Next-Gen Product Design and Development Demands Digital Thread

Posted on | Adrian Fortino | Intelligent Manufacturing, NextGen Enterprise
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Next-Gen Product Design and Development Demands Digital Thread, was published in Industry Week and was written by Adrian Fortino. Adrian Fortino, Managing Director at Mercury Fund, shares insights into product design’s demand for digital thread. Manufacturers are experts at minimizing waste. From production to packaging to transport, every part of …
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To Jump-Start Corporation Innovation, Choose The Startup Next Door

Posted on | Adrian Fortino | Midwest, Startup Operations, Venture Investment Strategy
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To Jump-Start Corporation Innovation, Choose The Startup Next Door, was published in Innovation Enterprise and was written by Adrian Fortino. Adrian Fortino, Partner at Mercury Fund, shares insights into corporate innovation through Midcontinent startups. The engineers’ ‘eye,’ unparalleled capital efficiency, or a glut of top-tier technology grads might all be …
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BusinessMakers Radio with Blair Garrou

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Midwest, Venture Investment Strategy
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Mercury Fund is a Houston and Ann Arbor-based venture fund that invests in early-stage startups throughout the Midcontinent. Our unique positioning is built on the belief that entrepreneurship is not a coastal pursuit — innovation happens everywhere. When Mercury was founded in 2005, our focus was on Texas and the …
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Why We Invested in Ambyint

Posted on | Adrian Fortino | Intelligent Manufacturing, Venture Investment Strategy
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Following one of the largest oil crashes in modern history, developers, operators, and producers cut costs and halted investments in the volatile industry. In many ways, lower commodity prices jump started the digital transformation of the energy industry. Numerous energy firms were forced to begin leveraging technology and asset data …
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AI and Machine Learning: Ubiquitous, Full Stack, Vertical and Engaged

Posted on | Dan Watkins | Advice
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  There is a tidal wave of startup activity around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML).  It is reasonable for startups and investors to be excited; AI/ML will (eventually) transform many, if not all industries.  Here, we take out our crystal ball and make a few projection about what VC …
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40 Austin startups raised $385.9 million in Q2

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Startup Operations, Texas
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40 Austin startups raised $385.9 million in Q2, was published in Venture Beat and was written by Mary Ann Azevedo. Blair Garrou, Partner at Mercury Fund, discusses the future of Houston’s startup scene. Second quarter venture investment in Texas once again reflected a common trend: Austin nabbed the most amount …
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Five Questions for Mercury Fund Co-Founder Blair Garrou

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Culture, Houston
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Five Questions for Mercury Fund Co-Founder Blair Garrou, was published in Xconomy and was written by Angela Shah. Blair Garrou, Partner at Mercury Fund, talks with Angela Shah about Houston. Blair Garrou is the kind of guy who prefers juggling a lot of balls at once. When oil prices cratered …
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