The pandemic has propelled the adoption of NFC-powered contactless technologies for retailers and restaurants with everyone focusing on public safety. With the public now familiar with these technologies, new use cases will emerge post-COVID. Popl brings the benefits of NFC technologies to the general public. The product lineup of stickers keychains, and bands all enable the seamless sharing of information. The company focuses on making it easier for people to exchange contact information wirelessly, reducing the need for business cards in a contactless world. The software allows you to include social media profiles, payment info, links, etc., making the use-cases versatile.. LA TechWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Jason Alvarez-Cohen and COO and Cofounder Nick Eischens to learn more about the company’s offering, traction, and future plans.
No more canary in a coal mine. Datch is the AI-powered voice assistant for the mining, manufacturing, and utility sectors. Mark Fosdike, a first-time founder and CEO of Datch, walks us through the practical application of Datch’s technology in industry, raising as a first-time founder in a new country, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Plug and Play Ventures, Stage Venture Partners, Acceleprise, Tuhua Ventures, and Predictive Venture Partners.
As a business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster. Yet I still too often hear the question, “Can you give me a really sure-fire idea for starting my own business?” My standard answer is that ideas are a […]
Imagine editing a document from the comfort of your own leg. Well, now you can with Tap Systems, the wearable mouse and keyboard that sits at the base of your fingers. This wearable works on any surface and you can send commands to any Bluetooth connected device (think phone, tablet, or laptop). This groundbreaking technology […]
A third of the world’s population lives in countries where there are water shortages. In the US, 1 TRILLION, yes that’s TRILLION, gallons of water are wasted a year due to leaks. While we may be mindful of turning off the faucet while we brush and doing a load a full load of laundry, we […]
Cyber-crime has become one of the greatest threats to businesses, government institutions, and individuals, as hackers are constantly finding new targets and advanced tools to break through cyber defenses. As technology improves, new vulnerabilities are discovered and new obstacles challenge security professionals. The past year was followed by a number of high-impact cyber-attacks. Namely, a […]
As you no doubt have experienced, a new market of conversational devices and services has emerged. From Amazon Alexa and Google Home, to Facebook Messenger bot and intelligent assistants, we’re surrounded by conversation. (Between us, when was the last time you checked the weather on a device other than Alexa or Google Home?) While those devices and […]
What if whenever you wanted to go outside you could guarantee safety, entertainment, shade, and a table? Sounds impossible? Think again. ShadeCraft the IoT company, has launched its flagship product SUNFLOWER to satisfy every virtual need to enjoy the outdoors. The ten-foot umbrella is solar powered, has an internet connection, security cameras, weather detection, speakers, and a built in […]
Although 2016 showed some slowdown in startup and funding activity, I believe we were taking a “wait and see” approach to the presidential election and how it would affect the market and economy. Now that it’s post-election, we can be more certain on how to move forward in the startup world in 2017. From my own […]
The internet was conceived decades ago for U.S. research scientists to communicate with each other. It was an enigma that few would have thought would foster individual participation through social media, increase innovation in human development, and create an information-dependent global economy. While the backbone of the internet was built on Internet Protocol version 4 […]