Technology

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka

Partner / West Coast

Since 2015

With engineering roots, Rayfe brings technical knowledge to Canaan, focusing on deep tech investments including AI / ML, IoT, Space and Robotics, as well as enterprise and infrastructure software. Rayfe previously worked as a Senior Associate on Cloud and IoT projects at Keystone Strategy. Prior to that, he was a ML engineer for Wolverine Trading and ASIC designer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Rayfe earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Rayfe in 5

Origins: Grew up in the pineapple fields of Mililani, HI

Talent: Eating a lot (SERIOUSLY, A LOT)

Family: Always comes first

Dream Job: Professional surfer

School Days: Graduated USC in 3 years (Rank #1 in EE dept.), NCAA champion

Investments

Latest

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: Building the internet of space – Announcing our investment in Kepler Communications

The Globe and Mail: Toronto nanosatellite internet startup Kepler Communications raises US$60-million as investor interest in space economy grows

CNBC: Startup Kepler raises $60 million to expand in-space data communications network

TechCrunch: Fireflies.ai raises $14M for its meeting transcription and automation service

VentureBeat: Fireflies.ai puts $14M into its AI videoconferencing assistant

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The biggest opportunity in machine learning is tiny – Announcing our Series A investment in Edge Impulse

Forbes: Toyota selects Apex.OS to underpin automated vehicle platform

TechCrunch: Toyota taps Apex.AI for its autonomous vehicle operating system

WSJ: Midwest labor markets shake off Covid-19 downturn

Canaan promotes Laura Chau and Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka to Partner

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The enterprise “edge”

Entrepreneur: These founders built a perfect remote-work product ... without realizing it

TechCrunch: 9 top space tech VCs on the market's opportunities and challenges

Forbes: As factories struggle with how to automate, READY Robotics, spun out of Johns Hopkins, raises $23M For robotic O/S

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: READY - Programming the next robotic automation

TechCrunch: Volvo invests in autonomous vehicle operating system startup Apex.AI through its VC arm

Forbes: Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka named to 30 Under 30

VentureBeat: Fireflies raises $5 million for its AI assistant for meetings

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: Fireflies makes collaborating after a meeting suck less, like Dropbox did for files and Slack did for messaging

Reuters: Veteran German auto boss joins board of U.S. self-driving software startup

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The shift to an 80/20 robot-first world

Reuters: Ex-Bosch engineers aim to strengthen self-driving car software

TechCrunch: Apex.AI raises $15.5 million for autonomous vehicle software

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The safest car you will never drive

Maha Ibrahim & Dan Ciporin: Next generation investors for next generation entrepreneurs

Fortune: The summer of venture capital promotions isn’t over yet

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The era of AI-first companies

Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: How to cut through the AI hype

Deepak Kamra: Capella Space: Getting the full picture

Martech’s next frontier: the B2C marketing cloud

Rayfe in 5

Origins: Grew up in the pineapple fields of Mililani, HI

Talent: Eating a lot (SERIOUSLY, A LOT)

Family: Always comes first

Dream Job: Professional surfer

School Days: Graduated USC in 3 years (Rank #1 in EE dept.), NCAA champion