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AliveCor Named No.1 Artificial Intelligence Company in Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies Ranking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AliveCor, the leader in FDA-cleared personal electrocardiogram (EKG) technology, today was named the number one Most Innovative Company in Artificial Intelligence by Fast Company in its annual ranking

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AliveCor also ranked 20th overall in an evaluation of thousands of companies worldwide in Fast Company’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

As a medtech leader, AliveCor uses advanced artificial intelligence, cloud, and micro-electrode technology to advance the state of the art in cardiac care. AliveCor empowers people worldwide to proactively manage heart health and to vastly improve the quality of care in the fight against heart disease. AliveCor’s KardiaMobile and KardiaBand products enable care teams and their patients to easily, quickly and inexpensively detect and manage abnormal heart rhythms.

AliveCor’s deep neural network assesses heart rate data, as well as physical activity and other influencing factors, to help patients develop deeper insights into their heart rhythm. Over time, AliveCor’s analysis of biometric data will work to evaluate a range of serious heart conditions and even changes in blood chemistry. The use of artificial intelligence will help add meaning to patient data, and facilitate important improvements in insights, therapies, and procedures.

“This recognition of AliveCor as the leader in artificial intelligence validates our leadership in the collection and analysis of patient generated data to help patients and providers assess and manage heart conditions more conveniently, more quickly, and less expensively than ever before,” said Vic Gundotra, CEO of AliveCor.

In 2017, Fast Company’s number one ranking in Artificial Intelligence went to Google. AliveCor’s AI is explored in depth at www.alivecor.com/technology.

Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company’s most significant and highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. To produce the 2018 list, Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of enterprises across the globe to identify the most notable innovations of the year and trace the impact of those initiatives on business, industry, and the larger culture.

About Fast Company
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

About AliveCor
AliveCor, Inc. is pioneering the creation of FDA-cleared machine learning techniques to enable proactive heart care and is recognized around the world for transforming cardiac care. The FDA-cleared KardiaMobile is the most clinically validated mobile EKG solution on the market. It is recommended by leading cardiologists and used by people worldwide for accurate EKG recordings. KardiaMobile, and KardiaBand, when paired with the Kardia app provide instant analysis for detecting atrial fibrillation (AF) and normal sinus rhythm in an EKG. Kardia is the first A.I. enabled platform to help clinicians manage patients for the early detection of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and one that leads to a five times greater risk of stroke. KardiaBand is the first FDA-cleared medical device accessory for Apple Watch. AliveCor is a privately-held company headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information, visit alivecor.com.

 

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Blinker Joins With Ally To Enhance The Auto Industry’s Only Peer-To-Peer E-Commerce Platform; Expands To Largest Car Markets In The US

DENVER, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — South by Southwest® Interactive Innovation Award winner and 2018 LendIt Fintech Industry Award finalist Blinker, the only peer-to-peer e-commerce platform that provides an end-to-end solution for anyone buying, selling or financing cars, announced two major milestones for its business today:

  • Blinker is now available in the largest car markets in the US – Beginning today, Blinker is expanding its proprietary e-commerce and loan origination platform from Texas and Colorado to California and Florida, allowing millions of customers to buy, sell and finance vehicles easier, quicker and safer with other people. Thirty percent of vehicle sales across the US every year are between people, yet private-party marketplaces including Craigslist, Letgo, Autotrader, Cars.com and Facebook Marketplace don’t have services such as integrated financing or lien payoff support. Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, Blinker customers get guidance and tools to complete the entire purchase process themselves, from instant vehicle valuation to real-time auto loan approval to e-signing documents to secure funds transfer, all for free within Blinker’s mobile app.
  • Blinker joins with Ally to offer best-in-class auto protection products – Blinker will now give customers the option to add Ally’s vehicle protection coverage, including Ally Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) and Ally Premier Protection vehicle service contracts, for their vehicle purchases in the app. GAP covers the difference between the cash value of a vehicle and what Blinker customers still owe on their loan if the vehicle is totaled or stolen. Ally vehicle service contracts cover the repair cost for over 7,400 mechanical, electrical, safety or digital components, as well as some related expenses like trip interruption, rental car coverage, towing and 24/7 roadside assistance.

