Collection of COVID-19 resources for founders / entrepreneurs

BootstrapLabs has been in touch with our portfolio company CEOs on a nearly daily basis and are fully committed to supporting them in every way possible. Here is a collection of advice and resources we are sharing with them, and other founders and entrepreneurs. We will continue to update this blog post as we find useful information. (Last update: 2020 March 26, 11:00am PDT)

  1. Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020 – Sequoia
  2. World Health Organization – Coronavirus-2019
  3. COVID-19 Relief Resources for SMBs – Gusto
  4. Coronavirus Information and Resources for VCs and Startups – NVCA
  5. SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  6. A Coronavirus Update with Leading Health Experts and Business Leaders (3-20-20) – Goldman Sachs Podcast   – Slide Deck here
  7. What I’m hearing about venture right now – by Samir Kaji, VC/tech advisor, venture blogger, active angel investor, banker & friend of BootstrapLabs
  8. SBA Crisis loans may work for startups – plus alternative funding sources – Kruze Consulting
  9. COVID-19: Business Resiliency & Preparedness Center – TriNet
  10. STIMULUS PACKAGE: DISSECTING EXPECTED KEY PROVISIONS FOR FINANCIALS AND HOUSING – Cowen

BootstrapLabs portfolio company, Mendel, is codifying COVID-19

Mendel, a BootstrapLabs portfolio company, has announced that they have assembled a task force to address COVID-19 using applied artificial intelligence. Please see this announcement from Mendel Founder & CEO Karim Galil:

Hello, World!

Mendel has ramped up it’s working force and assembled a 50+ special task force of AI scientists, physicians, and clinical experts to address COVID-19 with clinical artificial intelligence—because it’s basically the one thing we know how to do to save lives.

The goal is to absorb the learnings in the literature and cross-reference with the EMR data of COVID-19 +ve patients to answer key questions and corroborate findings faster with greater accuracy than humans. We are using novel clinical AI models, which we’ve been quietly building the last 2 years, to:

1- Parse and analyze 30,000 scholarly articles related to CoV. Mendel AI is trained to understand the clinical context and make valid inferences. For example, a “transmission” query returns something like “no intrauterine infection reported”.

2- Deidentify and analyze medical records of COVID-19 patients. Mendel AI extracts temporal relations, or simply put: the sequence of clinical events, by parsing a patient MR without risking privacy. This approach should help predict the course of SARS- CoV, and the outcome of different drugs and treatment approaches.

The scientific and clinical community can use these powerful tools and leverage our AI technologies for free, in a few days, via a web application.

We are currently looking for partners to sustain this initiative and spread its impact. Please ping me if you think you can help or if you just need access.

Believe!

Karim Galil

BootstrapLabs is proud to be supporting Karim and his team with this important effort. If you can help, or need access to Mendel’s soon to be released web application we will be happy to provide an introduction. Please contact us at info@bootstraplabs.com.

Sibly Offers Complimentary Services for the COVID-19 crisis

In these unprecedented times of “Social Distancing” and “Isolation”, you, your family, and your coworkers, may feel under an increased amount of stress and confusion, or simply a bit overwhelmed.

One of BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies, Sibly, has announced a great initiative to immediately assist others. Sibly will provide any US-based organization, their employees, and their family members, with a complimentary 3 months of service with their wellness coaching solution, including:

  • Someone to talk to, anytime, anywhere, anonymously, about anything. Sibly’s chat-based application has real people trained in empathic listening available 24/7, within minutes, to address everyone’s needs, questions, worries, concerns (e.g., health, financial, relationships, parenting, etc.)
  • Real-time navigation of the national COVID-19 resources, assisting each person individually in finding the resources that meet their needs.

This is an incredible resource for your organization’s employees, who will appreciate the support provided by their leadership.

Companies can learn more at https://lnkd.in/g8bF2aj and can enroll / sign-up at http://sibly.co/pledge.

Please let us know (info@bootstraplabs.com) if you have any questions or need a direct intro to the Sibly team.

Geopolitical Implications of Coronavirus: Preliminary Insights

BootstrapLabs Special Advisor and Founder & CEO of FutureGrasp, Tom Campbell, Ph.D. and his team have published an article titled “Geopolitical Implications of Coronavirus: Preliminary Insights” that we thought was important to share with our community.

Executive Summary

Coronavirus will have major global impacts throughout 2020, scrambling geopolitical calculations and trajectories in multiple and unanticipated ways. However, at this early stage some preliminary guideposts and indicators are coming into focus that will enable a better assessment of possible impacts and likely future considerations. Economic disruptions caused by the virus are already underway and likely to grow worse. Political impacts are likely to follow with key implications for international security and the outlook for continued globalization. Coronavirus could affect every country, but key countries will initially stand out in terms of impact and possible responses due to their global role or the degree to which their population is infected. Certain international issues such as trade, migration, conflict, surveillance and climate change will also face a disproportionate impact from the spread of the virus and consequential responses. FutureGrasp is dedicating significant resources for clients to provide further insights and key recommendations as the crisis continues to unfold.

