Astro Digital raises a Series A round to develop its Earth imaging satellite system

Astro Digital, a remote sensing company developing both its own satellite constellation and an analytics platform for that imagery, has raised $16.7 million in a Series A round on March 2. Previously, the company raised a seed round in 2015 with GVA Capital and other investors. Astro Digital plans on using the funds to build out its initial constellation of small satellites that will provide medium-resolution imagery.

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Breakthrough autonomous robotic technology from Russia is coming to Silicon Valley

RoboCV’s mission is to create autonomous mobile robotic systems for a wide variety of high frequency repeatable tasks of intra-warehouse and distribution centers logistics.

In just three years since foundation, RoboCV has grown from a team of four employees sitting in a small room with a prototype, comparable to a guided toy car, to a high-potential company that boasts world-class technology, unique products and the trust of world leading companies.

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A startup that developed the World’s most powerful CO2 conversion device

What if the emissions of the world’s largest industries never reached the air? What if those emissions were instead transformed into valuable assets for the global economy? Based in Berkeley, California, the Opus 12 team has invented a device that recycles carbon dioxide emissions from industrial chemical companies into cost-competitive and efficient chemicals and fuels. The company estimates that their market opportunity is worth $300 billion.
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Qwil, a great help to freelancers during tax time

The economy as we know it is changing rapidly. Freelance-enabling platforms are massively shifting the 9 to 5 paradigms while introducing more and more project-based work opportunities. These platforms are transforming whole industries. Large corporations will soon rely on tech platforms to ensure their remote workforces are integrated, they will streamline HR processes and provide the framework for project-based employment. Continue reading “Qwil, a great help to freelancers during tax time”

Why SoundHound was named One of 2017’s Most Innovative Companies

Recently, Fast Company released their annual list of The Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by Sector. We are happy to announce that our portfolio company, SoundHound placed fourth in the AI/Machine Learning sector. SoundHound ranked #4 among Google and IBM. In the Fast Company profile, SoundHound is described as “The world’s most advanced and accurate platform for natural language processing.” Continue reading “Why SoundHound was named One of 2017’s Most Innovative Companies”

How we invested in the world’s first online music composer

Did you ever think that you would live in a time when music that you listened to would be written by robots, adjusted real-time to your mood, never pre-recorded, and happening instantaneously while you’re on-the-go?

Mubert continuously produces a unique music stream created by an algorithm based on the laws of musical theory, mathematics and creative experience. As of now, the algorithm behind Mubert generates an endless audio stream of EDM music produced right here, right now without mixing or shuffling any existing track or songs. Imagine that — a machine essentially writing the music of your soul, reacting to your heartbeat, your mood and character. Continue reading “How we invested in the world’s first online music composer”