Why Brexit Uncertainty Means Chaos For Britain's Tech Entrepreneurs

Kim Nilsson, Founder and CEO of Pivigo and a Forbes contributor, writes about the chilling effect in the entrepreneur community caused by the prolonged uncertainty of Brexit. Investments from the European Investment Fund have steeply declined while challenges of hiring skilled EU workers have gone up. London’s hard won status as Europe’s start-up hub may be at risk. Even steadfast London-based businesses must make contingency plans and investigate alternatives outside of the U.K. Read more…

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Data and the Future of Mobility: An Interview with Dr. Regina Clewlow

Jimmy O’Dea, a vehicles analyst for Union of Concerned Scientists, recently talked with Populus CEO, Dr. Regina Clewlow, about data and the future of mobility.

While it’s accepted that access to data plays an important role in the design of transportation systems (and is becoming even more important with the advent of autonomous vehicles, ride hailing, bike and scooter-sharing), it’s also acknowledged that task of aggregating and analyzing this critical data is underappreciated.

Read this interview to gain insights into some of the challenges and promise in the world of mobility data sharing…

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Trusting business through transparency and the technology that could drive change

Jessi Baker, founder and Chief Executive of transparency company Provenance, spoke with Business Voice about building business trust and the technology making it happen.  There is a growing movement towards more responsible, ethical shopping. Where customers can see exactly where their products are sourced and who by, not just from the point of origin but through the whole supply chain. This is not just about knowing whether a coffee is fair trade, or if a tin of tuna is dolphin friendly. This is something more.

Studies show that consumers are willing to pay more money for products from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact, yet finding the right information is still not that easy.

Provenance looks to remedy that. It works with brands and retailers to make products traceable, enabling stores to provide information on products that ensure its offerings are ethically sourced and live up to the product claims…

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Ford Acquires Spin Electric Scooter Company For A Reported $100 Million

As a part of mobility portfolio strategy, Ford announced its plan both acquire and invest in Spin, a San Francisco-based dockless electric scooter company. Spin provides customers an alternative for first- and last-mile transportation.

Rising urban transportation costs, parking shortages, traffic congestion and pollution are just a few of the challenges, and opportunities, that solutions like electric scooters tackle, according to research from Populus, a data and analytics company using AI to help cities and businesses plan and monitor shared mobility services. According to “The Micro-Mobility Revolution”, a report by Populus, nearly half of all trips made in the U.S. are 3 miles or less…

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Seven Blockchain Initiatives That Might Change The World

Provenance, a leader using blockchain technology to enable businesses to build trust in their goods and supply chain and empowering shoppers with data to help make informed product selection decisions, was named at the top of a short list of companies poised to make revolutionary changes in the world using blockchain.

With the Provenance platform, people know more about what they are consuming while increasing transparency in businesses they buy from, building trust.  Brands and their supply chain producers, partners, and retailers, use blockchain to share the processes behind their products and what the social and environmental impact is of their offering…

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Transparency In Business Advocate Jessi Baker On How It Can Empower Women

Jessi Baker, the CEO of Provenance, a platform that allows users to understand the ethical sourcing of their clothes and food, talked recently talked with HuffPost about entrepreneurship, inspiring women and why people should care about where their products come from. Jessi did a PhD at UCL in Computer Science, where she started to develop the concept for Provenance. Today, Provenance is one of the first to adopt and utilize blockchain technology to help create dependable, immutable records to enable transparency to exist, without being centralized.

“I’m passionate about more equality in the workplace, and believe that more exposure of who is really behind the brands you’re buying into helps ensure more equality. We encourage initiatives that support both men and women, and many of the smaller businesses want to compete on the fact they’re a women-owned business.”…

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The New Food Movement And How Blockchain Could Solve Food Security Issues

A London-based non-profit, Project Provenance, created a platform that uses blockchain to establish an authenticated food chain with information gathered collaboratively from suppliers all along the supply chain.  Their platform substantiates product claims with reliable, real-time data. With a licensing model in place, stores can license the platform while their app gives consumers the opportunity to track where the meat came from and follow its path to the stores.

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Meet the Woman Using Bitcoin Technology to Transform the Food Industry

The Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative, a collective of small-scale livestock farmers in Arkansas, is the first food business in the United States to utilize Provenance, a supply chain tracking system powered by blockchain technology. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Jessi Baker, Provenance is essentially a digital platform that allows consumers to trace the precise history of a chocolate bar or slab of camembert back to the farm from whence it came.

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What’s the Key to Debugging in Today’s Distributed Systems?

Mirroring your staging environment to production for code debugging is a fool’s errand in today’s distributed systems.  Observability is the key because you can’t predict where the next failure will occur. Read more about the remarks by Honeycomb’s Charity Majors at the recent Chaos Conference…

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Walmart is embracing Blockchain technology for food safety

Walmart is investing heavily in Blockchain technology and proactively educating their suppliers of food products on how Blockchain can be used to improve food traceability from the farm to Walmart shelves.  The paper, Food Traceability Initiatives”, specifically addresses the use of Blockchain to provide transparency on leafy greens which have often been the cause of E coli outbreaks.

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The Wild Bunch uses Provenance Blockchain Solution for Conservation

Food, and other industries, are finding uses for blockchain technology, to record encrypted, permanent and unalterable data in digital ledgers. Companies like Provenance deliver solutions that provide data on supply chains that can be trusted by companies and individuals. The food and drink sector is one of the most difficult supply chains to manage.  In this article, The Wild Bunch, a Dutch food importer, and Provenance, are featured. The Wild Bunch employs the Provenance blockchain solution to take food industry block chain to a new level by using its transparency to encourage conservation…

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Pivigo Concludes London Data-to-Data Science Program; CEO to Share Experiences at Predict Conference in Dublin

Pivigo successfully completed its fifth London S2DS program which included 87 graduated SDS Fellows and delivered 23 projects. S2DS London is Europe’s largest data science training program.  In October 2, 2018, Dr. Kim Nilsson, CEO & Founder of Pivigo, will speak at the Predict 2018 Conference in Dublin to discuss lessons and experiences of completing over 120 data science projects.

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Populus Rolls Out Micro-Mobility Study

The 2018 Populus Report, published by Merian Ventures-backed Populus, offers new data and insights for smart cities on the mobility front. The in-depth analysis on shared electric scooters and their impact on urban mobility presents an independent analysis on the introduction, adoption and perception of electric scooters to help guide mobility strategies.

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Marta Bulaich
Hyperspectral Imaging Fights Food Waste

A third of all food produced in the world is wasted. Global food supply chains have been mechanized, but not information-enabled. Additionally, food fraud costs and scandals have increased, possible in part by the absence of digital technology to fight it, has been steadily increasing. Hyperspectral imaging has great promise as a non-invasive way to monitor food products.

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Marta Bulaich
British tech startup, Provenance, secures funding from singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel – Alexsis de Raadt St. James appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Musician Peter Gabriel, co-founder of the group Genesis, is a musician and philanthropist, including interests innovative technology for health care, invests in  blockchain solution provider Provenance, which also announced the appointment of Alexsis de Raadt Sr. James as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

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Marta Bulaich