“Ally is thrilled to work with Blinker, a cutting-edge trailblazer in the automotive digital space, to offer our industry-leading vehicle protection products that provide consumers with peace of mind,” said Doug Timmerman, President of Ally Insurance. “Like Blinker, we’re committed to being customer-centric and innovating in the marketplace.” 

In its commitment to empowering customers, Blinker has helped sellers earn an average of $2,900 over trade-in, saved buyers an average of $2,000 below dealer retail value and saved customers who refinance an average of $130/month on their car loans. Since launching in 2016, the company has secured 13 patents, increased its Net Promoter Score (NPS) to the mid-90s and generated over $44,000,000 in vehicle sales. Blinker will continue to roll out new features in 2018, including a collision insurance solution, and a digital retailing platform for dealers and off-lease companies.

“Blinker is on a mission to change the way people manage their vehicle ownership – putting them in control of the entire process right from their smartphones,” said Rod Buscher, Founder and CEO of Blinker, who has 35 years of automotive experience founding the John Elway Dealerships in Colorado. “By expanding our financing and refinancing services, as well as our strategic partnership with Ally to the largest car markets in the nation, Blinker is proud to empower more drivers than ever. Blinker gives people the power to do in minutes what traditionally took hours, saving people precious time, money and stress typically associated with the vehicle ownership process.”

About Blinker
Blinker is the only peer-to-peer e-commerce platform that provides an end-to-end solution for anyone buying, selling, financing and refinancing cars. Blinker’s AI-powered vehicle recognition technology makes everything from getting pre-qualified for financing to selling a car with a lien as easy as snapping a photo. The company verifies the identity of every buyer, seller and vehicle, and offers free CARFAX® reports. Plus, Blinker securely transfers funds and even assists with DMV paperwork. Launched in 2016, Blinker is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and led by a team of automotive, technology and finance industry veterans from US Bank, CarMax, GM Financial and Cox Automotive. Blinker has partnerships with CARFAX®, Black Book and Ally®.  For more information, visit www.blinker.com or download the free app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

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For press inquiries please contact press@blinker.com. For more information about Ally vehicle protection products, visit www.ally.com/auto/vehicle-protection/.

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Fast Company Lists SOPHiA GENETICS in Prestigious’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Biotech for 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

SOPHiA GENETICS, global leader in Data-Driven Medicine, has been ranked 5th in Fast Company‘s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Biotech. The ranking recognizes companies that exemplify the best in business and innovation in their respective fields.

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SOPHiA GENETICS’ AI platform helps clinicians effectively diagnose and treat their patients. The company’s Artificial Intelligence, SOPHiA, solves the complexity of genomic data analysis by accurately detecting disease-causing mutations in 5 disorders areas: hereditary cancer, oncology, cardiology, metabolism and pediatrics. To date, SOPHiA has been deployed across over 400 hospitals in 55 countries and has helped to better diagnose over 177’000 patients worldwide.

Fast Company‘s Top 10 lists recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, from artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies to create these lists.

ABOUT SOPHiA GENETICS 

SOPHiA GENETICS: global leader in Data-Driven Medicine, SOPHiA GENETICS is a health tech company which has developed SOPHiA AI, the most advanced technology for clinical genomics, helping healthcare professionals better diagnose and treat patients. The global network of 410 institutions from 55 countries that use the SOPHiA DDM® analytical platform powered by SOPHiA form the world’s largest clinical genomics community. By enabling the rapid adoption of genomic testing worldwide, turning data into actionable clinical insights, and sharing knowledge through its community, SOPHiA GENETICS is democratizing Data-Driven Medicine to save lives equally. The company’s achievements were recognized by MIT Technology Review who ranked it amongst the 50 Smartest Companies in 2017.  More info: http://www.sophiagenetics.com

SOPHiA GENETICS is on Twitter, follow @SOPHiAGENETICS

ABOUT FAST COMPANY  

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

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Fast Company Announces Most Innovative Companies For 2018

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the world’s Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation, which includes the LEGO Group at number six on the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics list. Editors noted that the iconic toy brand made the list for boosting children’s coding skills.

