Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | Xage Security has created an innovative product for securing the rapidly evolving Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As connected devices become more pervasive in our world – from smart homes to cars to cities to personal devices to factories – convenience and productivity have increased, but so has the risk of catastrophic hacks and security events. While technology has made our world more connected, security technology has remained static. Still tied to hardcoded username/password approaches and traditional, centralized security systems, IoT devices – predicted to be about 20 to 30 billion by 2020 – are increasingly vulnerable to attack. Xage’s executive team––Roman Arutyunov (co-founder), Susanto Irwan (co-founder), and Duncan Greatwood (CEO)––is working to maintain security without sacrificing IoT benefits. With years of experience across cybersecurity and distributed systems, Xage’s team has pushed the boundaries of IIoT security by creating a novel solution––a blockchain-protected security fabric securing the evolving IoT technology of today and tomorrow. Eliminating a single point of failure while getting stronger and more secure with each device added, Xage’s products have huge social impact – as a foundational solution preventing dangerous hacks on connected systems, and enabling previously unscalable projects. The fabric introduces groundbreaking innovation, such as distributing encryption keys with blockchain tamperproofing to preserve the confidentiality of secret information such as IoT device password.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | We had an idea - to lower the ceiling of classic aircraft and give freedom in this plane. We give people the freedom that they have always dreamed of - freedom to fly. Thanks to personal drones, it became available and very convenient. Our mission is flight for everyone. Today. Freedom without traffic jams and traffic lights. Imagine - tomorrow, flying cars will transport people. More and more companies are presenting their prototypes. Experts confirm that this incredible picture is very close, only 3-5 years. We do what we do, for the sake of what we believe. We do not forget who we are - explorers, pioneers. We always looked up to the sky and there we were looking for our place among the stars. We will prove to everyone that there are still dreamers who will not stop at anything! The revolutionary Venturi engine technology allowed us to get rid of the propellers, which so frightened people. What is the problem for all personal drones? They need a lot of space to take off and land. We are innovators, we find non-traditional approaches. We came up with a revolutionary Venturi engine and a hybrid aircraft design that combines the aircraft and the copter without a transient mode! These technologies will allow you to see the future today!
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | At Astound, we believe work can and should be better. We hate that most people cringe at the thought of calling the support desk and we want to change that. We’ve developed an AI platform for employee service that automates the resolution of routine service issues like password resets, application configuration, and network outages, saving time and headaches on both sides of the support desk. With Astound, service requests get resolved faster and employees have more time to focus on the work that matters. We announced our launch and $11.5M Series A in early 2018. We’re proud to count some of the world’s leading organizations like McDonald’s and adidas as customers. Co-founded by two serial entrepreneurs, Naghi Prasad and Dan Turchin truly represent what’s great about our product - enterprise AI mastery and employee service domain expertise. Naghi and Dan have fostered a culture that challenges employees to do the best work of their career, discover better ways to build things, and make a lasting impact on the way people work. One IT expert recently compared AI-driven automation for employee service to the introduction of the ATM for personal banking. The ATM freed up tellers to focus on more high-value work. It also gave consumers access to routine banking services 24-7, virtually anywhere across the world. Astound is transforming employee service with AI-driven automation. We’re an early leader in a multi-billion dollar market. And we’re just getting started.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) |Founded as a resource to help working mothers achieve work-life balance, Zūm was born out of an idea for better, more equitable future. Zūm’s CEO and co-founder, Ritu Narayan, is a working mother herself and faced a choice after moving to Silicon Valley: she juggled caring for her family and working a demanding career managing $1billion+ of eCommerce at eBay. Rather than sacrifice quality work or family time, Ritu founded a company to solve a major childcare issue parents face: safe, reliable transportation. Together, Ritu and her employees are on a mission to improve the lives of busy working moms through social innovation, transportation expertise and technology. Not only are they helping women (and men, too) safely and efficiently get their children from various places throughout the day, they are empowering parents to achieve their professional and personal goals while creating a wonderful life for their families. Not only does Zūm’s leadership team and employees have one foot in the future, but the company also employs forward-thinking drivers, or Zūmers. It’s creating jobs for parents and other professionals, like teachers, nurses, etc., who want a flexible schedule and to earn extra income. Ritu’s mission-based company is helping parents pursue their passions while keeping their kids engaged and is also offering unique and flexible career opportunities for people around the country. Finally, the service inspires a sense of independence for the children who use it, and helps them to pursue extracurricular opportunities that may have not been previously available due to logistics. In effect, Zūm is fostering the next generation of forward-thinking leaders as well.