2015 Is Shaping Up To Be A Record Year For VC Investments

We spotted these VC stats today:

“More than $32 billion was raised worldwide in the quarter alone, across 1,819 deals. That pushed the dealflow in the year so far to $60 billion — nearly three-quarters of 2014’s $80 billion year.

Speaking of unicorns, the amount of mega-rounds (or rounds totaling $100 million or more) have skyrocketed in 2015. The year has already seen 100 mega-rounds, including 61 in the second quarter that together raised $16 billion.

Regionally, North America is on track to reach $70 billion in funding — surpassing 2014 funding numbers by 25 percent. ..” Source

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More Than A Billion People A Day Watch Something On YouTube

We spotted these stats on YouTube today:

1. The time people are spending watching YouTube was up 60 percent during the quarter compared with the same period last year.
2. More men ages 18 to 49 watch YouTube on a daily basis than network television
3. The average mobile viewing session lasts 40 minutes
4. More than 1 billion people a day watch something on YouTube

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Interest Fades In The Humanities – Some Sad Statistics

We spotted these stats today –

“Nationally, the number of students majoring in the humanities has fallen substantially since 1970. At Stanford, 45 percent of the faculty is trained in the humanities, but only 15 percent of students major in humanities fields.6 At Yale, between 1971 and 2013 the proportion of humanities majors dropped from 53 percent to 25 percent among women, and from 37 percent to 21 percent among men. ”

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Apple Sells 20 Percent of Smartphones, Takes 92 Percent of All Profits

We spotted this stat today:

“Apple Inc. recorded 92% of the total operating income from the world’s eight top smartphone makers in the first quarter, up from 65% a year earlier, estimates Canaccord Genuity managing director Mike Walkley. Samsung Electronics Co. took 15%, Canaccord says.

Apple’s share of profits is remarkable given that it sells less than 20% of smartphones, in terms of unit sales. ”

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Gadget Spending To Go Down For The First Time Since 2010

We spotted this stat today:

“Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, a 1.5 percent increase from 2014 and down from the previous quarter’s forecast of 2.8 percent growth, according to Gartner, Inc.

End-user spending on devices will total $606 billion in 2015 and will show, for the first time since 2010, a 5.7 percent decline in current U.S. dollars.”

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Private-Sector Wages Have Grown Annually At Just 0.3% After Inflation

After adjusting for inflation, that is. We spotted this stat today –

“AMERICA’S workers have seen better days. Over the past decade private-sector wages have grown at an average yearly rate of just 0.3% after accounting for inflation—a fraction of their typical pace of growth. ”

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Who Is Buying Single-Family Homes And Condos In The US?

We spotted this stat today:

“Purchasers from China made up 16% of international buyers who bought primarily single-family homes and condominiums in the 12-month period that ended in March, according to the survey by the National Association of Realtors. That was up from 12% in 2013. Canadians made up 14% of international buyers, down sharply from 23% in the 2013 survey. In third place were Mexicans who made up 9% of foreign buyers in the recent period, up slightly from 2013….

The Chinese also dominated dollar volume of properties sold. Buyers from China purchased $28.6 billion of properties in the U.S. in the year ending in March 2015. That compares to $11.2 billion of properties that were purchased by Canadians and $7.9 billion by buyers from India. Mexicans were fourth by dollar volume with $4.9 billion of purchases.”

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India Mobile Statistics: 869 Million Active Mobile Connections

We spotted this stat today –

“The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats:

– There were 869.97 million active connection in the month of April.
– Strangely, Idea apparently has 102.60% of connections active on its network – the highest among all telcos. TRAI says the percentage of active connections is more than 100% due to in-roamers i.e. subscribers from other operators roaming in Idea’s network.
– RCom has the second highest active connection base of 97.67%, followed by Airtel at 95.76%.”

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We had spotted a stat recently on how cashless transactions overtook paper based transactions in India – and of course, some India credit card statistics. Emerging indeed.

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The Average American Woman Now Weighs 166 Pounds

A few years back, we had spotted some obesity statistics – we spotted this stat today –

“There’s no doubt that Americans are bigger today than they were in the 1960s. But Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post pulled out some staggering stats to demonstrate exactly how big Americans have become: the average woman today weighs 166.2 pounds — which is almost the exact same amount as the average American man in the early 1960s.

Both sexes have gotten bigger since over the past 50 years. Men are 17.6 percent heavier — which translates into a roughly 30-pound gain. “At 195.5 pounds, put five American guys in a room and you’ve gathered roughly half a ton of manhood,” Ingraham notes. In the same period, women’s weight shot up from 140 pounds to just over 166 pounds — an 18.5 percent increase.”

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Shazam Stats: 100 Million Monthly Active Users, Half-A-Billion Downloads

We spotted some interesting stats on Shazam today –

The app has been downloaded to mobile devices 500 million times
The app has 100 million monthly active users and is adding 10 million new users monthly
The company is now valued at a cool billion dollars
The number of “Shazams” now tops 15 billion

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