Thera Inc: Virtual Reality Therapy of the Future

An innovative solution that offers virtual reality therapy for children and adults alike, VR company Thera is providing a software application in which patients can feel comfortable opening up in VR to certified therapists.

Tech-savvy youngsters that have trouble opening up to a therapist in person have already benefited from Thera’s virtual environments in therapy. Thera allows them to share their deepest feelings in a VR environment that they feel comfortable in, and even allows the therapist to take the form of a customizable VR avatar.

Cryzen: Algorithmic Trading Gets Democratized

Managing cryptocurrency market trades doesn’t have to be cryptic - or time consuming. The team at Cryzen is on the fast track to integrating machine learning and custom algorithms to investors of the cryptocurrency market, all while hosting a XEN token bounty program that supports learning coding.

Wekudo: Event Planning Gets Automated

For companies struggling to plan an office event that is both interactive as well as aesthetically-pleasing, Wekudo aims to provide an innovative solution.

Wearworks: Allowing the Blind to See Through Touch

Through the use of WearWorks’ technology, consumers who are blind and visually impaired have more freedom when it comes to navigation.

Kyso: Unification Through Data Visualization

We sat down with Helena Domo to talk about how her company Kyso is bringing clarity to the world of data.

Helixsleep: Bringing Rest to the City that Never Sleeps

We sat down with Helixsleep Co-Founder Adam Tishman to see how he's hoping to get New York City insomniacs reacquainted with a good nights rest.

Down To Dash: Combatting Big-City Loneliness

We sat down with Sama Jashnani to talk about how modern tech could offer ways to solve the problems of metropolitan isolation and disconnection rather than exacerbate them.

Saavor: Reinventing The Home-Cooked Meal

Given the fast-paced reality of city life, the joy of a wholesome, home-cooked meal is a fantasy, or at best, a childhood memory for most New Yorkers. The complexity of cosmopolitan life often means the simple pleasures are the most overlooked, eclipsed by the ambition, progress, and cutthroat capitalism that makes a healthy connection to oneself, one’s food, and one’s community seem impossible.

Clarity Money: A.I. Meets Personal Finance

American households now carry a total of $13 trillion in debt. Economists estimate student debt in the United States is growing at a rate of $3,000 per second, with total student debt already $1.3 trillion. Medical bills are now the number one cause of bankruptcy, with a medical bankruptcy occurring every 30 seconds, while 27 million Americans are forced to pay a total of $12 billion per year in credit card interest on their medical bills. Somewhere along the path to a healthy financial life, the American consumer got lost. These problems are multifaceted, and there is no simple way to solve them. But Adam Dell of Clarity Money thinks that A.I. could be part of the answer.

Theryon: The Future Of Physical Therapy

A tectonic shift is happening in the minds of the American consumer, and that shift is regarding their health. At Start It Up, we think this shift started forming amidst the chaos of the debate surrounding socialized healthcare. Somewhere, in the middle of the grandstanding and partisan shouting matches that permeated the airwaves, a better understand of health was beginning to emerge. When we looked at the numbers, we realized that if we invest in preventative care, we’ll save money on healthcare overall.

Lemonade: Fixing Insurance at Its Core

The insurance experience is terrible, but it doesn’thave to be. That’s the claim being made by Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, co-creators of Lemonade, a platform which aims to utilize A.I. and behavioral economics to bring insurance to a new generation. In their inception of Lemonade, Schreiber and Wininger aimed to solve the root cause of the insurance industry’s faults—that being a clear conflict of interest. The bottom line, if you saved money the insurance company lost it. Every late claim, every over-promise, every annoying ad, it all tied in to a simple problem, the people you were hiring weren’t on your side. Their paycheck was dependent on not paying your claims, or at least making it very difficult. The solution was a redesign of the corporate structurethat allowed for this conflict. Take a flat fee for services so that claims don’t impact Lemonade’s profits. Donate excess funds to good causes, creating a resistance against insurance fraud. Re-examine the structure and turn an industry into what it should be. We sat down with Lemonade’s Head of Content and Communication, Yael Wissner-Levy, and talked a bit more about making lemons into Lemonade. ​

