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.

15 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020

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15 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020

By Redfish Technology

 

Every emerging technology poses its own unique set of security challenges. Traditional concerns about financial & identity theft, espionage, and malware haven’t gone away, they’ve just been joined by new dangers like Denial of Service attacks, data breaches and cyberattacks on connected “Internet of Things” devices. As the growing ubiquity of technology exposes us to new threats, here are some companies hard at work to protect us.

 

Fortscale (www.fortscale.com) Fortscale is redefining behavioral analytics, with the industry’s first embeddable engine, making behavioral analytics available for everyone. Fortscale automates the delivery and use of behavioral analytics throughout the security infrastructure, embedding it within the native operations of security devices, so it can be used to quickly pinpoint risks, improve decision-making and strengthen security. When integrated, Fortscale processes the data collected by the device, using predictive, big data analytics and advanced machine learning, to autonomously model behaviors and quickly and accurately identify anomalous, high-risk activity.

 

Firelayers (www.firelayers.com) FireLayers enables IT to proactively protect the usage of cloud applications via rule-based policies while ensuring that they maintain the required security and compliance levels. They protect cloud application usage from initial user identification to the safe retrieval of data and request fulfillment. They add a layer of proactive protection and monitoring to any cloud application identifying all users, applications, and actions.

 

CyberHaven (www.cyberhaven.io) Cyberhaven provides rapid enablement for GDPR and CCPA compliance, streamlined data security and modern risk management. Cyberhaven automatically traces all of your data as it moves through your enterprise in real time, on prem and in the cloud, enabling you to search, navigate, and control the flows of data as easily as finding your way around city streets with a GPS. Their technology is simple and blazingly fast to deploy, and you don’t need to change, tag or classify your data to use it.

 

NokNok Labs (www.noknoklabs.com) Nok Nok Labs, Inc., based in San Jose, CA, was founded to transform online authentication for modern computing. The company is backed by a team of security industry veterans from PGP, Netscape, PayPal & Phoenix, and have a deep experience in building Internet scale security protocols and products. The company’s products transform authentication by enabling end-to-end trust across the web using authentication methods that are natural to end-users and provide strong proof of identity.

 

Voltage Security (www.voltagesecurity.com) Voltage Security provides data-centric security and stateless key management solutions to combat new security threats and address compliance by protecting structured and unstructured data as it is used across data centers, public and private clouds and mobile devices. Voltage solutions are in use at almost 1,000 enterprise customers, including some of the world’s leading brand-name companies in payments, banking, retail, insurance, energy, healthcare and government such as ING, Kaiser Permanente, Kodak, Wells Fargo and Heartland Payment Systems.

 

Arxan (www.arxan.com) Arxan Technologies is an American technology company specializing in Application Attack Prevention and Self-Protection solution for IoT, Mobile, and other applications. The company reports that applications secured by it are running on over 500 million devices. Arxan solutions are used to protect applications across a range of industries, including: Mobile Payments & Banking, Automotive IoT, Healthcare IoT, Gaming and High-Tech. Arxan’s security products are used to protect the confidentiality of applications (which can be breached by reverse-engineering, code analysis and other means) and the integrity of applications (which can be compromised through code modification, malware insertion and other types of attacks).

 

TigerConnect (www.tigerconnect.com) Of the largest hospital systems in the U.S., 5 out of 10 trust TigerConnect with their healthcare communications. By using TigerConnect’s secure messaging platform to expedite admissions and discharges, hospitals ensure continuity of care during shift changes, consultations, and so much more. TigerConnect also integrates with the systems organizations already use, which means that work gets streamlined – not disrupted. No matter the size of your organization, TigerConnect was designed with the goal of helping you treat more patients, in a safer way, in less time than ever before.

 

Cloudmark (www.cloudmark.com) Cloudmark is a trusted leader in intelligent threat protection against known and future attacks, safeguarding 12 percent of the world’s inboxes from wide-scale and targeted email threats. With more than a decade of experience protecting the world’s largest messaging environments, only Cloudmark combines global threat intelligence from a billion subscribers with local behavioral context tracking to deliver instant and predictive defense against data theft and security breaches that result in financial loss and damage to brand and reputation. Cloudmark protects more than 120 tier-one service providers and tens of thousands of enterprises, including, Verizon, Swisscom, Comcast, Cox and NTT.

TrueVault (www.truevault.com) TrueVault is the first data security company entirely focused on protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII). TrueVault decouples consumer identity from consumer behavior to eliminate data security risks and compliance liabilities, giving companies only the data they need. As organizations collect and store more data to drive their businesses forward, they are simultaneously increasing their risk and liability. TrueVault removes 100 percent of that liability and ensures compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, and the California Privacy Act.

 

ThinAir (www.thinair.com) The ThinAir Next-Gen Endpoint Data Visibility Platform delivers complete intelligence about every information in your organization, with simplicity and speed. ThinAir’s patented technology answers sophisticated questions about user interaction with data including information creation, consumption and communication empowering security and IT professionals with instant data-element level visibility including financial impact, in real time and historically.

