Autonomous Vehicle Part III: The Race to Retrofit the Wheel

Moving away from the material transportation uses case discussed in Part II of our series, it’s time to take an even closer look at unregulated spaces where AV technology might find a winner: industrial machines and vehicles already in operation.  Since customers will already own these machines (with plenty of life left in them), reinventingContinue reading “Autonomous Vehicle Part III: The Race to Retrofit the Wheel”

The Unspoken Victim of Extreme Climate

Creative Ventures recently led an investment into PlanetWatchers, a Satellite Aperture Radar (SAR) technology company that turns months of crop assessment into minutes of analysis at one-tenth of the cost. Here we unravel the underlying macro trends driving the need for SAR and why it is needed to combat the exponential growth of extreme climate.

Deep Tech Awakening and How to Predict its Success: Part II

A critic of Deep Tech often claims that Deep Tech investment possesses such a high technology risk, the return is often unjustifiable. This premise fails to distinguish between the shade of grey within the maturity curve of each emerging technology. By understanding this particular nuance, we stand a significantly greater chance in predicting the success of a Deep Tech company.

Deep Tech Awakening and How to Predict Its Success: Part I

During the 2010’s, mobile Internet was experiencing its golden years.
The US started with 20% smartphone penetration and ended with over 70% and 250 million users. Uber roared. Airbnb IPO’ed at a $100+ billion valuation.
But for an investor, this is yesterday’s glory and that means it’s also someone else’s money.

So what’s next?

Keeping Up with the Delivery Rocketship Part III: A Case Against Last Mile Delivery and How to Change Our Mind

Let us be frank about this: we think last mile delivery has a very attractive upside, but we think it is too challenging to be an attractive investment.

The difference between the two are the risks involved.

Luckily, we know exactly what it takes for founders to change our mind.

Keeping Up with the Delivery Rocketship Part II: Opportunities in Warehouse Automation

In Part I, we discussed how the exponential growth in eCommerce leads to an increase in cost of fulfillment and shipping as a percentage of net sales, driven by rising wage and consumer expectation. Worker wages in fulfilment centers sit at $17 an hour, almost two and a half times more than minimum wage. ConsumersContinue reading “Keeping Up with the Delivery Rocketship Part II: Opportunities in Warehouse Automation”

Keeping Up with the Delivery Rocketship Part I: The Case for Logistic Automation

Two things that my wife loves are good food and nice purses. In 2020, those two options became exclusively available, for the first time, online. While our personal airline and hotel expenses declined by 100%, our e-Commerce and food delivery bill mushroomed.