Drone Maker Vantage Robotics Wins Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge
The Drive, February 3, 2017

The second annual 2017 Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) was a close competition. Out of 25 companies, three made it to the final round of Sir Richard Branson’s version of TechCrunch Disrupt, and only two votes separated the second place contender from the winner. In the end, compact aerial camera drone manufacturer Vantage Robotics took top honors.

Branson hosted the tech competition on his private isle, Becker Island, in the British Virgin Islands. In addition to the airline and entertainment mogul, judges included venture capitalist Jim Breyer, Aspect Ventures managing partner Theresia Gouw, Hillary for America campaign CTO Steph Hannon, iTutor Group COO Jerry Huang, and software entrepreneur Tom Siebel.

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Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital on what he looks for in entrepreneurs and where he is betting next
Outlook Business, December 9, 2016

Q: Do you think you will find great entrepreneurs in Artificial Intelligence, which you believe is going to make more money than the Internet in 1995 or social networking in 2005? What is it about AI that excites you?

“AI is transforming several industries including less obvious ones like content and entertainment. In my view, 60% of the return that will be generated in VC in the next decade will be in this space. It may be the most revolutionary, and is definitely the most interesting investment theme in the next decade.”

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New Portfolio Company: High Fidelity

In less time than it takes to deploy a website, everyone–makers, artists, students and enthusiasts–can launch and share interconnected virtual reality environments. High Fidelity enables you to use common formats, tools and languages to build complex interactive experiences.

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New Portfolio Company: Elysium

Dietary supplement maker Elysium Health Inc said it raised $20 million in funding from a group of investors led by venture capital firm General Catalyst.

Elysium, which claims its product repairs cells damaged by natural health decline, was founded in 2015 and counts seven Nobel laureates in its advisory board.

Other Elysium investors include Breyer Capital, Morningside Ventures and Sound Ventures.

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Portfolio Company DriveTribe Launches
Express, November 28, 2016

Called DRIVETRIBE, this new social platform is aimed at giving motorists somewhere to express their passion for their favourite cars or motoring experiences.

The brainchild of the ex Top Gear trio, DRIVETRIBE has gathered over 1,500 of the motoring world’s best-loved writers, racers, photographers and filmmakers to create the social platform for every fan of every car and bike culture imaginable.

The app is available on both Apple and Android devices and, once logged in, it’s up to the user to pick which tribes they want to belong to.

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China, AI, and Jim Breyer
HBS Alumni Bulletin, October 24, 2016

The future of venture capital sits in two sectors, Breyer predicted—artificial intelligence and China.

This summer, Breyer and IDG Capital Partners, the Chinese company he joined forces with in 2005, announced they had raised $1 billion to invest in growing technology, media, health care, and energy companies in China, as well as companies seeking to enter the Chinese market.

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