In 2017, The LEGO Group introduced two significant innovations to further bridge the divide between physical and digital play: LEGO® BOOST and LEGO Life

LEGO BOOST is a super-charged LEGO set that lets children as young as seven years old bring their LEGO creations to life through a simple, app-based coding language. Embracing a “fun-first” vision, LEGO BOOST empowers kids in both the physical and digital creation of the outcome – first by building a model, then by coding its behavior and personality. The coding language was developed specifically to be fun and accessible to children, making it easy to experience instant success, master basic commands and move on to more complex coding and behaviors in a continuous cycle of build, code and play.

LEGO Life, a safe, app-based social network for kids inspires builders to connect with a community of like-minded peers to express their creativity, share their LEGO creations, interact with LEGO characters, and inspire one another to build. LEGO Life bridges physical and digital play experiences, innovating on the best of today’s social network features to add a social layer to LEGO play. After seeing millions of kids share their pride of creation in the “Cool Creations” section of LEGO Magazine, a richer, more dynamic social media experience was a natural next step in the evolution of digital LEGO engagement. Since launch, the app has recruited nearly six million kids from 26 different countries who share a love of building.

Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer at the LEGO Group said: “The LEGO brand is synonymous with play experiences that develop future innovators, and last year, LEGO BOOST and LEGO Life expanded that reputation, capturing the imaginations of girls and boys alike around the world, inspiring them to build, code and share. We are constantly exploring new ways to bridge the physical and digital play worlds, while continuously innovating around the core LEGO brick. Sharing platforms like LEGO Life provide us with great opportunity to be inspired by the amazing ideas that children share with us and with each other.”

Fast Company‘s 2018 Most Innovative Companies recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, from consumer electronics to artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies—many of which were identified by a new MIC submission process—to create these lists.

Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company‘s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. “This year’s MIC list is an inspiring and insightful window into how many companies have embraced innovation and are working to make meaningful change,” said Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2018) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27.

ABOUT FAST COMPANY
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

ABOUT THE LEGO GROUP
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

LEGO, its logo, the Minfigure and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2018 The LEGO Group.

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StoryStream Partners With Brandwatch’s Vizia to Deliver Social Content Alongside Data Visualisations

LONDON, February 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

StoryStream, leading AI-powered content marketing platform provider, today announced their partnership with Brandwatch, the world’s premier social intelligence group, on the launch of its Vizia data-visualisation platform.

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The partnership will enable StoryStream’s proprietary artificial intelligence powered content management capabilities to be used within the Vizia’s platform, allowing Brandwatch customers to display the social content that matters most alongside insightful data-visualisations across organisations.

StoryStream’s Content Marketing Platform™ powered by Aura™, an AI brain built for brands, unifies digital asset management, multi-channel publishing and advanced content analytics. The Platform uses Aura’s advanced AI skills to centralise, manage and publish both social and brand content directly to digital touchpoints to influence customer behaviour.

With the new partnership StoryStream can help Brandwatch customers who use Vizia to put AI enriched social content in context with its data-visualisations to deliver more engaging and authentic brand experiences.

“If you want to understand the true value of social and marketing data, you need to look into its context” said Cameron Franks, COO at StoryStream. “It can unveil a whole host of insights including the changing wants and needs of customers, new trends ahead of the curve and what customers really think when they see a brand. The partnership with StoryStream’s Content Marketing Platform™ gives Vizia access to that context. Numerical and traditionally rigid displays will now feature authentic customer and brand content together, creating a more richer, and engaging experience.”

Michael Brackpool,VP of Product for Vizia added, “The beauty of StoryStream is its ability to very quickly prove to marketers the content that resonates with their consumers. The power of Vizia is its ability to put insight right in front of key internal stakeholders and consumers, especially at the point of purchase in retail environments. With that said, Vizia and StoryStream has always felt like a natural fit.”

