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RippleNami Promotes Amy Johnson to Chief Operating Officer and Kyalo Muambi as Director of Africa Business Development

Executive Promotions Strengthen Capabilities for Africa Expansion and Rapid Deployment of Blockchain and Big Data Visualization

San Diego, California – October 24, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization platform, and its board of directors announced Amy Johnson as its chief operating officer and Kyalo Muambi as its director of Africa business development.

“These promotions come at a pivotal time to further extend RippleNami’s reach and impact as it delivers on its quest to connect people worldwide with real-time and easily-accessible information. Our new innovations and the increasing demand from our clients led us to strengthen our team and our ethos of innovation and exceptional service,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, chairman and chief executive officer.

Serving as RippleNami’s vice president of operations since May 2017, Johnson assumes the chief operating officer role, effective immediately. Muambi is promoted from managing east Africa to overseeing all of Africa sales and business development efforts.

“We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry. Amy and Kyalo are seasoned experts in their respective fields and bring superior dedication and competencies to Ripplenami,” said Phil Gahn, RippleNami founder and chief business development officer.

Johnson brings over 15 years of operational management experience spanning business functions including sales, customer service, business retention, collections, operations and outsourcing.  In her new role, she will oversee corporate operations including sales operations, quality assurance, project management, implementation and account management. Her leadership and track record of building effective teams and streamlining processes for efficiencies and increased profitability will optimize overall client success.

Prior to joining RippleNami, Johnson spent 11 years at SingTel Optus in Australia driving business retention strategy, collections, operations and outsourcing, both on-shore and in the Philippines. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Psychiatric Nursing Degree from Deakin University.

Kyalo Muambi, director of business development for Africa brings more than 10 years in finance, banking, technology and business development expertise in the banking industry and will be based out of Nairobi.  Following RippleNami’s Republic of Sierra Leone announcement on transitioning Africa into the first ever “Smart Country,” Kyalo will serve as a central asset within the C-suite of all African countries and banks interested in our blockchain data visualization product offering.  Kyalo received his International Economic Banking and Finance degree with honors from Portsmouth University, United Kingdom.

Prior to joining RippleNami, Kyalo led the technology team for Africa’s First Electronic Bank (CBALoop), managed “Maji ni maisha” financing investment in water for over 800,000 homes with clean water and was responsible for $20 million in technology banking projects.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and foster unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data while providing information that matters most to users and organizations. It’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and governmental agencies. By enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration, this seamless integration and unlimited customization and scalable architecture, allows RippleNami clients to chart their own world, streamline communication and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

AfricaCom Awards Honors RippleNami, Inc. as Finalist in “Changing Lives Award” Category

2017 Winners Honored on November 8 in Cape Town, South Africa 

Nairobi, Kenya – October 23, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain map-based data visualization platform is designated a finalist in the 2017 AfricaCom Awards’ “Changing Lives” category. This annual awards program pays tribute to those companies with innovative solutions connecting and elevating Africa through its fourth industrial revolution.

This prestigious designation falls on the 20th anniversary of AfricaCom and marks the 10th year of the awards program that’s amassing global significance. KNect365 announced Ripplenami, Inc. as one of the top twenty finalists across ten different categories and joins the winner’s stage with iconic brands such as Coca Cola and United Nations.

“Receiving this distinguished award is a testament to our technology and our singular commitment towards transforming an entire society and enhancing the lives of those in it,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle. “The Changing Lives Award is particularly meaningful as it underscores our tremendous capabilities to connect massive population centers using novel blockchain and mapping solutions to further bridge socio-economic development and widespread inclusion.”

RippleNami, is predicated on the notion that by taking its technology solution into developing countries the world would be forever altered. Founded on the need for an easier way to securely collect and visualize any data on a map, RippleNami’s team leverages its extensive experience working in developing countries.  In the wake of so many organizations struggling with digital identification, asset tracking, supply chain, geo-location of basic resources such as water wells, healthcare, schools, contagious diseases, security issues and other critical information, the market need is severe. What makes RippleNami’s solution so unique is its ability to simplify blockchain and geolocation so that anyone – regardless of education – can easily obtain and enter information on a virtual map and enable enterprise-wide collaboration. Its ability to ingest any kind of data including blockchain and mapping makes it’s the preferred tool.

