Pandemics

Investing in a Time of Crisis: 3 World-Class Investors Discuss the Coronavirus Recession

The economic disruption caused by COVID-19 is the worst recession the world has seen in nearly a century. At the OurCrowd Pandemic Innovation Conference, Alec Ellison, Chairman of OurCrowd US, sat down with three world-class investors to discuss their perspective on the coronavirus recession, caused by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The three investors included founder and Chief Investment Officer of Key Square Group Scott Bessent; managing director at Insight Partners, Deven Parekh; and partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, Jeremy Levine.

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What Comes Next? OurCrowd Team Shares Top 10 Pandemic Tech Trends

For the past number of months, our global community has been focused on combating COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, entrepreneurs have adapted to pandemic-focused innovation. To highlight the incredible efforts of those working to help society acclimate to our new environment and improve the current state of the pandemic, OurCrowd hosted its Pandemic Innovation Conference on June 22nd. The world is different now, and every new era comes with its own set of trends. In the segment “Top 10 Pandemic Tech Trends” Labs/02 Partner Stav Erez and OurCrowd Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Jonathan Wiesen discussed the top 10 tech trends affecting society in light of the pandemic. Say Goodbye To Your Office: The Virtual Becomes Real The future of work and remote technologies is one of the first things that comes to mind following the COVID-19 pandemic. With the distancing protocols, people have turned to remote communication platforms, but that’s just part of the virtual revolution. We’ve also seen an uptick in use of products providing digital solutions, such as TechSee, a startup that helps engineers manage...

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The coronavirus challenge: Here’s why OurCrowd is launching a $100 million Pandemic Innovation Fund

The new fund will target solutions for COVID-19 and future pandemics, remote working/learning, and social distancing Today, OurCrowd announces the launch of its Pandemic Innovation Fund. We plan to raise $100 million for investment in urgent technological solutions for the medical, business, educational and social needs triggered by global pandemics and other health emergencies. The rapid spread of the coronavirus has validated our vision of a connected digital world poised to solve any crisis through global communication and rapid response. This worldwide crisis presents the greatest challenge yet faced by digital technology. The pandemic has accelerated the pace of technology adoption across many domains. “We saw two years of digital transformation in two months,” said Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. This new struggle against an invisible threat will result in the creation of new areas of business activity. Some that exist already will expand dramatically: digital medicine; artificial intelligence-powered diagnostics; remote social and business networking; online freight and logistics; one-click cybersecurity and payment systems for small businesses; 3-D printing for vital medical equipment; training for distance learning – just to...

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Taking a Bite Out of Unemployment, OurCrowd Portfolio Companies Need 350 Employees

Even as the coronavirus pandemic rages, startups are offering hundreds of new jobs. The number of vacant positions at OurCrowd’s portfolio companies has risen to 350, with 90 new job vacancies added since the start of April, 41 of them in Israel. Despite Israel’s unprecedented unemployment situation, high-tech companies are still recruiting. Now that Israel has gone back to work on the downside of the virus curve, entrepreneurs and startups have a huge role to play in getting our nation back to work. OurTalent, OurCrowd’s jobs portal, currently lists 350 vacant positions from within its portfolio companies, with fresh opportunities added each week. The top recruiting companies include SixGill, BioCatch, and Locusview. OurCrowd portfolio companies offer work in Israel and around the world. There are vacancies listed in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other Israeli locations, but also positions across the globe including New York, Toronto, California, Brazil and Barcelona. Positions advertised on OurTalent are continuously updated as a service to our companies. Applicants are invited to contact the companies directly. While global tech giants like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb are...

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