About StoryStream 

StoryStream is a next-generation content marketing platform powered by Aura™, an AI brain built for brands. The company empowers marketers to connect the right content with the right audiences at scale, transforming engagement and conversion.

Some of the world’s most innovative brands such as Porsche, Volvo, Casio, and KLM use StoryStream to gain up to 22% increase in conversions, 4.5x increase in customer engagement and an overall ROI of 5-1.

The revolutionary StoryStream Content Marketing Platform™ seamlessly combines digital asset management, multi-channel publishing and advanced content analytics with artificial intelligence to transform how marketers work, increasing efficiency and conversions with more relevant and meaningful content.

For more information, visit storystream.ai

About Brandwatch

Brandwatch is the world’s leading social intelligence company. The company’s flagship products, Brandwatch Analytics and the Vizia platform, fuel smarter decision making around the world.

The Brandwatch Analytics platform gathers millions of online conversations every day and provides users with the tools to analyze them, empowering the world’s most admired brands and agencies to make insightful, data-driven business decisions. The Vizia platform distributes visually-engaging insights to the physical places where the action happens.

The Brandwatch platform is used by over 1,200 brands and agencies, including Unilever, Whirlpool, British Airways, Asos, Walmart and Dell. Brandwatch continues on its impressive business trajectory, recently named a global leader in enterprise social listening platforms by the latest reports from several independent research firms. Increasing its worldwide presence, the company has offices around the world including Brighton, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Paris and Singapore.

Brandwatch. Now You Know.

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StoryStream Content and Communications Manager
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WeDo Technologies Highlights Hidden Fraud Risks Facing Telcos

LISBON, Portugal, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — WeDo Technologies, the worldwide leader in Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management, recently hosted its Asia Pacific WeDo User Group, in which more than 100 telecommunications professionals converged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to learn about the latest hidden fraud risks that communication service providers are facing. The APAC event is part of WeDo Technologies’ regional series of user group events, which culminates in the global User Group held in Portugal yearly. Guest speakers at the APAC event included representatives from Maxis, Robi Axiata and Digi Telecommunications.

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In Kuala Lumpur, WeDo Technologies highlighted the risks associated with the digital transformation happening across telecom. The rise of video and mobile content, and new networks and services such as 5G, IoT, and NFV, opens the door to new threats that communications service providers need to urgently address and mitigate. In addition, WeDo Technologies warned that fraudsters are increasing their pace in devising new ways to defraud telecom operators. This will only intensify as billions of IoT devices and massive amounts of data hit their networks.

“Legacy fraud management systems will not have the scale, or the sophistication, required to detect abnormal trends and identify potential fraud activity in the 5G era. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning technologies will be the cornerstone to enabling operators to detect fraud faster and more efficiently, as well as identify and target more complex risks. We are making significant investments on new capabilities, such as AI-powered adaptive thresholds and advanced case resolution, which will be critical to managing the multitude of risks that will be the new normal with 5G,” said Bernardo Galvão Lucas, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, WeDo Technologies.

In addition to AI and Machine Learning capabilities, WeDo also reiterated how cloud-based systems can help expedite the modernization of an operator’s fraud management solution. WeDo’s RAID.Cloud enables operators to address today’s fraudulent activity faster, with more flexibility, and with the latest advancements in detection methods.  By leveraging the cloud, WeDo’s RAID.Cloud saves integration time and reduces costs with its self-service and user friendly, on-the-spot onboarding process. It is supported by the development of several cutting-edge detection applications, providing digital profiling, customer experience and crowdsourced service assurance analytics. Ultimately, RAID.Cloud enables operators to address today’s top fraudulent activities, including roaming, bypass and IRSF fraud, and equip operators to identify future areas of risk and revenue leakage.

