02.11.2016

Voyager Labs Emerges from Stealth Mode, Having Raised More than $100M for its Next-Gen Cognitive Computing Deep-Insights Platform

Platform Creates Highly Defined, Dynamic, Ultra-Accurate Behavioral Insights by Analyzing Unstructured Data

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Voyager Labs, a software company established in 2012, has been quietly developing an artificial intelligence engine that combines expert systems with deep-learning algorithms. Capable of extracting dynamic, real-time, and tailored insights into human behavior by analyzing massive amounts of publicly available unstructured data, the company has emerged from stealth mode with customers, use cases, and $100 million in funding.

After serving 20 years in the Israeli intelligence community, CEO Avi Korenblum founded Voyager Labs with a vision of making the ever-growing richness of publicly available data accessible and usable in a smart way for the benefit of all. The company’s cognitive computing deep-insights platform makes it possible for enterprises across a variety of market sectors to make highly accurate decisions, based on a previously untapped vault of information. Funding for Voyager Labs has come from prominent investors including Sir Ronald Cohen, Lloyd Dorfman, OCAPAC Holding Company, and Horizons Ventures to help finance the company’s next generation solutions for the financial and e-commerce markets. The company has R&D roots in Tel Aviv, and offices in New York, Washington and London.

Powered by our sophisticated cognitive computing deep-insights platform, publicly available data becomes a treasure trove of information which can provide unprecedented value to businesses,” said CEO Korenblum. “Despite the elusive nature and overwhelming proliferation of unstructured data, we can extract precise, meaningful insights from this data to benefit our customers.”

Voyager Labs’ sophisticated deep-insights platform has rapidly become a must-have resource for customers in the public, retail, consulting and financial sectors who have benefited from its new level of insights – used effectively today for risk assessment, crisis management, intelligence, and fraud protection.

About Voyager Labs

Voyager Labs’ cognitive computing deep-insights platform features unprecedented capabilities for analyzing in real-time billions of publicly available unstructured data points. Armed with data from a wide variety of sources, Voyager Labs can understand and predict human behavior, enabling customers to create real-time dynamic insights. Founded in 2012, with offices in New York, Washington and London, and R&D center in Israel, the company currently employs more than 90 employees. For more information, please visit www.voyagerlabs.co

 

Media Contacts:
Maya Lustig
+972-54-6778100
mayal@voyagerlabs.co

Candice Perodeau
+1-508-475-0025 x112
VoyagerLabs@Rainierco.com

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02.11.2016

Voyager Labs Emerges from Stealth Mode, Having Raised More than $100M for its Next-Gen Cognitive Computing Deep-Insights Platform

Platform Creates Highly Defined, Dynamic, Ultra-Accurate Behavioral Insights by Analyzing Unstructured Data

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Voyager Labs, a software company established in 2012, has been quietly developing an artificial intelligence engine that combines expert systems with deep-learning algorithms. Capable of extracting dynamic, real-time, and tailored insights into human behavior by analyzing massive amounts of publicly available unstructured data, the company has emerged from stealth mode with customers, use cases, and $100 million in funding.

After serving 20 years in the Israeli intelligence community, CEO Avi Korenblum founded Voyager Labs with a vision of making the ever-growing richness of publicly available data accessible and usable in a smart way for the benefit of all. The company’s cognitive computing deep-insights platform makes it possible for enterprises across a variety of market sectors to make highly accurate decisions, based on a previously untapped vault of information. Funding for Voyager Labs has come from prominent investors including Sir Ronald Cohen, Lloyd Dorfman, OCAPAC Holding Company, and Horizons Ventures to help finance the company’s next generation solutions for the financial and e-commerce markets. The company has R&D roots in Tel Aviv, and offices in New York, Washington and London.

Powered by our sophisticated cognitive computing deep-insights platform, publicly available data becomes a treasure trove of information which can provide unprecedented value to businesses,” said CEO Korenblum. “Despite the elusive nature and overwhelming proliferation of unstructured data, we can extract precise, meaningful insights from this data to benefit our customers.”

Voyager Labs’ sophisticated deep-insights platform has rapidly become a must-have resource for customers in the public, retail, consulting and financial sectors who have benefited from its new level of insights – used effectively today for risk assessment, crisis management, intelligence, and fraud protection.

About Voyager Labs

Voyager Labs’ cognitive computing deep-insights platform features unprecedented capabilities for analyzing in real-time billions of publicly available unstructured data points. Armed with data from a wide variety of sources, Voyager Labs can understand and predict human behavior, enabling customers to create real-time dynamic insights. Founded in 2012, with offices in New York, Washington and London, and R&D center in Israel, the company currently employs more than 90 employees. For more information, please visit www.voyagerlabs.co

 

Media Contacts:
Maya Lustig
+972-54-6778100
mayal@voyagerlabs.co

Candice Perodeau
+1-508-475-0025 x112
VoyagerLabs@Rainierco.com

SOURCE Voyager Labs

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20.10.2016

Baobab Studios Closes $25 Million In New Funding

Virtual Reality Storyteller Behind “INVASION!” Also Broadens C-Suite, Advisory Board

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 18, 2016 – Baobab Studios, the award-winning creator of cutting-edge VR (virtual reality) animation entertainment, announces the close of $25 Million in Series B funding, backed by prestigious and powerful investors in film and technology, including several returning for a second round of investment. This brings total funding to date to $31 Million.

Funding is being led by Horizons Ventures with Twentieth Century Fox, Evolution Media Partners (backed by TPG Growth and CAA), China’s Shanghai Media Group, Youku Global Media Fund and LDV Partners. They join the original investors, Comcast Ventures, HTC and Samsung. Collectively, the investors believe in the massive potential of Baobab Studios not only as an early pioneer with palpable vision, but as a studio driving VR entertainment through strong user engagement, top management and VR animation hires, and multiple coveted awards. This new round of funding will be used to develop more animated VR movies and grow Baobab on a global scale.

Along with the new funding, Baobab is expanding its executive team. Larry Cutler joins as chief technology officer (CTO), bringing deep technical expertise in animation and development. He was Pixar’s technical director for Toy Story 2and Monsters Inc., and then became global head of character technology for DreamWorks Animation. Cutler also judges for the Academy Awards’ Technical Achievement Awards, and is co-founder of DigiPro.

Baobab also has appointed Chris Milk, the well-known founder and CEO of Within, a premier destination for story-based VR content, to round out their deeply creative, influential advisory board. Milk has a long history of creating and inventing innovative products, winning multiple industry awards. His work tests the frontiers of interactive technology, including using VR as a canvas for storytelling.

Baobab Studios has launched “INVASION!” Episode One, an interactive animated VR movie short narrated by actor Ethan Hawke. Its universally appealing blend of film and gaming has created a VR experience both familiar yet new, enchanting film industry leaders and influencers alike. The film is a top-featured download in major digital storefronts, including Oculus, HTC VIVE, Sony PlayStation VR, Samsung, Within, Hulu and others. “INVASION!” has received substantial critical acclaim right out of the gate, drawing accolades from film festivals globally including Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca’s “Special Selection”, Toronto Film Festival, and at Cannes Next Marche du Film.  A “First Look” experience recently launched for “ASTEROIDS!,” the second installment in the “INVASION!” series, with the full episode scheduled for release in 2017.

 

“I’m excited to invest again seeing Baobab Studios has completed an already stellar team of ex-Zynga executive Maureen Fan, master storyteller Eric Darnell and narrative technology veteran, Larry Cutler. This cast is set to define the grammar of storytelling and experiences in VR,” explains Phil Chen, previously the founder of VIVE and now at Horizons Ventures to explore VR/AR. Phil Chen continues, “Baobab Studios is the pioneer of VR storytelling and technology, and their traction and reception by partners, audiences and tastemakers has been phenomenal.”

 

Baobab Studios was founded by Eric Darnell, Chief Creative Officer, and Maureen Fan, CEO, in 2015. Darnell is best known for his director and screenwriter talents on all four films in the DreamWorks Madagascar franchise, which together have grossed more than $2.5 billion at the box-office. He also held top roles for The Penguins of Madagascar and Antz, DreamWorks’ first animated film. Fan has held leadership roles in film, gaming, and the web, and most recently as vice president of games at Zynga where she oversaw three studios, including the FarmVille sequels, contributing 40 percent of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

“We are on the cusp of a storytelling revolution with this medium, and VR gives filmmakers the opportunity to develop immersive experiences and take audiences into the story like never before,” says Mike Dunn, President, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Innovation Lab. “Baobab Studios is an innovator in this space, and we look forward to working with them.”

“So far we’ve seen record downloads of “INVASION!” by VR users, and our investors see the promise of this type of entertainment,” explains Maureen Fan, CEO, co-founder, Baobab Studios. “The only thing better than launching a new product in an innovative industry is having amazing validation from partners and consumers.”

