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Investing in the Pandemic and the New Normal

SALT Talks-OurCrowd Pandemic Venture Investment Series (Part 1) Watch the full episode here. Despite the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, venture capital is well placed to thrive as the world becomes increasingly digital and demands innovative solutions, according to one veteran Silicon Valley investor. Unlike previous economic crises, the pandemic offers a chance for venture capital to respond directly to the world’s most pressing needs, from healthcare to online banking to secure communications. The crisis “will be different because of the importance of venture capital,” said Steve Krausz, general partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Menlo Park-based VC firm that backed companies like Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd. and Box Inc.  “The digitalization of the world economy is going to be enormous.” Even before Covid-19, many VC-backed industries, including cloud computing, financial technology, and digital health, were growing, and driving some of the most dynamic changes in the economy. The virus, along with stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements, has boosted those shifts, Krausz said, with consumers, businesses and healthcare providers relying even more on digital and online tools. “It has been...

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OURCROWD SUPPORTS UKRAINIAN ISRAELI INNOVATION SUMMIT 2020

Jon Medved writes: The third Ukrainian Israeli Innovation Summit at the end of October will take place in a new format this year combining online and offline communication due to the international pandemic, and will focus on the challenges and opportunities created by the COVID-19 crisis. A major tech event, the UIIS was first launched in Kyiv in 2018 in order to establish cooperation between Israel and the Ukraine in the area of innovation. The conference, supported by both the Israeli and Ukrainian governments, will cover such topics as Ukrainian-Israeli cooperation during the pandemic, the transformation of the venture investing landscape, the creation of international access that can help to overcome the crisis, and the new normal of startup reality. OurCrowd is excited to participate in this year’s important summit, coming on the heels of our own Pandemic Innovation Conference this past June which featured Israeli startups and breakthrough technologies addressing everything from prevention and cure, to social distancing and food supply in the era of COVID-19. The first global event dedicated to pandemic investment, almost 7,500 people from...

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OURCROWD & EMIRATES ANGELS PRESENT INTRODUCTION TO THE UAE TECH INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE (ONLINE EVENT: OCT. 13, 2020)

Watch the recording here. Speakers:– H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office– Abdullah Saeed Juma Al Naboodah, Chairman, Naboodah Investment Co.– Masaood Al Masaood, Emirates Angels Investors Association– Stephen Barnett, Executive Director – Business Development, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)– Dr. Sabah Al-Binali, CEO, Universal Strategy, Abu Dhabi– Faris Mesmar, Managing Partner, Hatch & Boost– Motaz Abu-Hijleh, CEO, World of Farming– Ralph Debbas, CEO, W Motors– Mohamad Kaswani, CEO, Urban– Jon Medved, CEO,...

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Booking my seat on the historic first flight from Israel to the UAE

Israel and the UAE stand to create a partnership of prosperity that will warm the economies of both countries and transform the lives of millions in the region. In December 2019, after more than a decade of doing business with the Gulf, with me and my team having to travel from Jerusalem semi-incognito on our US passports, I became the first Israeli investor to appear on a public platform at a business conference in the United Arab Emirates. Since news of the peace deal between the UAE and Israel was announced August 13, my Inbox has been flooded with messages from friends and business contacts in the Gulf. Since direct phone contact was established on August 16, my phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from the Emirates. We are now talking to more than a dozen potential partners in the UAE who are keen to explore the uncharted and enchanting prospects of business and investment with Israeli startups. Like many people, I have not flown abroad for months. It looks like my first trip will be to the UAE, perhaps on...

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Some of the world’s biggest investors are gearing up for a food fight

Companies making plant-based milk and meat products are heating up Hot on the heels of Beyond Meat, the plant-based burger company that scored the most successful IPO of 2019, I see the beginnings of a non-dairy milk war. Producers of plant-based milk substitutes are racking up record sales of products made from oats, peas, soy, almond, coconut and rice. In July, Blackstone, Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman, Howard Schultz and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation took a 10% stake in the Swedish oat milk company Oatly at a $2 billion valuation. The market is potentially huge and while Oatly is clearly the front runner with sales in 2019 of $200 million, investors are sniffing around other dairy substitute companies, realizing there will be many other creams in the crop. Noops, a newcomer offering non-dairy oatmilk desserts, closed a $2 million seed funding round in July led by 25Madison. Meanwhile, Beyond Meat is still on fire. Its second quarter sales, announced August 4, jumped 69% to $113 million. Its main rival, Impossible Foods, creators of the plant-based Impossible Burger and Impossible Sausage, increased distribution from 150 grocery stores...

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