Hambrecht Ducera Growth Ventures leads $15M funding round for Buoy Health

Boston-based online diagnostic platform Buoy Health has recently announced the details of its Series B funding round. Buoy is a revolutionary health platform powered by advanced AI and offers users medical support in real time. “Based on our proprietary MESE™ models, Buoy’s impact relative to the amount of money they’ve raised is astounding, and we’re very bullish on their future,”…

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Corporate Innovation – The Science of Luck

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”― Niels Bohr In my previous role leading front end innovation in a large company, I routinely gave talks to corporate groups about innovation not only as a practice, but also a theory, a methodology, and a mindset. Being that this company is perennially ranked as one of the most innovative companies in…

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Thomas Thurston, Venture Capitalist, Data Scientist and CTO at WR Hambrecht Ventures to Give Invited Talk at HPC and AI on Wall Street

The newly refreshed HPC & AI on Wall Street conference has selected WR Hambrecht Partner and Chief Technology Officer, Thomas Thurston to give an invited talk titled, “Using Data Science and AI to Guide Investment Decisions.”   HPC and AI on Wall Street takes place September 11-12, 2019 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Thurston, a widely respected Venture Capitalist and…

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Augmenting Innovation Decisions With Data Science

As a venture capitalist/data scientist, I’ve spent over a decade arguing that other venture capitalists and innovators can improve their decision making (a lot) through data science.  While the idea seems like a no-brainer today, 11 years ago it was heresy. Reactions to my work were historically hostile and emotional, and that’s putting it politely.  Words like “data science” and…

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China, Unicorns and the Battle for Global AI

Guest Post by Angelina Cheok Back in 2015, China’s economy appeared to be at a crossroads. Its slowing growth seemed to herald a death knell for the country’s start-up boom, while the outlook for its tech sectors look equally grim. Think tanks, academics and journalists like the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy published scathing critiques of China’s inability to…

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Gender Bias in Venture Capital: Bad Business

Venture capitalists are being called out for gender bias. A recent Fortune article reported that female founders received only 2% of venture capital dollars in 2016. Some high profile VCs, and VC-backed startups, are facing a litany of sexual harassment charges. An interesting study of VC decision making even found (unintentionally) how male and female founders were treated differently in subtle ways.…

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Innovation in Australia: A Yank’s Perspective

As an American venture capitalist who recently moved to Australia, it’s been fun to notice differences in how the US and Australia innovate. I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert on Australia. For what it’s worth, however, I thought I’d share some novice observations in the hope that it’s somehow helpful to other cross-border innovators pondering these same…

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