Author: Rich Foreman

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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2017 Google I/O Keynote Highlights

Google hosted their annual developer’s conference, Google I/O on May 17 in Mountain View, Ca.  CEO Sundar Pichai broke down the latest insight on Google’s activity and how their focus will be further defined later on this year.  Here are some of the highlights of the 2017 Google I/O Keynote: 2 Billion Active Android Users Google’s Android OS continues to stake its claim in the tech industry with 2 billion active users and Pichai threw out even more impressive quantitative data; they have nearly 1 billion active users on Google Drive per month along with 500 million users on Google Photos accumulating 1.2 billion uploads...

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500 Startups’ Batch 20 Demo Day: The Summer of Love

The 41 companies of Batch 20 proudly graduated from 500 Startups three month Accelerator program by pitching to an auditorium full of investors on their Demo Day held on May 12, 2017. The startups fell mainly into the categories of Digital Health, FinTech and Civic Tech. With a flair for fun, the theme for the event was the “Summer of Love” and Dave McClure and the 500 Team were dressed up in their groovy getups. In no particular order, here are some of the startups that I found hip. Outta Sight! I have two Amazon Echo’s in my house...

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SupportPay Founder Sheri Atwood: Almost on Food Stamps

Sheri Atwood, founder and CEO of SupportPay was named #5 out of the top “50 Women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley.  In her interview with Startup Grind Sacramento, Sheri discussed her entrepreneurial journey. Chaotic Childhood. Sheri’s childhood was chaotic having to attended over 20 schools by the time she received her diploma. After graduating from UC San Diego, she started working with Sun Microsystems and later attained an MBA to sharpen her business skills. Shortly after having her daughter, she parted ways with her husband and put her best forward to end on a good note. She quickly realized that despite her efforts, the...

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Ready For Wildfire App

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) fights more than 5,600 wildfires that plague California annually. CAL FIRE has a new weapon in its arsenal to help prepare the public for when the next wildfire strikes: a new mobile app called CAL FIRE Ready for Wildfire. The app is currently available on both the iPhoneand Android platforms. [Editor’s Note: Contributing writer Rich Foreman is the CEO of Apptology, the developer of the  CAL FIRE Ready for Wildfire app.] The app has three primary functions: Providing educational content on how to prepare for and help protect property from wildfires...

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2017 Sacramento Aging 2.0 Startup Competition

Aging 2.0 held its third-annual Startup Pitch competition on Tuesday at the KVIE offices. The mission of Aging 2.0 is to accelerate innovation that improves the lives of older adults. From a pool of 12 companies that applied, eight startups competed in this event this year. Here are the results: 1st Place First place went to Envoy America, a ride-sharing platform for seniors. It trains seniors to provide rides for other seniors. The service can be described as non-medical care for seniors. Envoy America will go on to compete at Aging 2.0 Optimize event in San Francisco on Nov. 14 for...

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Eric Yuan, Zoom Communications: Finding Success in a Crowded Market

Eric Yuan has been deeply involved with engineering since the 90’s with a knack for innovation and collaboration. He was one of the founding engineers and VP of engineering at WebEx for over a decade. Interestingly enough, Eric and his team of engineers laid the foundation for SaaS web conferencing technology almost by accident. In the early years, WebEx was originally a custom development shop until one of the co-founders felt productivity would improve if they monitored the engineers via video conference. This sparked the idea that other companies would benefit from such a concept as well and thus the pivot to web conferencing occurred....

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