News & Updates

Mobile App That Keeps Family and Friends in Touch – Now Free Through June 2020 Due to Global Crisis

Cision | March 25, 2020

Porchlight – Being There, a private social network that keeps family and close friends connected, is now 100% free to everyone in response to the global pandemic crisis of 2020. The latest version of the app, available on both iTunes and Google Play, no longer charges $9.99/month but is instead 100% free. It will remain free throughout the 2020 Global Pandemic Crisis related to COVID-19, at least through June 2020 and possibly beyond.

The Porchlight App was originally created to address isolation and loneliness which can arise when family and close friends live far apart. The mandatory social distancing as a result of COVID-19 has created unprecedented isolation and loneliness for individuals, threatening to create a new social crisis. Porchlight is something we can all do, for ourselves and the people we love, to prevent the social crisis. Unlike traditional social media, Porchlight is quick and 100% private. It is designed for the busy modern life by offering a quick 5-second check-in and check-up, and the ability for one-on-one follow up on the things that matter with the people that matter…

ESPAT Media Announces Launch of The First Dedicated Esports Digital Media Licensing Platform

PR Newswire | March 17, 2020

ESPAT Media Group, Inc., a producer and distributor of digital media focused exclusively on esports and gaming content, announced the spring 2020 debut of its dedicated digital photo and video licensing platform.

The esports industry is projected to reach $1.8 billion in revenue by 2022, a large part is expected to come from advertising and sponsorship spends and ESPAT is uniquely positioned to support editorial subscribers and commercial partners…

MedCrypt Joined by Former FDA Leader Seth Carmody as Vice President of Regulatory Strategy

PR Newswire | March 4, 2020

MedCrypt Inc., the proactive healthcare security provider, today announced Seth Carmody as the new vice president of regulatory strategy. Prior to MedCrypt, Carmody worked as the cybersecurity program manager in the Office of the Center Director, Emergency Preparedness/Operations & Medical Countermeasures, within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Carmody brings over eight years of experience in guiding medical device cybersecurity regulatory strategy as well as managing regulatory response to cybersecurity matters….

Nex Cubed Names New Managing Director for FinTech Program and Announces Seven Companies Selected to Participate in its Spring 2020 FinTech Accelerator

PR Newswire | March 3, 2020

Over the last three years, Nex Cubed has established itself as a leader in early-stage innovation and acceleration, creating a global ecosystem of strategic investors, with 140 mentors, 50 advisors, 3 industry-specific Centers of Excellence, 20 corporate and government partners, and investments in over 70 startups.

In 2020, Nex Cubed is building on its success by scaling existing programming, including the launch of its FinTech Accelerator in New York City…

Sacramento Kings Announce “Sweet 16” to Tip-Off 2020 Capitalize Contest | February 25, 2020

On February 12, the annual Capitalize contest tipped-off for the fifth year to highlight local entrepreneurial talent and provide startups with the opportunity to develop their businesses. Today, the Sacramento Kings selected and notified the “Sweet 16” contestants who will compete in the 2020 Capitalize contest, powered by Sacramento Urban Technology Lab.

The contestants will compete over the course of a month to determine which companies will advance in the competition. To tip-off the process, the 16 companies will participate in a Pitch Coaching Session on March 2…

Plutoshift Continues Momentum, Makes Key Additions to its Leadership Team

Business Wire | January 14, 2020

Plutoshift, the leader in automated performance monitoring for industrial workflows, enters 2020 with great momentum. They’ve added several decades of business, marketing, and entrepreneurial experience to their leadership team to turbocharge their marketing and business development efforts…

How Competition In Cybersecurity Can Positively Impact Your Bottom Line

DOTmed | January 9, 2020

The argument against competition in cybersecurity is, of course, valid and does reflect the general industry sentiment, as manufacturers, hospitals, security researchers, and regulators are always collaborating at conferences and sharing best practices with one another…

MedCrypt CSO Axel Wirth to Speak on Proactive Healthcare Cybersecurity at 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition

PR Newswire | January 6, 2020

MedCrypt Inc., the proactive healthcare security company, today announced its chief security officer, Axel Wirth, will present three sessions at the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition…

Three Local Tech Startups Receiving National Attention

San Antonio Business Journal | December 9, 2019

Three local tech-related startups recently received attention from a national pitch competition and accelerator.

San Antonio-based startup tuuk ousted 300 applicants to become one of 59 semi-finalists to pitch in front of global accelerator program MassChallenge FinTech’s corporate partners, which includes AARP, Citizens Bank, MassMutual, Wal-Mart and others…

New App Fanalyze Makes It Easier to Analyze Sports Data | December 9, 2019

Fanalyze is a simple mobile and web app created to introduce a better and more straightforward approach to sports search results to speed up your fantasy sports and sports betting analysis. The app has a ton of features like stats, news and player comparison, and it is available for download on the iPhone and Android…

Teal Venture Partners Lead Pre-Seed Round

PR Newswire | November 15, 2019

Teal Ventures selected as the fourth company in its Fund I portfolio, joining 19Labs, Mobile Medical Office, and Neuralace.

