Archive for February 3, 2020

Darktrace Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 3, 2020 by itnerd

Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber AI company, today announced that Cathy Graham will join as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on February 10th.

Previously at 2U, a global leader in education technology, Graham has broad experience in leading hyper-growth technology companies. During her eight-year tenure as CFO of 2U, she led its capital structure growth – earning widespread recognition for her success by the Northern Virginia Technology Council when she was named the ‘2015 Public Company CFO of the Year’. Most recently, she was listed in the Washington Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ 2018 list; an award than recognizes the most influential businesswomen who have left their mark on both their industries and communities.

With more than two decades of professional experience in financial disciplines across technology, hospitality, and banking, Graham has served at the helm of several businesses through periods of fast growth. She has led four successful initial public offerings (IPOs), including 2U’s, has raised over $200 million in private equity funding, and made numerous strategic acquisitions.

Prior to 2U, Graham was CFO and Executive Vice President of Online Resources Corp., where she was responsible for overseeing general financial management, broadening the investor base, and exploring strategic business opportunities.

In 1998, Graham was founding CFO of an international internet services provider that she and a small group of others started at their kitchen tables. There she raised $186 million in venture capital, made 26 acquisitions in 24 months in 15 countries, increased the employee base from five to 1,200 in less than three years, and took the company public, raising almost $400 million in early 2000.

Element AI Brings AI-Powered Underwriting To GroupAssur

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 3, 2020 by itnerd

Element AI, a global developer of AI-powered services and software that helps enterprises operationalize AI, today announced that GroupAssur, a Canadian-based broker and tech pioneer in the evolving insurance landscape, will use the Element AI OS for Insurance to optimize its underwriting workflows.

As a progressive Managing General Agent (MGA), GroupAssur recognized the need to automate tasks within the underwriting process that are manual, time consuming and inefficient. Designed to improve underwriting efficiency and increase the volume of business written, the Element AI OS for Insurance will automate these tasks with Element AI components such as document entity extraction, text classification and predictive models.

Built to scale to insurers and brokers of all sizes, the Element AI OS for Insurance software is engineered with AI components that enable insurers and brokers to quickly and efficiently deploy and monitor AI solutions. These components—built specifically to address insurance use cases—can be assembled to solve end-to-end business problems through the entire insurance value chain.

To learn more about the Element AI OS for Insurance or to request a product demo, contact:


Review: 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT – Part 1

Posted in Products with tags on February 3, 2020 by itnerd

The sub-compact crossover market is getting increasingly competitive. You have to bring something to market that is going to stand out, otherwise it isn’t going to sell. Mazda already has a vehicle in that market which is called the CX-3. But I guess that they needed another product in that market to give car buyers a choice. And that car is the 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT.

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I spent the week trying to decide whether this was a shrunken CX-5, or a Mazda3 Sport that’s been made taller and sharper. Either way, Mazda has the looks nailed. This is a vehicle that I could easily see myself driving. And I suspect that once you see this vehicle in person, you’ll feel the same way.

My review of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT is made up of five parts:

  • Exterior
  • Engine, transmission, handling, fuel economy, and driving comfort
  • Interior
  • Technology in the vehicle
  • Wrap up

The next part of this review will cover the engine, transmission and driving comfort. Spoiler alert: For the most part it’s top shelf. Tune in tomorrow to find out the details on that front.