 

Contrast Security (www.contrastsecurity.com) Contrast Security is a world leading provider of security technology that enables software applications to protect themselves against cyber attacks, heralding a new era of self-protecting software. More accurate and effective than outdated legacy security measures, Contrast Security is a completely new approach to application security – the world’s first comprehensive platform for protecting enterprise applications from within. Contrast’s patented deep security instrumentation is the breakthrough technology that enables highly accurate analysis and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio, without disruptive scanning or expensive security experts.

 

Distil Networks (www.distilnetworks.com) Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, is the only proactive and precise way to mitigate bad bots across web applications, mobile and APIs. With Distil, you automatically block 99.9% of malicious traffic without impacting legitimate users. Distil Web Security defends websites against web scraping, competitive data mining, account takeovers, transaction fraud, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks, digital ad fraud, and denial of service. Distil API Security protects public and partner-facing APIs against developer errors, integration bugs, automated scraping, and web and mobile hijacking. Distil Analyst Managed Service brings human intelligence to the science of bot mitigation.

 

CodeDX (www.codedx.com) Code Dx Enterprise is an automated application vulnerability management tool that makes all of your testing tools work together to provide one set of correlated results, then helps you prioritize and manage vulnerabilities—integrating with your application lifecycle management tools so your security and development teams work together for faster remediation.

 

ForAllSecure (www.forallsecure.com) ForAllSecure is building autonomous cybersecurity tools for developers, enterprise IT, and end-users that automatically find and fix vulnerabilities in run-time executable software pre-production and when deployed. A startup with ties to Carnegie Mellon University, ForAllSecure has created a system it calls Mayhem that can scan code for security holes and plug them without any human intervention.

 

Karamba Security (www.karambasecurity.com) Karamba Security’s automotive-grade software detects and prevents cyberattacks on connected devices: automotive ECUs, Industry 4.0 controllers, enterprise edge devices, and IoT endpoints. Karamba’s patented run-time integrity is automatically integrated with the system’s software, as a part of the software build process. It automatically detects and prevents changes to the system’s factory settings, i.e. exploits of security vulnerabilities within the system.

 

11 HeathTech Companies to Watch in 2020

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11 HeathTech Companies to Watch in 2020

Redfish Technology

 

Technology is bringing about massive and welcome changes to the healthcare industry. Patients now have access to some of the best diagnostic tools, new and cutting-edge treatments, and improved procedures resulting in less pain, quicker healing and improved quality of life. Advances in 3-D printing, AI/ML, “Virtual” Healthcare, robotics, targeted treatments, and the availability of intuitive mobile apps have led to; improved care, streamlined processes, lower costs, and increased. Here are eleven of Redfish Technology’s favorite companies in the HealthTech space

 

Human API (www.humanapi.co) Human API started with two simple questions: “why can’t consumers access their health data?” and “why do enterprises struggle to connect this data?”. Human API empowers health consumers to share their health data with the companies that can provide them with better care and services. Through their large, distributed network of integrations, we’ve created a simple, on-demand way for everyone to exchange and use the health data they need.

 

HealthTap (www.healthtap.com) HealthTap is delivering universal access to high-quality, virtual primary healthcare. HealthTap improves the healthcare experience for both patients and doctors while saving time and reducing costs for all. HealthTap’s doctor-trained, augmented intelligence system personalizes users’ care and enables an instant connection to doctors and their knowledge from 163 specialties.

 

Thrasys (www.thrasys) Thrasys’ platform, SyntraNet, provides a suite of database-driven technology to the healthcare community; enabling functionality such as Electronic Medical Records (EMR), integrating healthcare information from numerous discrete data sources, secure HIPAA-compliant messaging, and analytics of populations and reporting on patient risk and costs of care.

 

Sypase (www.syapse.com) Syapse partners with health systems and life sciences companies to deliver clinical, programmatic, and research insights from the world’s largest network of health systems focused on precision medicine.

 

TrueVault (www.truevault.com) TrueVault is the first data security company entirely focused on protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII). TrueVault decouples consumer identity from consumer behavior to eliminate data security risks and compliance liabilities, giving companies only the data they need. As organizations collect and store more data to drive their businesses forward, they are simultaneously increasing their risk and liability. TrueVault removes 100 percent of that liability and ensures compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, and the California Privacy Act.

 

Limelight Health (www.limelighthealth.com) Limelight Health is a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise software solutions delivering the most efficient and compelling quoting & underwriting platform for the employee benefits industry. They provide process automation and seamless integration between every participant in the employee benefits industry including carriers, underwriters, sales executives, agents, advisors, and their customers.

