I recently came across an incredibly telling chart by Richard Foster, co-author of Creative Destruction and a Director at Innosight. The chart shows the average length of time corporations last in the S&P 500. In 1958, the average corporation lasted 61 years. In 1980, the average was 25 years. Today it is about 18 years. See full Innosight report.What leads to corporations losing their leadership position and how can they prevent it? Foster notes that the root-cause lies in the inability to reinvent the corporation. The pace of innovation and startup activity continues to only accelerate, meaning reinvention must happen in an ongoing fashion as part of the corporate DNA. Corporations must keep a pulse on emerging innovations, understand trends and insights, and take actions that will keep them relevant. This is our key mission at Venture Scanner, to enable corporations do just that. NaderRead More
Last week I wrote about why we started Venture Scanner and why it’s important. Today I want to share what a scan is.The simplest description of a scan is a one stop shop for data and insights on any emerging technology sector. It includes a dynamic map of all the companies in the sector, curated daily news, and original analyst insights. We aim to make it easy to continuously keep a pulse on sectors of interest, monitor companies, or find opportunities.Our approach is one part technology and one part analyst context. Our technology aggregates available data on companies and organizes companies into clusters. Our analysts then arrange these clusters into dynamic maps that represent a technology sector like 3D Printing, Retail Online to Offline, Financial Technology, etc. Our technology then continuously refreshes the scans while our analysts build an ongoing insights layer on top of the data.The insights layer is derived by fully immersing ourselves in the sectors we cover. Our analysts are in regular contact with the companies in a sector, derive what the drivers for success are, and spot trends as they emerge. These insights combined with the underlying data enable our customers to make informed decisions and take action.Through Venture Scanner you can answer the following questions:Who are the companies in a technology sector?How do the companies stack up against one another?What are the key drivers for success in a sector and which companies are exhibiting them?Our scans are dynamic and updated daily, so you’ll rest assured knowing you are not missing material events.NaderRead More
One of the markets we're covering at Venture Scanner is Connected Transportation. At the time of writing this post, we've been able to identify 369 companies which have collectively raised $3.15B, and organized them into 11 different categories.
In the past year I’ve been hearing quite a bit about “Beacon” such as — Shopkick piloting its shopBeacon for in-store marketing, PayPal using their own beacon for hands-free check-ins and payments, and Qualcomm pushing its Gimbal SDK for developers.
At this time, I am tracking 440 FinTech companies across 15 categories, with a combined funding amount of $7.47B. These are relatively new companies that either serve existing pieces of the financial system or develop alternatives to those pieces. It includes B2B and B2C companies.