Using Kimono Labs application programming interfaces (APIs), the task of sorting and displaying data just got easier. Whether for pricing products, managing customers, or tracking trends, data has long been locked away, accessible by only those with the chops to write web scrapers. Not an impossible task, but a diurnal dilemma of where and when to dedicate those resources. By bringing down the costs around asking questions and answering them with data, Kimono is putting tools in the hands of domain experts.
Analyzing ten years of data pulled from Y-Combinator, the incubator that has fostered $30 billion in valuation through DropBox, Heroku, Airbnb, Stripe and other startups, Kimono asked the question, "Does YC invest before or after trends become popular."
Overwhelmingly they saw that YC investments antedated trends. While not surprising that the preeminent incubator appeals to early adopter minds looking at problems on the fringe of the innovation spectrum, it's noteworthy. The question then becomes, if YC is investing ahead of coming multi-billion dollar trends, then what is going to happen next?
Venture Capitalists seek the crystal ball, and data is as close as it gets.
Check out the Kimono analysis, and the three trends it highlights. Millennials, those aged 28-33, are starting to pop out babies. As good entrepreneurs problem-solve around pain points they feel, there is a swelling not just in belly, but in Family Tech as an investment category. Incubators are fertile in their creation of new parenting companies. And as we move increasingly to mobile, to micro-transactions, and the demand for frictionless payments, digital programmatic currency becomes interesting. BitCoin is the dominant form factor of Block Chain technology, and is thus on the rise. And finally, the mechanics of gene sequencing are changing and costs are coming down. These companies are beginning to demonstrate scale dynamics not formerly known to "Science" companies.
If YC data proves right, the next problem solvers are already innovating, and the next $30 billion in valuation creation is already likely upon us in these industries.