Building entrepreneurs from unlikely places

Inmates to Entrepreneurs

Every year, roughly 650,000 people will leave prison and attempt to rejoin their neighbors as productive members of society. Most will face obstacles when seeking employment because of the stigma of their pasts. American entrepreneur Brian Hamilton believes everyone deserves a second chance and the opportunity to become a successful business owner. That’s why he…

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Building adobe houses with drones and AI

While the construction industry has embraced some automation over the years, it’s not an industry that has made the most of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Now, with the shortage of skilled workers, the industry may need to take a new look at new technology. Terran Robotics  is a startup in Bloomington, IN that is…

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Tech helps babies learn foreign languages

small TALK's Egg device

Babies learn by experiencing (and listening to) the world around them. They are born ready to acquire language. smallTALK, a consumer technology company startup in Cleveland, is developing tech licensed from the Baby Brain Optimization Project Research Lab (BBOP Lab) of Nationwide Children’s Hospital that takes advantage of this learning window. We spoke to smallTALK’s…

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Startup navigates the art and science of interviewing

Clovers, a human resources tech startup headquartered in Nashville has launched an interview intelligence platform that uses human and conversational intelligence to speed up hiring, uncover bias, and put the right people in the right roles. The platform includes interview guidance, real-time feedback for interviewers, and post-interview coaching to support education and drive behavioral change.…

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Tech for tracking music credits

For too long, the contributions of musicians, producers, and engineers to musical tracks have not received full visibility. Sound Credit, a Memphis-based tech company, is poised to revolutionize the collection of credits and information in the studio. We spoke to Gebre Waddell, Sound Credit’s CEO, about why its platform was sorely needed and how it…

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Threat awareness and cybersecurity resources from DHS

cybersecurity

On November 2, Flyover Future will be launching a new IT Strategy Community for readers who have a stake in their company’s technology decisions (more details below). To kick off the launch—and also because we’re in the middle of Cybersecurity Awareness Month—we’re using this week’s space to interview a thought leader in that area. Klint…

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Raleigh AdTech startup flourishes

AdTech

Raleigh, North Carolina-based marketing company Reveal Mobile is on a roll. It is using geofencing to help companies reach the audiences they want to target. We spoke to Dan Dillon, CMO at Reveal Mobile, about the company and its plans for the future. How did the company begin? Dillon: In 2015, we started out by…

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AI and the cattle industry

Here’s something you might not know: There are over 94 million cows in the U.S. alone. Over $200 billion is lost each year because of various disease treatment costs, cows dying, and the associated revenue loss. Kansas City-based MyAnIML is developing an artificial intelligence (AI)-based early disease detection system that will enable a cattle owner…

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How to make smart clothes

In the near future, all of your clothes will become smart, according to Ramses Martinez, faculty lead and assistant professor of industrial and biomedical engineering at Purdue University’s FlexiLab. This is thanks to miniaturized electronic circuits and sensors that will allow you to seamlessly communicate with your phone, computer, car and other machines through your…

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Funding in flyover country

We named our publication Flyover Future ironically to highlight the great things going on in the area of the country that people have been known to dismiss as “flyover.” We’re certainly not the only ones who are supporting the area. Last week, we reported that Kansas City area venture capital firm Flyover Capital closed on…

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New and innovative life for an old hospital

In Pittsburgh, the Suburban General Hospital in Bellevue closed in 2010, leaving a 230,000 square foot shell of a former community pillar. For the past two years, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has been working to reimagine and revitalize this near-empty hospital and give it new life as a hub for community health and innovation. The…

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Taking the (admin) pain out of sports tryouts

Sports team tryouts are a time-consuming, error-prone, emotionally driven experience. Traditionally it’s done on paper and spreadsheets. Coaches and organizations spend a lot of time trying to read people’s handwriting and entering data into spreadsheets. Then, naturally, parents question the fairness and accuracy of the process, which in turn creates a lot of stress and…

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Epigraph builds customer experiences in 3D and AR

Epigraph is a company in Kansas City, Missouri, that builds scalable, customizable, engaging customer experiences in 3D and augmented reality (AR). Flyover Future spoke with co-founder Jasper Mullarney about what the company does. Tell us about Epigraph. Mullarney: The high-level pitch is that visual content is essential to sales. Every product needs photographs if you’re…

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Oklahoma City focuses on biotech and aerospace

Rodgers and Hammerstein may have thought O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A was O-K, but the Sooner State and its biggest city were anything but in the 1980s. In fact, before 1993, “living in Oklahoma City kind of sucked,” according to David Holt, who worked for Mayor Mick Cornett from 2006 to 2010. As a history of the state’s economy…

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Tulsa’s Respond Flow on raising your conversion rate

Respond Flow is a startup in Tulsa, Oklahoma that enables businesses to engage with their leads in timely texts. The company recently closed a $2.5 million funding round, which was led by Mercury Fund with support from Atento Capital, Cortado Ventures, Peter Gibbs and Augustin Ku. Flyover Future spoke with Martin Lien, co-founder and CEO…

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The world’s first wireless charging highway segment

As electric vehicles become more widely used, the demand for reliable, convenient charging infrastructure continues to grow. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Purdue University have announced plans to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment. Flyover Future spoke with Scott Manning, deputy chief of staff at INDOT, about the project’s…

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Turning university tech into products

Eric Wagner worked at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he oversaw commercialization of new innovations and supported the launch of over 22 technology startups. One of those startups was Ubihere, a software company located in Hilliard, Ohio, that develops next-generation real-time location systems. Ubihere’s patented artificial intelligence (AI) technology is the next-generation standard for…

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Comeback Capital’s new $10M rolling fund

Last month, Comeback Capital announced the appointment of two general partners and the launch a $10 million rolling fund. The VC firm, with a group of coastal and local LPs, focuses on providing early stage funding to startups in the U.S. heartland. Flyover Future spoke with Scott Shane, the managing director of Comeback Capital about…

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New fund hopes to close early stage funding gap

  In March, Columbus, Ohio-based Rev1 Ventures announced the launch of its Future Value Fund, a $10 million for-profit investment fund. focused on supporting pre-seed stage companies. Flyover Future spoke with Kristy Campbell, chief operating officer at Rev1 Ventures, about plans for Rev1 Fund II and advantages of being located in Columbus. What’s the goal…

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Iowa startup aims to harness the full power of computer vision

Computer vision, generally speaking, sets out to process visual information in much the same way humans do with their eyes. It’s a rapidly expanding field within the realm of artificial intelligence (AI), and two guys in Iowa are using it as a transformational technology to revolutionize everyday life. Joseph Nelson, along with his business partner…

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