Waterman Community Newsletter — December 2022
Content at the intersection of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and our Brown community.
IN THIS ISSUE: Brown ranked #1 by PitchBook, 2022 holiday gift guide, portfolio company news, Waterman’s fourth fund opening soon, and more.
Brown Ranked #1 for the Amount of Capital Raised per Founder by Pitchbook, #5 per Capita
Waterman Ventures seeks to build wealth in the Brown community through access to venture capital. While not all of our companies will have a link to Brown, our community is an extraordinary source of entrepreneurship (thank you Hazeltine and Warshay!). PitchBook’s annual university rankings compare schools by tallying up the number of alumni entrepreneurs who have founded venture capital-backed companies. Based on an analysis of more than 144,000 VC-backed founders, Brown ranked #1 for the amount of capital raised per founder and #5 for total amount raised versus community size. Read More »
We’re excited to present some of the innovative products and services from Alumni Ventures’ portfolio, including Waterman portfolio company Synthesis School — an innovative learning experience created by the founder of a school for Elon Musk’s children. Learn More »
Waterman Portfolio Company News
NeuReality is a designer of semiconductor chips specifically for the needs of AI computations. The company recently raised a $35 million Series A led by Samsung Ventures. The funding will be put toward finalizing the design of NeuReality’s flagship AI inferencing chip in early 2023 and shipping it to customers. Waterman Ventures invested in NeuReality’s $8 million seed round alongside Cardumen Capital, crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, and Varana Capital, in February 2021.
- Zapata Computing Earns 2 New Patents for Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence (HPCWire)
- Oura Launches Employer-Focused Wellness Arm (Fierce Healthcare)
- Chooch Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide General-Purpose Computer Vision AI Software Platforms (GlobeNewswire)
- Verified Identity Platform Merit Appoints Govtech Fund Managing Partner Ron Bouganim to Its Board of Directors (Business Wire)
What’s New at Alumni Ventures
Learn How Venture Capitalists Vet Deals
One of the cornerstones of making a successful venture investment is to conduct the right diligence, with consideration for stage, sector, and even the business model of the underlying opportunity. In this video, we discuss areas we evaluate before we invest. Watch Now »