One Definite Sign of a Bad Startup

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”

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”

Healthcare Round-Up

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”

Battery Innovation, Part I: The Current State of Things

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.