Natalie Rebot is a Google software engineer turned entrepreneur. She has created a unique new device that launched on Kickstarter this week and has caught parents imagination across the globe.
All too often technology gets a bad rap, particularly when parenting is concerned and must admit that I wince and find it quite heartbreaking when I see a child pulling at their parents clothes as they desperately attempt to get their parents attention while they continue to endlessly scroll down Facebook or Instagram.
After reading how Natalie only one in three parents read stories to their kids at bedtime now because they are too tired or had a long commute home, she decided to do something about it.
Inspired by her daughter "Princess Chloe" she created a fascinating product that turns the phone screen away from both child and parents eyes and transformed the bedtime story at night to enhance the much-needed quality time,
As I came to record tonight's show and perform some last minute research, I discovered that Actress Tori Spelling has just hopped on board the campaign saying
"I'm totally in love with @moonlite.world! It’s a bedtime story projector that clips right to your phone and uses your phone flashlight to project your kids’ favorite bedtime stories onto the ceiling or wall. I’m partnering with Moonlite because I know my kids will love this and I’m down for anything to make story time more fun for my little ones. It’s available now and selling out fast."
As someone that has very fond memories of view master, I felt compelled to find out more about how technology was offering a new slant on one of our greatest storytelling traditions. I felt compelled to learn more.
Kickstarter Page - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1483155071/moonlite-a-bedtime-story-projector-for-your-mobile
Michael Bell is an accomplished global executive with a demonstrated history of innovation, having spent more than 24 years in leadership and product development positions with Intel, Palm, and Apple.
He's had an incredible career in the tech industry and someone I could speak with for hours. He's armed with a wealth of stories from his days at Apple and even has a great tale about the space shuttle.
BUT, do not be fooled into thinking this is all about Michael's past, just like any tech veteran he only looks forwards. Michael is now Silver Spring’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Silver Spring Networks enables the Internet of Important Things by reliably and securely connecting things that matter. Cities, utilities, and companies on five continents use the company’s cost-effective, high-performance IoT network and data platform to operate more efficiently, get greener, and enable innovative services that can improve the lives of millions of people. With more than 24.9 million devices delivered, Silver Spring provides a proven standards-based platform safeguarded with military grade security.
To top it all, Silver Spring Networks has also been Named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Machine-to-Machine Services, Worldwide.
I invited Mike bell onto the show to find out more.
LiquiGlide is revolutionizing the way liquids move. It is the first and only viable technology that allows viscous liquids to slide effortlessly.
It's the first and only technology that allows viscous liquids such as ketchup, mayonnaise, toothpaste, even glue to slide effortlessly with a coating that makes the inside of a bottle stay slippery.
Watch videos of this technology in action here http://liquiglide.com/videos/
LiquiGlide’s technology was developed in the Varanasi Research Group laboratory at MIT. Dave Smith was a PhD student in Professor Kripa Varanasi’s lab, trying to solve the problem of methane hydrate build-ups in oil and gas pipelines by using liquid-impregnated, slippery surfaces. Seeing some success in this area, they began to think of other applications, including consumer goods and packaging applications.
In 2012, Dave created the iconic glass ketchup video, which went viral, triggering thousands of inquiries from Consumer packaged goods companies wanting to use LiquiGlide’s technology. Shortly following, Dave and Kripa founded LiquiGlide Inc., in the fall of 2012.
I invited Dave Smith and Professor Kripa Varanasi onto the show to find out more.
GoPuff is an on-demand delivery service -- a “convenience store on wheels” -- that’s become a must-have for millennials and college students; now operating across 10 major US cities and continuing to grow at a rapid pace.
For just a $1.95 delivery fee, users order through the app and goPuff delivers in 30 minutes or less! Much quicker than Amazon or Instacart’s 2 hour delivery, with no additional surcharges or surge pricing.
The service is only 3 years old and is continuing to scale nationally at an impressive expansion rate. They were innovative enough to have found a niche in the on-demand delivery space and is blowing up against some extremely stiff competition (i.e. Amazon, Instacart,) consistently delivering orders not only faster than its major competitors, but also for a fraction of the price!