About INVASION! Episode 1

INVASION! is storytelling in VR form with menacing aliens who come to take over Earth and destroy anyone that tries to stop them. Despite the aliens’ superior technology and firepower, the citizens of Earth rise up and defeat the invaders. But these citizens aren’t humans, instead they are two of the cutest, meekest creatures of our planet, bunnies – and you are one of them! View the trailer here.

About Baobab Studios
Baobab Studios enchants audiences through immersive stories and fascinating characters, with child-like wonder. Established in 2015 Baobab Studios VR animations are dynamic narratives and storylines. INVASION! Episode One, is the studio’s first VR animated film, winning numerous awards including Tribeca Film Festival’s 2015 “Special Selection,” Cannes Next Marche de Film, Toronto Film Festival, and more. Baobab Studios is funded by Comcast Ventures, HTC, Samsung, Advancit Capital, The Chernin Group and Freelands Ventures, Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

For more information on the latest from Baobab Studios, visitwww.baobabstudios.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram.

Press Contact
Eileen Tanner
Zebra Partners
eileen@zebrapartners.net
509-521-2594

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21.06.2016

META RAISES SERIES B FUNDING TO ACCELERATE THE DELIVERY OF GROUNDBREAKING AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY

$50 Million Round Will Fund Aggressive App and Meta 3 Development Projects

Redwood City, CA – June 13, 2016 – Meta, the pioneering technology leader in Augmented Reality (AR), announced the closing of $50 million in a Series B round of funding. The round includes significant participation by Horizons Ventures Limited, Lenovo, Tencent, Banyan Capital, Comcast Ventures, and GQY.

Called one of the most significant technologies in recent years, Meta 2 was unveiled to a standing ovation at TED 2016 in February. Meta is delivering a new “natural machine” that builds on the principles of neuroscience to create a completely intuitive experience that transforms how people work, play, communicate and engage with each other.

Meron Gribetz, CEO of Meta, said, “It is incredibly gratifying to have the support of big thinkers and investors who understand the importance of creating a new human-computer interface, anchored in science. Our friends at Tencent, Lenovo, Horizons Ventures, Comcast Ventures and all the other investors really get what we’re doing and why Meta is different from the other players in AR. They understand that the combination of our advanced optical engines along with our neuroscience-based interface design approach are what will create a computing experience that is 100x easier to use and more powerful than traditional form factors.”

Meta plans to use funds raised in the Series B round for building upon its hardware and software technology base, business expansion, including app development, and developing the next generation of its technology, Meta 3.

 

About Meta Investors

Horizons Ventures Limited
PR Contact: Wendy Yu, wendy@horizons.com.hk

Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka-shing, is a leading investor in some of the world’s most innovative companies and disruptive technologies, including Facebook, Waze, Spotify, Impossible Foods, Hampton Creek and Blockstream.

Banyan Capital
PR Contact: Hao Fu, hao_fu@banyanvc.com

Headquartered in Beijing, Banyan capital is a leading venture capital firm in China, with rich experiences in frontier technology sector investment and deep connections with giant Internet companies in China. Banyan team invested Xiaomi, Xiaomi Band, Yi Camera, Lifesense, Razer and Moov before. The LPs of Banyan Capital include world-class investors, as well as successful entrepreneurs from both TMT and traditional sectors, such as founders of Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, etc.

Comcast Ventures
PR Contact: Angela Pontarolo, 415-858-2586, angela_pontarolo@comcast.com

Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation, invests in innovative businesses that represent the next generation of entertainment, communications and digital technology by partnering with entrepreneurs who have the vision, passion and tenacity to succeed. Most investments are in the advertising, consumer, enterprise and infrastructure sectors. Comcast Ventures provides its portfolio companies with countless resources, relationships and know-how to help them perform at the highest possible levels.

GQY
PR Contact: Jier Yuan, jack123yuan12304@hotmail.com

Ningbo GQY Video & Telecom Joint-Stock Co., Ltd. is a pioneer in the manufacture and distribution of video, networking and telecommunications products. The company’s major products include image displays, image processing systems, robotics and automation equipment that are used in such industries as police, transportation, government, finance, energy and education. The company was founded on June 10, 1992 and is headquartered in Ningbo, China.

Tencent
PR Contact: Marsh Zhang, marshzhang@tencent.com

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information and seek entertainment through our integrated platforms. Tencent’s diversified services include: QQ, Weixin/ WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com and Tencent News for information and

Tencent Video for video content. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company is one of the constituent stocks of the
Hang Seng Index. Tencent seeks to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a mutually beneficial environment for partners, and staying close to users.

 

About Meta

Meta is the pioneering technology leader in Augmented Reality (AR), leveraging the principles of neuroscience to develop a new generation of natural machines, combined hardware and software that are a healthy, vital extension of how people work, connect and communicate. The company employs the best and brightest in AR and wearable computing and partners with forward-thinking organizations and academics around the globe. Meta was founded in New York City and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. It can be found online at www.metavision.com.

 

Investor Quotes

Banyan Capital

“In our view, Meta has built a world-class team. Meta is probably the only startup which has the capabilities to compete with giant companies’ projects like Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap.”
Bin Yue, Founding Partner of Banyan Capital

 

Comcast Ventures

“Augmented reality represents a transformational platform for communication, collaboration and how individuals will work in the future,” said Michael Yang, Managing Director at Comcast Ventures. “Meta’s platform enables a host of new ways to conduct business across a wide array of industries. We look forward to supporting Meta as our first investment in the AR market.”

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

 

GQY

“Augmented Reality is the next strategic technology for GQY. Through the investment in Meta, GQY is looking to bring the best-in-class Augmented Reality applications to China. This goal will be achieved by leveraging Meta’s leading-edge AR hardware, software and GQY’s in-depth knowledge and relationships in industrial training, public transportation and education sectors in China. Therefore, the strategic partnership with Meta is extremely important for GQY’s success in Augmented Reality market.”
Jier Yuan, VP, North America, GQY

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21.06.2016

NUMBER26 Raises US $40 Million in Series B Funding Led by Horizons Ventures

Berlin, 21 June 2016 – NUMBER26, Europe’s most modern bank account, has raised US $40 million in a

Series B financing round led by Horizons Ventures. Battery Ventures as well as Robert Gentz, David

Schneider, and Rubin Ritter also joined the round. Existing investors – namely Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures,

Earlybird Ventures, and Redalpine Ventures – reiterated their commitment to Number26 and completed

the Series B round.

Number26 has quickly emerged as a leading player in mobile banking. The company has acquired more than

200.000 customers across 8 European markets in just 17 months since its January 2015 launch. The Series B

funding will help accelerate additional geographic expansion and the integration of new products like savings,

investment and credit to create a true FinTech platform.

“This financing round brings together some of the world’s leading investors. They provide the substantial

financial resources and networks to accelerate our transformation of the banking landscape over the coming

years,” explains Valentin Stalf, founder and CEO of Number26. “Even given our success to date, we believe we

are only at the beginning of our journey to bring better mobile banking to millions of customers across Europe,

transparently and at much fairer prices.“

“We are excited to join Number26 to lead the innovation in retail banking and play an important role to create

the bank of tomorrow. Bringing transparency and focusing on an intuitive banking experience will set them

apart, so we look forward to their success and to being part of their global growth in the future.” said Frances

Kang of Horizons Ventures.

“Number26 has fundamentally transformed the traditional banking model,” says Maximilian Tayenthal,

founder and CFO. “We selectively partner with some of the best FinTech companies around the world to offer

a platform of products within a seamless, mobile-centric experience. We’ve also built a highly scalable

technology base using an extremely lean organizational structure. This combination means we can offer

significantly better products at much lower prices,” he adds.

The Series B round brings the total amount raised by Number26 to more than US $53 million.

About NUMBER26

The Berlin startup NUMBER26 GmbH offers the bank account of the future, geared especially towards the

needs of smartphone users. NUMBER26 partners with Wirecard Bank AG, which is regulated under German

law, to offer its services. Opening a new bank account takes only eight minutes and can be completed directly

on the smartphone. Founded in early 2013 by Valentin Stalf (30) and Maximilian Tayenthal (35), and led by the

founders and Christian Rebernik (39) as CTO, NUMBER26 acquired more than 200.000 clients in 8 countries:

Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy Slovakia and Spain in just 17 months and currently employs

140 people. Since January 2015, NUMBER26 has been available for Android, iOS, and desktop. In addition to Li

Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Battery Ventures and Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, other NUMBER26 investors

include members of the Zalando management board, EarlyBird Ventures, Redalpine Ventures, and Axel

Springer Plug&Play, amongst others.

Website: number26.eu | Twitter: @number26 | Facebook: facebook.com/mynumber26

NUMBER26 Press Contact

Helena Treeck

+49 (0) 176 3270 1760

helena.treeck@number26.de

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15.03.2016

AMBIDIO INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY AUDIO TECHNOLOGY THAT SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGES HOW WE EXPERIENCE SOUND

From mono to stereo, today the world meets the next step in sound evolution: Ambidio

Los Angeles, CA – March 14, 2016 – Ambidio, a Los Angeles-based sound company, backed by Grammy award-winning artist will.i.am and Horizons Ventures, is launching worldwide today. Ambidio brings a high quality, immersive sound experience to companies and consumers alike, using only software. Treating the brain as a decoder, Ambidio’s technology creates a continuous sound field with a sense of depth and dimension to be utilized through any device with stereo speakers.

