Who created unicorns?

Unicorns – startups valued over $1 billion – were once as rare as the namesake mythical creature, but now they count almost 150.  A herd of unicorns is called a blessing; quite ironic when the bursting smell of unicorn bubbles is wafting over the valley.

Who created the unicorns?

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Can Theranos be the third blood test lab?

Can Theranos pivot to become a blood test lab (if it hasn’t already)?  To see if their low prices can be sustainable, I compared some of them against Japan’s nationally mandated low fees. (Japan’s healthcare cost is 10% of GDP, as opposed to 17% in the US.) Above chart is the result. For 41 tests I compared, Theranos tests were 2.5 times more expensive on average than the same tests in Japan.   While this doesn’t prove Theranos-as-a-test-lab would work, it’s reassuring.

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Which startup database is better? Comparing CB Insights, PitchBook, PrivCo, DataFox and Mattermark

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I recently compared several private-company databases, as my one-year subscription to CB Insights was coming to an end.  I casually signed up for free trials for similar services, without any intention of doing the thorough comparison I ended up doing.  But here I am, having created a 26 column spreadsheet dissecting PitchBook, PrivCo, DataFox, mattermark, and CB Insights, I would like to share what I have found.

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