Safa Rashtchy SRNext- Now Think +

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    While I have curtailed my new angel investments to focus on my fund idea, there are still some very exciting areas that I continue to focus on and explore.  In fact, I consider the recent trends in the Valley with the VCs moving away form the consumer-facing companies and focusing more on enterprise and cloud platforms to be very fortunate for my investment thesis. Unlike many VCs and investors here, I happen to believe that this is the golden age of consumer-based platform, as there is so much that can be done for the average user (more on this in a future article).

    Travel, healthcare, O2O, new models of e-commerce, and next generation of social media are among areas that I am researching at this point.  Healthcare, with the advances in Genomics as well as initiatives on electronic medical records and communications is a truly exciting area.  All of these areas have the potential for huge value creation for consumers, as well as, in many cases, for the whole society.

  • Bina Technologies, founded by Stanford scientists, has revolutionized genomic analysis by making full sequencing orders of magnitude faster and more accurate. The company is the leading player in this fast growing sector.
  • A revolutionary way to buy and sell photos - In semi-stealth mode for now.....

  • Backplane unites people around interests, affinities and movements in unprecedented ways.  The first Backplane community is Lady Gaga's #LittleMonsters ( Additional Backplane communities will launch throughout 2012.

Key Trends/Focus Areas

e-Commerce 3.0 – The curated, personalized and image-driven commerce (e.g.

Social Networking 2.0 – Beyond Facebnook  (e.g. Backplane, a portfolio company)

Travel – Social travel ( e.g Triptrooting) and new, personalized ( vs. search-based)...

Events and Travel

  • Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland,
    Jun 15, 2013
  • New York, Washington D.C - March 2013
    Mar 13, 2013
  • Ski in Deer Valley- February 2013
    Feb 7, 2013
  • India - 2012
    Dec 1, 2012 to Dec 8, 2012
  • Toronto, Canada – Family visit
    Aug 15, 2011 to Aug 28, 2011

Investment Companies:



3Gear Systems