Hearing bad startup ideas is an occupational hazard of working in startups or VC. There are some ideas that sound crazy but end up being massive winners. There are other ideas that sound pretty good but end up being duds. And, sometimes, it’s not really about the idea but just one’s own execution and effort—afterContinue reading “One Definite Sign of a Bad Startup”
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”
In the world of Deep Tech, you can’t use the “move fast and break things” approach. On the bright side, neither can your competitors.
Our team at Creative Ventures invests in technologies that address the inexorable rise in healthcare costs globally. These costs are driven by the secular demographic trend of aging populations and rising chronic disease—and without innovations within healthcare, will force us to face a grim tradeoff of either consuming all of our economic output in maintainingContinue reading “Healthcare Round-Up”
While it may be some time until autonomous vehicles are on the roads, there is certainly space for them in other sectors.
There’s an easier way to understand valuation beyond the traditional, “Well, what are we worth at this stage/traction?” Here’s how:
Why haven’t autonomous vehicles proliferated our roads with robo-taxis and made car ownership all but unnecessary?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) startups are some of the most susceptible to hype and magical thinking. As a result, the reality of what modern AI can actually achieve becomes convoluted.
It’s tempting to assume that we’ve overcome most of the technological challenges in battery innovation and that lithium-ion is the clear winner.
After all, batteries are going to be commoditized just as solar PV panels were, right? Surely the remaining value capture will fall on software solutions that build off of and use existing battery systems.
While this assumption can be packaged and wrapped up with a nice little bow, it only tells one piece of a much larger story. The true solution is multi-faceted and takes a handful of very real challenges into account.
Being a method-driven VC, we’re not playing Russian Roulette. We’re counting cards in the game of 21.
even if the signals tell us that they must be great companies or suggest we have to overpay because they are “hot”).