“ is a superb example of the early-stage companies we look for. CEO Kim Walpole is already an experienced startup leader, and has attracted strong staff and advisors who will be key to rapid growth,” notes Ron Demuth, General Partner of Teal Ventures, adding that “ has identified clinical trials as a segment of the healthcare ecosystem poised for AI-driven optimization and innovation. Indeed already has commercial traction, hence validating this market.”…

FanAI Raises $8 Million Series A

LA Business Journal | November 14, 2019

Esports analytics and marketing firm FanAI Inc. raised a $8 million Series A round Nov. 14 led by a new investor, Japan-based Marubeni Corp.

Santa Monica-based FanAI will use the funding to expand its team over the next year to 30 employees from the current 20 and to boost its existing United Kingdom and European business, according to Chief Executive Johannes Waldstein…

How Grounded AI Could Save $1 Billion in the Permian Water Sector

Hart Energy | October 29, 2019

The oil and gas industry’s recent and explosive success in the Permian Basin has been a boon to production and profitability for producers as well as to American energy independence overall. Production in western Texas and southern New Mexico is expected to double its current production rate to about 8 MMbbl/d in four years. For perspective, that estimate surpasses the U.S.’s total production numbers from six years ago. But with all of that opportunity, a growing water challenge must be taken into account when operating and investing in the Permian Basin…

A Self-Made Millionaire Before He Turned 30, Jon Carder is Now Building a Wellness Startup in La Jolla

The San Diego Union Tribune | October 18, 2019

Jon Carder is best known as the guy who co-founded three multi-million dollar Internet businesses before he turned 30. He retired at 27 as an e-commerce star here in San Diego, but it was short-lived. He later co-founded Empyr and Mogl, which combined raised roughly $100 million in startup capital. The now 41-year-old is back at it again. But his latest startup, Bloom, is looking pretty different from past ventures…

ECare21 Deploys First Direct-to-Cloud Medisante Medical IoT Devices in U.S.

NBC | October 14, 2019

eCare21 deployed the first direct-to-cloud cellular medical IoT devices to patients in the U.S. within the clinical workflow of a physician practice performing Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). Direct-to-cloud devices have eliminated the need for…

EPAP Gets a New Look

Sleep Review | October 14, 2019

One company launched a snore-reducing sleep mask early this year called the Hüpnos. It looks just like any sleep mask, except it has hidden EPAP technology built inside, for those who might feel self-conscious about wearing an anti-snoring device to bed…

Proactive cybersecurity solutions to medical device vendors

HPR | October 9, 2019

Mike Kijewski, CEO, discusses MedCrypt, the company he launched in 2016 after seeing a particular 2012 episode of Homeland, that provides proactive cybersecurity solutions to medical device vendors.Mike is passionate about new advances in the intersection of internet technology and healthcare. Prior to starting MedCrypt…

Nex Cubed Selects Seven Transformative Frontier Tech Companies for Fall 2019 Digital Health Accelerator

PR Newswire | October 1, 2019

Over the last two years, Nex Cubed has established itself as a leader in early-stage innovation, providing angel and seed stage startups support to drive commercial adoption of their solutions and preparing them for their next round of financing. As frontier tech continues to disrupt industries, Nex Cubed is establishing regional Centers of Excellence around…

Visom Technology announced as a TiE10 SoCal Winner for TiE Con Southwest 2019

TiEcon 2019

Nex Cubed Digital Health Portfolio Company, Visom Technology has been announced as a TiE10 SoCal Winner for TiE Con Southwest 2019. More information about the conference is available at:

Plutoshift Secures Series A Funding

Business Wire | September 19, 2019

Investors Commit $8 Million to a Unified Performance View For Industrial Businesses, Combining Process Metrics in Real-time from Myriad Data Sources.

The new investment will be used to expand the technology behind Plutoshift’s cloud-based solution, which is designed for teams to track, predict, and communicate decisions and the efficiency of critical physical assets and processes used in manufacturing.

