Backing S**t That Matters

  • Aire is using advanced algorithms to create a credit score for those who cannot get one from the incumbent credit bureaus. If, like Aneesh Varma, the founder, and I, you have moved to a new country or become “self-employed” you too would realise how much of our modern financial system relies on a historically-looking and quite skewed credit score number. Helping people gain accessibility to financial products at scale qualifies as “shit that matters!”
  • Echo , the UK-based prescription-management platform, is seeking to help patients on repeat prescriptions for long-term diseases more easily gain access to their medications, help them adhere to their doctor’s prescription and help make them healthier, all while helping the National Health Service save billions of Pounds wasted each year. As Steve O'Hear from Techcrunch put it when writing up the news of the Series A “Echo could actually be an example of a Silicon Valley-styled startup that genuinely creates more value than it captures.” Echo’s vision certainly qualifies as “shit that matters!”
  • Unacast has a mission to help map the real world in a way that integrates privacy-by-design. Yes, the easy money lies in reselling this to advertising platforms, but the real long-term value comes from making that high quality data accessible to the likes of city planners, or retail developers, academics or researchers. The data-set at scale can better inform policy decisions, integrate with other data-sets like urban transport schedules, pollution levels, school capacity to use modern data mining techniques to make our physical world better understood and better for us as individuals and as communities. It’s also “shit that matters!”

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Christian Hernandez

Christian Hernandez

Partner at @2150-vc backing technologies that make our world more resilient and sustainable. Salvadoran-born Londoner. YGL of the @wef Father ^3