Happenings
  • What Makes Data Valuable: The Truth About Data Network Effects

    Feb 25, 2020

    Data is not inherently valuable. Most data doesn’t produce a real data network effect, and most data network effects aren’t that powerful even once established. Consider the idea that your data strategy, in terms of value creation, is overrated. It can be powerful, but it’s typically not.

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  • Nuance Announces the General Availability of Ambient Clinical Intelligence

    Feb 24, 2020

    AI-powered ambient solution already improving physician productivity, patient throughput, and 88% higher physician satisfaction scores

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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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  • What Does “Artificial Intelligence” Really Mean?

    Feb 17, 2020

    Years ago, Marvin Minsky coined the phrase “suitcase words” to refer to terms that have a multitude of different meanings packed into them. He gave as examples words like consciousness, morality and creativity.

    “Artificial intelligence” is a suitcase word. Commentators today use the phrase to mean many different things in many different contexts. As AI becomes more important technologically, economically and geopolitically, the phrase’s use—and misuse—will only grow.

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  • The Future of Platforms

    Feb 11, 2020

    Platforms power the world’s most valuable companies, but it will get harder and harder to capture and monetize their disruptive potential.

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  • AI startup Cresta launches from stealth with millions from Greylock and a16z

    Feb 4, 2020

    AI is poised to change how we work and investors are deciding which use cases make the most sense to put their money into right now.

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  • AI Chip Market is Booming

    Jan 28, 2020

    AI processors are reinvigorating the global semiconductor industry, prompting at least one market tracker to predict a three-fold increase in AI chip applications over the next five years.

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  • AI startups raised $18.5 billion in 2019, setting new funding record

    Jan 24, 2020

    While overall U.S. venture capital funding dipped in 2019, the artificial intelligence sector bucked this trend by reaching a new annual high for money raised by startups.

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  • Health AI startups netted a record $4B in funding last year

    Jan 24, 2020

    Healthcare AI startups received $4 billion in funding last year across 367 deals, according to intelligence platform CB Insights. That’s an almost 50% jump in cash from 2018, which saw almost $2.7 billion across 264 deals.

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  • The AI effect: How artificial intelligence is making health care more human

    Jan 21, 2020

    (New Report) Health-care institutions have been anticipating the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) will have on the performance and efficiency of their operations and their workforces—and the quality of patient care. But many have already been reaping the benefits of AI tools.

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The content and distribution of Azafran’s INSIGHTS newsletter is focused to our LP, incubator, research, investment and partner ecosystem. As we look to build a two-way dialogue benefitting our collective efforts, each month we highlight important news and our approach to the emerging intersection of deep technology, end to end solutions and platforms driven by voice, acoustics/sensory and imagery.

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  • Issue 18 - The Impact of Deep Tech + Imagery on the Future of Healthcare

    In the second issue of our Special Report Series, we turn our focus to the imagery modality and the impacts already being felt in the future of healthcare.

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  • Issue 18 - tagSpace: Augmented Reality for the Masses, now Covid Ready

    tagSpace (Azafran Portfolio I) provides a no-code solution for location-based Augmented Reality - With a focus on markets such as music festivals, events and experiences, tagSpace has pivoted to also helping fight the spread of Covid-19.

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