#Azafran News
  • Most LPs Not Planning to Adjust Private Market Allocations Amid Market Turmoil

    Apr 7, 2020

    Many VC investors came into 2020 under allocated into the asset class. They want to wait until the market stabilizes to assess if portfolios need to be rebalanced.

    More than two-thirds of about 400 LPs polled by PitchBook responded that they are not planning to change their allocation percentage to private market investments over the next six months, said James Gelfer, senior strategy and lead venture analyst at PitchBook.

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  • PitchBook Analyst Note: COVID-19, the Impact on Private Markets

    Mar 16, 2020

    This analyst note assesses what’s in store for PE and VC firms in the wake of recent market volatility and an impending economic slowdown.

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  • Google launches TensorFlow Quantum, a machine learning framework for training quantum models

    Mar 11, 2020

    Google today announced the launch of TensorFlow Quantum, bringing together machine learning and quantum computing initiatives at the company. The framework can construct quantum datasets, prototype hybrid quantum and classic machine learning models, support quantum circuit simulators, and train discriminative and generative quantum models.

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  • Why More Entrepreneurs Are Moving Away From Major U.S. Startup Hubs

    Feb 23, 2020

    For the past two years, Inc. has partnered with Startup Genome to document this migration in its annual Surge Cities list, which ranks the 50 best places to start a business in the U.S. The rise of Austin, which has been No. 1 on the list two years in a row, is but one example of an emerging hub that’s quickly becoming a beacon for founders.

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  • Smart VC money is beginning to seep out beyond Silicon Valley

    Jan 15, 2020

    Last year, the Bay Area’s proportion of overall U.S. venture capital investment fell to the lowest point since 2013, according to year-end data from Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association.

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  • VC Investments In Enterprise Tech And AI

    Dec 25, 2019

    According to Toptal, the venture capital sector has grown by 12.1% annually since the financial crisis. The same source tells us that the amount of capital raised per year has grown by 100% over the decade. Companies with a focus on AI have collected over 9.3 billion dollars in the US during 2018.

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  • Azafran Capital Adds New Partner, Jock Percy

    Dec 19, 2019

    NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2019 — Azafran Capital Partners, an early stage venture fund investing in companies ($2M to $8M) that are using deep learning and machine learning, emphasizing voice, acoustics and imagery datasets in the health, wellness, IoT/automation and enterprise spaces, is pleased to announce the addition of Jock Percy as Partner.

    Jock Percy is widely recognized as a leading entrepreneur and visionary, with deep expertise in finance, technology, networks, trading, and market connectivity. Most recently Jock was founder and CEO of Perseus, the world’s leading ultra-low latency global connectivity and hosting platform for high-speed, high-performance applications, including a world first, high precision time as a service globally.

    Over his 22 year career, Jock has orchestrated numerous successful technology business M&A deals in both the corporate (BT, Sharp) and startup arenas including Perseus, which was sold to GTT (NYSE:GTT), as well as FXecosystem which he co-founded, patented and sold.

    “We are thrilled to have Jock Percy join the Azafran Capital Partners team,” notes Azafran Managing Partner, James F. Kenefick. “Jock is a perfect fit, bringing a like-minded passion that matches the Azafran focus and ethos, plus decades of experience at the highest levels and deep experience as a data-driven and successful entrepreneur in the finance, technology and networking markets,” added Kenefick.

    Jock has served on a number of corporate boards is a longtime member of Young Professionals Organization (YPO). Hailing from New Zealand, he has a PhD from the University of Canterbury and UCL and has been a lifelong Rugby player and supporter.

    About Azafran Capital Partners

    At Azafran Capital, our mission is to identify + invest in + support transformational entrepreneurs, their inventions and business models – helping them advance and succeed. We see this as a moment in time where voice, acoustics and imagery are center stage. From customer care to health care, entrepreneurs across the globe are developing incredible, groundbreaking solutions and technologies to take advantage of the base layer elements.

    Azafran’s partners and senior team are seasoned entrepreneurs, operators and investors who are both forward looking and data backed. Our team’s combined experience has produced over $9B of M&A value, 127 M&A transactions, and 13 start up exits with over $700M in capital raised.

    As proven entrepreneurs and investors, we invest early in innovative teams solving challenging problems disrupting large markets with deep technology, embedded in end to end solutions. Our focus is on founders and companies building end to end solutions emphasizing voice, acoustics and imagery datasets in the health, wellness, IoT/automation and enterprise spaces.

    For more information please visit www.AzafranCapitalPartners or contact:

    James F. Kenefick, Managing Partner
    jfk@azafranpartners.com
    (w) +1 212.913.0700 ext. 301
    413 West 14th St., Suite 200
    New York, NY 10014

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  • Issue 13 - Voice, Acoustics and Imagery Upgraded to Mission Critical

    Prior to COVID-19 crisis, business markets and technology were driving adoption of these modalities - now they are fast becoming Mission Critical.

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  • Issue 13 - Part Two - Focus

    Part Two (of Three) of our Special Report Series focuses on the technology, markets and research that form the basis of the Azafran Thesis

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