Ambidio has enlisted Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, which has been redefining immersive sound for nearly 4 decades for film, TV and videogames, as a strategic advisor to assist with Ambidio’s technology and creative development.

“Finding solutions to maintain sound fidelity across multiple platforms is something we care deeply about,” stated Josh Lowden, General Manager of Skywalker Sound. “We are very excited for the opportunity to work with Iris and the talented team at Ambidio.”

In development for over 2 years, Ambidio’s industry leading technology processes content in real time for any stereo speaker configuration.

“Technology is transforming the way we experience music and, as an artist and producer, I’m always looking to what’s next – where the innovation is. Ambidio brings music to life through immersive sound, giving people a chance to experience music in a whole new way,” says will.i.am of his involvement.

While attending graduate school at New York University, Iris Wu, Founder of Ambidio, was trying to create a quality listening experience but was dissatisfied with the results due to living in a small New York City apartment. She began experimenting with sound engineering through code rather than hardware and Ambidio’s technology began to take shape.

“The brain is a powerful mechanism that can interpret the directional origin of different sounds in everyday life,” says Iris, “however, when consuming content on a device, such as a laptop, sound consistently comes from a fixed point – the front. Ambidio creates an immersive sound experience using only stereo speakers by inserting common cues into audio files that the brain then uses to identify and perceive where different sounds within the audio stream would have come from. Essentially, our brains process the sound the way it does in everyday life.”

Ambidio works in one of two ways – it can be embedded directly into movie and audio files to have a continuous Ambidio sound experience or it can be used as a plug-in to process the audio output of any content played on a device in real time. Ambidio can be enabled through any device that has stereo speakers, including laptops, TVs and some Android mobile phones.

Offering a new way for people to experience sound, Ambidio has a range that is at least three times wider than conventional methods that simulates three dimensional sound, using traditional speakers and headphones, allowing for a fully immersive experience.

For more information on Ambidio please visit: http://www.ambidio.co/ or contact Clara Gaudinier at Mission Media: press@ambidio.co.

 

About Ambidio

Founded by Iris Wu and Pei-Lun Hsieh in 2014, Ambidio is an innovative Los Angeles-based sound company, backed by Grammy award-winning artist will.i.am and Horizons Ventures. Ambidio brings a high quality immersive sound experience to companies and consumers alike. Treating the brain as a decoder, Ambidio creates a continuous sound field with a sense of depth and dimension to be utilized through any device with stereo speakers. For more information on Ambidio please visit http://www.ambidio.co/

 

About will.i.am 

will.i.am is a multi-faceted entertainer, producer and creative innovator who has been recognized by seven Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a CLIO Award, and ranked on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list. In 2015, UK Trade and Investment named him Entrepreneur of the Year for his leadership as Founder & Chief Executive Officer of i.am.plus, creator of the first untethered smart watch device.

Fusing the worlds of technology and fashion, will.i.am is also a founding equity holder in Beats Electronics; the Creator of EKOCYCLE, a sustainable fashion and accessories brand; and, Co-creator & Partner in ill.i Optics eyewear. He is also an angel/strategic investor in a range of tech-focused companies.

will.i.am was recognized with a Crystal Award during the World Economic Forum 2016 annual meeting for his philanthropic work as a STEAM education advocate. His i.am.angel Foundation funds and operates STEM/STEAM after-school educational enrichment programs for under-served public school students in Los Angeles, CA, and Ferguson, MO.

 

About Skywalker Sound 

Skywalker Sound, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd, is one of the largest, most versatile full-service audio post-production companies in the industry. Skywalker Sound offers comprehensive post-production services and utilizes the talents of Academy Award®-winning sound professionals working on sound design, editorial, Foley and re-recording mixes as a team. This provides filmmakers the most efficient model available for the audio post-production process. More information is available at www.skysound.com.

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13.02.2016

Student.com raises $60 mln

London, 11th February 2016: Student.com, the world’s leading marketplace for international student accommodation, today announces a $60 million investment led by global investment firm VY Capital, with participation from Horizons Ventures (the technology investment arm of Mr Li Ka-Shing’s fund), Expa, Spotify founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon and Hugo Barra from Xiaomi.

Student.com has quickly become the largest accommodation marketplace for students studying abroad. Traditionally, finding reliable fixed-term housing in a new country can be a lengthy and challenging process for many students. The company seeks to make booking accommodation as simple and secure as possible for international students through a free-to-use marketplace.

In the upcoming academic year, Student.com will list properties in 426 cities, in close proximity to over 1,000 universities. The company is truly international, employing over 200 people, speaking 35 languages, in 7 locations across the world, including London, Shanghai, New York and Hong Kong.

As increased mobility transforms the education sector, landlords are looking for new ways to access the international student market, which is growing at a rapid pace. Recent data shows that an estimated 5 million students are currently studying abroad and the number of higher education students going overseas to study is growing at an average annual rate of 6.4%.

Every landlord listed has a contractual relationship with Student.com, ensuring additional security and peace of mind. The website is available in 11 languages, and students have access to local knowledge of destination countries, as well as a team of multilingual booking agents.

Founder and CEO Luke Nolan set up Overseas Student Living in 2011 after a number of years working in China, where he observed first-hand the need to provide students with a trusted advisor to find accommodation abroad. Shakil Khan, who had met Nolan 10-years earlier while studying Chinese together in Shanghai, joined officially as Co-founder in 2014 to direct strategy and assume the role of advisor and mentor. John-Paul Jones joined as a second Co-founder and EVP Technology to head up the business technology solutions. In 2015, OSL became Student.com.

Nolan said: “Studying abroad is an incredible journey, full of excitement and adventure and it’s fundamentally influenced by where you live. Since starting the company, we’ve helped tens of thousands of international students find their perfect homes abroad. This round of funding, and what we’ve got in store for Student.com over the next few years, should enable us to help millions of students have the best possible study abroad experience.”

“The student housing market is arguably one of the single biggest industries not yet digitised,” remarked Khan. “WithStudent.com, we’re not only enabling international students the world over to quickly and easily find housing abroad; we’re also giving landlords a digital and global infrastructure to reach millions of students.”

Today’s investment will fuel growth in new markets, with expansion planned across the U.S., Latin America and the Middle East in the coming months. Funding will also be used to grow the team and bolster technology across the platform.

Alexander Tamas of lead investor VY Capital said: “The student housing market is one of the largest untapped real estate opportunities in the world, with international students contributing tens of billions of dollars to local economies. Student.com has built a platform that will truly revolutionise this market by bringing choice, access and a high-quality living experience to students around the world.”

 

About Student.com
Student.com is the world’s leading marketplace for international student accommodation. The company seeks to simplify booking accommodation for international students through a free-to-use global marketplace which puts security and ease-of-use first. Every landlord listed has a contractual relationship with Student.com, ensuring additional security and peace of mind, and students have access to local knowledge of destination countries, as well as a team of multilingual booking agents. In the upcoming academic year, Student.com will list properties in 426 cities, in close proximity to over 1,000 universities. To date, the company has raised $60 million from investors including VY Capital, Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Expa, Spotify founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, and Hugo Barra of Xiaomi.

Blockstream
05.02.2016

Blockstream Announces $55 Million Series A Investment Bringing Total Capital Raised to $76 Million

February 3, 2016 – Blockstream, a leading innovator in blockchain and related technologies, today announces it raised $55 million in Series A funding. The Series A funds, along with the $21 million Blockstream raised in its 2014 seed round, will be used by Blockstream to further enhance its sidechain technology, expand operations globally and support new industry partnerships.

Announcement
Blockstream, the leader in blockchain and related technologies, today announces that it has raised $55 million in Series A funding to bring next generation blockchain innovation to market using its sidechain technology, expand its operations globally, and support industry partners.

The round is being led by Horizons Ventures, AXA Strategic Ventures, and Digital Garage, with participation from existing investors including AME Cloud Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Future\Perfect Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, and Seven Seas Venture Partners. As part of the round, Horizons has joined the Board of Directors. This builds on the company’s $21 million seed round announced in 2014.

Blockchain technology is at the bleeding edge of computer science and ushers in a new paradigm of programmable trust. The technology is rooted in decades of work in distributed systems, game theory and cryptography. Founded by Austin Hill, Dr. Adam Back, and leading Bitcoin engineers including Gregory Maxwell and Dr. Pieter Wuille, Blockstream provides companies with the most mature, well tested, and secure infrastructure in production – the Bitcoin protocol extended via interoperable sidechains – with one of the most experienced teams in the industry.

“Blockchain technology is redefining what is possible within the fintech ecosystem and beyond,” says Frances Kang, Horizons Ventures. “The transition to this new world – one that is decentralized, interoperable, secure, and trustworthy – is going to be illuminating. We are excited to be working with Blockstream to see their innovative sidechain technology reach its full potential.”

