Author: Naama Segal

[ClimaCell in Washington Post] Private weather company ClimaCell to spin off nonprofit to tackle weather forecasting, early warnings in Africa

ClimaCell, the private weather forecasting company based in Boston that has pioneered “microweather” forecasting based on sensors in smartphones, vehicles and other sources, is spinning off a nonprofit arm that will seek to close the gap in weather and climate information between developing nations and the industrialized world. Read...

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[PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd Joins Millennium Alternative Investment Network to Increase Access to Venture Capital Opportunities in United States

Jerusalem / Oct. 30, 2019 – OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, will join the Millennium Alternative Investment Network (MAIN), which provides advisors and individual investors with a streamlined way to discover, research and invest in alternative investment opportunities. Read more...

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How can we use data to fix the world?

Dr. Kira Radinsky can actually fix the world. At the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, eBay’s Chief Scientist and Director of Data Science disclosed how her desire to understand causality between world events led her to develop the ultimate AI data system. Dr. Kira Radinsky’s AI system seems straight out of the future: her algorithm-based technique can not only reposition drugs, it can also predict global calamities in an effort to prevent them. Data as a means to predict disease outbreaks and riots Try to picture sorting through every tweet, web search, and article. Ever. Kira Radinsky built a system that can process all of that information. But she then wanted to go further. She recognised the power that may lie within data and asked herself, can the data processing system calculate the common denominator between dozens of ebola outbreaks? The system revealed that when people were looking for diamonds and gold, the carriers of Ebola – bats – would migrate. In fact, the latest Ebola outbreak first presented itself in a three year old child who ate uncooked...

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Are buildings the next battlefront for a greener planet?

With a lot of attention being paid to potential global effects of climate change – from the Paris Agreement to the proposed Green New Deal in the US – what comes to mind are polluted cities, record-breaking temperatures, water scarcity and more. The issues sound big, scary and often – unsolvable. But what if we take a moment to zone in on the micro-environments we are exposed to every day; for example… buildings. That’s right – the everyday building is a battlefront for a greener planet. So says Harvard Professor Joseph Allen, addressing the crowd at the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. Outdoor air pollution penetrates indoors and in reality, the majority of our exposure to outdoor air pollution can actually occur when we are inside a building. Allen explained that we spend 90% of our time indoors which means if we live until we are 80, we’ll have spent 72 years living indoors! That being said, the person who manages your building essentially has a bigger impact on your health than your doctor. Did you know? An early...

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