Q4 2019

LATINAMERICANEWS / Q4 2019 5 NEWS , Azul S.A., “Azul” is one of the largest airlines in Brazil, which offers flights to number of cities served and with daily departures, With an operating fleet of 133 aircraft and more than 12,000 crewmembers, the Company has a network of 237 non-stop routes as of September 30, 2019. Recently, Azul received the first Airbus A321neo ever delivered in Brazil. Configured in a 214 seat layout and powered by CFM International’s Leap-1A engines, the aircraft is the first of 13 ordered. The airline has chosen the A321neo to fly its high-density domestic routes and will provide customers with an industry leading inflight experience, including larger overhead bins, mood-lighting and individual touch-screen inflight entertainment. “The A321neo is an important milestone for Azul once it will allow the company to simultaneously grow its route network and become more efficient. Customers will enjoy the extra legroom of our Espaco Azul product as well as free unlimited snacks and drinks. The new Airbus will also feature individual seat-back touch screen entertainment with stored content and soon to come streaming live-TV and Wifi”, says John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul. Azul Receives The First Airbus A321neo In Brazil Venture capital firmRokk3r Fuel ExO adds three companies to its portfolio in Q4, breaking into robotics, XR. The companies are Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand; Silicon Valley robotics start-up OhmniLabs; and Richard Branson-backed Emerge. The aircraft is the first of 13 ordered and will allow the company to simultaneously grow its high-density domestic routes and reduce seat-cost. Venture capital firm Rokk3r Fuel ExO, led by former Bank of America Merrill Lynch managing director Jeff Ransdell, has added three companies to its portfolio this quarter, participating in investment rounds altogether totalling more than $20 million. To date, Rokk3r Fuel has invested in a dozen early-stage start-ups, including Bolt Mobility, Taxfyle, and AdMobilize. Rokk3r Fuel’s newest portfolio companies are Soundtrack Your Brand, OhmniLabs and Emerge, marking the firm’s first foray into Europe and the extended reality (XR) and robotics spaces. Soundtrack Your Brand provides music licensing for businesses. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, and led by Beats Music co-founder Ola Sars, the company was founded in 2013 with Spotify. It is active in 70 markets worldwide and boasts a catalogue of 50 million tracks. In 2019, Fast Company magazine named Soundtrack Your Brand one of the world’s most innovative companies in music. SYB backers include top- tier European funds Balderton Capital and Industrifonden. OhmniLabs,based in Silicon Valley, is an end-to-end robotics company, providing robotics technology solutions and hardware across more than 25 countries. The company was founded in 2015 and is led by Thuc Vu, a Stanford Ph.D. and serial entrepreneur whose past ventures include Katango, which was backed by Kleiner Perkins and sold to Google in 2011. OhmniLabs counts among its B2B clients All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and Ball Aerospace, the aircraft manufacturer subsidiary of publicly traded Ball Corporation. Emerge is redefining the concept of teleportation, with a first product that allows users to physically touch and feel extended reality (XR) holograms with bare hands, and share them with others from a distance. Founded in 2015, Emerge is backed by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital and M13 Ventures, whose limited partners include Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Hong Kong billionaire Silas Chou. Rokk3r Fuel’s trio of investments in the fourth quarter of 2019 represents the firm’s most active investment period to date, and caps off four deals since the close of its second fund, totalling $224 million from a group of Limited Partners that includes a multi- billion private wealth management firm and billionaire real estate investor Moishe Mana. “We are thrilled for our Limited Partners to have a front-row seat to the development of these amazing companies following their respective raises,” said Maggie Vo, CFA®, Rokk3r Fuel General Partner and Chief Investment Officer. “We look forward to cultivating strong partnerships with Soundtrack Your Brand, OhmniLabs and Emerge. Beyond providing capital and access to key business opportunities in the southeastern U.S. and Latin America through our network, we are eager to also provide guidance and mentorship to these promising teams as they continually develop.”

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