IT’S WORKING OUT VERY NICELY

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BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 10/26/2017


THE BEGINNING OF NOW

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BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 10/6/2017
Photo Attribution:Office Politics: A Rise to the Top via photopin (license)


THE BIGGEST AND BOLDEST INITIATIVE KRISTEN THIRY IS WORKING ON IN FINTECH

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BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 8/24/2017


                                                                                                                                       Sponsored Article

ANAOH IS CURRENTLY ON THEIR SEED A FUNDING

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Raja Kulasekran, owner of Expandme In.

Anaoh.com is a product lead and owned by Raja Kulasekran, a software engineer who studied at BITS in Pilani India. Anaoh is a product under the company Expandme In, link is www.expandme.in. The headquarters for Anaoh is to be in India, Bangalore. Anaoh is a movie crowd funding platform where users can post film projects and get funding in addition to asocial networking ability. Anaoh is an open platform where anyone in the world can upload a film project and get international funding from two sources such as the Simple Investment Plan or Mutual Fund Scheme.

Anaoh.com
Anaoh.com

Raja has identified a few of following problems in the current film industry in America: the corporate ladder isn’t easy; it’s difficult for an assistant director to become a director. It can also take years to find a producer, since there is little structure in the industry. Once a producer is found, it can also be difficult to find film distributors, and even theatres for the distribution of the movie. Finding investors can be difficult as well, the amount of investors in the film industry is a minimum amount compared to other investment projects across various industries and source of investment money can be controversial. (such as black money vs. white money according to an online thread black money is unaccounted money and white money is accounted money.*⁷). Unless the movie is a hit based on ticket sales, there is no return on investment. Investing in a film can also be a gamble, there is often no way to determine whether the movie will be a hit, equaling financial success, or a monetary loss. According to the MPAA, US and Canadian box office sales went as high as $11.1 Billion dollars in 2015, up from $10.4 the year before . The expected hit Allegiant, sequel to the popular young adult movie Divergant, had an estimated budget of $110 million, but only brought in a domestic total of $66.18 million and an additional $113 million internationally. The low return has even affected the plans and budget for future films in the series, proving that even a ‘sure thing’ can fail.

Regarding Anoah’s financing platform, there is a Simple Investment Plan, or Mutual fund scheme allotted for each movie. Anyone can invest and be part of the Anaoh network. Your money is secured through a legal investment and it becomes operated by a third party within Anaoh. Movie quality is measured through recommendations, thus to get better quality movies, users should get social recommendations on the platform.

The following are added features and solutions of Anaoh:

∙International crowd of music Industry; a Cross platform director, language, actor, actress.

∙If you have $3.14 US dollars, you can become a movie producer.

∙If you build the movie successfully, then it will be a designated production company
entire movie Industry directory at one place and it avoids obtaining a brokerage.

∙Auditing process in movie production and delivery; job listing for movie industry.

∙Anaoh operate as a movie producer for your movie or you can get one person for supporting the director.

∙Promoting online, DVD and other screening process other than theatre, because of the minimum number of theatres.

∙Do auditions across the world.

∙Have Anaoh movie awards.

∙Helps small budget movies.

∙Anaoh has the ability to produce a maximum of 10 movies during the same time. Film underground includes articles about how difficult it is to find the right producer , while Mynette Louie if indiewire.com compares finding the right producer to finding the right spouse.

FAQ:

∙Statistics: How many movies produced per year?

• IMDB lists 226,385 films released between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016.

• As of March 19th 2017, 64,881 films have been released since January 1st.

∙What are the pitfalls in movie production?

• A few examples are weak story, undercooked scripts, bad sound, and poor casting choices. ⁸

∙What happens if a movie fails?

If a movie fails then Anaoh will repay 50% of the amount or it will reinvest in another process (film project).

∙Is Anaoh patented Or what’s the expectation of this business?

The Idea is not yet patented. Anaoh is looking forward to getting support from the Movie Industry. Also, Anaoh is looking forward to getting support from the Finance / Bank Industry to bring Mutual Fund scheme / SIP concept into the picture.

For additional inquiries and investment opportunities contact Raja at: one@expandme.in. Add Anaoh to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/k.raja.kulasekaran. For investment inquiries contact Raja at +1 646 641 6220.

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BY: Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Jessica Lawler
PUBLISHED ON: 3/22/2017


EXCLUSIVE FIRESIDE CHAT WITH LEE BRILLHART FROM TEQLAA

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Lee Brillhart, The COO of Teqlaa

BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 2/27/2017


INTERVIEW WITH COMOTION LABS

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Startup Hall at The University of Washington. Source: startuphall.org

Nathan Daum from CoMotion Labs
Nathan Daum from CoMotion Labs

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 2/18/2017


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DATA IS THE NEW GOLD RUSH

It feels like it was just yesterday when we interviewed with the Canadian company, Plotly, a platform used to create stunning graphs. This time, we interviewed with another company that provides graphing tools, Tableau. Its business intelligence software is designed to see and understand data.