99 Women That Forbes Missed

Bam Communications | September 12, 2019

Late last week, forbes published its list of america’s 100 most innovative leaders, and the rankings have since faced intense backlash. Why? The list included 99 men and exactly one woman

Nex Cubed’s very own, Vidya Murthy – VP of Operations at MedCrypt, was named to this list. Keep on inspiring, Vidya!

eCare21 is Improving Remote Patient Monitoring and Preventive Care

PM 360 Online | September 3, 2019

Not everyone can live near their elderly family members, but they still want the peace of mind to know that they are okay. eCare21 is a free app that allows caregivers to track the vitals of their loved ones through at-home monitoring devices and self-reported information. But the platform is for so much more than just caregivers and patients—it has also been able to revolutionize physicians’ practices, hospitals, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and more—saving them time and money while improving patient outcomes. And even pharma companies can use it to help keep patients on medications…

Hacking Humans: The MedCrypt Journey

Forbes | July 23, 2019

Entrepreneurs get their inspirations from many places. Mike Kijewski, CEO of MedCrypt, founded in January of 2016 and based in Encinitas, California was no exception. This is an area that most of us would never imagine the need for a product…

MedCrypt Named One of the Top 50 Hot Tech Companies Globally in 2019

Crunchbase | June 20, 2019

Congratulations to MedCrpyt on being named as 1 of the Top 50 Global Tech Startups by Crunchbase.

There is always a new trend for tech companies – whether it be a push for e-scooters or a beauty craze. As we enter the latter half of 2019, we’ve used Crunchbase data to carefully curate the top 50 tech companies in the world…

Commerce and the New Frontier of Influence

MediaVillage | June 18, 2019

Social media as a channel to influence purchase decisions and drive sales is a tried and true strategy. Influencers are a natural conduit to connect brand messaging to engaged audiences and marketers are well aware of the potential…

OOTify, Inc. Named TiE50 Award Winner at TiEcon | May 15, 2019

OOTify, Inc., the Los Angeles based startup that promises to democratize mental healthcare, is excited to announce that it was selected as a 2019 TiE50 Winner in the prestigious TiE50 Awards Program. This awards competition, now in its tenth year, is a program of TiEcon, the world’s…

Art Made Accessible By Online Art Gallery Alpha’a

Forbes | May 11, 2019

The design narrative of a space is often told or inspired by art. It anchors overall palette, texture, mood and temperament. In cases where the art piece is added as a finishing touch, it takes on the function of windows that reveal the dweller’s headspace, ideals and sensibilities…

MedCrypt Closes Series A Funding

Medium | May 7, 2019

MedCrypt has raised $5.3M in Series A funding led by Section 32, with participation from Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator..

I Saw It — I Bought It! – Jarett Boskovich, Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer at WowYow Inc. – AI Solutions To Expand Business Opportunity and Create Instantaneous Consumer Experiences

FutureTech Podcast | April 19, 2019

Jarett Boskovich, co-founder and chief marketing officer at WowYow Inc., delivers a comprehensive overview of his AI-based company’s exciting technology. Boskovich has more than a decade of solid entrepreneurial experience and has worked with many successful Fortune 500 companies. With a distinguished background operating in sales and marketing, Boskovich seeks to bring all of his skills to WowYow Inc., the advanced AI-based company he co-founded…

IoT in the Animal Lab

Laboratory Equipment | April 10, 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are revolutionizing the world we live in. Even on farms, we see cows with IoT fitness trackers around their legs to help monitor their location, health and estrus cycles. Connected cars, smart cities, ocean buoys, and smart farms are just a sampling of where IoT is changing the world…

Meet Ravi Sharma and Michael Quinones of OOTify in Playa Vista

Voyage LA | April 2, 2019

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ravi Sharma and Michael Quinones of Ootify. We will go over what Ootify is all about, how they are helping others in the mental health industry, challenges that have came up along their startup journey, and more!..

WowYow Expands AI and Visual Search Capabilities, Launches New Suite of Products Designed to Unlock the Full Value of Online Images

MarTechSeries | March 29, 2019

WowYow, a Visual AI solution for publishers and advertisers, has announced a new suite of products: Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Images. These innovative products offer publishers the ability to analyze, categorize and monetize billions of online images simply by adding one line of code to their site(s) and mobile apps… & MedCrypt Both Finalists For The 2019 Xconomy Awards

Xconomy | March 28, 2019

The finalists for the 2019 Xconomy Awards have been announced – Two of Nex Cubed’s portfolio companies, and MedCrypt, have made the cut…

WowYow Launches AI Tech, Turns Static Photos Into Ad Opportunities

MediaPost | March 27, 2019

WowYow has launched a visual AI solution today for publishers and advertisers. The suite is something of a Google Adsense for video and images, creating a global marketplace capable of leveraging visual content…

Nex Cubed Selects Seven Transformative Frontier Tech Companies for Spring 2019 Digital Health Accelerator

