Tag: VC Trends


Michael Dick, CEO, C2A Security Graham Gullans, VP Business & Corporate Development, Superpedestrian Adi Pinhas, CEO, Brodmann17 Yakir Machluf, OurCrowd Mobility Lead Watch the full episode here. As the coronavirus pandemic challenges the world of transportation and mobility, the crisis is also offering opportunities for new technological solutions, from electric scooters to self-driving cars, according to some of the leading entrepreneurs in the sector. “The mobility sector is among the hardest hit due to Covid-19, seeing one of the greatest declines in history,” said Yakir Machluf, mobility lead for OurCrowd, whose portfolio includes dozens of mobility startups. At the beginning of the pandemic, many car manufacturers shuttered operations as much of the world went into lockdown. Although manufacturing has now resumed, it is slower, and other aspects of mobility, including public transportation and ride-hailing apps continue to see a downturn in users. At the same time, more people have turned to alternative modes of transportation, including bicycles and scooters. “The entire way in which people and goods move around has changed,” Machluf said in the second episode of the...

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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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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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