Chicago Startup Bringing Big Data to the Restaurant Business

food genius logoOver at Business Insider, Max Nisan writes that Chicago-based Startup FoodGenius is bringing Big Data to the food industry. The company sells a dashboard that runs analytics on what 330,000 restaurants are serving, allowing customers to see nationwide trends.

The food world has really been split down the middle,” said FoodGenius co-founder Justin Massa. You’ve got grocery [on the one side], and restaurants or food service on the other. On the grocery side of the world, they’ve had data for a long time. Companies like Nielsen and IRI, although they don’t describe themselves this way, were some of the first ‘big data’ companies. They were taking large sets of data that were really messy across lots of different areas and stores, normalizing them, and providing insights about the industry. On the restaurant side of the world, I think there’s never been a robust data industry largely because the data just didn’t exist.

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Video: How Self-Driving Cars will Change Everything

robocarIn this presentation from the Fujitsu Labs America Technology Day 2013, Brad Templeton from Singularity University presents: IPP Robocars – Where They Will Drive Us.

I have to say I was not very intrigued by the idea of self-driving cars before I saw this talk, but Templeton totally changed my mind. I’m now convinced that this technology will not only change the way we get around in the future, but it will also be a prime mover for a whole new world of Startup innovation in the future.

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Turnstyle Solutions Tracks Customer Smart Phones in Your Store

Over at The Globe and Mail, Ivor Tossell writes that Toronto’s Turnstyle Solutions Startup is taking a groundbreaking approach to giving merchants a sense of how people are interacting with their stores. By using the WiFi transmissions from customer smartphones, Turnstyle lets you track – but not identify – customers as they enter and explore brick and mortar shops.

Turnstyle’s system is essentially a listening post: a customized WiFi base station that listens in as smartphones broadcast their MAC addresses as they look for hotspots. In the interests of privacy, the system immediately forgets the code itself, “hashing” it into a unique identifier that can’t be traced to an individual. But it will remember if the same (anonymized) smartphone returns for another visit. If clients use multiple base stations, Turnstyle can use users’ relative signal strength to determine where in the store they are.

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Video: Millennials and Successful Startups

In this video, Chelsea Krost meet millenials that took their career in to their own hands with Successful start-ups and million dollar ideas. Startups profiled include Dreamwater, LineRocket Entertainment, Go Try it On, and Wello.

The Chelsea Krost Show provides a platform for today’s hot topics, trends and issues that affect Millennials. Chelsea aims to use this platform to bridge the communication gap between children and their parents, creating a more open, honest dialogue that viewers can relate to in their own lives.

Fit Radio Gets Funded to Power Your Workout

FIT Radio launched its Android and iPhone applications in July of 2011. Now, with a successful Fundable campaign, this Startup is reportedly all set to develop a set of improvements.

It takes a lot of time and energy to search for and download music for your workout. What you typically listen to throughout the day may not be what keeps you moving at the gym. Other streaming music apps give you one song at a time and have no control over BPMs (beats per minute) – Pandora, for example, will give you a fast, upbeat song but it will be followed by a slow, drawn out song that in no way matches the rhythm of the song you just previously heard. Spotify is just like iTunes, it lets you decide what you want to hear. However, flipping through songs can be very distracting when you’re trying to reach your goal of a seven-minute mile.

Lively System Helps you Keep Tabs on the Elderly

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In this video, beta customers try out the Lively System, a new Startup that offers the ability to monitor the well-being of elderly relatives through the use of sensors placed in the home.

Instead of always telling your family that you’re fine, Lively lets you show them. It’s an activity sharing experience. Not ‘big brother’ monitoring. You’re in control of how you want to stay independent and connected. And sharing your activity lets your family notice the first signs of any change in your normal routine that makes you and them feel safer.