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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 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.

Issue 19 - Voice, Acoustics and Imagery Impacts on Society

  • 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 With voice replacing touchpads and keyboards, imagery driving innovation in healthcare, and acoustics/sensory leading the IoT revolution, a better world is just around the corner. Throughout the course of humanity, voice, acoustics and imagery have played central roles in the human experience and evolution.
  • Azafran Portfolio Impact Case Study: VocalisHealth

    Azafran Portfolio Impact Case Study: Vocalis Health Mayo Clinic Collaborates with Vocalis Health for Clinical Development of Vocal Biomarkers Research study intends to develop vocal biomarker for pulmonary hypertension (PRNewswire) Mayo Clinic and Vocalis Health, Inc., a company pioneering AI-based vocal biomarkers for use in healthcare, have announced a collaboration to research and develop new voice-based tools for screening, detecting and monitoring patient health.
  • Voice + Imagery + Acoustics / Sensory Impact Use Cases

    Voice + Imagery + Acoustics / Sensory Impact Use Cases Following are examples of companies driving the growing human-machine partnership, or augmented AI, that will have profound effects on healthcare, industry and enterprise in the coming five years. Service delivery will become more efficient/accurate and we will see dramatic impacts on preventative healthcare, especially in the developing world, as well as the general speed and reach of business.
  • Navigating COVID-19 with conversational AI

    Navigating COVID-19 with conversational AI Since COVID-19 has become a global issue of large scale, it needs an effective solution on an equal scale to build awareness, bust myths, and educate everyone. The solution needs to be customized to cater to the audience being spoken to in different countries around the world.
  • Azafran 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 helping host 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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