September 11th, 2013 NYETM

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, OLC attended the New York Enterprise Meetup, which featured five innovative startups: Trapezoid, Virtustream, Narrative Science, Viivo and Trek Medics.

Kris Hammond presented Narrative Science.

Narrative Science is a Chicago-based company with a presence in New York as business development. "We do work with finance companies," Hammond said. What Narrative Science does is take numeric and symbolic data and mines it. The data is transformed into "understandable English reports" and Narrative Science can expand the report to dive deeper and check out long-term views as well as give advice to the user.

"This is for an audience of one," Hammond said. "It creates the document for just an individual. No one in the world will care about the report but for just one person." The machine can do this work through analyzing trends of data, which allows it to create reports in large scale.

Founded in 2010, Narrative Science was incubated at Northwestern. It is powered by Quill and currently employs 50, with 45 clients.

Narrative Science is a platform driven by an understanding of what reporting is needed and impactful. "It's driven by communication goals," Hammond said. He gave examples of data ecosystems: Database platforms, big data platforms, visualization platforms, business data platforms—"they're all just data, not insight," he said. Narrative Science bridges the gap between data and knowledge to figure out what data is important and what is translatable into relevant reports.

Trapezoid is an IT infrastructure and security company. It protects organizations from a new class of cyber attacks directed at the foundation of the extended IT and cloud infrastructure. "Cyber protection doesn't detect what's under the surface," the representative of Trapezoid said. "The attack surface is covered: Apps, OS, VM, they're all protected, but underneath, hypeervisor, BIOS, stacks are all vulnerable."

The representative also explained that there is an IT equipment/supply chain threat. "IT hardware cannot be trusted even outside the box," he said. Trapezoid, however, establishes an area of trust for the security and compliance ecosystem by validating the integrity of IT infrastructure.

Trapezoid's control suit maintains hard drive trust data, alerts changes in the HD trust data and crypotgraphically proves VMs.

Viivo, presented by Matt Little and John H., is a client-side encryption software on public cloud. With two years in the making, they proved to answer the question if it was possible to protect the public cloud system (the answer is yes). PKWare wanted to make encrypting files easy as using Dropbox. "You don't change your workflow. They all work seamlessly in the background," Matt Little said. "It's a lot like Dropbox." The developers designed Viivo to work in any shared environment, where Viivo encrypts and decrypts files between users.

They plan to take Viivo to enterprise. The dashboard shows what is and isn't encrypted. The charts display who is using the most files, has the most files, sharing what files and what the data looks like.

Virtustream, presented by Mohammad Zaman, is an enterprise class cloud. Currently at 4.5 years old, the platform is the first Intel TxT deployed cloud. Zaman said that it is also an end-to-end enterprise cloud service with a 100 SAP production environment.

"SAP invested $40 million into Virtustream," Zaman said. Virtustream's microVM technology is a consumption-based measurement of resource pools, as well as aggregated resources per VM basis and a focus on how to optimize performance and capacity.

The microVM has four criterions: CPU, memory, network and IOPS access.

Zaman outlined the xStream cloud platform services: compute, network and storage for SAP and non-SAP applications: True utility model, service level guarantee for application available levels, end-to-end SIEM security models, backup, DR and compliance features.

According to Zaman, the business user version, at least, the dashboard, is built in HTML5, boasting a simple design.

Trek Medics is a non-profit volunteer organization that hopes to replace 911 calls in developing countries. Kevin Munjal, part of the team at Trek Medics, explained that on September 11th, 911 communication between agencies failed. "911 call centers were overwhelmed," he said. In developing countries, there's no 911 to call in an emergency. With Trek Medics, they hope that emergency response becomes sustainable and stronger.

Trek Medics' product, Beacon, is an SMS-based emergency dispatch. The victim or witness sends a text to the server, which sends an emergency text to an EMT and the EMT can answer via text to confirm or deny and give an ETA. "That way, the hospital knows, the EMT knows and the server knows the progress and process of the emergency response," Michael Ryave, developer at Trek Medics said.

Beacon works everywhere—there is no Internet involved and minimal IT requirements. Text messages can even be translated—outgoing or inbound—by the server.