AVX November 2021 Update

Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu

November 1, 2021

This October, were you scared by the ghosts of metrics past? Or startled by the squeal of an animal sacrifice to help potentially extend our human lives? Or spooked by the curse of drug-resistant infections? Or maybe you held a séance to explore the future of funding for venture and (venture-enabling) philanthropy alike? Or perhaps you took the time to START something new to support inclusive entrepreneurship? Or did you take some time to share some of the best ideas for working with Alumni on technology ventures? Or just maybe you said a little wish to yourself to understand how others go about finding co-founders?

Well, have no fear as November is here! As we leave the leave spirit month behind, we are excited to announce that we are beginning to expand our team! We are currently on the hunt for a Ventures Associate and Network Associate (title to be adjusted for experience and role) as we ramp up for future exciting news and updates! Interested? Have ideas on how to improve our team? Email us at avx@avx.io and let us know!

Network Statistics

We are up to 15,259 total connections and conversations on the AVX network - 573 more over the last month (4% month over month growth). We are currently tracking 35 potential match negotiations and another 184 with multi-month long discussions heading toward possible matches. We have now actively connected 632 different ventures (out of 1900+ examined) with 1517 different entrepreneurs and investors (out of a pool of 3400+)

In the rest of this newsletter, I will highlight some of our progress at AVX, highlight a few (digital) events from around the network, and some think pieces to examine.

Top Digital Events

Nov 2: How to Pitch & Growth After Series A with Breaking 7% Join Theia and Breaking 7% for an all-women panel on Zoom for focused conversation on the life sciences & digital health industry centered on How to Pitch & Growth After Your Series A. The panelists include Laura Tadvalkar (Principal, RA Capital), Tiffany Yu (Vice President, Equality Asset Management), Jeni Lee (Principal, Pivotal Life Sciences), and Theonie Anastassiadis (Principal, Flagship Pioneering).

Nov 4: Frontier Tech Spotlight: Deep Tech Investment Join Seeqc and Newlab for a fireside chat and roundtable discussion with real-world decision-makers and end-users of quantum computing and other innovative deep technologies. Corporate users and investors will share their perspectives on some of the industry’s most pressing challenges and opportunities in a candid discussion of the state of deep tech investment and implementation in the enterprise..

Nov 9: Relationships Between the DoD and Silicon Valley The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has prioritized strengthening its relationship with Silicon Valley—is it succeeding, and how would we know? Join NSIN for an info session with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology Foretell (CSET Foretell) to learn more about the unique relationship between the DoD and Silicon Valley. In a conversation with Michael Page, CSET Research Fellow at Georgetown University, we will explore the art and science of crowd forecasting. A Q&A session will immediately follow his presentation.

Nov 9-10: 2021 HAI Fall Conference - Policy & AI: Four Radical Proposals for a Better Society This year’s virtual fall conference features a novel format. We will present and discuss four policy proposals that respond to the issues and opportunities created by artificial intelligence. Each policy proposal will be a radical challenge to the status quo and capable of having a significant and far-reaching positive impact on humanity. The proposals will be presented to a panel of experts from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, who will vet, debate, and judge the merits of each proposal. We will also encourage audience participation throughout.

Nov 30: Renewed Investment in STEM Join Dr. Alondra Nelson, the inaugural Deputy Director for Science and Society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, for a conversation exploring the impact of the Biden-Harris administration’s renewed investment in STEM, including its impact on international scientific collaboration, building public trust in science, and on health equity and environmental justice initiatives.

Dec 1-2: Engage 2021 Conference Catalyze the transformation of research into innovation at Engage 2021. Organized by the Princeton University Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, Engage 2021 is virtual, free and open to all. We'll zero in on connections and skills to accelerate the impact of research and innovation on complex problems: Practical information and specific resources and opportunities you can use to advance your work. We'll step back and explore the big picture: How can we propel the development of a robust and inclusive innovation ecosystem.

Dec 3: Yale Lifesciences PitchFest Join us for a full day of live pitches featuring the top biotech and digital health/healthcare IT opportunities developing within Yale. Presented by the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, have the opportunity to get a first look at a range of new opportunities.


Some Thought Pieces

Climate change continues to be a hot topic. Less than two weeks ago, SOSV held their Climate Tech Summit including speakers such as Bill Gates, Emily Reichert, Nina Heir, Audun Abelsnes, David Rowan, Kiersten Stead, Katie Rae, Suzanne Fletcher, Arvind Gupta, Danny Chrichton, Vinod Khosla, and … well, so many others! Missed out? Well, they have some great recordings from the main stage. Do check them out! And what’s that? FinTech is starting to break into Climate Tech? Congratulations to Stripe and Deep Science Ventures on the partnership! And considering that the US Intelligence Community issued a warning about the security threats of climate change, we are in interesting times. Especially when you consider that National Security is how America gets things done (budgetarily, anyways).

And let us not forget our biotechnology movers and shakers. Y Combinator recently named Surbhi Sarna as a Partner for Healthcare and Biotech (their first-ever!). It’s exciting news for the wide range of emerging biotech ventures from YC (e.g. Zeit Medical from Stanford securing their seed round). And Cellino (don’t dial 8!), fresh off from winning TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield, is in the process of raising $75M for their Series A. And perhaps you’d be interested to take some time to hear from Noubar Afeyan about how he built Flagship Pioneering and Moderna? Or maybe John Maraganore’s retirement from RNAi pioneering Alnylam caught your eye instead?

Still looking for more?

I’m sure you’ve been embarrassed by a typo or wrong link sometime, somewhere (I know I have been). Well, it could have been worse: NCIS wished the US Navy 'happy birthday' with a photo of a Russian warship. 😲 And on the subject of gasps, there are fairly high odds that you have joined over 111m people in watching Squid Game. But if not yet, I am sure you are now aware of the cultural superpower that South Korea has become (there were some Halloween costumes still inspired by this). Though if you are looking to dig into some movie crates, may I suggest The Yellow Sea?

Spiritually yours – Hamdi