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Interest rates are going up, but will there be continued interest in deep tech investing?

The fed continues to slowly increase interest rates; with the federal funds ticking by another quarter of a point. And while this seems
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Should I care about the macro environment as a founder?

Just last year, we were all talking about mega-valuations and there were endless articles about how startup prices and the stock market were

Tapping into the power of nature 

The ambition to adapt, modify, and even bend nature at times sets humans apart from other species. It’s not exactly natural for edible
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A new price tag: Are you paying too much to buy in?

If 2021 was not an unprecedented year for VC, I do not know what is. The US venture capital grew by 98% in deal values in 2021, more than
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What we invest in

Our team at Creative Ventures prides itself on being market-driven deeptech investors.  This approach stands in direct contrast to
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The wrong way to divide the pie

Show me the incentive and I'll show you the outcome.  There’s a well-known adage in the investment world that also applies very well

The importance of empirical evidence for early-stage deeptech companies

In light of the latest news on Theranos, and a seemingly endless amount of swift capital pouring into deeptech startups today, how can

The Impacts of the Omicron Variant for Startups

As a founder, you may be asking, "What should do now that Omicron is here?" That is, in addition to crying or complaining if you’re a travel

The Carbon Equation

VCs are no strangers to the boom and bust cycles of industries and underlying technologies. Obviously, it’s great for the returns if one can
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What’s going to happen next in VC?

At the end of the day, what startups do matters more to the trajectory of the world than what VCs do. Sorry,

Autonomous Vehicles, Part IV: Overcoming Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Roadblocks

In Part III of our AV blog series, we explored the potential of autonomous vehicles in the agriculture and construction industries. We also

Using Diagnostic Innovation to Measure What Matters 

Creative Ventures invested in Rhaeos’ Series Seed round in July 2021. Rhaeos is a clinical-stage medical device company developing wearable,

Climate Change, Part I: Lessons Learned from Cleantech 1.0

In the midst of the global pandemic, the tech industry seems to have woken up to two facts: Climate change is real and happening all

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

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
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How Does a Deep Tech Startup Differ From a “Normal” Startup?

Software is boring now. Or, at least, that's part of the argument that Sam Lessin made which rocked the world of venture

Healthcare Round-Up

Our team at Creative Ventures invests in technologies that address the inexorable rise in healthcare costs globally. These costs are driven

Autonomous Vehicle Part II: The Opportunity within the Unregulated Terrain

ICYMI: Part I of our series on AVs uncovered some interesting and consistent findings; By and large, the technology is relatively

CV’s Champ Suthipongchai on Forbes Business Council

 "A family office is most likely to be successful when it can rely on both world-class professional investment management and strong

Startup Valuation Made Simple(r) – Working Backwards

Anyone who tells you valuation is a precise science is lying. This is especially the case with growing companies and verges on pure art for
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Autonomous Vehicles, Part I: Why Aren’t They Dominating the Roads?

When it comes to autonomous vehicles, you may be wondering “Are we there yet?” And by and large, the answer is actually yes.  So why
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Creative Ventures Hopes to Secure Panel Spots for SXSW 2022

As the world continues to move toward a more “normal” state, our team at Creative Ventures is looking for ways to get back into the swing of
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AI: What It Can and Cannot Do

Artificial Intelligence (AI) startups are some of the most susceptible to hype and magical thinking. As a result, the reality of what modern
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Battery Innovation, Part I: The Current State of Things

The landscape of energy storage innovation is forging ahead at a terrific pace.  Over the last decade, lithium-ion battery costs
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The Economics of Fund Ownership: Ignoring Ownership and Enabling LP Co-Investment

Venture capital has long been associated with the "Go big or go home" mentality. While most investments flop, the few that make it generate
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Digital Health: The Next Frontier

The current global healthcare crisis set the stage for a shift towards tech-based healthcare.  Healthcare has been slow to embrace

Alternative Sources of Protein, Part 2: The Solutions

Climate change plays a central role in diminishing resources and agricultural outputs. In parallel, the demand for animal-based foods is
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COVID accelerated automation labor trends

And why businesses don’t actually like most robots It’s an undeniable fact that the pandemic has changed a lot about everyday life. The

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM): A transient hype or a fundamental change in healthcare services?

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), the monitoring of patients outside a traditional clinical setting, has received an influx of capital over

Alternative Sources of Protein, Part 1: A Look at What’s Driving the Demand

Life on earth would not be possible without the constant cycling of several key elements. In particular, proteins, – which are among other
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All Eyes on Neuroscience

The recent controversial approval of the Biogen drug aducanumab (Brand name – Aduhelm) has stirred up debates in the medical
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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

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

In Part I, we discussed the rise of Deep Tech and the factors that propel the category to the forefront of venture investment. We looked at
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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

Platform Technology Dilemma

As a deep tech fund, we come across a fair share of platform-tech startups. The promise of supposedly expandable market opportunities is
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Everyone is looking at the wrong jobs numbers

Averages hide the real situation, but no one is talking about the real problem Everyone is up in arms about the April jobs report. The US
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The Business of Healthcare

The sheer scale of the healthcare system is mesmerizing. In the US alone, $11,072 per capita spending (in 2019) and at around 320 million in

Kulika Weizman – New Principal at Creative Ventures

It’s with great pleasure that we are announcing Kulika Weizman has been promoted to Principal at Creative Ventures. Kulika has been
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Creative GP Champ Suthipongchai on Construction Automation

Co-founder and General Partner, Champ Suthipongchai has spent a great deal of time, both on a macro market level and literally on the ground

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

It’s a Good Time to Invest in Healthcare Diagnostics. Here’s Why.

There is currently a lot of debate around the efficacy and value of the American healthcare system, but we believe a large portion of its

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

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,

The $400 Billion Market Part III: Opportunities in Construction Analytics

In our previous posts in this series, we established a case for construction technology due to severe labor shortages, and discussed two

The $400 Billion Market Part II: Opportunities in Construction Automation

In Part I, we explained that the construction industry is experiencing heightened demand primarily from the residential and infrastructure

The $400 Billion Market Part I: The Case for Construction Automation

In 2018 my friend excitedly mentioned that he and his wife were looking to buy a house. Finding a new home would end up taking them another

Kidney Disease: A Silent (and Costly) Killer

The underlying macrotrends, current solutions and investment opportunities Creative Ventures recently led an investment into VenoStent,

Myths and Realities of Automation and Labor Shortages

This is the introduction to a series of articles Creative Ventures will be publishing on the topic of Labor Shortage and Automation.  The
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What is Method Driven VC?

In order to truly address global problems facing society, many of which stem from resource shortages, we turn to technology, a resource

Invest in “Product-Ready” Technologies, Not Moonshots

How to avoid being a sucker in deep tech At Creative Ventures, we often hear from our peers, “You seem really fearless about technical
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The Fall of Data Moats

Data is the new oil: a commodity on its way out “What is your data moat?” It’s one of the most common questions asked of any AI or

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