We are very excited to announce our lead role in AOS Mobile‘s latest fundraising round! AOS Mobile provides AI-driven mobile enterprise communication solutions. The investment round was joined by Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Accord Ventures, Voyage Ventures, Ibis Capital Partners, and Evolable Asia. Welcome to the Fenox family AOS Mobile! Check out the Tech in Asia article. Please see the original article here.
We are excited to announce the launch of a new fund with ASUSTek Computer ASUSTek Computer, better known as ASUS, one of world’s largest producers of desktops, laptops, mobile phones and consumer electronics.
This partnership with us will serve as a gateway for ASUS to access top technology startups through Fenox VC’s global network. In turn, ASUS will collaborate with these startups and provide the startups with access to the greater Asian and Global markets.
ASUS, formally AsusTek Computer Inc., is a Taiwan-based, multinational computer hardware and consumer electronics company that was established in 1989. Dedicated to creating products for today’s and tomorrow’s smart life, ASUS is the world’s No. 1 motherboard and gaming brand as well as a top-three consumer notebook vendor.
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We are excited to announce our investment into Monstar Lab‘s recent $7 million round. Monstar Lab, serves as a strategic planning & development partner, focusing on three main services: Service Development Business, Music Distribution Service, and Game Service.
Monstar Lab currently has a network of 800 developers and 100 partner companies in the world. With hundreds of developers worldwide, Monstar Lab offers various IT solutions, conducting market analysis and tailoring mobile application and web development solutions for hundreds of global clients. For their music distribution service, they operate “monstar.fm” where indies artists can distribute their own music through iTune Store, Amazon Music.
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We are excited to announce our investment in x.ai‘s recent $10 million round as a lead investor. x.ai is one of the top AI startups developing a personal assistant that can easily schedule meetings on your behalf.
The product, named Amy (also goes by Andrew), is an artificially intelligent personal assistant that schedules meetings for anyone through email. Users simply cc Amy@x.ai onto your email, Amy syncs up with individual calendars, and manages all the future communications to set up the meeting.
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We are very excited to announce that Startup World Cup, a global startup pitch competition with a $1,000,000 investment prize, returns with the Startup World Cup 2018 series to search for the next world champion amongst the top startups from around the globe.
Thousands of startups from all around the world have applied to the 2017 series. Winners from the 15 regional events pitched their startups at the Grand Finale, and UniFa from Japan took home the trophy with the $1,000,000 investment prize, and other prizes for regional champions included $10,000 value in legal services from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Portfolio Package from Salesforce for Startups. Second place went to Open Bionics from the United Kingdom, and third place went to Ahlijasa from Indonesia. Startups interested in global exposure, mentorship from global investors, and the winning prizes are encouraged to apply for Startup World Cup 2018 regional events at www.startupworldcup.io.
Startup World Cup 2017 series hosted 15 regional events around the world. Some of the regional events had been co-organized with large technology and startup conferences, including: ad:tech in the USA and Japan, StartCon in Australia, World Startup Expo in India, MIT Asia Business Conference in the USA, App Show Korea in South Korea, and SA Innovation Summit in South Africa. Due to the significant number of inquiries from new regions, Startup World Cup 2018 has decided to increase the global outreach and is now welcoming applications for new regional partners and media partners on the Startup World Cup website.
Sponsored by Wistron Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies from Taiwan, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, an international law firm founded in San Francisco, Startup World Cup 2017 Grand Finale featured prominent figures from the entrepreneurship community, including Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple), Daymond John (Star of ABC’s SharkTank & Founder of FUBU), Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder of Reddit) and Guy Kawasaki (former Chief Evangelist of Apple). Startup World Cup had veteran investors from Kleiner Perkins (KPCB), Y Combinator, Techstars, 500 Startups, GE Ventures, DFJ, and Plug and Play Ventures judging the World Cup finals. Please contact Chris Abshire (email@example.com) if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner.
Startup World Cup 2018 Grand Finale is scheduled for May 2018 in San Francisco.
One of our portfolio companies, MindMeld was acquired for $125 million by Cisco. Founded in 2011, MindMeld helps businesses to build conversational interfaces with cloud-based services.
MindMeld, formerly known as Expect Labs, launched on the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012. At that time, MindMeld wanted to build an iPad app that could listen in on your conversations and provide relevant contextual information. Since then, it has expanded its offerings to include a suite of APIs for parsing, reasoning about and generating language.
MindMeld had previously raised $15.4 million in venture capital financing from Fenox Venture, IDG Ventures, GV, Greylock Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Intel Capital, among others.
MindMeld’s CEO, Tim Tuttle, was also a speaker at Fenox Venture Capital’s Startup World Cup 2017 Grand Finale event.
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We are happy to announce that Fenox Korea officially opened the Fenox Global Centre located in Seoul. Fenox Korea will manage the operation of Fenox Global Center, invest, and incubate startup companies that have high potential for growth.
In particular, the Fenox Global Center will provide real-time visibility into the latest trends in Silicon Valley in the United States. There will be live seminars to show the latest investment and technology trends and industry trends of Silicon Valley in real time by broadcasting various demo pitching days held in Silicon Valley.
In addition to the official opening of the Fenox Global Center, Fenox Korea has also welcomed a new Korea CEO. Mr. Bae has held CFO & COO roles at various public companies, including Pandora TV, Gaon Media and CTL. He also has expertise in planning and management, financial accounting, investment review, M & A, capital procurement, and IPO.
