Aegis AI’s Camera Tech Can Identify a Firearm the Second it’s Pulled

 Chicago-based startup Aegis AI is using technology to create a workaround that allows people to protect themselves regardless of what the government or anyone else does about gun control.   Essentially, the company’s AI software hooks into a building’s existing security camera infrastructure and automatically detects a firearm the moment it’s visible on screen.…

Attest is Going To Help You Digitize Your Personal Identity Using Blockchain

Without getting into the cryptocurrency stuff, my natural instincts tell me that blockchain technology is about identity.   We work, spend, invest, and socialize digitally, but when it comes to some of the most important stuff of life –– birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, titles, deeds, college transcripts –– we revert to analog. The ways…

Startup Peanut Butter Helps Employers Offer Student Loan Repayment As a Benefit

  “We literally had somebody tell us that after she paid off her loans, she was going to Walt Disney World,” says Peanut Butter founder and CEO David Aronson. “That’s how excited people get.”   It’s understandable: American college grads, and Millennials in particular, are up to their eyeballs in student debt –– on average,…

Retail Platform Pixavo Delivers a Unique Digital Concierge Experience

  “If you ask any retailer, 80 percent of their profitable revenue comes from the top 20 percent of of your customer base,” says MaryLiz Lehman, CEO and co-founder of concierge retail technology platform Pixavo.   “What are you doing to differentiate –– personalize, retain, inspire, engage with them? I think that’s where the downfall…

GuardianVets Offers Around-the-clock, Dependable Veterinary Care

  Like many successful startups, this one began with a problem that needed solving.   “Three years ago, I adopted my puppy, Patrick,” says John Dillon, founder and CEO of GuardianVets. “My guy’s a boxer-bloodhound mix. Boxers are super energetic, and bloodhounds are super stubborn.”   Although he’s adorable, Patrick’s particular combo of puppy traits…