Delivering Building Automation 2.0
By Brian Walsh, Head of WIND Ventures
75F is a hot small business based in often-chilly Minnesota. Founder Deepinder (Deep) Singh, a software engineer by training, started brainstorming 75F a decade ago after he was frustrated with his efforts to control the temperature in the baby’s room of his drafty house.
He devised a smart HVAC solution that makes commercial buildings more comfortable and energy-efficient. Using the Internet of Things (IoT), 75F harnesses the power of the cloud and packs it into smart control devices to make people more comfortable. 75F’s self-optimizing system does all the…
Author: Brian Walsh, Head of Wind Ventures
A seamless, cost-effective electricity system, from generation to end-use, is closer than anyone might imagine. The new system will see a significant scale-up of clean energy, access to consumer participation and choice, electrification of transportation, microgrids, energy storage, and two-way flows of energy and information. This shift will bring us to a low-carbon, more resilient future.
One of the pivotal technologies required to make this transformation a reality is smart charging for electric vehicles or EVs. With smart charging, the charger “communicates” with your car, the charging operator, and the utility company through…
Author: Brian Walsh, WIND Ventures
2020 has been a whirlwind of a year, bringing many challenges and changes but also opportunities. At WIND Ventures, we significantly expanded our portfolio, making investments to back talented entrepreneurs across the globe, from the US to Spain to Colombia. …
At WIND Ventures, we are thrilled to announce our participation in Chiper’s $12M Series A investment to accelerate the company’s impressive growth. Chiper is a Colombia-based tech startup that is driving the digital transformation of one of Latin America’s largest and most important retail channels: corner stores. We invested alongside an outstanding group of co-investors, including Monashees and Kaszek Ventures, who have collectively backed some of the most recognizable unicorn startups in Latin America including Rappi, Nubank, and 99.
A Look at the Venture Capital Community’s View of Global Growth Markets
Today, we’re excited to share the results from our latest survey on the venture capital community’s view of global growth markets. The survey reveals venture investors’ misperceptions on Latin America’s favorable fundamentals for startup expansion, with just eight percent viewing the region as the largest growth market behind China (37 percent), Western Europe (29 percent), Southeast Asia (13 percent) and India (12 percent).
At WIND Ventures, our mission is to support startups across the world accelerate growth, primarily within Latin America. This latest research…
Author: Sean Simpson, WIND Ventures
At WIND Ventures we aim to back the companies that will define the new era of energy, transportation and retail. We call San Francisco home but search for the best Founders across the globe and are uniquely positioned to help startups scale into one of the fastest growing global markets, Latin America. Our team brings a wealth of both institutional and corporate venturing experience and has a proven track record of creating win/wins between startups and large corporations.
The energy space is of particular interest to WIND Ventures and we believe that the energy transition…
The LaTAM is huge!
Author: Sean Simpson, WIND Ventures
The typical approach for US startups has been to first dominate their home market and then figure out the right international expansion strategy. On the surface, it is not an unreasonable approach. Most US markets use the same language, payment systems, marketing channels, and so on which makes expansion very straightforward and scalable. But once a startup conquers the San Franciscos, New Yorks, and Chicagos, it might be worthwhile to look at whether the next US city is going to net benefit the startup more than an international option.
Out of stealth and into action
By: Brian Walsh, Head of WIND Ventures
Today, we are publicly announcing WIND Ventures’ plans to invest in global startups through our newly appointed investment team. Based in San Francisco since 2019, WIND Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Copec aims to invest in start-ups and scale-ups across the world transforming the energy, mobility and retail sectors and to grant entrepreneurs with ‘unfair’ access to the rapidly growing Latin America (LatAm) region.
WIND Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of COPEC, a leading energy company with dominant market share throughout Latin America.