You can read the full report HERE.

Panel and Private LP Reception at SuperReturn International 2020

BootstrapLabs is pleased to announce that Nicolai Wadstrom will be speaking at SuperReturn International on February 25 at 9:25 am at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin.

Bringing private equity into the digital age: How far have we really come?

  • To what extent are PE firms utilizing technology to optimize efficiency and disrupt traditional value chains? 
  • What are the best solutions for achieving accelerated access to data and speeding up the process of investor onboarding, decision making, and compliance reporting?

Every year, SuperReturn International brings together over 3,000 attendees, including some of the world’s most influential GPs and LPs, for a multi-day conference to share their knowledge and insights.

After the success of our participation as a speaker at SuperReturn West, and SuperReturn East last year, we welcome the opportunity to share our insights on how Applied AI is disrupting the work of GPs, LPs, and the assets they invest in.

Private LP Reception: Allocation Strategies for the 4th Industrial Revolution

BootstrapLabs is hosting an invitation-only LP Reception on February 25 at 6:30 pm to continue the conversation with select guests interested in decoding AI trends, understanding AI’s impact on existing portfolio allocations, and capturing what promises to be one of the largest wealth creation opportunities of the next decade. For more information or to request an RSVP, please click here.

Announcing BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: Applied AI and Intelligent Communities – Webcast

Applied AI and Intelligent Communities

Today, startups are able to use AI to more efficiently and successfully engage, manage, and empower communities to deliver next-generation services and create new business models. From virtual hospitals managing thousands of lives in real time, to community-centric networks powering the internet of things at the edge, or more sustainable energy production and smarter consumption. Intelligent communities will no doubt be at the heart of our new digital society and AI will play a major role in accelerating this transformation.

BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series are quarterly, invite-only, networking events with thought leaders from our community sharing their latest insights and real-world applications of Artificial Intelligence across industries in which we invest. The fourth Industrial Revolution is already creating billions of dollars in opportunities and will impact people, corporations, and society in profound ways; the question is, what are you doing about it today?

Come join us to learn more about how Artificial Intelligence will revolutionize the very fabric of our society, and influence economic models by establishing the digital infrastructure to intelligently create, engage, and manage communities.

EVENT LOGISTICS UPDATE

Following precautionary measures surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), BootstrapLabs, together with its event space partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has decided to cancel the physical gathering of this event, and instead would like to invite everyone to join this Applied AI Insiders Series via a webcast starting at 5:00pm PDT Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The event will start a bit earlier than initially planned so people can join at the end of their workday, and will end shortly after 6:15pm PDT.

In an effort to facilitate present and future networking opportunities for webcast attendees, BootstrapLabs will share contact list information of all attendees with fellow live attendees who have opted-in.

Or contact: events@bootstraplabs.com.

AGENDA

  • 5:00 pm – 5:05 pm | Greetings
  • 5:05 pm – 6:05 pm | Guest Keynotes + Q&A
  • 6:05 pm – 6:15 pm | Recap and Closing

SPEAKERS

Ben Levy, Co-Founder and General Partner, BootstrapLabs

Ben has been actively investing in technology startups and supporting BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies. Born in France and living in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built and exited two startups in the financial technology space.

Earlier in his career, Ben was an Investment Banker who advised CxOs of Fortune 500 companies and startup founders on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A. His banking experience spans across firms like Lazard, SG Cowen, Houlihan Lokey, Wedbush Securities, and QuantumWave Capital.

Ben is also a member of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI), and a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Chief Strategy,  Innovation Officer and Co-Founder, The Disruptive Factory

Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in Latin America, Central Europe, Asia and the U.S. She is an expert in smart cities, finance, government, international diplomacy, commercialization of technologies, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, mobility, public engagement and infrastructure. She is the Co-Founder of the Disruptive Factory and the COO of the RadicalxChange Foundation. She was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. She was responsible for delivery and management of small business programs, development initiatives and financial assistance, overseeing 180 SBA offices. Natalia was appointed to Philadelphia’s Planning Commission and served as the Vice Chair of the Zoning Code Commission. She was appointed to the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board to advise Congress and the White House on competitiveness and innovation. She has been honored with numerous prestigious awards such as Woman of Distinction for her work in sustainable infrastructure & the green economy.

Simon MacGibbon, CEO and Co-Founder, Myia Health

Simon MacGibbon is the CEO and co-founder of Myia Health, a predictive and personalized health monitoring platform for virtual patient care. Myia uses machine learning to transform streams of real-world health data into timely and actionable clinical insights.Simon has 25 years of experience using technology to create data driven products and transform enterprise capabilities. Prior to co-founding and leading Myia Health, Simon co-founded the Boston Consulting Group’sDigital Ventures global team. At BCGDV, Simon led teams responsible for imagining, building, and commercializing new technology platforms to help some of the world’s most influential companies innovate like startups. Simon was formerly an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Co.and led CRM and analytics implementations with IBM. Simon’s belief in the applied benefits of physiological measurement surfaced in the 1990s, while studying neuro psychology and as an exercise physiology researcher and subject at Otago University. Simon has a BSc from Otago University in New Zealand and a BA (Hons) in Applied andIndustrial Psychology from the University of Canterbury.

