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Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each State

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Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each State

Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each State

Over the last 20 years, people have flocked from all over the world to Silicon Valley.

It’s the epicenter of the tech boom, and a magnet that attracts talent, ideas, and capital to come together to create new things. Software mania has shifted the most important corporate addresses in the country from the streets of Manhattan to obscure towns like Mountain View, Cupertino, or Menlo Park.

While a booming ecosystem has lured many to the Valley, it’s simultaneously unlocked new technologies that have made it possible to work, collaborate, and build new startups from anywhere.

The result has been the birth of influential startups and ecosystems in every locale imaginable – and today, it’s true that nearly every state has an impressive tech startup to call its own.

Best Funded Startups by State

Today’s infographic comes to us from CB Insights and it showcases the best funded VC-backed startups in every state with more than $1 million in disclosed equity financing since 2015.

Here’s the best funded startup in each state (and D.C.) as of May 23, 2018:

RankStateCompanyDisclosed Equity Funding ($M)
#1CaliforniaUber$15,208
#2New YorkInfor$2,633
#3FloridaMagic Leap$2,354
#4VirginiaOneWeb$2,219
#5MassachusettsDraftKings$728
#6UtahDomo$698
#7IllinoisAvant$655
#8GeorgiaGreenSky$610
#9North CarolinaAvidXChange$574
#10ColoradoWelltok$326
#11DCVox Media$325
#12ArizonaIO Data Centers$311
#13MarylandTenable Network Security$301
#14TexasWP Engine$289
#15WashingtonAvalara$253
#16MinnesotaBright Health$240
#17DelawareSevOne$204
#18KansasC2FO$200
#19Rhode IslandUpserve$192
#20New JerseyVidyo$160
#21IdahoCradlePoint$155
#22OregonVacasa$144
#23MichiganDuo Security$119
#24PennsylvaniaDuolingo$108
#25MissouriVarsity Tutors$107
#26NebraskaHudl$106
#27TennesseeDigital Reasoning Systems$106
#28ArkansasAcumen Brands$93
#29ConnecticuteVariant$90
#30OhioEverything But The House$85
#31IowaInvolta$72
#32IndianaScale Computing$69
#33LouisianaLucid$64
#34South CarolinaCommerce Guys$46
#35New MexicoSkorpios Technologies$45
#36New HampshireParallel Wireless$45
#37WisconsinPropeller Health$43
#38NevadaPlayStudios$36
#39West VirginiaGeostellar$30
#40KentuckyLucina Health$23
#41MontanaBlackmore Sensors & Analytics$22
#42AlabamaAfterSchool$16
#43OklahomaWeather Decision Technologies$11
#44MississippiNext Gear Solutions*$11
#45MaineTilson Technology Management$11
#46North DakotaMyriad Mobile$9
#47VermontFaraday$6
#48HawaiiIbis Networks$5
#49WyomingGreen House Data*$4
#50South DakotaCovered Insurance Solutions$2
#51AlaskaResource Data*$1

It’s important to note that three states did not meet CB Insight’s exact requirements for this list: Alaska, Mississippi, and Wyoming. As a result, those states are represented by private startups that have raised money since 2015, but they have not disclosed any VC-backing.

Uber Versus All

Although prominent startups are being backed by venture capital in practically every state, the Golden State still shows why it’s still the startup mecca. Uber has raised $15.21 billion in funding, which is actually more than the best-funded startup in every state combined together:

Uber (California):
$15.21 billion

The Best Funded Startup In Every Other State (50 companies):
$15.0 billion

The other startups are no slouches either – they are represented by household names like Vox Media (D.C.), Magic Leap (Florida), Draft Kings (Massachusetts), and Domo (Utah), as well as many other successful companies.

Uber is a funding outlier even among California-based companies, with Lyft ($4.8 billion) and Airbnb ($4.4 billion) being the next best funded startups in the state.

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The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

This infographic delves into what it takes to become an effective leader, and how those qualities can impact a company—beyond employee satisfaction.

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How Strong Leadership Impacts the Bottom Line

Organizations of all shapes and sizes are under immense pressure to retain good talent.

High employee turnover can directly impact a company’s bottom line—with many studies suggesting poor leadership is one of the main causes.

Today’s infographic from Online PhD Degrees explores what it takes to be an strong leader, and the behaviors of poor leaders that should be avoided at all costs.

In today’s rapidly changing world, how can the qualities of a strong leader positively shape a company’s future?

The Benefits of Investing in Leadership

Effective leadership is worth its weight in gold, with 58% of employees claiming they would choose having a great boss over a higher salary.

Not only that, 94% of employees with great bosses feel passionate about their jobーnearly twice as many as those working for a bad boss. A strong leader increases employee loyalty, creating a conducive environment for reaching a company’s goals.

In fact, research shows that companies with strong leaders are crucial when it comes to outperforming industry competitors and are three times more prepared to react to the speed of change. Moreover, a company with a strong leader is almost five times more likely to have higher customer engagement and retention rates.

