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Momentus -- Pioneering In-space Transportation

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR is excited to announce our new working relationship with Momentus.

Formed by veteran space entrepreneur Mikhail Kokorich, Momentus provides in-space connecting flights for satellites between various orbits and deep space. Their mission is to provide the most efficient in-space transportation, powered by deep space resource utilization services and propulsion technologies.

You can read more in TechCrunch now.

Fullstack Academy Supports NYC Cybersecurity

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy is a part of NYC’s new cybersecurity initiative. The city is investing $30M into “Cyber NYC,” a job development initiative focused on five key technology programs, including a cyber boot camp through its partnership with Fullstack.

Fullstack’s founders have always been at the forefront of “new collar” jobs and giving back to their city. Read more in the press below.

NYC plans cybersecurity industry push that could add 10,000 jobsFast Company

NYC Wants to Build a Cyber Army — TechCrunch

City kicks off massive cybersecurity venture — Crain’s New York

NYC Venture Seeks to Spur Jobs, Innovation in Cybersecurity — PC Mag

Why NYC is investing millions in 5 cybersecurity programs — TechRepublic

NYC Invests $30 Million in Cybersecurity — Security Today

LDV Capital on the Rise of Synthetic Data in Tech

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client LDV Capital (http://www.ldv.co/), is a venture fund investing in people building visual technology businesses at the seed stage.

Today, General Partner Evan Nisselson was published in TechCrunch around an advantage disrupting the ability for anyone to create and leverage synthetic data to train computers across many use cases.

See: Deep learning with synthetic data will democratize the tech industry -- TechCrunch

Fullstack Academy Brings Tuition-deferred Grace Hopper Program to Chicago

Ryan Sommer

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Coding boot camp and MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy recently launched a track in Chicago that defers tuition for women until they land a job. The track is named for computer programming pioneer Grace Hopper, and the first group of eight students is set to graduate at the end of May.

Check out coverage in the Chicago Tribune: Chicago Women Band together to Challenge 'Bro Fest' -- Chicago Tribune

Arago CEO Envisions AI-empowered Fashion Supply Chain

Ryan Sommer

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Chris Boos, Arago founder and CEO, recently weighed in on the impact of AI in fashion forecasting and supply chain management in an OpEd for Business of Fashion. In the piece, Boos determines that AI chatbots and and automated "shortcuts" that leverage AI may not be the best application in an age where boutique brands need to differentiate on customer service. He points instead to the recent overproduction that cost H&M shareholder dearly and recommends AI in the supply chain.

The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries.

Read the full OpEd: How Fashion Should (and Shouldn’t) Embrace Artificial Intelligence -- Business of Fashio

LDV Capital Raises 2nd Fund for Visual Technology

Ryan Sommer

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MaintainPR client LDV Capital is having a great start to 2018 with the announcement of a second fund with $10 million for investing at the pre-seed or seed stage.

Dedicated to supporting and investing in deep technical teams that leverage computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze visual data, Evan Nisselson and his team at LDV also helm the LDV Vision Summit

Check out coverage of the news in WSJ, Strictly VC and more.

LDV Capital Raises Seed Fund for Visual Tech  -- WSJ

GumGum's Incredible Growth Spotlighted in Forbes

Ryan Sommer

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GumGum's computer vision platform for in-image advertising is expanding beyond media and ad verticals. By helping sports sponsors evaluate ROI across untapped opportunities in social media, this MaintainPR client has seen a record year, surpassing $100M in revenue.

Read more in Forbes.

How GumGum Is Using Image Recognition Technology To Change Online Advertising, Sports Sponsorships And More -- Forbes

Arago's CEO Chris Boos in WSJ on Positive Future with AI

Ryan Sommer

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With all of the dire predictions that some AI-practitioners like to dispel in order to drum up press, it's nice to hear a more balanced and productive counterpoint.

Marketwatch's Rachel Koning Beals recently spoke with MaintainPR client Arago on what a realistic future would look like with automation.

No need to squirm in your seat here because Chris Boos (Arago's CEO) has already been implementing AI for Fortune 100 companies in finance/IT and telecom for years!

AI is too smart and busy to knock off humans - WSJ/Marketwatch

Astro Digital on NPR's Planet Money

Ryan Sommer

Space is easier to get to than ever and it will change life on earth. That's the premise of NPR's recent series featuring MaintainPR client Astro Digital

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In Episode 3, the Planet Money team explores new options and a redefined landscape for launch services. Having synced up with the Astro Digital team during Small Sat Symposium in Utah, the results include some thought compelling commentary.

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/12/01/567267573/planet-money-goes-to-space

GumGum and LDV Capital Featured in MediaShift

Ryan Sommer

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What happens to marketing in a world with 45B cameras? Well, in 2022 we will be faced with that scenario.

In this piece for MediaShift, GumGum CTO Ken Weiner takes the stats from the recent LDV Insights Report and breaks down example ramifications for consumers, marketers and technologists.

