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RippleNami’s Visionary Founder Phil Gahn Honored as Business Development Executive of the Year

2nd Annual 2017 One Planet Best in Business and Professional Excellence Winner

San Diego, CA…December 11, 2017… RippleNami, Inc., a blockchain data visualization solution provider, announced that Phil Gahn, Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, has been named winner in the prestigious One Planet® Awards as Business Development Officer of the Year. The coveted One Planet Awards is world’s premier awards program honoring best in business and professional excellence in every industry from around the world. Organizations from all over the world submitted nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Phil is a true visionary, business development leader and not to mention survivor like no other.  His story is one that had the potential to cut him off from any kind of future.   As a young child, Phil witnessed terrible violence and at five-year-old was literally dropped off at a South Korean orphanage door.  But Phil did not let his difficulties stop him; his resilience, strength and determination drove him to work and study hard.  He vaguely remembers his father telling him to move to America if he ever got the opportunity.  Luckily adopted by an Ohio family, Phil thrived in aeronautics and received a scholarship to MIT at fourteen years old graduating at seventeen.

While in Africa, Phil grew frustrated by how each year billions of humanitarian aid in developing nations never reached those in need.   He asked the simple question, why can’t we connect to unconnected populations. He was not afraid to dip his toe in the sand when he set out to do social good.  He had a vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and mapping solution that leverages the mass adoption of mobile phones.  Gahn knew that if he could take his technology solution into developing countries, the world would forever be changed.  First stop: why not Africa?

“It’s an honor to be named a winner by One Planet Awards for this esteemed industry and peer recognition,” said Phil Gahn. “These awards are a testament to RippleNami’s commitment towards our bold vision of connecting unconnected people with an easy-to-use solution.”

“For a US based start-up, developing an African market is virtually impossible but not for Phil and his tenacity.   He has fought off every disease known to man, avoided corruption at the highest level and deals with threats every day.   We are honored to work with Phil and congratulate him on his recognition,” said Jaye Connolly-Labelle, chairman and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

About RippleNami, Inc.

RippleNami develops and deploys complete blockchain-based solutions to accelerate mass adoption of digital technologies in developing countries. RippleNami solutions drive new standards for cost-effectiveness and scalability, empowering any nation through digital transformation, and swiftly benefitting from its “Smart Country” status. RippleNami’s blockchain data visualization platform integrates diverse data sets from unlimited sources. The platform’s visualization capabilities paint a multi-dimensional picture of all strategic information to promptly identify trends, patterns and gaps to design and inform strategies 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 One Planet Awards

One Planet Awards recognizes companies for their business and professional excellence. The One Planet Awards honors are currently conferred in category sections which include outstanding individuals, executives, teams, new products and services, PR, Marketing, and Corporate Communications, and organizations from all over the world. Learn more about the One Planet Awards at www.oneplanetawards.com and participate.

RippleNami: An Imagination Run Wild With The Mission To Connect 5 Billion Unconnected People

RippleNami is a B2B technology company working in developing nations to solve critical problems. To find out more about their unique platform we shared a fascinating tell all with Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and CEO of RippleNami, Inc.

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Q: Will you provide our readers with a brief introduction to RippleNami?

A: Imagine a world where you have all of the data that is important to you at your fingertips… a world where vast amounts of data can be visualized so it is easily understandable and actionable… and a world where everyone who has a phone will have equal access to the benefits that this technology will bring. RippleNami’s imagination ran wild with the mission to connect 5 billion unconnected people and execute on their global vision of inclusion.

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. 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.

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Q: You’ve recently announced a contract with Sierra Leone to launch this nation as Africa’s first Smart Country; won’t you tell us more?

A: In September, at the United Nations General Assembly, President Bai Koroma’s delegation made an announcement to partner with RippleNami to transform Sierra Leone into Africa’s first “Smart Country.” The program accelerates progress toward achieving President Koroma’s vision for Sierra Leone to become a green, inclusive, middle-income country. What’s at stake is empowering Sierra Leone to obtain economic independence and aggressively compete in global markets while elevating the prosperity of its people.

For the first time in this nation’s proud history, Sierra Leone, in partnership with RippleNami, will deploy the blockchain-data visualization system solution that enables Sierra Leone to generate, own, collect, analyze and transact data on a nationwide scale – making Sierra Leone Africa’s first “Smart Country. You can only imagine the excitement around leading this bold vision and we stand ready to replicate this success story for those countries eager to also thrive within these new possibilities.

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Q: What would you say is the biggest challenge in your job?

A: Our biggest challenge is our biggest opportunity and Ripplenami was born purely out of frustration by how each year BILLIONS of humanitarian aid in developing nations NEVER reached those in need.