How to Lead Effectively

While each company has its own processes and demands different skill sets, there are core behaviors that separate leaders from managers:

  • Clear Purpose: Clearly articulating the company’s future vision to all levels of staff in a clear and concise way.
  • Contagious Passion: While managers light fires under people to motivate them, leaders light fires in people.
  • Self-Accountability: The expectation to work harder than employees and set a standard of excellence.
  • Flexible Determination: Leaders are agile and open to change.
  • Sustainable Outlook: Focusing on long-term goals proves to a team that a leader is invested in the long-haul.
  • Dual Focus: Beyond thinking big picture, leaders provide employees with a clear and actionable strategy for success.
    • Effective leaders are born from this combination of behaviors. However, one of them has the farthest-reaching impact, both on employees and a company’s bottom line: purpose.

      Purpose and Performance

      The Global Leadership Forecast finds that a strong and well-executed purpose can build organizational resilience and improve long-term financial performance.

      effective leadership purpose

      Leaders who amplify an organization’s purpose create a culture of optimism where employees feel safe in proposing new ideas that will shape the trajectory of a company.

      The Future of Leadership

      To stay competitive, continuous learning and re-skilling should be at the heart of every organization’s leadership strategy. Leaders of the future should possess the ability to redesign jobs in a more fluid way and lean in to the changing nature of work.

      “If we don’t disrupt our business, somebody else is going to do it for us.”

      —McKinsey Analysts

      While management is a foundational skill, organizations need to invest in their leaders to ensure constant growth. Embracing the traits of an effective leader can not only provide improved returns—it also empowers organizations to thrive in an uncertain future.

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Ranked: The 20 Easiest Countries for Doing Business

Entrepreneurship is challenging at the best of times. Here are the countries where at least starting a new business is easy to do.

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Easiest Countries to do Business

Ranked: The 20 Easiest Countries for Doing Business

Contrary to popular belief, the hardest part about running a business may not be finding customers, it’s getting one started.

Depending on the public policies and application processes of your country, you might struggle or succeed in opening and operating a business.

If you live in New Zealand, for example, you can get a new enterprise up and running in half a day. If you live in Luxembourg or Argentina, however, it’s a different story─with the process sometimes taking over a year.

Today’s chart uses data from the World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2020 report, which delves into the ease of doing business in countries around the world.

Measuring the Ease of Doing Business

Now in its 17th year, the Doing Business (DB) report measures how easy it is for someone to start and run a company in an economy, using 12 key factors throughout a business lifecycle:

  1. Starting a business
  2. Employing workers
  3. Dealing with construction permits
  4. Getting electricity
  5. Registering property
  6. Getting credit
  7. Protecting minority investors
  8. Paying taxes
  9. Trading across borders
  10. Contracting with the government
  11. Enforcing contracts
  12. Resolving insolvency

Of the 190 countries reviewed last year, only 115 made it easier for entrepreneurs to do business.

Note to readers: this year’s DB score did not factor in Employing Workers or Contracting with the Government when ranking economies.

Top 20 Easiest Countries to Run a Business

RankCountryDB Score
#1🇳🇿 New Zealand86.8
#2🇸🇬 Singapore86.2
#3🇭🇰 Hong Kong85.3
#4🇩🇰 Denmark85.3
#5🇰🇷 South Korea84
#6🇺🇸 United States84
#7🇬🇪 Georgia83.7
#8🇬🇧 United Kingdom83.5
#9🇳🇴 Norway82.6
#10🇸🇪 Sweden82
#11🇱🇹 Lithuania81.6
#12🇲🇾 Malaysia81.5
#13🇲🇺 Mauritius81.5
#14🇦🇺 Australia81.2
#15🇹🇼 Taiwan80.9
#16🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates80.9
#17🇲🇰 North Macedonia80.7
#18🇪🇪 Estonia80.6
#19🇱🇻 Latvia80.3
#20🇫🇮 Finland80.2

In the top spot for the fourth year in a row, New Zealand only requires half a day to start a business. Singapore also stands out for having the shortest timeframe when it comes to paying business taxes and enforcing business contracts.

Only two African nations─Rwanda and Mauritius─are listed in the top 50 countries, with Mauritius being the only one to crack the top 20 list.

Latin American economies are noticeably missing from the rankings, as many countries in this region are fraught with bureaucracy and prolonged processes.

Most Improved Scores

Several developed and developing economies made significant strides in 2019 to implement reforms that opened doors for new business owners.

The Doing Business 2020 report shows that the cost of starting a business has fallen over time, particularly in developing economies.

Top 10 Most Improved Economies, 2018-2019

Top 10 most improved economies for doing business

Saudi Arabia made the greatest improvement overall, adding 7.7 points to its score.

Bahrain also made improvements over the most number of factors (9). While Jordan showed improvement in the fewest factors (3), it showed the second highest jump in DB Score.

Gains Among Low-Income Countries

The DB 2020 study also shows that developing economies are making progress: it’s now cheaper than ever before to run a business in developing economies.

However, a significant disparity still remains when we consider the difference in business costs between high-income and low-income economies.

An entrepreneur starting a company in a low-income economy will spend about 50% of per capita income (PCI) to launch a venture, whereas an entrepreneur in a high-income economy spends only 4% PCI to accomplish the same task.

Put another way, entrepreneurs located in the bottom 50 economies spend an average six times more to open a new company as those in a high-income economy.

Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

Generally, more entrepreneurs will enter a market where they can easily conduct business─adding more value to local economies.

While the rankings clearly illustrate the link between ease of doing business and economic growth, there are still significant barriers in place that not only deter entrepreneurship but also inhibit a relatively simple strategy for growth.

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