Executive Q&A: Mark Anderson’s Predictable Behavior

From Seattle Business:

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A gift for pattern recognition makes his SNS Global Report on Technology and the Economy the go-to source for the scoop on what happens next.

“During the past 20 years from his home on San Juan Island, Mark Anderson, founder and CEO of Strategic News Service, has built up a newsletter that is as respected for its high-octane subscribers – they include the likes of Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Michael Dell, Elon Musk and Paul Jacobs — as it is for its annual predictions on technology, its deep dives into new trends and its provocative views on such issues as trade with China and global warming.”

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SNS Fire Conference Names RedFlow a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that RedFlow has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

redflow-logoRedFlow‘s 5kW continuous/11kWh zinc-bromide battery module (ZBM) is designed to be integrated into electricity storage systems for a range of stationary applications. The ZBM’s specific characteristics of daily deep charge and discharge capability mean it is ideal for storage and shifting of intermittent renewable energy, managing peak load on the grid as well as supporting off-grid (“island”) power systems. RedFlow is one of the first companies to install fully operational and functional ZBMs into a range of stationary energy applications. RedFlow’s R&D center, located in Brisbane, Australia, is part of the company’s global presence, with offices located in the USA and the EU and manufacturing in North America. Its ZBM is manufactured by the global manufacturing company Flextronics, which provides scalable manufacturing capacity with rigorous change management.

“We are honored to be one of only a few technologies selected for such a prestigious event. Our technology has the potential to be truly disruptive in the energy storage market, and with the size of the opportunity already validated we are well placed to capitalize on this,” said Stuart Smith, Managing Director, CEO, and Company Secretary of RedFlow.

“Like many others concerned about global warming and the requirements of building out new alternative energy sources, we at FiRe have recognized the dramatic requirement for grid-scale batteries. These will have unique characteristics suited to the maintenance, cost, and performance associated with mammoth scale. We are delighted to present RedFlow as one of our FiReStarter companies this year, with a solution for this problem that can help the planet with this critical project,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com and for more information on Redflow, go to www.redflow.com

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Haydale a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that Haydale Graphene Industries Plc has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

haydaleHaydale, based in South Wales, has developed a patent-pending proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalize graphene and other nanomaterials. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.

The Haydale plasma process does not use wet chemistry, nor does it damage the material being processed; rather, it can clean up any impurities inherent in the raw material. The technology is a low energy user and, most important, environmentally friendly. The Haydale method is an enabling technology, allowing the company to work with a raw material producer that seeks to add value to the base product and tailor the outputs to meet the target applications of product manufacturers.

The Materials Science Department of The Aerospace Corporation stated, in a paper published in The Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2014,131,[18]DOI: 10.1002/app.40802), that having purchased and used Haydale Graphene Nano Platelets in a composite project the work demonstrated a significant increase (over 100%) in strength in toughened epoxy composites.

Everyone has been saying that graphene is the next big thing, and we at Haydale believe that. However, to get the most out of the amazing properties of graphene, it needs to be capable of dispersing homogeneously in the target material. In addition to the research conducted by The Aerospace Corporation, using our plasma functionalisation process we have also achieved some truly staggering increases in the mechanical strength and stiffness of resins — so much so that there are opportunities to reduce the layers of glass fiber and carbon fiber in composite systems which could lead to significant weight savings with all the attendant benefits that brings,” said Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale.

While many now understand the amazing properties of graphene, Haydale is leading its commercialization through a combination of innovation and product consistency. We have been longtime evangelists for graphene’s role in a sustainable future, and we are big believers in Haydale’s place in that universe. And we are delighted to have them with us as a FiReStarter company this year,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Nanotech Bio a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that NanoTech Biomachines has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

nanotech-logoNanotech Bio is an innovative sensor company based in Berkeley, CA. Nanotech Bio is emerging as the Intel (brain) and Nest (smart sensors) of biotechnology by providing a sensor solution that does not exist in the biotech market. Its first product, the NanoChipTM, is the first real-time electronic tool to acquire critical biological parameters to accelerate the development of biotherapeutics. When consumers pay thousands of dollars for drugs to treat cancers, neurodegenerative, and deadly chronic diseases, they pay not only for their $4,000 branded drug dose, but also for the other 25+ projects that failed in the clinic before their drugs reached the market. This risky process, limited by the absence of reliable tools for drug development, makes drugs extremely expensive and unreachable to many patients. Nanotech Bio’s sensor technology will accelerate and bring unparalleled reliability to the drug development process. Despite its early stage, Nanotech Bio has established major collaborations and commercial relations with biotech industry leaders that are gaining early access to Nanotech Bio’s innovative sensor products.

