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18 Media Technologies, Sorted by Adoption Rate



Chart: 18 Media Technologies, Sorted by Adoption Rate

18 Media Technologies, Sorted by Adoption Rate

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As you read this, know that you are not alone.

Statistically speaking, over 50% of people are consuming media in some form at this given moment.

In fact, the latest data shows that Americans spend over 12 hours per day consuming media in various forms. This means that people spend more time consuming media than they do working or sleeping – a prolific insight that explains why companies like Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, and Netflix have exploded in size and dominance over the last decade.

Media Adoption in 2018

Using the most recent survey data from Jacobs Media, we can get a sense of how all of this media is actually being consumed.

The following data shows the survey results of 64,289 radio listeners in North America to highlight the adoption rates for 18 different media technologies, ranging from television to smartwatches.

RankMedia TypeAdoption Rate
#2AM/FM Radio92%
#4Social Media86%
#6Streaming Video69%
#7Radio/Music Apps66%
#9Streaming Audio61%
#10Smart TV51%
#11Video Games44%
#12MP3 Plaer35%
#13Satellite Radio25%
#14Connected Car24%
#16Smart Speaker21%
#17HD Radio13%

Conventional mediums like television still reign supreme for now.

However, it’s worth noting that the intersection of media and technology is a rapidly-evolving space – and there are several mediums that are jumping up the rankings fast.

Movers and Shakers

We previously covered the ultra-competitive battle for smart speaker market share, and the data here gives further indication to how fast the space is evolving. In the 2018 edition of the survey, smart speakers held a 21% penetration rate – that’s almost double the rate in the 2017 survey, which was only at 11%.

In the video streaming space, Netflix continues its rapid growth – something that was also evident in the internet minute graphic that we shared with you earlier in the week. Users watching Netflix at least once per week jumped from 41% to 52% between 2017 and 2018.

Finally, in other brand news, Facebook is used on a weekly basis by 74% of respondents. Other social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat were well behind Facebook in overall media usage, but are still growing in terms of users.

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Ranked: The Top Startup Cities Around the World

Here are the global startup ecosystem rankings, highlighting the scale and maturity of major tech hubs worldwide.



This bar chart shows the top startup ecosystems in the world in 2024.

The Top Startup Cities Around the World

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A richly connected network of founders, venture capital firms, and tech talent are some of the key ingredients driving a startup ecosystem.

As engines of growth, these tech clusters are evolving on a global scale. While the world’s leading startup cities are concentrated in America, several ecosystems, such as Beijing and Seoul, are growing in prominence as countries focus on technological advancement to spur innovation.

This graphic shows the best startup cities worldwide, based on data from Pitchbook.

The Global Startup Ecosystem Rankings

To determine the rankings, each city was analyzed based on the scale and maturity of their startup ecosystem over a six-year period ending in the second quarter of 2023.

Among the inputs analyzed and used to calculate the overall development score were fundraising activity, venture capital deals, and exit value:

RankCityDevelopment ScoreCapital RaisedDeal CountExit Value
1🇺🇸 San Francisco90$427.6B19,898$766.3B
2🇺🇸 New York76$179.9B13,594$171.7B
3🇨🇳 Beijing76$161.2B8,835$279.2B
4🇨🇳 Shanghai73$130.3B7,422$186.8B
5🇺🇸 Los Angeles71$144.6B9,781$181.4B
6🇺🇸 Boston70$117.0B6,044$172.8B
7🇬🇧 London64$99.0B11,533$71.9B
8🇨🇳 Shenzhen63$46.4B5,020$66.3B
9🇰🇷 Seoul61$31.1B6,196$71.0B
10🇯🇵 Tokyo60$26.2B5,590$28.0B
11🇨🇳 Hangzhou59$50.7B3,361$88.7B
12🇺🇸 Washington D.C.55$43.7B2,706$28.2B
13🇺🇸 Seattle54$31.7B2,693$35.6B
14🇸🇬 Singapore52$45.7B4,507$38.0B
15🇺🇸 San Diego52$33.5B2,023$44.7B
16🇺🇸 Austin52$26.4B2,636$22.9B
17🇨🇳 Guangzhou52$24.7B1,700$24.0B
18🇮🇱 Tel Aviv51$21.0B1,936$32.2B
19🇺🇸 Denver51$26.8B2,489$29.9B
20🇩🇪 Berlin50$31.2B2,469$15.9B

San Francisco dominates the pack, with $427.6 billion in capital raised over the six-year period.

Despite a challenging funding environment, nearly 20,000 deals closed, highlighting its outsized role in launching tech startups. Both OpenAI and rival Anthropic are headquartered in the city, thanks to its broad pool of tech talent and venture capital firms. Overall, 11,812 startups were based in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2023, equal to about 20% of startups in America.

Falling next in line is New York City, which raised $179.9 billion over the same time period. Crypto firm Gemini and machine learning company, Hugging Face, are two examples of startups based in the city.

As the top-ranking hub outside of America, Beijing is home to TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, which is one of the most valuable private companies in the world.

In recent years, much of the startup funding in China is being driven by government-backed funds. In particular, these funds are focusing heavily on “hard tech” such as semiconductor-makers and electric vehicle companies that align with the government’s strategic long-term goals.

Another leading tech hub, Singapore, has the highest venture capital funding per capita worldwide. In 2023, this was equal to an impressive $1,060 in venture funding per person. By comparison, venture funding was $345 per person in the U.S., the second-highest globally.

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