Sight Machine, Powering Digital Manufacturing
Syed Hoda, CMO, Sight Machine
Sight Machine, Powering Digital Manufacturing
D-Wave,Rescale,XTI,ZipLine, Boom,EverString, Fabric Genomics, Knightscope,Apeel Sciences @ Global Capital Summit
The Global Capital Summit is a premier gathering in where the most forward-thinking global investors meet Silicon Valley’s leading venture capitalists to connect with and learn from the next generation of world-changing companies who are shaping the future of their industries. Hundreds of investors from China, India, Israel, and more will gather at F50’s Global Capital Summit to discover trending Silicon Valley innovation before these technologies take to the global market.
Here some of the world’s most amazing companies presenting at GCS main conference at Sep 21:
D-Wave designs and manufactures quantum computing and superconducting electronics. It offers D-Wave One system, a computing system that is designed for industrial problems encountered by Fortune 500 companies, government, and academia. The company also provides customer support, site preparation, site installation, training packages, and on-site engineer support services. D-Wave Systems Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Burnaby, Canada. The company has additional offices and R&D facilities in Palo Alto, California. Notable investors: Jeff Bezos, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, DFJ.
Rescale offers a software platform and hardware infrastructure for companies to perform scientific and engineering simulation. Rescale’s mission is to provide a highly powerful simulation platform that empowers the world’s engineers and scientists to develop the most innovative products and perform groundbreaking research and development. Notable investors: Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, Paul Graham.
XTI Aircraft Company was founded in 2012 to transform flight for the commercial marketplace, ultimately bringing a family of vertical takeoff planes to market. With its eXtended Technology and Innovation, the TriFan 600 is the world’s first vertical takeoff airplane. XTI is founded in a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers and promises to change flight and personal freedom and mobility by air travel forever.
Boom Technology is making supersonic passenger travel into reality by making a supersonic airliner. Supersonic flight has existed for 70 years, but until now, it hasn’t been efficient enough for routine travel. Boom’s airliner enables fares 75% lower than Concorde, about the same price as today’s business class tickets. This advance in efficiency is made possible by a breakthrough aerodynamic design, state-of-the-art engines, and advanced composites.
AeroFarms is on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish our communities with safe, nutritious, and delicious food. AeroFarms is the commercial leader in indoor farming. They grow without sun or soil in a fully-controlled indoor environment. They have optimized their patented aeroponic growing system for faster harvest cycles, predictable results, superior food safety and less environmental impact.
Fisker Inc. is an American automaker based in California USA, revolutionizing the development of electric vehicles with game changing battery solutions. Developing unique, high-performance, electric vehicles with new game-changing battery technology, their mission is to bring to life the next generation of electric vehicles to meet the challenges of range and cost.
Zipline builds products that improve access to healthcare and saves lives. Zipline created Zip, a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine, or blood. Notable investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Stanford, Sequoia, Jerry Yang,
Knightscope is developing an autonomous technology platform that fuses robotics, predictive analytics and collaborative social engagement to predict and prevent crime. Deployment of the platform will empower public and private sectors to proactively build stronger, safer communities, ultimately saving money and lives.
Apeel Sciences creates edible products from natural plant extracts that allow organic and conventional growers to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase produce quality, and provide superior shelf life. Apeel Sciences is committed to being a technological and environmental leader in the agricultural industry, enabling widespread, positive impacts through the development of high-performance pre- and post-harvest products and processes that conserve our precious natural resources and safeguard the Earth’s delicate ecological balance.
EverString‘s predictive demand generation platform helps companies identify and engage with the best customer prospects using applied data science. The company was founded in 2012 and is backed by investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures.
Fabric Genomics™ (formerly known as Omicia) is a global computational genomics company offering end-to-end genomic data analysis, annotation, curation, classification, and reporting solutions to clinical labs, hospital labs, country sequencing programs, research institutions, and life science companies. Fabric Genomics’ analytic capabilities begin with raw data analysis and include the delivery of rapid, comprehensive insights for high throughput panels, exomes, and whole genomes. Our software can process FASTQ, BAM or VCF files, providing alignment, variant calling, guideline-driven variant classification, variant interpretation, and clinical reporting for hereditary diseases and oncology.
