Radical Reads: The Future of Learning

Sanjana Basu, Investor     .    Students across North America returned from winter break last week. And whether they were online or in the classroom, the impact of the pandemic continues to have far-reaching effects on schooling and education. Technology is accelerating a shift towards connected learning environments and every learner segment — from early childhood and […]

Radical Reads: 2021 AI Trends

    .    2021 AI Trends Artificial Intelligence continues to impact every facet of our economy and, as we turn the page on a new year, the Radical team identified five AI trends we anticipate will gain momentum in 2021. 1) Healthtech Acceleration: The dawn of digital medicine (The Economist) “By exposing such digital deficiencies, the pandemic is at […]

Radical Reads: 2020’s top AI stories

    .    Radical Talks 2020 The holidays offer a perfect time to catch up on thoughtful insights from some of the greatest minds in technology and AI. This year we launched our podcast Radical Talks exploring the intersection of technology, the economy, politics and culture. We had the opportunity to speak to global thought leaders on the future […]

Radical Reads: Tracking Investment in Canadian AI Startups

Daniel Mulet, Investor     .    I was working at the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) when we launched its first accelerator program focused exclusively on machine learning (ML) companies, an initiative strongly encouraged by Radical Ventures co-founder Tomi Poutanen, who was a founding mentor at CDL. The inaugural cohort in 2015 consisted of 25 machine learning companies, […]

Radical Reads: News from NeurIPS 2020

Daniel Mulet, Investor     .    Visualization of conference papers arranged by a measure of similarity. Source: NeurIPS The Neural Information Processing Conference (NeurIPS), generally regarded as the world’s leading conference for Artificial Intelligence researchers, went virtual this year and the pace of research activity did not miss a beat. The most notable NeurIPS trend emerging from the conference is […]

Radical Reads: AI’s Prescription for Drug Discovery – Graphs

Daniel Mulet, Investor     .    Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing how new drugs are discovered and this past week saw two important developments in this space. The first is the Series A funding announcement for Genesis Therapeutics. The Genesis team is at the forefront of applying AI to the field of drug discovery, using novel graph neural […]

Radical Reads: Selling in Uncertain Times

Parasvil Patel     .    An excellent barometer for measuring the health of a company is the sales pipeline. Sales activity often serves as an early warning system for pending disruption and, in the wake of COVID-19, alarm bells were going off in the sales organizations of many startups. Last week Radical hosted an expert […]

Radical Scale: Go-to-Market Strategy for Uncertain Times

By Parasvil Patel Radical Scale is a regular feature that explores key strategies for growing early stage technology companies. Over the past several months the Radical Impact Team has hosted expert roundtables with our portfolio companies. We’re now sharing the key strategic and tactical insights from those sessions. Previous features include:   Managing the Sales Pipeline […]

Radical Reads: InsurTech and the Innovation Premium

Adithya Sreekumar, Investor     .    In the early days of the pandemic, actuaries scrambled to assess the impact of the crisis on future risks. At the same time, customer demand was changing rapidly: in October, nearly one in three millennials said they felt an increased need for life insurance. While new categories of concerns and shifting customer behavior […]

Radical Reads: Diagnosing the Mind

Sanjana Basu     .    Fever, trouble swallowing, sore throat: these are the tell-tale symptoms of strep throat. But before a doctor decides to prescribe an antibiotic, she may first conduct a throat swab to confirm the presence of streptococcus bacteria. Such reliable tools are the cornerstone of modern medicine — think of biopsies, glucose […]