1 Billion Dollars: Amount Invested In Bitcoin In The Past 24 Months

We track crytpocurrencies on Coinspotting– we spotted this stat today –

“A billion dollars has been invested in this industry in the past 24 months,” said Barry Silbert, the founder of the financial technology firm SecondMarket and an investor in 48 Bitcoin-focused startups, to an audience at the Inside Bitcoins conference. “We’re just getting started.” Source

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What Was The Hottest Skill On LinkedIn For The Year 2014?

No prizes for guessing this one – we spotted this today, that in 2014, the hottest skill to have on LinkedIn globally was ‘Statistical Analysis and Data Mining’. The next hottest? Middleware and Integration Software (Source)

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Every Tenth New Home Sold In The US Costs Half-A-Million Or More

There is definitely some detail to that stat – but we spotted this today –

“As with most consumer items, the mix of new homes has changed in this expansion. That has shifted prices a bit. Although homes costing less than $300,000 still hold a slim majority of all new homes sold, the growth sector has been in more luxurious residences. Homes costing $500,000 or more accounted for almost 11% of new homes sold in 2014, up from 8% in 2011.”

Source

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Did You Know: The Federal Government Owns 24% of All U.S. Land

We spotted this interesting stat today –

“The federal government owns 24% of all land, worth a collective $1.8 trillion. (That’s 8% of the country’s total value, or around 10% of the total outstanding federal debt.)” Source

Bonus stats – Almost half, 47%, of U.S. land is used for agriculture and Just 5.8% of U.S. land is developed, but that land accounts for 50.7% of the total value. (Source)

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Medium Has As Many Uniques As The Guardian Has In The US

We spotted this stat today:

“Medium has grown to a robust 25 million unique visitors (self-reported) each month. (For comparison, that’s roughly the same as ComScore’s estimate for the British newspaper The Guardian‘s US unique viewers in March”

Source

25 Million uniques a month is not jaw-dropping. But getting there in just 3 years definitely is.

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Which Smartphone Maker Just Sold 2.12 Million Smartphones In 12 Hours?

It’s not a two-player race after all. We spotted this stat today:

“By the end of the 12-hour long festival, Xiaomi sold a total of 2.12 million smartphones and recorded a total revenue of RMB 2.08 billion (~$335 million US). This is compared to the 1.3 million phones sold at last year’s festival. In addition, the company sold over 38,000 Mi TVs, 200,000 Mi Bands and 247,000 Mi Power Strips. Xiaomi says total revenue from accessories alone totaled roughly RMB 190 million.”

Source

Digest that.

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Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year

This could be a net positive – we spotted this stat today –

“The rate of new-bank formation has slipped from an average of around 100 per year since 1990 to an average of only about three per year since 2010, write Roisin McCord, Edward Simpson Prescott and Tim Sablik.” Source

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China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century

We never realized Bill Gates was into Statspotting – we spotted this stunning stat today:

“China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century” Source

We are not too sure how to digest this stat – but definitely is an important stat with a broad impact.

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Angry Birds Not Happy: Rovio Says Profit Fell 73 Percent in 2014

Bad year for the maker of Angry Birds – we spotted this stat today –

“Mobile games maker Rovio reported its operating profit fell 73 percent last year due to a drop in its licensing business, a latest sign its breakthrough Angry Birds brand is losing its appeal.” Source

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New York City Has More Uber Cars Than Yellow Cabs

We spotted this stat today –

“New Taxi and Limousine Commission data shows that Uber cars now outnumber cabs on NYC streets, with 14,088 black and luxury vehicles versus 13,587 taxis.”

Source

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