FENOX VC’S STARTUP WORLD CUP 2017 $1,000,000 WINNER ANNOUNCED, BLESSED BY STEVE WOZNIAK, CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE
Startup World Cup, partnered with Wistron Corporation and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe to bring in the top startups from all over the globe for the Grand Finale pitch competition on March 24th 2017. The competition was held at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, and was kicked off by speakers including Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Daymond John, investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist of Apple, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, and many other unique minds from the entrepreneurship community.
A variety of topics were discussed at the event including “The Untold Stories of Apple” by Steve Wozniak, “The Power of Broke” by Daymond John, and “The Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs” by Guy Kawasaki. The event was hosted by actress and entrepreneur, Rachele Brooke Smith, and brought together the top VCs, entrepreneurs, and world-class tech CEOs.
15 startups battled for the World Cup:
1st Place – UniFa (Japan)
2nd Place – Open Bionics (United Kingdom)
3rd Place – Ahlijasa (Indonesia)
The rest of the finalists in no particular order:
• Crysp (India)
• SnappyScreen (New York, USA)
• Light & Data Technology (China)
• Delvv.io (South Africa)
• Entropix (California, USA)
• ShipVio (Czech Republic)
• Fitly (Boston, USA)
• Uprise (Australia)
• Jarvish (Taiwan)
• Epsilon (Luxembourg)
• LiveCare (South Korea)
• 3DPrinterOS (Texas, USA)
UniFa of Japan came in 1st place and claimed the $1,000,000 prize in investment from Fenox Venture Capital. UniFa is an IoT solution for tracking kindergarteners’ physical and mental growth using a personal robot called Meebo, a smart thermometer, and a smart bed that collects data from children at kindergarten to give parents a better idea of their child’s well-being. 2nd place went to Open Bionics, a 3D printer of robotic arms from the United Kingdom, and 3rd place was taken by Ahlijasa, an on-demand laundry service from Indonesia.
Judges at the event included: Tim Draper of DFJ, David Cohen of Techstars, Kevin Hale of Y Combinator, Eric Feng of KPCB, Alireza Masrour of Plug & Play Ventures, Lisa Suennen of GE Ventures, and Edith Yeung of 500 Startups.
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STEVE WOZNIAK, CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE, WILL SHARE “UNTOLD STORIES OF APPLE” AT STARTUP WORLD CUP IN SAN FRANCISCO ON MARCH 24
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and Silicon Valley idol, will be speaking at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco on March 24th, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis. Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition organized by Fenox Venture Capital to bridge startup ecosystems worldwide.
Steve Wozniak, aka “Woz”, will share insights on his time at Apple and tell some untold stories. In 1976, Woz co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, where he developed the Apple I, and co-created the Apple II. He remains a Silicon Valley icon and is recognized as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution.
At the Startup World Cup Grand Finale, the winners of 16 regional competitions from around the world will pitch their companies to Eric Feng of Kleiner Perkins, David Cohen of Techstars, Kevin Hale of Y Combinator, Edith Yeung of 500 Startups, Lisa Suennen of GE Ventures, Adeo Ressi of Founder Institute, Saeed Amidi of Plug and Play, and Tim Draper of Draper Associates. The winner of the finale will receive a US $1,000,000 prize in the form of an investment, worldwide media recognition, a package of free legal services provided by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, and a cloud software package provided by Salesforce.
The event is organized as a one day conference, kicked off by a series of renowned speakers, including Woz, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, Garry Tan, the founder of Initialized Capital, Daymond John of the popular TV show “Shark Tank”, and Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist of Apple and popular author.
Daymond John from the TV Show “Shark Tank” to Speak at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale Event in San Francisco, March 24
Daymond John, the famous shark on TV’s “Shark Tank,” will deliver a keynote presentation at the Startup World Cup 2017 event in San Francisco on March 24, 2017. Daymond John is a highly successful entrepreneur and is the CEO and Founder of the renowned apparel company FUBU. He will kick off the Startup World Cup Grand Finale competition in San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis hotel. Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition organized by Fenox Venture Capital to bridge startup ecosystems worldwide.
On stage, Daymond John will speak about how to grow a successful company. Starting his own business in his parent’s house in Queens with limited resources, he is familiar with what it takes to build a company from scratch and transform it into a billion-dollar business. His background and achievements will set the tone for an exciting competition.
At this Startup World Cup Grand Finale event, the winners of 16 regional events from around the world will pitch their companies to Eric Feng of Kleiner Perkins, David Cohen of Techstars, Kevin Hale of Y Combinator, Edith Yeung of 500 Startups, Lisa Suennen of GE Ventures, Adeo Ressi of Founder Institute, Saeed Amidi of Plug and Play, and Tim Draper of Draper Associates. The winner of the finale will receive a US $1,000,000 investment, worldwide media recognition, and access to accelerators and incubators in the US.
The event is organized as a one day conference, which includes the startup competition, but also has a number of high caliber speakers lined up. Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, and Garry Tan of Initialized Capital will partake in a fireside chat. There also will be a keynote speech given by Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist of Apple and popular author.
One more regional winner to pitch at the Grand Finale will be selected this week on February 2nd, representing the US West Coast. Register now for your tickets: http://www.startupworldcup.io/us-west-coast-event.
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