It’s been exactly one year since we took home the trophy for the best IoT & Software company at SXSW Eco’s Startup Showcase. And what a year it’s been!

We have successfully launched our first few pilot projects, lined up several additional projects (which are still in negotiation), formalized key partnerships, steadily built our reputation as experts in the energy and big data industries, improved our technology and user experience, and grew our team!

This past year, we launched the first of several pilot projects – all with successful results. Our first project was with a US-based IOU. For this pilot, our algorithms yielded a 10X improvement on standard heuristic models for predicting feeder cable failure over a pre-specified period of time. The accuracy of our results has helped secure our partnership with the renowned consulting firm Burns & McDonnell and has opened the door to new project opportunities with this partner.

Why is this partnership so important to us? Being a startup, we realize that we might not have the same brand recognition as some of the more traditional utility vendors. Because of this, we have worked hard to formalize partnership agreements with reputable consulting firms that can both validate our team and technology and source clients. Over the past year, we have formalized partnership agreements with top tier consulting firms and well-respected organizations, and we are currently vetting additional partnership deals.

And although we’re still ‘newcomers on the scene’, we have been securing our foothold as industry experts; over the past year, we have been invited to present at three major North American conferences and have been selected as the Keynote speaker of a conference in Europe. As you might have read, GridCure’s Head of Analytics just presented ‘Using the Explosion of Data in the Utility Industry to Prevent Explosions in Utility Infrastructure’ at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York, New York and our CEO moderated the panel ‘Distributed Energy Resource Strategy and Implementation Across Unique Markets’ at the iEEE Smart Grid Technology Conference in Minneapolis, MN last month. We’ve been awarded a coveted speakership opportunity at the Renewable Energy World International Expo in Orlando, FL and will be presenting ‘The Innovation of Jordan’s Grid – The Macroeconomic Impact of a Distributed and Renewable Energy Strategy and the Analytics That Drive It’, and have been selected to present our company at a number of well-respected global events, including SXSW Eco Interactive and Demo the World.

With all this positive exposure, it’s a good thing our team has been hard at work improving our platform technology and user experience. We just launched our improved platform this month at start@ETS, the first stop of our Platform Launch Roadshow and are already receiving rave reviews about our new Platform. (Want a peek? Sign up for a demo here).

Finally, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish so much without having a kickass team to power our business. This past year, we’ve made some key hires and strengthened our team bond as a whole. In December, we hosted our first official employee off-site! The whole team met in Boulder, CO to share our respective year-end updates, brainstorm corporate strategy, and collaborate on projects. Just as importantly, we made time for team bonding – the team crafted cards for the Meals on Wheels’ senior outreach program; some of us went for a hike; and I taught Marcus how to make S’mores!

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It’s been quite an exciting year (to say the least), and this just the beginning!

Want to follow our journey? Contact us here!

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Judges included representatives from GE Ventures, the World Bank Group, the United Nations Foundation, and Scientific American – to name just a few. The Showcase was an incredible launchpad into conversations with Austin Energy and Direct Energy, who were both also represented on the judges panel.