WeDo Technologies will demonstrate the latest developments to its products, including RAID.Cloud, at the Mobile World Congress, from 26th February – 1st March in Barcelona, Spain. Here you can also get a chance to see a live demo, as well as meeting our CEO and WeDo’s global team – so stop by and visit us in Hall 7, G10.

About WeDo Technologies 

Founded in 2001, WeDo Technologies is the global market leader in Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management through Risk Management software solutions.

WeDo Technologies provides software and expert consultancy to Telecom Operators and Communication Service Providers worldwide. Currently we count with over 200 customers, spread across 108 countries, with network of 600+ highly-skilled professional experts. Our offices are geographically spread in the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America.

WeDo Technologies’ software analyzes large quantities of data allowing one to monitor, control, manage and optimize processes, ensuring revenue protection and risk mitigation.

With over 200 customers – including some of the world’s leading blue chip organizations – WeDo Technologies has long been recognized as the constant innovator in assuring the success of its customers along a journey of continuous transformation.

WeDo Technologies. Know The Unknown.

Find our nearest office: www.wedotechnologies.com/en/offices

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Latest news on @WeDoNews 

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Industrial IoT Platforms: A US$16 Billion Opportunity but Fragmentation and Technology Integration Prove Challenging

LONDON, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In its latest report, ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies, has identified the drivers and inhibitors platform providers and manufacturers need to consider as they look to implement Industrial IoT (IIoT) platforms. Some of the key findings include:

  • Platform providers need to deepen and broaden the capabilities of their platforms to support and integrate emerging transformative technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Platform providers should sell to IT but work closely with OT.
  • Manufacturers should choose partners that will provide consulting as they continue to evolve.

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“If platform providers hope to keep their offerings relevant, they must work with suppliers of other transformative technologies to provide the most valuable functions and components,” says Pierce Owen, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. “For instance, AR applications require business rule functions, digital twin functionality, near real-time metrics, zero-touch onboarding, and advanced analytics features.”

It seems that almost every company that has built a piece of software for the IIoT calls it a platform, and as such, IIoT platforms come in a variety of flavors. Perhaps the ‘platforms’ that most suit that word fill the role of an application enablement platform (AEP). AEPs extract data from devices and move it to applications based at the edge or in the cloud. This platform might have connectivity or device management tools. It might also act as a data orchestration system and include an app store or have app development capabilities whereby users can create and access applications that generate insights from their data.

Siemens Mindsphere currently leads the pack of AEPs largely due to Siemens’ domain knowledge as an automation supplier, its M&A strategy, R&D budget and its size. In addition, Siemens has a large installed base of its own physical products to which it can connect Mindsphere easily, a vast ecosystem in the manufacturing sector, and its own manufacturing facilities where it can perform internal use PoCs. These advantages empowered Siemens to add 2900 digital manufacturing customers in 2017, doubling its total from the start of the year.

Other IIoT platforms specialize in a specific piece of application enablement or microservice such as fog computing or processing raw sensor data. ABI Research sees FogHorn Systems as a key innovator in real edge computing and complex event processing (CEP) at the edge. FogHorn now faces the challenge of shifting from a successful start-up with a few big deals to embedding its software on millions of devices and assisting clients with large scale implementation.

“Adoption of IIoT technology will accelerate in 2018 as manufacturers overcome their fear of the cloud and the acquisitions of Siemens and PTC start to mature. During this acceleration, several AEPs will grow and pick up market share, but only those who expand the depth and breadth of their capabilities and transformative technologies to provide more value to more customers will sustain that growth,” concludes Owen.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Smart Manufacturing Platform Assessment report. This report is part of the company’s Smart Manufacturing research service which includes research, data, and analyst insights.

About ABI Research

ABI Research provides strategic guidance for visionaries needing market foresight on the most compelling transformative technologies, which reshape workforces, identify holes in a market, create new business models and drive new revenue streams. ABI’s own research visionaries take stances early on those technologies, publishing groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms. ABI analysts deliver their conclusions and recommendations in easily and quickly absorbed formats to ensure proper context. Our analysts strategically guide visionaries to take action now and inspire their business to realize a bigger picture. For more information about ABI Research’s forecasting, consulting and teardown services, visionaries can contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com.