“The inclusion of several new categories in this year’s awards line-up speaks to the continual progress affecting the African continent with the advent of digital solutions and adaptability,” says Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director for KNect365, organizer of AfricaCom.  “It’s an exciting time for technology across the globe but none more than across Africa, with many of these shortlisted contenders leading global development in their respective fields.”

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and foster unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to users and organizations. It’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies that are enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About AfricaCom Awards

AfricaCom is the largest and most successful technology event in Africa. The 20th edition of the annual event is set to be held from November 7-9 in Cape Town, South Africa.  The AfricaCom Awards celebrate the achievements of the best companies, solutions, products and personalities improving connectivity and driving Africa through the fourth industrial revolution.  The 3-day event which aims at promoting digital excellence in Africa, and will bring together tech giants, senior decision makers from the entire digital community to network, develop knowledge, showcase their latest solutions and technologies and gain inspiration from current industry trends and products. www.tmt.knect365.com/africacom.

RippleNami President and Chief Executive Officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle Joins Distinguished Honorees at San Diego’s Women Who Mean Business Annual Awards Ceremony

San Diego Business Journal Awards Program is November 15, 2017

San Diego, CA…..October 11, 2017…..Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer of RippleNami, Inc., a blockchain data visualization solution provider, is a finalist for the 24th Annual Women Who Mean Business Awards. This notable awards ceremony is hosted by the San Diego Business Journal and honors prominent business leaders who are making their mark in history, trailblazing for others to model and elevating San Diego’s stature in the global business community.

Imagine a world where all the information most important to you rests at your fingertips… a world where vast streams of data are visualized in logical and actionable fashion… and a world where anyone equipped with a mobile phone is now accessing the powerful benefits that RippleNami’s technology enables at a rapid clip.

RippleNami is marching towards its bold vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and mapping solution that leverages the mass adoption of mobile phones. Connolly-LaBelle and Phil Gahn, founder and chief business development officer shared a deeply held conviction that driving social impact of this magnitude would be their singular cause with a global reach while leveraging their San Diego roots. They are determined to aggressively introduce and deploy RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution into developing countries and change the global landscape in unforeseen ways. First stop: why not Africa?

  • Every year, $150 billion in international development aid is dedicated to developing nations yet $90 BILLION of that allocation NEVER reaches those in need because authorities lack knowledge of resource needs of its people geographically.
  • 3 BILLION people live EXTREME POVERTY without the ability to capture critical life events such as identities, banking, healthcare records, land ownership, global supply chain and more.
  • Women and children in Africa spend 6 HOURS EVERY DAY looking for clean water because not a single map of the water wells infrastructure exists.

Since 2015, Connolly-LaBelle’s leadership is positively impacting 20 million people in Africa, nearly 3 million veterans in the U.K., assisting relief efforts in Europe and Africa.

  • Now, organizations such as non-profits, governments and corporations are breaking down data silos, solving problems, making critical development decisions and investments by collaborating in real-time like never before.
  • Now, those in extreme poverty are beginning to access a digital identity, assets, credit and other financial services by visualizing their world on an easy-to-use map.
  • Now, women and children are accessing water sources in a fraction of the time and spending more time in classrooms.

Connolly-LaBelle’s tenacity to embark on this ambitious pathway is the hallmark trait of her career. She’s no stranger to the entrepreneurial journey of undertaking oversized goals, mitigating risk and scaling swiftly. Travelling the world and bearing witness to these third world circumstances and then delivering sustained solutions has come to define RippleNami’s CEO and her unstoppable team. Connolly-LaBelle’s resolve to drive mass adoption of RippleNami’s technology is changing lives and lifting an entire continent – one country at a time – through its gift of connectivity and empowerment.

Connolly-LaBelle and her fellow finalists will be honored at a reception hosted by San Diego Business Journal on November 15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

About RippleNami, Inc.
RippleNami develops and deploys complete blockchain-based solutions to accelerate mass adoption of digital technologies in any developing country. RippleNami solutions drive new standards for cost-effectiveness and scalability, empowering any nation to transform itself through digitization, and swiftly benefit from a “Smart Country” standing. RippleNami’s blockchain data visualization platform integrates diverse data sets from unlimited sources. The platform’s visualization capability paints a multi-dimensional picture of all relevant information to quickly identify trends, patterns and gaps to produce informed decisions faster. RippleNami solutions enable emergent economies to generate process, manage, share and transact information on a national scale – opening up a world of opportunities for economic inclusion for its citizens and independence for the nation. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the San Diego Business Journal
Each year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s corporate ecosystem. Now in its 24th year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes these leaders by hosting its biggest and most anticipated reception and awards program honoring the honorees and their guests. Celebrity emcees, a keynote speaker and the awards program are staples of this landmark event. Learn more about the Women Who Mean Business at www.sdbj.com/bizevents.