As your readers know better than most, for every problem there exists an opportunity. Today, 3 billion of our global citizens don’t have any documents to verify their identity. Lack of identification prohibits people’s ability to use banks and inhibits access to basic rights like employment, education, healthcare, voting and travel. Without a reliable data infrastructure, these people are unable to capture the meaningful events in their lives: property ownership, health records, education certificates, and business licenses. The biggest challenge is the race against the clock to proliferate this technology to those in dire need of connectivity.

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Q: Who are the primary clients of RippleNami?

A: The beneficiaries and users of our proprietary technology platform are as wide and diverse as the applications we offer to our end users. In Africa millions of people live in extreme poverty and don’t have a digital identity. Most of these people are denied from basic opportunities that are common in the West such as a bank account, the ability to sell their products to broader markets or being able to buy items that are vital for their small businesses. Still, millions of transactions take place in the streets and villages between small businesses and individuals, but only a very small fraction is visible to the governments. At the same time, most people own smart phones with all the capabilities and access functions found in the phones that operate in the West.

Our client profile includes developing countries, corporations with a global footprint and non-governmental organizations which provide the benefits listed below:

• Government agencies seeking information needed to efficiently allocate resources and deliver critical services.
• Livestock owners seeking digital economic identities to quantify their property and access real time information about the market value, making it easier and less costly to secure a loan.
• Farmers seeking instant access to real-time information about which markets will deliver the best price for their crops. They will access visibility with other farmers in the geographic region to consider forming co-ops to share resources and reduce costs.
• Small businesses seeking access to new markets, more efficiently manage supply chains, and utilize smart contracts for secure transactions.
• The technology can also improve humanitarian assistance by eliminating the fraud and mismanagement that sometimes prevents a significant amount of money and goods from getting to those most in need.

Q: What are your plans for the next 4-6 months?

A: In today’s world, when it is it often hard to trust each other, the RippleNami solution becomes a trusted platform on which to collaborate, access economic opportunities, deliver services and conduct business. Our laser focus is to continue to rapidly deploy the technology throughout the African continent one country at a time and lifting an entire population to levels unseen in modern history.

AppsAfrica Selects RippleNami as Finalist in the Changing Africa Category

AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 Reception Held in Cape Town on November 6, 2017

Nairobi, Kenya…. October 11, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc., a blockchain data visualization solution provider, is a shortlisted finalist for the 3rd Annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. This prestigious awards ceremony is hosted by AppsAfrica to celebrate the best in mobile and technology across Africa.

“RippleNami’s blockchain data visualization platform empowers citizens and organizations to generate, collect, analyze and transact data to establish “Smart” Countries.  We are honored by this esteemed recognition for our easy-to-use blockchain and mapping solution that leverages the mass adoption of mobile phones” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer.

Phil Gahn, founder and chief business development officer, echoed that “we continue to aggressively introduce and deploy RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution into developing countries and change the global landscape in unforeseen ways.”

The Annual Innovations Awards is in their third year and attracts over 300 submissions across 31 countries and judged by an independent panel of leading industry domain experts across the ecosystem.

“The AppsAfrica Awards, originally set up three years ago celebrates the crème of the crop in mobile and technology across the continent since many of these ventures lack the visibility and recognition their technologies deserve. This year produced a vast array of highly competitive entries from stunning new technologies utilizing AI, bots and drones to mobile, health and education initiatives scaling across Africa,” shared Andrew Fassnidge founder of AppsAfrica.com.

The awards supported by Boomplay Music, Basebone, BBM, Content Connect Africa, Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) celebrate the best in mobile and technology from across Africa, providing winners with global publicity, recognition and high impact networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards reception in Cape Town on November 6.

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 AppsAfrica
AppsAfrica is a leading pan-African technology news portal and advisory service, dedicated to delivering the latest insight on mobile, tech and innovation in Africa.  AppsAfrica Advisory provides strategic, tactical and operational Africa advisory services for mobile and tech ventures planning to launch or expand in Sub-Saharan Africa with a team of experienced advisors. Our events celebrate and connect the best in mobile and tech from across the African tech ecosystem with global players. Learn more about the AppsAfrica at www.appsafrica.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.

 

 

The Northern Echo: New app could ease forces' veterans access to health and social care

An app designed to help three million ex-servicemen and women is being developed by a former Royal Navy lieutenant commander from North Yorkshire.

Dr Matt Kiernan said the app aims to make information about health and social care services available to veterans in an easy to understand form.

It is being backed by Richmond MP Rishi Sunak who is seeking a meeting with Defence Minister Mark Lancaster to gain Government support for the project.

Dr Kiernan, of Hudswell, near Richmond, retired from the Royal Navy early on health grounds and is now a senior lecturer at the Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families’ Research at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Called the National Veteran Information Services Network – N-VISionN for short – the app would be free to ex-servicemen and women.

Dr Kiernan said: “The idea behind the app is to bring all the services available together in one place, to provide one simple to use point of contact. There is a great deal of help available, for example to deal with alcohol and substance misuse, but it is not always easy to access it.”

