The Big One
A breakdown on the week’s biggest Inno story.
We at Cincy Inno love competition, love tech, love being #relevant and love the local startup ecosystem.
“How can we leverage all this passion?!” we asked ourselves.
Enter Tech Madness, a reader-driven bracket competition a la March Madness. It aims to champion and highlight local startups — 32 of them, to be exact, and they’ll face off bracket-style over the next few weeks until the winner is determined. See the whole bracket here.
We chose and seeded the companies depending on a handful of metrics, but ultimately relied on venture funding to dictate who went where. After all, funding is among the most universal benchmarks out there. Know that all companies on the list are either private, venture-backed companies or recently exited entities.
How each company performs is up to you, readers. You’ll vote weekly after asking yourself, “Who would I invest in?” This answer is, by design, subjective. It could be based on who you think will generate the greatest return, or whose mission is most aligned with your values and interests or who you’re simply rooting for. However you interpret that question is correct! Just remember, Tech Madness is about voting for one company and not against another.
The Tech Madness champ will ultimately win a top-secret prize, which will be announced in due time. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, the first round ends Thursday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. Send those votes in, and encourage others to get in on the action too.
Now get to it and start filling out the first round here. Want more Cincy Inno? Catch up on all our stories here.
Inside the people, companies and organizations shaking things up this week.
, a platform that connects large enterprises with minority and women-owned suppliers, has announced
that Jim Kanir
will join the company as its chief revenue officer. Kanir has formerly served as CEO of PeachWorks
and as CRO of Vox Mobile
. Read our coverage of ConnXus here.
Mason-based Afidence Inc. has acquired Mason-based Timbelo Inc.’s product procurement and IT recruiting divisions, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In The Know
The Inno stories (and more) you need to read today.
Talmetrix Looks to Help Companies Understand the Power of ‘People Data’ — Cincy Inno
Abre Helps Get Tech ‘Out of the Way’ with Teaching Platform for Educators — Cincy Inno
Cincinnati Chamber, 84.51 Team Up on Women of Color Leadership Program — Cincinnati Business Courier
Toyota Pauses Automated Driving Testing on U.S. Roads Following Uber Accident — Techcrunch