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Tableau is a publicly traded company headquartered in Seattle, WA. The new CEO, Adam Selipsky, was with Amazon and was a contributor to its success since its inception. Currently, the big players such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are seemingly going all in acquiring cloud data centers. With Selipsky’s insight and leadership, Tableau is poised for success.

Tableau began as a research project in Stanford
University. A couple of people got together and the company was incorporated in late 2003. By 2004, Tableau was selling, since one of the founders’ goals was to have a viable product right off the bat. Tableau has been through several rounds of investing.

“For Tableau, it’s not just about delivering projects, it’s about taking feedback from clients and responding to client needs—and to enable and deliver innovation at the same time,” explains Senior Manager, Rory Abbazio. He also says that data should be intuitive and aesthetically pleasing.

With Tableau, users can get data from multiple sources such as Spark, Hadoop, and Oracle; it also supports applications such as Salesforce and Google Analytics. Tableau also has a feature to use your own data.

Tableau is used in various industries because everything is consolidated into one platform—all the traditional BI tools. It’s used in sales, marketing, finance, utilities, and the medical device industry. It can fit onto any department.

“Tableau changes with your business,” says Dustin Cabral, a Consultant at Tableau. Cabral advocates to start small, think big, and achieve quick wins. He preaches to show value right away. If you have Tableau, Cabral says, “you’ll probably end up depending on it. Using your own data goes a long way.”

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 10/1/2016

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NUANCE IS THE BIG COMPANY YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF

Nuance is a public trading company that first began as a technology company developing and selling both scanning software and hardware. The company was doing exceedingly well and buying out other companies.

Like other big brand companies, Nuance demonstrates commitment in providing assistance to people with disabilities with technology-specific products, such as, Dragon a voice recognition software. Furthermore, according to Nuance’s website, “Thousands of individuals and corporations use the software to prevent or treat repetitive strain injury, or simply to become more productive.”

Nuance also offers other technology such as integrated services for cars, TVs, mobile phones, and IOT devices. In addition, Nuance provides applications for physicians, added Stephen Laverty from Nuance, a technology manager from Massachusetts, with whom I interviewed. One other Nuance staff member also participated in this interview.

Kristal: You guys are doing a lot of things.

Stephen: Yeah, lots of stuff.

Kristal: Where is your company based out of?

Stephen: The headquarters is in Massachusetts. We also have very large R&D offices in Germany, Belgium, Montreal, San Francisco, and one here [in Seattle], actually, across the street.

Kristal: So, you guys are an LLC?

Stephen: No—large corporation.

Kristal: Is it under Nuance, or another—

Stephen: Yeah, Nuance.

Kristal: When did the company start?

Stephen: Well, it’s a little hard to track down.

Nuance staff: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s had a complicated history.

Stephen: We were on a pace of doing six to eight acquisitions a year for about a decade.

Kristal: Under Nuance, or another—

Stephen: Yeah, under Nuance. So, we are NUAN on the NYSE.

Kristal: I’ve never heard of you guys.

Nuance staff: (Chuckles) I guess it’s the company you’ve never heard of. We do have like 1,400 employees.

Kristal: It’s a big company I’ve never heard of, yeah.

Stephen: Yeah, we do have 1,400 employees worldwide. It really starts—I think the company history really starts with [inventor] Ray Kurzweil and making reading machines for the blind in the early 80’s, and it just sort of transitioned from there. We got together with an imaging company as well. We do desktop products, copier products that are ours. We merged with some other larger players in the space, but lots of small acquisitions too.

In the last few seconds of the interview, other big company players such as AT&T and IBM were briefly discussed; they, too, serve similar markets. Lastly, Stephen pointed out his company’s other product offerings, apps, T9, and Swype.

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 8/7/2016

QUANTOPIAN IS WALLSTREET ON A PLATFORM

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This startup is based in Boston and it has already raised $22 million in investments. Quantopian is funded by a few financial companies principally Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Spark Capital says Karen Rubin. She is the vice president of Quantopian and she has a strong background in building software. Her interview was short and answered a few questions to pepper their company’s article.

The startup is a “crowd-sourced quantitative investment firm” where coders called ‘quants’ are provided with everything they need to research, develop, test, and trade their investment algorithms on their platform. Basically their ‘quants’ work just like Wall Street traders.

Furthermore, its business model allows coders to license their algorithm to this startup. Quants get paid by Quantopian too, although the payout is performance based, Quantopian ‘cherry-picks’ the best says Rubin. Quantopian is free to use she adds, while basic services are free members also have access to premium data. One of the large data sources is from Morningstar boasts Karen.