 

RippleNami, Inc. Honored as Two-Time Winner in the 9th Annual 2017 Golden Bridge Awards® Best Product Innovation of the Year & Management Team of the Year

San Diego, CA – August 15, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain map-based data visualization platform has earned the prestigious Silver and Bronze honors in the Golden Bridge Awards® for Best Product Innovation of the Year and Management Team of the Year, respectively. The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best organizations from every major industry in the world including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Honorees include big-name brands like Cisco and John Hancock Insurance and innovative startups like RippleNami. Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, September 18, 2017 during the annual Red Carpet Golden Bridge Awards Ceremony.

RippleNami knew that if they could take the technology solution into developing countries, the world would forever be changed. RippleNami was founded on the idea that there needs to be a much easier way to securely collect and visualize any data on a map. With a team that has extensive experience working in developing countries, we realized that many organizations struggle with digital identities, asset tracking, supply chain, location of basic resources such as water wells, healthcare, schools, contagious diseases, security issues and other critical information are actually occurring. We have simplified blockchain and geolocation so anyone – regardless of education – can easily obtain and put this information on to a map and then be able to collaborate. Our ability to ingest any kind of data including blockchain and map it makes us truly unique.

“It’s an honor to be named a winner by Golden Bridge Awards for this esteemed industry and peer recognition,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle. “These awards are a testament to RippleNami’s commitment to positively impacting the lives of many by making a difference in the way people connect using our novel blockchain and mapping solution.  More importantly, I am honored to be working alongside our great executive management team including Phil Gahn, Chief Business Development Officer; Kendra Berger, Chief Financial Officer; Amy Johnson, Vice President of Operations; and Luis Valles, Vice President of Engineering.”

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peer recognition program honoring best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.com.

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RippleNami, Inc. Wins Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2017 International Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year

San Diego, California – July 26, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a blockchain map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud. has been named the gold winner in the Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year category in Best in Biz Awards 2017 International, the only independent global business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications from around the world.

RippleNami is quickly affecting change in developing nation by connecting unconnected populations with an innovative blockchain and mapping solution that allows anyone to map their world. RippleNami created a visible and secure way for people to resolve a myriad of problems involving data veracity, document control, big data management, property protection, and identity management through an incorruptible network.  RippleNami knew that if they could take the technology solution into developing countries, the world would forever be changed.

“As a rapidly growing, fast-paced startup technology company with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility, RippleNami is quickly impacting the lives of many by making a difference in the way people connect using our novel blockchain and mapping solution.  We genuinely appreciate that the judges in the Best in Biz award program recognized the power of the change RippleNami’s innovative solution is affecting and noticed the Company’s successes to date,” explained Jaye Connolly-Labelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

Almost 300 public and private companies hailing from all sectors of the global economy from more than 30 countries competed in Best in Biz Awards’ fifth annual International program. Best in Biz Awards 2017 International honors were once again presented in a range of categories, including Fastest-Growing Company of the Year, Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Support Department of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Product, Enterprise Product and Consumer Product of the Year.

Winners in the 5th annual program were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of judges hailing from a wide spectrum of top-tier publications and media outlets and from 15 countries and all continents. Best in Biz Awards’ uniqueness stems, in part, from the composition of its judging panels. Each year, only editors, writers and contributors to business, consumer, financial, trade and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, are invited to serve as judges. Structured this way, Best in Biz Awards can best leverage the expertise, experience and objectivity of its influential judges to determine award winners.

“More than twenty years after the internet became a must-have tool and medium for businesses, it’s fascinating to see how leading firms, as encapsulated by this strong crop of Best in Biz Awards contenders, demonstrate how far we’ve come,” said Mathew Schwartz, judging his fourth Best in Biz Awards competition. “I was especially struck by how strong the cloud computing segment continues to be — not just apps but also infrastructure — and how even with the best technology in the world, user interface design and the user experience remains so crucial.”

