July Release: Portfolio Sharing and Dashboard API

Summer is upon us, but we won’t let the July heat slow us down! We just released our new collaboration feature, aka portfolio sharing, and our fresh off-the-shelves Dashboard API is now available to anyone interested in integrating PreSeries predictions about startups, investors and industry areas in their solutions.

Portfolio Sharing

In the Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki argues that the aggregation of information in groups often results in better decisions than relying on a single person’s opinion. Early-stage investing doesn’t escape this rule, the amount of uncertainty is better mitigated when various analysts and investors come together and weigh on investing decisions. For this reason, we released the first of many collaboration features, portfolio sharing. Our portfolio sharing feature is the perfect way to share your lists of startups with your team members. Whether you are replicating real investors’ portfolios or trying to simulate virtual ones, you can now give access to your findings directly to your team on the PreSeries platform.

Once you spot a startup you want to include in one of your virtual portfolios, simply click on the folder icon below the company name and select the desired portfolio, or create a new one. The portfolio view from the left menu will automatically update itself (if you cannot see the list of startups, simply click on the expand icon). If you want to remove one company from a portfolio, hover your mouse over one of them in the list and click on the “-” icon.

For a more in-depth look at a portfolio, click on its name directly from the left menu. The portfolio view offers quick insights on the current company status, the country, the city, the current stage, the industry areas, the overall score, as well as the overall score’s evolution over time. Next to the portfolio name on the left menu is an option activate/deactivate the sharing of your portfolio to your team in one click (“green icon = shared” in the screenshot above). The section below called “shared” lists all the portfolios shared with you by other team members.

In the comparison tab, we show the evolution of a given virtual portfolio over time. Colored dots represent companies’ overall scores from 0 to 100 (red = 0 to 20, yellow = 20 to 50, blue 50 to 70, and green 70 to 100). The graph is useful to assess how diversified a portfolio really is by looking at how many of its portfolio startups are projected to achieve a successful exit (IPO or Acquisition).

Dashboard API

The other big announcement is our Dashboard API. It gives you access to all the available insights from the Dashboard, including predictions, present and past.

It is currently only available to owners of the Analyst plan and our partners. Get in touch with us to know more! Analyst subscribers and partners will find the related documentation under the “Documentation” tab (top menu).

We hope these features will turn you into more productive AI-driven workaholics (our niche). Don’t hesitate to drop us an email anytime at info@preseries.com, we’d love to hear your feedback and ideas 😉

 

 

A VC-in-a-Box crowned Dataholics.io at the 6th AI Startup Battle in São Paulo

The 6th Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle came to an end yesterday in São Paulo in fully automated fashion. The jury of this unique battle, PreSeries’ algorithms, has predicted with a score of 96.50 out of 100 that Dataholics is the startup most likely to succeed from among other contenders. Dataholics captures and structures millions of data points about people on social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter, Google search results, blogs, web portals and online services. Their algorithm creates a unified profile for each person based on behavioral, professional and demographic indicators from their email, cell phone, name or ID.

From left to right: Renato Valente – Country Manager – Telefonica Open Future_ & Wayra Brasil; João Gabriel Souza – Co-Founder & CEO – Mr. Descartes; Eduardo D. Martucci – Founder and CEO – Voice Commerce; Daniel Mendes – Founder and CEO – Dataholics; Dhiogo Corrêa – Data Architect – Itera; Rafael Libardi – Public Relations Executive – Data H.

In the battle, all five startups have had the chance to introduce their company during a 5­-minute pitch. Later on, PreSeries’ AI took the time to ask some questions to all the contenders about key aspects of their business. The exchange was made possible through a voice-assistant device present on stage (thus the name ‘VC-in-a-box’).

Itera, came in 2nd with a score of 86.81. Itera is a technology company founded in 2008 and established in São Carlos/SP, always aiming to build innovative solutions for its clients. They are now investing in a machine learning platform for text mining named ALICE. The platform is currently focusing on finance, and marketing case studies.

