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Tony Chao is a senior investment director and general manager for Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials. His investment focus areas include artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics/biologics, semiconductors, advanced displays, augmented/virtual reality and opportunities in Asia. Tony is active in championing and promoting innovation and excellence in the corporate venturing community through his role as Chair of the NVCA - Corporate Venture Group. Global Corporate Venture magazine named him to its Powerlist 2017 for pushing the envelope in corporate-government partnerships and helping Applied Ventures establish a deeper footprint in Asia. He is fluent in English and Mandarin. In addition to his affection for entrepreneurship, he enjoys sports that start with the letter S: soccer, skiing and sailing. To learn more, visit http://www.appliedmaterials.com/company/applied-ventures/team.
Head-mounted displays for virtual, augmented and mixed reality have the potential for a variety of applications but there is still a lot of room for improvement in display technology. Applied Ventures portfolio company Avegant is hoping to change that.
The VC ecosystem continues to evolve and according to the National Venture Capital Association, corporate investors are becoming an increasingly important source of venture capital. Applied Ventures discusses what's driving this changing landscape and the unique value corporate VCs bring to the table.
2014 marked an exciting and active year, where Applied Ventures closed four new investments in early stage technology companies. The most recent investment is RayVio Corporation, a solid state ultraviolet (SSUV) light emitting diode (LED) startup first developed at Boston University and backed by some of the world’s leading investors.
As a member of the organizing committee, I’m pleased to share that Applied Ventures will be participating in the second-annual Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF) held in conjunction with SEMICON West 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 8.The forum is designed to bring new and emerging innovators together with the semiconductor industry’s top strategic investors and venture capitalists (VCs), in order to enable closer collaboration and showcase the next generation of entrepreneurs in microelectronics.
The printing press revolutionized the world, transitioning the end of the Dark Ages to the beginning of the Renaissance. Could we be witnessing a similar revolution in the biotechnology space? The Applied Ventures team thinks so, and recently expanded our portfolio with an investment in Twist Bioscience Corporation, an advanced biotechnology start-up developing a proprietary semiconductor-based technology platform with the potential for synthetic gene manufacturing.
Picture a future where your bathroom mirror doubles as an information resource, displaying the weather forecast and your daily agenda, and where your vision is precisely enhanced by tunable eyeglasses and windshields. This is a future that Halation Photonics aims to enable. Applied Ventures is proud to join Halation as an investor.The majority of mobile devices today use LCD screens. While these displays are certainly a technical marvel, next generation devices will demand higher efficiency displays that consume significantly less power.Unlike traditional displays that require a backlight and a constant power source, Halation’s multi-stable liquid crystal displays do not require any power to hold an image. In this video, Dan Sun, Halation’s chairman and CTO, explains Halation’s innovative technology and some of its applications.More on Halation's technology after the jump.