10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2020

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10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2020

By: Jon Piggins, Redfish Technology

 

Fear & apprehension have dominated the narrative around robotics for years (“Robophobia” is a clinically recognized anxiety disorder). Common concerns include the dangers & ethics regarding autonomous military machines, “job stealing” manufacturing robots, and machines that become sentient and turn on humans.

One things is for sure…Robotics applications (and associated technology; Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning) are destined for ubiquity. Fortunately, there are plenty of companies working hard to leverage robotics to improve & enhance our lives…here are some of our favorite companies in the space who are doing some really cool stuff for our common good.

 

Canvas

“Pneubotics”? The inflatable robot of the movie “Big Hero 6” was based on real soft robotics research, like the kinds being experimented with at Canvas. We haven’t yet seen many inflatable robots, but they offer a number of advantages; they’re relatively inexpensive, adaptive, and they’re very easy to fix. Compared to traditional robots, they’re extraordinarily lightweight, and they pack down to a small fraction of their size once deflated. Despite their compactness, they can be strong and unexpectedly fast. Perhaps most important, they’re passively safe, since they don’t have much in the way of rigid components or the inertia that comes with them. See their robots in action HERE.

 

 

Roam

Roam is building the first commercial wearable robotic devices, called exoskeletons, to help people with mobility issues and improve how people play sports. The company’s first commercial device is a robotic exoskeleton designed to boost the skiing experience. The Elevate Ski XO is targeted toward diehard skiers who wish to ski longer and stronger while pushing the edges of what’s possible. The Elevate is also great for those who love skiing but are limited due to knee pain or muscle fatigue.

 

 

Piaggio Fast Foward

Founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group, Piaggio Fast Forward creates lightweight, intelligent, and sustainable mobility solutions. Based in Boston, MA, the company is dedicated to helping people move better, further, faster, and more enjoyably. PFF products leverage state-of-the-art technology and design to promote more vibrant cities filled with pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters. PFF’s first product is “gita” a mobile-carrier that follows people on the go. Carrying up to 45 pounds, “gita” encourages an active lifestyle for anyone who wants to move with efficiency and ease, from millennials and parents to seniors and disabled individuals.

 

 

Dorabot

Dorabot, founded in 2014, develops automated warehouse solutions using cutting-edge AI and robotics, including computer vision, motion planning, mobility and deep learning, etc. Covering induction, sorting, transportation and loading, we provide end-to-end solutions for logistics, express, e-commerce, seaports, airports, manufacturing and other scenarios.

 

 

Sphero

Sphero invented a now world-famous app-enabled robotic ball, which is used in classrooms all over the world to teach through play. In addition to the original ball, other products include the Sphero 2.0 and the Sphero Mini as well as app-enabled racing robots named Ollie and Darkside. The company’s Sphero Edu app is a hub for programming its robots and more.

 

 

Diligent Robots

Diligent Robotics is an A.I. company creating robot assistants that empower service teams to focus on the work they care most about. They build the Artificial Intelligence that enables service robots to collaborate with people and adapt to dynamic human environments. With a founding team of social robotics experts, their robots feature mobile manipulation, social intelligence and human-guided learning capabilities. “Moxi” is their hospital robot assistant that helps clinical staff with non-patient-facing tasks, so staff have more time for patient care.

 

 

Picknik Robots

Picknik offers open source, customizable robotics solutions. Their wide array of services include motion planning, advanced inverse kinematics, real-time control, collision avoidance, custom ros integration, 2D navigation, virtual reality, robot modeling, workspace analysis machine learning and more.

 

 

Anybots

Short of being face-to-face, Anybots offers one of the most interactive forms of communication available today by providing the user a personal remote avatar that can be controlled through a simple browser-based interface, with intuitive controls allowing for a truly immersive experience. With Anybots you can instantly be immersed in a distant environment experiencing the forefront of a new class of communication called mobile telepresence, allowing you to never miss an important event, meeting, or experience again. Individuals who cannot make it to a distant location can use this robot to afford them an experience that is, geographically, out of reach, or those who are homebound could use Anybot’s robot to attend social gatherings, be they in or out-of-doors.

 

 

Makani Power

Makani is developing energy kites that use a wing tethered to a ground station to efficiently harness energy from the wind, generating electricity at utility-scale. As the kite flies autonomously in loops, rotors on the wing spin as the wind moves through them, generating electricity that is sent down the tether to the grid.

 

 

Sunfolding

Sunfolding designs and manufactures simpler solar trackers that fuel the future of smart solar and move our world forward. Sunfolding’s flagship product, the Sunfolding T29™ Single-Axis Tracker, features seriously simplified components. The Sunfolding T29 makes solar power plants easy to install and smarter to operate, with motor-free tracker rows and 95% fewer maintenance locations.

19 Companies That Are Helping to Change the World of Financial Services

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19 Companies That Are Helping to Change the World of Financial Services

By Jon Piggins, Director of Business Development

Redfish Technology

 

The news these days is full of cautionary tales regarding data & security breaches, ransomware, and identity theft…and while these are valid concerns for the FinTech industry, there is plenty going on in the space to feel hopeful about. One thing is for sure, there is a sea change underway in the Financial Services industry. Here are some of our favorite companies who are looking to help shape those changes for the positive.

