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5 Things To Make Sure You Know About Venture Capital and Alumni VenturesSince our founding in 2014, we have onboarded nearly 10,000 accredited investors into the venture capital asset class. Our investors are successful and used to being “top of the class.” They ask us smart questions. In my roles as Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer, part of my job is to educate prospective investors about this asset class and our offerings. Below are our top 5 items in response to a common question: “What should I know that I may not already be aware of?”
VC 101: The Stages of InvestingUnderstanding the nuances of the different stages of investing can help accredited investors determine proper allocation and even estimate growth potential. In this episode of VC 101, AV Co-Founder and CCO Luke Antal discusses the specific characteristics of seed, early, and growth-stage companies and the benefits of having a diversified portfolio containing all three.
Welcome to Wegovy: A Patient JourneyThis post delves into the evolving landscape of GLP-1 weight loss drugs, focusing on Wegovy. The blog features an interview with Ron Levin, who shares his personal weight management journey. It emphasizes the patient journey from self-diagnosis to the decision-making process of choosing a weight loss solution, highlighting the role of startups in addressing the needs of individuals struggling with weight management. The piece also explores the broader implications for startups in the health sector.
Women in AIThe underrepresentation of female leaders in the technology sector is glaringly evident in instances like The New York Times’ article titled “Who’s Who Behind the Dawn of the Modern Artificial Intelligence Movement,” where only male figures were acknowledged. This recent oversight underscores the pressing need to recognize and embrace diversity within the AI field. Beyond the imperative of equality, acknowledging and amplifying the contributions of women in AI is vital for attracting a diverse pool of talent and addressing the inherent risks of biases in AI systems.
Legal Apocalypse?‘Legal Apocalypse? An In-House Counsel’s Parses AI’ delves into the impact of generative AI on the legal profession. It assesses which legal practices and positions are more likely to face disruption and those relatively safe from AI influence. The blog navigates the spectrum of AI’s problem-solving capabilities, from well-defined to ill-defined problems, and scrutinizes the potential transformations in various legal domains — including litigation, document review, legal analysis, and transactional work. The article concludes with a perspective on how AI’s evolution might shape legal practices and the importance of integrating AI thoughtfully into the legal field.
Beyond the Baby ShowerThis post highlights a lesbian couple’s untraditional path to parenthood recounted by their close friend, Aoife Fortin, who shares her experience at the couple’s ‘Pick the Sperm’ party. Complemented by Brittney Wade’s insights into the booming sector of fertility tech startups, this piece provides a comprehensive view of the complexities involved in IVF, donor selection, and various facets of fertility treatments that millions face annually. It not only offers a glimpse into challenges and triumphs but also underscores the transformative role of innovative startups in shaping the future of fertility tech, striving to make the journey to parenthood more accessible and inclusive.
Why Venture Capital Makes Sense for RIAsIn the face of increasing competition, shifting investor preferences, and market volatility, Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) are continually seeking innovative strategies to provide clients with a competitive edge. Incorporating venture capital (VC) investments represents a promising avenue for RIAs to transform client offerings and outcomes.
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Masterclass Live! How Yard Ventures Evaluates a DealJoin us for an upcoming live presentation hosted by Yard Ventures. In this session, you’ll discover how to evaluate a deal, walk through the process our own investment team uses to invest in promising startups and learn how you, too, can invest in startups just like this through Yard Ventures. Register below today.
Tomorrow’s Disruptors“Tomorrow’s Disruptors: These Unknown Startups Could Reshape the World” focuses on early-stage venture startups poised to make a significant impact. Authored by Ron Levin and Jason Bird, it highlights double-bottom line investing, with opportunities for venture investors to potentially make both a social impact and a profit. Drawing from Alumni Ventures’ Seed Fund portfolio, the authors spotlight 10 startups addressing global challenges in sectors like healthcare, education, and technology. Innovative solutions range from AI-based mental health platforms to revolutionary wildfire suppression technologies to clean home electricity.
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CTRL + Athlete: The Sportification of Gaming & Gamification of SportsJoin us for an exhilarating exploration of the dynamic relationship between sports and gaming in our upcoming webinar hosted by the Alumni Ventures Sports Fund Team. Discover the unexpected convergence of these two realms that has given rise to a powerhouse of innovation and engagement.
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AI: A Lawyer's Ally or Adversary?Dive into the future of legal innovation with our upcoming webinar hosted by the expert team from Alumni Ventures’ AI Fund, including Ray Wu, Managing Partner, and Jack Statza, Senior Principal, alongside esteemed guest panelists Tracy Rubin of Cooley LLP, Brendan McDonnell of K&L Gates LLP, and Michael Phillips of Alumni Ventures.
Beyond the Clinic WallsIn this blog, we delve into the transformative role of telehealth in the modern healthcare landscape. We trace telehealth’s evolution from early telecommunication through the COVID-19 pandemic to its current state, where it’s reshaping healthcare delivery through innovative technologies like AI, AR/VR, and IoMT. We highlight the benefits of telehealth, including improved accessibility, patient engagement, and cost-effective healthcare delivery, while acknowledging its limitations like diagnostic challenges and the digital divide. We conclude by exploring emerging trends, positioning telehealth as a significant venture with promising prospects for patients, providers, and investors.
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Opportunity in AI's BottlenecksAre you intrigued by the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence? Do you believe that the future is driven by the technological advancements in AI? If so, you’re in for a treat! We invite you to our highly anticipated webinar, “Opportunity in AI’s Bottlenecks,” where you’ll gain exclusive insights into the untapped potential of AI technology. Register below today.