This year’s judging panel included writers and contributors to such publications as ARD (Germany), Business Breakfast (United Arab Emirates), Computer Hoy (Spain), Data Breach Today (United Kingdom), HT Mobile (Israel), IAA Magazine (United Arab Emirates), InBusiness (Cyprus and Greece), Irish Independent (Ireland), Radio Ngati Porou (New Zealand), TechHim (India), TechnoFILE.com (Canada), Tune Media (Singapore), Ventures Africa (Nigeria), and Wirausaha & Keuangan (Indonesia).

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2017 International, visit: http://intl.bestinbizawards.com/intl-2017-winners.

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About Best in Biz Awards
Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards, Inc. has made its mark as the only independent business awards program judged each year by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 65 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and PR and media. For more information about the International program, see: http://intl.bestinbizawards.com.

RippleNami, Inc. Earns Major Recognition from Silicon Valley CEO World and Women World Awards

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  May 23, 2017  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today that it has been named a gold winner in two categories and a silver winner in another in the Silicon Valley 2017 CEO World Awards competition. The Company’s president and chief executive officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle also earned a silver award in the Silicon Valley 2017 Women World Awards.

Both the coveted CEO World Awards® and the prestigious Women World Awards® encompass the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO case studies, corporate social responsibility, and milestones from every major industry in the world. Regions represented include North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

RippleNami earned gold in both the CEO World Corporate Social Responsibility and Female CEO of the Year –11 or Less Employees categories while the silver was bestowed upon the Company for Startup of the Year. Connolly-LaBelle’s silver Women World Award was in the category of Female CEO of the Year – 11 or Less Employees.

“RippleNami is on a roll. These awards are a meaningful acknowledgement of the impact our fast-growing global startup is having in developing nations. Through our mapping technology and solutions, RippleNami is quickly affecting change in these regions by connecting the unconnected with our innovative mapping solution that allows anyone to map their world. We are honored to be recognized by two prestigious awards programs for the work we are doing to impact change worldwide, and we extend our thanks to the judges in both programs who selected RippleNami and acknowledged the speed with which we are fostering change,” commented Jaye Connolly-Labelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

“Furthermore, I am honored to be among the world’s leading women selected for the Women World Awards. I am proud to be in the company of women from across the world that have worked hard to make an impact,” she said.

About the CEO World Awards

CEO World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring CEOs and Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Annual CEO World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards® recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes other programs such as Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Global Fastest Growing Private Companies Awards, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards, Pillar World Awards, PR World Awards, and Women World Awards. Learn more about The CEO World Awards at www.ceoworldawards.com.

About the Women World Awards

Women World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring women in business and the professions and organizations of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Annual Women World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards® recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes other programs such as CEO World Awards, Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Global Fastest Growing Private Companies Awards, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards, Pillar World Awards, and PR World Awards. Learn more about The Women World Awards at www.womenworldawards.com.

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  December 5, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today that it has been named a gold Stevie® Award winner in two categories and and a silver winner in another in the 2016 Stevie ®Awards for Women in Business competition. The Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle was also named a winner in the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards, sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2016 awards received entries from 31 nations and territories. More than 1,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration across 90+ categories in this year’s program.

RippleNami earned gold in both the Startup of the Year – Business Products Industries and Female Executive of the Year – Business Products –10 or Less Employees while the silver was bestowed upon the Company for Startup of the Year – Business Services Industries.

With more than 500 businesswomen and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday evening, November 18, 2016. Nations represented at the event included Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.

Concurrently, Connolly-LaBelle, who is well known in the San Diego business community, was selected for the Women Who Mean Business Awards. Now in its 23rd year, the San Diego Business Journal offers this awards program to recognize local-area businesswomen through this prestigious opportunity. Winners were chosen from women throughout San Diego across myriad industries and professions, including those who have reached career milestones that are making a difference in their communities and setting examples for others.

