Hey Founders and Friends!
August is usually a slow month, but I can’t help but feel a buzz of excitement in the air for the second half of 2023.
Our followers seem to agree, with over half believing we’ll be in a better fundraising spot come the end of the year.
News from around the ecosystem
A study by Crunchbase finds correlation between increased investment in “platform teams” and superior fund returns.
The Musk vs. Zuck fight may be off.
Biden proposes a ban on venture investments into (most) Chinese tech companies.
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The Future of Water Purification
Cloud Water Filters is solving the problem of poor water quality by addressing a gap in the market for consumer-friendly, efficient, and sustainable water filters.
Their solution is the creation of Cloud RO, a smart water filter that uses a multi-stage filtration process, reverse osmosis, real-time data tracking, and integrated remineralization to provide toxin-free water.
The filter works by using reverse osmosis in combination with internal sensors to control water flow, along with a cloud app to monitor quality, and an integrated permeate pump for efficiency, removing 99% of toxins and adding essential minerals back.
Their traction has been marked by the successful development and market introduction of a water filter that outperforms traditional systems, offering a user-friendly and sustainable solution.
Head over to their website to check your tap water quality using their free tool and contributing to a sustainable future by choosing Cloud Water Filters for your water filtration needs.
Anybody can be a founder, but to be a successful founder you have to have a never give up mentality. Things will not always go as planned and the founders who change the world and generate returns fight on no matter what.
Nick Braun, Founder of Cloud Water Filters
Transforming Drug Development and Ending Animal Testing
Mimicry Solutions is solving the problem of inhumane drug development practices requiring animal testing.
Their solution is the ARTEMIS™ (Advanced Readouts of Toxicological Endpoints by Model Informed Solutions) platform, which utilizes cutting-edge AI and machine learning technologies to provide an alternative to animal testing.
It works by employing AI/ML to generate toxicological readouts that are more accurate and clinically relevant, addressing specific aspects of non-clinical safety and development.
Their technology is patent-pending, and they plan to kick off Pre-Seed fundraising shortly. They are quickly becoming recognized as an industry leader.
Check out their website, spread the word, and encourage companies to explore alternative testing methods like ARTEMIS™.
Be fearless in your ideas. Be fearless in your pursuits. Be fearless in being powerful.
Dessi McEntee, Founder of Mimicry Solutions
Pioneering Secure Blockchain Technology
Energi is solving the pressing issue of security vulnerabilities in the cryptocurrency industry.
Their solution is a secure and user-friendly blockchain called Energi that emphasizes security and user convenience.
Energi has a three-layered security approach: wallet alerts for fund movements, decentralized governance to freeze suspicious addresses, and a 3.5-day time delay on transactions leaving the ecosystem.
Energi has built a team of 20-30 experts over six years, committed to building and perfecting their blockchain technology.
Energi extends an open invitation to developers and companies looking to deploy crypto assets on a secure blockchain. By choosing Energi, they can protect their users from scams and shield their code from potential hacks.
Resilience. And know that if you build the best product in the world, it's nothing without marketing. Marketing is the lifeblood of all business!
Tommy WorldPower, Founder of Energi
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