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VR Content – On the Eve of a Renaissance

Featured, For Entreprenuers, Virtual Reality  |  January 27, 2016  |  By

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is technology that simulates an alternate environment by immersing the viewer in a captive, fully digital experience. This is what sets VR apart from other forms of media, but also presents unique challenges requiring new hardware and novel approaches to content creation. We’re finally there on hardware VR needs to be experienced through a head mounted display (HMD),…

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Our Series A Investment in Baobab Studios, a Leader in VR Animation

Funding Announcement, Virtual Reality  |  December 3, 2015  |  By

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Animation is a core pillar of consumer media, generating $200B globally each year, compared to the $600B spent on US entertainment annually. Franchises like Universal’s “Despicable Me” and Pixar’s “Toy Story” popularity hinge the story’s universal appeal. Virtual Reality presents an ideal medium for creative storytelling When consumers put on their virtual reality headsets, they gravitate toward the best animation,…

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Our Investment in Altspace VR

Funding Announcement, Virtual Reality  |  August 6, 2015  |  By

Altspace VR

Virtual Reality is technology that simulates physical presence via a head-mounted display. What makes VR unique compared to other media formats is the potential for complete immersion. Market analysts estimate the VR market opportunity to grow from single digit millions in 2016 to billions of dollars in 2020. But the question is what will consumers do when they’re in their…

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Comcast Ventures Backs Connected Car Pioneer, Automatic Labs

Consumer, Funding Announcement  |  June 25, 2015  |  By

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The Internet of Things is knocking on the door of one of the largest consumer markets, the $800B US car industry. Over the last several years, talent, capital, consumer and enterprise attention have focused on the promise of bringing connected devices to all activities of daily living, and the automobile is an exciting new frontier. There are 250M passenger vehicles…

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Leveraging the connected home ecosystem – What does it take to win?

Consumer  |  April 6, 2015  |  By

In a prior blog post, I introduced several connected home devices that are in a position to capture category leadership in emerging verticals from access control to irrigation. However, great product alone is insufficient to build a great company in the connected home space. As important is what it will take to win in a complex ecosystem of channels and…

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Beyond Nest, DropCam, SmartThings – The Next Connected Home Leaders

Consumer, Technology  |  March 4, 2015  |  By

In 2014, over $200M in venture funding was invested in early stage ‘connected home’ device companies, while over $5B in M&A transaction value accrued to a handful of exits, most noticeably Nest ($3.2B), Dropcam ($555M) and SmartThings ($200M). All signs point to more new entrants and more funding activity in 2015. Rarely does a day go by without a new…

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Innovations in Fantasy Sports and Sports Gaming

Comcast Ventures, Consumer, Featured, News  |  May 8, 2013  |  By

Innovations in Fantasy Sports and Sports Gaming

I recently had the privilege of representing Comcast Ventures on a panel hosted by Michael Frank of Net Service Ventures at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, titled “Innovations in Fantasy Sports and Sports Betting”. I was joined by Guy Lake, Product Lead at Yahoo Fantasy Sports; Gill Alexander, Host on Pregame.com; and Brandon Ramsey, Co-Founder and CEO of Fanhood…

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Aging-in-Place: Fertile Ground for Healthcare Innovations

Consumer, Healthcare  |  October 23, 2012  |  By

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Did you know that 8,000 baby boomers celebrate their 65th birthday every day? America is aging, and Comcast Ventures is interested in investing in technologies that provide the elderly with security, safety and independence as they gracefully age in their homes. Thanks to advances in medicine, life expectancy for the average American today is 78 years. Among the 40 million…

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