Long overshadowed by San Francisco/Silicon Valley to the north and Los Angeles to the south—California’s heartland is developing into a formidable hotbed of technological innovation in its own right.
Though inescapably centered on the agriculture industry, the Central Valley has also proved to be fertile ground for tech innovation. The following are 11 tech startups from the region that you need to know about in 2016.
DealerTeam develops cloud apps for car dealerships based on the popular Salesforce.com platform. The company’s solution is already in use by a myriad of domestic and international car dealerships.
The GoGetter app is a relationships management tool for those with careers in skilled trades. The app presents users’ virtual business cards and profiles to potential employers looking to hire for specific projects and tasks.
Benchmark Intelligence has developed a platform for restaurants and retail chains to track performance across locations/branches. The solution features a holistic dashboard for measuring performance and discovering insights to improve customer experience, all in a unified interface.
Riskalize’s platform allows financial advisers to determine a client’s tolerance for investment risk quickly and efficiently. Through the use of proprietary algorithms, the solution quantifies this risk into one easy-to-comprehend numeric value.
Pondera Solutions develops solutions to combat fraud—it can find anomalies, clusters, and suspicious activities in government programs, among others. The company’s products are being used by agencies in Florida, Iowa, and California.
Intelligent Wireless Networks’ Lollipop Farm Grid uses wifi to enable rural communities to access sensors, monitors, and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices for running and pulling real time agriculture data. This would ostensibly make it possible for farmers to manage crops fields from the comfort of their living rooms.
“Scan. Sync. Comply”—OmniCert’s tagline succinctly sums up the company’s app. The platform is a compliance optimization solution for tracking and managing employee certifications and training.
Gelper is an iOS/Android app for discovering brands and stores that are willing to give back to a cause of your choice with each purchase. Simply make purchases at participating retailers and a percentage of the sale will automatically be sent to your donation account. Accumulated funds are then donated to your selected non-profit at the end of each month.
HomeZada has developed what it calls a cloud-based home information system: an online platform that allows homeowners to track warranties, insurance policies, insurance photos, maintenance records, and remodeling efforts in streamlined interface.
From deliveries and personal shopping to personal trainers and handy man services, Helpfulist connects you to the nearest service provider using your smartphone’s GPS location.
FireWhat is a GIS solutions provider specializing in mapping emergency incidents and creating technologies to track responders and assets in and out of the field, primarily for aiding fire-related emergency services.
From IoT-based crop management platforms to fraud detection solutions, many of the Golden State’s brightest tech innovations are emerging from California’s heartland. These 11 startups are proof positive that the Central Valley is more than just farmland and agriculture these days.