Recent Startup Trends

I spent 2013 as one of four partners at a seed stage fund with a strong data focus*. During that time, I had the privilege of talking in depth with hundreds of founders about the data-centric companies they were working on. Here are some of the high level trends that I observed among those startups, along with a few suggestions for anyone who is looking for startup ideas:

Those were the four biggest trends that I observed, but there are also a few smaller ones that will likely become more significant in 2014:

So that’s my recap for 2013. I’m very excited to see what 2014 will bring!

* My fund partners and I believe that proprietary data offers tremendous competitive advantages, so we focus on startups that are either building valuable datasets or are building tools that help others extract more value from their data. 

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