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About Mary Ann Azevedo

Mary Ann Azevedo is an award-winning journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has covered business and technology issues for Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, the San Francisco Business Times and the Houston Business Journal. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

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When it comes to the number of female founders of startups, it appears that quality trumps quantity. The number of startups with a female founder more than quadrupled from 117 in 2009 to 555 in 2014, according to data compiled by CrunchBase. In 2009, 9.5 percent of startups had at least one woman founder, but […]

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While the Internet of Things (IoT) is still a growing field, it’s clear that venture capitalists are increasingly taking notice and pumping dollars into IoT-driven startups. In 2015, overall venture capital funding hit its highest annual mark since 2001 as venture investors poured $128.5 billion into startups, according to Venture Pulse, the quarterly global report on VC […]

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With the exception of the fourth quarter, funding to robotics companies surged in 2015, as investors poured money into a variety of startups within the sector. Just by how much robotics funding was up in 2015 depends on whom you talk to. Venture capital investments in robotics companies soared by 115 percent in 2015, and […]

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The use of drones to market commercial and residential real estate may be in its infancy but industry observers believe use of the technology as a competitive tool is on the verge of taking off. The most obvious use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, is to create new ways to market a […]

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  There’s no question that CFOs are increasing spending on cyber-security. While many are doing so in an effort to protect against threats, others also see cyber-security investment as an opportunity to innovate. More CFOs are viewing cyber-security less as a “cost center” and more as a revenue generator. When asked how much they expected […]

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The retail industry is undergoing a digital transformation. An increasingly global mobile population has led to a surge in the use of Smartphones for online shopping. Combine that with improved logistical infrastructure worldwide and convenient modes of payment and delivery and it’s no surprise that online retailing is becoming more popular. On the retail side, […]

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In the wake of a string of tragic shootings involving police officers across the United States, the idea of body cams and wearables turning the police and other responders into connected officers is becoming more appealing to governments. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a broad term that refers to devices and consumer products connected […]

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Despite nationwide efforts to address bullying in schools, parents still have major concerns about their children’s school environments. Bullying ranks among the top worries of parents of children and teens today. While every state has passed some sort of law or policy regarding bullying, it continues to take place in various forms from elementary to […]

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People have been turning to the Internet for news and entertainment for years. But as Smartphone and tablet use has skyrocketed, so too has mobile video consumption. More viewers are choosing to access news and sporting events online in part because more live video content is available online. More businesses are using videos to engage […]

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Hands full with her toddler and a bag of groceries, one busy San Francisco mother is relieved she doesn’t have to use her hands to turn on the lights or the home alarm system.  She simply gestures at a lamp and the keypad with her Bluetooth-enabled bracelet called Reemo. Putting the groceries down, she still […]

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Pill bottles that can tell a caregiver when a patient’s missed a dose. Diapers that can pinpoint urinary tract infections and monitor hydration. A baby monitor that allows parents to get information on their baby’s breathing, temperature and body position from anywhere in the world. These products are either on the market — or soon […]

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The number of companies developing analytics that can collect and analyze energy-related data is growing exponentially. Eager startups are scrambling to meet surging demand for ways to manage energy consumption more efficiently. It’s a hot market and one that stands to be lucrative. Investment in smart building solutions is growing across business segments and regions. […]

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