12 Things We Hope to Back in 2019
Seeking out the most daring founders in the new year
With Underscore VC’s newest fund just closed oversubscribed at $140M, we’re doubling down on our investment thesis and seeking out the most daring founders. As part of that, we run the #12DaysOfFunding twitter campaign, a fun play on the 12 Days of Christmas, as a way to highlight 12 areas or things we’ed like to back in 2019.
Day 2: Applications and IoT to capture our world for training AI, including new and improved sensors to digitize experiences that before now required human sensing (e.g. smell and taste).
Day 3: Human-centered AI that enhances and blends the best of human nuance/depth/versatility with the speed/scale/resilience of AI.
Day 4: Ambient intelligence that blends seamlessly into the background and inspires timely and context-rich action in addition to enabling workflow automation.
Day 5: Data for machine learning that was synthetically generated.
Day 6: AR commerce solutions that make the digital world feel real and enable you to easily find what you really want/need.
Day 7: Conversational commerce solutions that enable discovery and/or transaction.
Day 8: Applications and intelligence enabling personalized, consistent, and seamless customer experience across channels for B2B and/or B2C customers.
Day 9: Computer vision-enabled products that close the feedback loop between users and their environment via actionable insight.
Day 10: Analytics, management, and orchestration of APIs, microservices and (serverless) Functions to enable dynamic applications with more user-centric design, easier, Dev and less Ops!
Day 12: Big markets and problems are important, but nothing’s more important than the people behind the breakthrough ideas. So on the 12th & final day of Xmas, my true love gave to me… Bold entrepreneurs with conviction, and passion.