INSIGHTS

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 21 - 2020 and Virtual CES, Looking Back, Looking Forward

  • 2020 a Year of COVID, Challenges and Opportunity Like No Other Before

    2020 a Year of COVID, Challenges and Opportunity Like No Other Before Earlier this year, pre pandemic, the Azafran team fanned out to a host of conferences and demo days ranging from CES in Vegas, to StartUp Grind and TechCrunch AI+Robotics 2020 in the Bay Area. The excitement and momentum was building further in the first part of 2020 for the central tenants of Azafran’s Thesis and the global shift was on to voice, acoustics and imagery.
  • CES 2021 Goes Virtual: Positives and Negatives

    CES 2021 Goes Virtual: Positives and Negatives Thinking back to CES 2020 and years past, the biggest difference for our team from this year’s CES was the networking and collisions that always occurred for us at the conference. Most pointed was not being able to walk through the startup pavilion and meet the founders over the days we would attend.
  • The Shape of Things to Come: Presenting the Azafran Catalyst Platform

    The Shape of Things to Come: Presenting the Azafran Catalyst Platform Why the Azafran Catalyst Platform (ACP)? ACP de-risks Azafran’s Investments and Accretes Value by Accelerating growth for our Early Stage Deep Technology Portfolio Companies. We’ll be featuring ACP in the upcoming INSIGHTS, podcasts and case study. For every Early Stage Deep Tech company Azafran Capital Partners invests in, the ACP organization, including our Director of Platform and supporting team + our global network, work side by side with founders and company executives to offer support where it’s needed most so they build the necessary expertise and components to execute on their vision.
  • As Early Stage VC Investors, Our GP’s Deep Founder Experience + Global Network Provide the Critical Difference

    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
  • The Global Transition to Voice, Acoustics and Imagery Brings with it Far-Reaching, Positive Impacts to Society

    The Global Transition to Voice, Acoustics and Imagery Brings with it Far-Reaching, Positive Impacts to Society Throughout the course of humanity, voice, acoustics and imagery have played central roles in the human experience and evolution. From basic communication to the arts, and their early and rudimentary uses in business, industry and computing - these modalities now stand to transform the machine-human relationship, partnership and interface, otherwise known as Augmented AI.

Issue 20 - Has COVID-19 Helped Finally Usher in the Golden Age of Robotics?

  • As the COVID-19 pandemic increases the need for touchless environments, from frontline workers to everyday commerce, robotics takes center stage.

    After Years of Promise and Advancements, has COVID-19 Helped Finally Usher in the Golden Age of Robotics? As the COVID-19 pandemic increases the need for touchless environments, from frontline workers to everyday commerce, robotics takes center stage. Earlier this year, pre pandemic, the Azafran team fanned out to a host of conferences and demo days ranging from CES in Vegas, to StartUp Grind and TechCrunch AI+Robotics 2020 in the Bay Area.
  • Azafran Portfolio Case Study: Emoshape

    Azafran Portfolio Case Study: Emoshape EMOSHAPE predicts that before the end of this century humans will talk more to sentient machines than to other humans. The use of emotion remains a fundamental need for humans, one that cannot be addressed by today’s emotion technology. One of the areas that has been holding back robotics, as well as the human-machine interface in general, is the lack of emotion, emotional intelligence, and empathy from the machine equation.
  • Robotics + Conversational and Augmented AI Use Cases

    Robotics + Conversational and Augmented AI Use Cases Following are examples of companies driving the growing transition and transformation of the human-machine partnership and in newer and wider context of robotics. Conversational AI and Social Robotics: Startup company building a social robotics and conversational system platform - the socially intelligent robots are designed to mimic human personality, gesture, and intonation.
  • Azafran Marketwatch: Robotics

    Azafran Marketwatch: Robotics [Azafran Research] Robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative, and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks. In this report, we provide a global, comprehensive, and detailed assessment of the robotics and drones technologies and markets. Worldwide spending on robotics systems and drones will be $128.
  • From the “ROAD”

    From the “ROAD” The Azafran team continues to be active in virtual conferences, pitch days, and online events As we shift to attending and hosting virtual events, this dynamic continues to be a crucial element helping us to deliver on the Azafran investment thesis. Through this work, our team stays on top of the latest trends, companies, and partner opportunities, especially away from the obvious venues in the world.

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, wellness and enterprise markets.

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  • Episode 4 - Talking Emotion Synthesis with Emoshape

    Host Matt Bauer welcomes special guests, Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, founder and CEO of Emoshape, as well as Azafran Co-founder and General Partner Martin Fisher. Emoshape is helping make the world a better place by giving intelligent machines empathy for humans, to help create a positive future. Their discussion centers around Emoshape’s incredible progress and vision, as well as a general discussion around the machine-human interface and tying back to Azafran’s latest INSIGHTS edition on Robotics.

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  • Episode 3 - Collaboration, Security and Critical Infrastructure with ArmorText

    Host Matt Bauer hosts special guest Navroop Mitter, Co-founder and CEO of Azafran Portfolio One Company ArmorText, the fastest growing collaboration hub being used in critical infrastructure today - with over 60% of all US large public and private power companies using it to communicate and collaborate securely. Their discussion centers around the future of work in the age of Covid, how the future of work is changing and why ArmorText represents the future of secure work.

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  • Episode 2 - Yobe Helps Drive the Voice Revolution

    Host Matt Bauer leads an all-star cast including the co-founders of Azafran Portfolio One Company Yobe, CEO Ken Sutton, and Chief Scientist, Dr. Hamid Nawab, as well as Azafran General Partner Martin Fisher and Dave Rodger, an advisor to Yobe and long time senior product leader in tech. The discussion centers around INSIGHTS Issue Sixteen as well as a deep dive on how Yobe addresses the “Cocktail Party Problem” and is changing how we think of voice and acoustics while providing groundbreaking technology to help speed the revolution underway.

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  • Episode 1 - Talking Intelligent Sensing & TinyML with Thomas Doyle, CEO of Aspinity

    Host Matt Bauer goes close to the edge and talks sensing devices and TinyML with Thomas Doyle, CEO of Aspinity, an Azafran Fund I Portfolio company that is transforming the commercialization of intelligent sensing devices. The interview accompanies the feature on Aspinity in Azafran INSIGHTS Issue 15, Why the Future of Machine Learning is Tiny, and the Future of AI is Augmented.

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