2016 Five Entrepreneurial Wind Vanes: See What are the Ten Front Companies of the Silicon Valley Doing?
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The astronaut of NASA, Yvonne Cagle said in the Founder World 2015 which was recently held by the venture capital platform of Google and Silicon Valley, that, "Exploring the Mars is no doubt an important step in the history of mankind, and we should also turn our eyes to the earth, everything happened in the Silicon Valley now lets me believe that the great leap of human beings is in fact very near at hand."

As the capital of technology and innovation in the world, the Silicon Valley does not only have NASA and Singularity University which are the "Navigators" of remote future technology, but also have Stanford and Sand Hill Road as well as Venture Street which are the "Engines" focusing on promoting the technology commercialization in the near future. Between the two, they are the entrepreneurs of the Silicon Valley who take up the positions of the fallen and rise to fight one after another, they are the "Makers" of technological leap.

Standing at the end of 2015, then which technological leaps will be "Near at hand" in 2016? Rather than listening to the unfounded prediction of the so-called experts, see the practice of entrepreneurs of the Silicon Valley. The reporter visited ten front start-up and innovation companies in the Silicon Valley area in the near term, and summarized five technological trends of 2016 from their practice.

Trend One: New Chip and Biosimulation

Recently, in the Seanson6 Summit held by F50, 35 most cutting-edge start-ups get together in a hall, they stand for the most cutting-edge entrepreneurship direction of the Silicon Valley at present. The fund management partner of the second phase of F50 Garage Venture Fund, Bill Reichert tells the reporter that the new chip andbiosimulation start-ups are a major feature of this Season6 Summit, and also are the important technological trend and direction of the Silicon Valley of 2016.

In the subsequent interview, the reporter finds that a startup named Aromyx, which focuses on relying on the chip to digitize human sense of smell and taste, triggers widespread attention of the investors and entrepreneurs at the spot.

It is reported that the product of Aromyx is series of chips named EssenceChip, used for the digital platform of sense of smell and taste. In the past, the biochemistry companies obtained the information of sense of smell and taste through the measure of low-efficiency biological testing, now EssenceChip obtains corresponding biochemical information through simulating the molecular structure of the sense of smell and taste, and judges the impact on people according to this. In this way, the food-processing and fast consumer goods companies are able to significantly shorten the development period of new products, improve the development efficiency, speed up the time to market.

According to the introduction of Chris Hanson, CEO of Aromyx, there are totally 29 American patents and 49 foreign patents of Aromyx founded in 2006, currently the customers who participate in the testing involve Pepsi-Cola, Dow Chemical Company, Procter & Gamble, Colgate. Hanson has involved in establishing the IBM's cognitive computing laboratory, which aims at the government financially aiding human brain reverse digital engineering and simulation neuronal synapse system, and has been responsible for the commercialization of this technology of the later period. The Chief Scientist of Aromyx, Doctor Bill Harries is the scientist of multiple institutions such as the Membrane Protein Structure Center of National Institutes of Health, U.S. Comprehensive Medical Institute, the Protein Structure Research Project of University of California.

At present, the investors of Aromyx include Stanford University, TEEC Angel Fund, Spring Mountain Capital. According to the Fortune Magazine, in terms of global food-processing industry, the market of 18 billion USD had been lost due to the backward technology in the past five years. Once the biochemical simulation chip of the sense of smell and taste is successfully researched and developed, it will have inestimable impact on human society.

Trend Two: Artificial Intelligence and Service Robot

What is the next big event after the mobile phone? There is a group of people of the Silicon Valley believe that the "Next Big Thing" is the Service Robot. Recently, the Knightscope security robot produced in the Silicon Valley is a typical representative, it attracts countless attention in this activity and on the spot of Founder World 2015, it can automatically patrol, and capture the real-time information of the spot through the rich sensor, and then through the predictive parsing engine combined with the social data set of business, government and crowdsourcing to make correlation treatment, so as to judge whether there appears problem or threat in the spot environment. When meeting the abnormal situation, the robot gives an alarm to the community and relevant government agencies through Knightscope Security Operation Center (KSOC). It not only can effectively predict the occurrence of accidents, but also save the human cost of security.

