Long story short, the Georgia Technology Summit, #GTS, was a fun event to attend. I’d just had a piece published by UrbanGeekz here, about the tech ecosystem of Atlanta. So to see this ecosystem at work up close was a great experience.
I’ll just share some of the highlights that really, like Gak from old school Nickelodeon, stuck with me.
First, I think it’s fitting to congratulate all of the companies honored: Cybraics, Roadie, Ionic, SalesLoft, LaaSer, Sharecare, nfant, Terminus, Pindrop and Videa. They span so many fields that I’d like to (and will) blog about even more. Cybraics uses AI to solve problems in cybersecurity. Roadie is an on-the-way delivery network. The concept is Uber meets UPS meets sustainability.
LaaSer solves an issue that we don’t want to know exists. If you call 911 from a cell phone, which includes 70% of emergency calls, how do you know where a person is? Cell phones don’t always display the right location data, and if a person needs help immediately, a quick response becomes the difference between life and death.
I personally love when a company connects to a larger societal mission, and for LaaSer, I have to say that the concept is a bonafide winner.
I also like that Terminus takes its name from the early name of Atlanta in the early 19th century. There is something to be said for a company that recognizes its roots and takes it with them wherever they go, using it as part of the basis for success.
Some of the company’s accolades include being named the Best Place to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Tech Startup of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association in both 2016 and 2017.
It is an inspiring nod to accepting one’s origins. I will remember this as I continue on as an entrepreneur myself.
So in sum, while I just highlighted a smattering of the ten Most Innovative Companies, I do still congratulate all of them. So congratulations to everyone.