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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 and imagery.

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Issue 15 - Tiny ML and Augmented AI

  • Focus on Emerging Tech: TinyML and Augmented AI

    Issue Fifteen focuses on the emerging technologies TinyML and Augmented AI, as they begin to take their place in the world of machine learning and deep science technology and product development. We especially see these technologies furthering the modalities where Azafran has focus: Voice, Acoustics and Imagery. “Human fears around artificial intelligence stem from an assumption that the ultimate goal of AI is to replicate, and surpass, human intelligence, thereby threatening our own existence.
  • Why the Future of Machine Learning is Tiny, and the Future of AI is Augmented

    Augmented AI For some time, our team has been scratching our heads at the loose interpretation of AI as a catch-all term, serving as both the umbrella for any tech or platform using machine learning, deep tech or science and their associated components, alongside the strict definition where AI is sentient machine intelligence, making decisions without human interaction.
  • Augmented AI and TinyML Use Cases

    Focusing on solutions within Azafran’s Thesis, following are a number of Augmented AI and Tiny ML use cases already out there in the world: TinyML One recent event in the advancement of TinyML was Apple’s acquisition of Xnor.ai, a Seattle startup spun off from the Allen Institute specializing in low-power, edge-based ML tools.
  • Fom the “ROAD”

    Adapting to the New “Road” Standard procedure and part of the Azafran team process - we are out on the front lines every week, attending and speaking at conferences, events, pitch days, openings. We are all seasoned entrepreneurs, operators and start up geeks so this part comes easy for us.
  • Azafran Fund I Portfolio Focus: Aspinity

    The Growing Demand and Market Drivers for Always‐on Sensing and Listening In the next five years, billions of handsfree, always‐on sensing devices that run on battery will assist us in our daily lives at home and at work: playing music on request, controlling our home’s temperature and lights, alerting us to danger, monitoring the wear and tear of factory equipment, even continuously monitoring our health.

Issue 14 - Special Report Series - Part Three

  • As Early Stage VC Investors, Our GP’s Deep Founder Experience + Global Network Provide the Critical Difference

    If you want to start or become great at fly fishing, all the reading, videos and study will not net that first rainbow trout. You must go through hours of trudging through mud and creek, untangling fishing line from the bushes, mending cuts from the hook, making cast after cast, there is no substitute.
  • Special Report Series: Part Three Overview

    Azafran Capital Partners is a 2020 vintage 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, and IoT / enterprise markets. Part One of our Special Report Series focuses on both the venture market and road ahead as seen through the lens of Azafran’s Investment Thesis, taking into account new global realities.
  • Network Focus: YPO

    YPO is the global leadership community of more than 28,000 chief executives in 130 countries who are driven by the belief that the world needs better leaders. To qualify for membership each YPO CEO has achieved significant leadership success at a young age. Combined, they lead businesses and organizations contributing USD 9 trillion in annual revenue.
  • Most LPs Not Planning to Adjust Private Market Allocations Amid Market Turmoil

    “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.
  • After coronavirus, AI could be central to our new normal

    (VentureBeat) When we came out of the financial crisis of 2008, cloud computing kicked into high gear and started to become a pervasive, transformational technology. The current COVID-19 crisis could provide a similar inflection point for AI applications. While the implications of AI continue to be debated on the world stage, the rapid onset of a global health crisis and concomitant recession will accelerate its impact.

Insights Podcast

Welcome to the Azafran INSIGHTS podcast, a regular journey into Azafran Capital Partners Investment thesis, exploring the intersection of voice, acoustics and imagery powered by machine learning and deep science technologies serving health and wellness as well as the IoT and enterprise markets.

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  • Episode 2 - Azafran INSIGHTS Special Edition Podcast, Part Two

    This week, Azafran General Partners Jock Percy, Martin Fisher and James Kenefick are in the INSIGHTS booth discussing the third and final Special Series edition & taking a deep dive on why their founder experience + global network provide the critical difference as early stage VC investors.

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  • Episode 1 - Azafran Insights Special Edition

    Voice, Acoustics and Imagery Upgraded to Mission Critical: In Episode One, Azafran Partners Jock Percy, Martin Fisher and James Kenefick highlight and discuss Parts One and Two of our INSIGHTS Three Part Special Series focusing on the venture market, technology opportunity and Azafran’s 3.5 years of research, taking into account the new global realities/opportunities we are experiencing in early stage venture.

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