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LeafLink Is The First Company In Cannabis Named to Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Enterprise List

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of its Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Enterprise for 2018, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. LeafLink, the largest marketplace for wholesale cannabis, was named to this year’s prestigious list, becoming the first company in the cannabis industry to receive the distinction on the enterprise list. This notoriety by Fast Company comes on the heels of an extremely successful year for the startup, including expansion into its sixth state, a $10 million Series A funding round, and breaking $300M in annual orders through the platform. In 2018, it will launch in its 15th state and build a variety of new features to serve its growing client base of over 450 cannabis brands and 2000 retailers.

“We’re excited to join the ranks of world-class software platforms that are revolutionizing the way companies grow their businesses,” said Ryan G. Smith, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of LeafLink. “This gets to the core of our mission at LeafLink: defining how the cannabis industry scales by creating enterprise tools that rival those found in any other multi-billion dollar industry.”

Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies issue recognizes pioneering companies across 36 categories, from enterprise to artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies—many of which were identified by a new MIC submission process—to create these lists.

Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company‘s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. “This year’s MIC list is an inspiring and insightful window into how many companies have embraced innovation and are working to make meaningful change,” said Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

Zach Silverman, LeafLink’s co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, said of the accolade, “LeafLink is proud to represent the rapidly growing cannabis industry on Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies list. It demonstrates that as part one of the few markets born in a time of technology, cannabis companies are embracing innovative, enterprise-level software to build one of the most efficient, transparent, and compliant industries of our time.”

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2018) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27.

ABOUT FAST COMPANY
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

About LeafLink:
Serving over 450 brands and 2,000 retailers across six states, LeafLink is the largest marketplace for wholesale cannabis. Retailers who previously called, emailed, or texted 30+ sales reps to place orders now save a day per week shopping all of their cannabis brands in one cart on LeafLink. Leading brands use the platform to streamline their orders as well as all elements of their wholesale activity, leveraging its CRM, reporting tools, fulfillment and shipment queues.

 

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Simplilearn Launches Digital Transformation Academy for Enterprises

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Today, in a venture to help enterprises gain the skills and strategies necessary to become digital-ready, edtech company Simplilearn announced the launch of the Simplilearn Digital Transformation Academy. Through a comprehensive online self-paced and instructor-led curriculum, Simplilearn’s Digital Transformation Academy provides enterprises with the insights and training to guide their digital strategy, identify opportunities and correct skill deficits in emerging technologies, while quickly creating the platform for the entire organization, from employees to executives, to digitally transform themselves.

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Digital transformation is the process of ‘transforming’ the mindset of an organization and implementing strategies that use digital technologies in all stages of business. The Simplilearn Digital Transformation Academy covers all aspects of people, process and technology to achieve competency in digital technologies including Design Thinking, Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and DevOps, Programming and Automation, Digital Marketing and more. The Digital Transformation Academy is designed to be customizable across a wide variety of industries and for all employee and management levels and roles while delivering on Simplilearn’s outcome-centric, high engagement learning approach.

“Simplilearn began with the goal of helping professionals’ upskill, become future job-ready and bridge industry skill gaps,” said Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO of Simplilearn. “In the last few years, the digital talent shortage has widened, threatening to create a bottleneck for enterprises that are struggling to achieve their digital transformation objectives. Our Digital Transformation Academy promises to bring these organizations’ people, processes and technology skills up to speed for a successful digital shift.”