In fact, currently in the Silicon Valley, the innovative companies of the field of service robot are constantly emerging, for example, the CTO of Telepresence Robotics (TRC) in the Silicon Valley, John Sokol believes that the market of Service Robot is still in the early stage at present, it is hard to predict the real potential of future. But just as the development history of the mobile phone, in fact, in the early time, no one can predict the market prosperity in the later future.

It is known that TRC is a service robot company which enhances the experience of reality of robot and brings to the commercial field, provides Robot-as-a-Service based on cloud computing. This kind of service-oriented robot can be used in various environments of businesses, offices and home, finish various works instead of people. The developers can access TRC RaaS public cloud or RaaS platforms deployed in the private cloud of enterprises, develop various commercial programs for the robot of TRC. The robot of TRC bases on very mature technology of two-wheel balance car, can easily span the uneven pavement, even the wire, stone, grass and vine cane plant on the ground.

Similarly, the reporter also interviews the Fellow Robots incubated by the Singularity University, this is also a robot venture company located in the Silicon Valley, the robot product of this company is named as OSHbot. The biggest feature of OSHbot is that it can not only understand the search purpose of people by the voice recognition and semantic parsing, meanwhile but also provides accessibility options in the touch screen in the chest to be used to correct or expand the results of voice search. The first OSHbot robot had been under the trial operation at Orchard Supply Hardware, a large hardware item chain store in the center of San Jose which is the center city of the Silicon Valley, in October last year, it will be officially put into commercial use after one year's trial operation.

In fact, although the artificial intelligence commercialization appears above various achievements, the fund management partner of the second phase of F50 Garage Venture Fund, Bill Reichert indicates that the commercial development of artificial intelligence is just beginning, it is far from the so-called singularity effect. He indicates that the hardware research of artificial intelligence technology has made rapid progress, but the research of software is far behind the hardware, the innovators must exert efforts on the software in the next 2016, so as to play the real value of the hardware.

Trend Three: Nanotechnology, New Material and New Energy

The demand for new hardware of technology progress directly leads to the pursuit of new materials. Nanotechnology is a kind of technology using single atom or molecule to make the material, the ultimate pursuit about the Nanotechnology is to discretionarily combine all kinds of molecule, and be capable to make any kind of molecule structure. Of course, this remote future dream does not hold back the research of the nano materials today, IBM announced in July 2014 that it would invest 3 billion USD in the future 5 years to develop 7nm chip.

A startup of the Silicon Valley named as Applied Cavitation appearing in F50 Season6 Summit, mainly works on combining the deep nanotechnology with other advanced materials, to produce high-performance materials, and achieve the high performance on the aspects of electron, optics, heat, chemistry and physics. CEO of Applied Cavitation, Craig Allen says that this company is currently the only viably commercial solution supplier in the market which is capable to add large numbers of nanoscale materials with high density into the existing materials so as to obtain high performance.

Allen indicates that the applied range of high capacity nano materials includes the current Semiconductor Material market with the market scale of 25 billion USD, the Flex Circuits and Battery market with 18 billion USD, the Coating and Metallic-membrane Plating market with 60 billion USD, the Automotive Electronics market with 22 billion USD, the products involve 3D printing consumable materials, advanced sensors, transparent conductive coating, etc. By the patent technology, this company helps the chemical and material companies to constantly develop the next generation of products with quick speed, low cost, high quality. Allen indicates that Applied Cavitation currently has a variety of developed and finished products, it is making testing with global 1,000 + enterprises, the goal of this company is IPO in 2017.

Another startup named as Paper Battery shows in the activity, with its headquarter located in New York, and sets up branch company in the Silicon Valley, it bases on the super capacitor to develop innovative ultra-thin battery, and the PowerWrapper super capacitor product line with the thickness of less than 0.5mm provides 4.5V voltage and clean pulse power supply, and the PowerResponder mixed super capacitor product line replaces the cylindrical battery and provides battery of 5 times higher energy density but with smaller volume. Catering to the current trend of cloud computing and mobile computing, Paper Battery brings widespread and profound influence for the environments of mobile phone, wearable devices, Internet of things, servers and memory computing of storage through the new battery energy solutions. According to the introduction of CEO Shreefal Mehta, the products of this company will achieve mass production in 2016.

Trend Four: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and New Social Contact

Another hit technology of 2015 is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Techcrunch, a U.S. technological website, predicts that the market scale of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the world will reach 150 billion USD by 2020. This means that 2016 is the year of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to achieve acceleration force.

