Author: Rich Foreman

Highlights from Apple’s 2017 Special Event (with Snarky Comments)

Apple held their 2017 Special Event at the new Steve Jobs Theater where they made several announcements on their upcoming products that will ship this fall. It’s so cliché, as they described each product as the best (Apple Watch, iPhone, AppleTV, etc) ever. What else would you expect? In the two hour event, Apple had numerous product announcements and demos; so as a public service, I’ll boil it down to what I think are the highlights (with a side of snarky commentary).   Apple Watch (Series 3) I stopped wearing watches when I started carrying a cell phone. Why...

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Case Study: Developing a Mobile App for a Medical Cannabis Delivery Service

One of our more interesting projects was to develop an iPhone and Android app for Swift Comfort, a medical cannabis delivery service based in Davis, California. In doing this project, we had several objectives for the app. In this article, I’ll describe how we accomplished those objectives using our ReadyBuilt platform and the results. Paperless Patient Onboarding In California, for a dispensary/ delivery service selling medical cannabis, they need to get the following from a patient: California ID Recommendation from a physician Signed patient agreement form Maintain records of their patients Apptology was able to make the entire patient...

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500 Startups Batch 21 Demo Day

500 Startups Batch 21 Demo Day was muted compared to past Demo Days. Normally it’s a festive themed environment. However, there was no theme this time. Christine Tsai, 500 Startups CEO, address the elephant in room and spoke about the difficulties following Dave McClure’s resigination after sexual hassament allegations. She affirmed 500 Startups commitment to diversity and to build and support startups. Despite the turmoil experienced during this time, I found this batch to be excellent. Batch 21 consisted of 31 companies. Several have already achieved six digit MRRs. So, in no particular order, here are some of my...

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211info App: Adapting to a Mobile Population

[Editors Note: Apptology, a local app development agency in Folsom, recently was honored with a Top 10 listing in Design Drizzles, 10 Most-Trusted Android App Development Companies for 2017. Here, Apptology CEO Rich Foreman, shares a story about how Apptology developed an app for community services referral services.] 211info is a non-profit based in based in Portland, Oregon; they provided referral services for local community services in the State of Oregon and 4 counties in Southwest Washington. Traditionally, their clients would dial “211” and their team would answer the phone and verbally provide them the answers. As technology has...

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Sign Up for the 3rd Annual Startup Summer Party

Startup Grind Sacramento will be hosting the 3rd Annual Startup Summer Party on July 11th at the Urban Hive. Unlike our normal monthly event which features an interview with an accomplished entrepreneur, this event is just a party to celebrate the Sacramento Startup Community. We’ll have food, adult beverages, and live music. Best of all, it’s free. The party will feature tables with 10 Startups. If you would like a table to promote your startup at this party, contact Rich Foreman. Our party typically has over 200 attendees and we have had some media coverage. Here’s Mark S. Allen...

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SMUD offering up to $100K Sponsorships to Nonprofits

One of the great things that I like about the Sacramento region is that I often see entrepreneurs creating nonprofits. SMUD, our local electric service, just announced some great news for nonprofits—they’re awarding grants of up to $100K to nonprofits through their new Shine program. To be eligible, the applicant must be a 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(6) located within SMUD’s service territory. The types of projects that SMUD is looking for include: Neighborhood revitalization STEM Education Environmental, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, and energy conversation General beautification SMUD is offering three levels of sponsorship: Spark Sponsorships ($10 K...

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Five Cool Things from WWDC17 Keynote

Apple held their annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Jose, CA on June 5, 2017. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, kicked off the keynote to 5,000 developers by declaring this will be the biggest WWDC (I had to chuckle because he says this every year). Here are the things I found interesting in the two hour and half hour keynote. Apple HomePad As predicted, Apple announced, HomePad, which directly competes with the Amazon Echo and Google Home. They positioned it as a cross between a high end wireless speaker (specifically comparing it to Sonos) and voice assistant (aka Amazon...

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2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards Launch

The Second Annual 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards has kicked off and awards will be given out in the following categories: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (utilizes advanced systems for information management, robotics, and workplace organization) FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS MEDICAL & HEALTH (devices, drugs, diagnostics, medical IT products, etc.) SOFTWARE (consumer/enterprise, social media, apps, gaming, cloud, big data) SUSTAINABILITY (including clean technology, energy, water, climate change adaptation, green building) You can nominate or self-nominate your technology or product for consideration here. The awards will be evaluated by notable professionals in the Sacramento Region (Including StartupSac own Laura Good). Applications...

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2017 UC Davis Big Bang Competition Awards

UC Davis Big Bang Competition is the biggest startup event in Davis. This year, 70 companies participated in the 8 month program that started in October 2016 and concluded with the final pitches held on May 25th. Personally, I was quite impressed with the final presentations. Here are the award winners of the competition: 1st Place ($10, 000) Raydiant Oximetry has developed a low-cost, noninvasive fetal pulse oximeter that keeps mothers and babies safe during labor and delivery. The device is intended to reduce medically unnecessary c-sections that can create health complications to millions of babies and mothers each...

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The $400 K Exercise

The idea of creating a SaaS-based project management platform for the construction industry came from Todd Robertti while speaking to his father, an industry veteran.  Todd who is also well versed in the construction industry, as well as in software development, knew there was a lot of potential for improvement. In developing Linkd, Todd and his team had a goal of completing their MVP in time to demo it at the Startup Grind SOCAL Regional Conference.  Although they got accepted into the conference, they did not make the top 20 startups which had the opportunity to pitch to investors....

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