Tech Optimist Episode 9: Three Breakthroughs — Brain Computers, Ohalo, Manipulating Weather

Alumni Ventures CEO Mike Collins and Senior Associate Drew Wandzilak discuss three groundbreaking advancements

Alumni Ventures
2 min readJun 7, 2024

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In our latest Three Breakthroughs segment, Alumni Ventures Founder and CEO Mike Collins and Senior Associate Drew Wandzilak discuss three groundbreaking advancements:

  • Neuralink’s progress with FDA approval for a second patient
  • Innovations in food breeding by the company Ohalo
  • Climate modification techniques involving cloud seeding

Join them as they delve into these exciting technological breakthroughs and their potential global impacts.

Alumni Ventures offers accredited individuals access to professional-grade venture capital, a key asset class missing from the portfolios of many sophisticated investors. Since 2014, AV has raised $1.3+ billion from 10,000+ investors and backed 1,300+ unique portfolio companies. AV is a top 20 venture firm in North America according to CB Insights, as well as the #1 most active venture firm in the U.S., and #3 most active in the world, according to PitchBook’s 2022 and 2023 rankings. AV has won awards from Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Benzinga, and the US FinTech Awards.



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