Heads Up! Marketers to Combine AI with 44 Billion Cameras -- MediaShift

LDV Capital Predicts 45B Cameras in the World by 2022

Ryan Sommer

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How many cameras would you guess will be in the world within the next five years?

LDV Capital recently released a report measuring the entire visual technology ecosystem that has resulted from the integration of cameras and visual data across the market sectors: Handheld Cameras; Robots (Autos, Boats, Drones, etc.); Smart Home; Security and Surveillance and Wearables and it's an eye opener.

To download the report visit http://www.ldv.co/insights

Media Coverage

Astro Digital Launches First Imaging Satellites

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Astro Digital sent their imaging satellites into space early Friday morning as part of larger payload launched by the Russian company Glavkosmos! Quality images that capture crisp details are needed to measure trends on how the earth is changing. Astro Digital’s differentiator is in a system specifically designed for large scale change monitoring, from spacecraft size, optics, power, and orbit to the unique downlink solution that fires bits from 600km above earth to a antenna at the north pole at rate 10x faster than a typical small satellite. Read more on TechCrunch, SpaceFlightNow, Spacenews and Silicon Valley Business Journal below.

 

 

Fullstack Academy Demo/Hiring Day Profiled in WSJ Marketwatch

Ryan Sommer

Coding schools like MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy are proving through hard earned results that vetted and accredited immersive classes can make for career transformation.

Today, on the afternoon of both the Chicago and NY campus hiring day, Marketwatch profiled Fullstack and linked right to the live feed of student projects so that everyone can see the results themselves. Have a look at the full piece below.

Beyond bootcamp: Is immersive learning a must for coding? -- Marketwatch

Arago & ContentSquare Talk on EU Expansion to NYC

Ryan Sommer

What's it like to expand your business from Europe and hire on the ground in NYC?  Jonathan Cherki (CEO ContentSquare) and Chris Boos (CEO of MaintainPR client Arago) are two artificial intelligence experts from France and Germany respectively.

They recently sat down to record a podcast for Anthony Noto at NY Biz Journal to discuss just that.

Give it a listen here: 

European AI experts recall their experiences of launching companies in N.Y.C. -- NY BIz Journal

Highly Cited -- Arago Empowering through AI

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Arago has recently started powering AI automation for NITT; UBS; Virtusa Polaris and many more.

Here are some clippings from their busy Q1. Stay tuned for some big West Coast news coming up in Q2!!

"AI Pioneer Wants to Build the Renaissance Machine of the Future" -- Bloomberg

"The Smartest Machines Are Playing Games" -- Bloomberg

"Benchmarking CrunchBase's Top 25 Artificial Intelligence Startups" -- Forbes

"NIIT partners with Arago to integrate AI with automation" -- ChannelWorldd

"IT solutions firm NIIT Technologies said it will be integrating Arago's AI technology" -- Business Standard

It's a Wrap! LDV Vision Summit 2017 Summary and Press

Ryan Sommer

The 4th annual LDV Vision Summit concluded last week in NYC.

Congrats to the winners of the best startup (Fantasmo.io's Jameson Detweiler, Co-Founder & CEO) and Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenge's winner Timnit Gebru, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, PhD Candidate!

This year had many resounding takeaways about myth versus reality of general AI, where exactly we are autonomous driving (thanks to detailed presentations from Lyft, AutoX and Uber) and especially in health tech, a new area where we had expert talks on how AI and machine vision are accelerating treatment of disease ; liberating the MRI

The addition of moderation from Fortune's Erin Griffith was great and she joined already seasoned pros like Mike Murphy (Quartz) and Joshua Brustein (Bloomberg) to help make sure panelists and speakers stayed on their toes and delivered value for the audience.

Here is a recap of the press. We'll see you next year!

5 ways computer vision could impact how we do AI -- VentureBeat

LDV Vision Summit in Fortune Term Sheet -- Fortune

Power to the pupils: The Internet of Eyes is fueling a race to dominate next generation cameras -- Venturebeat

Smartglasses to Replace Phones? -- Althea Chang, Tom's Guide

The war over artificial intelligence will be won with visual data -- Evan Nisselson, TechCrunch

 

LDV Capital on Amazon's 'Look' and the 'Internet of Eyes'

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client and LDV Capital Founder Evan Nisselson wrote about the "Internet of Eyes" for Venturebeat about a year ago.

Evan has over 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and digital media expert.  His international expertise ranges from building four visual technology businesses to assisting technology startups in raising capital, business development and more.

This year, Amazon announced the Look just a month out from the annual LDV Vision Summit. Built for the fashion conscience and sporting a fresh set of connected eyes, this device has all sorts of ramifications for the future of connected devices and visual machine learning.

Former Wired writer Jessi Hempel sourced Evan for some great insights around the launch of Look in this Backchannel piece:

The Echo Look is Amazon’s Trojan Horse -- Backchannel