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Pindrop Raises $90M to Expand Voice Security Fortune 20181205
Speak Up: Pindrop Raises $90 Million to Expand Voice Security By JEFF JOHN ROBERTS December 5, 2018 We’re moving into an age of voice computing, and devices like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa are just the beginning. Soon we will be using our voice to operate our front doors, offices and automobiles. While this promises to make our lives more convenient, a growing reliance on voice technology also represents a security threat—notably from hackers who make seek to copy our voice. All of this has proven to be a boon for Pindrop, a voice security firm that began by assisting call centers detect fraudsters, but now has ambitious plans to protect millions of voice-controlled devices. On Wednesday, the Atlanta-based firm announced it raised a $90 Series D funding round led by Vitruvian Partners, a European private equity firm, with contributions from Goldman Sachs and others.
#voice  #security  #startup  +Pindrop  #VC  #funding  #ATL  #fraud 
yesterday by phil_hendrix
Want Proof That Patience Pays Off? Ask the Founders of This 17-Year-Old $525 Million Email Empire Inc. 201802
Want to Prove Patience Pays Off? Ask the Founders Of This 17-Year-Old $525 Million Email Empire Ben Chestnut and his team at MailChimp built an amazing business and became Inc.'s Company of the Year. It only took them 17 years.
#startup  #ATL  +Mailchimp  #email 
8 weeks ago by phil_hendrix
Marketing Teams Have Too Much Data, So Eletype Sends You What You Need to Know — Over Slack 20180725
Marketing Teams Have Too Much Data, So Eletype Sends You What You Need to Know — Over Slack JULY 25, 2018 BY HOLLY BEILIN At Michael Sengbusch’s former startup, he created tools to help healthcare marketers do a better job advertising their services and providers. But, though the product was solid, the CTO constantly found himself frustrated. The marketing teams that were using their product would log into their dashboards, see what had gone wrong with their campaigns — and do absolutely nothing. “We were always confused about why marketing teams weren’t changing anything based off that data,” says Sengbusch. “We couldn’t figure out why we’d present all the trends, all the analytics, and all they would do is log into the platform, take a screenshot, paste it into a powerpoint and show it to the customer, and they would repeat that process every month.” After that company, Brightwhistle, sold to Influence Health in 2015 for an estimated $20+ million, and Sengbusch finished out his requisite two years, he took some time to think through his next move. He took on a role at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech, serving as CTO-in-Residence to mentor younger founders.  But he kept coming back to that marketing data problem. As evidenced by their successful acquisition, Sengbusch knew BrightWhistle had the data portion of the equation right. Why hadn’t the marketers been receptive?
#ATL  #startup  #martech  #exec  >contact 
july 2018 by phil_hendrix
Engage Fund Brings On Daley Ervin, Formerly Airbnb, YPLan, As Entrepreneur-In-Residence 20180726
Engage Fund Brings On Daley Ervin, Formerly Airbnb, YPLan, As Entrepreneur-In-Residence JULY 26, 2018 BY HOLLY BEILIN The Engage fund, an Atlanta-based venture fund and startup program backed by 11 corporations including Delta, Goldman Sachs, the Home Depot and UPS, as well as Georgia’s venture fund Invest Georgia, has expanded its team with the addition of Daley Ervin as Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Ervin has been serving as a startup mentor with Engage since the fund’s inception in 2017. Engage recently finished up its second program and now counts 16 companies in its portfolio. Ervin, who worked at and built startups in New York City, London, and throughout Europe, says he first got involved in the program on recommendations from friends in the startup scene. “I was pretty new to Atlanta, and I asked around, and people kept pointing me to Engage,” he says. “I basically called them up and asked if I could help.” Ervin has the experience to lend to these young startups from multiple engagements at successful — and failed — tech startups. His first job was at Airbnb as one of the now-unicorn’s first 100 employees.
#vc  #ATL  +EngageVC  #EIR 
july 2018 by phil_hendrix
Eletype, Inc.
Cover Your Ads Eletype is a real-time digital assistant designed for search and social media marketing campaigns. A little CYA helps your team stay on top of what matters most.
#martech  #socialmedia  #emarketing  #ecommerce  #onlineadvertising  #ATL  #startup 
july 2018 by phil_hendrix
Dragon Army
Dragon Army is an Atlanta-based mobile and innovation company. We solve today's business challenges using the technology and innovation of tomorrow. In the current market, we believe mobile represents the greatest chance to build a true relationship with your customer, which is why we're laser-focused in the space. Our team of experts create rewarding experiences that help our clients navigate today’s connected landscape. Our UX practice brings a dedicated focus to understanding the behaviors of your consumer. Using Applied Game Theory™, our studio helps us identify necessary mechanics to create an experience that sticks. Our team is dedicated to understanding the innovative and emerging technologies that bring human, emotional connections to life.
#atl  #mobile  #design  #innovation  #firm  #startup  +JeffHillmire 
june 2018 by phil_hendrix
Flock Safety (@Flock_Safety) | Twitter
Flock Safety
@Flock_Safety
Flock Safety provides the most advanced security for neighborhoods utilizing license plate reading technology.

