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How will Israeli innovation play into the global robotics industry?

This article was originally published on Techcrunch  In the last few months, a Singaporean University hired Nadine as a secretary, a Boston Dynamics employee pushed over his colleague Atlas who was moving boxes at a factory and Tally, a San Francisco Target employee, began checking to make sure all the products in Aisle 3 are fully stocked. […]

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In the last few months, a Singaporean University hired Nadine as a secretary, a Boston Dynamics employee pushed over his colleague Atlas who was moving boxes at a factory and Tally, a San Francisco Target employee, began checking to make sure all the products in Aisle 3 are fully stocked.

Nadine, Atlas and Tally may live in different cities and industries, but they have several peculiarities in common. None of them need sleep, food or exercise to operate efficiently.

Imagine employing your own secretary who optimizes your schedule, plans your weekends, reminds you about deadlines and iteratively adapts to your preferences and behaviors at a fraction of the cost of a human. Imagine a factory with no humans, no downtime and no errors. Imagine a retail store without checkout lines or items out of stock.

Humanoid robots have entertained us on the big screen for years as “science fiction,” with films like “I, Robot,” “WALL-E” and Steven Spielberg’s “AI” capturing our collective imagination and spirit. In the last five years, however, the number of VC dollars (see chart below) invested into robotics technologies implies that tens of thousands of engineers, data scientists and management teams are now building robots and robotic technologies that will drastically alter our lives over the next few years.

Many of these advances will come from Israel. In healthcare, we see Mazor Robotics helping brain and spine surgeons, XACT Robotics empowering radiologists to improve accuracy and results and ReWalk enabling the disabled to walk again.

In industrial applications, we see Weldobot and SmartTCP enhancing welding capabilities,Dronomy developing autonomous drones and Caja using robotic technology to develop a sophisticated, self-aware warehouse for an industry expected to grow to $79 billion by 2022. NUA is the world’s first robotic luggage that can follow its owner around and avoid obstacles, and is part of a consumer robotics market that is estimated to ship 100 million units by 2020.

We also see applications for the government and military, such as Roboteam, which enables ground troops to minimize contact with targets by sending in robots that scout, report and eliminate threats. These examples only scratch the surface.

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Just a few months ago, the Israeli Robotics Association signed a $20 million agreement with a coalition of Chinese investors and the city of Guangzhou, one of China’s biggest industrial centers, to develop robots to serve as workers in China. Israeli researchers will develop the technology, and the Chinese will mass-produce mechanical waiters, cleaners, security guards and construction workers. Likewise, robotics startups will need large capital investments to successfully bring their products and solutions to market.

Israel’s contribution to the global robotics industry need not be limited to the robots themselves. Mobileye, the world leader in advanced driver assistance systems has already started software development to power autonomous vehicles, while Argus provides them with state-of-the-art security. Deepsense, Augury, n-Join and Imubit all provide BI and predictive analytics for industrial robots and IoT, while companies like InTalTech provide their docking stations.

Unfortunately, other than Singulariteam’s $100 million fund, few Israeli VCs can afford the risks and timelines associated with financing the R&D of hardware companies. The deep pockets typically come from corporations whose operations and products benefit the most from robotic innovation, e.g. Toyota, Google, Amazon, Alibaba, Siemens and GE. Many of these corporate investors have R&D centers and/or accelerators in Israel, but often will require their investments to relocate and be geographically closer to their production partners.

VC dollars are coming from blue chip funds like Accel, DFJ, Bessemer, Andreessen Horowitz and Dmitry Grishin’s robotics-only funds. Although Israeli companies may share Intel’s vision of a domestic, “Blue-and-White” hardware production line, Israeli companies will need to partner with major players in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Germany and China in order to grow significantly and secure contracts as design partners before the companies are fully operational.

Intelligent robots are no longer science fiction. They are real. They are here. And powered by advances in Israeli technology, they are only getting smarter.

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iAngels is a leading Israel-based angel investment network, leveraging best-in-class due diligence to enable accredited investors around the world to gain access to the most-exclusive early-stage technology deals in the market. In less than three years, iAngels has raised over $50m, invested in over 60 Israeli startups, and built a full-service in-house investment team, led by founders Shelly Hod Moyal and Mor Assia. 

Source: https://www.iangels.com/2016/06/will-israeli-innovation-play-global-robotics-industry/

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Liquid Alternatives: Watch Out For These “Potholes” (Goldman Sachs)

Theodore Enders, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Strategic Advisory Solutions, says that investors are sometimes disillusioned with their investments in alternatives. However, on closer analysis, it turns out that poor implementation choices within portfolios are more often the problem rather than flawed strategies.

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Liquid Alternatives: Watch Out For These “Potholes” (Goldman Sachs)

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An incisive note from Goldman Sachs Asset Management details the three pitfalls in daily liquid alts investing.