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley)|LeafLink currently processes an estimated 9% of all legal cannabis wholesale orders in the US. Additionally, the company focuses on developing a close-knit, collaborative corporate culture in many ways. Every month the company presents an “AcoLLade” to someone who exemplifies one of their core values (on their careers page). The company also takes a team trip to one of the states they operate in for hitting an annual company goal. The company is currently planning one of these outings for hitting a $500M sales goal. LeafLink also has a program called LeafLinkUp where employees are paired across their offices nationally to have a 30 min phone chat to get to know each other better.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | ZeeMee is all about giving people the freedom to do their best work. From the moment you enter the Halls of Orange, you are greeted by the bright ZeeMee industrial steel sign and the infamous gong of lore. From the candy wall for a little snackie to the giant orange bean bag for a nappy, you are getting your eat and rest on throughout the day. Though our pong game is strong, our Spike Ball game is legendary. Many a good hour has been spent on the Spike arena, aka, the parking lot. When that free lunch rolls in at noon, we huddle to rock it out on HQ. We have 4 team wins to date, amounting to a massive fortune of $33.62. We don't serve dinner or breakfast, because you need to get out of the Halls of Orange and live your life! And for the love of all that is sacred, unplug! But I digress.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | SWIM.AI is an edge intelligence software company. Our software platform processes streaming data, enabling real-time analytics, object modeling, and machine learning at the edge. Previously having led Sensity Systems (acquired by Verizon in 2016), founders Rusty Cumpston and Chris Sachs have built a team with a deep understanding of application and networking software stacks. This has led to the creation of SWIM EDX, a unique take on the distributed actor model, which autonomously manages message and service distribution for distributed applications. Unlike most IoT software platforms, SWIM EDX makes use of no open source database technologies (MongoDB, Cassandra, Akka, Kafka, Spark, etc.), and instead opted to implement a completely proprietary software stack in order to optimize for interoperability and efficiency. The SWIM EDX software stack kernel can be compressed to 2MB in size, enabling the deployment of SWIM EDX into a variety of hardware environments. SWIM EDX dynamically composes heterogeneous objects in a distributed system into a single cohesive application, which can be uniformly addressed by application developers. This drastically simplifies the creation and scaling of real-time AR/VR, industrial, autonomous vehicles, Smart City, artificial intelligence, and other applications.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley)|The passion for retail innovation runs through our blood, starting with our CEO and beating through the heart of each employee. DynamicaAction’s desire to see retail succeed drives our passion to create an intelligent solution that enhances retailers’ digital vision and gives forward-thinking retailers the tools to view the entire retail picture without drowning in deep pools of data. Our ability to create success for our customers is directly related to our collaboration across teams, functions and geographies. We support, respect and rely on one another to collectively succeed. Through our culture club and directly from our CEO’s very “open door” policy, each person is given the platform to ask the tough questions, the tools to grow and the support to go beyond their titles. We have the ability to be nimble—employees at every level can express curiosity about other areas of the business and join meetings/projects to contribute in a real way. This is a company where new thinking is valued, big ideas come to fruition and where we have the unique chance to be on the leading edge of the industry.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) |Our SaaS solutions, iQueue for Operating Rooms and iQueue for Infusion Centers create significant impact for both patients, surgeons, and cancer/infusion centers. With regards to iQueue for Operating Rooms, imagine a system similar to "Open Table" that allows surgeons to reserve or release surgical block time, thereby ensuring a hospital's operating room is effectively and efficiently used. Our iQueue for Infusion Centers SaaS is used by 30 of the top cancer centers across the US, ensuring patients are seen within 15 minutes (versus a 60-90 minute wait time, w/o our SaaS) and maximizing nursing staff and infusion chair count.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | Petuum is a combined team of industry veterans and mission-driven AI scientists from the world's leading AI institute, Carnegie Mellon University. We witnessed the problems with existing AI solutions: specialized machined learning experts hand craft a one-off models, a process that is slow, expensive and not scalable. We've made it our mission to change this! We are making AI accessible to all businesses by turning AI from an artisan-craft into a standardized, industrial-grade enterprise tool. This enables the fast development and deployment of AI solutions without an in-house team of specialized AI talent, allowing any organization to unlock the value of AI "fast and fuss-free." With $108 million in investor funding led by SoftBank, Petuum is one of the highest-funded Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning startups. Petuum enables and orchestrates AI for enterprise with our software platform as well as vertical industry solutions. Our AI platform allows enterprises to design, build, experiment, customize, operate and own vertical AI solutions in a wide range of industries and areas. Our vertical industry solutions provide end-to-end AI functions for a variety of industry verticals, starting with Healthcare and Manufacturing / IoT
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