Hatcher+ Debuts World’s Most Advanced Venture as a Service Technology (VAAST(TM)) Platform


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  • Scalable, cloud-based platform enables accelerators, venture studios, family offices, corporate VCs, and venture fund managers to automate operations, create multi-level deal origination partnerships, and access thousands of deals annually, worldwide
  • Developed at a cost of US$10m, the Hatcher+ VAAST™ platform incorporates advanced AI-based predictive analytics, impact scoring, and business process automation – and supports 18 languages and 50 currencies.
  • The Hatcher+ VAAST™ platform, which incorporates over 20 leading SAAS-based technologies in addition to its proprietary code, has been used to quantify over 20,000 startups and 120 investments to date and is available free to qualifying accelerators, venture studios, family offices, and venture ecosystem partners.

SINGAPORE, Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Hatcher+, a leading, next-generation, data-driven venture firm, has launched VAAST, the world’s first and most advanced Venture As A Service Technology Platform (VAAST™).

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Next generation tools provided for the Accelerators' community.
Next generation tools provided for the Accelerators’ community.


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Track Investee Company Progress And Access All Funds And Portfolio Information


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High Quality Global Deal Flow

Unlike previous generations of stand-alone deal management platforms, VAAST™ has been designed from the ground up to enable quantitative analytics and big data to play a role alongside traditional, more subjective decision-making for the first time.

Through the platform, founders have easier access to capital, can share data between ecosystem partners and standardize the quantitative analysis of venture investments using advanced, AI-based predictive analytics (AI/ML). They can also manage investor communications and store and share data profiles, cap tables, pitch decks, investor documents, and KPI updates with multiple investors and stakeholders at the same time.

Through its inclusion of AI/ML, deal scouting capability and predictive scoring – technologies VAAST™ helps VCs identify potential startup opportunities based on an investor- defined mandate. Using the Deal Scout feature, users can scout startups using Natural Language Processing and use the Hatcher+ Opportunity Score to determine which startups best fit.

John Sharp, Founding Partner of Hatcher+, said, “Through our first traditional investment vehicle, Hatcher H1, we were reminded constantly of the qualitative and subjective nature of investing and how venture capital has lagged behind other asset classes in terms of technology adoption.”

“Since then, our mission is to de-risk, democratize and revolutionize the VC industry with new levels of intelligent automation, data sharing and analysis with Hatcher+ and VAAST™”.

To date, partnerships with leading accelerators and data vendors worldwide have enabled Hatcher+ to build a database of 600,000 transactions spanning 20 years to support its machine learning capabilities and expects to expand its portfolio and add up to 30,000 additional profiles annually by the end of 2021.

About Hatcher+

Headquartered in Singapore, Hatcher+ is a next-generation, data-driven, global venture firm. Since 2018, Hatcher+ has invested in 130 companies, bringing robust and consistent returns to investors as part of its H2 fund investment strategy. Last year alone, Hatcher+ analysed over 10,500 inbound deals on behalf of its LPs and 15 strategic co-investment partners. The company expects this number to rise to over 30,000 deals annually by the end of 2021.

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Hublot Launches New Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire


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The art of fusion reaches a new level with a double endeavour at the limits of possibility

NYON, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Transparent, black, yellow, blue, red – Hublot has mastered the creation and machining of sapphires with exclusive shades for its watchcases. With the new Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire, the brand has once again achieved a world first by adding a completely new colour to its palette of through-tinted sapphires. This unprecedented technical and aesthetic feat is combined with an entirely new tourbillon movement not only equipped with self-winding (a rarity for a tourbillon), but also with a reinvented architecture with its micro-rotor visible on the dial side and three sapphire bridges. A new fusion of daring and transparency, in a limited edition of 50 pieces.


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In line with its winning spirit, Hublot has produced a new exceptional innovation by unveiling the world’s very first case in orange sapphire. Our manufacture has also reaffirmed its watchmaking expertise by unveiling a new automatic tourbillon calibre, entirely designed and manufactured in-house, and on which the spectacular visible dial side architecture underscores the innovative design of the watch. The “Art of Fusion” in all its glory according to Hublot.
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Orange sapphire, a world first

If there’s one area where Hublot’s own “Art of Fusion” is expressed in all its boldness and radiance, it’s definitely that of cutting-edge materials, particularly manufactured sapphire. Over the years, the brand (which has its own Metallurgy & Materials laboratory) has already released numerous very illustrious watches where the sapphire cases and dials, available in novel colours, act as transparent settings for sophisticated mechanics – such as the Big Bang Unico Sapphire (transparent), All Black Sapphire, Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire and Blue Sapphire, and the recent Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire. Today, Hublot continues to innovate with this extraordinary material by reinterpreting the Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon in an entirely new orange shade – a world first for a through-tinted sapphire – achieved thanks to the incorporation of titanium and chromium in a skilful manufacturing process. This surprising and dynamic colour is a breath of fresh air for haute horlogerie, and is in perfect harmony with Hublot’s culture of excellence. The fascination of the translucent bezel and case in finely polished orange sapphire is enhanced by the technical tone of the six H-shape titanium screws that characterise the iconic Big Bang design.

