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Safety First: HopSkipDrive and the Rideshare Economy

It’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, especially if by “village” you mean a complicated web of calendars and commitments that can take hours to manage. At least nowadays there’s an app for that. Joanna McFarland is the co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive, a ridesharing app specifically geared toward alleviating the daily stress of planning hectic family transportation schedules.

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8i CEO Steve Raymond

8i brings holograms to a living room near you

Beam me up, Scotty. You might not know it now, but these could be the four most influential words in the English language today. At least that’s what Steve Raymond, CEO of 8i, is shooting for. Helming one of the most pioneering companies in AR and VR, Raymond envisions a future where people interact with 3D holograms of people that look and feel as if they’re actually in the room with you.

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James Norman CEO of PIlotly

From Cinema to Civic Engagement: Pilotly’s James Norman on User-Focused Data Collection

James Norman, founder and CEO of Pilotly, may have come up through the entertainment industry, but he’s got a broader target in mind. “I actually ended up in L.A. in the Hollywood scene because I was building cars that were going to be in The Fast and the Furious,” Norman explains, but he quickly changed his focus. This led to the creation of Pilotly, a digital platform for media focus groups that prioritizes user experience to generate high-quality data.

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Zocdoc insurance Checker

How Zocdoc is using AI to help schedule your next doctor’s appointment

When Zocdoc’s patients told the startup that insurance was confusing, the company decided to build an insurance-checker product. The product allowed the patient to scan their insurance card, and then Zocdoc extracted the relevant details from the card to check in real-time with the patient’s insurance company to see whether a particular doctor for a particular procedure was covered. To their surprise, extracting the data from the insurance cards are more difficult than they assumed and required AI.

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Startup Central at the AWS Summit – San Francisco

There is something of value for everyone at the AWS Summits, a free event series that brings the cloud computing community together. These events are intended to provide educational value to attendees of all skill levels and industry backgrounds and demonstrate how they can utilize AWS for designing, deploying, and eventually operating infrastructures and applications. The next AWS Summit is being held in San Francisco on April 4th, where CTO Werner Vogels and Dr. Matt Wood, GM of Artificial Intelligence, will be delivering the keynote.

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Two Bit Circus CEO Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus Believes Web 3.0 Is Almost Here—And It’s All About Public Content

The anti-social downsides of social technologies are starting to be a big concern for tech companies these days. It’s a surprise, since Web 2.0 was all about building out the social capacity of existing tech offerings. But Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus isn’t worried. In fact, he believes he’s well positioned for the next big thing: bringing people back together again in public.

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