WILTON: Deloitte released its 2016 Technology Fast 500 rankings of the fastest-growing tech companies in North America.
Seven Connecticut companies have made the list, including: New Haven’s Achillion Pharmaceuticals. The biotechnology/pharmaceutical company came in at no. 43, with 2,436 percent (revenue growth between 2012 and 2015). Achillion’s growth was driven by a joint marketing and development agreement with Johnson and Johnson’s Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, for rights to Achillion’s Hepatitus C drugs. The deal brought more than $225 million to the company and potential payments of $1 billion if regulatory and sales goals are met.
FAIRFIELD: David Kelley was appointed the town’s Information Technology Director. Kelley held the same position previously at the University of Hartford.
Kelley is a graduate of UofH with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration. Kelly is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and has a FEMA National Incident Management System certificate. Kelley has been a member of the Academic Strategic Technology Policy Committee and the Northeast Executive Advisory Group and an alternate on the University Situation (Crisis) Management Team.
BRIDGEPORT: Mayor Joe Ganim launched Bridgeport 311, utilizing New Haven’s SeeClickFix website and apps.
SeeClickFix located at 770 Chapel Street, New Haven says it, “has official partnerships with hundreds of cities, engaging hundreds of thousands of citizens in the resolution of millions of issues.”
Ganim said, Bridgeport 311 is to be used to “report problems ranging from potholes to blight and illegal dumping, noise and health hazards, animal control issues, missed trash pickups, graffiti, and many other issues.
PROVIDENCE: GE, Virgin Pulse and Johnson and Johnson are all the latest tech catches for Rhode Island. State incentives are at play as well as a new tech complex to house technology companies. Former Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, is Rhode Island’s Commerce Secretary and the lead on the state’s tech incentives.
Virgin Pulse a health tech is owned by British Billionaire Richard Branson and is seeking $5.4 million to move its Framingham Mass., based company to Providence. VP says its project’s expected cost is $10.5 million. Virgin Pulse told the Providence Journal they expect to hire 300 employees within three years at an average pay of $73,000.
Johnson & Johnson the healthcare giant, which recently struck a deal with New Haven’s Achillion with a $225 million up front payment and a billion plus dollars potentially down the road, plans to open a “health technology center” with 75 jobs in 2017.
FARMINGTON: Recruiter.com, an online global recruiting service and job market technology platform, launched a travel service and loyalty program in partnership through a partnership with Monaker Group ( OTCQB : MKGI ), an “innovative technology-driven” travel company.
The new travel program and platform gives members access to discounted travel and vacation packages.
Recruiter.com says it “has a highly engaged membership base, working with hundreds of clients and employers, and managing a social media following of more than 2.8 million people.”
Adding, “the demographics of our members suggest they have high demand for both business and leisure travel. We saw the ability to be a first mover by delivering a specialized travel platform that offers value and convenience,” says Miles Jennings, CEO of Recruiter.com.
NEW YORK: The U.S. Postal Service is testing out a new high-tech service, “Informed Delivery,” in the New York City area that gives people a quick glance at their mail before it’s delivered. The pilot program sends customers an email each morning with scanned images of the mail that will be delivered to their home that day.
Your mail isn’t opened -- it’s left fully intact. You’re only going to see a photo of the outside of the envelope. But it gives you an idea what to expect when you get home and check your mailbox.
Informed Delivery first launched in the NYC and southern Connecticut area in December 2015 and is picking up steam. It’s expected to expand to other parts of New York, Long Island and New Jersey by summer 2017.
NEW HAVEN: ASSA ABLOY has launched Unlocked, a six-episode podcast series focused on the security issues for colleges and universities. The series is hosted by Brian Adoff, cofounder of the campus card data management company SwiftData Technology, based in Springfield Gardens, New York.
According to Swiftdata, Adoff talks with “experts, manufacturers and end users to help demystify the world of physical security.”
“Helping our customers navigate the numerous issues involved with campus security is a top priority for us,” says Jim Primovic, a campus national sales manager with, ASSA ABLOY.
DANBURY:- FuelCell Energy [Nasdaq: FCEL] is laying off 96 employees including layoffs at its headquarters in Danbury, and it manufacturing facility in Torrington.
FuelCell Energy designs, manufactures, operates and services fuel cell power plants.
Chip Bottone, president and CEO of FuelCell Energy, explained the move. “we are streamlining our business and cost structure as we reduce our production levels to meet the backlog we have today while positioning the company for long-term success.”
The company which was recently selected as one of the fastest growing companies in Connecticut by the Connecticut Technology Council and Marcum the accounting firm. FuelCell has experienced two important setbacks in the past year leading to the restructuring and the hopes of reducing operating costs by $6 million.
SOUTHINGTON: To many the next frontier in the green movement is food waste. Quantum Biopower in mid November opened Connecticut’s first “anaerobic digester” to turn food waste into energy.
Anaerobic digesting is not a new technology, far from it, Quantum’s own managing director Brian Paganini acknowledges it’s been around for several “hundred of years.” Simply put an organic compound – read food waste is placed in a sealed container without oxygenm add anaerobic bacteria, they do their work in the absence of oxygen and the little guys go to work breaking down the food waste and turning it into biogas [methane] which is then used to generate electricity.
After more than two year’s of promises and more the Connecticut DOT has finally installed GPS systems on New Haven buses. The vehicle tracking technology has been available for more than a decade.
The DOT responding to a passionate request for the technology and an update of bus routes [“it’s a civil right”] by New Haven’s mayor Toni Harp said they would provide the system by the end of 2015.
With the GPS installed, customers could track their bus location and time of arrival through mobile phone apps.
In December 2014, the DOT promised that by the end of 2015, all New Haven buses would have new technology, including GPS systems, that would let customers track, via apps (such as Google Transit)on their cell phones, the real-time locations of the buses they’re waiting for.
Nearly one year later the DOT says the system is installed and should be operational by the end of 2016.
HARTFORD: If you know what a Blockchain is, never mind understand how it works you’ll be a head of the game on this story.
Hartford Bitcoin/Blockchain tech startup Tierion has raised $1 million dollars from San Francisco-based Blockchain Capital, Digital Currency Group and China-based Fenbushi Capital.
Fenbushi itself raised $50 million in 2015 to invest in blockchain-based startups and projects.
Tieron first launched its service fourteen months ago allowing users to turn data from web and mobile apps into “blockchain receipts” which are cataloged on a “Bitcoin blockchain.”
Bitcoins are a digital currency, where transactions can be made without a credit card or central bank and a blockchain is a public ledger for managing the data. A user has a secret code to prove their ownership of the currency.
Founder Wayne Vaughan told Coindesk a Bitconin news website that Tieron is “attracting interest from institutional partners “seeking to leverage its free API service to ensure data integrity.”
While gathering new company customers and attracting interest from institution investors Tieron remains a small company with only four employees.
Vaughn has decided however, that Connecticut isn’t the place to grow his company. He told the Hartford Courant in early November that he is moving his company, and his family to San Francisco saying he couldn’t recruit here.
“There’s a lack of talent, people I’m interested in recruiting are not interested.”