PR Newswire | March 6, 2019

The Digital Health Accelerator is part of Nex Cubed’s startup acceleration platform that also includes the Nex Cubed Aerospace & Defense Accelerator in Washington DC and the Nex Cubed Frontier Tech Accelerator in San Francisco. Nex Cubed’s platform supports angel to seed stage startups and helps them to…

Alpha’a Stories: Navigating the VC Waters as a Latin American Woman

Medium | February 26, 2019

I thought that my background in finance would give me a huge advantage when it came to fundraising, after all I’d been part of the boys club before. I’d worked with men, or should I say for men. It’s funny how the #metoo movement ended up touching us women, even though…

Camino Secures $5.9M to Bolster Permitting Platform

GovTech Biz | February 11, 2019

As the San Francisco-based company tries to simplify and democratize the process of obtaining permits, it plans to open its platform and make its data and APIs accessible to potential clients and innovators…

40+ Cybersecurity Startups Securing The Future Of Healthcare

CB Insights | February 11, 2019

From enhancing security on medical devices to ensuring patient privacy, cybersecurity startups are looking to help secure the future of healthcare. Healthcare is becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Over the last decade, data breaches have resulted in the theft or exposure of ~200M healthcare records in…

Can a Virtual Sports Agent App Give Athletes More Career Control?

PC Magazine | February 11, 2019

At the West Coast Challenge pitch competition at USC in Los Angeles last month, Athent was among those vying for a place in the Quake Capital Startup Accelerator and $200,000 in seed funding. That prize went to MrktStar—which pays people for predicting the success of their favorite businesses, apps, or bands, but…

As Threats Proliferate, So Do New Tools For Protecting Medical Devices And Hospitals

TechCrunch | February 6, 2019

Six months after an episode of “Homeland” showed hackers exploiting security vulnerabilities in the (fictional) Vice President’s pacemaker, Mike Kijewski, the founder of a new startup security company called Medcrypt, was approached by his (then) employers at Varian Medical Systems with a…

FanAI buys esports data startup Waypoint Media

VentureBeat | January 29, 2019

FanAI, an esports audience analytics company, announced it has acquired esports data startup, Waypoint Media. It’s one more sign that esports is heating up, as market researcher Newzoo forecasts esports will become a $1.7 billion market by 2021. FanAI will integrate Waypoint’s tools into…

How One Tech Startup is Using AI to Conquer Challenges Faced by Media Giants

International Business Times | December 21, 2019

Visual artificial intelligence (AI) company WowYow is excited to announce its successful graduation from a Silicon Valley AI accelerator program led by Nex Cubed, an investment company which chooses tech startup companies to incubate and helps to fund their ideas…

New Accelerator Marries San Diego’s Strengths in Life Sciences, Software

San Diego Business Journal | December 14, 2018

San Francisco Bay-area accelerator Nex3 will launch a new San Diego program for health care and life sciences software companies. Nex3 is currently accepting applications for its new digital health accelerator, which will start on Feb. 11. Daniel Haders, Managing Director of Healthcare Tech for Nex3, said…

NXT Robotics Announces Service Partnership with Ricoh

Market Watch | December 3, 2018

Reflecting a growing global demand for industrial robots, NXT Robotics, an emerging security robotics firm, has announced an on-site service partnership with Ricoh USA Inc. This partnership leverages the RICOH Service Advantage program and utilizes Ricoh’s vast global network of repair and service specialists…

The innovative startups improving clinical trial recruitment, enrollment, retention, and design

MobiHealthNews | November 30, 2018

The clinical trial market is enormous. To understand its scale, consider that currently lists more than 280,000 active clinical research studies, up from just 2,119 active studies in the year 2000. Even with this massive increase in the number of clinical trials between 2000 and 2018, research indicates…

2018 Best Startup Ideas Awarded to SkyHi, OOTify and Chronus at TiECON Southwest Conference

MarketWatch | November 28, 2018

TiECON Southwest 2018 is TiE Southern California’s signature annual entrepreneurship conference bringing together nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, multi-disciplinary leaders, and technologists. As is tradition, TiECON judges evaluated startups pitching at the conference. Out of the 14 companies that were selected to pitch for Best Startup Idea, the winners were…

How to Build a Security Dashboard for Startups

Mobi Health News | October 23, 2018

What with so many apps, connected medical devices and messaging systems the world of healthcare is going more mobile — no longer is every system under the umbrella of a hospital IT specialist. But that pivot toward digital health brings up questions for innovators and IT specialists about how to track and monitor security when building and implementing new products…

Two UC San Diego Aerospace Engineering Students Set Out to Speed up Spacecraft and Hardware Design

University of California | October 5, 2018

After working for SpaceX, Moon Express, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and leading the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) chapter at UC San Diego, Darren Charrier and Faris Hamdi experienced the pain points of many engineers firsthand – that the design process for complex hardware was far too inefficient for the 21st century…