Sidechains, a novel blockchain protocol and platform, enable cross-chain functionality by extending Bitcoin to support both public and private blockchains. This approach leverages the most mature and well tested technology, as well as the nearly $1B invested in companies working with this code today, thereby drastically cutting the cost of trust, improving standards of security, and reducing network fragmentation.

“We are convinced that blockchain technology has the ability to transform not only financial services but also other industries,” said François Robinet, Managing Partner, AXA Strategic Ventures. “Blockstream has the best technical team in the industry and we strongly believe in their approach of developing foundational infrastructure for various blockchain applications. We value Blockstream’s open source approach and its sidechain technology, which will allow interoperability between different chains and provide critical long-term success in this sector. We also look forward to partnering with Blockstream to drive the transformation of insurance and asset management businesses.”

“We are excited to work with Blockstream to expand their business in Japan and other Asian countries in conjunction with Digital Garage’s strategic partners in the financial sector,” said Kaoru Hayashi, Group CEO, Digital Garage. “We look forward to seeing how cryptofinance and blockchain technology create new contexts for a better society.”

Blockstream’s platform is maintained within the Elements Project under an open source license. The company announced its first commercial sidechain offering last year, called Liquid, to provide an interchange settlement service for Bitcoin exchanges and brokerages. Blockstream also recently announced a strategic partnership with PwC to bring these capabilities to established industry sectors and companies exploring new blockchain applications.

 

External sources
AXA Strategic Ventures: http://www.axastrategicventures.com/#/
Blockstream: https://blockstream.com/
Digital Garage: http://www.garage.co.jp/en/
Horizon Ventures: http://horizonsventures.com/team/

04.12.2015

IF EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS. HOW CAN YOUR IDEA SUSTAIN OUR FUTURE?

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21.12.2015

Bevi to Use Horizons Ventures-led strategic investment to develop next-generation beverage platform

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2015 — Bevi (www.bevi.co), the Boston-based start-up that develops smart beverage machines, has announced a $6.5M Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong based private investment fund of Mr. Li Ka-shing.

Bevi was founded in 2013 by graduates of MIT and RISD with the environmental mission of making every beverage available without a plastic bottle. Bevi’s first product is a water cooler for offices that lets users create a variety of still, sparkling, and naturally flavored drinks, all based on filtered tap water. The company has developed a cloud-based system to remotely monitor and control its beverage machines.

The Series A will build on the sales momentum that Bevi has seen in the Boston area and enable geographic expansion. The company is also investing in major R&D projects to improve and expand the offerings of its beverage machines. Horizons’ strategic investment connects Bevi to a global network of food & beverage leaders, from technology disruptors to established distributors.

Bevi’s CEO Sean Grundy said, “Our team is inspired to be part of the Horizons family, working alongside leading food and beverage entrepreneurs to make the industry healthier, more sustainable, and more innovative. Horizons’ involvement will help take our beverage platform to the next level, opening new channels and enabling serious growth.”

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19.10.2015

Agua joins forces with International Powerhouse Horizons Ventures

Agua Brands, the maker of Agua Energy Water and Agua Fruit Essence, today announces an investment by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka Shing. The strategic investment by the Hong Kong investor will provide Agua Brands with support and access to a broad international distribution footprint. The Company’s President, Michael Venuti believes that by joining forces with Horizons Ventures, “The brand will have a tremendous platform and international presence working as partners with a global powerhouse whose brand and Technology investments have shown internationally acclaimed success.” The amount of the investment and other transaction details were undisclosed.

The investment will kick-start Agua’s international expansion plans, beginning in Asia – the perfect launch market to introduce a healthier pick-me-up energy beverage. The Company founders, former vitaminwater executives are the innovative pioneers behind the creation of the first no-gimmick, healthy, low-calorie and hydrating energy beverages derived from a natural source of caffeine, the guarana berry.

“Agua’s management team brings a wealth of experience in developing and marketing innovative beverages in the U.S.”, said Chris Lai of Horizons Ventures. “We believe our partnership brings together all the right elements to build a global beverage company that provides healthy beverages to the consumer”.

Agua Brands launched in 2012 with a brand mission to create healthier solutions within existing beverage categories and carving space for contemporary groupings of healthy refreshments in the much needed beverage world. The Energy water line is vibrantly packaged and available in Tea & Lemonade, Kiwi Strawberry, Fruit Punch, Orange Passion and Pomegranate Acai and each bottle contains the same amount of caffeine as your morning joe, except its deliciously healthier. The recently launched zero-calorie fruit essence line is packed with electrolytes and the easy alternative to your eight cups of water a day, finally making hydration flavorfully fun in five enhancing fruit variations. The Horizons Ventures partnership will allow for healthier beverages to be available worldwide.

 

About Agua Energy Water

Founded and launched by seasoned beverage industry executives, Carol Dollard and Michael Venuti, Agua energy water introduces a new concept in naturally-energizing beverages for the health-minded consumer. Agua energy water combines the best of all beverage categories – sports drinks, enhanced waters and energy drinks – with only 10 calories per serving. Formulated with guarana extract, a natural source of caffeine, Agua energy water provides consumers with a better-for-you, great-tasting alternative to sugary energy drinks. Agua energy water is currently available at Fairway Market, select Shop-Rite locations, Kroger, Amazon and independent retailers. Agua energy water is available in five low-calorie flavors: Kiwi Strawberry, Tea and Lemonade, Pomegranate Acai, Orange Passion and Fruit Punch. For more information, visit www.aguaenerviva.com, www.facebook.com/aguaenerviva or follow Agua Enerviva on Twitter at www.twitter.com/drinkagua

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05.08.2015

Ezetap Mobile Solutions, a global leader in mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) raises Rs. 140 crores to fund rapid growth

Ezetap will reach over 2 lakh merchants and agents across the country in the next 12 months

Bangalore, August 6, 2015 –  Ezetap Mobile Solutions, the Bangalore-based pioneer in mobile payments for emerging markets, today announced that is has raised Rs. 140 crores in fresh funding. Ezetap’s current investors Social+Capital, Helion Advisors, and Berggruen Holdings are joined by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm for Li Ka-Shing, and the Capricorn Investment Group in this round. Social+Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya will become Chairman of Board – the first time the former Facebook executive has taken on this role with a portfolio company outside the United States.

“India is where China was four years ago, and we have already seen young start-up companies successively disrupt consumption and then transportation in India over the last two years,” said Palihapitiya. “It’s clear to us that the next revolution will be in financial services, and that Ezetap will enable merchants to transact in ways and at a scale that were never imagined in the industry before.”

Started in 2011 and launched in 2013, Ezetap has grown much faster than the rest of the industry, deploying over 60,000 new points of sale across India in under 30 months. Ezetap processes over $1 million per day and has a customer base ranging from the most well-known enterprises to tens of thousands of small retail businesses. Ezetap has partnerships with leading banks including Citibank, HDFC Bank, and American Express, who is also an investor in the company. Most recently, State Bank of India chose Ezetap to be its MPOS partner and to help scale electronic payments and micro-ATM to every corner of the country.

The Ezetap solution turns any merchant’s mobile device into an intelligent point of sale that is able to read any type of card and complete any type of financial transaction – from a credit card sale to a real-time bill payment, to an ATM cash withdrawal or deposit. The Ezetap solution is comprised of a configurable mobile application, a secure and lightweight card reader, and a flexible platform that allows Ezetap to provide customized value-added services and integrate to a merchant’s existing systems. Ezetap’s technology has been developed and built in India, and is compliant with global security guidelines.

“What makes MPOS unique is that every Ezetap mobile application being used by a merchant is configurable and smart. This is a fundamental change from the way payments have worked for decades and why it never scaled in India,” says Abhijit Bose, CEO and Co-Founder of Ezetap. “Not only can we easily enable a storekeeper anywhere in the country to accept all forms of payments and increase their sales, we can actually turn his or her small shop into a bill payment centre, eGovernment service point, full service bank branch, and much more with only a few keystrokes in Bangalore. We are a true ‘Make In India’ company that will help deliver the promise of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.”

While many enterprises including some of the leading eCommerce, Insurance and mobile companies have standardized on Ezetap and deployed its integrated solution, the company also see huge potential in the growing smaller and medium business sector. Ezetap is already activating over 500 new merchants a week and will use some of the funds to increase that by 5X in the next few months, according to Bose. “Our vision is to be the most preferred, ubiquitous, and universal platform through which businesses transact and engage with their customers,” said Bose. “It doesn’t matter what payment method a customer wants to use, a merchant should never miss a sale and use that interaction to deepen their relationship with the customer.”