Goodbye convenience store. Get convenience delivered in 30 minutes. Philly • NYC • Boston • DC • Denver • Austin • Phoenix • Seattle • Portland • Chicago
I chat with GoPuff co-founders Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola to discuss how they’re taking on industry giants and share their inspirational story.
Elation Health was founded by two siblings that built a business in their father’s primary care practice. It is now being used to serve more than 5,000,000 patients by 6,000 providers and is backed by some of the biggest names in tech. "I helped found Elation because I felt compelled. I see an immense threat to patient care brought on by inadequate IT systems and a vast disconnect between policy-makers and front-line clinicians.
"I helped found Elation because I felt compelled. I see an immense threat to patient care brought on by inadequate IT systems and a vast disconnect between policy-makers and front-line clinicians. Technology has offered dramatic improvements in so many other aspects of life. Why not this critically important one? That's where Elation fits in, and that's why I'm here" CEO & Co Founder Kyna Fong
Elation Health are helping to provide less screen time and more face time using technology. I invited Kyna Fong onto the show to learn more.
Marijuana is now legal for medical or adult use in 28 states, accounting for more than 60 percent of the U.S. population. But conflicts between federal and state law bring unique challenges for marijuana companies.
These conflicts were highlighted by Forbes magazine in an article by Julie Weed who stated reported:
"By law, customers can’t use credit cards to buy marijuana, and banks won’t open accounts for cannabusinesses because they are federally illegal. For the most part, customers pay with cash, stores compensate employees and pay suppliers with stacks of cash, and farmers pay for their utilities and lawyers with bundles of cash"
This is creating opportunities and the rise of so-called Potpreneurs who are aiming to bring regulatory compliance audits into the 21st century ensuring compliance with state law and reducing the potential for involvement by criminal enterprises, gangs and drug cartels.
PayQwick is the only company in the world to my knowledge that solves the legal, cash and compliance challenges faced by the marijuana industry. Upon reading this, I was compelled to find more so invited Kenneth Berke, the CEO of PayQwick onto the show.
I am increasingly fascinated by the world of EdTech. Technology is not disrupting classrooms it's improving them, and it's not replacing teachers it's actually helping them with an entire range of tools to offer a whole new level of education.
Achieve3000 provides the only patented, cloud-based solutions that deliver daily differentiated instruction for nonfiction reading and writing that’s precisely tailored to each student’s Lexile® reading level.
Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving millions of students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their precise Lexile® reading levels to deliver significant reading gains—often double-to-triple the expected gains.
The Achieve 3000 free app enables access to Achieve3000 lessons for all students with active KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000, and Empower3000 subscriptions.
Essentially Achieve3000 is using technology to accelerate literacy and help students achieve lifelong success.
Renaissance is on a mission to accelerate learning for all. Renaissance’s purpose is grounded in these core beliefs: They believe everyone can be a successful learner and that learning is a growth process: a continual journey from year to year, and for a lifetime.
The company is armed with a conviction that empowering teachers is integral to student success. Every student should have the chance to reach his or her full potential.
Globally, teachers trust Renaissance to spark tremendous math and reading growth. Renaissance helps ensure all students reach their full potential. Students receive the unique attention and quick feedback they need to meet their goals.
Monitoring student progress is easier than you’ve ever imagined thanks to the combination of precise growth data with state-specific, scientifically proven learning progressions.
Saki Dodelson CEO of Achieve3000 and Jack Lynch CEO at Renaissance chat about their partnership, their solutions for learning analytics, differentiated literacy instruction and how they intend to create the school of the future.
Helpr is on a mission to elevate childcare by providing carefully screened and curated babysitters, booked through an app. Your requested babysitter will arrive at your door in as little as three hours.
After hearing how this uber-style flow is resolving childcare issues by rushing a babysitter to your home that has cleared a strict interviewing process, accreditation, and security clearance.
I invited Kasey Edwards, co-founder of Helpr on to the show to learn more.
The arrival of smart luggage that can be tracked, weighs itself and much more is starting to become a reality. It wasn't until I began looking for a new case that i suddenly became bombarded with too many options.
