of items trying on the altering worth of ARR as nicely—one thing that was positive to collect a crowd.
We launched a Proust-style interview collection with numerous gamers in and round tech, which was a delight, explored the hole between enterprise capital in Red and Blue states, and chomped down on faux meat startups. Oh, and the way are we going to get individuals into tech that don’t have Stanford CS levels?
Our Dearly Departed
We additionally had the privilege of working with some nice people who’re now not scribbling for these pages. Namely: Max Cherney and Grace Gu.
Max dropped in for 2 items earlier than becoming a member of MarketWatch and changing into a lunch companion as a substitute of writing comrade. He lined the Indian ecommerce scene and which startups that the CIA is investing in. Max rocks.
And, our first intern Grace Gu left us in September to return to the University of Chicago. Grace wrote a number of nice issues for us, helped out with morning studies, Proust interviews, lined TechCrunch Disrupt, and even took half in a video shoot. Grace is killer.
(She additionally wrote about her time with us right here, in case you needed an exterior view on Crunchbase correct.)
A Focus On Diversity
Tech isn’t very numerous, and isn’t almost as numerous correctly. That’s why we made it considered one of our preliminary subject units earlier than we launched Crunchbase News.
We may have performed extra, and can in 2018, however this yr we lined numerous founders in Texas, enterprise capitalists investing in startups seeking to bolster trade range, and printed a variety of items on the altering illustration of ladies within the enterprise capital and startup worlds (right here’s one and right here’s one other.)
Keep your eyes on this web page for extra items within the new yr. We’re going to double down on protecting range.
Big Tech Gets Bigger
One theme of 2017 was the large run of huge tech to new heights. While the markets did nicely, and the Everything Bubble saved on inflating, the most important American tech firms excelled.
We name them the “Big 5,” for brief: Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. We famous after they crossed the $3 trillion market cap threshold, for instance. And after they every crushed their earnings studies in fast succession.
And, we lined their respective IPOs in a collection we known as “A Look Back In IPO. Here’s the assorted entries: Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft.
A Startup Takes Flight
Even for the parents behind Crunchbase News, the interior workings of enterprise offers can really feel a bit tedious. But in a shock twist, considered one of our hits was a collection on the mechanics of enterprise capital funding.
With Jason’s assist, and a startup we made up known as The Internet Of Wings, Crunchbase News introduced life to the fundraising course of. Amidst our pokes at startup tradition, we dig into the heart of elevating a spherical, figuring out the price of shares, defending pursuits, and discovering an exit.
Read it earlier than you exit and lift funds on your startup.
An Early-Stage Digression
Later within the yr, the early-stage enterprise market’s well being (or lack thereof) grew to become a key subject of dialogue each on-line and off. As the third quarter ended we printed one thing of a warning: “Seed-Stage Activity Fumbles Amidst Increases In Late-Stage Dealmaking.”
That proved a bit prescient, as the upcoming dialogue of pre-seed (and why it exists in any respect) match nicely into what we known as the SaaS crash and broader early-stage slowdown. (Hell, even cellular startups are struggling.) What comes subsequent right here may set the tone for a lot of the startup panorama in 2018.
The Three Comprades Of Bad News
What was alleged to go up in 2017 that truly went down? Three issues! Well, greater than three, however undoubtedly these three as nicely: Uber, Snap, and Blue Apron. Two IPOs and a miss, in different phrases.
- First, Uber’s yr was such a large number that we gained’t recap it right here. Just, bear in mind its scandals, its CEO drama, and the SoftBank deal that set a brand new valuation for the corporate.
- With Blue Apron, recall its slack IPO pricing, its missing IPO, and its dismal efficiency since then.
- And with Snap, bear in mind its huge debut, and its staggering, ensuing outcomes.
Those firms show that the unicorn label is now panacea, and that losses nonetheless matter. And within the case of Snap that optimistic gross margins matter. And with Uber that internet income is best than gross bookings as a metric of well being. And for Blue Apron that non-tech firms don’t guess to maintain tech multiples after they go public.
Alex managed to publish a variety of headlines that he’d prefer to apologize for. The following listing is considerably self-explanatory:
- What Hat Shall We Make Jason Lemkin Eat?
- Crypto Trash Fire Attracts Public Market Idiots
- Yahoo To Shutter App Built By The Founder Of A Different App It Bought Who Already Quit
- What The Hell Is An ICO And Should You Throw Your Paycheck At One?
- $300 Billion, And Other Crypto Numbers I Don’t Understand
- Bitcoin Bungles Holiday Cheer For Various Nerds
- Media Startups Pivot 360 Degrees On Video
- IPOs, Leaving Money On The Table, And Get Off My Lawn
But at instances we weren’t sarcastic, snarky, or impolite. When we lined Medium’s new clap-based monetization, for instance. (More on that from us right here, truly.) See?
We had a couple of associates of the weblog contribute this yr, which was beautiful. Two contributors come to thoughts: Justin Gage and Barrett Daniels.
Justin came upon if we actually dwell within the golden period of startups (we don’t) and if ICOs are literally going to tackle enterprise capital sooner or later. Finally, he took the time to inform us that the ICO growth itself has historic precedent.
Barrett wrote in regards to the IPO course of, which, maybe, can be vital recommendation in 2018. We hope, not less than.
And that’s a little bit of it. We wrote a hell of much more, however we will’t go on any longer because it’s Friday and we’d relatively knock off and have one thing to eat. Stay cool, and chat you all in 2018.
— Alex and Holden
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