December 11th, 2013 NYETM

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, OLC attended the New York Enterprise Tech Meetup at Cooley. This particular meetup featured four companies: Yhat, WhoKnows, Better, and ProdThink.

Greg Lamp presented Yhat. Yhat is a platform for data scientists to plug in code to analytical systems. Their headquarters is in Brooklyn and launched in 2013. “What makes building analytical apps hard?” Lamp asked. “Ultimately, the ‘Aha’ moment isn’t the end. Analytical work mixed in with production creates systems—there’s no way for data scientists’ work to be actually put into a position to drive revenue until you throw it over the wall. The solution is that Yhat tries to solve the ‘What Now?’ scenario with a lightweight analytical API. It helps push analytical data over the finish line.” Readymade plugins help compile data and deploy into any environment. The dashboard is sleek, providing real-time deployment and a batch system. Yhat quickly brings models to market and organizes the analytical lifecycle. It can see model performance and business impact and it can run in the cloud. Yhat is open source, uses a subscription model and starts at $10,000.

Jeff Segebarth presented WhoKnows, which systematically and automatically knows what users know and presents it when they need it. “WhoKnows understands who knows what,” Segebarth said. “It connects experts to colleagues, monitors organization’s knowledge gap and understands who knows who.” WhoKnows doesn’t require the end user to do anything specific. Its algorithm automatically derives the employee’s skills through what they do every day. It does this in a frictionless manner. WhoKnows works out-of-the-box. People search for skills and knowledge, WhoKnows pulls up people in their circles and companies in Google search. The platform uses machine learning.

Senai Ahderom presented Better, an enterprise mobility platform. “There are over a billion mobile devices and it’s all about the apps,” Ahderom said. “The devices are personally owned and there is no regard to security. Our current solutions don’t quite fit. Security 1.0 approaches mobility like laptops and desktops—gain control over the device, which is easy to compromise; blacklisting apps, which is hard to do with millions of apps. Better is enterprise security 2.0.” To use Better, all the user has to do is select an app, and Better will analyze it and secure it. Better uses a fortified workspace. Its dashboard helps IT administrators know the complete analysis of what the app is doing, what its most vulnerable to and gives them an option to set limits on the app—killing functions that might otherwise compromise data. “Designated apps would only show in workspace—which users must log into to use and download the modified app.”

Steven Cohn presented ProdThink. ProdThink tries to solve the problem of end users not using a feature that they had originally liked. With ProdThink, developers and test a feature before actually coding the feature. “You can iterate on features with real-time user feedback,” Cohn said. “ProdThink plays nice with other sprint systems. It’s for product teams, not developers.” ProdThink can create seamless transitions between prototypes. It can also record user interactions on the website. ProdThink uses a freemium model, but to test on customers, it costs $5 per test.