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Unboxing the gold 2018 MacBook Air video – CNET

CNET editors unbox the gold 2018 MacBook Air. The gold is beautiful in this much-needed redesign of the beloved laptop.
Source: CNET

The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

Crunchbase News recently profiled a selection of U.S. companies’ largest VC raised in 2018, and no surprise here: the 10 largest rounds all topped out well north of $100 million.

A major driver of global venture dollar growth is the relatively recent phenomenon of companies raising $100 million or more in a single venture round. We’ve called these nine and 10-figure deals, which shine brightly in the media and are hefty enough to bend the curve of VC fund sizes upwards, “supergiants” after their stellar counterparts.

And like stars, venture-backed companies tend to originate and co-exist in clusters, while the physical space between these groups is largely empty.

We noticed that many of the companies behind these supergiant rounds are headquartered in just a few metro areas around the United States. In this case, it’s mostly just the SF Bay Area, plus others scattered between Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego and one (Magic Leap) in the unfortunately named Plantation, Florida.

The San Francisco Bay Area is perhaps one of the best-known tech and startup hubs in the world. Places like Boston, NYC and Los Angeles, among others, are perhaps just as well-known. But how do these cities stack up as clusters for companies raising supergiant rounds?

Superclusters

That question got us wondering how these locales rank against other major metropolitan areas throughout the world. In the chart below, we’ve plotted the count of supergiant venture rounds1 topping out at $100 million or more through November 5. These numbers are based off of reported data in Crunchbase, exclude private equity rounds and do not account for deals that may have already been closed but haven’t been publicly announced yet.

Although U.S.-based companies have raised more supergiant rounds (168 year to date) than their Chinese counterparts (160 year to date), Chinese companies raise much bigger rounds, even at this supergiant size class.

How much more? U.S. companies have raised $38.4 billion, year to date, in nine and 10-figure venture rounds alone. Chinese companies have raised $69 billion across their 160 supergiant deals, which includes the largest-ever VC deal: a $14 billion Series C round raised by Ant Financial.

2018 in perspective

2018 is already a record year for venture funding worldwide. With more than $275 billion in projected total venture dollar volume so far, 2018’s year-to-date numbers have already eclipsed 2017’s full-year figures (a projected $220 billion, roughly) by more than $55 billion.2

And there’s still about eight weeks left to go before it’s New Year’s Eve.

  1. We use the same classification rules for what is and is not a “venture” round as we’ve used in our quarterly reports. Check out the methodology section of our most recent global VC report, from Q3 2018, to learn more about how Crunchbase News categorizes rounds.
  2. We’re referring to the same type of projected data we use in the quarterly reports. Check out the methodology section of our most recent global VC report, from Q3 2018, to learn more about how Crunchbase News uses projected and reported data.


Source: TechCrunch

PlayStation Classic first look: Exactly what you think it is video – CNET

This is one of the best looking throwback consoles yet.
Source: CNET

Space Photos of the Week: The 6 Splendid Tails of Comet McNaught

It was a sensation when it was first spotted in 1744, but now we know much more about the effects of solar wind on comet dust.
Source: Wired

An Elon Musk Imposter, Foreign Malware Samples, and More Security News This Week

Compromised crypto, flawed SSDs, and more of the week’s top security news.
Source: Wired

Every Android version from the T-Mobile G1 to Android Pie – CNET

At 10 years old, Android runs on over 2 billion active devices. Here’s how far Google’s mobile OS has come and where it’s heading next.
Source: CNET

9 Best Robot Vacuums (2018): Pet Hair, Carpets, Hardwood Floors, and More

From no-frills cleaners to high-end automation, we have the ideal botvac for you.
Source: Wired

We Should Take Hollywood Disaster Movies More Seriously

More realistic films could raise awareness about real-world threats.
Source: Wired

18 Best Deals on Snow Gear This Week: REI, Backcountry, and More

Planning your winter ski vacations? Now is a great time to pick up all the snow gear you need.
Source: Wired

Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? – CNET

Your answer might be different depending on whether your priority is a smartwatch or a fitness tracker.
Source: CNET

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