More detail at http://f50.io/gcs
Raj Singh is a long-time mobile entrepreneur, writer, advisor and investor. Presently, Raj is Co-Founder and CEO of Lentil AI working on meeting productivity. Previously, Raj Co-Founded Tempo AI (acquired by Salesforce), Co-Founded AllTheCooks (acquired by Cookpad), served as VP of Business Development for Skyfire (acquired by Opera), Co-founded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.
Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for numerous companies including Kodak Mobile, Dell Mobile, AOL, Blackberry, MobiTV, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT and others. Raj is also an investor via ENIAC Ventures which has made over 80 seed-stage mobile investments.
Ever since Anu’s first startup, he has enjoyed working with small driven teams with cutting edge technologies who develop them into successful businesses. His first two startups revolutionized fiber-optic telecommunications resulting in two acquisitions both in the Top 10 Largest VC-Backed M&A Deals of All Time.* After the .com crash, Anu shifted sights to consumer internet and started one of the world’s first social networks, hi5.com, which grew to 60M MAU. When the first smartphone came out, he started an app company that organically attracted 15M installs.
Beyond his life in operations, Anu has contributed positively to the startup ecosystem in a variety of ways. He have personally invested in over 50 startups and has served as an advisor to a litany of others. After multiple interactions with A-list entrepreneurs, Anu realized that the biggest need for an entrepreneur isn’t capital; it’s solid advice. That need and his passion for startups has led me to join ETW Advisors, a firm that provides trusted counsel to startup founders as they grow their business from concept to product to scale.
Anu believes the journey of most startups is dynamic and can be filled with many unknowns. The advisors at ETW have been there before and can help make that journey a little bit easier. It doesn’t have to be quite as lonely with our stellar team by your side.
SC Moatti, founding partner of Mighty Capital
SC Moatti is a technology visionary, entrepreneur, and investor. She is the founding partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders, and founders in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo). An award-winning bestselling author, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on business and technology and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and on NPR. She lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering. Andrew Chen, one of Uber’s top executives, called SC “a genius at making mobile products people love.” For more information, visit scmoatti.com.
About Jason Calacanis (From http://calacanis.com/about/):
1. Inside.com: The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to stay in the loop on all the world’s news.
2. I angel invest in 2-3 startups per month. I’m most famous for being one of the first investors in Uber and Thumbtack (both now ‘unicorns’ in investing terms), but I’m equally proud of the startups that I’ve invested in that have yet to reach that status. You can follow my investment activity at a website called AngelList. Angellist even allows qualified investors to invest alongside me. Visit angel.co/jason for more information.
3. LAUNCH Festival: My startup conference is now the largest in the world, with over 15,000 attendees. It takes place every spring and you can read all about it at LaunchFestival.com. I run this event at a breakeven, as a service to fellow founders. Most of the attendees attend the even on scholarship, and the $1.4m budget is covered by sponsors.
4. This Week in Startups: My six-year old podcast is now the largest startup show in the world, with over 600 episodes reaching over 100,000 people each. Visit thisweekinstartups.com for more details.
Sam is the CEO/Founder of AISense Inc, based in Los Altos, California. Funded by Horizons Ventures (DeepMind, Waze, Zoom, Facebook), Tim Draper, David Cheriton (Stanford Professor Billionaire, the first investor in Google), Slow Ventures, etc. With its core team from Google Speech team, AISense is building Ambient Voice Intelligence™ technologies with deep learning that understand human-to-human conversations and provide highly innovative services. It will digitize all meetings, phone calls, and make everything searchable, as well as providing speech analytics on all the conversations, either on mobile or over teleconferences.
Previously, Sam was the CEO and Co-Founder of Alohar Mobile Inc in Palo Alto, California, which created world’s first mobile location context platform, enabling a new category of context-aware mobile apps, such as intelligent mobile social, mobile shopping, mobile ads, smart personal assistants, etc. Alohar was successfully acquired by Alibaba in 2013.