On my general geeky tech gadget searches for a new case for my holidays, I came across iFLY Luggage. Although they are not tech as such, they are seeking to change the travel industry by focusing on what really matters: affordable, high-quality, insured luggage.
I invited David Rapps, the Director of Corporate Development at iFly luggage to discuss how technology is changing how we travel. I wanted to find out if there is disruption on the horizon for this industry and how far are we away from smart luggage options appearing?
David and I talk about hew travel tech and old problems such as whether to choose a hard shell or soft shell case? or how hot pack a case correctly. This was my moment to find answers to all my luggage problems both old and new.
SevenFifty is the online platform for the wholesale wine and spirits industry. The company's technology platform offers a robust and real-time database that standardizes disparate data sets and provides educational information on a wide variety of wines and spirits including product details like age and region, labels, and more.
The startup has already raised $8.5M in funding to power the wholesale alcohol supply chain.
Today over 700 distributors across 30 states are present on the SevenFifty platform, representing roughly $20B in combined annual sales. Additionally, over 30,000 buyers are sourcing wines and spirits through SevenFifty, ranging from small and local bars and retail locations, to fine dining restaurants, restaurant chains, and large retailers.
I invited SevenFifty CEO Aaron Sherman onto the show to learn how tech is improving this age old industry.
Savonix is neuroscience democratized. Its digital, research-based assessment delivers a state-of-the-art cognitive and emotional function evaluation. The evidence-based screening is a 30-minute (on average) assessment accessed from any iOS or Android device.
Savonix Mobile is a state-of-the-art cognitive and emotional function evaluation that provides an accurate, accessible, actionable and affordable tool for professional cognitive screening
Until Savonix, cognitive assessment remained locked inside dated, analog processes that are costly, time-consuming and only accessible through a clinician. The test, which is used for screening cognitive and emotional function, is accessible via any iOS or Android device during the open beta. Users can take the set of clinically valid neurocognitive tests to receive results in multiple domains, such as:
Savonix also raised $1.5 million in seed round funding, led by RoundGlass Partners, with Kickstart Seed Fund, BMNT capital.
I invited Savonix founder Mylea Charvat, Ph.D onto the show to learn more.
Australian entrepreneur David Mayman hit the headlines last year after soaring high across the Hudson River and flying around the Statue of Liberty.
The company is now offering a chance for a lucky individual relive their James Bond or Halo fantasies in real life. The jetpack flies up to 10,000 feet at 100 miles an hour on and it can fit on the back seat of your car.
I invited David Mayman onto the show to learn about the history of Jetpacks and how we could all be heading for the skies much sooner than you think.
Would you like to Be the World’s First Civilian Jetpack Pilot?
Littlstar is the leading premium network dedicated exclusively to Virtual Reality, 360 video, and immersive experiences. Littlstar has channels like Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Nat Geo, WSJ, ABC, and more. Viewers can discover, watch, and share the best content on VR devices like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Playstation VR, native mobile apps, Google Cardboard, Apple TV, and the web.
LIttlstar has VR partnerships with Bento Box Entertainment (producers of Emmy award winning Bob's Burgers on Fox), Legend 3D (3D conversions and VFX for films like Spiderman, Maleficent, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more), Fusion TV (owned by ABC and Univision), Michelle Phan (Social Mogul and Beauty Entrepreneur behind Ipsy), and more to come.
Littlstar has proprietary technology to stream the best 360-degree video and VR experiences, and has robust analytics and heatmap data for content owners and brands to learn about their audience.
Tony Mugavero is an experienced tech entrepreneur and executive with a media, business, and computer engineering background. He is the Founder and CEO of Littlstar, a premium cinematic Virtual Reality network putting viewers at the center of experiences using immersive technologies. Littlstar has the best VR content in the world from companies like Showtime, Nat Geo, Discovery, PBS, Red Bull, Virgin, Disney, and more.
I invited Tony onto the show to find out more about Littlestar and understand the best way of showcasing your PS VR this Christmas.
Fing, the top ranking, completely free and super-fast network scanner, that’s used by millions of homes and professionals around the world.
The app discovers which devices are connected to any Wi-Fi network, map devices, detect intruders, assess network security risks, troubleshoot network problems and achieve best network performance, with the world’s most popular network toolkit.
