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RotoQL Launches to Level Playing Field for Daily Fantasy

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client RotoQL ( announced on Wednesday a $1.2M seed round with participation from Boston Seed Capital and Saahil Sud, the #1 ranked Daily Fantasy Sports player.

We secured coverage in Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Venturebeat, NY Biz Journal and many other news sites covering the intersection of sports and technology.

The funds are going toward improving the already impressive tools and technology the company uses to help players produce lineups. Read all the press coverage below!

LDV Capital Cited in Article on Smart Glasses

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client and LDV Capital Founder Evan Nisselson was tapped for expertise on this piece in Tom's Guide about the future of smart glasses.

With Facebook heavily investing in AR/VR, and so many past predictions of Evan's coming true, this is truly an exciting time! Read the entire piece in Tom's Guide below.

Smartglasses to Replace Phones? Facebook Says Yes -- Tom's Guide

Astro Digital Featured in Wired

Ryan Sommer

A race is on in the stratosphere. Not just for satellite imagery (which can tell big picture stories faster than ever before), but also for companies with the means to make sense of large changing data sets. Check out Sarah Scoles excellent piece in Wired featuring MaintainPR client Astro Digital.

The Race to Rule the High-Flying Business of Satellite Imagery -- Wired

Fullstack in Chicago Tribune on Coding School Transparency

Ryan Sommer

Not all coding schools are created equal. Which is why MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy joined the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. Read more in the Chicago Tribune about what Tier 1 schools are doing to advance the space.

Do coding boot camps measure up? These groups want to help you find out -- Chicago Tribune

Fullstack Academy on Why NYC

Ryan Sommer

For a long time, Silicon Valley was the place to launch a tech company. While this sentiment still rings true, the Valley is no longer the only place successful startups call home.

Check out MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy on why they picked NYC in Built In NYC

4 founders weigh in on why choosing NYC over the Valley, or any other tech hub, was best for their startups -- Built in NYC

Fullstack Founder Joins Jewelbots and Coder Foundry for Discussion on Future of Coding

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client and Fullstack Academy Co-founder David Yang recently joined Bobby Davis (Coder Foundry) and Sara Chips (Jewelbots) at the NY Biz Journal offices here in Manhattan to discuss the future of code.

The discussion was recorded and produced as part of Anthony Noto's "Wantonomics" podcast series.

As Anthony points out in his companion article, "the average "Class of 2016" graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up 6 percent from last year. Couple that with a super-competitive job market," leaving too many students with CS degrees at a disadvantage.

Bobby, Sara and David do a great job of exploring the other options available (i.e. coding schools), but also talk in-depth about what has changed in the last decade in both Academia and applied software development.

Do you code? Two bootcamps and a bracelet maker explain why you should -- NY Business Journal

WANTonomics Ep. 14 - Fullstack Academy, JewelBots, Coder Foundry -- WANTonomics on SoundCloud

Spark Labs Expansion Platform Featured in Forbes

Ryan Sommer

Spark Labs recently announced new partnerships with service providers including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Silicon Valley Bank and IBM to help foreign tech expand in the United States.

Spark Labs model of one membership that will work at various desks around the world, and also allow access to the mentorships, paperwork and service providers via online portal is a new take on the typical co-working space.

Check out the write up in Forbes by Silicon Valley stalwart Rebecca Fain:

New Co-Working Outfit Seeks To Upgrade Cookie-Cutter Desks To Work Communities -- Forbes

Grace Hopper Dean Cited in Newsweek

Ryan Sommer

Grace Murray Hopper, the late computer pioneer and naval officer, will be the new namesake of Calhoun College at Yale.

MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy has run a female-only, tuition deferred program with the same namesake and Dean Shanna Gregory was recently quoted for this piece:


Astro Digital - Kongsberg Satellite Partnership in Satellite Magazine

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Astro Digital is pushing the limits of data downlink capacity, requiring a ground station partner that could capture the data at an industry leading velocity and cost equation. 

Read more about Astro Digital's partnership with Norway’s Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) that enables them to run lean and fast in Satellite Magazine below.

Delivering The Globe: An Interview with KSAT and Astro Digital -- Satellite Magazine

Grace Hopper Dean Cited in Built in New York

Ryan Sommer

Taylor Majewski at Built in New York recently polled top female tech leaders in NYC for their Winter reading recommends. 

Check out Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis, which is a fav from MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy's Shanna Gregory.

Shanna is the dean of the Grace Hopper Program, a tuition deferred immersive software engineering school offered by Fullstack Academy. With over 4 years of experience in the coding education industry, Shanna oversees all operations and partnerships, while working hands-on with Grace Hopper graduates on employment after completing the program.

Fullstack Academy Funds NY Teacher Matching Platform: Selected

Ryan Sommer

Selected (a platform and matching engine based on the NYC School Survey (completed annually by nearly 1 million teachers, students, parents, and administrators), to uncover those schools that best fit teachers) has been funded by Fullstack Academy!

