Lisa Flieg

Jennifer Indovina from smart energy startup Tenrehte: “Hire slow, fire fast”

She’s a CODE_n Alumnus, a TED fellow, and a passionate entrepreneur on a mission to save the world from energy waste. We had a chat with a real pioneer in smart energy, the fabulous Jennifer Indovina, founder of Tenrehte Technologies! By creating the PICOwatt device, Jen has helped make the world a better place by saving tons of energy. After founding Tenrehte in 2010, Jen has staffed a great team and brought her small but ingenious helper into data centers around the world. She continues to inspire others – especially women – to do their own thing. In our interview, she shares insights into her convictions as a social-minded founder, her straight approach to leadership, and the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurial life. This one is a ripsnorter.

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Lena Gaede

Pros and cons of promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Europe vs. US – what’s the best choice to start a business?

Long gone are the days when entrepreneurs would start their business right in their hometown. Nowadays, the financial, social and digital advantages that each city can offer to startups have become a lot more important. Since founders often have the agony of choice when searching for a suitable place, we like to take a closer look at cities with promising startup hubs worldwide in a regular basis to determine their pros and cons.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Hindsait from the United States

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CODE_n CONTEST finalist Hindsait has built an AI platform, which can extract clinical information from patient charts, enables machine learning from established guidelines and rules, and facilitates predictive scoring to enable consistent clinical decision-making. Hindsait has revolutionized the Prior Authorization process. We’ve talked to CEO Pinaki Dasgupta, who has told us more about the uniqueness of his innovation, the HealthTech sector and the vision for his startup.

What is Hindsait all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Pinaki: Hindsait is a leading Artificial Intelligence platform for better healthcare. Hindsait’s SaaS platform applies artificial intelligence to large healthcare datasets, helping payors and providers improve patient health at a much lower cost.

The word Hindsait was coined as a portmanteau of Hindsight and AI. As the name suggests, the simple idea behind Hindsait is to garner machine-enabled insights from historical clinical records that drives consistent decision-making eliminating human errors and biases.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Pinaki: Unlike traditional business intelligence or predictive analytics companies, Hindsait’s uniqueness lies in its ability to string together an array of cognitive computing/AI technologies that has proven to prevent unnecessary health services, while demonstrating 5X+ Return on Investment (ROI).

Hindsait’s award winning AI SaaS platform’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) extracts context-sensitive clinical concepts from EMR, clinician’s notes- those are unstructured free texts. Its Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics technology enables learning from established guidelines, clinical necessity criteria, protocols and business rules that enables clinicians to make error-free, consistent clinical decisions. The SaaS platform is hosted on a secured HIPAA complaint Google Cloud Platform.

The Hindsait Team

The Hindsait Team


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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: HealMet from the United States

hm_logoJason Drury, CEO and founder has talked to us about his startup HealMet: With their voice-controlled, home-based multi-vital parameter platform device people are enabled to take action before a disease becomes life-threatening. HealMet was picked as one of our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists in the HealthTech sector. In this interview, Jason lets us know how their solution helps to save money, improve people’s behavior, and share information. A simple touch with two hands could avoid millions of deaths, suffering, and disability.

What is HealMet all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Jason: Most homes and offices have no on-site health station, requiring people to travel to medical sites for even the most basic health information.
Our bodies are constantly changing with age on a daily and yearly basis, which inevitably leads to slow degeneration of health that causes primarily preventable fatal and chronic diseases.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Jason: Can you imagine a home 20 years into our future that doesn’t have an interactive medical diagnostic station inside? HealMet’s M1 isn’t a wearable, so you don’t need one for every employee or family member, you just need one. And you get fast vitals by simply grasping it with both hands for only seconds. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: CRiskCo from the United States

logoOur CODE_n CONTEST Finalist CRiskCo revolutionizes the credit approval process and helps loan providers with key challenges such as financial data acquisition, response time reduction and better risk assessment. The startup’s infrastructure connects to accounting systems in a one-click process, collects relevant data, standardizes it, and sends it to the loan provider in seconds. CEO Erez Saf told us some more details about his FinTech company!

