2017-05-01

Announcing The Batch of Startup Row Companies At PyCon 2017

(A guest post from Jason D. Rowley, one of 2017’s Startup Row Coordinators!)

What could be more exciting than startups who use Python and are poised to change industries and help build the future?

We are very pleased to announce the seventh batch of companies that get to present on Startup Row. Come and visit Startup Row in PyCon 2017's Expo Hall to see some of the most interesting and innovative new technologies and business models out there, and to hear the engineers and other founders of these leading early-stage companies pitch their ideas and discuss how and why they use Python.

And without further ado, here they are — PyCon 2017’s Startup Row batch:

KITT.AI (Seattle, WA) – A chatbot authoring platform offering conversational understanding as a service, focusing on multi-turn dialog.

Precognitive Inc (Chicago, IL) – Multidimensional fraud protection using device intelligence and behavioral analytics to detect illicit transactions on-the-fly.

Astrohaus (New York, NY) – Maker of the Freewrite, a distraction-free digital typewriter that connects to the cloud for document storage and management.

Give InKind (Seattle, WA) – A single-solution platform for coordinating support from friends and loved ones in times of crisis or need.

Deepgram (San Francisco, CA) – “Google for sound,” Deepgram uses deep neural networks to index audio data and makes it searchable by keyword and other parameters.

Chicory (New York, NY) – Makes online recipes “shoppable” using natural language processing and easy back-end integration with online grocery stores.

UnifyID (San Francisco, CA) – Uses implicit authentication via biometrics and user behavior to make security more seamless.

Flex.io (Chicago, IL) – A web service for building and deploying automated, cloud-based data pipes.

Metapipe (Provo, UT) – Provider of fully-virtualized VFX and animation studio infrastructure that scales on demand.

LeafLink (New York, NY) – A business-to-business marketplace that connects growers and producers of regulated cannabis products to dispensary owners.

Pachyderm (San Francisco, CA) – A data lake offering full version control over massive datasets and containerized data analysis capabilities.

Ledger (San Francisco, CA) – The easiest way to keep a running tab of shared expenses between friends.

Unearth (Seattle, WA) – A collaboration platform for the construction industry, driven by interactive aerial maps of the job site using drones.

Anvil (Cambridge, United Kingdom) – Build full-stack web apps with nothing but Python.

FOSSA (San Francisco, CA) – An open-source software license compliance monitoring service.

Silota (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) – An online SQL editor and data analysis suite for professional data analysts.

We're very excited to have such an excellent batch of companies present at PyCon 2017 in Portland. Again, be sure to check out all the companies in the Expo Hall on May 19th and 20th, and keep an eye out for some of these exciting Python startups at the PyCon jobs fair on May 21st.

Acknowledgements

Putting together this group would not have been possible without help from a number of people and organizations. This is especially true for the live events we hosted around the country this year!

For our Chicago Event, we’d like to thank ChiPy for help with outreach and Adam Forsyth of Braintree for hosting us. Thanks also to our judges, Marcy and Keith Capron-Vermillion and Tamim Abdul Majid. We also appreciate the generous donation of delicious beer from the Lagunitas Brewing Company.

In New York City, we’d like to thank Benji Decker at WeWork for hosting us at WeWork’s Chelsea location. Thanks to Geoffrey Sechter of Django NYC and Dawn Baker of the Columbia Venture Community (CVC) for helping with outreach. Thanks again to Lagunitas for providing beer at this event.

In Seattle, we’d like to thank our hosts at Avvo: LaQuita Hester, Kalin Woo, and Eileen Kim. The Seattle event fielded a slate of six women founders competing for a spot at PyCon.

In San Francisco, we owe many thanks to our generous hosts at Yelp, and to Grace Law, Simeon Franklin, Daniel Pyrathon and the rest of the SF Python community for hosting Startup Row. Thanks to our judges: Lisa Dusseault, Bebe Chueh, Christine Spang, and Elliott Kroo for joining us. And to Shea Tate Di-Donna, thank you for MC’ing the event.

We’d also like to thank the Python Software Foundation, specifically the support and encouragement we’ve received from Ewa Jodlowska and Brandon Rhodes throughout this season. We also want to acknowledge the Startup Row selection committee who helped select from among the companies that applied through our online application. Finally, we would like to thank Yannick Gingras, the emeritus co-chair of Startup Row, who continues to provide advice and support while on hiatus from active organizing.

Again, to all those who help make Startup Row happen, we thank you and appreciate your support.

Finally, to all the founders who pitched at our live events or applied online, we were impressed by the creative and interesting ways everyone uses Python to build great software and scalable businesses. This was one of the strongest applicant pools yet, and we’d love to see qualifying companies apply again next year for a second shot.

We wish all of you the best of luck — and to those companies on Startup Row, we’ll see you in Portland!

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