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RippleNami® CEO Named Finalist for CEO of the Year Awards

San Diego Business Journal Honors the Top CEOs on June 19, 2019

San Diego – June 17, 2019, RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, is pleased to announce their Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, has been named a finalist for the 2019 CEO of the Year Awards.

Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. The San Diego Business Journal honors these CEOs by hosting an exclusive reception and awards program to honor the winners, finalists and guests.

Technology is the major driver of human advancement.  By 2030, Africa will have the world’s largest workforce.  RippleNami’s mission is for every one of the 1.3 billion current citizens to be connected, digitally skilled and an empowered global citizen. RippleNami is working closely with African leaders to execute on connecting unconnected people to resources and services needed with an easy-to-use blockchain data visualization solution leveraging the proliferation of mobile phones.  RippleNami is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Africa and United Kingdom.

“Receiving this distinction from our own backyard is the very essence of what fast-growing global startups like Ripplenami can expect from the San Diego ecosystem. Through our innovative technology, RippleNami is quickly affecting change for people in developing countries. We thank the San Diego judges who selected RippleNami and acknowledging our fast track to foster lasting change,” said Connolly-Labelle.

Connolly-LaBelle and her fellow finalists will be honored at a reception hosted by San Diego Business Journal on June 19th at National University in La Jolla, California.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. Learn more about the www.sdbj.com.

RippleNami® Chairman and CEO Named Top 500 Influential Leader

San Diego Business Journal Honors San Diego’s Top Business Leaders

San Diego – December 5, 2018, RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, is pleased to announce their Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle has been included in the 2019 edition of the San Diego 500: The Book of Influential Business Leaders, published by San Diego Business Journal.

Curated by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom, this coveted list recognizes local business leaders across various industries who serve vital roles within the community, champion civic initiatives and help strengthen the local economy.  Honorees featured in San Diego 500 encompass a wide range of industries, including defense, manufacturing, service providers, financial and technology firms, life sciences, and real estate companies.

“It’s an honor to join the San Diego 500 of the top influential business leaders as RippleNami takes considerable pride in representing San Diego innovation in emerging nations throughout Africa,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle. “RippleNami is working directly with African leaders to unlock their economic potential for citizens with innovative solutions, for a better life for all.”

RippleNami continues to execute on connecting 5 billion unconnected people to resources and services needed with an easy-to-use blockchain data visualization solution leveraging the proliferation of mobile phones.  Headquartered in San Diego, RippleNami’s offices include Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and drive unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that matters most to its users. This cost-effective, device agnostic, cloud-based platform delivers millions of actionable data points on an intuitive map that enables critical decision making and enhanced collaboration for enterprises, nonprofits, and foreign government agencies. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami allows people to chart their world, streamline communications and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal selects 500 influential leaders from every significant sector of the business community.  The executives featured in the San Diego 500 consists of people who have founded or are running a significant business regarding a number of jobs; key products and services; experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond; and business people who lead in the community.  Learn more about San Diego Business Journal at www.sdbj.com.

 

Jaye Connolly-LaBelle of RippleNami Named a Finalist for Most Admired CEO

Chairman and CEO of San Diego’s Blockchain Technology to be Honored at the San Diego Business Journal’s Annual Event

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 9, 2018) – Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, chairman and chief executive officer of RippleNami, a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, has been named a finalist for the 2018 Most Admired CEO. The awards program is presented by San Diego Business Journal and honors industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. The San Diego Business Journal honors these CEOs by hosting an exclusive reception and awards program to honor the winners, finalists and guests.

RippleNami continues to march towards its bold vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and data visualization 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 the social impact of this magnitude would be their singular cause with a global reach while leveraging their San Diego roots. Their determination to aggressively introduce and deploy RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution into developing countries is poised to change the global landscape in unforeseen ways. First stop: why not Africa?

“Receiving this distinction from our own backyard is the very essence of what fast-growing global startups like Ripplenami can expect from the San Diego ecosystem. Through our innovative technology, RippleNami is quickly affecting change for people in developing countries. We thank the San Diego judges who selected RippleNami and acknowledging our fast track to foster lasting change,” said Jaye Connolly-Labelle, chairman and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

As chairman and CEO, Connolly-LaBelle has transitioned RippleNami from an idea to a fully operational, globally expanding company. Using her vast experience in technology and finance, she developed the strategic roadmap that enabled RippleNami to successfully raise investments. Since the company’s launch, she has overseen the product and technology teams in developing web and mobile applications and established corporate contracting and development procedures.

Connolly-LaBelle and her fellow finalists will be honored at a reception hosted by San Diego Business Journal on June 7th at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

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.

About the San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. The San Diego Business Journal honors these CEOs by hosting an exclusive reception and awards program to honor the winners, finalists and guests.  Learn more about the Most Admired CEO at www.sdbj.com/bizevents.

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RippleNami’s Jaye Connolly-LaBelle Honored as Business Woman of the Year

San Diego Business Journal Celebrates San Diego’s Annual Woman of the Year

San Diego, CA…December 4, 2017… RippleNami, Inc., a blockchain data visualization solution provider, is recognized for its CEO, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, chairman and chief executive officer, as San Diego’s Business Woman of the Year. This annual awards ceremony is hosted by the San Diego Business Journal and showcases prominent business leaders making their mark in history while 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 can access the powerful benefits that RippleNami’s technology is already benefiting countries such as Sierra Leone and Kenya.

RippleNami is marching towards its bold vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and data visualization 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. Their determination to aggressively introduce and deploy RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution into developing countries is poised to change the global landscape in unforeseen ways. First stop: why not Africa?

“Receiving this distinction from our own backyard is the very essence of what fast-growing global startups like Ripplenami can expect from the San Diego ecosystem. Through our innovative technology, RippleNami is quickly affecting change for women and children in developing countries. We thank the San Diego judges who selected RippleNami and acknowledging our fast track to foster lasting change,” said Jaye Connolly-Labelle, chairman and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

The Annual Business Women of the Year program recognizes business leaders that are making a difference in both their workplaces and communities. Nominees were evaluated based on their innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishment and community leadership.

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 San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes dynamic women business leaders contributing 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 Business Woman of the Year at www.sdbj.com/bizevents.

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.

 

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.