Atlanta, GA
flocksafety.com
Joined February 2018
#startup  #ATL  #tech  #security  #homes  #neighborhood 
may 2018 by phil_hendrix
H. Brock Kolls | LinkedIn
H. Brock Kolls
1st degree connection1st
Tech Innovator | Open Innovation Expert | US Patent Agent
Greater Atlanta Area
#ATL  #innovation  #SME  #openinnovation  #contact 
may 2018 by phil_hendrix
UserIQ Goes Mobile With Acquisition of Bangalore-Based Customer Onboarding Platform 20170417
UserIQ Goes Mobile With Acquisition of Bangalore-Based Customer Onboarding Platform
APRIL 17, 2018 BY HOLLY BEILIN


UserIQ, an Atlanta startup that informs B2B SaaS companies about all their user data, has acquired Bangalore-based Appunfold. With this acquisition, UserIQ has extended its user engagement and analytics capabilities across all devices, desktop and mobile. The Indian company offers some of the same services as UserIQ, such as user onboarding, self-help and analytics, but for mobile devices.

UserIQ’s platform allows SaaS companies to create personalized product tours, provides easy-to-use analytics on how users are employing and interacting with your product, and drives user engagement by showing you how to optimize customer interactions.

Aaron Aycock, UserIQ’s founder and Chief Product Officer, says that the company was exploring developing an early version of a mobile offering, but when they found this solution, decided to pursue acquisition instead. “This really just accelerated our timeline for something that we already wanted to provide for our users,” he explains.
#UserIQ  #startup  #ATL  #news  #M&A  #mobile  #app  #onboarding 
april 2018 by phil_hendrix
Anthem unveils Innovation Studio in Technology Square 20160518
Anthem unveils Innovation Studio in Technology Square
The first Fortune 50 health benefits company with a Tech Square innovation center
+Anthem  #innovationlab  #ATL  #enterprise  #TechSquare 
april 2018 by phil_hendrix
Alex Gonzalez (@alexginnovation) | Twitter
Alex Gonzalez
@alexginnovation
I help people and companies be transformative. Innovation and culture storyteller, author and speaker. CEO of @highwiregroup Host of the #Disruptorstudio

Atlanta, GA
highwiregroup.com
Joined August 2015
#innovation  #SME  #ATL 
april 2018 by phil_hendrix
Highwire (@Highwiregroup) | Twitter
Highwire
@Highwiregroup
Highwire is an innovation, strategy and culture company. We also feature innovators through unique productions like #disruptorstudio .

