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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 22 - The End of VC as We Know It

  • The End of VC as We Know It

    The End of VC as We Know It The nature of VC is evolving - to gain a competitive advantage and de-risk their investments, forward-looking and innovative firms are recognizing the trends and adapting by: Embracing portfolio value-add strategies and de-risking practices, from building ecosystems to sales channel development and adding diversity/inclusion initiatives Adjusting their geographic perspective and focus Recognizing valuations for early-stage (Series A) companies have exploded as the amount of capital flowing into the ecosystem has increased significantly The top VCs are taking more and more share of the LP investment pie where 12% of VCs in the US accounted for 66% of the total raised in 2018 (Crunchbase).
  • European Venture Reaches All-Time High In The First Quarter Of 2021

    European Venture Reaches All-Time High In The First Quarter Of 2021 [Crunchbase] 2021 is shaping up to be a stellar year for startups in Europe. Investment in Europe startups tracked at $21.4 billion in the first quarter, more than double funding amounts year over year and close to double over the last quarter of 2020.
  • Why the Smart Money Is Headed to Europe

    Why the Smart Money Is Headed to Europe (THE INFORMATION) For years, Europe has run a distant second to the U.S. when it comes to creating and supporting tech startups. Not anymore. Over the last year, the startup scene in Europe has exploded. In 2021 alone, the European tech ecosystem has created unicorns at a rate of at least one a week, with more money invested in the first three months of this year than in the first six months of 2020—which was itself a record year.
  • Adding Value while De-Risking Azafran Investments

    Azafran Catalyst Platform: Adding Value while De-Risking Azafran Investments Focused on Immediate Impact & Lasting Value: Azafran Catalyst Platform (ACP) de-risks Azafran’s Investments and accretes value by accelerating growth for our Early Stage Deep Technology portfolio companies. 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 execs to offer support where it’s needed most, so they build the necessary expertise and components to execute on their vision.
  • Early Stage / Series A Valuations Exploding

    Early Stage / Series A Valuations Exploding [SVB] “Seed is the new A, A is the new B” has been a common phrase for a while and for good reason. Over the past decade, valuations for early-stage companies have exploded as the amount of capital flowing into the ecosystem has increased significantly.
  • 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.

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.

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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