About Ezetap

Ezetap is a Mobile-based Payments service provider for emerging markets based in Bangalore, India. The company was co-founded in 2011 by CEO Abhijit Bose, CTO Bhaktha Kesavachar, and mobile payments pioneer Sanjay Swamy who serves as the company’s Vice-Chairman. The Ezetap service is PCI-DSS compliant, has been certified by multiple, leading financial institutions. For more details: https://www.ezetap.com/

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28.04.2015

Windward to Use $10.8M Horizons Ventures-Led Strategic Investment to Expand Maritime Data Platform

TEL AVIV, Israel — April 28 – Windward, a maritime data and analytics company, today announced a strategic investment of $10.8 million led by Horizons Ventures, with participation from Series A investor, Aleph, and other leading investors in the financial community.   This strategic investment will accelerate Windward’s ability to build the largest, most comprehensive maritime data and analytics platform in history. In addition, it will make those insights accessible for anyone with stakes at sea, with a solution for the financial sector scheduled to launch later in 2015.

“Ship activity across the oceans fuels the global economy but is one of the last analog arenas. The Windward team is revolutionizing this archaic system and bringing visibility to this critically important domain, advancing the global ecosystem,” said Jason Wong of Horizons Ventures.

Windward’s intelligence solution, MARINT, is already in wide use by Security, Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies worldwide, who use Windward’s data and insights to preemptively identify threats before they reach their shores. The funding by Horizons Ventures, Aleph and other financial investors will enable Windward to expand its deep learning capabilities via its unique data platform – the Windward Mind – and to operationalize FORESEA, its finance solution. Currently, FORESEA is in beta testing as the first significant vertical extension of the Windward Mind and is providing traders, investors and analysts with access to unprecedented amounts of unstructured data, critical insights and untapped market opportunities.

“The Windward Mind, the world’s first maritime data platform, brings cross-vertical and industry visibility into ship activity worldwide that is critical given the economics at stake,” said Ami Daniel, co-Founder and CEO of Windward. “We are honored to have Horizons Ventures join our journey. Horizons has a unique perspective as a seasoned investor in some of the world’s most disruptive tech companies; their involvement will provide us with many valuable opportunities for innovating this analog world.”

In addition to funding support, Windward will be adding top advisors to its boards. A member of Horizons will be joining Windward’s Board of Directors. Additional investors include Tom Glocer, the former CEO of Thomson Reuters, who will also be joining Windward’s Advisory Board and bringing his invaluable perspective from a world leader in delivering information to decision makers in professional markets. Ret. Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, the former IDF Chief of Staff and former CEO of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, is also joining Windward’s Advisory Board, with a depth of understanding of the security domain. In addition, Danielle Ullner has joined Windward as Chief Operating Officer.  Ullner is the former VP of Strategic Partnerships at Perion, and will focus on deepening partnerships and access across the shipping and ports ecosystem.

“Windward is a game changer because it is bringing a data sciences perspective to today’s maritime data and making it accessible and relevant for the entire ecosystem,” commented Glocer. “Financial institutions, the next market for Windward’s unique data platform, are hungry for advanced data solutions that can provide valuable trading opportunities by extracting faint trading signals from noisy datasets such as maritime information.”

 

About Windward

Windward is a specialized data company, analyzing and organizing the world’s maritime data. Ships transport over 90% of trade worldwide, but despite the massive stakes at sea, the data on ship activity is largely unusable: it is vast, fragmented and often intentionally manipulated. The oceans are the last analog market and the world’s missing data link.

Windward is bridging that information gap. We have built the world’s first maritime data platform, the Windward Mind, making the data accessible and actionable across verticals, from flagging criminal threats at sea to identifying new market trading opportunities. Our solution is in wide use among Intelligence and Governmental clients worldwide, and we are now bringing the same unprecedented visibility to additional markets. FORESEA, our new Finance solution, is giving traders, investors and analysts access to a gold mine of untapped market opportunities.

For more information, go to http://www.windward.eu/

 

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21.04.2015

Celsius Holdings Announces Strategic Partnership Investment of $15.95 million from Global Business Icons

Partnership deal involves strategic investors providing significant investment and global business influence in the publicly traded beverage company as well as appointment to its board of directors

Boca Raton, FL (April 21 2015) – Celsius Holdings, Inc., (Other OTC: CELH) is the creator and marketer of Celsius®, the world’s first Negative Calorie and Fat Burning beverage with significant benefits to consumers focused on accelerating weight loss, fitness and a healthier lifestyle. Celsius provides clean energy and is backed by clinical science, and today announces an investment of $15.95 million led by Hong Kong based Horizons Ventures, a private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka-Shing, Mr. Russell Simmons and Ms. Kimora Lee Simmons.

“Celsius is thrilled to announce this strategic partnership with Horizons Ventures, Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons. On the cusp of our positive fourth quarter, we are excited for these business icons to join our team,” said Gerry David, CEO of Celsius Holdings, Inc. “This strategic partnership will broaden our reach across consumers and will further strengthen our position in both domestic and global markets.”

The investment by Horizons Ventures, Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons confirms the vision of long time Celsius investor Carl DeSantis, who founded Rexall Sundown and grew it into the world’s leading Vitamin Company. Mr. DeSantis sold Rexall Sundown for $1.8 billion in 2000 and made a strategic investment in Celsius in 2007.

“We always saw Celsius as a brand of the future with all its proven benefits” said Mr. DeSantis. “We were creating a new category and that is always quite a challenge. But it’s those types of challenges that are the most rewarding if you work hard and stick with it. Its takes time and strategic investment.  We have always believed that Celsius was a winner with the potential to become a global brand. We are thrilled to welcome our new partners. They are visionaries with a proven track record. Together along with our existing management team, we will do great things.”

“This is an interesting time in tech-centric food and beverages products as more consumers are striving towards healthier lifestyle,” said Chris Lai of Horizons Ventures. “We are excited to support the Celsius team, who is meeting this growing demand with a revolutionary formula that keeps you energized while burning calories.”

“As a practicing yogi and vegan, I’m always cognizant of my health and what I put into my body. I found Celsius at a local market, fell in love with the drink’s clean energy and called Kimora immediately. It was clear we needed to learn more about the company,” said Mr. Russell Simmons.

“I am proud to announce my new partnership with Celsius as a strategic brand builder and innovator,” said Ms. Kimora Lee Simmons. “Energy has always been a key force in both my life and career and I’m excited about the potential this brand has to help people push themselves further towards their goals, be they related to fitness, family or fun. I also look forward to this unique opportunity to directly impact Celsius’ creative direction moving forward”

 

  • Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka-Shing, is a leading investor in some of the world’s most innovative companies and disruptive technologies, including Facebook, Waze, Spotify, Impossible Foods and Hampton Creek. With a strong global presence, Horizons Ventures will support Celsius’ future development in the global markets.
  • Russell Simmons is a business icon who is a visionary that has created industries throughout his career. Mr. Simmons business successes have spanned music, film, television, fashion, video games, online and financial services. Mr. Simmons has moved into the world of digital marketing through the formation of three companies and will prove to be a significant strategic partner in the growth of Celsius.
  • Kimora Lee Simmons - “Designer and entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons began her career as a top model and has since evolved into a fashion icon, brand visionary and media personality, having served as President and Creative Director of Baby Phat and JustFab and creating such award-winning TV shows as Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane.” Currently, she serves as CEO and Creative Director of KLS Kimora Lee Simmons – a high-end designer fashion line – in addition to directing a portfolio of new innovative businesses in the fields of fashion, entertainment, technology and consumer goods including Codage – an advanced technical skin care line.

 

Disclosures can be found on the Company’s online disclosure portal at:

http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/CELH/filings

About Celsius Holdings, Inc.

Celsius Holdings Inc. (OTC: CELH) is a science-based functional beverage company, founded in April 2004. Celsius is the world’s first and only negative calorie and fat burning drink. Backed by multiple clinical studies, drinking Celsius before activity has been proven to help burn up to 93% more body fat, burn 100 calories and more per serving, boost metabolism, provide clean energy and accelerate results of any weight-loss program. It comes in five delicious flavors, carbonated and non-carbonated, and also in powder stick packets that can be mixed with water. Celsius contains no sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup, no aspartame, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors, and is low in sodium. The first clinical study was conducted in 2005. Six additional studies, including five from the University of Oklahoma, were conducted over the next five years. The studies validated the unique benefits Celsius provides to the consumer. For more information, please visit www.celsius.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain statements that are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements contain projections of Celsius Holdings’ future results of operations and/or financial position, or state other forward-looking information. In some cases you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” or similar words. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since Celsius Holdings’ actual results may differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors. These factors include, but are not limited to: general economic and business conditions; our business strategy for expanding our presence in our industry; anticipated trends in our financial condition and results of operation; the impact of competition and technology change; existing and future regulations affecting our business; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports Celsius Holdings has filed previously with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Celsius Holdings does not intend to and undertakes no duty to update the information contained in this press release.

