Technology

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Billions of people are adopting the developed world’s insatiable appetite for access to information and connectivity. Data service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers spend billions to enable unique services and products to attract ever discerning consumer dollars. The rapid advance of Moore's Law – integrated and coupled with capabilities such as lighting, photonics, power and communications – positions Lux technology startups to profit from an ever-expanding global market.

  • Learn more about our approach in our case studies
  • Everspin Technologies: Accelerating data storage
  • Shapeways: 3D Printing The Future
AltSpaceVR
AltSpaceVR

AltspaceVR

AltspaceVR

AltspaceVR is a software company building the social platform for virtual reality. With AltspaceVR, user connect in virtual spaces to create shared experiences around anything on the web.

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Cambrios John LeMoncheck
Cambrios John LeMoncheck

Cambrios

Cambrios

Cambrios is commercializing ClearOhm™ transparent conductive films for applications in touch screens, LCDs and thin-film solar PV. The company's proprietary nanostructured materials can be deposited using existing production equipment to achieve enhanced performance of display devices and components at lower manufacturing cost.

PHOTO: John LeMoncheck, CEO (credit: Pietro Brezzo)

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CyPhy Works
CyPhy Works

CyPhy Works

CyPhy Works

CyPhy Works is a robotics company led by the former co-founder/CEO of iRobot with a focus on unmanned aerial vehicles for use in military, civil and commercial applications.

PHOTO: Helen Greneir, Founder & CEO

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Everspin Technologies MRAM
Everspin Technologies MRAM

Everspin Technologies

Everspin Technologies

Everspin is the global leader in developing and manufacturing magnetic-based memory (MRAM). A growing number of leading corporations have adopted Everspin MRAM to enable their most advanced products. Lux ideated and helped lead the spinout of Everspin from Freescale Semiconductor.

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Evolv
Evolv

Evolv

Evolv

Evolv is a security technology company commercializing a new type of metamaterials-based imaging system for use in airports and other high risk facilities.

Flex Logix
Flex Logix

Flex Logix

Flex Logix

Flex Logix is a stealth technology company based in Silicon Valley led by founding Rambus CEO Geoff Tate

Kymeta
Kymeta

Kymeta

Kymeta

Kymeta is leveraging a new class of synthetic light-bending materials called metamaterials to develop satellite communication technologies that were never before possible.

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Luxtera

Luxtera

Luxtera has pioneered CMOS Photonics, which for the first time allows the construction of advanced optical systems in standard semiconductor manufacturing processes. Silicon photonics promises to enable the next-generation of data-networking, computer and consumer electronics products—helping to overcome the bottlenecks posed by copper's inability to move information quickly between components and chips.

PHOTO: Greg Young, CEO

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Matterport
Matterport

Matterport

Matterport

Matterport is building a revolutionary, low-cost 3D scanning platform that allows anyone to create and share accurate 3D models of indoor spaces.

PHOTO: Co-Founders Dave Gausebeck, Matt Bell, and Mike Beebe with a prototype Matterport camera.

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Molecular Imprints
Molecular Imprints

Molecular Imprints

Molecular Imprints

Molecular Imprints is the technology leader for high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nanopatterning systems and solutions in the hard disk drive and semiconductor industries.

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Moment
Moment

Moment

Moment

Maker of the world’s best tools for mobile photography.

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Nanosys

Nanosys

Nanosys is an industry-leading nanotechnology company developing, manufacturing and selling products based on a technology platform of high performance inorganic nanostructures. Nanosys' technology is covered by a portfolio of over 500 patents and applications that is currently being applied to multiple industries including flat-panel displays and batteries.

PHOTO: Jason Hartlove, CEO

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Planet Labs
Planet Labs

Planet Labs

Planet Labs

Planet Labs provides universal access to information about the changing planet. The company will operate the world’s largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites to frequently image the entire planet and provide open access to that information.

PHOTO: Founders Chris Boshuizen, Robbie Schingler, and Will Marshall (credit: Signe Brewster)

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Shapeways
Shapeways

Shapeways

Shapeways

Shapeways is the world's largest marketplace for 3D printed objects - enabling anyone to create, customize, and buy incredibly personal products that were never before possible. It's powered by the world's most sophisticated 3D fulfillment engine, printing products in over 30 materials and delivering them to your doorstep.

PHOTO: Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and co-founder

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SiBeam John LeMoncheck
SiBeam John LeMoncheck

SiBeam (acquired)

SiBeam (acquired)

SiBEAM was the leading developer of high-speed wireless communications technologies and the first company to build 60 GHz chipsets using standard CMOS technology. A founding member of the WirelessHD Consortium, SiBEAM's products have been adopted by the leading global consumer electronics brands to provide wireless high-definition digital video display, without compromise. The company was acquired by Silicon Image [NASDAQ: SIMG].

PHOTO: SiBEAM WirelessHD Chip

Silicon Clocks (acquired)

Silicon Clocks (acquired)

Silicon Clocks was a fabless semiconductor electronics company developing timing chips for hard disk drives, disk controllers, communications devices, and other consumer electronics. The technology eliminated the need for off-chip quartz crystal resonators, which results in cost reduction and up to a 10x decrease in power dissipation for the timing component. The company was acquired by Silicon Labs [NASDAQ: SLAB].

Sols Systems team
Sols Systems team

SOLS Systems

SOLS Systems

Dynamic orthotics engineered to help you get more out of your day. Made possible by an advanced framework of image processing, real-time visualization, and 3d printing

PHOTO: Sols team

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Everspin TechnologiesAccelerating data storage

During the financial crisis, when others became inactive, Lux became active. We had closely followed a valuable technology program within Freescale Semiconductor, that in 10 years, had successfully progressed from DARPA-funded science to a commercial product. Based on spintronics (the spin of individual electrons), this novel non-volatile memory technology would enable instant-on computing. The effort had attracted significant investment from both Motorola and Freescale, with a leading 50-person development team boasting more than 350 foundational patents and millions of dollars in capital equipment. Lux helped lead the spin-out of the unit from Freescale into a new venture called Everspin, constructing an investment thesis, forming the investor syndicate and negotiating the transfer of products, assets and intellectual property. Today, the company is dramatically ramping operations, growing sales by more than 200% in the last year alone.

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Shapeways3D Printing The Future

Shapeways sits at the forefront 3D printing technology - enabling individuals and small businesses for the first time to have access to real production capability to create and sell their own products. The company operates the world's largest marketplace and fulfillment engine for 3D printed goods. With over half a million unique products for sale in its marketplace, Shapeways leverages sophisticated software and state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities to efficiently produce objects on-demand.

When we first learned of Shapeways, we saw a company well positioned to succeed in a rapidly-evolving industry. Lux led a financing for the company and helped advise founders on strategy, marketing and business development as Shapeways prepared to launch its Factory of the Future in NYC. As 3D printing technology continues to become less expensive, more capable, and more accessible, Shapeways and its community will benefit from the ability to offer more products, in more materials, at better prices. The Shapeways team is pioneering a transformative opportunity to make products (and production) personal. 

 

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