Micha Benoliel, CEO and Co-Founder, Nodle

Micha is a visionary and serial entrepreneur focused on building Nodle, a global and decentralized wireless network for connecting IoT devices to the internet. Prior to founding Nodle, he enabled Skype to launch Skype In and Skype Out and built several ventures and products in the space of telecommunications, networking and the Internet: Open Garden, FireChat, and PiperChain (Sold to RightMesh).


BootstrapLabs at Davos 2020

Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs, will be speaking on stage at the TechPark Davos Conference 2020, Global AI Thought Leaders Stream – Hyperconnected Humanity a side event in Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum. 

With the perspective as Founder and CEO of the leading Venture Capital firm in Applied Artificial Intelligence, Nicolai will talk about how our world is going from Automation to Autonomous, and how that will impact people, organizations and society.

TechPark Davos 2020 Conference, the Strategic Council for Business and Economics brings hundreds of thought leaders, think tanks, tech & industry experts, and innovators together to focus on Artificial Intelligence, EduTech, MedTech, and Fintech, and turn these to societies’ best advantage worldwide. This conference, taking place parallel to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, offers a great opportunity to intensify the conversation around Artificial Intelligence on one of the highest global levels possible.

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BootstrapLabs at World Bank – Digital Mashreq Forum

Luigi Congedo, Principal, at BootstrapLabs, will be speaking during the Digital Mashreq Forum, hosted under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan, and the World Bank Group.

Luigi will share his story and explain how BootstrapLabs has become a leading Venture Capital firm in Applied Artificial Intelligence, and how the firm helps startups to successfully scale globally from Silicon Valley.

This two-day high-level event will serve as a platform to discuss the role of digitalization in shaping the region’s future through the lens of government and business leaders.

The Digital Mashreq Forum will bring together partners from governments and private sector representatives from Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq as well as executives from international and regional businesses and investors. Many tech leaders will join Luigi on stage, including, Omar Razzaz, Prime Minister of Jordan, The World Bank Chief Economist, Rabah Arezk, Mr. Osama Al-Zoubi, Chief Technology Officer, CISCO, MEA, Mr. Diego Massidda, CEO, Partner Markets at Vodafone Group, and many others.

The event will take place on June 29 and 30, 2019 at the King Hussein Business Park in Amman, Jordan.

Follow the discussions via #DigitalMashreq

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BootstrapLabs To Speak at The SuperReturn US East Private Equity Venture Capital Conference

BootstrapLabs Co-Founder, Benjamin Levy, will be speaking at the SuperReturn US East Private Equity Venture Capital Conference in Boston, on June 11th, 2019.

The conference will bring together over 450 of the leading players in Private Equity and Venture Capital from the West Coast, for an unparalleled opportunity to meet, learn, and create new business ventures.

Ben, along with other leading industry experts, will share their strategies and discuss key issues during a session called: A.I. will radicalize VC and PE.

More about Ben Levy:

Ben Levy is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Praedea Solutions, a data mining and machine learning startup acquired by Mergent in 2006, and InsideVenture, an information portal for venture-backed pre-IPO companies and institutional investors, acquired by Second Market/NASDAQ in 2009.

Early in his career, Ben was an Investment Banker who advised CxOs of Fortune 500 companies. Over a period of 10 years, Ben helped his clients raise over $300M and close over $5B in M&A transactions. Ben worked at Lazard, SG Cowen, Houlihan Lokey, Wedbush Securities, and QuantumWave Capital.

Ben is a member of the AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI), and a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence in the US, Europe, and Asia.

 

BootstrapLabs at The World’s Largest Entrepreneurship Conference

EVENT:  TiEcon 2019 May 10th and 11th,  Santa Clara Convention Center

Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs, will be interviewed live on stage at TiEcon 2019. Nicolai will share his story and explain how BootstrapLabs has become a leading Venture Capital firm in Applied Artificial Intelligence.

TiEcon is the largest technology anchored conference dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. It has attracted over 60,000 entrepreneurs and professionals from over 50 countries in the past. Last year alone, there were over 5,000 participants from 19 countries.

TiEcon 2019 will focus on the hottest areas of innovation including AI/machine learning, security, FinTech, and digital health, in addition to hosting its flagship tracks on “entrepreneurship how-tos”, youth, and women.

Nicolai will be interviewed during a FIRESIDE CHAT on Friday, May 10th, from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. Join him and learn how BootstrapLabs selects, invests and supports the best Applied AI entrepreneurs.

This year, along with Nicolai, many other industry leaders will join the conference including Eric S. Yuan,  CEO of Zoom, Ashish Bansal, AI Leader, ML Engineering at Twitter, and many C-level executives from companies such as Adobe, NVIDIA, Salesforce, McKinsey, FedEX, Oracle, IBM, and many others.

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