I envision a world where people won’t die because they cannot afford to buy their branded drugs,” said Will Martinez, CEO and CTO of Nanotech Bio.

Finding a substrate that allows a combination of small-scale electrical conductivity, inert chemical behavior, and long life has led the research team at Nanotech Bio to a leadership position in biosensors. We are delighted to have Nanotech Bio as a FiReStarter company this year, and we look forward to its continued success in teaching us about human biology on a nano scale,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names NXT-ID a 2015 Firestarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that NXT-ID (NASDAQ:NXTD) has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

NXTIDNXT-ID Inc. is a United States–based biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market. The company’s lead product is Wocket®, its next-generation smart wallet. Designed to protect the identity of users, it eliminates nearly all the physical cards in a wallet without needing a smartphone or Internet connection. In addition to passwords and private notes, virtually any credit, debit, membership gift, or loyalty card in a wallet today can be loaded and protected on Wocket. The included WocketCard works virtually anywhere magnetic-stripe cards are accepted today and can only be used with the owner’s biometric (voice) stamp of approval or with a PIN. The Wocket can be stylishly accessorized to meet the taste and lifestyle of users, making it a true replacement for the conventional wallet. For more information, visit www.wocketwallet.com.

We are truly honored and excited to be named a FiReStarter company,” said Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID. “We look forward to sharing our view of the future in payments and personal privacy, as well as hearing about the great innovations from our fellow FiReStarter nominees.

We are delighted to have NXT-ID as a FiReStarter company as we move toward FiRe 2015. Its work in addressing future privacy and security issues in the mobile payment world are both timely and robust,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service. “I want a Wocket myself.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com.


Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first subscription-based online news service. Since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive report covering technology and the global economy. Its subscribers include top managers at technology and finance companies across the globe, including Oracle, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Cisco, Intel, Google, British Telecom, SpaceX, Amazon, Telstra, and others.

SNS has been operating the annual FiRe conference since 2003. FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, and conversations about them, producing an accurate portrait of the future; and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. For more information and to register, go to www.futureinreview.com.

Future in Review is a Strategic News Service conference. Future in Review and Strategic News Service (SNS) are registered international trademarks. The “SNS Global Report” is the most accurate publicly ranked predictive newsletter in computing and communications.

Websites: www.stratnews.com, www.futureinreview.com


About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World: (NXTD):
NXT-ID, Inc.’s innovative MobileBio® solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio® suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms led by Wocket; a next generation smart wallet designed to replace all the cards in your wallet, no smart phone required. Wocket was recognized as one of the top technology products at CES 2015 by multiple media outlets including Wired.com. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://www.wocketwallet.com/

NXT-ID’ wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification and has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/

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Long-Term Solutions to Drought in California

6 Years Ago, Panelists on the SNS FiRe Conference’s “CTO Design Challenge” Worked on Long-Term Solutions to Drought in California (and the World)

In keeping with the FiRe conference’s longtime focus not only on making accurate predictions about the future 3-5 years ahead in technology and the global economy, but also on being collaboration-, action-, and solutions-oriented, posting some of the takeaways from a FiRe 2009 panel workgroup on Water seems timely this month.

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For those unfamiliar: the following blog excerpt by Glen Hiemstra (Futurist.com) describes the 2009 FiRe Conference’s “CTO Design Challenge”: “A final feature of the FiRe event has become the ‘CTO Design Challenge.’ Chief technology and information officers are given a problem to solve, and a couple of days to solve it. This year the challenge was the looming water shortages in and around San Diego [and the world – Ed.]. The team did an outstanding job… a highlight was the idea of covering canals with anti-evaporation covers, and those with solar cells to collect energy to run the pumps and provide excess energy from an already established right-of-way. Great idea.”

The solution-seekers for the Challenge – originally titled “Water Beyond Tomorrow: Using Technology and Innovation to Provide San Diego (and the World) with Adequate Safe Water for Future Decades” – were:

 

2009 Excerpts Selected in April 2015

Moderator David Brin: [This panel comprises] people who are paid every day to be right… to keep their companies going, to vet properly, to allocate resources properly, to be agile, to control teams, to manage and stimulate teams of creative people, and yet we’ve challenged them to be “envisioneers” today, for the last 48 hours – less than 48 hours.