Before that, Sam was the platform architect and lead of Google Map Location Service for four years. Sam also designed Google’s mobile location API and early Google Latitude.
Paul helps take start-up companies from zero to $100M quickly. Professionally, Paul’s favorite place to be is “inside the tornado” of a fast growing, dynamic start-up. He has helped to generate over $13B in market capitalization in his operating career.
He invests in the IT, consumer, and digital energy sectors; and is on the boards of Homesuite, Peerspace, SkyCure, Dreambox Learning, Kik and InsideView. Past investments include Chegg (CHGG), MobileIron (MOBL), Coverity (acquired by Synopsys), Averail (acquired by MobileIron), Conformia (acquired by Oracle), Ketera (acquired by Rearden Commerce), RouteScience (acquired by Avaya), Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and TuVox (acquired by West).
Paul began his career at SRI International, where–as he likes to tell his kids–he was like a “human Google,” conducting inquiries on a broad variety of topics for Global 2000 companies. He received his MBA from UC Berkeley, MA from University of Virginia, and BS from James Madison University.
Paul, his wife Linda, and their three teenage daughters live in tah.mah.lah, their aggressively “green” house in Portola Valley. Paul is a former president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists; and is the producer of Something Ventured, a critically acclaimed documentary about the early days of the Silicon Valley. He has guest lectured on entrepreneurship at Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, MIT, and James Madison University.
Walter De Brouwer is the founder and CEO of the Palo-Alto based computational linguistics company doc.ai. Doc.ai is building a robo-doctor, via medical dialog systems for personalized healthcare, a conversational AI that follows biological blood markers across the phenome and the genome.
Walter moved to Silicon Valley in 2011 to found Scanadu Inc. a $57m venture-backed mobile health company, with the mission to revolutionize consumer healthcare with people centric mobile medical devices using machine learning. He served as the CEO of the company until April 2016.
He sits on the board of Scanadu Inc. and the Hong Kong-based Generation Life Inc. (blockchain-enabled InsuranceTech). He is an advisor for Ubiome Inc. and Pat.inc.
Walter’s career as an entrepreneur started 27 years ago as the Publisher of Computer Magazine sold to VNU now 3i Group and Riverland Networks sold to Keyware Technologies.
Together with Nicholas Negroponte (founder and Chairman of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab) he founded Starlab SA, Europe’s premier Deep Future research lab on wearable computing, Quantum computation, computational genomics and MPEG-21 (IP was sold to Philips). In 1993 he co-founded the European internet backbone company PING out of the European UNIX Users Group later EUnet International Ltd. which merged with Qwest Communications and went from NASDAQ to NYSE now Centurylink. In 1994 he had cofounded one of the pioneers of online job boards in Europe called Jobscape which merged into Stepstone ASA and completed an IPO in March 2000. In 2002 he took over Patronale Capitalisation NV (in 2007 sold to Fork Capital NV) and made it into a Fintech Life insurer, specializing in synthetic risk. In 2007 Nicholas Negroponte appointed De Brouwer to set up the EMEA branch of MIT’s NGO One Laptop per Child (OLPC). De Brouwer negotiated with 14 Ministers of Finance and 9 Presidents in South and West Africa and eventually The Learning Center was transferred from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston to Kigali (Rwanda) Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). The XO was the first 802.11 mesh-driven device in Africa.
Walter earned a master’s degree in Formal Linguistics (University of Ghent, Belgium) and a Ph.D. in Computational Semantics (“Bio-semiotics: The Biology of Language. The search for the atomic unit of meaning”) from the Catholic University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. He started as academic lecturer at the Jesuit University of Antwerp, Belgium (Machine Translation and Chomsky’s TGG), but left in 1989 to become an entrepreneur.
Fireside Chat Adam Draper,founder and managing director of Boost VC.
Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. In 2009, the same year that Adam graduated from UCLA, he founded Xpert Financial, a secondary market for private securities. After settling millions of dollars in private security transactions and becoming a registered broker dealer, he left Xpert Financial in late 2012 and began angel investing, where he backed such startups as Coinbase, Plangrid and Earnest. Currently his portfolio of investments is valued at more than $1.5B.
Adam then partnered up with Brayton Williams and to change the face of global startup mentorship. The focus of Boost VC on future technology development stems from Adam Draper’s dream to create an Iron Man suit.
Adam focuses primarily on investments in enterprise infrastructure, big data/analytics, datacenter technologies, and artificial intelligence. At age 13, Adam enrolled as a full-time student at UC Berkeley, where he studied pure and applied mathematics and conducted research in number theory and machine learning. Prior to Lightspeed, he was an early product manager at Rubrik (a Lightspeed portfolio company) where he launched a product line.
The Global Phenomenon of Bike Share
Brad Bao, Co-Founder & Chairman, LimeBike
Connie Chan, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
LimeBike is a dock-less bike share system, aims to revolutionize urban mobility and solve the first and last mile transportation challenges.
Recording from Global Capital Summit hosted by F50
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David Chen is co-Founder and former Vice Chairman & President of VanceInfo (which later merged with HiSoft to form Pactera), one of the largest China based IT services firms with more than 20,000 associates. He oversaw strategy and daily operations between 2001 and 2010. Before it went public in 2007 at NYSE, VanceInfo was backed by prominent VCs including DCM, Sequoia Capital and Legend Capital.
Prior to co-founding VanceInfo, David held multiple management and technical positions at Asera, IBM/Crossworlds, KPMG Consulting, Oracle and UCSF Medical Center.
David is passionate about fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and technological innovation across China and the US and he is the Chairman of HYSTA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneurship and leadership among Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He is also an active angel investor and currently serves as board member for sense.ly and SocialTouch. He is also advising VC firms such as Sequoia CBC Digital Fund, Kaiwu Walden Capital, Ivy Capital and Boston based Procyon Venture Partners.
Doug Renert, Co-founder and Partner, Tandem Capital
An entrepreneur now helping other entrepreneurs build successful businesses. Launched Tandem in 2007 as Silicon Valley’s mobile industry accelerator fund to work side-by-side with great founding teams, investing our sweat and funds to increase their odds of success. http://www.tandemcap.com I’ve always focused on building business value through relationships. Started my career as a corporate attorney with Gray Cary (now DLA Piper), where I was first exposed to startups and quickly learned that I could be of more use on the business side of the table.
Moderator: Diana Ding, CEO of DingDing TV
Silicon Valley media entrepreneur. Awarded as Asian American Hero from Santa Clara County. Founder & CEO of Ding Ding TV,1st Chinese American Tech Media, focus on Content and connection for Global Entrepreneurs. Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Festival and Silicon Valley Food & Art Festive. Host and producer of , interview 1000+ world leading Innovators in last 10 years. Diana is the Founder and producer of , 1st start-up reality show in Silicon Valley, connect startups with VCs. She has 20+ years of management experience in High tech and media companies, 10+ years of producers, publisher, director and host.
Sam Santhosh, Founder & Chairman of MedGenome Inc
MedGenome’s state-of-the-art NGS platforms generate high quality sequencing data from gene panels, exomes, whole genomes and transcriptomes. The nimble and powerful NGS-LIMS system provides an integrated tracking, analysis and data reporting environment ensuring accuracy, consistency and efficient turnaround time and makes the process highly cost effective. NGS data is analyzed using powerful proprietary data analysis software (VariMat) and variants are interpreted to establish clinical significance using a database of annotated variants curated from published literature (OncoMD). OncoMD is an interactive user interface that bridges the gap between clinical discovery and medical intervention by linking disease-specific variants to approved drugs and open clinical trials.
MedGenome raised $24M lead by Sequoia.
Sam Santhosh is the Founder & Chairman of MedGenome Inc. Sam is also the Promoter & CEO of SciGenom Inc. – a genomics R & D organization that conducts research work aimed at understanding the role of DNA sequence variation in all living things.