With more than a dozen free network tools including; Wi-Fi scanner, port scanner, DNS lookup, ping and service monitoring – Fing is proving to be a must-have network utility.
I invited the CEO of Fing, Domenico Crapanzano to learn about the upcoming Fingbox and how to unlock the following premium network security and troubleshooting features.
Identify all devices on your network and block intruders.
Alerts for new devices, intruders, device status, network status, family and guests.
Monitor all the devices on your network, including those essential to your home’s security.
Identify Bandwidth Hogs
Find out which devices are consuming the most broadband.
See how fast your internet is performing through speed and latency testing.
The #1 network scanning app
Wi-Fi Sweet Spot
Locate the fastest and slowest Wi-Fi spots in your home.
Check the quality of your favorite applications like Facebook and YouTube.
The San Francisco Bay Area is known as the "Innovation Capital of the World" for its many examples of leading technologies and unique business models. Tapping into the collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit of the region, Fujitsu established the Open Innovation Gateway (OIG) to promote collaboration with customers and business partners and to facilitate truly innovative practices.
The gesture-based screen manipulation technology used by Tom Cruise in the film, “Minority Report,” is being introduced to the modern day workplace and completely reinventing collaboration.
The CEO of Oblong Industries and former science advisor to Steven Speilberg, aims to reinvent workplace collaboration with Oblong’s Mezzanine 360-degree visual immersion technology.
Fujitsu, the world’s fifth largest IT provider, currently uses Oblong’s Mezzanine technology to help employees interact in an entirely new, immersive way.
On this episode, I speak with Dave Marvit, Fujitsu’s Innovation Strategist and Mohi Ahmed, Director of Open Innovation Gateway. We talk about how the company is using Oblong’s 360-degree visual technology and why it’s so beneficial particularly for telecommuters.
Check out this four-minute video that brings this to life https://vimeo.com/183888875/efac363039#t=0s.
It wasn't too long ago that people thought Showrooming was going to kill bricks and mortar stores.
For those that don't know, "Showrooming is when a shopper visits a store to check out a product but then purchases the product online from home.
This occurs because, while many people still prefer seeing and touching the merchandise they buy, many items are available at lower prices through online vendors. As such, local stores essentially become showrooms for online shoppers."
Webrooming, on the other hand, is when consumers research products online before going to the store for a final evaluation and purchase."
The waters were further muddied recently when online store Amazon announced they were moving into the grocery market and physical store Walmart announced they were increasing their online presence.
How can we make sense of this e-commerce battlefield?
So I turned to Tom Caporaso, who is the CEO of Clarus Commerce, an e-commerce solutions provider which owns FreeShipping.com,
Tom is not only an expert in e-commerce but is also particularly sought for his knowledge on consumer loyalty, subscription services, and loyalty solutions.
Tom's expert commentary has been shared by Fox Business, Refinery29, CNNMoney, CNET, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, and more.
So allow me to beam your ears stateside to join Tom and discuss Amazon's plans and how commerce is now affecting both our online and offline worlds.
Most people have heard of IBM Watson Health, but how about Apixio?
Apixio is a data science company for healthcare. Darren Schulte the Chief Executive Officer at the company is excited to be a part of the data-driven revolution in the healthcare industry.
He believes that with the help of cognitive computing in the cloud; we can analyze massive amounts of data to enable care tailored for each.
Technology leaders are increasingly focusing on the digital health experience
Powered by its cognitive computing platform, Apixio brings advanced data to healthcare by extracting and analyzing previously trapped unstructured medical record data, giving healthcare providers unprecedented access to groundbreaking insights.
Apixio's computing platform is built upon the insights from analyzing more than 6 million patient charts. The Apixio HCC Profiler solution uses computers to mine medical charts and Medicare reported chronic condition data for payers and providers to more efficiently and accurately conduct risk adjustment activities for Medicare Advantage.
Healthcare startups represent a booming industry. We have all heard about how the Internet of Things. (IoT) will change our world. But have you heard of the Internet of Medical Devices (IoMD)?
