Graeme Thickins on Tech

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The Hottest of the New Hotness in 2017: ‘The #AI 100’

Need a new list for the new year? And I don’t mean a list of predictions — save us from more of those. I mean a list of hot startups, in the hottest space of all this year: Artificial Intelligence.

CB Insights just uncorked “The AI 100” at its Innovation Summit, now going on out in sunny rain-drenched Santa Barbara. (Well, guys, at least you were going to be indoors most of the time, anyway.)

Yes, last year may have been all about Big Data, but this year it’s AI. Note, however, that the former isn’t out of vogue. It’s just that things are… evolving. And sort of blending. The algorithms of AI, which is actually a technology that’s been  studied for decades, hunger for data — huge amounts of it. The more the better, and the higher quality the better. It’s only in recent years that enough good data, and the tools to manipulate and analyze it, have become available to drive advances in AI. And those advances are coming at us in increasing, amazing waves.

So, dig in to The AI 100 PDF. Herewith a couple of screen grabs from the report: a graphic showing the various categories of companies, and an alphabetical listing of the all the lucky chosen. (Most of which have been  well funded, and many of which are already well into revenue stage.) 


Lighting a Fire Under #IoT in Minnesota

iotfuselogoIt turns out there’s a lot going on in the ‘Internet of Things’ space in our state. There’s also a ton of excitement and anticipation about where all this new technology is headed. Must be time for a conference! A group of technologists and early adopters in the Twin Cities decided to do just that, and are off to the races with plans for “IoT Fuse” in March — aptly described as “A Conference to Spark the Internet of Things.” Here’s the latest news from the team about the event:

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Minnesota Mobile Dev Firm DoApp Sells Real-Estate Tech to California’s CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX)

[Note: This post first appeared earlier today at, where I am a contributor.]

doapp-coreMinnesota mobile technology firm DoApp Inc. announced today it has sold its mobile real estate platform to publicly traded CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a global property information, analytics, and data-enabled services provider based in Irvine, California. Seven DoApp employees, 40% of its workforce (which is based in both Rochester MN and the Twin Cities area), are now CoreLogic employees — including Dave Borrillo, previously DoApp’s COO, now a VP of mobile technology at CoreLogic. None of the employees has to relocate. Other terms of the deal were not announced.

The DoApp-developed mobile real-estate platform has been the technology foundation for the CoreLogic “GoMLS” app. GoMLS gives real estate agents and consumers access to in-depth listing and property data using their mobile devices. DoApp said the GoMLS app has been downloaded by homebuyers and sellers over 400,000 times to date.

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