This startup already had members from around the world using their services. Quantopian is currently only traded on US equities right now, and soon they will trade on US futures according to their website. Quantopian invests money in the strategies and the developers get profits.

Lastly, the startup gives away prizes to the best performing algorithms, the ones that generate a return on investment according to the company’s guidelines. It also allows members to trade with their own money. The company provides a few perks to participants such as access to their company events, to their workshops, and access to participate on their forum. This startup is based in Boston and it has already raised $22 million in investments. Quantopian is funded by a few financial companies principally Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Spark Capital says Karin Ruben. She is the vice president of Quantopian and she has a strong background in building software. Her interview was short and answered a few questions to pepper their company’s article.

The startup is a “crowd-sourced quantitative investment firm” where coders called ‘quants’ are provided with everything they need to research, develop, test, and trade their investment algorithms on their platform. Basically their ‘quants’ work just like Wall Street traders.

Furthermore, its business model allows coders to license their algorithm to this startup. Quants get paid by Quantopian too, although the payout is performance based, Quantopian ‘cherry-picks’ the best says Rubin. Quantopian is free to use she adds, while basic services are free members also have access to premium data. One of the large data sources is from Morningstar boasts Karen.

This startup already had members from around the world using their services. Quantopian is currently only traded on US equities right now, and soon they will trade on US futures according to their website. Quantopian invests money in the strategies and the developers get profits.

Lastly, the startup gives away prizes to the best performing algorithms, the ones that generate a return on investment according to the company’s guidelines. It also allows members to trade with their own money. The company provides a few perks to participants such as access to their company events, to their workshops, and access to participate in their forum.

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Tiffany Alexander
PUBLISEHD ON: 7/6/2016

AMAZON’S ECHO ALSO KNOWN AS ALEXA

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Alexa
Paul Cutsinger is an engineer at Amazon. He’s previously worked at notable companies such as Microsoft and Disney. At Amazon Paul works on The Amazon Echo, or ‘Alexa’, and actively engages in frequent ‘hackathons’. These ‘hackathons’ are competition based events where developers and other participants can contribute to the Echo’s programming. In this excerpted interview, Paul talks about what the device, the hackathons and what happens after the competitions as well as the Alexa fund.

Kristal: Tell me more about the product that you’re here for today.

Cutsinger: Yeah. So, it’s the Amazon Alexa which is built into an Echo, a speaker. [The Echo is] like 10 inches tall and it fills up the room with sound and you play things like Pandora Music or Spotify. You can also ask it questions, like what is the weather, what time to set alarms, those kinds of things. But the coolest part is the developers can add their own stuff, and so that’s why we’re at hackathons, so the developers can come in and build their own experiences with it.

Kristal: Okay and can you talk about the instances where you have [invited] on board the folks that win at these hackathon events to work at your company?

Cutsinger: An example of that is Angel Hacks. Angel Hacks is a series of nine hackathons throughout the United States. At the end of the series, [Amazon will] bring people into their own incubator, and go through the whole process of developing their business model. So that’s pretty exciting, and then Amazon, that’s through Angel Hacks, and then Amazon has the Alexa fund which is hundred million dollar fund to invest in companies that are furthering the advancement of voice user experiences. So, it’s a lot in there too.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 5/22/2016

Big Fish Games

PAUL THELEN CEO OF BIG FISH GAMES KNOWS HOW TO PICK THEM 

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Big Fish Games, the online gaming and gambling company, was acquired by Churchill Down Incorporated (CDI) in December 2014 for $885 million. CDI was the first to purchase Big Fish when it was a privately held company, previous to the buy-out it was funded by private investments. Big Fish is now a publicly traded company that produces games for mobile and PC. In the past four years Big Fish Games has dramatically changed. Previous to the merger, the company didn’t create much media buzz and relied on word of mouth marketing whereas now it reaches out to customers on various platforms.

CDI is a conglomerate that started with one business, “Churchill Downs, in Louisville, KY”, which specialized in horse racing and betting. CDI owns casinos, video poker business, and other businesses related to its gaming and betting operations, making the online gaming and gambling company a perfect fit for acquisitions.

Big Fish was founded in 2002 by Paul Thelen, who is still the current CEO. Platform distribution sites for its games are on Amazon, Android, iTunes, and the Microsoft store. Themes for the games vary, but tend to stick to the themes found in blockbuster movies as well as science fiction and fantasy.

In interviewing with two Big Fish employees they both stressed pain points, this year was “a record year” said Don Smith a digital warehousing and business intelligence specialist. The Company’s current focus is “on marketing and making the games better”, in addition to the financials said David Darden Director of business intelligence engineering.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 4/5/2016