More U.S. startup unicorns were born in Q4’18 than in any other financial quarter in history, capping off the best year on record. In 2018, 53 new companies hit a $1B+ unicorn valuation, up 83% from 2017 and 26% higher than the previous record in 2015.
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“In 2018, overall investment into digital transformation reveals a significant gap between, on the one hand, the US ($437 billion) and China, and on the other, Europe, the Middle East and Africa ($280 billion combined). This points towards a potentially major economic gap arising.”
The total number of investments venture capital firms have made to private companies in 2018 is on pace to set a five-year record, and venture capital funding is at nearly $443 Billion since 2014. Here’s how they attract and retain the top digital talent.
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AR/VR/XR are going to be big, but not everyone will win. Today’s market is a collection of related point solutions to specific problems, but not a fully functioning ecosystem. Not yet. For the market to begin to challenge incumbent platforms (particularly mobile), great technology isn’t enough.
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Over $500 million was invested into commercial and consumer health robotics, while close to $500 million went to autonomous mobile robots specifically designed to function outdoors, a major expansion on the increasing popularity of Automated Mobile Robots (AMRs) in indoor locations like warehouses.
According to PwC, first quarter (Q1) 2016 deal value, totaling $10.4 billion, declined to its lowest point since before 2014. However, deal volume (183) improved six percent over Q4 2015 (172). In Q1, film and content deals provided the lion’s share of merger and acquisition (M&A) value, whereas advertising and marketing sustained overall volume.