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Modern Plagues: Let our people live – with these startup technologies

Cancer, diabetes, and drug abuse are among what come to mind when thinking of modern plagues on our society. These plagues are daunting and seemingly unsolvable. The modern minds behind startup technology are actually aiming to solve these issues. Overcoming opioid addiction Startups are utilizing technology – from AI to cannabis tech – to develop cures and solutions for overcoming opioid addiction. Riley Cote, NHL hockey player, went so far as to state at the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit that the prohibition of cannabis is actually the direct cause of the opioid crisis. Cote spoke from personal experience when he said that cannabis is a useful tool to deal with pain, and significantly less dangerous and addictive than opioids or other pain killers. Advancing this breakthrough forward, a startup called Syqe Medical has developed a pocket-sized cannabis based inhaler that is one of the promising alternatives for opioid use as a painkiller. Dr. Gidi Stein, co-founder and CEO of MedAware, also discussed the steps he and his colleagues are taking to end pain killer addiction. Dr. Stein told...

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Class is In Session: Daniel Kahneman’s Lesson on the Art & Science of Decision-making

At the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman revealed what drives our choices in business, science, and life during an insightful Q&A. The pioneer in behavioral economics shared with a captivated audience that intuition can be marvellous but it is often wrong (and unfortunately isn’t helpful when it comes to buying and selling stocks). Kahneman advised that one should delay his intuition until he has all the information. He further shared that to reach big successes one must be “crazily optimistic” or even delusional, as success does not come without risk. Watch the full Q&A with Professor Daniel Kahneman linked below as well as five top quotes from both the Summit as well as his international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, where Kahneman unveils what drives the way we think:   “What you really want to do is to delay [intuition] until you have all the information…you’re better off if you collect information first.” – Art & Science of Decision Making, 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit “Great successes, when you look backwards, were always due to somebody being...

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‘Hope is A Global Thing’: Nas Daily shares an impact message

If you haven’t already encountered Nuseir Yassin, better known as video blogger Nas Daily, he’s the guy who has probably popped up in your Facebook newsfeed a few times over the last few years. Nas travelled the world for 1,000 days, uncovering impactful stories and sharing viral videos about them for millions of followers to enjoy. More recently, in his OCSummit19 plenary session, “Hope is A Global Thing,” Nas spoke about what drove him to change his stable trajectory and follow his passion, ending up an expert and world-renowned storyteller – and how the ability to tell a story can impact global innovation. I am convinced that opportunity exists in…every country and it is our responsibility as creators to showcase this stuff and your responsibility as investors is to invest in this stuff, the things that actually make the world a better place. – Nuseir Yassin, Nas Daily  Plus, check out his 1-minute (get it?) interview with former BBC correspondent Anna Kingsley to hear more of Nas’ insights: If you haven’t seen Nas Daily in the wild, check out Nuseir’s channel....

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Mobility Miracles

“Still today I have no idea how I lost control. The car turned over three times. I got out of the car fully conscious, telling everyone I feel great, but I just can’t feel my legs.” For centuries, paraplegics like Israeli software engineer Adir Siman Tov, 27, had one option for mobility: wheelchairs, which can have damaging psychological, medical and financial effects. Twenty years old at the time of the accident, Adir felt a “giant black cloud” hanging over him. Then came UPnRIDE Robotics. Founded by Dr. Amit Goffer, a quadriplegic, the company is passionate about changing the lives of mobility- impaired individuals. UPnRIDE’s wheeled robotic device brings the user from sitting to standing position, providing upright and seated mobility, indoors or outdoors, over a variety of surfaces and slopes. Adir met his wife six years after the accident and dreamt of standing up at their marriage ceremony. After some research, he found UPnRIDE and sent them a message. Determined to help the disabled, UPnRIDE delivered. “I got to the chuppah, to her… bending over towards her, looking her...

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Top 10 Tech Impact Trends presented at #OCSummit19

A much anticipated event at the annual OurCrowd Global Investor Summit is the presentation of what we predict will be 10 tech trends throughout the year ahead, reflecting the views of our investment team as well as input from our global network. In light of this year’s Summit theme, Global Impact, Stav Erez and Eli Nir presented 10 tech impact trends which we believe will change the world for the better in 2019. Before we jump into this year’s trends, have a look at the video below in which we address the outcome of the trends presented at our 2018 Summit: *Find the video of the full presentation at the bottom of this post. Let’s dive in! This year’s trends are: 1. Education Gets Smarter Schools have existed since before 2000 BC. Looking at classrooms today, it almost seems that the technological revolution has skipped the education system. However, we believe this revolution is inevitable due to the increase in connected devices and technologies such as computer vision, AI and more. According to PR Newswire, the EdTech market is estimated to...

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