An entirely new self-winding tourbillon calibre

A revolutionary case with an innovative movement. Hublot illustrates its unrivalled watchmaking expertise – and its mastery of the tourbillon, which has been constantly developed since 2007 – by accommodating an entirely new tourbillon movement at the heart of the orange sapphire, completely designed and produced by the brand. Unlike traditional tourbillon movements, equipped with manual winding, this exceptional calibre makes a name for itself thanks to its self-winding system ensuring a minimum power reserve of three days (72 hours) – a very noticeable improvement for the wearer. It is equipped with ceramic ball bearings and the latest Hublot technical advances in its winding system. The manufacture has also reasserted its uniqueness by reconstructing the movement in its entirety in order to make the micro-rotor visible from the dial side. This innovative layout not only represents an additional technical challenge for the designers, but also breathes new life in aesthetic terms, by strengthening the spectacular appearance of the dial and its very contemporary design. The perpetual movements of the micro-rotor set at 12 o’clock echo the rotation of the tourbillon, its regulating organ, positioned in perfect symmetry at 6 o’clock. The grey 22-carat gold micro-rotor is set off by exquisite decoration (bevelling, sunray-brushing and sand-blasting), as well as by signature Hublot openwork in the precious metal.

Hublot has also continued in its quest for transparency by using more sapphire in the movement itself. The manufacture calibre on the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire is equipped for the first time with three sapphire bridges – a barrel bridge, an automatic bridge and a tourbillon barrette. The lightweight effect of the skeleton work is accentuated by heavily open-worked and sandblasted platinum. The tourbillon cage at six o’clock, revolving on its axis every minute to compensate for the pull of the earth on the movement’s direction, is distinctive for its pure geometry affording a glimpse into the mechanical heart of the model. The legibility of the open dial is enhanced by hands and indices with a luminescent coating. The transparent orange rubber strap with a lined relief – with a patented express One Click interchangeability system and titanium deployant buckle – completes the cutting-edge look of this limited edition release of 50 pieces.

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Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire


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Marketing in a polarized nation: Providing trust, truth and sanctuary creates a pathway for US brands


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LONDON, Jan 26, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – As the United States welcomed a new president, there remains concern among citizens and brands about the country’s deep polarization. WARC’s first Spotlight US series, “Marketing in a polarized nation,” explores how brands can chart a path forward.

While some brands embrace polarization, WARC explains how most Americans are actually moderate, and many are looking to brands for trust, truth and even sanctuary during a time that remains disruptive.

WARC Spotlight US is a new bimonthly series, with each edition focused on a timely topic geared towards helping brands market effectively in the US. The series is a capsule collection of expert commentary and insights, tackling each topic from a range of angles. Contributors to the series are highly-regarded industry professionals offering the latest advice into what’s working.

Launching with the theme ‘Marketing in a polarized nation’, this first Spotlight US includes eight exclusive and diverse pieces bringing together varying points of view and research for brands to draw on at a time of disruption.

Cathy Taylor, US Commissioning Editor, WARC, says: “This quote by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan made a comeback during the Trump years: “You are entitled to your opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.” A lot of the current polarization emanates from America currently being a nation that cannot agree on its own facts. The challenge for brands is to reach customers with such varying beliefs and attitudes.”

“While there are no easy answers, some themes have emerged from this first edition of our Spotlight US series, such as the changing nature of influencers. As a growing share of Americans feel corporations should use their influence to impact important issues, how brands respond to current times will greatly influence where customers spend their hard-earned dollars, as will their ability to build and maintain trust.”

WARC’s Spotlight US “Marketing in a polarized nation” consists of the following pieces:

– Interview with renowned political marketing strategist Mark Penn on why the US is actually moderate. View on

– Kirsten Maryott, Strategy Director, Wieden+Kennedy, explains why polarization, for brands, is a good thing. She says: “Polarization in politics and beyond – gives us passion groups. When it’s clear what a brand stands for, and what they stand against, things get interesting.” Read on

‘It’s not just political: The cross-currents buffeting US consumers’ is an article by Victoria Sakal, Managing Director, Brand Intelligence, on the role of brands in a post-election world.

– Shawn Francis, Head of Creative, WeAreSocial NY, addresses the role of influencers in his piece ‘Polarization in the U.S. is fueling a new wave of reliable, authentic influencers.’

– Anita Schillhorn, Director of Strategy, McKinney LA, looks at what unifies Americans in her article ‘After the riot: How brands can respond to an ever-changing US political climate.’

– In ‘US consumers voted for stability over disruption, and that has implications for brands’ J.Walker Smith, Chief Knowledge Officer, Kantar discusses consumer tension around disruption.

– Avin Narasimhan, US Head of Communications Planning, PHD looks at why “Brands need values, not politics.”

– Read WARC’s Cathy Taylor’s opinion piece detailing the report’s key themes and why they create a pathway for brands on

The topic for WARC’s next bimonthly Spotlight US, to be released in March, is US media spend and strategy. Spotlight US complements WARC’s Spotlight Southeast Asia (, India ( and Australia ( series, with further market-specific Spotlights being released over the coming months.

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