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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. Selected by Prosper Women Entrepreneurs to Receive Capital Investment

Company One of Only Six Chosen to Participate in Program Designed to Help Advance Women-led Businesses

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  August 24, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today that it has been selected to participate in the fall 2016 Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) Startup Accelerator program, one of the first in the country designed exclusively to help advance women-led businesses.

As one of only six elite women-led companies chosen, RippleNami will initially receive a capital investment from PWE, with the opportunity to earn follow-on funding.

Under the PWE program, in addition to the capital investment, all of the carefully chosen participants gain access to world-renowned mentors, exposure to a network of experts and investors and receive a customized curriculum designed to advance business growth and raise follow-on capital. The Accelerator culminates on Demo Day — November 9, 2016 — when each of the entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to present their plan to business leaders, venture capitalists, angel investors and potential clients.

“RippleNami is honored to be selected by PWE to participate in this program, which was strictly designed to champion women-led businesses. This is a very exciting time in our growth phase and with the financial and educational support from PWE, we will put all these resources to use in helping take RippleNami to the next level. The competition was fierce – RippleNami was selected from hundreds of applications submitted, which demonstrates the viability of and opportunity for our dynamic mapping solution and innovative technology. We appreciate the support PWE is affording our fast-growing startup through their women-targeted program,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

The PWE Startup Accelerator, which has already graduated 16 companies and invested nearly $1.5 million in their successes, is aimed at supporting women-led startup businesses engaged in the technology, healthcare/technology and consumer products arenas. PWE defines a women-led business as a company with at least one woman in a position of leadership with significant and meaningful equity. PWE’s criteria for startups are those companies that have a working product and preferably customers. Previous cohorts were selected from applications representing more than 31 states and 41 countries.

Other companies chosen to participate in the fall 2016 PWE program include: Lean Media, St. Louis, Mo., Mindset, St. Louis, Mo., Music Spoke, Lincoln, Neb., Precision Image Analysis, Seattle, Wash., and, Soozie’s Doozie’s, St. Louis, Mo.

PWE’s three-month program provides an intensive experience for women, solely focused on their business growth. Based in the heart of St. Louis’ innovation district, participants commit to staying in St. Louis for 15 days throughout the three-month program, allowing them to solely concentrate on the rapid growth of their entities and raising capital.

About Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE)

Founded in 2012, PWE comprises two divisions: PWE Startup Accelerator is a for-profit organization focused on increasing women entrepreneurs’ access to growth capital and the number of women investing in early-stage capital markets. PWE Institute is a non-profit organization focused on training and mentoring women in the entrepreneurial community. PWE is a group of business leaders, thinkers, doers, innovators and students whose efforts help to ensure that women entrepreneurs are a vital part of the future. For more information, please visit www.prosperstl.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. Named Gold Winner in Startup of the Year Category for Information Technology Software of the 8th Annual 2016 Golden Bridge Awards®

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  August 22, 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 winner in the start of the year category for information technology software of the 8th Annual Golden Bridge Awards®.

The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, innovations, best deployments, product management, public relations, marketing, corporate communications, international business, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Founded in 2015, RippleNami is becoming fast-recognized for its pioneering mapping capabilities and abilities to connecting the unconnected, particular in remote countries where technology is only beginning to evolve. RippleNami is making it possible for organizations around the globe to cost-effectively access information that matters to them most in real-time, while layering in internal data points relevant to their own objectives.

“In the short time since our founding, RippleNami is moving quickly to positively impacting the lives of many people throughout the world by changing the the way they connect. We are doing this using our novel mapping solution, which simple, smart, secure and cost-effective.  We are proud of our team and are gratified that the Golden Bridge Awards judges saw the value in our dedicated mission, innovative solution and the change RippleNami’s is bringing. We thank them for acknowledging our efforts and impact to date,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, September 12, 2016 during the annual Red Carpet Golden Bridge Awards Ceremony.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers 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 The Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.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. named Stevie® Award Winner in Three Categories of the 2016 International Business Awards

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  August 15, 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 three categories of The 13th Annual International Business Awards, including : Startup of the Year – Business Products Industries; Startup of the Year – Business Services Industries; and, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year – in the Middle East and Africa.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2016 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.

A record total of more than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including, among many others, Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year and Executive of the Year.

“In addition to being named a successful startup, which is very gratifying after our founding just 1.5 years ago, we are extremely heartened by the win we earned in the Corporate Social Responsibility Program category for the Middle East and Africa. RippleNami Founder Phil Gahn is very passionate about the ways in which our Company uses technology for corporate social responsibility. RippleNami’s efforts in Kenya – as well as other areas of Africa – are truly making a significant difference. These awards acknowledge our work and dedication over the short term since our inception along with our commitment to connecting the unconnected in areas of the world that otherwise would not have access to advanced technology resources like those RippleNami brings. We are honored to earn three Bronze Stevies, and thank the judges for their recognition,” cited Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

“This year’s IBA judges were treated to many remarkable and inspiring stories of achievement around the world,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “We look forward to sharing many of these stories with people around the world over the coming months, through the Stevie Awards blog and social media channels, with the hope that they will inspire and instruct the next generation of business achievers.”

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy on October 21, 2016.

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

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 nominations 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 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. 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.

 

 

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.