“These are both exciting opportunities for our fast-growing global startup. Through our mapping technology and solutions, RippleNami is quickly affecting change in developing countries by connecting the unconnected with our innovative mapping solution. We are honored to be recognized by two prestigious awards programs for the work we are doing to impact change worldwide, We thank the judges in both programs who selected RippleNami and acknowledged our fast track for fostering change,” explained Jaye Connolly-Labelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

“Furthermore, I greatly appreciate the Women Who Mean Business program naming me amongst this year’s winners. For more than 26 years, I have worked in the San Diego area for companies of varying size. I am proud to be in the company of women who have worked hard to build solid reputations and successful track records here. It is a wonderful experience to be part of this vibrant business landscape,” she said.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the American Business Awards, the International Business Awards, and the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

About San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards

San Diego Business Journal’s 23rd Annual Women Who Mean Business Awards selected 28 winners from a record number of qualified finalists honored for their exceptional achievements in leadership. San Diego’s women are commanding leadership positions in industries that have been male bastions for generations – aeronautical and mechanical engineers, surgeons, shipyard and construction managers, tech innovators, choreographers and news anchors.  In addition, these women are creating and evolving successful strategies for corporate growth and expansion in fields from wealth management and accounting to law and banking. Details about the San Diego Business Journal for Women Who Mean Business and the list of Women Who Mean Business are available at: http://edition.sdbj.com/epaper/viewer.aspx?token=09d3e133310e28d1edd8335b2d1cc53f5cef9694edition.sdbj.com.

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change.  RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations.  The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration.  With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

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RippleNami, Inc. Expands Global Sales Team

New Appointments in U.S. and Kenya Further Strengthen Company’s Efforts and Market Position Worldwide

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  July 27, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today the appointment of three new sales professionals, helping strengthen the Company’s position in the global data mapping space.  All of the roles are newly created positions for the fast-growing technology Company.

In the U.S., Tara Cordyack was named to the post of senior director of sales. In this capacity, Cordyack, based in RippleNami’s Washington, D.C. office, will oversee and drive RippleNami’s day-to-day sales functions, marketing activities and channel partnerships.

In Kenya, Jim Shanor was named business development advisor in East Africa, responsible for business development and market expansion in that area. Jero Yegon was appointed to the post of regional sales manager in East Africa, handling sales functions, marketing activities and channel partnerships.  Both will be based in RippleNami’s Nairobi, Kenya office.

Cordyack brings nearly 20 years of software, data and analytics sales and marketing experience to her new role. Her expertise in the geospatial arena will prove beneficial as she helps take RippleNami to the next level in term of sales efforts and partnerships. Her focus will not only be on maintaining business but also will include evaluating new markets the Company should consider entering along with the forging of additional partnership opportunities and the identifying and structuring of technology arrangements.

Most recently, Cordyack was director of sales at i-cubed, LLC-An Airbus Group, a leading provider of geospatial imagery, data and versatile software applications, where she led sales efforts and identified new markets for the sale of i-cubed and Airbus’ portfolio of products. Prior, as director; sales and partner/alliance development for OmniEarth, Inc., she managed the pre-sales and direct sales team for the company’s geo-analytics and remote sensing business, developing and creating sales processes and methodologies.

Cordyack spent 6+ years serving in various sales-related roles with increasing responsibility at DigitalGlobe, Inc. (formally GeoEye), a leading provider of high-resolution earth imagery, data and analytics. During her tenure, Cordyack developed new market sectors and managed channel partnerships across North America to include non-profits and NGOs, public safety, education and conservation.

Perhaps one of the most important, relevant roles Cordyack held with respect to her new position at RippleNami was as senior account manager at ESRI, Inc., a global mapping solutions provider. As senior account manager, she was responsible for sales management of key customers in the federal government, in both civilian and defense agencies.

In East Africa, Shanor has spent 30 years serving in a range of roles there. He brings decades of experience from that part of the world to RippleNami, particularly from Kenya, Uganda and Somalia, where his career focused on economic and business expansion, IT and training, mapping across diverse data, and working in high-level government relations and media affairs roles.

Highlights of his career include serving as vice president of Phillips Petroleum Company, overseeing Somalia operations; country program director with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), managing humanitarian projects for UNDP in Somalia; project director with USAID Somalia for the renewable energy sector; and, holding various director roles at NGOs as well as heading a range of consulting ventures.

Yegon, a Kenyan national, began her career as a computer programmer, mastering C++, Java, HTML and other programming abilities. She went on to managing a sales team with one of the largest global companies, Kimberly-Clark. Yegon comes to RippleNami at the recommendation of one of the Company’s strongest partners and investors, Absolute Energy Capital and the Loyatum family.

“We are pleased to support RippleNami’s future growth with the addition of these seasoned professionals, who are strategically positioned around the globe to allow the Company to expand and penetrate the key areas where our technology matters most. We are confident that we can make a mark in territories where technology and mapping will have the greatest impact, and this is extremely rewarding and directly in line with the Company’s mission,” explained Phil Gahn, founder and chief business development officer.