How One App Will Bring Relief to A Mental Health Problem We Can No Longer Deny

Beyond The Interview | September 25, 2018

People have and will always feel inclined to pathologize emotions and behavior, no matter how normal or abnormal. But does that mean you actually have a mental disorder? And even if you do, isn’t that more than OK, too?…

FanAI and GumGum Sports Partnership Aims to Help Brands Navigate Twitch

SportTechie | September 21, 2018

Twitch streams can be goldmines for brands. From product placement to logos to sponsored content, ads on Twitch are common and, because they’re part of the video feed, they are immune to ad blockers. Recently, computer vision media company GumGum Sports and FanAI, an AI-based analytics company, partnered to help esports organizations tap into… is Accelerating Clinical Trials

PM360 | September 21, 2018

Patients often don’t have time to wait. But, the clinical trial process can be slow. Even in the digital age, getting a trial up and running can get bogged down from manual and archaic processes ingrained in our industry. Kim Walpole, Co-founder and CEO of, decided it was time to speed things up by using artificial intelligence to help design better trial protocols and…

Nex Cubed adds iSport360 to its Fast-Growing Portfolio of Technology Companies

iSport360 | July 17, 2018

Nex Cubed (, an innovation platform that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market, helps rising companies scale, and provides paths to liquidity, has added iSport360, Inc. (, an innovative youth sports technology company, to its portfolio of frontier technology companies. This is Nex Cubed’s 26th investment since it’s launch in…

HyTrust Introduces Seamless Data Discovery, Classification and Encryption for Virtual Environments

GlobeNewswire Press Releases | July 2, 2018

HyTrust announced today integration between HyTrust DataControl and HyTrust CloudAdvisor for seamless data discovery, classification and encryption in virtual environments. The result gives organizations an automated, end-to-end system to find and understand data; designate it according to policies, laws and requirements; encrypt it based on automated policy; and prevent unauthorized access or transmission. In effect, the integration marries the data discovery and classification of HyTrust CloudAdvisor with the encryption, key management and policy enforcement of HyTrust DataControl, providing organizations a full data lifecycle security solution….

MedCrypt Raises $1.9 Million in Funding, Round Led by Eniac Ventures
PR Newswire | June 28, 2018
MedCrypt, a medical device cybersecurity technology provider, today announces $1.9 million in new funding. The seed round was led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from Sway Ventures, Nex Cubed, Oronoco Investments and Friedman BioVentures. The financing will accelerate the commercial deployment of cryptographically embedded cybersecurity software for medical device makers, which includes…

MedCrypt brings in $1.9M to advance medical device cybersecurity
MedCity News | June 28, 2018
MedCrypt, a provider of medical device cybersecurity technology, has secured $1.9 million in new funding. The round was spearheaded by Eniac Ventures. Nex Cubed, Oronoco Investments, Sway Ventures and Friedman BioVentures also participated. The seed financing will allow MedCrypt to continue to develop its technology and deploy its software into more of its customers’ devices…

Early-Stage Booster Comes to Town To ‘Create, Incubate and Accelerate’
San Diego Business Journal | June 21, 2018
A San Francisco-based seed-stage investment firm and a venture capital fund — separate businesses that work closely together — are becoming increasingly active in the Southern California startup scene. Nex Cubed and Sway Ventures share office space overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Prospect Street in La Jolla. The companies also share some DNA, with some operating partners and…

Seeds of change – a message from impact incubator Nex Cubed
Horizons | June 21, 2018
As part of the Horizons Innovation Insights trip to San Francisco, we met Nex Cubed, an incubator with a social mission. In this post their CEO, Marlon Evans, explains exactly what this mission is. Applying this old Chinese proverb to the world of work: the best time to make a positive change in your business was yesterday. The second-best time is…

San Diego Venture Group Names 30 Startups to 2018 ‘Cool Companies’ List
San Diego Business Journal | May 25, 2018
San Diego Venture Group on May 24 announced the latest batch of startups to make its “Cool Companies” list. The organization, which works to link local early-stage companies with investors, said 180 companies applied for inclusion this year. Founders of the companies are invited to meet in late June with roughly 100 venture capitalists and angel investors at a private event hosted by…

Nex Cubed Announces Two New Board Members
PR Newswire | May 10, 2018
Nex Cubed, an innovation platform that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market, helps rising companies scale, and provides paths to liquidity, is pleased to welcome Ken Denman and Duncan Logan to its Board of Directors. “We are honored to have Mr. Denman and Mr. Logan join the Nex Cubed Board,” said Marlon Evans, CEO of Nex Cubed. “Their breadth of…

NAYS Teams Up with iSport360 to Engage Sports Parents | May 7, 2018
iSport360, Inc. (, a youth sports software company, and the National Alliance for Youth Sports ( have teamed up to provide coaches and parents with education and tools to share player feedback. “We are excited about the value that iSport360 can offer to our members,” said Kate Nematollahi, Director of Education Programs for NAYS. “iSport360 provides a range of resources to the youth sports community, specifically a mobile platform that helps coaches set goals, evaluate players and share ongoing player feedback.”