Theodore Enders, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Strategic Advisory Solutions, says that investors are sometimes disillusioned with their investments in alternatives. However, on closer analysis, it turns out that poor implementation choices within portfolios are more often the problem rather than flawed strategies. (GSAM)

GSAM used the equity market drawdown triggered by the coronavirus endemic in early 2020 as a case study.

Three common implementation pitfalls

 

·        Defining the term “alternative”

GSAM defines daily liquid alternatives (DLAs) more rigidly compared with Morningstar. In the opinion of GSAM, DLAs are similar to hedge funds because they reduce portfolio risk, better manage equity drawdowns, and provide differentiated returns from both equities and fixed-income. Several funds considered as alternatives by Morningstar do not fall within the ambit of this definition.

“During the Coronacrisis drawdown, the Morningstar funds that we exclude from our stricter definition exhibited sharp performance disparity—with nearly a quarter having deeper drawdowns than the S&P 500 (-34%),” writes Enders. “Investors owning these funds and expecting better performance were likely dismayed by the outcome.”

·        Lacking strategy diversification

Investors tend to crowd into the equity long/short strategy. However, there are other DLA strategies available such as tactical trading, relative value, and event-driven.

The problem with excessive use of the equity long/short strategy is that these funds also have the highest beta to equities.

“Therefore, they may disappoint exactly when investors hope to realize the benefits of alternatives,” says Enders. “During the Coronacrisis drawdown, the median Equity Long/Short fund fell -22%, double that of all other alternative funds.”

GSAM recommends the use of a multi-strategy approach.

·        Excessive manager concentration

The third pitfall identified by GSAM is the use by investors of only one or two managers. GSM points out that though the median DLA outperformed US large blend funds during the corona crisis, the range of outcomes was nearly 3 times as wide. This shows the greater potential of return dispersion across managers.

“If an alternatives sleeve was comprised of only one or two managers, investors were likely frustrated if those managers were at the bottom end of that range.”

GSAM’s recommendation: Use multi-manager strategies or hedge fund replication strategies.

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Supernode Global rebrands with £28m fund for mediatech start-ups

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Supernode Global has rebranded with its £28m venture capital fund for media technology start-ups. The rebranded VC brings together Rooks Nest Ventures and media networking community Supernode in what CEO Michael Sackler believes will give media tech start-ups access to capital, while giving investors a route to the most exciting start-ups. Merging both sides of

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Evangelical: Michael Sackler believes venture capital has underserved or even ignored media start-ups

Supernode Global has rebranded with its £28m venture capital fund for media technology start-ups.

The rebranded VC brings together Rooks Nest Ventures and media networking community Supernode in what CEO Michael Sackler believes will give media tech start-ups access to capital, while giving investors a route to the most exciting start-ups. Merging both sides of his business will create a holistic platform.

To date, the old VC side, Rooks Nest Ventures, has made 14 early stage seed investments with an average investment of £400,000.

“We’ve done a little bit more and a little bit less,” said Sackler.

Supernode Global will invest in eight companies per year.

>See also: Draper Esprit raises £110m to invest in tech companies in just three days

Portfolio companies Sackler is particularly excited about include home workout app Fiit, which is in a Series B funding round; Rap Tech Studios, a rap app development company and social media platform for hip-hop fans; and Good Human, a searchable platform for sustainable brands, pitched as a cross between Amazon and Pinterest.

Supernode Global focuses on media infrastructure, both either consumer-facing user-generated-content platforms such as Rap Tech or the under-the-bonnet technology which powers those platforms.

“Any companies that are creating the picks and shovels of the media industry,” said Sackler.

He highlights mobile 3D games engine Unity, which sits under the hood of many of today’s popular games, as the kind of business he would like to invest in.

>See also: Over 1,000 tech start-ups have gone bust since lockdown

Sackler is evangelical about the potential of media technology, arguing the sector has been underserved or even ignored by most venture capitalists.

“These companies that are starting up now are going to have a huge influence on how individuals view the world and possibly even the way society even operates. It’s undervalued and possibly even ignored. You’re consuming media all day every day on these platforms,” he said.

Having founded Rooks Nest Ventures in 2017, the former film producer and angel investor began thinking about creating a global community for mediatech startups and investors last year.

Sackler said: “We thought, let’s focus on building a community which focuses on early stage media technology start-ups where they will get access to the best minds in the business. We didn’t want it to be just a top-of-the-funnel marketing exercise for us. We want to provide every resource we can for start-ups in this space, including venture capital.”

To date, Supernode is creeping up towards 1,000 handpicked members. Although membership is open to all – something which Sackler feels is important for diversity – those members are vetted before joining.

Sackler, a scion of the philanthropic Sackler family, believes that Supernode Global can act as a flywheel, accelerating the development of mediatech.

Sackler said: “We can provide access to a whole range of different services, whether it’s access to capital or talent, partners, workshops, peer-to-peer education, offering both access to start-ups and deal flow for investors.”

Further reading

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