 

Token

Token’s universal open banking platform, TokenOS, allows banks and third parties to interact in a digital global financial services ecosystem. TokenOS provides one API to access all banks, with the tools to deliver best-in-class data access and payments use cases, and better open banking propositions.

 

Twine

The Twine app is a savings and investing app designed to help couples work towards joint financial goals. It allows couples to set up automated savings in a high(ish)-yield FDIC-insured account, or to invest their money in different portfolios.

 

Hippo Insurance

Hippo Insurance launched in 2015 with the deep belief that homeowners deserve better home insurance. They’ve automated the process and modernized coverage, offering policies that cover the homes and possessions that consumers own today, often with greater savings. A smarter home is a safer home: Hippo takes a proactive approach to home insurance, providing customers with smart home devices and working with them to identify and solve small issues in their homes before they become big claims.

 

Forge Global (fka “Equidate”)

Forge Global Inc. is a premier trading and settlement partner for a wide range of investors in the private markets. Established in 2014 as Equidate Inc, the company empowers investors and shareholders by enabling liquidity in the private markets. Forge, Inc. was founded by Y Combinator alumni and backed by top investors including Tim Draper, FT Partners and Munich Re. Forge Global’s platform allows shareholders and investors in privately held innovation firms to liquidate a portion of their shares and provides private and institutional investors access to top companies like Spotify, Lyft and 23 and Me before their IPO.

Trim

Trim is a personal assistant for your financial life. First, Trim analyzes your transaction history to show you all of your subscriptions. Then they cancel anything you don’t want to keep paying for. Now they’re working on the hard stuff… How do I get out of debt? Do I have enough money in my emergency savings fund? Will I have enough money to retire someday? Am I financially healthy?

 

Wyre

Wyre is a leading infrastructure provider in crypto. After trading over $3.5 billion in cryptocurrency assets and completing over $750 million in bank-to-bank FX payments since 2016, they have an established network of relationships with leading banks, exchanges, and decentralized partners. Using Wyre’s API, customers are able to instantly convert fiat to crypto globally in over 50 countries, in 8 different fiat currencies, and 3 cryptocurrencies. Their focus is on compliance, licensing, regulatory, liquidity and payment processing aspects so their partners can do what they do best, creating amazing tools on the blockchain.

 

VEEM

Veem is a global payments company trusted by over 125,000 small businesses around the world. They let businesses pay their vendors, suppliers and contractors anytime. Using a proprietary multi-rail technology, businesses can send or receive money in a click, track their payments end-to-end, and even connect to their favorite accounting software – Quickbooks, Xero, or NetSuite.

 

Tipalti

Tipalti streamlines and automates the way companies make payments to their suppliers, partners, publishers, and crowd. Tipalti brings a comprehensive solution that addresses all phases of mass pay-out from payee onboarding and payment method selection to funds disbursement, while keeping the payer in full tax and regulatory compliance.

 

CollegeBacker

CollegeBacker believes every child in America deserves a college fund, and they’ve already helped the next generation avoid more than $7.5 million in student loans. Whether it’s your child or a friend or relatives, you can kick off their tax-free college fund (529 plan) today at CollegeBacker.com.

 

Digital Reasoning

Digital Reasoning is a leader in cognitive computing. They build software that understands human communication – in many languages, across many domains, and at enormous scale, and their technology learns from experience and is able to transform data into the knowledge clients need to accurately answer questions (like what behavior indicates the potential for illegal stock trades).

 

Advisor Engine

Operating at the forefront of wealth management, AdvisorEngineer is reimagining how technology can serve financial advisors. Their offering is an all-in-one digital wealth management platform helping financial advisors connect more deeply, scale more efficiently and deliver better outcomes.

 

Tala

Tala is a leading mobile technology and data science company committed to financial inclusion globally. Millions of people have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant, personalized credit to underserved customers in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

 

Earnin

Earnin works on a pay-as-you-can model and is available for Android and iOS devices. You make a withdrawal of up to $100 per day based on the hours you actually worked. Then you pay a “tip” on top of the withdrawal–usually just a few bucks or up to about $15. That’s a steal compared to the fees and interest you’ll be charged on a traditional payday loan.

 

Axoni

Uses blockchain-based smart contracts to overhaul the back office of the world’s biggest derivative markets. Its distributed ledger will allow counterparties to see payments, calculations and other vital trade information in real time, improving efficiency and lowering risk. Already partnering with world’s biggest banks and financial intermediaries.

 

Bolt

Their mobile-ready checkout software for ecommerce sites incorporates sales analysis and fraud prevention, topped by a guarantee to cover any fraud losses. Bolt claims the integrated functions can cut checkout times from more than one minute to 30 seconds…and time is money!