This is one of the first investments from Fullstack Fund. Read more on TechCrunch, Education Week and EdSurge below:

"Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy will fund alumni-founded startups" -- TechCrunch

"Selected Receives Seed Funding" -- Education Week

"Fullstack Academy Invests $20K in Alumni Startup Aiming to Match Teachers with Jobs" -- EdSurge

Spark Labs Expands to Bryant Park

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Spark Labs is a coworking solution that will help you scale your business in the U.S. market.

Founded by Christophe Garnier, a seasoned French entrepreneur with 17 years of U.S. tech experience and two successful ventures under his belt, the team recently announced the successful expansion to a second space in midtown/Bryant Park.

The difference you get with Spark Labs as an entrepreneur is the support infrastructure and global network of more than 30 innovative tech spaces across the world. The collaborative ecosystem assists local and global startups currently operating outside NYC to scale and make their mark on the east coast of the U.S.

Read more about the second space and successful business model supporting global entrepreneurs coming the the States!

With a Second Coworking Space, Spark Labs Continues to Scale -- NY Biz Journal

Spark Labs in NYC is the Coworking Space That Will Boost Your Business -- AlleyWatch

Group love: Co-working offices flourish across town -- New York Post

Fullstack Academy in the News

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Fullstack Academy continues to impress students and grads with their rigorous curriculum and high placement rates.

Check out these recent placements in Chicago Tribune, BuiltInNYC:

Could coding boot camps see stricter standards? -- Chicago Tribune

For women in tech, New York City is calling -- Built In NYC


Arago Drops AI Bomb on TechCrunch Disrupt London

Ryan Sommer

MaintainPR client Arago ( has been in the AI game since the 90s. They are a leading artificial intelligence company that helps businesses automate their IT processes through intelligent automation.

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, Arago dropped a bombshell: their proprietary AI platform HIRO, which uses reasoning and a knowledge-based problem-solving engine optimized by machine learning to deliver cutting-edge enterprise IT automation solutions to clients worldwide, is already beating human players at FreeCiv.

It's a huge accomplishment for a smaller company (Google's DeepMind, with much more resource, only just start accessing APIs to play Starcraft II) and some of the world's biggest AI players, like Facebook, said it couldn't be done at all!

For more details, check out the press release and coverage from TechCrunch's Darrel Etherington as well as IDG Paris bureau chief Peter Sayer. Both are Civ players themselves that never got close to even beating the game's built in AI!

Arago’s AI can now beat some human players at complex civ strategy games -- TechCrunch

Arago teaches an AI to play games, the better to manage IT systems -- PC World

Watch Arago’s HIRO Beat Out Human Gamers in Freeciv -- Futurism


Ryan Sommer

PC Magazine author Will Fenton recently took a closer look at both Grace Hopper Academy (tuition deferred coding education for women) and Fullstack's new Remote Immersive program which enables anyone to become a software developer anywhere in 17 weeks. Have a look at both deep dives below.

"Inside Grace Hopper Academy, a Coding Boot Camp for Women"
"The Promise of Fullstack's Pricey But Intriguing Online Coding Program"

Coding Bootcamp Fullstack Academy Launches Fund for Alumni

Ryan Sommer

Fullstack Academy ( co-founders David Yang (formerly Gilt Groupe, Recycle Bank) and Nimit Maru know a thing or two about startup ideas and how to see ideation through with proper development.

After graduating from Y Combinator, the two have grown NY/Chicago based Fullstack Academy into the world's top coding school.

Today they have announced Fullstack Fund provide seed funding for its graduates to launch their own startups. Each admitted startup will work full-time for 8 weeks on the NYC Fullstack Academy campus, with the goal of securing another round of funding after the program -- by getting accepted into a top accelerator like Y Combinator, raising an angel round, or figuring out how to bootstrap its growth.

Read more about the Fullstack Fund in TechCrunch, Inc., and many more to come!

"Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy will fund alumni-founded startups" -- TechCrunch 

"Top-Ranked Fullstack Academy Launches First Alumni Investment Fund" --

"A New Program That Aims to Be a One-Stop Shop for Would-be Founders" -- Inc.


Astro Digital Featured in New Scientist (Print and Web)

Ryan Sommer

Astro Digital ( is enabling big data analytics from space. The team (based in NASA's Moffett Field) monitor Earth from space through open data and their constellation of multi-spectral satellites, providing software for imagery analysis and distribution. It's all about faster monitoring of commercially active land use to model global change and analyze local activity.

Astro Digital was recently featured prominently in a print (and web) piece on "supersmart" nanosats in the prestigious New Scientist after an intro pitch via MaintainPR to science write Hal Hodson (London and SF).

Check out the piece here:

"Supersmart satellites reveal crops and fields like never before" -- New Scientist