Presenter Ty Carlson: We thought we’d [re]frame the problem as a definition of How to Survive in the Desert. Very appropriate, considering where we’re at, and the challenge everyone faces.
 

Increasing Supply

 
Moving the water: We need to be able to focus on making more water locally if we’re going to increase the supply.

… If we have to use desalinization at any scale, this water’s going to get very, very expensive. [Therefore] one of the options [the panel] looked at is reducing loss:

There are a number of pipelines in these areas, which makes good sense, but there are also the All-American and Coachella canals. Together they’re about 200 miles long and about 100 feet wide. These are open aqueducts running basically through the middle of the desert, in a very low-humidity environment. On the order of maybe 10% of loss is due to evaporation through these open canals. When you think of 3.1 or 4.4 million acre feet of water moving through these canals every year, there’s a lot of opportunity here….

The canals [could be covered] with a rubberized material to reduce that evaporation so there is no evaporation, because it’s now a closed system. Then on top of that, put on solar panels. These solar panels will not only power the pumping systems to be able to move the water through the district, but also provide extra power for San Diego County and the City of San Diego. You already have the right-of-way; you’re going basically through the middle of the desert.

Other Takeaways (Statistics subject to change since the creation of this solution set in 2009):

 

 

Direct Solar

 

 

Technical solutions: Xerox PARC Filter, Living machines, Smart valves

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White House Executive Order Takes Strong Stance On Cyber Espionage

Executive Branch Commits to Serious Penalties for Crown-Jewel Intellectual Property Theft – Addresses Espionage Described by INVNT/IP (an SNS Initiative) As “National Emergency”

invnt-ip-logoThe INVNT/IP Global Consortium, a Strategic News Service global initiative, has issued a strong public endorsement of President Barack Obama’s presidential order leveling sanctions against those who steal corporate trade secrets. It applauds and supports the President and Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator, in their work to curtail the ongoing epidemic of other nations stealing America’s “crown jewel” intellectual property. The Consortium has now shown that this practice does irreparable harm to the US and global economy, and believes that President Obama’s Executive Order 13964, signed on April 1st, is the first major step in a difficult path toward more equitable global competition for innovating US firms.

INVNT/IP internal research shows that Chinese cyber espionage – an ongoing nation-sponsored project targeting crown-jewel intellectual property in firms worldwide – caused at least USD 2.27 trillion in damages to the US economy in just four economic subsectors between 2003 and 2013.

Non-classified INVNT/IP information indicates that the People’s Republic of China is responsible for 80% to 90% of the theft of crown-jewel intellectual property. INVNT/IP’s work further shows that Chinese state-sponsored groups are currently targeting innovating firms in 402 different sectors specifically chosen by the Politburo Standing Committee, seeking to steal and “digest” the intellectual property of leading firms and government bodies in the United States and abroad.

The Consortium anticipates that the President’s order paves the way for further action regarding the issue of economic espionage perpetrated against US firms and government organizations. In declaring such theft a national emergency, the directive authorizes strict economic consequences, including seizure of assets, restriction of travel, and prosecution by the Treasury and Attorney General in cases of significant financial harm to US interests through malicious cyber activity.

“The INVNT/IP Consortium encourages both parties in Congress to take additional steps in this direction, united by the understanding that technology drives the global economy, and state-sponsored theft of crown-jewel secrets is a direct attack on American jobs, families, companies, and the nation’s economic security.

“We fully support the President in this action and applaud his leadership in identifying the Number One threat to American workers and business owners today. Stealing corporate trade secrets is a calculated, illegal activity which has already destroyed entire global economic sectors, creating trillions of dollars in permanent damage to American towns and cities, our most innovative companies, and the country itself. The competitive struggle so often described today between the US and China is not one of legitimate competition, but rather is a battle between thieves and victims. This has to stop, and the President’s order is a great first step,” said Mark Anderson, CEO of the INVNT/IP Consortium.

INVNT/IP represents the world’s top technology companies in working with lead government agencies and universities worldwide to protect “crown jewel” intellectual property. The Consortium conducts active programs for the promotion of IP value recognition and protection through cooperation among its corporate members and global government network. It currently operates in Australia, the US, the UK, and the EU.

For more information about INVNT/IP, visit the website: www.invntip.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Anthrotronix a 2015 Firestarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that AnthroTronix has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

logo_anthrotronixAnthroTronix, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a research and development (R&D) company that designs human-inspired products that define the future of mobile technology. AnthroTronix’s team of creative visionaries, designers, engineers, and scientists develops innovative technologies that influence change, have global impact, and enhance the lives of end users. AnthroTronix has been recognized among Inc. Magazine’s “5000 Fastest Growing Companies” and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer company.