Atlanta, GA
highwiregroup.com
Joined January 2018
#atl  #innovation  #firm 
april 2018 by phil_hendrix
McKesson and Change Healthcare complete tech merger 20170302
McKesson and Change Healthcare complete tech merger
By Adam Rubenfire  | March 2, 2017
Drug distributor McKesson's technology business has officially merged with Change Healthcare, a revenue cycle and analytics firm.

The two companies announced the closing of the multi-billion-dollar deal Thursday before the market opened. The new company will be called Change Healthcare, combining nearly all of Nashville-based Change's business with the majority of San Francisco-based McKesson's technology business.

McKesson owns 70% of the combined company, with the remainder being held by Change stockholders, including investment firms Blackstone and Hellman & Friedman. But McKesson has said that it plans to sell its share in the company soon after the firm completes an initial public offering, which is expected in the next 18 months.
#healtthcare  #vendor  #ATL  #McKesson  #ChangeHealthcare 
april 2018 by phil_hendrix
The Engagement Gap Survey Change Healthcare 2017
The Engagement Gap
Healthcare Consumer Engagement in 2017
A national study on the state of consumer engagement
conducted by ORC International
and commissioned by Change Healthcare

What you will learn in The Engagement Gap

Investment in consumer engagement is a top priority for payers and providers, and value-based care is the main driver. But most consumers say their healthcare experience hasn’t improved or has even gotten worse.

These are just some of the insights you’ll learn in The Engagement Gap: Healthcare Consumer Engagement in 2017. The study, which surveyed 251 providers, 89 payers, and 771 consumers across America, sheds light on why and how payers and providers are focusing on consumer engagement, where they’re investing, the differences in their priorities, and consumer perceptions of how well they’re doing.

It’s designed to help readers understand how the industry is responding to the consumerization of healthcare, which engagement strategies are working or not, what consumers are using and what they want, how stakeholders are collaborating, and more.

Get your copy of The Engagement Gap now.
#healthcare  #cx  #patientengagement  #survey  #stats  +ChangeHealthcare  #ATL 
april 2018 by phil_hendrix
Engineering a Business with Brute Force Rigor Craig Hyde 20180228
Engineering a Business with Brute Force Rigor

By Atlanta Ventures
FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018
Rigor CEO, Craig Hyde, had the desire of many aspiring entrepreneurs with a cushy six figure salary at a young age: start his own company. Many bankers, brokers, and ballin’ reps who are reading this because they too, one day, “want to start a business,” should know: this is the story of the guy who did. He’s your crazy friend who leaves the comfortable, predictable career for something with much more risk, rigor, and reward. What once was a pipe dream in the back of his mind, turned into one of Inc 500’s fastest growing companies at one of the most desired places to work in Atlanta.
#ATL  #startup  #founder  #profile 
march 2018 by phil_hendrix
Craig Hyde (@craighyde) | Twitter
Craig Hyde
@craighyde
CEO at @TeamRigor

Atlanta, GA
rigor.com
Joined August 2010
#ATL  #startup  #founder  #entrepreneur  +Rigor 
march 2018 by phil_hendrix
Aly Merritt (@AlyintheATL) | Twitter
Aly Merritt
@AlyintheATL
Tardy Twitter user. Regular objector to traffic idiots. Sporadic blogger. Startup advocate. @SalesLoft #ChiefofStaff. @ATLSV host. @Switchyards enthusiast.

Atlanta, GA
alyintheatl.com
Joined February 2014
#ATL  #startup  +Salesloft 
march 2018 by phil_hendrix
Jon Birdsong (@JonnyBird) | Twitter
Jon Birdsong
@JonnyBird
Husband. Father. Somewhere on the North-South MARTA line. Mixing ingredients @AtlantaVentures. I read autobiographies from Abraham Lincoln to Radric Davis.

Atlanta, Ga
atlantaventures.com
Joined February 2009
#startup  #founder  #advisor  #ATV  #ATLVentures  +JonBirdsong  #ATL 
march 2018 by phil_hendrix

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