INSIGHTS

Fom the “ROAD”

Issue 15 - Tiny ML and Augmented AI

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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.

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.

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

Berkeley, CA

At one of the last place-based conferences since the Covid-19 crisis broke, team Azafran was on the ground at the TechCrunch Robotics + AI 2020 Conference in Berkeley. There was a mix of great speakers, panels, and startups on hand - TC had held a private pitch competition (culled from a few thousand applications) at their offices the night before the conference, and the four finalists presented - three of which fit the Azafran thesis and we have had follow ups and discussions & added them to our watchlist.

In addition, there were a few dozen companies from startups to established world leaders on display outside the presentation hall. We had great discussions with a number of them including Toyota Ventures and Sony Innovation and look forward to speaking with them on the partnership front as the dust settles from the current crisis.

Azafran Pivots to Virtual Events

Over the past months we have had to cancel many planned events and trips such as SXSW, HIMSS and others - but Team Azafran has kept up the pace attending and helping host a number of events, panels and pitch days - following are a few we’ve attended and will be attending in the coming month:

BCI TALKS Series

Azafran’s Managing Partner James Kenefick was on a virtual panel event this past month, Digital Transformation in Turbulent Times, alongside leaders from Morgan Stanley, UBS and BP.

Google VOICE Talks

The Azafran team was online for this monthly deep dive into the rapidly-evolving voice industry. Presented by Google Assistant, each livestream features 60 minutes of insider content from the world’s leaders in voice technology.

Venture University’s Cohort 7 Demo Day

Held on Zoom for the first time, Venture University presented their unique format where they showcase new investments and the teams that will be managing the investments.

ITU AI For Good Pitch Event

The Innovation Factory Live Pitching Session showcased a diverse set of emerging entrepreneurs with promising AI ventures whose solutions can accelerate the progress towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Upcoming Events

HIMSS: Accelerating Health Systems’ Digital Transformation: Why Digital Health Must Be the New Standard in a Post-COVID-19 World

The 2nd Annual Innovation Works and Carnegie Mellon University AI & Robotics Venture Fair

As always, please email us at insights@azafranpartners.com if you would like to schedule a Zoom video or audio call until physical travel and gatherings pick back up.


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