Purpose is no longer a “nice to have”

Purpose used to be a “nice to have” for corporates and startups, that was usually tucked away in the CSR department. I know its not a fair generalisation as many companies have put significant efforts into giving back to society, but general business wisdom has put purpose, or any kind of “social mission”, at odds with the core goals of a corporation: to maximise shareholder value.  Continue Reading

Roundup of 2018 AI Predictions

In this post I round up various AI predictions, not so much the ‘eye rolling’ apocalyptic ones, but the more practical view on how will AI progress next year.

No need to mention that forecasting is not easy, and you have to take these with a big pinch of salt, but it’s still interesting to extend an imaginary line from an existing trend and see where it leads. Continue Reading

5 Tech Trends that Dominated Headlines in 2017

Corporate VC as total deal volume

In my last post, I covered 5 tech trends that shaped 2017 including the proliferation of AI, Blockchain and crypto currencies the growing dominance of GAFAM, etc. Below, I cover the trends that dominated the headlines in 2017 including fake news, the tech code of conduct, IPOs, corporate VC, Softbank and more. What would you add? Continue Reading

Israel’s Top Deep Learning Startups

Israeli startups in Deep Learning

This guest post by Chris Rowen of Cognite Ventures answers the question “Where are all the Israeli deep learning startups?” 
Several large clusters are particularly noticeable:

* Chat-bots for engaging with customers more continuously and adaptively and coaching sales people
* All kinds of e-commerce optimization – enhanced bidding, ad campaign optimization, pricing and incentives
* Fraud protection in ecommerce including ad fraud
* Predictive maintenance in manufacturing and operations
* IT infrastructure management especially for cyber security
* All sorts of brand management and promotion

Read the full post for the list and other insights from Chris. Continue Reading

Techbikers Copenhagen to Berlin 2017 – Mission Accomplished!

Trying to sum up the ride will have to wait for another post. Instead, I’d love to share some of the thoughts that riders shared after the ride (I kept them anonymous for privacy). One can meet people for ‘industry events’ over drinks 10 times and struggle to make a connection. But cycle with them for 3 days, and you would have made friends for life. Hope to see you in one of our future rides. Continue Reading

Israel’s Machine Intelligence Startup Landscape 2017

In previous posts, VC Cafe covered promising Machine Intelligence startups in Israel, emerging clusters for Machine Intelligence around the world and the speed at which they are getting funded and acquired. Today, Daniel Singer presents a comprehensive AI landscape covering 437 Israeli startups operating in the space of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, NLP, computer vision and robotics. Of the 430 startups, 300 are funded and active and to date, Israeli startups raised a combined $3.2 billion. There have been a few exits in the space as well – 33 Israeli machine Intelligence startups exited, reaching $1 billion in returns.  Continue Reading

The UK AI Startups That Raised Funding in 2017 (so far)

The majority of executives believes that AI will have massive impacts on their businesses in the next five years according to a recent study by MIT. Here are 16 UK startups who’ve raised funding in 2017 – learn how they apply technology to solve problems and capture new markets. Continue Reading

Startup Campuses Come to Europe

Station F Paris

Mega startup campuses, the latest trend in co-working, are spreading their wings in Europe. They are different from the traditional co-working space not just in size, but also in scope and ambition.

As the founding head of Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups and now home to over 80,000 registered members, I thought it would be interesting to share the latest developments in this space from my perspective. Continue Reading