Kyle Geary — The Hale Center for Journalism
1 Million Cups hosted a packed crowd Wednesday morning as BIME Analytics and Dewsly presented their companies. The first to present were Jim Lysinger and Rachel Delacour with BIME Analytics. Lysinger said BIME is “the glue that allows you to connect all those data sources, slice and dice your data and come up with stunning visualizations that can help you make better data-driven decisions.” Essentially, they help customers make sense of volumes of data from multiple sources.
BIME Analytics has the challenge of making difficult information user-friendly and cohesive. “The challenge for us is to be this glue,” Delacour said, “and, in one single place, provide a toolbox to the business user, so that with drag and dropping he is able to cross-analyze all the different data.”
BIME Analytics is more than just a startup; it is an international business. It recently opened its North American headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. “We needed to have a presence in the U.S.,” Lysinger said. “We saw Kansas City as an emerging tech town where we could have a big impact.”
Anthony Noll and Matt Cole from Dewsly were the final presenters this morning. Noll is CEO and founder, and Cole is chief technology officer and cofounder. Dewsly aims to help connect communities with education using a social media approach. Noll said that the idea for Dewsly has been around since 2011, and their goal is to allow communities of parents, students and teachers to communicate more effectively.
Think of Dewsly as a social media site. For example, if a child is attending a certain school district, parents can receive all pertinent information in their feeds. People can share assignments, photos and videos, as well as receive alerts for more immediate news, such as school or activity cancellations.
Cole believes that Dewsly can positively impact students. “When a child has an engaged community around them, they tend to do better with their education experience, get better grades, things like that,” he said. “We’re trying to make it easier to get an engaged community built around that student.”
1 Million Cups is held every Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m.