 

MedBridge (www.medbridgeeducation.com) MedBridge builds the tools to improve patient outcomes, increase profitability, and mitigate regulatory risk for more than 1,100 organizations nationwide. Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, MedBridge drives better patient care while helping organizations improve financial performance. The fully integrated MedBridge platform provides the industry’s most powerful patient engagement, continuing education, compliance training, and enterprise-level reporting tools.

 

Luma Health (www.lumahealth.io) Needing to see the doctor is hard. Actually being able to see your doctor shouldn’t be. Luma Health solves the biggest challenge in healthcare — getting a patient in front of the right healthcare provider quickly. Delivering over a 65%+ patient response rate, their highly engaging mobile communication platform delivers real-time insight into all aspects of patient engagement, helping healthcare providers win back $27B/yr in lost revenue by directly connecting patients to care.

 

Alto Pharmacy (www.alto.com) One big problem with the healthcare industry: half of all prescriptions are never picked up, never make a milligram of impact. Alto was started to put healthcare in a better position to succeed, by building ever faster, friendlier ways to get medicine into the hands of people who need it.

 

Ciitizen (www.ciitizen.com) When You Control Your Health Data, You Control Your Options. Ciitizen helps you collect, summarize, and share your medical records digitally, free of charge. You can use it to get a second opinion, coordinate with caregivers, or donate to research.

 

CloudMedx Health (www.cloudmedxhealth.com) CloudMedx is building a world class clinical AI platform that uses healthcare specific NLP and machine learning to generate healthcare insights to improve patient journeys. CloudMedx aims to bring unprecedented scale and simplicity to healthcare by combining evidence based algorithms and big data architecture. By using scale and machine learning algorithms, clinical partners at all levels can derive meaningful and real-time insights from their data and intervene at critical junctures of patient care.

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.

 

 

Salary Information Reports: Software / IT / STEM

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Salary Information Reports:

Software / IT / STEMCash Money salary compensation

 

The Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2015 focuses on IT talent, and their report shows that there are noteworthy gains in the sector after several years of slower wage growth.

Averaging a range of positions, the average total compensation has increased 3.6% in 2015, compared to 2.0% in 2014. On average survey respondents reports total compensation for specific positions at: Business intelligence analyst $90,237, Systems administrator $71,907, Software engineer $104,156, Systems architect $117,409, Product manager $112,427, Internet technology architect/strategist $141,447.

The report states that 49% of those surveyed report that base pay is among the most important aspects of their current jobs, followed at 44% by job stability. 60% of those looking for a new job are motivated by higher compensation. Companies that require cutting-edge IT skills are offering greater salaries and bonuses to lure talented tech workers. 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 Trends: Internet and Mobile Penetration: From Gaming to Computing Everywhere

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Internet and Mobile Penetration: From Gaming to Computing Everywhere

The 2015 Internet Trends report by KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents a lot of fun facts about internet usage and trends. US internet accessibility has hit 84% of the population already, and approximately 64% of Americans have smartphone subscriptions. Worldwide there are 2.8 billion Internet users (+ 8% over last year), and 2.1 billion mobile Internet users (+23%). Mobile data usage went up 69% last year, and 55% of that mobile data is from video.

 

The report also tells us that the user-generated live gaming / streaming audience is growing by 122% year over year. Internet offerings are expanding beyond gaming to music and movies, with content like exclusive live concerts and video game documentaries. Read more »

Tech Trends: AdTech & Data Technology

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AdTech & Data Technology

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AdTech and Predictive Analytics are offering amazing capabilities to marketers across sectors from social networks to digital media and business intelligence.

 

Verizon just paid $4.4 billion for AOL, and it wasn’t to send email to your grandmother. Verizon bought AOL for its ad tech business; the revenue from this business grew at over 40% last November and 21% in its most recent quarter reports the Verge.

 

With over 55% of U.S. internet usage now on mobile, and this so-called ‘Mobile Majority’ spends Read more »

Tech Trends: Tech salaries leading the way overall, but not so much for women.

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Tech Trends:

Tech salaries leading the way overall, but not so much for women.Women small presence in tech

 

Technology professionals have higher salaries overall

 

In San Francisco, which is a leading are for top pay in tech, health care, and finance, even for new grads the pay is rising faster than other areas. Annual full-time salaries in San Francisco increased by an average of 2.8% from the first quarter of 2014 to 2015, whereas nationally the increase was only 1.8% during the same time.

 

Glassdoor’s top three highest-paying positions in the City are all in tech Read more »

Tech Trends: Data Security

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Tech Trends:

Data SecurityData Target

An exciting billion dollar sector with bleeding-edge technology and amazing career opportunities.

 

Data Security is a billion dollar issue. There’s never a shortage of date breaches and compromises, hacks and mistakes in the news. As technology permeates every nook and cranny of our lives, and devices become further interconnected, and more and more data about every aspect of consumers is stockpiled, the risks of that data being exploited malevolently multiply.

 

Web business have been especially hard-hit: Ebay was hacked and had 145,000,000 records stolen this year Read more »