Mr. Descartes got the 3rd position with a score of 62.13. This company provides a chatbot to help cities improve their waste management and sustainability. They work in collaboration with local governments, businesses, and people from the community in order to generate data, educate the public and build lasting partnerships.

Voice Commerce was the 4th startup in the ranking with a score of 62.12. Voice Commerce is a voicebot that provides anyone with a simple, objective and secure online purchase experience through voice commands. It creates the perfect solution for people with visual impairment when buying goods and services online.

Finally, Data H achieved the 5th position with a score of 62.10. DATA H is a startup focused on creating intelligent products and artificial intelligence outsourcing of research and development. DATA H has created its own ecosystem to enable artificial intelligence projects for a diverse set of sectors.

After the event, BigML CEO & Co-founder and President of PreSeries,Francisco J. Martin, shared his thoughts: “Having organized our 6th AI Startup Battle in only the last year and a half across the globe, it is amazing to us that humans are surprisingly open and adaptable in trusting PreSeries algorithms to assess the future prospects of startups. What started as a crazy idea has come to be seen as an obvious need. This can be attributed to the investment professionals being overwhelmed with mountains of new data created every day, which in turn highlights the acute need for objective assistance and automation.”

This edition of the battle took place on June 21 in São Paulo, Brazil, at the PAPIs Connect conference, Latin America’s 1st conference on real-world Machine Learning applications.

Our next AI Startup Battle will be in Boston (Microsoft N.E.R.D. – MIT) for PAPIs ’17 (Oct. 24-25), stay tuned on Twitter with #AIStartupBattle and @PreSeries.

Get your own VC-in-a-Box! (Voice Assistant)

If I ask you to name an important stakeholder that is often an overlooked key component of business operations, I’m sure “assistants” are not the first thing popping up in your mind. But if you look closely, regardless of their title, it’s hard to overstate their contribution to any company’s productivity by helping management staying focused on most important tasks.

As technology has advanced, the skill sets of assistants have continued to evolve to keep apace. The arrival of chatbots and better speech recognition is already drastically changing the landscape by allowing for the automation of many data intensive tasks. It is now possible for many to become their own globally-connected assistant, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a human assistant for such tasks that are better suited for software.

The latest advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence and voice recognition technology is slowly redefining our relationship to our electronic devices. Human-computer interactions are becoming more human-like and the promise of naturally conversing with your devices is just around the corner. The first wave of Voice Assistants lead by the Amazon Echo and its Alexa software appeared late 2014 and their adoption rate has shown no signs of slowing down. After conquering our homes, the battlefield has now moved to businesses as they aim to supercharge the productivity of workplace teams. Acting as task-oriented assistants, are fast becoming tomorrow’s colleagues-in-a-box.

With PreSeries we make it easy for anyone to predict the future of startups. But when fully concentrated in your work, opening the PreSeries Dashboard to get some insights can disrupt your workflow. Simply asking your question out loud, as you would with a colleague or an assistant, feels more natural and allows you to remain focused. Therefore, we built our own PreSeries for Alexa skill in order to bring startup intelligence to devices belonging to the Amazon Echo family. Main features are the scoring of startups in real-time and getting aggregate or detailed information about startups, technology areas, investors, patents, rounds of financing, and IPOs.

Once the skill is enabled, you can use your brand new VC-in-a-Box to discover all kinds of information regarding startups. Below is an example session.

You: “Alexa, ask PreSeries how many startups were founded in the US in 2016”

PreSeries: “The number of startups founded in the US in 2016 is 3857.”

You: “Alexa, ask PreSeries what is the highest scoring startup in the US in Education”

PreSeries: “The highest scoring startup in the category of education is AcmEd”

Check out our introduction video below!

Click here to add the skill to your Alexa powered device and don’t forget to check out our documentation for a complete overview of the questions you can ask your VC-in-a-box.

PreSeries opens its doors!

We are thrilled to report that PreSeries is opening its doors! As we celebrate the official launch, we’d like to invite all of you to try it out.