Sam was the CEO and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft) from 1992 –Feb 2012. He founded Calsoft in 1992 and under Sam’s vision Calsoft rapidly grew from a niche player in the Silicon Valley to a global player with over 1200 employees and presence in 8 countries. Sam took Calsoft Public and listed the company in the Indian Stock Exchanges. Sam oversaw the growth of Calsoft in all key areas – Finance, Strategy, Customer acquisition and inorganic growth through eight acquisitions including companies in U.S, UK, Japan and India.
Sam is passionate about science and technology and believes that harnessing the power of science is critical to innovation and wealth creation. Just as technology was the key driver of business in the 20th century, he believes that science will directly drive economic development as well as social and environmental well-being in the 21st century. It is this strong belief that has led him to make the move from Software Services where he spent the first 20 years of his career to a future that blends Science and Technology with Business.
Moderator: Kenzi Wang, Angel Investor, Founder & CEO of Traction (YC 2014 startup)
Kenzi is a serial entrepreneur and tech investor with deep experience in enterprise and marketplace. He’s the founder and CEO of Traction, an top tier VC (NEA) backed marketing platform with many Fortune 100 clients including Sony, Salesforce, Yahoo, HPE and many others. His investment interest is in the consumer, marketplace and AI space. He also advise many companies on product market fit, growth, and fundraising strategy and is an avid speaker on these topics internationally. Kenzi attended Columbia University and Wharton business school.
Peter co-founded Lux Capital with the idea that in order to have the biggest impact on the future, one should support the most scientifically and technologically ambitious ventures. In 2003, Peter led the spin-off of Lux Research. As its founding CEO, he helped build Lux Research into the leading emerging-technology research firm.
Bill Li has served as our Chairman and CEO since April 2013. He is an American entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and through founding and leading a number of startups. During his career at Ford Motor Company from 1990 to 1999, Bill focused on four continents and held over 12 business and technical positions.
His positions at Ford ranged from component, systems, and vehicle engineering with the Visteon, Mazda, and Lincoln brands; to business and product strategy on the United States youth market, India, and the emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and South America; as well as the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. In addition, he was on the “Amazon” team, which established an all-new modular plant in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions.
After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and served as COO of GreenLeaf LLC, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary that became the world’s second largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to more than 600 employees, 20 locations worldwide, and annual sales of approximately $150 million. At the age of 28, Bill was the youngest senior executive at Ford Motor Company worldwide.
After successfully establishing GreenLeaf, Bill was recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish and serve as the President and CEO of the Model E Corporation; a newly established automobile manufacturer that focused on the “Subscribe and Drive” model in California. Bill also founded Carbon Motors Corporation* in 2003, and as its Chairman and CEO until February 2013, focused it on developing the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle.
Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-founder, Quanergy ($1.5B)
Moderator: Martin Stroka, Co-founder, F50
Quanergy, Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2016 in Automotive. one of the latest unicorns value at 1.59Billion during last year’s funding.
Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc. Dr. Eldada is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Quanergy is his fourth start-up. Dr. Eldada is a technical business leader with a proven track record at both small and large companies and with 70 patents, is a recognized expert in nanotechnology, photonic integrated circuits and advanced optoelectronics. Prior to Quanergy, he was CSO of SunEdison, after serving as CTO of HelioVolt, which was acquired by SK Energy. Dr. Eldada was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning. He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.
Josh Elman, Partner, GreyLock
Josh joined the team in 2011 and invests in entrepreneurs building new consumer products and services. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to more than 100 million users.
Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched v1 of LinkedIn Jobs. Josh also held roles leading product management for Zazzle, and product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks.
Josh currently serves on the boards of Medium, Discord, Musical.ly (observer), Life On Air (makers of Houseparty), Operator, and Jelly. Josh also works closely with our investments in Nextdoor and Whosay. Josh led Greylock’s investment in SmartThings, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014.
Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.