What is CRiskCo all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Erez: CRiskCo is disrupting the credit information business, a field ruled by giants such as D&B and Experian, which lack the tools and data needed to predict or manage credit portfolios. We help businesses reduce bad debt and make good credit decisions by providing credit risk information, by predicting future defaults and by assessing risks of current and potential customers. CRiskCo’s revolutionary approach includes the use of unique Artificial Intelligence algorithms, Big Data models and a cloud based technology. CRiskCo’s goal is to enable trust between businesses worldwide and enable new credit solutions to address SMB’s needs.

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In my former role as CTO for a SAP Partner and an SME consultant, I had developed ad hock solutions for businesses to manage and control their credit customers’ portfolios. I personally witnessed businesses deal with dozens of poor clients, who defaulted or displayed sporadic payment behavior. A couple of years later as the CIO of eLoan.co.il, a P2P lending platform, I was exposed to some great tools and innovative ideas for managing individual’s credit portfolios, which I noticed that the SME community lacked. This is what drove me to start CRiskCo. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | Novi Security (United States) – Take your home security with you, even on the move

novi security quadratNovi Security developed a security system that offers renters, homeowners, and small-business owners an all-in-one security system for an affordable price. We talked to Gavin Tanner, VP of Marketing at Novi Security, about the vision of the young company, the benefits of the product and the cool story of how they came up with the idea in the first place.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Gavin Tanner (Novi Security): We actually started the company in a class in college at Brigham Young University. We were assigned with the task to go out into the market and find a pain that needed to be solved. So we went to the mall parking lot and just sat and observed. What we found is that car alarms were going off, but the owner of the car had no way of knowing it because they were inside shopping. So we thought it’d be a great idea to build a wireless car alarm that would notify the car owner via their smartphone if their car alarm was going off. Well, after going door-to-door and talking to hundreds of people, we found that most people didn’t care so much for the car alarm but would rather have a home alarm system that would do the similar thing. So we pivoted and have since been in the pursuit of creating the world’s most simple home security system without contracts or monthly fees. More…

Isabel Alexandre

Meet CODE_n finalist AutoGrid System

AutoGrid System is based in Silicon Valley, more precisely, in Redwood City, California. The American startup organizes the vast and growing amount of energy data produced from an increasingly networked and automated grid. With deployments of smart meters, distributed generation, and other grid sensing technologies reaching critical mass, the electricity supply chain now has to deal with greater data volumes than ever before. And AutoGrid is here to work on this problem, improving the production and consumption of electricity.

Amit Narayan, founder and CEO of the startup, explains to us a bit more about how the company connects big data and the energy industry. He also talks about their experience at CODE_n during CeBIT.

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Amit Narayan, founder and CEO of AutoGrid System

How does AutoGrid use big data, predictive analytics, and cloud computing to optimize the electrical grid?

Autogrid organizes the world’s energy data using Internet-scale, secure cloud computing to process the petabytes of information produced in an increasingly networked and automated grid. AutoGrid employs big data analytics to generate real-time predictions and implement programs for electricity generators, providers, grid operators, and their customers to optimize the use of assets across the grid and manage costs through a comprehensive Energy Data Platform (EDP)™

Apps built upon EDP™ are powered by forecasting and optimization engines, managing functions such as:

  • End-to-end Demand Response with our Demand Response Optimization & Management System (DROMS)
  • Home Energy Management through our customer portal, which Schneider is white-labeling as their Wiser product
  • Peak Charge Management for facilities with Energy Cost Optimizer (ECO), an app co-developed with NTT DATA

Who can use AutoGrid’s platform and how?

Anyone along the electricity value chain can use AutoGrid’s platform and apps, including utility companies, power retailers, ESCOs, facilities, and customers. Apps on the Electricity Data Platform (EDP) are Web-based. Users can subscribe via a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Additionally, resellers can license the technology. Silver Spring Networks is reselling our DROMS app as their own product, as “Demand Optimizer” within their Utility IQ suite.

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Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Alix Bowman (Organic Transit)


If you’re interested in alternative transportation, the ELF is a must-see at CeBIT. It’s a solar/pedal hybrid vehicle designed by the US startup Organic Transit, which allows users to get around urban centers in an environmentally friendly way.

In our interview, taken at CeBIT, Alix Bowman introduces the solar/ pedal hybrid vehicle and gives valuable advice for future CODE_n participants.