Enter PreSeries

If you work in venture capital, corporate strategy, innovation, M&A or investment banking, chances are you are spending too much of your time scouting for the most reliable and up-to-date data sources only to spend even more time to clean, prepare the data, and perform analyses to derive meaningful insights. Given this complex data landscape, PreSeries is positioned to be the Swiss Army knife that gives you an unfair advantage over other investors. With our unique approach taking advantage of Machine Learning to assess a startups’ likelihood of success, we allow you to cut through the noise and focus on what matters. After all, data-driven approach to early-stage investment is the only way to remove our human biases once and for all.

PreSeries is also the perfect solution for cash-hungry entrepreneurs. Fundraising activities often feel like hunting for whales on makeshift raft for many startup founder’s in an ocean of investors with fickle interest. Using PreSeries to target the right VCs is the equivalent of upgrading to a naval grade vessel. Now, you’re finally able to gain first-hand knowledge of VCs most likely to invest in your company and discard the ones that will likely take your precious time by making you run around the block twice.

If you are an analyst or a data-scientist, there is a high probability you’re not a fan of data fairytales. You have to see it to believe it. Well, you’re in luck! With the PreSeries Analyst Platform (powered by BigML), we give you access to PreSeries’ Machine Learning engine room. You’ll be able to look under the hood to not only access but also customize our consolidated datasets, Machine Learning models, predictions and much more.

More blog posts detailing specific PreSeries’ features will be published on a regular basis, so stay tuned!

P.S.: If you’re interested in a demo, simply get in touch with us at sales@preseries.com and we’ll schedule one in no time.

PreSeries at 4YFN: a Good Beginning for a Great Year Ahead

PreSeries, the joint venture between Telefónica Open Future_ and BigML, has been invited to join the exclusive Four Years From Now (4YFN) event. 4YFN is the startup focused platform of the Mobile World Congress that enables investors and corporations to connect with the chosen entrepreneurs to launch new ventures together. As part of this year’s 4YFN agenda, we will also be presenting the fourth edition of the Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle, which takes place on Tuesday February 28, at the main stage of 4YFN in Barcelona, Spain. More than 500 technologists and decision makers will witness the power of the PreSeries Machine Learning algorithms, that predict the probability of success of any startup even in their early stages. There won’t be any humans involved in deciding the winner, PreSeries AI is the sole jury as we have showcased in previous battles.

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If you plan on going to 4YFN, do not hesitate to come by the PreSeries booth at the Telefónica Open Future_ stand, where we’ll be ready to answer all your questions regarding our technology, product, new features, etc., from today Monday February 27 until Wednesday March 1.

Meet the contenders!

The four contenders will each give a four-minute pitch to the audience followed by PreSeries asking them a number of question in order to provide them with a score between 0 and 100. At this point, you may be wondering who will be competing in the battle, so let’s get to know the contenders!

Action AI

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Action.ai, from London, develops smart Chatbots that revolutionize interaction. They transform business processes or user experiences by changing the way people achieve tasks that meet their needs both in their personal and professional lives. Action.ai’s technology enables industry-leading services to be launched without huge Capex or expertise in AI or Chatbots.

Descifra

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Descifra, from Mexico City, is an online service that helps businesses to understand the characteristics of the markets around them through easy to grasp charts, tables, and maps. They advise other companies on where to build their business by taking into consideration the level of competition and the market characteristics in a certain geographic area.

people.io

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people.io, also from London, gives people ownership of their data to enable the next phase in the evolution of human connectivity. Users of people.io earn credits each time they take an action such as answering a question or connecting a new data source like their email or bank accounts. As the type and amount of data associated with a given user increases, people.io starts match users with relevant brands and advertisers. Each time a user is “matched”, they receive a brief update from the advertiser, which offers the user extra credits for viewing or engaging with their content. However, at no point in the whole process does a brand or advertiser get direct access to the users’ profile data.

