Intel Capital invests $60 mn in 15 technology startups

Intel for CIOsIntel Capital announced investments worth more than $60 million in 15 technology startups – in line with the strategy of Intel to transition to a data company.

The company introduced the CEOs and founders of the startups at the Intel Capital CEO Showcase. This latest group of new portfolio companies brings Intel Capital’s year-to-date investing to more than $566 million.

Wendell Brooks, Intel senior vice president and president of Intel Capital, said as Intel transitions to a data company, Intel Capital is actively investing in startups across the technology spectrum that can help expand the data ecosystem and pathfind important new technologies.

Intel Capital has made investment in technologies that leverage analyzing, capturing, managing and securing data. These companies focus on artificial intelligence, 3D medical visualization, robots for retail, and cybersecurity.

Two years after the launch of the Intel Capital Diversity Initiative, more than 10 percent of Intel Capital’s portfolio companies now are led by women or other groups underrepresented in the technology industry.

Intel Capital’s new investments

Analyzing Data

Amenity Analytics based in New York, U.S. has built a text analytics platform that allows customers to identify actionable signals from unstructured data. Its open data source architecture and cloud-based computing provides unmatched speed, scope and scale. The Amenity Analytics process combines machine learning, sentiment analysis and predictive analytics to produce some of the highest levels of accuracy in the industry.

Bigstream based in Mountain View, California, U.S. provides hyper-acceleration technology that delivers orders of magnitude performance gains for Apache Spark using hardware and software accelerators.

LeapMind based in Tokyo, Japan makes learning with deep neural networks “small and compact” for easy use in any environment. LeapMind is improving the accuracy of neural network models and is researching and developing innovative algorithms to reduce the computational complexity of deep learning and original chip architectures for use in small computing environments.

Synthego based in Redwood City, California, U.S. is a provider of genome engineering solutions. The company’s product portfolio includes software and synthetic RNA kits designed for CRISPR genome editing and research.

Capturing Data

AdHawk Microsystems based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada provides ultra-precise tracking solutions that are smaller, faster and more power-efficient. AdHawk’s camera-free eye tracking system enables truly mobile data capture and paves the way for a new generation of highly immersive AR/VR experiences.

Trace based in Los Angeles, U.S. is a sports artificial intelligence company working in the domains of soccer, mountain sports and water sports. Trace users have skied more than 30 billion feet of vertical and surfed more than 10 million waves. Its products combine sensors, video and AI to make performance insights and video highlights available immediately.

Bossa Nova Robotics based in San Francisco, U.S. creates autonomous service robots for the retail industry. The Bossa Nova technology and services empower retailers to make informed inventory decisions and take action by automating the collection and analysis of on-shelf inventory data in large-scale stores.

EchoPixel based in Mountain View, California, U.S. develops 3D medical visualization software. Its True 3D system allows medical professionals to interact with organs and tissues in a 3D space emanating from a display, which enables doctors to identify, evaluate and virtually dissect structures. True 3D is being used at UC San Francisco, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic, Lahey Clinic and Hershey Medical Center, among others.

Managing Data

Horizon Robotics based in Beijing, China provides open embedded artificial intelligence solutions of high performance, low power and low cost.

Reniac based in Mountain View, California, U.S. solves IO bottlenecks resulting in latency reduction and increased throughput for critical workloads in public cloud, hybrid and on-premise data centers without software changes to existing applications.

TileDB Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. develops and maintains the TileDB project created at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, which was a collaboration between Intel Labs and MIT. TileDB is a novel system for managing massive, multidimensional array data that frequently arise from scientific applications.

Securing Data

Alcide based in Tel Aviv, Israel delivers a network security platform for any combination of container, VM and bare metal data centers operated by multiple orchestration systems. Alcide secures data centers against cyberattacks, including malicious internal activity and data exfiltration.

Eclypsium based in Portland, Oregon, U.S. provides technology that helps organizations defend their systems against firmware, hardware and supply chain attacks. The company offers improved visibility for monitoring systems in their infrastructure for firmware threats and supply chain compromise, detection of firmware vulnerabilities, and improved firmware update management in endpoint systems and servers.

Intezer based in Tel Aviv, Israel develops cybersecurity solutions that apply biological immune system concepts to the cyberspace, creating the world’s first “Code Genome Database,” by mapping billions of small fragments of malicious and trusted software.

Synack based in Redwood City, California, U.S. provides customers a scalable, continuous, hacker-powered testing platform that uncovers security vulnerabilities that often remain undetected by traditional penetration testers and scanners.

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