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Originally published on Deep Tech Insider.

Technology is accelerating.

But humans are not.

With more developments in science, innovation exponentiates. Yet, society hesitates to embrace it (reference: Martec’s Law) even when it has shown miracles, proven the impossible possible, and allowed us to shift paradigms to become a much more civilized and sophisticated species. As a whole, we are still ignorant of it, because we lack imagination and willingness to do more.

What makes Deep Tech difficult?

We have more problems than we have ambitious people solving them. And a lot of what we have today is because of the bold pioneers and daring contrarians…


Originally Published on Deep Tech Insider.

Meet Rahul Rana, author of Making Moonshots and Summer Associate at Lux Capital. He published his book to answer the question: “Why should we live in a world of incremental scientific and technological progress when the human race has proven in past eras that we are capable of so much more?”

Publishing a book as a sophomore from Rutgers University created a monumental opportunity for Rahul to enter the frontier tech venture capital world, in which he focuses on space, life sciences, climate, and complex systems that push frontiers.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Deep Tech founders…


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Meet Sarah Cone, Founder & Managing Partner of Social Impact Capital. Sarah has committed her professional career to invest in the earliest stages in start-ups that can produce venture capital returns and profound social impact. As one of the few females leading a VC firm, Forbes labels her as “a risk-taker who has proven herself,” a contrarian who believes that you can be an impact investor while still producing top venture returns.

Key Takeaways:

  1. “Diligence on science is definitely an art, not a science.” So if you want to invest in a variety of…


Originally Published on The Deeptech Insider.

For this Deep Tech Dive, I interviewed Derick Bedzra, Chief Scientist and Leader of the Monumental Ontological Nature Augmented Reality Technology (MONART) Smart City Initiative. Derick is an engineer and visionary from Accra, Ghana developing the blueprint and laying the foundation for a smart city in Botswana. He also acts as CTO of the blockchain company QEYS, where they are building wearable technology that’s supported by DeFi protocols.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Africa has certainly faced its fair share of challenges in the past centuries. She’s young, but these new generations are bright and hungry to…


Originally Published on The Deeptech Insider.

For this Deep Tech Dive, I interviewed Sonia Joseph, founder of a natural language processing (NLP) company that’s in stealth mode. She’s a machine learning (ML) researcher and engineer interested in computational neuroscience, statistics, mathematics, physics, and complex systems. Before her company, she worked at Janelia Research Campus and Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

This DTD is a bit different from the past ones so far. …


Originally Published on The Deeptech Insider.

For this Deep Tech Dive, I interviewed Megan Gray. Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 23, she was able to fight through her struggle and create a solution to a problem that afflicts more than 3 million people in the US. Moment AI, an autonomous vehicle (AV) company, uses physiological data + traffic data not only to prevent accidents but to better the driver’s experience.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million people in the US, which also inhibits their ability to drive. …


Originally Published on The Deeptech Insider.

For this Deep Tech Dive, I teamed up with Alex Challans, CEO of The Quantum Daily and The Deeptech Insider, to have a conversation with John Levy. John is a former deep tech VC turned quantum computing CEO for Seeqc. At Seeqc, which stands for scalable energy-efficient quantum computing, they are developing the 1st digital quantum computing platform for global businesses. They combine classical and quantum technologies to address the barriers to quantum computing systems.

Unlike most interviews, I and Alex have 2 objectives here: to learn about Seeqc, John Levy, and to understand…


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For this Deep Tech Dive, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Maciej Rudziński, CEO of Brainattach. A brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) company from Poland focused on creating an EEG headband enhancing gaming by measuring emotions, engagement, and flow. Their proprietary algorithm has been tested on more than 400 people with US patent and patent-pending approval in Europe.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Gaming could be the future of education and well being of future generations
  2. The brain is a very plastic device, it’s plug-and-play. If it’s fed information then it will use it. It is possible…


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For this Deep Tech Dive, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Nicholas Nadeau, Project Director & General Manager at Halodi Robotics. A Robotics-as-a-Service (RAAS) company working on bringing humanoid robots to everyone.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Welcome Industry 5.0, robots collaborating with humans.
  2. Don’t go into full scale or presume you are in production too early. Keep your R&D units where they need to be, in R&D.
  3. Once again, Proof of Work > Proof of Knowledge. If you want to work on robots, build them in reality, not in theory!
  4. School should no longer…


Originally Published on The Deeptech Insider.

For this Deep Tech Dive, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Alishba Imran, Co-Founder of Voltx and Machine Learning (ML) Developer at Hanson Robotics. Voltx is an ML company developing software to accelerate research and development testing of energy storage devices, including batteries and supercapacitors (SC). Hanson Robotics is an AI and robotics company dedicated to creating socially intelligent machines that enrich the quality of our lives. They are the creators of Sophia, the human-like robot. She is also an incoming ML Engineering Intern at Kindred.ai, …

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