Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Jan. 12, 2017

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Bixel Startup Launch Company Geroix Debuts at CES
Geroix, a spin-off of Ether2, debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas from Jan 5-8. Founded by David Dietrich and Jonathan Gael, Geroix focuses on making the Internet of Things more accessible by utilizing an end-to-end platform that incorporates chip core, cloud and mobile applications. “The biggest surprise at CES was the broad range of use cases [for the platform] that people kept dreaming up,” said Gael.

b3_digitalbedrock.pngSpotlight on … Linda Tadic, founder and CEO of Digital Bedrock, a secure and managed digital preservation service that “brings the cloud down to earth.”

Congrats on Digital Bedrock’s recent launch! After making the jump from digital preservation, what inspired you to start your own company?
I’ve always been the type of person who rather than complain about something, finds a solution. In this case, that instinct translated into forming my own company. Over the years, I saw organizations large and small, and individuals as well, struggle to keep their digital content alive. It’s not so easy as simple storage; digital preservation requires managing the files, making sure they’re healthy, tracking obsolescence, and migration. Doing that work yourself can be an expensive proposition. I saw a need for a preservation service, observed there wasn’t a comparable service on the market, and started Digital Bedrock to offer a low-cost, secure, comprehensive solution to help clients preserve their digital content.

No surprise – raising funds was the hardest challenge. Investors I spoke with were more interested in app-type startups than hard technology. The team decided to stop wasting time and just build it. We were able to get to launch because of the dedication of the team, a few friends and family investors, and revenue from associated consulting work and early adopter deposits.

Lessons you've learned:
I should have started this earlier. We launched with particular target markets in mind, planning to expand into others in phase two. But the phase two markets are telling us that they want our services now. It’s going to be an exciting 2017.

Your favorite part of working with Bixel Exchange?
Advisors Craig Wilson and Stephen Kane have been indispensable. Starting a company was a new adventure for me, and they guided me to making good decisions.

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Industrious, a co-working space in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is running a new promotion now through the end of the month. Join by Jan. 31 and your first month is free! Use referral code Bixel2017.

Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange

Upcoming Events

TechFair LA
Jan. 26 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

This huge job fair, presented by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city's entrepreneur-in-residence Jason Nazar, will showcase more than 200 of L.A.'s premier technology companies looking to hire great candidates in engineering, marketing, sales and more.

  Startup Grind with Ethan Austin
Jan. 26 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Hear from Ethan Austin, co-founder of GiveForward and director at Techstars L.A. GiveForward, the world’s first medical crowdfunding platform, has helped families raise more than $200 million for their loved ones' out-of-pocket medical expenses. Austin will share his entrepreneurial story as a pioneer of the field.


Startup Cafe #3
Jan. 17 | 7:45 - 9 a.m.

You're invited to participate in downtown Los Angeles' newest morning series for the innovation community. This month, three great minds will share the future of bots, artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces. Learn how bots are changing everything about our interactions with products and businesses.

  Coding Cognitive: Los Angeles
Feb. 23 | 5 - 7 p.m.

The Ace Hotel, IBM, Tech Hire and Mogul are hosting a series of study groups in four cities to open up the power of IBM Watson technology to all. Participants will learn how easy it is to build a cognitive computing app.

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