Pixoneye

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Pixoneye, from London and Tel Aviv, is a unique company with the ability to analyze the untapped power of users’ mobile photo galleries on behalf of their clients. In doing so, the company provides best in market real-time behavioral understanding and targeting capabilities for their clients’ ads, offers and services. Pixoneye team consists of some of the leading minds in computer vision and deep learning, and has recently been named one of the five AI companies to watch out for in 2017.

These four contesting startups will be showcased on Tuesday February 28, at the main stage of 4YFN. For those that can’t make it to the live event, our subsequent blog posts will share the results of the fourth edition of the AI Startup Battle. Good luck to all contenders!

About PreSeries events and battles

PreSeries was born in March 2016 and officially started its journey of re-imagining early stage technology venture investing by taking an unorthodox, AI-driven approach showcased via the world premiere of Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle at the PAPIs Connect Conference in Valencia. Thanks to the continuation of AI Startup Battles in Boston and Brazil, as well as our collaboration at WIRED London 2016, the startup community has a new-found appreciation of how Machine Learning can be utilized to better allocate venture capital.

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Be sure to follow the upcoming PreSeries’ battles in 2017 as they will be announced on the BigML event’s page as well as on Preseries.com. Among other venues, these will include the battles that we will present at PAPIs ‘17 and PAPIs Connect. For more details, please stay tuned by following us on: LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. The countdown starts now!

Fourth Edition of the Startup Battle at 4YFN

Four Years From Now, the startup business platform of Mobile World Congress that enables startups, investors and corporations to connect and launch new ventures together, goes to Barcelona, Spain, from February 27 to March 1, 2017. We could not think of a better context to run the fourth edition of our series of Startup Battles.

Telefónica has invited PreSeries, the joint venture between Telefónica Open Future_ and BigML, to participate at the 4YFN event and showcase its early stage venture investing platform on the main stage on February 28 in front of an audience of over 500 technologists. In a nutshell, PreSeries provides insights and many other metrics to help investors make objective, data-driven decisions in investing in tomorrow’s leading technology companies.

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In rapid fire execution mode, Valencia was the first city that witnessed the World’s premiere Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle last March 15, 2016. On October 12, the PreSeries Team travelled to Boston to celebrate the second edition at the PAPIs ‘16 conference. Less than two months later we celebrated the third edition in São Paulo, in the BSSML16 context. The fourth edition of our series of startup battles will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain. The distinguished audience and press members in Catalonia will discover how an algorithm is able to predict the success of a startup without any human intervention.

To recap the process, five startups from the Wayra Academy, Telefónica’s startups accelerator, will present their projects on stage through five-minute to-the-point pitches. Afterwards, PreSeries will ask a number of questions to each contender in order to provide a score between 0 and 100. The startup with highest score of all will win the battle. Having the opportunity to participate in the battle is key for participating startups as it will give them excellent exposure to potential corporate sponsors, strategic partners and the venture investments community. Stay tuned for future announcements, where we will reveal the contenders of the fourth edition of our Startup Battle as it may just prove to be the most competitive one so far.

PreSeries receives Partnership Award at Telco Data Analytics conference

The Telco Data Analytics conference series is the perfect occasion to witness leading industry players showcasing their innovations, success stories and strategies for the future of telecommunications. It is the place to go to uncover new trends, network with potential partners and stay abreast of opportunities and challenges facing the market. The latest edition of the European tour took place in Madrid on October 25 and 26. Major operators like Telefonica, Orange, Swisscom and other industry players such as Huawei, EMC, ip.access, Netscout, Solvatio and SAP were in attendance.

One of the highlights was the award ceremony, where BigML won the Partnership Award for its collaboration with Teléfonica Open Future_ in creating PreSeries. Preseries’ mission is to take advantage of the latest innovations in Machine Learning to transform startup financing from its current subjective form into a highly objective data-driven practice.

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Amir Tabakovic (VP Business Development at BigML) holding the prize

Thanks to Telco Data Analytics for this award. We are looking forward to establish an even more fruitful partnerships in the future!