Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 17, 2019

Autonomous drone software for inventory inspection

Develops an autonomy stack and inventory tracking service for warehouses using drones; features include bar code scanning, temperature monitoring, detecting stock-keeping units (SKUs), and visual inspection The company claims its solution is 15× faster and 30× cheaper than using human labor for the ... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation

October 17, 2019

In April 2019, Takeoff, a software platform that manages microfulfillment centers across North America, partnered with Knapp, a warehouse automation provider that plans to open up 50 more of the micro fulfillment centers. These centers are expected to process up to $1.5 billion in grocery e-commerce... read more.

Case Study

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Software platform for behavioral analytics to assess organizational change

Humanyze provides an organizational network analytics software platform that measures, aggregates, and models anonymous data from digital communications, including chat, email, surveys, as well as proximity, motion, audio and smart identification badge sensors to model worker behavior and test ... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Micro-fulfillment center-based grocery procurement platform

The company was founded by CEO José Vicente Aguerrevere and COO Max Pedro in 2016; to date, Takeoff has raised $63.9 million, with investments from Forrestal Capital and Ignia. The company develops a software platform that automates grocery fulfillment; Takeoff partners with warehouse automation ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

October 17, 2019

Three-in-one testing tool for in situ geomechanical data

Develops a novel downhole tool that incorporates minifrac, intelligent packer, and downhole scratch testing components to measure in situ geomechanical properties in real time Collects comprehensive geomechanical data, which is used to determine key formation characteristics, such as normal stress, ... read more.
Company Profile

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

October 17, 2019

Passive electroseismic technology for hydrocarbon exploration

The company was started by Hunt Energy Enterprises, a venture startup incubator owned by Hunt Consolidated, in Dallas, Texas, in 2016; the company is now led by CEO Dan Meyer, who has more than 27 years of experience in management and private equity. To date, the company has raised approximately $12... read more.
Company Snapshot

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Sorting out protocol proliferation With the proliferation of wireless communications protocols, including Amazon's Sidewalk, Vivint's fixed 5G, and multiple flavors of 5G, companies need to understand the fit each version has with their applications' requirements. In addition, they need to determine... read more.

Analyst Insight

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

October 16, 2019

Introduction AI is critical to solving healthcare's biggest challenges, such as rising healthcare costs, chronic diseases and aging, and shifting expectations in developing economies with limited healthcare personnel and infrastructure, but applying it successfully is no easy task. One doesn't have ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

October 16, 2019

Developer of hyperloop technology and infrastructure

The company was started by Sebastien Gendron and Ryan Janzen in 2015; it currently has 30 employees and offices in Canada, France, and Italy. Gendron holds a master's degree in aerospace engineering and has held leadership positions at companies like Bombardier and Airbus; Janzen holds a Ph.D. in ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

October 16, 2019

Electrification is changing what powers the wheels of cars for the first time in nearly a century, as cheaper and more energy-dense batteries make long-range battery electric vehicles (BEVs) possible. Although today the continued shift towards electric mobility appears inevitable, a decade ago the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.

Digital Transformation: 2019 Review and 2020 predictions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

In this report, we will review key happenings in the digital space in 2019 and outline our top predictions for digital transformation in 2020

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.