 

 

 

 

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17.04.2015

Slack raises $160M at $2.8B valuation; daily active users more than doubled since beginning of year

Global group of investors including Horizons Ventures, IVP, Index Ventures, Spark Capital, Growth, and DST Global back vision for future of work

San Francisco, CA ­ April 16, 2015​­­ - S​lack,​the essential team communication platform, today announced it has raised $160 million in new investment at a post­funding valuation of $2.8 billion. New investors include H​orizons Ventures,​D​igital Sky Technologies (DST Global),​ Index Ventures,​S​park Capital Growth,​a​nd I​nstitutional Venture Partners (IVP).​All existing investors participated in the round. S​lack previously raised a total of $180M from A​ccel Partners,​ A​ndreessen Horowitz,​ T​he Social+Capital Partnership,​ G​oogle Ventures, ​and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).​

Slack continues its trajectory as the fastest growing business app ever. Having launched in February 2014, Slack is now used daily by over 750,000 people, and has over 200,000 paid seats. Both daily active users and paid seats have more than doubled since the beginning of the year.

Slack’s traction demonstrates an appetite for a new set of tools that reflect the evolution of technology and the nature of work. People love it because it has an immediate and fundamental impact on their work lives. Some of the customers benefiting from the radically improved transparency and efficiency across its teams thanks to Slack include:​Adobe, New York Times, Blue Bottle Coffee, BuzzFeed, Live Nation, Expedia, HBO, and PayPal.

“We take a very long view of both the opportunity before us and the company we want to build. We’re still at the beginning of a major transition in how people communicate and work together,” said Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack. “O​ur new roster of investors reflects Slack’s global audience, and they’ll be essential partners in our continued growth.”

“Stewart and the team at Slack have taken a page out of the consumer playbook and revolutionized business communications by taking a generationally­different approach to messaging,” said Mike Volpi, partner at Index Ventures, who as part of the investment, has joined Slack’s board of directors as an observer. “Slack has reached a level of early traction that’s rarely seen on the enterprise side, and we’re incredibly excited to support their continued growth.”

The current board of directors consists of CEO Stewart Butterfield, Andrew Braccia (Accel), John O’Farrell (Andreessen Horowitz), and Mamoon Hamid (Social+Capital). John Doerr (KPCB) and M.G. Siegler (Google Ventures) were named as observers in the last investment round.

To sign up for Slack, find out more about job opportunities, and keep up on the latest news, visit w​ww.slack.com​and follow ​@slackhq.​

 

About Slack

Slack is a messaging platform for teams which brings all communication together, creating a single unified archive accessible through powerful search. It integrates with dozens of popular services such as Twitter, Dropbox, Trello, Asana, Google Docs, JIRA, MailChimp, Stripe, Zendesk, and others to help consolidate and make sense of the ever­growing flows of data that confront modern teams. Based in San Francisco, and with offices in Vancouver, Slack has raised $340 million from some of the world’s best recognized investors including Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Social+Capital, KPCB, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, IVP, DST, and Index.

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26.03.2015

New Clinical Study Shows MeMed’s ImmunoXpert™ Blood Test Can Accurately Distinguish Between Bacterial And Viral Infections

TIRAT CARMEL, Israel, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MeMed, Ltd., today announced publication of the results of a large multicenter prospective clinical study that validates the ability of its ImmunoXpertTM  in-vitro diagnostic blood test to determine whether a patient has an acute bacterial or viral infection. The study enrolled more than 1,000 patients and is published in theMarch 18, 2015 online edition of PLOS ONE. Unlike most infectious disease diagnostics that rely on direct pathogen detection, MeMed’s assay decodes the body’s immune response to accurately characterize the cause of the infection.

Bacterial and viral infections are often clinically indistinguishable, leading to antibiotic overuse and contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistance, which the World Health Organization says is approaching crisis proportions. Paradoxically, the inability to rapidly differentiate infections also results in the underuse of antibiotics, estimated to occur in 20-40% of all bacterial infections, putting patients at risk of complications and increasing healthcare costs. MeMed researchers developed the ImmunoXpert test to accurately distinguish between bacterial and viral infections, with the goal of improving patient management by providing physicians with information that enables them to reduce both the overuse and underuse of antibiotics.

Eran Eden, PhD, CEO of MeMed, noted, “Antibiotic misuse is a pressing public health concern, with devastating healthcare and economic consequences. Rapid, accurate and actionable diagnostic tools are an important part of the solution because they can aid physicians in making better informed treatment decisions. For the past four years, our team has been collaborating with leading clinicians and scientists from around the world to develop and validate our novel approach for distinguishing between bacterial and viral infections. Unlike most traditional diagnostics, this approach builds on an exquisitely informative system crafted by nature – the human immune system. Our scientists have figured out how to decode the actions of the immune system doing what it does best–detecting and responding to the precise cause of infection.”

MeMed’s technology leverages the fact that bacteria and viruses trigger different pathways in the immune system. By conducting extensive screening of immune system proteins in patients with acute infections, researchers identified three soluble proteins that are uniquely activated by bacteria or viruses. They then developed proprietary algorithms that integrate these proteins to produce an immune signature that accurately identifies the cause of infection.

In the PLOS One study, the ImmunoXpert immune signature was developed and independently validated on a cohort of 1002 patients with acute infections and yielded highly accurate results, with sensitivity and specificity greater than 90%. The assay was validated in a diverse group of pediatric and adult patients at different time points after the onset of symptoms (from the first day up to 12 days) and across 56 different pathogen species. ImmunoXpert remained robust over all sub-groups studied. The predictive power of the assay’s immune signature outperformed routine biomarker and laboratory tests, as well as combinations of these tests. The signature is amenable to rapid measurement using a blood test run on standard hospital and laboratory-deployed automated platforms, or using a point-of-care device now in development. “We conducted big data filtering, followed by extensive screening of 600 immune system-related proteins,” said Kfir Oved, PhD, MeMed CTO.

“A few of the proteins showed distinctly different patterns in bacterial and viral infected patients. In particular, the most informative protein we found, called TRAIL, dramatically increased in the blood of patients infected with a wide range of viruses, but surprisingly, decreased in bacterial infections. Our team developed an algorithm that computationally integrates TRAIL with other immune proteins to diagnose the cause of the infection with high accuracy.”

The ImmunoXpert immune-based approach overcomes inherent limitations of many traditional diagnostics tools. It is accurate and rapid, it can diagnose infections that are not readily accessible such as pneumonia (because immune system components circulate throughout the entire body), and it prevents false alarms due to the benign presence (“carriage”) of potentially pathogenic bacteria and viruses that are not causing active disease.

“This study represents a breakthrough in our efforts to develop more accurate, rapid and actionable diagnostic tools that improve the management of patients with acute infection.” said Professor Isaac Srugo, MD, Head of the Pediatric Department and Microbiology Lab at Bnai Zion Medical Center. “The incorporation of novel viral-induced proteins, currently not in clinical use, enables ImmunoXpert to attain high levels of accuracy, which can help physicians make better informed antibiotic treatment decisions.

This should result in more bacterial infected patients receiving timely therapy that is actually useful for treating their illness. Additionally, it can lead to fewer prescriptions to viral patients for whom antibiotics do nothing to speed recovery, while causing potential harm to the larger community.”

MeMed’s ImmunoXpert test is CE marked and approved for clinical use in the European Union and Israel. It is currently in pilot distribution in these territories, with a broader commercial roll-out planned for later this year. Additional clinical studies are underway and the company is planning to conduct clinical trials in the U.S. using a specially-designed point-of-care platform currently in development.

MeMed is committed to bringing this pioneering solution to help patients around the globe, and Asia Pacific in particular, including China and Hong Kong. To this end, MeMed will work closely with Chinese key-opinion-leader physicians, patients and healthcare authorities. MeMed’s team is currently working closely with Horizons, one of its main supporters, to evaluate the best route forward to bringing this solution to patients in Asia.

About MeMed
MeMed is dedicated to improving patient lives through research, development and commercialization of pioneering products that monitor the body’s immune state. Its products decode the immune system’s distinct responses to different health and disease states. The company focuses on providing rapid, accurate and actionable diagnostic solutions for acute infectious diseases and inflammatory disorders in the hospital and community. Its most advanced product, ImmunoXpertTM, has demonstrated the ability to accurately detect whether a patient has a bacterial or viral infection, with the aim of empowering physicians to make better informed antibiotic treatment decisions. ImmunoXpert is CE marked and approved for clinical use in the EU and Israel, with pilot distribution efforts underway. For additional information, please visit www.me-med.com.

Notes to Editors

For more information on the public health crisis caused by the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, see for example:

Laxminarayan R. et al. Antibiotic resistance—the need for global solutions. Lancet Infect Dis. 2013 (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2813%2970318-9/abstract)

Threat Report 2013, Antimicrobial Resistance, CDC. (http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report- 2013/)

Fauci and Marston. The Perpetual Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance. JAMA 2014 (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1851734)

For more information on antibiotic underuse, see:

Craig JC, et al. The accuracy of clinical symptoms and signs for the diagnosis of serious bacterial infection in young febrile children: prospective cohort study of 15 781 febrile illnesses. BMJ. 2010 (http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c1594)

Houck PM. Timing of antibiotic administration and outcomes for Medicare patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia. Arch Intern Med. 2004 (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=216850)

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20.01.2015

Retail Intelligence Platform Rubikloud Raises $7M in Series A Funding to Support Global Demand

Funding round enables Rubikloud to capitalize on opportunities in North America and Asia

Toronto, Ontario – January 19, 2015 – Rubikloud Technologies Inc. (@Rubikloud) announced today that it has raised $7 million in an oversubscribed Series A financing round, bringing the total investment in the last 12 months to over $8.5 million. Following last year’s seed round led by Horizons Ventures—a private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka-Shing—this round is led by TOM Group (stock code: 2383) and Ule, with participation from Access Industries and other private investors.

