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Best of startup studios in 2016

2016 was an amazing year for studios, let's see some highlights of funding, exits and discoveries...

· startup studio,Trend,2016

We are coming to the end of 2016, and it's time to look back and reflect on how we did. If I had to chose one word to describe this year, I'd go with THRIVING. We've seen huge exits, increasing funding rounds, exponential increase in nr of startup studios. Here is my biased, short list of the most inspiring things that happened:

Biggest exit

Unilever bought Dollar Shave Club, a Science-Inc. company for $1 billion! And that was only one of the three exits Mike Jones' Team scored. You can read a quick interview with him here.

Top investment rounds into studios

  1. Expa, the San Francisco-based startup studio raised a whopping $100 million round. To date, Expa created more than a dozen companies including Operator, Reserve, Mix, and Spot.
  2. Finleap, the German fintech startup studio raised €21 million. In the last 20 months, they built nine new companies and typically invested between 500,000 and 5 million euros.
  3. French startup studio eFounders did it again and raised €5 million to build eight new companies on top of their existing portfolio which includes success stories like Aircall. 

A huge "thank you!" to contributors

While I was working on the Startup Studio Playbook I had the opportunity to meet with some of the most amazing people and learn from them. The entrepreneurs and startup studios whose examples and stories you can read about in the book have been incredibly generous with sharing their time and their expertise. The book only exists because of their dedication to spreading the word about the startup studio model. I also want to express my utmost gratitude to all the people who supported the Startup Studio Playbook Indiegogo campaign, which made writing this book possible. Thank you!

What's next

The startup studio approach will continue to spread, that's for sure. I'm already working on the Startup Studio Trends 2017 report, and I can assure you, the exponential curve we're on will continue. More studios will emerge, more startups will be created, there will be more investments, more exits, more excitement...

Also I'm committed to improve the Playbook with even more best practices and case studies. There will be a story about a nanotechnology startup factory, a studio in the heart of Africa...

I'm excited to be part of this story together with you! Thank you!

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