 

Tradeshift

Processes payments for supply-chain transactions, handling everything from “know your customer” (KYC) regulatory checks to running cash flow analytics and recommending how quickly a customer should pay a supplier.

 

Own Up

Yet another example of how tech can help turn a complicated process into a simple one. Own Up is a platform that works as the middleman between consumers and home lenders. Once you build your profile, Own Up can connect you to a home advisor. They will help you compare pre-qualified rates, lenders, and everything else you need before making such a big decision.

 

Finix

Finix Payments offers a B2B payments platform for banks, acquirers, and enterprises to enable push payments over the debit card. It also decreases the cost, headache SaaS businesses, ISVs, cost, and marketplaces experience when bringing payments in-house. The platform also gives businesses a better way to manage, monetize, and own their entire payments experience without the headaches or expenses associated with building an in-house system from scratch.

 

CoverWallet

CoverWallet was started by tech entrepreneurs who worked in software startups in the past, building easy to use online products for consumers and enterprises. Frustrated with how opaque, high pressure and time consuming the management of commercial insurance was, they decided to build a better experience for other business owners and a concierge service for them. Their solution brings beautiful Internet products together with the state-of-the-art online technologies to create efficiencies, save you money, and simplify your life when it comes to managing business insurance.

 

 

Recruiting Success Stories: Will Pearson, Commerce Operations Manager – Wine Application

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Recruiting Success Stories

Featured Placement – Will PearsonWill Pearson

Commerce Operations Manager – Wine Application

 

The ‘Shazam for wine’ is the fastest growing and most downloaded wine application in the Apple App Store. 10 million wine drinkers worldwide use Vivino to scan labels and identify wines, rate and compare, and social dialogue about wine. When Vivino decided to enter a new market selling directly to consumers, the Chief Business Development Officer asked Redfish Technology to find Read more »

Tech Recruiting Priorities in Healthcare Platform, eAutomotive, Enterprise Software

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Weekly Career Recruiting Spotlight2015-8-11-Redfish-Tech-Jobs

Semantic Data Platform, Front End Team Manager, Platform Engineer, UX/UI Engineer

 

This week, our tech recruiting priorities are: Semantic Data Platform Engineer, Front End Team Manager, & Platform Engineer – Healthcare Platform; Senior UI/Visual Designer – eAutomotive; UX / UI Designer – Enterprise Software; and Read more »

Crowdfunding to Double: The industry is booming, creating jobs, leveraging sales

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Crowdfunding to Double

The industry is booming, creating jobs, leveraging salesCrowd Funding

 

The crowdfunding industry is booming. More than 1,250 online platforms worldwide raising $16.2 billion last year, up 167% from 2013, according to crowdfunding research firm Massolution. And global crowdfunding is projected to reach $33-34 billion in 2015, with $6 billion of that in the US, double that of last year.

 

The benefits to companies go beyond the actual funds raised through the revenues that are crowd funded; there is a marketing benefit that translates into sales. Crowdfunded companies (via rewards, equity or debt) increased quarterly revenues by Read more »

Recruiting Success Stories: Usman Shafique, Automation Engineer – Encryption/Security

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Recruiting Success Stories

Featured Placement – Usman ShafiqueUsman Shafique

Automation Engineer – Encryption/Security

 

As a leader in secure mail and data solutions, this company has proven data-centric encryption and tokenization technology that protects the most sensitive information wherever it is: in the cloud, across mobile platforms, in big data environments, or within legacy computer systems. The Director of Engineering at Read more »

Tech Trends: Cyber Crime & Internet/Email Security Costs & Solutions

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Tech Trends:

Cyber Crime & Internet/Email Security Costs & SolutionsID fraud

 

The tenth annual 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM, reports that the average cost for each lost or stolen record with sensitive or confidential information as grown from $201 to $217, and the average cost paid by companies located in the U.S. has gone from $5.9 million to $6.5 million. That is an 11% increase in the total cost of data breach, and there has been an 8% increase in the cost per lost or stolen record. 49% of data breach incidents are malicious or criminal attacks, 19% caused by negligent employees, and 32% result from Read more »

Tech Recruiting Priorities in Social Music Connection Platform, IT Infrastructure Solutions, Games as a Service

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Weekly Career Recruiting Spotlight2015-7-07-Redfish-Tech-Jobs

QA Automation, DevOps, Senior Client Managers

This week, our tech recruiting priorities are: QA Automation Engineer, DevOps Manager/Director and DevOps Engineer – Social Music Connection Platform; Senior Client Manager – IT Infrastructure Solutions; Platform Engineers – Games as a Service; and Read more »

Recruiting Success Stories: Nevin Greene, Software Engineer – Collaborative Software Development

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Recruiting Success Stories

Featured Placement – Nevin GreeneNevin Greene

Senior Software Engineer – Collaborative Software Development

This late stage startup in the finance software sector has been growing aggressively. Recognized as the industry leader in the cloud-based method of IT development, Collabnet helps organizations leverage the cost and productivity benefits of collaborative development, agile methods and cloud computing to transform the way they develop and deploy applications. By partnering with Read more »