Based in China, TOM Group is a joint venture of Mr. Li’s Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa, and focuses on technology-enabled and value-added services in the e-commerce sector.  In addition, TOM Group CEO Ken Yeung will join the Rubikloud board.

Rubikloud is planning to announce major customer and industry partnerships in the coming months. This round will be used to expand the core engineering and data science team, and the expansion of customer reach in North America and China.

The Rubikloud platform processes, cleans, and models important data for retailers, turning data into an asset in real time. Rubikloud’s global retail customers currently generate over $25 billion in annual sales. While e-commerce has been the fastest growing revenue segment for retailers for over a decade, the ability to process and understand their data across online and offline channels has become a technically challenging and arduous process. Rubikloud simplifies the tedious process of grabbing and connecting data from numerous sources, and pushes the most critical insights to retailers directly, significantly reducing the time needed to wait for a consultant’s analysis. Moreover, large omni-channel retailers can avoid the high costs of building in-house multi-channel data solutions and hiring expensive retail consultants.

“Omni-channel retailers are waking up to the fact that the future of retail will be data driven. If they don’t understand their customer across all their channels, they will become obsolete or lose their brand recognition and loyalty. We have seen tremendous customer growth in North America and Asia, and this round will allow us to double down on our product and customer efforts,” said Kerry Liu, co-founder and CEO of Rubikloud.

Yeung said, “We are excited about Rubikloud’s technology on big data analytics for retailers’ online, mobile and point of sale platforms. We look forward to working closely with Rubikloud to launch its retail data technology and services for our business partners in Mainland China.”

About Rubikloud Technologies Inc.

Rubikloud is a retail intelligence platform focused on turning retail data into revenue and insights. Using modern data science techniques, Rubikloud helps omni-channel retailers know their customers at a deeper level. They believe the most valuable future insights lie at the intersection of the retailer, the customer, and the brand. Most legacy analytics systems are unable to offer insights or track, process and analyze data from multiple channels. Rubikloud is able to do all these things and deliver actionable insights via their proprietary system – RUDI. Rubikloud currently has major clients and partners in North America, United Kingdom, and throughout Asia.

About TOM Group

TOM Group Limited (stock code: 2383) is listed on The Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. A leading Chinese-language media conglomerate in Greater China, TOM Group has diverse business interests in E-Commerce, Mobile Internet, Publishing, Outdoor Media, Television and Entertainment and across markets in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Group was founded in October 1999 as a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, and other strategic investors. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Group has regional headquarters in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei with about 2,600 employees in about 20 cities.

About Ule

Ule (www.ule.com) is China’s ‘local’ e-commerce platform jointly launched by TOM Group and China Post in 2010. It is a unique offline to online (O2O) and mobile e-commerce platform for both rural and urban shoppers. Ule has particular focus on the 700 million rural population, with the mission to use e-commerce technology to revolutionize the rural retail environment with sales and retail automation, CRM and e-commerce cloud services. Ule enables rural population to procure and purchase wide range of quality and authentic products, via the modernized local village outlets and post offices as well as by mobile phones and desktop computers.

 About Access Industries

Access Industries is a privately held industrial group with long-term holdings worldwide. The company’s industrial focus spans three sectors: Natural Resources and Chemicals, Media and Telecommunications, and Real Estate.  Founded in 1986 by Len Blavatnik, an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Access is an international industrial concern with strategic investments in the United States, Europe and South America, with corporate offices in New York, London and Moscow. www.accessindustries.com

 

About Horizons Ventures

Based in Hong Kong, Horizons Ventures manages the Internet and technology investments of Mr. Li Ka-shing globally, including investments in companies such as Skype, Facebook, Spotify, Siri, Summly, and Waze.  To learn more, visit

http://www.horizonsventures.com.

 

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Keeping up with the pathogens: Dr. Kamran Khan launches social benefit corporation BlueDot to track global spread of infectious diseases, receives venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures

“There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
–Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2014—The goal of most researchers is to distribute knowledge by publishing their work in a respected scientific journal, a process that can takes months if not years.

But viruses and infectious diseases such as SARS or Ebola won’t wait that long before spreading, threatening not just people’s health but also international security and economic prosperity.

Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said researchers have to come up with new ways to make sure they’re keeping up with the pathogens.

To meet the timely demands of government decision-makers around the world, Dr. Khan today announced he has formed a new for-profit social enterprise, BlueDot, which uses big data analysis to track and predict the global spread of infectious diseases.

The name BlueDot is a reference to a photograph of Earth the Voyager 1 space probe captured in 1990 from about 6.4 billion kilometres away. The picture, which shows Earth as a small dot in the vast expanse of space, was taken at the request of astronomer Carl Sagan.

“As a clinician on the front lines in New York City, where West Nile virus first appeared in North America, and then in Toronto when SARS crippled the city, it was clear to me that the world would be experiencing more of these high-impact outbreaks,” Dr. Khan said. “But as a scientist, the ability to produce and distribute valuable information to decision-makers was limited by the slow process of publishing in academic journals. By fusing the academic mindset of discovery with ‘disruptive technology’ in big data analysis and visualization, I knew we would have a far greater impact in responding to rapidly evolving outbreaks in real time.”

One of the world’s most influential tech investors agrees. BlueDot recently received Series A venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Asian businessman Li Ka-shing. Based in Hong Kong, Horizons Ventures is a leading investor in some of the world’s most innovative companies and “disruptive technologies” including Facebook, Waze, Skype, Spotify, Siri and Hampton Creek.

“We are excited about our partnership with Horizons because of their track record in helping companies amplify the impact of innovative technology,” said Albert Tseng, chief operating officer of BlueDot. “Another fundamental backbone of the partnership is that Horizons shares our vision of using business to address important social challenges in the world; in our case, using technology to predict and mitigate against the spread of dangerous infectious diseases.”

MaRS Innovation had previously provided $400,000 in seed funding and worked with BlueDot and St. Michael’s to incorporate the company and develop its initial go-to-market plan. Ontario Centres of Excellence provided $140,000 in commercialization grants that helped BlueDot get off the ground.

BlueDot recently entered into a five-year cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. It also has received funding from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to support the World Health Organization’s Ebola response in West Africa and to build capacity among the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to prepare for tomorrow’s inevitable infectious disease threats.

BlueDot is the commercial arm of Dr. Khan’s academic research program called BioDiaspora, which was developed at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s. BioDiaspora models how infectious diseases can spread and impact populations globally by analyzing big data such as the annual movements of more than 3 billion travelers on commercial flights; human, animal and insect population data; climate data from satellites; and news reports of disease outbreaks. The program was inspired by the Toronto’s SARS crisis in 2003 and its capabilities scientifically validated in prestigious academic journals such as the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

The BioDiaspora platform has been used by numerous international agencies, including the CDC, the WHO , the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada to evaluate emerging infectious disease threats, including those during global mass gatherings such as the Olympics and the hajj.

BlueDot was one of the first 100 companies in Canada to incorporate as a “social benefit corporation,” a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to confront social and environmental problems. “B (for benefit) Corps” have to meet rigorous standards around purpose, transparency and accountability.

 

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

 

 

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25.11.2014

Sentient Technologies Raises $103.5 Million in Series C Funding

Company announces plans for its massively scaled, distributed artificial intelligence system

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 24, 2014, Sentient Technologies, the company seeking to solve the world’s most complex problems through massively scaled artificial intelligence, today announced it has raised $103.5 million in Series C funding that brings the total investment in Sentient to more than $143 million. Access Industries led the round with Tata Communications (Hong Kong) Limited (a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Tata Communications Limited), existing investors Horizons Ventures, and a group of private investors in the fields of finance, consumer, food and beverage, and real estate, all participating. Sentient will use the funds to further expand its distributed artificial intelligence products and services.

“Making sense of massive amounts of data is critical for consumer-facing digital businesses”, said Jörg Mohaupt from Access Industries. “We are delighted to be investors in Sentient and will apply its technology to our portfolio of e-commerce, media and entertainment businesses so that they can do innovative things and create new products for their customers. We look forward to supporting Sentient in its growth and development.”

Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications said, “As an investor, we share a common vision on the transformative force that massively distributed computing and artificial intelligence can play in helping businesses get insights and solve their most complex big data problems. We see Sentient at the forefront of these technologies and bringing a disruptive approach to cloud based computing services. Furthermore, the scale of our leading global network infrastructure and data center footprint also complements Sentient’s growth plans and will enable its global deployment.”

