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Startup of the Month: Future Start Technology
 
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Foundational Capital: #SOCAP16
 
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Startup of the Month: AimBrain
 
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Comfy Robotics, a Wholehearted CRM, and the [VR] Space of Sound
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Minority Report: #SOCAP16
 
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Foundational Capital: #SOCAP16
 
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If I lose you at ‘Devops’ … you’re missing the point.
 
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September 26, 2016

Minority Report: #SOCAP16

Impact investing, race relations, practiced inclusion, social capital.  While my first piece on SOCAP came from a more tactical topic (they invited me to startup pitches, I was grateful to attend), this piece came from a much larger issue consuming minds these days, both in tech and in the nation at large: racism, sexism, and discrimination in all forms. In fact, my interest when registering for SOCAP was chiefly two-fold: 1) impact investing 2) impacting culture. That is to say, attendance was tied to this issue that shows itself relentlessly in the United States, in its cities with bullets, in its companies with comfortable stereotypes, and sadly even in its presidential politics. [...]

 
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September 25, 2016

Startup of the Month: Future Start Technology

What does Future Start Technology do?

Future Start Technology is revolutionising and democratising investment management. The company’s mission is to give access to investment management and financial advice to anyone, regardless of their amount of money or knowledge of finance. In order for them to achieve this goal, they are empowering wealth managers with both cutting edge robo-technology and artificial intelligence.

Why is Future Start Technology different from its competitors?  

Future Start Technology adopted the unique approach of partnering [...]

 
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September 23, 2016

Foundational Capital: #SOCAP16

[DISCLAIMER: this post is in no way associated w/ the VC firm Foundational Capital.]

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My first SOCAP was illuminating to say the least, and not just because I was excited to see what the world of Impact [Investing] was all about, but also because I got to hear firsthand what young companies in countries with little to no venture capital do to get off the ground. What do they do? What they have to. It turns out a big piece of that equation is working with private foundations and government entities, and so perhaps appropriately, I was keenly interested when the World’s second largest Telco invited me to their startup pitch [...]

 
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September 23, 2016

Startup of the Month: AimBrain

AimBrain, a next-generation biometrics engineering company, helps financial institutions easily, securely, and accurately authenticate their mobile banking users.

AimBrain delivers advanced biometric technology to banks so they can stay ahead of mobile fraud through a secure and frictionless authentication experience.

AimBrain is helping some of the world’s largest financial institutions know if their users are really who they say they are, thanks to a biometric authentication platform that provides voice, facial and behavioural recognition — with the latter being the very latest technology in the [...]

 
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September 20, 2016

Comfy Robotics, a Wholehearted CRM, and the [VR] Space of Sound

   Sometimes we’re so set on finding a theme, that the most important ones evade our recognition. Well, I decided to do one on people in our age of ‘underlying tech’, more specifically, those at Disrupt this year and [un]knowingly at the heart of the underlying-business therein. The following 3 companies have people that caught my attention, not because they’re arrogantly aware of their SeriesA from TopVCx, or even because they’re beyond confident their particular value-add is going to cause a HUGE shift in their industry/sector, but because it was easy for me to see they’re happy-beings doing good. It is the happiness that we seek. In seed- and [...]
 
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September 19, 2016

If I lose you at ‘Devops’ … you’re missing the point.

 [But then again, the Title drew you this far, so perhaps you’re onto something.]    Disrupt SF did not disappoint this year. Yes, the Secretary of Defense, both Marc’s (Benioff & Andreessen), and Steph Curry all made headline appearances, in the same day no less; but I would like to take a moment to highlight the lesser-sung heroes of the conference [and our industry and World for that matter]: DEVOPS. Let’s break IT down: Development Operations, as in Software Development and IT Operations. A match made in tech.haven no doubt, and that’s even before you drop some of that crazy QA into the mix. DEVOPS deserves more respect. I intend to convince you. Who [...]
 
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September 16, 2016

Startup of the Month: MOO.LA

Moo.la is a digital investment manager. Its disruptive way of helping you manage and grow your money to take control of your savings and investments could represent the future of investing, and its value has been recognised by FinTech50 which ranked Moo.La in its top ten fintech companies.

One of the company’s strengths is that it is composed of experts in their fields. It was founded by Gemma Godfrey, a former quantum physicist, who was previously Head of Investment Strategy for a publicly listed wealth manager and also worked for some of the world’s largest financial institutions. The CTO and co-Founder, Andrew Jordan, previously co-founded [...]

 
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September 14, 2016

Startup of the Month: MONEY MOVER

Money Mover brings cutting edge technology to cross-border payments. Its online foreign exchange and global payments platform provides a secure and low cost way for businesses to make international payments.

In other words, Money Mover is targeting the $500bn that 5 million SMEs make in international payments every year.

Money Mover is a fintech startup with a compelling proposition in a huge market. Being a disruptor of the payment market, it differentiates itself from banks and the old world of FX brokers through complete transparency, a feature-rich web application and a simple fee [...]

 
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September 12, 2016

Startup of the Month: KANTOX

Kantox is a multinational fintech company offering FX management solutions, and was founded in order to simplify the process of currency exchange with a transparent and easy-to-use tool.

The expertise and products offered by Kantox allow its customers to manage their currency exposure, build hedging strategies, automate FX transactions and process international payments in a smart way. The company, headquartered in London and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, was born out of the idea of disintermediating banks and brokers from the foreign exchange process; the immediate result brought by Kantox is a cut-down of the costs and administration time for [...]

 
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September 9, 2016

Startup of the Month: DARWINEX

Darwinex is the revolutionary marketplace which bridges the gap between traders and investors. Using this online platform, traders get listed as a new asset class that investors, by backing the traders, can buy and sell.

For traders to succeed, they need a chance to show their skills. But the closed off financial system is traditionally a playing field accessible only by a selected bunch. Darwinex creates a new, better and fairer playing field that provides individual traders with the opportunity to put their strategies into use, enjoy trading and make a living.

Under Darwinex FCA (UK) regulation, [...]

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