Tag: Startup Trends

Roll Call: The big news from our friends, portfolio at #CES2017

Hello from CES 2017! OurCrowd is on the ground in Las Vegas at the world’s most innovative, inspiring and fun global consumer electronics and tech tradeshow. This year’s show has been amazing, especially since we’ve been hanging with friends and portfolio companies with what seems like round-the-clock major announcements since last Thursday. Take a look at our portfolio’s big news to come out of CES in the last few days: VocalZoom pairs with Honda VocalZoom joins Honda at CES to demonstrate optical sensor that delivers safer automotive voice control Honda partners with VocalZoom to advance speech-recognition technology [SAE International] Watch here as Honda announces the partnership: Consumer Physics integrated into smartphone Changhong’s H2 smartphone lets you scan objects for molecular authenticity [Venture Beat] This phone has a built-in tricorder. Really. [Mashable] Now meet the phone with SCiO built in, up close: Celeno partners with Airgain and NGCodec Celeno, a leader in next-gen WiFi semiconductors, announces partnerships with Airgain on Smart Antennas [CED Magazine] …as well as with NGCodec for Wireless Virtual Reality [App Developer Magazine] Argus Cyber Security working with Qualcomm and Elektrobit Argus Cyber...

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Download the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Technology Review, Q2 2016

Can you name the largest asset class in the United States, an enormous market worth about $40 trillion? You’re correct if you guessed real estate. The industry can be broken down into two major areas: $23 trillion for residential housing, and $15 trillion for commercial real estate (CRE) accounts. While most people may not instinctively see any relationship between real estate and startups, the connection is… real. In the past few months, real estate technology startups have experienced tremendous growth. With millions of dollars in VC fundraising in Q2 2016, real estate tech, which spans from analytics and risk-analysis to leasing and property management software, has become a sector ripe for growth and disruption. On the heels of this growth, we are excited to release our industry review of CRE technology in Q2 2016! Download this free review to learn about: Industry trends Funding levels Top exits Emerging categories The democratization of CRE Industry activity and more… Download the free Q2 2016 Commercial Real Estate Technology Review here. To find out more about CRE and investment opportunities on our platform, contact our Investor Relations team or visit...

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Chatbots: The Virtual Customer Service Agent of the Future

Artificial intelligence is one of the fastest growing areas in the high-tech sector, with large corporations like Microsoft and Facebook investing heavily in the world of virtual assistants that seem like they can do everything from paying your bills to finding the nearest open pizza place in the middle of the night. In 2014, the global artificial intelligence market was worth about $126 billion, and is expected to reach a value of $3 trillion by 2024, which means it is growing at a rate of about 36% a year, according to a report from Transparency Market Research. One of the main factors behind the expanding market is the use of so-called chatbots to help with customer service. These virtual assistants mimic customer service representatives by answering questions, giving directions, and taking orders. Not only are they available to chat with customers on company websites, eliminating customer wait-times or having to be transferred to different representatives, but chatbots are also increasingly available on mobile SMS texting, Facebook, Skype, and other messaging platforms so interacting with them is akin to chatting...

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Reality check! Mapping the Israeli VR and AR startup landscape [Infographic]

‘Computer-simulated reality’, ‘immersive media’, whatever you call virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the artificial multisensory experience its technology offers is only getting better with each passing year. Goldman Sachs estimates that the size of the overall VR, AR market will be anywhere between $23 billion to $183 billion by 2025. (source) For more than a decade, we’ve seen advances in VR and AR tech applied to military training, urban design, video games, and other home entertainment. As VCs and analysts try to asses the maturity of the VR and AR markets in terms of technology, cost, and use, optimists are betting on 2016 being a defining year for the industry. And how is Israel faring in the midst of all this VR-AR innovation? Since 2014, VC investments in VR and AR have amounted to $2.56 billion globally (including the $1.4 billion investment in Magic Leap and excluding the more than $2 billion Oculus deal). Over the same period, we estimate that somewhere around $120-$170 million was invested in Israel in the area of VR and AR. (source) Principals at Carmel Ventures and...

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Just Print It: 5 Applications of 3D Printing Shaping the Future of Healthcare

With 3D printing, design your own personalized eyewear and made-to-fit running gear, and benefit from a host of customized prosthetics, implants, and other therapeutic devices 3D printing is expected to revolutionize healthcare fields, not unlike the way that the printing press transformed publishing. What makes the technology so significant in the medical arena is the ability to mass customize, to create personalized items that fit each individual’s body shape without tooling— such that every 3D-printed part is unique. The technology is particularly powerful because 3D printing does not require a mold, so nonstandard parts can be produced without increasing the costs of production. A growing number of pioneering companies are exploring the benefits of made-to-fit products, using 3D printing to develop cutting-edge solutions to a wide range of health problems. 1. No More Aching Feet—Customized Shoes, Orthotics Nike was recently granted a key patent for technology for 3D printing, and New Balance, Adidas and Under Armour are also planning to start using 3D printing technologies to produce midsoles this year. The advantages of the new, 3D-printed midsole are, according...

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