The growth of IoMD, and how it's changing the future of connected healthcare is quite staggering. This movement is being adopted by both startups and established health brands. After hearing about how Industry titan GE Healthcare recently announced its partnership with a company called Trice Imaging, the leading cloud-based medical imaging solutions provider. I invited the CEO and co-founder of Trice onto the show to learn about her motivation and secret to her business success.
Åsa Nordgren is CEO and co-founder of Trice Imaging Inc., an innovate provider of technology to the healthcare industry. Trice Imaging has developed a patented and award-winning solution for sending high-quality medical images, stills and videos to cellphones and other communication devices. Trice Imaging has customers in 15 counties. Trice Imaging’s first service Mobile BabyTM was awarded with 2 GSMA Global Mobile Awards, also called the Oscars of the Telecom Industry.
“The ability to almost instantly send images to colleagues is extremely useful,” says Dr. Greggory Devore, director of the Fetal Diagnostic Centers. “I have had several occasions in which I sent images to multiple contributors on a single case study, and using Tricefy is the best way to do that.
Trice is the collaboration platform that gives my offices the possibility to share medical cases in a secure and cost-efficient environment. I look forward to performing live demonstrations with Trice Imaging at ISUOG World Congress 2015 and showing other doctors and clinicians the speed and ease that comes with using this groundbreaking technology.”
Chatlight was designed by a professional photographer who was frustrated with the way people look on screen via video chat and Skype calls. The inventor of Chatlight saw the main problem immediately when Skype was launched. He noticed that people looked dark and/or blurry when video chatting and that, through a photographer’s eyes, the simple solution was better lighting.
Armed with an idea, they turned to a Kickstarter campaign which included over 1,000 enthusiastic and supportive backers who believed in a product that up until now had not even existed. The response to Chatlight's post-Kickstarter survey yielded overwhelming support and has opened doors for Chatlight to be shared with the rest of the world.
I was fascinated by how a photographer and entrepreneur went from idea to a Kickstarter campaign and the incredible journey to ensure that the product became a reality. I invited Henry Geddes onto the show to find out more.
Chatlight now improves the camera lens function and image quality to illuminate Skype users faces and make them look better online.
As Senior Director, Product Management at Google, Matthew Glotzbach had overall product responsibility for Google's cloud computing applications including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Voice, Google Talk across business and consumer offerings.
Matt was also the Vice President of Product Management at YouTube.
He led the creation of YouTube’s music subscription service, and fan-funding business platforms.
He is now moved into the world of EdTech and is the CEO of Quizlet but this is not his first education-focused initiative. A 12-year Google veteran, he was part of the founding team of Google apps for education.
Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything.The company consistently ranks in the top 10 free education apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Matthew Glotzbach @mglotzbach
"Master your classes with the leading education app! Create your own flashcards or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users on thousands of subjects. If you're doing standardized test prep for big exams like the SAT or ACT, studying for an upcoming midterm or test, or just need homework help, you can feel confident with these powerful interactive learning tools — inside the classroom or out"
As we enter the run up the holiday season, more and more people will be relying on Amazon Prime to deliver their gifts the following day. It then occurred to me just how much Amazon Prime has raised our expectation levels. We no longer accept to wait for more than 5 days for an online order.
We don't care about how busy the poor local post office is at Christmas because they know Amazon can do it.So I found myself asking HOW can small businesses compete and then came across Shippo
Startup Shippo recently announced a Series A funding led by Union Square Ventures and also welcomed Albert Wenger to our board. Shippo powers shipping for businesses. With one simple, scalable API they have built a solution to help developers connect to a network of shipping providers and print shipping labels in minutes.
Connect with multiple carriers, get discounted shipping labels, track packages, and more with just one integration.Shippo help businesses compare shipping rates, print discounted shipping labels, and track shipments, with a goal of making shipping easy and affordable for everyone.
I invited Shippo founder and CEO, Laura Behrens Wu onto the show to learn more.
Any startup journey or dream career begins with a fascinating story of motivation before any business or lifestyle success is achieved. Rather than chasing money and freedom, most Entrepreneur's just want to make a difference.Over 17 years’ of experience in worker’s compensation, safety, and compliance, and
Luke Anear was armed with over 17 years’ of experience in worker’s compensation, safety and compliance, and entrepreneurism. After managing more than 2,500 workplace injury investigations, Luke had a desire to develop a solution for critical problems in safety and compliance across many industries.
