The most inspiring startups [R&D research]

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20th March 2019

Paweł Skiba

Paweł Skiba

Head of RapidLab

Inspiring startups

Staying constantly up-to-date is one of the most challenging activities when it comes to the tech market. It is changing at a rapid pace and following it requires a lot of research. Especially when you are a part of R&D (Research and Development) branch.

To motivate my team and develop new ideas, we meet regularly and present to each other ideas for PoCs/ products. To prepare for this meeting, I always do in-depth research on what’s going on at the market.
Today I want to present some startups that inspire me a lot. They use top-notch technologies and often contribute to a greater good. Sometimes in unexpected ways.

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Staying constantly up-to-date is one of the most challenging activities when it comes to the tech market. It is changing at a rapid pace and following it requires a lot of research. Especially when you are a part of R&D (Research and Development) branch.

To motivate my team and develop new ideas, we meet regularly and present to each other ideas for PoCs/ products. To prepare for this meeting, I always do in-depth research on what’s going on at the market.
Today I want to present some startups that inspire me a lot. They use top-notch technologies and often contribute to a greater good. Sometimes in unexpected ways.

Precision Medicine at the University of San Francisco

Category: Healthcare
Would you believe that lung cancer might be treated by antidepressant? Or parasites killer could solve the liver cancer issue? They have much more in common than you think. Precision Medicine focuses on recognizing such relations between drugs, diseases, symptoms as well as organs and tissues structures. Even on the molecular level.
Currently, we have access to tons of data in huge databases all over the world. What we miss, is to see relations between them and draw conclusions based on this information.

The team of Atul Butte, MD, Ph.D. took up the challenge and are now trying to identify hidden connections in medical records.  How is it possible though? They are expanding medical knowledge through AI and Machine Learning techniques.
Their data scientists team, got strong financial support from people like Mark Zuckerberg.
Read more here: https://precisionmedicine.ucsf.edu/content/computational-health-sciences

Terrablue XT – TJay

Category: Healthcare
According to WHO, about 50 million people worldwide had epilepsy in 2015. Epilepsy attacks can occur at any time and in any place bringing high health risk to affected people.
What if they could be prevented with wearables?
Real-time monitoring of body parameters like electrodermal activity, blood pressure trend, and movement can be used for early prediction of an incoming attack, as well as enabling doctors to diagnose and help patients faster and more accurate.
Innovative product called TJay makes it possible. The set consists of a pair of special gloves enriched by sensors connected to the cloud environment where the AI and Machine Learning magic happens.
Read more here: https://www.teblux.com/tjay.html

Gigster

Category: Software
Freelance work is getting more and more popular. But how to make sure that as a qualified engineer, designer or PM one can gain valuable projects?
And how to verify as an employer that your freelancers are good enough to deliver good quality? Gigster solves both issues. This platform connects experts from all over the world with the end-customers, making sure that whole teams are fully qualified and include only the best specialists necessary for each project.
At the moment there are over 700 Gigsters within the network, working on over 100 projects.
Read more here: https://gigster.com/

Velmenni – Light Speed Innovation

Category: Technology
Imagine a LED bulb streaming binary data to your computer or smartphone. Just turn on the light and enjoy the fastest wireless technology ever.
Power Over Ethernet cable is used to supply LED bulbs with an internet source providing the technology called Light Fidelity (LiFi). Data is received directly from the light by a dedicated light sensor attached to your device.
Read more here: http://www.velmenni.com

Zapier

Category: Software
Not having a single physical headquarter says a lot about the mission of this company. All of the employees work remotely from their own homes.
Why is it significant in the context of a product they offer?  Because they handle many activities simplifying long-distance cooperation. Zapier provides a tool for creating smart workflows between your web apps, i.e., receiving your emails in Gmail, sending attachments to Dropbox and notifying you on Slack.
Users can automate daily tasks and save hours while Zapier manages all of their apps. Currently, over 1000 apps are supported, and the product continuously gathers steam.
Read more here: https://zapier.com

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Paweł Skiba

Paweł Skiba

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