NewSpace Business Competition Announces Finalists
Parabolic Arc | May 3, 2018
Today, the Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced the finalists that will be competing in the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition on Saturday, May 26 during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles. Six finalists were selected to compete in the Shark Tank-style pitch competition: Beyond Earth, First Resonance, Space Map, Stofiel Aerospace, Voyager Space Technologies, Waypoint 2 Space.

Data Security as a Service for Medical Devices: Interview with MedCrypt CEO Mike Kijewski
Medgadget | April 27, 2018
Data security has been a hot topic in the media recently with revelations about the dissemination of user data at Facebook and breaches at other large businesses like Uber. Healthcare has also had its fair share of cybersecurity issues, with data from 18,000 Medicare members accessed at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield through its vendor LaunchPoint Ventures in 2017 and the…

TEO Report: Just Under $2B in Disclosed Esports Funding Raised in Q1 2018
The Esports Observer | April 23, 2018
The Esports Observer has published its Q1 2018 Esports Business Digest; a breakdown of the most relevant financial movements within the esports industry over the last three months. One of the most striking findings is that the esports industry raised more capital in the first quarter of 2018 than in any other single quarter. We previously reported that over $200M had already been announced in…

5 Software Startups Solving the Biggest Challenges in Solar
Greentech Media | April 23, 2018
The startup ecosystem in solar is still strong. At GTM Events, we’re now including sessions where young companies tell their stories in front of the audience. It’s a great way to bring fresh perspectives to the industry. At the Solar Software Summit next week, we’ll hear from five companies about the problems they’re trying to solve in solar in a session led by industry all-star Emily Kirsch, CEO of…

Hytrust Adds Support for Containers and AWS Workloads to Protect Multi-Cloud Environments
GlobeNewswire | April 12, 2018
HyTrust announced today HyTrust CloudControl 6.0 which includes two new editions to enable consistent, integrated security for containers and virtual machines across private and public clouds. The first edition, HyTrust CloudControl Continuous Compliance focuses on reducing the compliance burden on IT and DevOps teams by addressing the visibility and hardening challenges across multi-cloud infrastructure. HyTrust CloudControl for Container Edition provides the critical security controls mandated by the security team to deploy containers safely in production environments.

17 Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Could Be Hacked
Reader’s Digest | April 19, 2018
More and more, common items we regularly use are becoming connected, making things more convenient not only for us, but for hackers, too. Here’s how to protect your home—and your family.A hacked smart TV presents problems on many levels. A prankster could switch channels on you, order movies you don’t want, or blast the volume when you least expect it. On another level, a hacked TV can have a direct impact on your…

Nex Cubed Welcomes New CEO
PR Newswire | April 2, 2018
Nex Cubed, a frontier technology focused seed-stage investor and accelerator, has named Marlon Evans as CEO. Mr. Evans was the former CEO of GSVlabs, a Silicon Valley-based innovation and growth platform for startups and corporations. Prior to GSVlabs, Evans was the Director of Corporate Affairs at Hewlett Packard. With a passion for social impact, Evans has held leadership roles at…

FanAI Digs Deeper Into Fan Behavior for More Precise View
New York Business Journal | March 8, 2018
When Dr Pepper wanted to find the right fit in the evolving world of esports, its marketing agency hired a little-known data analytics firm that lined the soda maker up with not just a specific team (TSM), but a player (Søren Bjerg). Within a few weeks of the sponsorship and endorsement deals, engagement with fans of the team and Bjerg on social media doubled for…

MedCrypt Wins Venture Connect Prize
Healthcare IT News | March 7, 2018
Medcrypt, an Encinitas, California-based startup that uses APIs to help medical device companies secure themselves against hackers and security breaches, on Thursday won the HIMSS Venture Connect startup contest held at HIMSS18. The announcement marked the culmination of a day-long event hosted by Health 2.0 that featured insights into…

Launch Alaska selects four energy startups for 2018 program
Alaska Journal | February 21, 2018
Four energy companies were selected in a competitive process to participate in Launch Alaska’s 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage.They will complete an intensive four-month program beginning March 26 at the downtown Boardroom, a shared working space for innovators. In the program, they receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in exchange for equity in their companies. The 2018 group is BoxPower, Carter Wind, Correlate and Omega Grid…