Fisherguiding: The Sharing Economy Goes Out To Sea

One of mankind’s earliest tools was that of the primitive fishhook. A small piece of wood, bone, or stone approximately one inch in length allowed coastal populations to thrive, seafaring families to flourish, and entire communities to gain access to the abundant resources of rivers, lakes, and oceans. Fishing today is about more than just survival. It’s an experience— a ritual shared by millions that allows practitioners to reconnect to nature, explore all over the world, and discover their roots. At the forefront of facilitating that experience is Fisherguiding, a platform designed to bring one of humanity’s oldest traditions into the 21st century by connecting fishing enthusiasts to fishing guides, providing them both everything they need to go on their next adventure. We asked Co-Founders Edward Hill and Luke Cambell about their experience bringing the sharing economy to the fishing industry. ​

Littlstar: Bringing Virtual Reality to the Masses

The future has promised us a lot, and it hasn’t delivered. Alongside hoverboards and laser guns, VR is one of the technologies that seems conspicuously absent from daily life. However, unlike its sci-fi counterparts, its lack of mainstream adoption is due not to its technological complexity, but rather to problems of friction and distribution. An Occulus or Vive are just a click of the mouse away on Amazon, but a bulky VR headset seems an impulsive buy to even a tech enthusiast. And, after you buy it, where will you find immersive, production-quality VR content that can hold a candle to a night of Netflix and chill anyway? Luckily for us, the problems of friction and distribution are precisely the ones that Tony Mugavero has made it his mission to solve.

Honey: The Return of the Intranet

Few technological breakthroughs have been as transformative to our lives as the internet. Housing the collective knowledge of humankind, it has truly revolutionized the free flow of information across the globe. But when it comes to storing and disseminating information, more is not always better. The biggest blessing of the internet is also its biggest drawback. Its sheer size means that the most important communications often get lost in the noise. Anyone who’s opened their email inbox to find utter chaos know this. That’s where the internet’s oft-forgotten cousin, the intranet, comes in. Hosted on a private network that isn’t accessible to the public, or those outside the system, an intranet internalizes and streamlines the communications of a company or organization. At the forefront of providing intranet platforms to fast-growing startups, Honey has helped companies from the likes of ad agency Huge, to ride-sharing app Lyft streamline their internal communications. We sat down with Honey CEO Rachel Kalowitz to discuss how the intranet might be the answer to information overload for innovative NYC businesses. ​

Tailor Brands: A.I. Gets Creative

Creativity makes the short list of uniquely human qualities. Alongside consciousness and empathy, it’s an attribute truly immune to automation: one that a machine can’t possibly replicate. Yali Saar, co-founder of Tailor Brands, begs to differ. An Israeli actor turned entrepreneur, Saar and his technical team built, as they put it, the world’s first truly creative algorithm. ​

Citymapper: Transportation -- Down to a Tee

With numerous accolades and tens of thousands of downloads, it’s hard to say anything about Citymapper that hasn’t already been said. The self-proclaimed “Ultimate Transport App” burst onto the scene, winning the MTA App Quest competition in 2013, and the heart of many a commuter. With this in mind, we’ve decided to highlight a few of the key features that have made Citymapper as a must-have in the phone of every New Yorker. ​

Woke Foods:  Fighting for Food Justice

Woke Foods is NYC’s first vegan Dominican kitchen. Founded by Merelis Catalina and Ysanet Batista, Woke Foods aims to bring Food Justice to NYC.​ ​

MOAD COMPUTER Artificial Intelligence -- Intelligently Designed

Widespread concern over our eventual AI overlords begs the question: what kinds of minds will engineer these complex, intelligent systems? The likes of Rahul Remanan seem up to the challenge. After graduating from India’s most prestigious medical University, receiving a Doctorate in Neurology from Cornell, founding Nanoveda, a company developing ground-breaking cancer therapies, and Ekaveda, a tech-based think tank, Remanan is turning his attention to AI. Founding Moad Computers, he builds the hardware that runs sophisticated neural nets for American enterprises. We sat down to talk to Remanan about how his AI company is selling businesses what is perhaps the most valuable commodity: intelligence.​



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