“Jim and Jero’s significant business acumen along with their cultural and political understanding of the East African region will prove beneficial to our growing enterprise. They are our feet on the ground in the Kenya and Somalia areas as they help us navigate the complexities surrounding how RippleNami conducts business throughout East Africa. Their appointments, coupled with Tara’s new leadership role and geospatial expertise, is nicely rounding out the RippleNami global sales team worldwide. The business acumen each brings to their new positions better enables us to bring the RippleNami platform to those customers in need of our innovative services,” Gahn said.

“Tara brings both impressive as well as extensive experience in the geospatial space to RippleNami. We believe this niche expertise, as well her background and knowledge of the space, will help elevate RippleNami in the areas needing our solution most. Tara will establish our DC-area presence, where there is significant potential for further building upon RippleNami’s global impact. Over the years, Tara has forged strong relationships in the space and across various relevant government agencies as well as NGOs and non-profit entities. We are excited about the on boarding of Tara, Jim and Jero, and the contributions they each will make to our Company and to the clients and regions RippleNami serves,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, RippleNami’s president and chief executive officer.

 About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily-accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change.  RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations.  The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, universities, nonprofits and emergency management agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration.  With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

 

RippleNami, Inc. President and CEO to Speak at Women Owners Summit, Hosted by Connected Women of Influence

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  July 19, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle will present at the upcoming Women Owners Summit in Southern California, sponsored by Connected Women of Influence (CWI), on Thursday, July 28, 1016 at TIME. The event will be held at the Del Mar Marriott in San Diego.

In her presentation before more than 100 women attendees — all of whom will gather with female peers leading companies and businesses to engage in conversations, offer opinions, gain insights and share ideas and resources – Connolly-Labelle will focus on best practices for raising investment capital and strategic planning.

The Women Owners Summit is offered and presented by and for women business owners.

About CWI

Connected Women of Influence (CWI) is a leading, invitation-only association where b2b women owners, executives and professionals connect, collaborate and cultivate a vast network of high-level affiliations, resources and professional relationships.

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, universities, nonprofits and emergency management agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

San Diego Business Journal: Expanding The Business Universe

The Computer Revolution Keeps Reinventing Itself As the Possibilities of Progress Continue to Increase

By BRAD GRAVES

Originally published May 12, 2016 at 2:40 p.m., updated May 12, 2016 at 2:40 p.m.

San Diego — With each passing year, computers get more capable. The rapid development of the technology continues to shape business — all business, even those far from the heart of the technology sector. The San Diego Business Journal recently approached several people in the region’s business community with a simple question: Could your core product of today work just as effectively if all you had at your disposal were the computing resources of five or 10 years ago?

Or even 20 years ago?

Almost always, the answer was no.

Their answers offer glimpses into just how far computer capabilities have come in the last few years.

2011 is as distant as Pluto. 1996 might as well be light years away.

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Olin Hyde credits the easy availability of powerful cloud computing resources for making his seven-person business possible.

Five years ago he would have needed a supercomputer to do what he does, said Hyde, the CEO of LeadCrunch. Today, “we can scale as if we were IBM,” thanks to vendors such as Amazon Web Services Inc.

LeadCrunch, a business in residence at EvoNexus’ downtown incubator, generates B2B sales leads for small and medium-sized businesses. Hyde says his software can take a list of a client’s 25 best customers, review billions of pieces of information about U.S. businesses on the internet, and prepare a list of similar companies that the client’s sales department can approach with confidence. Hyde’s business began life under the name Englue.

LeadCrunch has grown, Hyde said, with the help of $100,000 worth of donated services from Amazon.

With such technology, “a very small team can do something that five years ago required a lot more people,” he said.

The business also leverages recent gains in artificial intelligence, which is advancing rapidly. “The state of the art five years ago is almost irrelevant today,” Hyde said of the artificial intelligence field.

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Even a company working in a very old craft — shipbuilding — feels the rapid advance of computer technology.

General Dynamics NASSCO builds U.S. Navy and commercial ships at its yard in Barrio Logan. It produces construction drawings of those ships on software from Cambridge, England-based AVEVA Group PLC.

Bill Hale, the company’s senior director for engineering, helped implement the shipyard’s first three-dimensional product modeling software in 1995.