How do digital health partnerships happen? Where do you go with them? Views from a developer and an app security provider.
Telecare Aware | February 17, 2018
This Editor recently covered a partnership between Doncaster UK’s MediBioSense Ltd.and San Francisco-based Blue Cedar, where Blue Cedar’s app security system will protect information from MediBioSense’s app through to the provider database. I was curious how two physically distant small companies, even in this global healthcare business, found each other, as well as how MediBioSense (MBS) adopted a US-developed sensor from VitalConnect. To find out more, I spoke with…

BioVirtua: Sequencing Human Movement
Medstack | January 8, 2018
From bone fractures to multiple sclerosis, over 100 conditions impact human movement. For conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, motor abnormalities are some of the first symptoms used to support a diagnosis, as well as one of the primary signs used to continually assess severity and progression. Therefore, examining human movement is an incredibly important part of the patient lifecycle in chronic disease management.That’s why BioVirtua is building a platform that sequences human movement in real-time.

Meet the Top 10 Finalists in NASA’s iTech Cycle 3 Challenge
TechCo | December 31, 2017
On December 14, 2017 NASA announced the discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth, “making our solar system tied for most number of planets around a single star,” according to NASA. The newly-discovered Kepler-90i is a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days. This brings the number of confirmed exoplanets from Kepler to …

CEO of FanAI presented at SBJ Sports Marketing Symposium in New York
Sports Business Daily | November 2, 2017
Sports teams are competing for attention, and revenue, in a very crowded entertainment space. And building, and maintaining, relationships with increasingly distracted sports fans is a real challenge. The Holy Grail of the fan experience may be found in fan insights. By analyzing everything from rights holder information payment data (ticket, concession, and merchandise); to social, and digital stats, marketers…

Nex Cubed Selects Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Frontier Tech Companies for Fall 2017 Incubator Program
PR Newswire | October 23, 2017
Not the typical incubator, Nex Cubed focuses on quality over quantity, incubating an average of five to eight select startups per cohort from around the globe and offers a remote, entirely customized program with a full suite of services to drive innovation, value, and growth. The selected companies receive a capital investment, office space in downtown San Francisco, customized consulting from…

CB Insights selects FanAI as a Top 10 esports startup to watch
CB Insights | October 22, 2017
eSports startups account for a large slice of funding to the broader gaming landscape, and have received significant investment and press coverage in recent years. We used the CB Insights platform to surface 10 notable, early-stage eSports startups developing technologies related to competitive gaming facilitated by electronic systems, particularly…

ARE YOU THE WHY? | October 22, 2017
Trials.AI is humanizing the research industry by telling real stories about the impact that effective treatments can have on real lives. is starting an “I’m the Why” social media campaign, similar to Humans of New York, where we share the stories of the people who are the WHY behind what we’re doing. Our goal is to…

BioVirtua: HealthTech Standout Winner
LinkedIn | October 12, 2017
As part of the 2017 Connected Health Conference, Partners Connected Health and the PCHAlliance are pleased to present the 7th Annual Health Tech StandOut! Competition (formerly the Innovators Challenge, a highly popular event featured for the past six years at the Partners Connected Health Symposium). CHC17 brings together the Partners Connected Health Symposium and the PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference, creating…

The Intelligent Trial: AI Comes To Clinical Trials
Clinical Informatics News | September 29, 2017
Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing health care and advancing the clinical trial process faster than any Hollywood AI robot could predict. Besides cutting costs, improving trial quality, and reducing trial times by almost half, AI is finding biomarkers and gene signatures that cause diseases, recruiting eligible clinical trial patients in minutes, reading volumes of text in seconds, and is on the cusp of breakthrough discoveries involving new…

Blackbird.AI – Hurricane Harvey Case Study 2017
YouTube | September 29, 2017
Blackbird.AI provides Anomaly and Event Detection for Public Safety officials and Enterprise Solutions. During Hurricane Harvey, Blackbird.AI was used to provide first responders with critical information during a rapidly changing and volatile event. Speaking here about how Blackbird.AI helped during Hurricane Harvey is Constable Ryan Gable who leads Precinct 3 and was voted Best Constable in Texas for 2016.