In our work, we look to assess and augment human capability through technology. An example of this is our FDA-cleared DANA mobile medical app, which assesses a person’s brain health. We believe DANA should be part of an integrated approach to support an individual’s health and well-being,” said Corinna Lathan, co-founder and CEO of AnthroTronix. “We’re excited to be named a FiReStarter company and look forward to participating in the conference with other technology innovators.”

We are delighted to have AnthroTronix join us as a FiReStarter for FiRe 2015. Its work in defining a new metric for brain health and mental state, and bringing it onto a mobile platform, is cutting-edge in both technology and science, and of terrific potential social benefit. I have no doubt that AnthroTronix will contribute greatly to the excitement already building for FiRe this year,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names CertainSafe a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that CertainSafe, a DBA of Secure Cloud Systems LLC, has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

SCSlogoCertainSafe’s core technology was initially deployed in 2010 for use by a Fortune 25 company and continues to be used today. CertainSafe offers a suite of core services to facilitate any entity’s data security needs. It offers protection for documents, payment processing data, and pictures, including MRI as well as X-ray files. Its services also include unparalleled security for any other type of data requiring protection in a certified and compliant manner. Its Security-as-a-Service solutions use advanced MicroTokenization® combined with its proprietary MicroEncryption® to protect personal, corporate, private, and all other forms of sensitive information, and its hybrid cybersecurity platform supports and simplifies the capability to analyze, share, and distribute mission-critical information seamlessly across multiple platforms.

It is a privilege to be selected to participate in the upcoming Future in Review conference,” said John Nachef, CEO of CertainSafe. “Very few venues can boast such an impressive list of influencers, and to be included with these global thought leaders is humbling. It also validates that our philosophy of rethinking how data needs to be secured is on the forefront of the war against cybercriminals.

Cybersecurity has been focused on the periphery for quite some time,” said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a CertainSafe board advisor. “The weakness to that approach is that once the perimeter is penetrated, the data is there for the taking, as we’ve seen time and time again in recent news stories. CertainSafe and its MicroEncryption® approach is the best way to minimize the risk of data breaches.

MicroEncryption® does what was once considered impossible: the breaking down of large data files into individual bytes, and encrypting through tokenization each of those bytes,” said Richard Marshall, former director of Global Cybersecurity Management for the US Department of Homeland Security and a CertainSafe board advisor. “Those tokens are then scattered on secured, certified servers, making data breaches mathematically improbable. The kicker is that this is all done at the speed of business.” For more information, please visit www.certainsafe.com

Securing the cloud has been the elephant in the room for virtually all e-commerce and file-sharing applications. The CertainSafe approach to cloud security may be the most brilliant and effective that I’ve seen to date, in an area that is critical if Net-based commerce, applications, and transactions are to go forward. We are delighted to have CertainSafe / SCS as a FiReStarter company for FiRe 2015,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Mojio a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Global Thought Leaders Converge to Work on Solving Some of the World’s Greatest Challenges in Real-Time

Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that Mojio, the leading open platform for connecting cars, has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

MojioMojio, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, is reinventing driving by keeping drivers connected to their favorite people, places, and things. Mojio’s award-winning 3G+GPS plug-and-play device connects through the car’s OBD-II port, opening up thousands of data points to Mojio’s cloud-based connected car platform. Through its innovative engineering solutions, Mojio is able to generate unparalleled insights on what’s happening under the hood, behind the wheel, and all around the car.

Mojio’s open platform makes it easy for third-party developers and partners to create apps that connect drivers with the products and services they want and need. The platform currently has more than 500 active developers producing automotive solutions to help everyone from a national fleet manager to teen drivers. This nimble and open approach to development is fostering a fast-growing apps ecosystem that supports the future of the connected car experience.

“At Mojio, we’re striving to be at the forefront of both the technology and automotive industries,” said Jay Giraud, Founder and CEO of Mojio. “We believe that continuous innovation is necessary, and we embody this entrepreneurial spirit at Mojio every day. Recognition as a FiReStarter company further validates our efforts to make driving more like the car commercials promised.”

“With all of the media focus on the Connected Car, we believe the driver has been left out of the technical conversation by and large, at least until now. Mojio brings information about cars to people, something I expect a large number of drivers to find exciting and compelling,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 13th year, FiRe 2015 will take place October 6-9, 2015, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

To register for FiRe 2015, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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