Such software produces 3-D computer models of ships. The advantages of building a virtual model include alerting designers to places where systems interfere with each other. Such warnings eliminate errors in the field. The software also breaks the huge process of building a 600-foot-long ship into manageable subassemblies. “You want to create very tailored instructions for the worker in the field,” Hale said, comparing the instructions to the four-page assembly manual you get when buying a backyard barbecue at a big-box retailer.

The software has improved greatly since the mid-1990s. Hale said the user interface is much better, and it runs on store-bought desktops rather than dedicated computers. Today’s system handles big files much better than its predecessors. The software also ties in better with the rest of NASSCO’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, informing other business functions such as the ordering of materials.

NASSCO’s engineering department has 240 people and is located in landlocked Mission Valley.

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Qualcomm Inc. recently announced that it has paired up its Snapdragon 820 processor chip with artificial intelligence, extending artificial intelligence to smartphones, automobiles, drones and security cameras.

In a May 2 announcement, Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) said mobile devices equipped with its top-of-the-line Snapdragon chip and special software will be capable of deep learning without being connected to the cloud. Those devices will be capable of tasks such as scene detection, object tracking and avoidance, face recognition, text recognition, translation and natural language processing.

Deep learning might help a driver send voice commands to a car, said Gary Brotman, director of product management for subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies Inc. It might work with an automobile’s computer to discern whether a driver is dozing off, and sound an alarm. It might also cut down on false alarms triggered by security systems, teaching a computer the difference between a stalking cat, a swaying tree branch and a suspicious person casing a house.

Qualcomm has also adapted machine learning to identify malicious software.

What is driving machine learning to the mobile device? Computer hardware has advanced markedly during the last five years, Brotman said. Also contributing are advances in computer code and more data available for training models.

Qualcomm said it plans to roll out its Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine software development kit in the second half of 2016.

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Edico Genome Inc. is part of the Torrey Pines Mesa biotech and biomedical cluster. The business created a microchip called Dragen, the world’s first bioinformatics processor designed to analyze next-generation gene-sequencing data.

Executive Gavin Stone said Edico Genome could not work on yesterday’s computers. In fact, it can’t even work on today’s. It had to go out and invent its own technology.

The marketing vice president compares conventional CPUs (central processing units) to minivans. They are good general-purpose vehicles, but not optimized for specific tasks. Edico Genome, he continued, makes chips adapted to genomics work, much as Formula 1 cars are adapted to racing.

The business uses the latest FPGA chip — which Stone described as a “blank slate” — as a foundation for its product, which is a board with its processor and other computer electronics. The initials FPGA stand for field programmable gate array.

Other businesses have put FPGA chips to work in specialties such as Bitcoin mining and internet search. FPGA technology is just now going mainstream, Stone said.

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RippleNami Inc. offers a simple, cost-effective way to visualize data on maps, such as those offered by Google. The San Diego business relies on well-established technology, said CEO Jaye Connolly-LaBelle. Its programming language goes back to the 1990s, as do the concepts of internet connectivity and cloud storage.

RippleNami wants to grow in emerging markets, including Africa. To put roots down in Africa, however, it had to wait for a more recent technology event: the mass adoption of smartphones. Smartphones, rather than desktops, are the computers of choice in Africa, said Connolly-LaBelle. There were only 25 million users in 2001. By 2012, smartphones had reached critical mass with some 650 million Africans taking them up. Now more than 1 billion people use them.

In March, RippleNami inked deals with two African companies: one in financial services and the other in transportation. Both businesses plan to use RippleNami to offer customers certain location-specific data, such as aviation tracking information, weather and situational awareness news (information that may affect travel, for example). RippleNami also opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya with an eye toward generating more business.

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Remember those tape players that visitors used to rent at museums? They gave patrons in-depth information about whatever exhibit they stood in front of. Guru provides a 21st century version of that service, sending location-based information to patrons’ smartphones rather than rented tape players.

In fact, Guru does them one better. People walking around San Diego’s Little Italy district with a Guru guide can hold a smartphone camera up to certain landmarks (Washington School, for example) and see historic pictures of the place. The technology is called augmented reality.

Image recognition technology that makes augmented reality possible is about 10 years old, said Guru CEO Paul Burke. Bluetooth proximity beacons as well as the rise of the “app store” concept are other recent events that make Guru possible.

“We couldn’t be doing what we’re doing without a lot of technologies coming together at once,” Burke said.