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Fortune for Kindara

November 24, 2015

Another major area of opportunity for women’s health wearables is in reproductive health and fertility. One of the biggest players in the space is Boulder-based Kindara, which has raised nearly $7 million from investors so far. Co-founded by husband-and-wife team Katherine Bicknell and William Sacks, it is now being led by Sacks alone, who is passionate about fertility. “It’s this beautiful, magical thing, and no one really knows a thing about it,” he says. Kindara’s flagship product is the Wink, a fertility thermometer that links to a smartphone and tracks a woman’s fertility cycle over time. The product appeals to women who want to get pregnant, of course, but also to those who use fertility awareness to avoid it, says Sacks. “We’re solving a really high-value problem. What’s more important than whether or not another human being born or not born?”

TechCrunch for Accela

November 24, 2015

In 2015, civic technology investment and activity piqued the interest of investors, analysts and app developers as an industry growth segment ripe for disruption and opportunity. A couple of examples: Andreessen Horowitz invested $15 million in OpenGov, which later received an additional $25 million from other investors; Sapphire Ventures invested $30 million in Socrata; and JP Morgan Private Equity invested $143 million in Accela. Not only have citizens become savvy to how services should be delivered, they are increasingly demanding a consistently convenient, openly transparent view into their local government. Innovators such as Amazon, Facebook and Uber have dramatically changed citizen expectations, and the leaders in government are turning to new civic technology to change the landscape.

Forbes for Spare5

November 19, 2015

Spare5 founder and CEO, Matt Bencke, is defying many entrepreneurial stereotypes. The former general manager of Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows phone launched his startup just over a year ago after a long, successful career at large companies. And recently despite being a for-profit tech co. and mobile app, discovered their untapped philanthropic potential by listening to their users. The big news today is that Spare5, in conjunction with OrgHunter and Make My Donation, announced the launch of “micro-donating”, a charitable giving functionality within the Spare5 mobile app which you can download here. The Seattle, Washington based tech startup with 16 employees recently completed their $10 million Series A from renowned venture capital firms Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group, and NEA.

Forbes for FlashFunders

November 10, 2015

When people talk about crowdfunding they frequently focus on the world of potential investors being opened up to entrepreneurs. All those investors can quickly become overwhelming if there isn’t a system for managing the inputs and outputs of crowdfunding. Clinical types may be interested in the streamlining of the process, paperwork and regulatory considerations. But what is much more interesting, and what Vincent Bradley, the CEO of FlashFunders spoke to me about, is the matchmaking potential of the crowdfunding platform.

CIO for ExtraHop

November 3, 2015

Since its launch in 2007, ExtraHop, a specialist in real-time wire data analytics, has had a handle on data-in-motion. Wire data encompasses all network, client, application, infrastructure and business data, and ExtraHop's platform is able to perform analytics on that wire data at line rate — up to a sustained 20Gbps. But with Tuesday's release of the new ExtraHop Explore appliance, the company is adding the ability to perform wire data analytics on data-at-rest as well.  "Our existing appliance provide customers with the ability to mine, in real-time, all of the data-in-motion running through their network," says Chris Blessington, senior director of Marketing at ExtraHop. "This new product brings the power of search — historical transactions. You can mine your data for much great insight than you could otherwise."  

eWeek for Intel

October 29, 2015

Inefficiencies are costing data centers time and money, while 43 percent of data centers rely on manual methods for capacity planning and forecasting, according to an Intel survey of 200 data center managers across the U.S. and U.K.The manual approach is not limited to smaller data centers by any means; the proportion was found to remain the same even among the larger data centers (with above 1,500 servers). "We believed many data center operators had manual processes for monitoring IT device power and thermals, but we were surprised that it was as high as 40 percent," Jeff Klaus, general manager of data center solutions at Intel DCM, told eWEEK. "As I speak at data center conferences around the world, we continue to be the first to educate operators and cloud service providers about the existing capabilities inside the servers they have already purchased – where they can leverage powerful agentless tools to expose and orchestrate telemetry data and provide simplified analysis on their environment."

FierceDevOps for Skytap

October 27, 2015

The DevOps movement is growing, and it's becoming more influential in organizations even as some people indicate that doing DevOps is actually making things harder. According to Skytap's Software Development Survey 2015, which was conducted at VMworld 2015, 81 percent of respondents indicated that DevOps is impacting their ability to develop software faster. Respondents were split on opinions about DevOps, though. Of the respondents, 49 percent said DevOps made things easier, while 31 percent said it made things harder. Perhaps that will change over time as DevOps becomes more mainstream and a greater number of organizations figure out how to do it. Earlier this year, IBM's DevOps core services lead, Adam Archer, indicated that nobody is currently doing DevOps correctly. It would be interesting to know if Archer believes that has changed in the last eight months.

Forbes for Accela

October 26, 2015

Maury Blackman still finds it surprising to be talking about cannabis, but his company Accela is the software that Denver is using to automate its marijuana licensing. “The software is really an operating system for government and is typically used to regulate things like building permits,” said Blackman, who is the chief executive officer. Accela had already been chosen by other officials in Denver and was being used to handle all the liquor licenses. Judy Steele, Deputy Director of Denver City and County and formerly of the licensing department knew that the marijuana department was going to need to be automated. When the program was first started, there were paper files traveling from office to office. “We had a medical marijuana audit in 2012 and it didn’t go well,” said Steele, “But it was a motivator to update the system.”

eWeek for Vertafore

October 23, 2015

Insurance agencies of all sizes are less optimistic about future growth based on year-over-year results, with the biggest drop in sentiment coming from large agencies where only 33 percent claim to be very optimistic, compared to 70 percent in 2014.This was one of the findings of Vertafore’s second annual survey of 200 principals or producers from independent U.S. insurance agencies, which also revealed the primary culprits driving industry uncertainty.Those include carrier adoption of predictive analytics (59 percent), Google’s entry into the insurance market (54 percent) and self-directed preferences of Millennials (48 percent).

U.S. News & World Report for FlowPlay

October 13, 2015

Just ask the Seattle Seahawks, who lost Super Bowl XLIX in the closing seconds when it looked like they'd score an easy touchdown: For every crushing defeat, there's the consolation of a comeback season. And if you're a potential investor in the daily fantasy sports websites FanDuel and DraftKings, it's pretty much the same... ..."I do believe that both companies have some public trust work to do, more so now than ever," says Derrick Morton, CEO of FlowPlay, a Seattle-based developer of virtual worlds, social casinos and fantasy sports-based casual games. "There have been rumblings about the gaps between the casual sports fan looking to have some daily fantasy sports fun versus the professional players who have advanced computer algorithms that aid them in their selections of players." (When you think about it, that sounds a lot like what happens in daily trading on Wall Street.)  

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