When thinking of public safety technologies, advanced use cases like gunshot detection systems, facial recognition, and AI-based surveillance that are being used to protect the public from imminent danger may come to mind. However, there are a growing number of technologies being used by public safety professionals to improve their internal and external workflows. Mark43 is a software platform for public safety agencies that handles records management, analytics, evidence, and aids with dispatch. With the platform, things like the workflow for things arrest and incident reports are streamlined and centralized. Not only does this trim down the time spent by law enforcement officers sitting behind a desk, but the platform also uses this data to aid communication centers in dispatching real-time information to professionals in the field. Founded in 2012, Mark43 currently services more than 120 public safety agencies globally. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Scott Crouch to learn more about how a class project at Harvard led to the formation of the business, how Mark43 is responding to evolving demands of the public safety sector, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include The Spruce House Partnership, Tiger Global Management, The Radcliff Companies, Malcolm Turnbull, and Lucy Turnbull.
The decentralized nature of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies is heralded as one of its biggest benefits but at the same time, it’s one of the factors that’s preventing rapid adoption by larger institutions. Government agencies, financial service providers, and exchanges have explicit regulatory requirements and the anonymous nature of the blockchain has traditionally provided little visibility to these transactions. Chainalysis is the blockchain data platform that brings transparency to blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions, fueling the charge for widespread adoption. The platform can be used to power investigations, maintain compliance with anti-money laundering and KYC requirements, and even as a risk management tool, providing the assurance that cryptocurrency transactions are safe and secure. In addition to data and software, the company also provides training and research to ensure that Chainalsyis clients are up-to-date on the latest developments in this ever-changing landscape; clients include Barclays, Square, BitPay, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Michael Gronager to learn more about the company’s mission to promote the safe adoption of blockchain data as an asset class, the increasing demand for cryptocurrencies, and the company’s latest funding round led by Coatue.
Approximately 75% of in-house legal teams are concerned about overspending on outside counsel when the need arises. Priori is the legal marketplace that changes how in-house teams find, hire, and manage outside counsel by providing access to 1500+ highly vetted attorneys in 700+ practice proficiencies. Priori’s clients, which consist of Fortune 500 companies and scaling tech companies, have saved 60% on average versus relying on traditional legal services. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Basha Rubin to learn more about Priori’s growth, future plans, and recent funding round from investors that include Hearst Corporation, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Jambhala, Tim Steinert, Jules Miller of Mindset Ventures, Mike Suchsland of Bridge Investments, and Orrick’s Legal Technology Fund.