Venture Development – A New Model for Start-up Success

Existing entrepreneurial methodologies are not creating robust new ventures sufficient to supply the modern economy with innovation, jobs, and wealth creation. It is time for a new model. VenDev firms can be used by both investors and entrepreneurs to exploit the availability of experienced managers familiar with entrepreneurial environments. Many willing and competent potential start-up […]

Topic of the Week (TOTW): “CEO for Start-ups Without an Entrepreneur”

Commercialization of IP through new venture development is a difficult task for university technology transfer offices or research institutions. Researchers frequently want to see their ideas come to life and benefit the larger community but don’t have the business experience to make it happen.  Without a CEO to lead the formation of a company many […]

Energy Transformation: Trends and Drivers 1990-2040

Opus Faveo recently published a new white paper on global energy.  Access to low-cost and abundant energy, most of it based on fossil fuels, has enabled rapid economic progress among developed nations over the past century.  As development progresses and global incomes increase, and as that progress expands to include more of the global population […]

Hacks & Hills Releases Fall Video Showcasing New Product

Opus Faveo portfolio company Hacks & Hills released a new video showcasing its products as part of its pre-launch campaign. The excitement is building! Farewell to summery hacks with the one you love and bring on the colors and crispness of fall. — Hacks & Hills (@HacksAndHills) September 18, 2016  

Topic of the Week (TOTW): Challenger Selling, Solution Selling, or What?

In the B2B marketplace there is always an unending flood of books and articles being written around the latest hot new thing in sales methodology. In recent years it has gone from “Solution Selling” (find out what keeps your customer up at night) to “Challenger Selling” (tell your customer what should be keeping him up […]

Topic of the Week (TOTW): Know Your Customer

This week’s discussion topic focused on best practices for understanding customers.  Our team members shared some unique experiences, which surfaced a handful of best practices relevant to just about any start-up. Here are four best practices that emerged from the discussion:

Topic of the Week (TOTW): Hustling

As we mentioned in social media, we have long had a Topic of the Week that we discuss for 30 minutes at the beginning of our weekly status meeting. Topics relate to new venture creation, management, growth, and the personal aspects thereof.  Sometimes topics are quite lofty and ethereal, while at other times they are extremely […]

Sea Machines Robotics and Discovery Networks

It was an exciting day in Boston Harbor yesterday for Opus Faveo client, Sea Machines Robotics. The company and its unmanned prototype workboat are garnering an increasing amount of media attention. Discovery Networks spent a gorgeous day on the water, overlooking Boston’s financial and innovation districts, filming a demo of real-world marine autonomy – the next revolution […]

Opus Faveo Partner Leads Webinar for Mexican Scientists

The “Red de Talentos Mexicanos“, or Mexican Talent Network, is a program initiated by the Foreign Ministry and Economy Ministry of Mexico in order to foster relationships, interactions and the development of leading scientists, thinkers and leaders of Mexican origin wherever in the world they may live. Opus Faveo Managing Partner Christian Blackwell was recently […]

The Ares Materials team attended Display Week.

SID’s Display Week is the premier international event for the electronic display industry, where breakthrough technologies are introduced. Display Week offers synergies unparalleled by any other display event, comprised of attendees and exhibitors representing the foremost display-engineering talent from all over the world, as well as leaders representing both the commercial and consumer markets. It was a […]

Ares Materials introduces Pylux™

Opus Faveo portfolio company, Ares Materials, has formally announced its new showcase product, Pylux™ – enabling the revolution that will make electronics flexible, bendable and more fully “integratable” into our lives and environments.  ¡Viva la revolución!

Hacks and Hills Secures Another Equity Investment

Congratulations to Opus Faveo portfolio company Hacks & Hills for securing another equity investment.  This latest round will enable Hacks & Hills to begin production of their initial product for sale this fall season. Hacks & Hills is truly international.  The company’s headquarters are in Toronto, and much of the design for the equestrian jacket […]

New App Helps Tornado Survivors Manage Debt

Opus Faveo client Advanced Net Labs develops a first of its kind app called SafeResponse.org to help victims of the 2015 tornado outbreak who rose from the debris only to fall deeply into debt. “It’s the first time we’ve applied this technology to disaster relief,” said Keith Thode with Advanced Net Labs. “Safe response people […]

Opus Faveo on Valuation

Opus Faveo Partners, David Overton and Christian Blackwell, recently led a seminar on valuation of early stage companies for the Lubbock Angel Network (“LAN”) and Texas Tech University. LAN, led by Eli Velasquez and Ryan Reber, is a new but serious organization focused on providing early stage capital to companies, especially those based in West Texas, […]

Congratulations to Ares Materials

Congratulations to Opus Faveo portfolio company Ares Materials Inc. on its most recent funding round.  The initial closing was in December and the round is expected to be completed by the end of February. Investors included a Silicon Valley-based institutional VC as well as a sophisticated family office with a long track-record of VC investing.

Hacks & Hills Releases Holiday Teaser

Opus Faveo portfolio company Hacks & Hills released a holiday video greeting showcasing its products as part of its pre-launch campaign. The excitement is building!   Spend this holiday season with the one you love. Head to the stables! #EquestrianStyle #Horse #Dressage #Hunter Holiday Video Greeting — Hacks & Hills (@HacksAndHills) December 16, 2015   […]

Ares Materials is Bringing Flexibility to Your Life

Ares Materials Inc. has launched!  The company is the result of a venture development collaboration between Opus Faveo and scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas. The leadership and technical team includes materials scientists, electrical engineers and chemists who have developed revolutionary technology that will enable the next revolution in consumer electronics. Opus Faveo has […]

AirMetrics Analytics Receives Research Grant

Opus Faveo portfolio company AirMetrics Analytics was awarded a competitive $100,000 research and commercialization grant from the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program (“MTRAC“). The MTRAC program was developed to fund translational research of novel, commercially viable technologies. Program funding focuses on advanced materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain/propulsion, software/controls/data, and advanced manufacturing processes.

AirMetrics Analytics Launched!

AirMetrics Analytics, the result of a venture development collaboration between Opus Faveo, University of Michigan scientists, and an aerospace industry executive, has launched. The company promises to revolutionize the aerospace industry using big data and robotics to dramatically improve air safety in next-generation carbon-fiber airframes.  The venture is the result of what we do: bringing together scientists, experienced industry […]

Dr. Ryan Eustice on Autonomous Cars

Opus Faveo collaborator Dr. Ryan Eustice was interviewed on NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” in a show about the future of autonomous vehicles.  “On Point”, which is produced by Boston’s WBUR, is a nationally syndicated program carried by 290 stations across the US. The show is entitled “Detroit Vs. Silicon Valley: The Future Of The […]

Hacks & Hills Closes First Funding Round

Opus Faveo portfolio company Hacks & Hills has closed its first outside funding round. The company is developing an exciting international lifestyle brand focused on premium equestrian-inspired apparel. The seed round will provide funding for the company to develop and refine its product prototypes, solidify its manufacturing supply chain, further develop branding and prepare for commercial launch. […]

Mexican Scientists are Creating the American Dream

  Opus Faveo venture development partners, Dr. David Arreaga and Dr. Adrián Avendaño, are creating the American Dream – in the lab. After obtaining their PhDs in Materials Science, the duo are commercializing the technology they developed at the University of Texas at Dallas using the incredible facilities enabled by the university’s close ties to […]