IoT – The Periodic Table

The Internet of Things, continues to grow in our ever evolving world and as it does, private companies, corporations, venture investors and acquirers rise to the occasion.

With that in mind we thought it interesting when we came across a Periodic Table (a chart built to show the relationships among the various “elements” of the Internet of Things),  on a CB Insights blog (a company that uses data, algorithms and predictive analytics to predict “what’s next?” in the market).

The Table in essence outlines some of the key players in the IoT market.  It includes 141 companies, investors and acquirers on a list made up from data that involves financial health, company momentum, investor quality and mergers and acquisitions action.

The table focuses on seven types of industry from left to right and because the Internet of Things is more of a theme than a single industry, it includes lots of different areas and companies. Here are the basic guidelines of how to read it:

  • The left side of the Periodic Table of IoT includes companies across several sub-verticals that make up IoT.  More details on these sub-areas of IoT are below.
  • On the far right, the table shifts to venture capital firms (both multi-stage and micro VCs), corporate investors, angels, accelerators/incubators and crowdfunding platforms selected based primarily on total portfolio investments into IoT and recency of investment in the Internet of Things.
  • The bottom section below is acquirers and notable IoT exits.

Here is the table below (click to expand):

periodic table

Breakdown of several sub-areas on Table:

Wearable Tech

Private wearable tech firms on the list include clothing or accessory companies that fuse sensor and other connected technologies in order to help track primarily health-related matters but also photos, email and GPS location.

Connected Home

Private connected home companies on the list offer connected software platforms and hardware for your home to keep it functioning efficiently.

Building Blocks & Platforms

Companies that help power, facilitate and/or create the IoT universe. This ranges from open-source IoT toolkits to embedded chip makers to DIY electronics.

Industrial Internet

This includes companies working to extend the capabilities of connected devices to physical machinery, industrial processes and workplaces. Many of the firms listed primarily operate in the drone and/or robotics spaces.


Healthcare companies on the table span key remote patient monitoring or machine-to-machine products for the healthcare industry, specifically for use by doctors or home healthcare providers.

In-store Retail

Companies using sensor, beacon and WiFi technologies within the physical retail store in order to help better track and understand in-store customers.

Connected Car

Connected car companies on the table provide wireless technology and/or hardware to help drivers be alerted of details including traffic, accidents, alerts and speeding.


Venture Capital Firms

Venture capital firms included make venture equity investments across the stage spectrum and geographies focusing on IoT opportunities. The VC firm category spans both micro VCs and large multi-stage firms with LP commitments ranging from $25M to well over $1B+.

Corporate Investors

Corporate investors in the Internet of Things include both corporations making direct investments and separately identifiable corporate venture units.

Angel Investors

IoT angel investors span both angel groups that bridge the gap between angel investment and institutional VC, providing either a managed fund or direct investment from angel group members as well as individual angel investors who offer early-stage capital, advice and networks to startups in exchange for equity or convertible debt.


Internet platforms for financing ventures or projects through contributions from the ‘crowd’,  whose collective contributions help fund the project.


Accelerators and startup incubators typically offer some combination of equity investment, mentorship and resources around company development. Those on the Internet of Things periodic table have either funded a number of IoT portfolio companies or have a specific focus on hardware.

IoT Acquirers

Key public corporations that have acquired private IoT companies in the last two years.

Notable acquisitions

Key IoT companies that have been acquired.

Overall, the Periodic Table pulls together some interesting information about the exciting world of IoT at the moment.  Stay tuned…it’s a work in progress!

SOURCE: CB Insights


BrainGrid Corporation is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of “things” as they relate to the “Internet of Things (IoT).”