Luke's plan revolutionize safety management resulted in creating SafetyCulture, a cloud-based company dedicated to offering innovative, low-cost, mobile-first products that empower users to have a safe and efficient workplace.
SafetyCulture’s mobile application, iAuditor, is the most widely used auditing app in the world. iAuditor mobilizes all workers—from the front lines to the corner office—to participate in real-time data collection and reporting to quickly recognize and improve workplace safety.
I invited Luke Anear, the Founder and CEO of SafetyCulture to learn more about how technology is transforming the industry while also making Health and Safety exciting.
Elon Musk's Tesla electric cars are incredibly desirable but let's be honest, they are way too expensive for most tastes.
I recently came across Storm Sondors who is crowdfunding his way to change this by creating the Model Sondors electric car that is projected to retail for under $10,000.
Not only will it look fantastic, but you will also be able to charge it in the same way you would your smartphone, without having to rely on charge stops and the infrastructure behind it.
The creator already has the 2nd largest Indiegogo campaign ever under his belt with the Sondors eBike (né Storm eBike) which raised over $6 million. The bike became the world’s first mass-produced, affordable electric bike.
Despite achieving business and lifestyle success with the freedom that comes with it, any entrepreneur will tell you it's not about money and never about just one startup. The story of Storm Sondors will serve as an inspiration to anyone that believes in dreaming big.
SONDORS Electric Car - https://www.startengine.com/startup/sondors-electric-car
"You likely know the name SONDORS from our electric bike.
They said we couldn’t make an electric bike for $500. But we showed them that we could. With the help of thousands of supporters, we raised $10 million and delivered 15,000 electric bikes. We successfully created the first mass-produced, affordable electric bicycle. The SONDORS eBike is currently the largest electric bike distributor in the U.S. and is sold in 67 other countries worldwide.
Our founder, Storm Sondors, doesn’t like to do things the way they’ve always been done. He creates with accessibility in mind, choosing to start with the basics, rather than adding on to something that has already been created.
As we did with our electric bikes, our plan is to cut out the middleman. You will be able to custom pre-order your car online. You’ll get the all of the features you want without having to haggle with a salesman. And you won’t even have to leave your house. We’ll deliver right to your doorstep."
How many people have your personal mobile number? Apart from your friends, family and colleagues, there is a whole heap of people and organizations that have your mobile number.
When considering our digital footprint we seldom think about how many people have our details and publish our personal details alongside our smartphone number. Facebook and Linked are just a few examples.
The concept of burner phones used to involve carrying around multiple devices, but the Burner app is often a cheaper and more efficient way of managing multiple numbers.
The ability to protect your privacy online or even have a cheap additional business phone number can all now be managed by your one smartphone. If you’ve ever tried to tell someone you’re not interested, and only for them to still pester you, Burner’s Ghostbot can handle that too.
Whether you are a freelancer creating a cheap dedicated business Line or just want to introduce privacy and security onto your phone, maybe you need a burner phone.
I invited the CEO and founder of Burner, Gregg Cohn said onto the show to find out more and understand his mission to empower users with tools to take back control of their communications.
After teasing Ulli at Google and the Pioneer Summit last month, they are finally launching their free, AI-powered, one-thumb mobile browser in the IOS App Store so I had to find out more.
Ulli is revolutionizing the way you browse and search the web on your phone. Navigating on a mobile device is cumbersome: small keyboard, typos, two-hands needed, copy-pasting… For the first time, Ulli brings a smart and seamless experience adapted for your mobile device.
Unlike traditional mobile browsers that require you to navigate back and forth through multiple screens, Ulli provides links that you most likely want to browse next, thus avoiding you to type, search or copy-paste information around.
With the mobile e-commerce market expected to increase by over 50% in the next two years according to a report from GSMA Intelligence, a mobile-native browser is more key than ever for consumers. Ulli is the first web browser that finally opens the door to one-tap mobile.
Ulli Smart Web Browser – A.I. One-Thumb Internet By Biggerpan, Inc.