Three Lessons in Scaling From Lightstream, Your Next Streaming Studio

  Fresh from a Series A raise of $8 million and barely a year into a partnership with Microsoft, Lightstream is ready to scale in a massive way.   “We’re a small team with enterprise-class problems,” says Stu Grubbs, its co-founder and CEO.   The company’s browser-based, cloud-enabled streaming studio interface seamlessly integrates with Twitch,…

2ndKitchen Serves Food to Your Home or Bar From Nearby Restaurants

  Tap that.   Nick Anastasiades, Jonathan Elron, and Arik Gaisler’s company 2ndKitchen is also the second business they’ve started together.   Their previous venture, SF-based “quintessential startup” RedPie, billed itself as the “Uber for pizza,” using a supply optimization model called “spread sourcing” to deliver pies in record time. It was a “quintessential startup,”…

Codeverse is Teaching One Billion Kids How to Code, Program, and Have Fun While They Learn

Katy Lynch, the co-founder and CMO of Codeverse, has a straightforward but audacious mission: teach one billion kids to code.   “No big deal. And once we get to a billion, maybe two billion,” she laughs.   Just two years on from its launch, Codeverse is well on its way. If anyone can do it,…

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,…