Simplilearn’s Digital Transformation Academy offerings include:  

  • Up-to-date, in-depth content developed by industry leaders – The learning content is designed and updated by world-class, subject matter experts and industry thought leaders.
  • Comprehensive, outcome-centric curriculum – Offering more than 130 courses in 9 categories specific to topics essential to digital transformation, the Academy’s curriculum focuses on developing proficiency in immediately usable skills. Each course is supplemented with applied learning projects and real-world case studies, with hands-on practice via Simplilearn’s CloudLab online development environment.
  • Flexible learning approach – Simplilearn is the first online training company that provides a global, anytime, anywhere approach to employee training. So people can learn in the way they want to learn, the courses combine self-paced online content and instructor-led live virtual classrooms, backed by 24/7 global teaching assistants to enable learners to quickly resolve questions.
  • Progress tracking and assessments – The learning management system (LMS) is intuitive and has built-in tools for enterprises to track the learning progress of employees, including reports and alerts that help ensure high course completions. All learning programs come with pre- and post-course assessments as well as independent certifications.

“The rapid pace of technological change has triggered businesses to embrace evolving digital technologies or risk becoming obsolete,” said Anand Narayanan, Chief Product Officer at Simplilearn. “We look forward to embarking on our Digital Transformation Academy to support organizations with our advanced learning approach, to create better outcomes in achieving a digital savvy workforce.”

Simplilearn has partnered with leading Global System Integrators, FMCG, Banking and Telecom companies to support their digital transformation journeys. With integrated learning programs across key technology and business domains, Simplilearn continues to be the preferred training company for individuals, working professionals, and higher institutions of higher education.

For more information on Simplilearn Digital Transformation Academy, visit: https://www.simplilearn.com/digital-transformation-training/.

About Simplilearn  

Simplilearn enables professionals and enterprises to succeed in the fast-changing digital economy. The company provides outcome based online training across digital technologies and applications such as Big Data, Machine Learning, AI, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Digital Marketing and other emerging technologies. Based in San Francisco, CA, Raleigh, NC and Bangalore, India; Simplilearn has helped more than 500,000 professionals and 1000+ companies across 150+ countries get trained, acquire certifications and reach their business and career goals. The company’s high-engagement curriculum blends self-paced online learning, instructor-led live virtual classrooms, hands-on projects, student collaboration, and 24/7 global teaching assistants. Simplilearn is recognized by Training Industry as a Top 20 IT Training Company for 2017. For more information, visit https://www.simplilearn.com/

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Fast Company Announces 2018 Most Innovative Companies

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fast Company today announced its list of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018 and Ladder is ranked among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Finance. Ladder launched the LadderLifeTM product in January 2017 with the goal of reinventing life insurance to be instant, simple and smart. Ladder has built its proprietary technology from the ground up, enabling the company to quickly innovate with its product.

Ladder Life (PRNewsfoto/Ladder)

Today’s tech-savvy, self-directed consumers have come to expect digital, on-demand options in nearly every other area of their financial lives, yet the traditional process of securing life insurance is antiquated and burdensome. Ladder is relentlessly focused on the end-user and the company has developed a fully-digital process that, not only eliminates complexities for consumers — such as meetings with agents and stacks of paperwork, but also provides them remarkable value.

“We’re honored to be included among this inspiring class of innovators from around the world, and we’re dedicated to simplifying the life insurance process for consumers,” said Jamie Hale, Ladder CEO and co-founder. “We’re fortunate to have built a highly-driven team of talented experts — without which, none of this would be possible — and I thank each of them for all of their contributions.”

Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies issue recognizes pioneering companies across categories from finance to artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies—many of which were identified by a new MIC submission process—to create these lists.

“At a time marked by political and economic uncertainty, Ladder’s ability to rise to the top of its field is especially meaningful and inspiring,” added David Lidsky, Fast Company‘s Deputy Editor. “We’re excited to welcome Ladder to a dynamic, inspiring class of companies from around the world.”

Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2018) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27.

For more information on Ladder, or to receive an instant quote, check out www.ladderlife.com.

About Ladder:
Ladder is life insurance built to be instant, simple, and smart. Founded in 2015, Ladder has designed a digital-first life insurance product to serve today’s financially savvy consumer. For more information visit: www.ladderlife.com/about.

Contact:
For press inquiries, email media@ladderlife.com

About Fast Company
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

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Mary Wible Vertin, mevertin@gmail.com, 917.593.3223

 

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