RefleXion Medical Selects MedCrypt to Secure its New Radiotherapy Technology
DOTmed | September 25, 2017
“What we’re doing with RefleXion is encrypting the data so people can’t steal it, but also making it so the device is only acting on instructions that it knows came from another part of the RefleXion system,” Mike Kijewski, CEO and co-founder of MedCrypt, told HCB News. The FDA’s recently updated guidelines on new device manufacturing require vendors of IoT devices to focus on cybersecurity. Manufacturers have staff members with expertise in…

NXT Robotics Unveils Scorpion 2
Marketwired | September 19, 2017
San Diego-based NXT Robotics has introduced Scorpion 2, a rugged all-terrain and all-weather outdoor security robot designed to provide organizations with round-the-clock physical security monitoring and reporting capabilities. The first version of Scorpion was rolled out earlier this year at West 2017 in San Diego. NXT Robotics, known for its advanced mobile security patrol platform, will be…

Let the Endorsify Chatbot Help Find Your Next Influencer
Medium | August 29, 2017
Before Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chatbots were a ubiquitous development in the tech sphere they were a novel feature of AIM, MSN and chat rooms around the world. Those who grew up on AIM probably remember SmarterChild, the Chatbot on your buddy list with an uncanny ability to carry a conversation. For a lot of people this was likely the first encounter with AI. Not many could…

How Endorsify is Changing the Market for User-Generated Content
Medium | August 7, 2017
Placing a monetary value on your work can be a difficult and uncomfortable task if you don’t have access to the right information. Maximizing your worth without overpricing yourself is a tightrope act. Endorsify wants to make it easier.
In an industry like user-generated content, one that hasn’t had a lot of time to…

Esports Audience Monetization Platform Raises $1.8 Million Seed Round
Forbes | July 27, 2017
As of July 2017, there is little doubt in the staying power of esports, which is essentially an industry consisting of competitive video game play that has attracted not only participants but also a wide range of spectators on platforms such as Twitch. However, one of the biggest challenges remains finding out successful methods to monetize the rapidly expanding industry. Enter FanAI…

Eating The Farm?
Equities | July 18, 2017
In 2011, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously penned his essay “Software is Eating The World,” arguing that all companies will eventually become software companies. Today, Silicon Valley is betting that software will eat the farm. From sensors that track soil health to drones and “nano-satellites” that gather data from the sky, entrepreneurs and corporate R&D labs…

Start-Up Execs Urge Trump Not To Kill Special ‘Start-Up Visa’ For Entrepreneurs
CNBC | June 19, 2017
A new immigration rule that would allow foreign-born entrepreneurs to stay legally in the U.S. and work on their companies could become a key point of contention between tech execs and the White House, who are meeting this week. The International Entrepreneur Rule, colloquially called a “startup visa,” was created through an executive order from President Obama…

‘Startup Visa’ Rule Could Help Entrepreneurs If Trump Keeps It
San Francisco Chronicle | May 20, 2017
In less than two months, foreign entrepreneurs will have another way to reach for the American dream — unless the Trump administration closes it off. The International Entrepreneur Rule, approved by the Department of Homeland Security during President Barack Obama’s waning hours in office, grants foreign entrepreneurs a window of time to…

Defending Against Medical Device Hacker Threat, MedCrypt CEO Seizes an Opportunity
MedCityNews | May 3, 2017
An episode of “Homeland” guided Mike Kijewski to founding MedCrypt, a medical device security startup that began operations in January 2016. In it, the vice president has his pacemaker hacked, the end result being a heart attack that kills him—assassination by cybersecurity negligence, in effect. “When I started researching medical device security, not only did I…

Pluto AI Aims To Transform Wastewater Treatment With Applied AI
Clean Technica | April 19, 2017
Artificial Intelligence startup Pluto AI has raised $2.1 million in VC funding in order to inject intelligence into the traditionally mundane world of wastewater treatment. Modern plants are flush with sensors and automated controls, but they typically operate independently and often require user intervention.

Pluto AI Raises $2.1 Million To Bring Intelligence To Water Treatment
Tech Crunch | April 4, 2017
Former 500 Startups accelerator company Pluto AI is announcing $2.1 million in fundraising today from Fall Line Capital, Refactor Capital, Unshackled Ventures, Comet Labs and additional angels. Pluto is taking advantage of the sensorification of modern water treatment plants to extrapolate insights that can save operators precious time, money and water.

NXT Robotics Unveils Rugged All-Terrain, All-Weather Outdoor Security Robot at West 2017
Yahoo! Finance | February 21, 2017
Mobile robotics are playing an increasingly important role in the security of our borders, military facilities, and even power plants. To meet this growing demand, San Diego-based NXT Robotics has developed Scorpion, a rugged all-terrain and all-weather outdoor security robot designed to provide organizations with round-the- clock physical security monitoring and…

QuiO and MedCrypt Partner to Add Data Security Sophistication to Smartinjector Devices
Medgadget | February 16, 2017
QuiO’s Smartinjector platform, as covered previously on Medgadget, is poised to become the first set of cloud-connected injectable therapy delivery devices available for in-home use. Following their recognition at January’s Accenture Startup Health Festival as the winner of the HealthTech Innovation Challenge, the QuiO team has seen a stark increase in demand for their devices. Now they…