The app has been developed with the help of a company based in San Diego, California – rippleNami – which specialises in presenting information in a highly visual way using maps.

http://m.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14469823.New_app_could_ease_forces__veterans_access_to_health_and_social_care/

Entrepreneur: Africa – A New Business Frontier

While it’s common knowledge the challenges — real and perceived — of conducting business in Africa include political instability, loose regulations and — in some areas — disease and conflict, what’s often overlooked by entrepreneurs and enterprises alike is the tremendous untapped potential for companies willing to venture into the commercial landscape of this economically emergent continent.

Consider this: Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is expected to reach 4.8 percent in 2017, as compared with predictions of only 2.3 percent growth for China between 2016 and 2018. Thecontinent’s economy is expected to grow 5 percent in 2016 and, as of 2014, U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa tripled to $25 billion.

Certainly, these stats, coupled with social and infrastructure development, suggest that launching or expanding a business in Africa merits consideration, at a minimum. Google has been investing in Africa for more than eight years, most recently with a $40 million investment in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya. Africa’s burgeoning tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa — often called Silicon Savannahs — are also attracting global tech companies and CrunchBase is projecting at least $1 billion in VC funding of local startups between 2012 and 2018.

However for those looking to do business in Africa for the first time, it can be a very daunting undertaking. Executives, contractors and other professionals charged with leading initiatives on the ground need to be aware of various cultural customs and challenges.

Here are seven tips to successfully navigate starting or expanding a business in Africa:

  1. Business is always personal. A key cultural difference in Africa compared to the U.S. is that there is no separation between professional and personal life. Before locals engage in any business activity, they must like and trust you on a personal level. Invest extra time in getting to know people you’re hoping to do business with and genuinely take an interest in their families, hobbies, cultures (including tribal interests) and aspirations.

  1. Stand firm on corruption. Despite economic advances, corruption still has a widespread presence in many regions in Africa. According to a recent reportby Transparency International, corruption in Africa is actually on the rise, with nearly 75 million people in the Sub-Saharan region estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year. Be clear from the beginning that your company will not engage in corruption and adopt a policy of transparency in terms of your company’s intentions with all concerned stakeholders.

  1. You can’t compete against free. Africa has been receiving supplies and services from nonprofits and foreign aid agencies for decades. As a result, locals are accustomed to receiving certain goods for free. Therefore, your product or service must be differentiated enough to warrant the price. Partnering with a public agency or NGO so that the “buyer” is someone other than the end user is a strategy some companies have taken to overcome this hurdle.

  1. Know your surroundings. Africa has a reputation of being a wild, largely uncharted frontier, and in some ways this is still an accurate description. Many buildings, land plots and other resources are not mapped. However, it’s critical to have an accurateand thorough understanding of regions in which you’re hoping to conduct business. RippleNami is a custom mapping platform that enables companies tointegrate data from countless sources in order to visualize the information that is most

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/269601

RippleNami, Inc. named STEVIE® Award Winner in Two Categories of the 2016 American Business Awards

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  May 3, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today that it has been named a Bronze Stevie® Award winner in two categories of The 14th Annual American Business Awards:  Startup of the Year – Business Products Industries and Tech Startup of the Year.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program.  All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20, 2016.

More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

“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 mapping solution.  One judge specifically cited that the way in which RippleNami ‘combines technology and data to provide actionable information to users’ was worthy of acknowledgement.  We genuinely appreciate that the judges in the American Business awards 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.

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.  Other key Stevie winners in the San Diego area include: AMN Healthcare, Amobee, The Control Group, PACIFIC, Qualcomm and Red Door Interactive.  More information can be found at http://stevieawards.com/aba/2016-stevie-award-winners.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com.

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, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, 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. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.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.

RippleNami, Inc. President and CEO Jaye Connolly-LaBelle Named Finalist in San Diego's 2016 ATHENA Pinnacle Awards

SAN DIEGO, Calif.    April 26, 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 has been named a finalist in San Diego’s 2016 Athena Pinnacle Awards.

Athena San Diego, an organization that promotes professional growth for women executives and managers in the life sciences, healthcare, defense, engineering and related industries, in collaboration with The San Diego Business Journal, sponsor the San Diego’s 2016 Athena Pinnacle Awards program.

The Athena Pinnacle Awards recognize extraordinary men, women, organizations and educators who embody Athena San Diego’s mission of fostering the personal and professional growth of women through mentoring, education, recognition, and leadership training, enhancing competitiveness and opportunity for women in the San Diego business community.

Awards are presented to the individual or company/organization that has played a significant role in the development and advancement of skilled and talented women within their organization or the San Diego community.  Awards are bestowed across five categories: Life Sciences, Technology, Educator, Services and Company/Organization.

Winners will be showcased at the awards ceremony to be held Thursday evening, April 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.  More than 600 of San Diego’s top business leaders from the science, technology and services sectors are expected to attend.

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.