Frank Sixt, Executive Director and Group Finance Director of Hutchison Whampoa Limited said “As a director of my Chairman’s charitable foundation, The Li Ka Shing Foundation, I have been involved with the team at Sentient for several years. I believe their unique resources and approach in focusing AI capabilities to achieve step changes in existing human capabilities in specifically targeted functional domains hold great potential for many businesses, including Hutchison’s own energy, retail, ports and telecommunications verticals.”

“We’re extremely encouraged with the progress that Sentient has made over the past year and we’re excited to have the support and funding of such a strong, global investor base,” said Antoine Blondeau, Chief Executive Officer, Sentient Technologies. “The new investment will allow us to continue to grow our team, further scale our partner infrastructure, and accelerate the commercialization of our distributed artificial intelligence technologies. Further, the expansion of our investor team brings a wealth of experience to our organization as we explore new vertical industries.”

 

BUILDING THE MOST POWERFUL INTELLIGENT SYSTEM IN THE WORLD
Sentient operates distributed artificial intelligence on an unprecedented scale, routinely running multiple distributed AI jobs, on millions of AI processing nodes, producing actionable results validated on large and complex data sets. Utilizing evolutionary computation and deep learning – designed to continuously evolve and improve – Sentient aims to create the world’s most powerful intelligent system. This system enables researchers, innovators and companies to solve mission- critical, high value, problems.

Sentient’s distributed artificial intelligence has unique, patented and powerful capabilities that address in distributed, varied, asynchronous nature of data and its continuous influx and growth in order to understand it and make accurate, actionable decisions.

The Sentient team has been quietly demonstrating the capabilities of its system through deep research and testing in the fields of financial trading and medical research. These vertical “proving grounds” were chosen due to the high volume of data, wide variety of data types and high complexity of decision-making necessary for valuable and successful results.

Beyond using machine learning and deep learning to identify patterns or make predictions Sentient’s focus is on improved decision making. Sentient’s Distributed AI platform builds on those predictions, continuously improving its decision-making by utilizing evolutionary algorithms at a massive scale.

“I believe that Sentient’s unique machine learning approach, deployed at nearly unprecedented scale, will provide solutions to complex, urgent problems in a wide range of fields,” said Adam Cheyer, co-founder & VP of Engineering at Viv Labs and advisor to Sentient. “In artificial intelligence, we are beginning to see that it’s not only about “big data,” but also about “big compute,” which gives the ability to search deeper and at a higher complexity to find the patterns and answers hidden within.”

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH TATA COMMUNICATIONS
In addition to their investment, Tata Communications will be a preferred provider to Sentient to furnish a suite of enablement services, including data center space, managed hosting and network. Sentient and Tata Communications will also partner to develop additional products and services.

Today, over 24% of the world’s Internet routes travel over Tata Communications’ global network which includes the world’s largest wholly owned subsea cable network and a tier 1 IP network that is ranked top five by routes in five continents –

 

CURRENT AND POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
Sentient’s working model brings its distributed artificial intelligence technologies together with partner expertise, datasets and modeling challenges to solve complex, mission critical, high value problems. The company is seeking partners to explore solutions in the fields of healthcare, medical research, fraud detection, public safety, e-commerce, and other areas. Sentient is currently building APIs for faster and more independent partner development.

“The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory team worked with Sentient to deploy problems from our ICU blood pressure prediction analytics research”, said Una-May O’Reilly, Principal Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL. “Sentient’s unique evolutionary algorithm, mapped across tens of thousands of nodes, gave us access to a method that scales to vast resources and addresses highly complex problems. Sentient enabled us to solve problems previously thought too formidable to tackle due to scale.”

 

WORLD CLASS TEAM OF LEADERS AND ADVISORS
Sentient’s management and advisors include executives with years of experience in a variety of relevant industry sectors from companies such as AiLive, Amazon, Cerberus, Citigroup, Mozilla, NASA Ames, Rackspace, Salesforce.com, SAP, SIRI, SRI International, Sybase, TIBCO and Yahoo!. Sentient team members have decades of combined experience building products and solutions in the artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, finance and security industries and they are bringing that knowledge to bear as they develop Sentient’s products and solutions, bringing value to their business partners.

 

About Sentient
Sentient’s mission is to transform how businesses tackle their most complex, mission critical problems by empowering them to make the right decisions faster. Sentient’s technology has patented evolutionary and perceptual capabilities that will provide customers with highly sophisticated solutions, powered by the largest compute grid dedicated to distributed artificial intelligence. For more information, visit www.sentient.ai.

Sentient Technologies (USA) LLC is a privately held company based in San Francisco and backed by world leading investors.
For more information, please visit: www.sentient.ai.
Twitter @sentientdai.
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Sentient is a trademark of Sentient Technologies.
Media Contact: Monica Walsh, Zeno Group, 650-219-3220, monica.walsh@zenogroup.com

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24.11.2014

Techcracker Lab presents Innovation and Entrepreneurship 101: With Perseverance and Chutzpah

In 1923, after the First World War, Albert Einstein visited the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He founded the Technion Society and whilst there, planted the iconic Washingtonion Robusta. Still standing, the palm tree is symbolic of the Society’s mission to support and promote education, science and entrepreneurship, and to sow the seeds of innovation for generations to come. Upon planting this tree, Einstein said, “Israel can win the battle for survival only by developing expert knowledge in technology.” Honoring innovation as a driving force of growth, the Li Ka Shing Foundation invited Professor Dan Shechtman—Nobel Prize Laureate and full-time Professor at the Technion—to kick start the Techcracker Lab programme on 21 Nov 2014. In a lecture given to 100 participants traveling to Israel in January, Professor Shechtman reveals the secrets to successful innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dan Shechtman was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the revolutionary discovery of quasicrystals. His achievement not only challenged the way scientists fundamentally conceived the nature of matter, but also celebrated the awards of tenacity. Indeed, many scientists at the time ridiculed Professor Shechtman for this seemingly improbable observation. Even he could not believe his eyes when he saw a five-fold rotational symmetry in the atoms under his electronic microscope: “Eyn chaya kazo!” (“There can be no such creature!” in Hebrew). He still recalls when the head of his laboratory brought a textbook to his office and said, “Danny, please read this book and you will understand that what you are saying cannot be.” But his discovery proves that to innovate is to tread into the unknown, sometimes even unfathomable realm; and to break through, one must have the ‘guts’ to persevere even in the face of relentless criticism.
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Apart from his dedication to the field of science, for the past 27 years, Professor Shechtman has been teaching a course on technological entrepreneurship at the Technion. While humanity has periods of ups and downs, and faces a widening gap in the distribution of wealth, Professor Shechtman believes that the development of start-up companies, high-tech companies and small companies will lead the world to a better future. In the lecture, titled “Technological Entrepreneurship – Key to World Peace and Prosperity”, he emphasized innovation as a key driver of growth, prosperity,and peace as the world inevitably consumes even more resources than it can produce.
From January 8-13, 2015, the Foundation will sponsor a group of near 100 university and high-school students and members of the press to visit Israel. The programme is designed for interaction with students and faculties of Technion, and with entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers of the local start-up community. The Foundation is very pleased that Techcracker Lab is supported by the Consulate General of Israel Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK PolyU), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST),the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association. In addition to learning about conceptualizing, funding and development of a start- up, participants will learn to tackle challenges with new perspectives.

The four supporting Universities have elected each participating student through a rigorous selection process. Equipped with an array of unique talents and skills, the participants will be separated into teams and will undergo a series of lessons from startup founders, venture capitalists and workshops at the Technion. As the trip concludes, each team will have the chance to present their plan to a panel of venture firms and founders in Israel. The winning team will be awarded a grant of USD 10,000 from the Li Ka Shing Foundation to donate to an Israeli NGO of their choice.

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Techcracker Shanghai 2014

TECHCRACKER SHANGHAI 2014

Date: Oct 9, 2014
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Venue: Lyceum Theatre 兰心大戏院
Address: 57 Maoming Lan Lu 57茂名南路

To change is to enter unfamiliar, unchartered territory. And while the idea of change is daunting to most, the ones who embrace it can liberate infinite possibilities. Humanness is our innate advantage – it enables us to adapt and engage with this changing world. Technology is our tool – it enables us to welcome this future with boldness and creativity.
In this inevitable progress, do you want to be a bystander or are you going to embody the change?

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Techcracker Singapore 2014

TECHCRACKER SINGAPORE 2014

Date: October 7, 2014
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Venue: NUS University Cultural Centre Hall

To change is to enter unfamiliar, unchartered territory. And while the idea of change is daunting to most, the ones who embrace it can liberate infinite possibilities. Humanness is our innate advantage – it enables us to adapt and engage with this changing world. Technology is our tool – it enables us to welcome this future with boldness and creativity.
In this inevitable progress, do you want to be a bystander or are you going to embody the change?

JOIN THE CONVERSATION. RSVP AT http://evnk.co/techcrackersg *Free Admission | General Enquiries: dvorsvp@nus.edu.sg

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