The startup of the Silicon Valley, Lytro, recently issued a brand-new virtual reality video equipment named as Immerge, it can greatly promote the film output of virtual reality and shorten the production time. Lytro developed the first light field camera in the world in 2011, and then launched the virtual reality camera system faced to enterprises, the professional light field video camera system used for video production, and the camera system with a sensor of 160,000,000 pixels. Another venture company of Augmented Reality named as Magic Leap located in Florida recently completes a round of 1 billion USD of financing with the value of 4.5 billion USD. Magic Leap is committed to utilizing the light field technology to achieve the display of 3D content, and Lytro solves the content capture of light field, and achieves the closed loop of light field content from capture to display.

The venture company of the Silicon Valley named as VRLab showing in this activity is a company dedicated to the virtual reality mobile social contact, VRLab believes that the current virtual reality technology has reached a stage which can be widely used in the consumer market. VRLab provides a mobile social APP, which can be ran at Apple iOS and Android mobile platform as well as PC, and can connect multiple players to enter the same virtual reality space, this platform is also open to the developers.

Let the small mobile phone screen become the infinite virtual reality space, VRLab is creating an ecosystem of virtual reality, this may release the Pandora's box of virtual reality mobile social contact.

Trend Five: New Software and New IT

When it comes to the technology trend, we have to mention the enterprise-level software and IT infrastructure, which is an important basis for all technological innovations. In this regard, Bill Reichert indicates that the development of big data and machine learning technology nowadays opens new space for the enterprise-level software and new IT. In particular, learn by machine and optimize machine learning, manage by algorithm and optimize other algorithm, these scenes which only appear in the "The Matrix" are appearing in the IT infrastructure level.

In this activity, Pensa Networks, a startup of the Silicon Valley, sees the great changes which the data center of enterprise is experiencing: On one hand, mass adoption of variety of virtualization technologies including computing, storage and the level of network infrastructure; on the other hand, the a large number of deployment mixed with the cloud constantly improves the visibility requirements for the private cloud of enterprises, the control of SLA service level agreement and the supporting power for the public cloud elastic deployment; besides, the new emergence of integration basic framework hastens compact type of software definition data center.

These technologies provide large numbers of mobile components, although they make convenience on the deployment, adjustment and optimization of data center, each component needs relocation and management, this greatly increases the work intension and difficulty of IT staff. Besides, the enterprises still have large numbers of remaining traditional IT system and devices, and this leads to chaotic IT infrastructure, and lets the deployment period of application software be significantly long, and it is easy to appear various human errors. So, the current so-called flexible DevOps application software development, in fact, needs flexible IT infrastructure and framework.

Ujwal Setlur is CEO of Pensa Netoworks, he tells the reporter that Pensa Netoworks develops a set of enterprise virtual infrastructure life cycle automatic management software. This is a management software based on the expert knowledge system, which can automatically sense and automatically learn enterprise virtual infrastructure environment. Then, through the automatic management and service, shorten 10 to 20 times of the time of enterprise to deploy virtual infrastructure, promote 5 times and above of the deployment quality, greatly shorten the deployment period of application software to the private cloud, public cloud and mixed cloud, decrease the deployment cost, simplify the deployment management.

In the interview of the Silicon Valley, the reporter also encounters Lantana Cloud, researching the next generation of DevOps technology, which is originally a company specially work on AWS public cloud management and performance optimization. CEO of the company, Ravi Janak is keen to capture the changing trend of enterprise IT infrastructure, so he focuses on developing the next generation of DevOps technology. Through big data learning, analysis and prediction, Lantana Cloud is developing the next generation of IT infrastructure management software based on Heuristic IT idea. This software system with a high degree of intelligence and wisdom, on the basis on automatic management system, can optimize the algorithm by algorithm, optimize the machine learning by machine learning, so as to achieve the self evolution of software and a high degree of machine self-government. Of course, Ravi Janak says that this is only an aspiration at present, it will constantly take out the periodical R & D achievements to carry out commercialization in the next few years.

With the approaching of 2016, it can be seen that more and more "Near at hand" new technologies and new products are appearing in the entrepreneurial ecology of the Silicon Valley, and these new technologies and new products once commercialized, the "Human's one great leap" is no longer a remote dream.

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