Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ranktab Introduces Enterprise Chatbot For Faster, Smarter Team Decisions

The chatbot streamlines group decisions to propel productivity.

SAN JOSE, CA – September 1, 2016  Ranktab, the leading online group decision platform, today announced the introduction of its first enterprise chatbot, which automates teams decisions within Cisco Spark, Cisco’s fully integrated cloud-based collaboration service. 

Ranktab’s Chatbot enables teams to quickly setup and evaluate decisions in order to visually reveal a group’s smartest consensus. The return on investment for enterprises is quickly realized by the drastic reduction in hours spent per employee in long and inefficient group decisions and meetings. 


“Chatbots, in conjunction with artificial intelligence and machine learning, will be an essential part of future enterprise collaboration,” said Francisco Ruiz, Ranktab CEO and Co-founder. “Our early support for this user experience and smart algorithms embedded into leading collaboration platforms ensures we are part of the revolution that is starting to transform business workflow in the enterprise.”




According to a new market report published by Credence Research, Inc., “Global Chatbots Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015 – 2022”, the global chatbots market was valued at US$ 88.3 Mn in 2015, and is expected to witness an exponential growth during the forecast period 2016 – 2023. 

Recent announcements by Microsoft, Facebook, Google and other leading enterprise IT vendors have propelled the demand for chatbots into enterprise collaboration platforms such as Cisco’s Spark. Ranktab’s Chatbot is immediately available for Cisco Spark users at https://ranktab.com/chatbot.

About Cisco Spark  Cisco Spark delivers Cisco customers a highly secure, connected collaboration experience via the cloud, combining the three types of communication tools people use most at work— messaging, meeting, and calling – into a single platform. For more information, visit ciscospark.com.

About Ranktab  Ranktab is a web and mobile decisions platform that collects live individual judgments to calculate and visually reveal a group's smartest consensus. Our vision is to make group decisions smarter, faster and social – an innovation hub that transforms individual assessments into visual collective wisdom. For more information, visit ranktab.com and follow us at twitter.com/ranktab 


If you would like more information on this topic or to schedule an interview please contact [email protected], (408) 757-0089.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ranktab Featured In New Cisco Digital Workforce Trends Case Study

Case study showcases how companies can pursue digital transformation in the area of employee feedback and decision-making.

SAN JOSE, CA – April 25, 2016  Ranktab, a leading web and mobile decisions platform that collects live individual judgments to visually reveal a group's smartest consensus, today announced its contributions to a new case study by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative that brings together innovation and learning to create disruptive business models for the digital era. 

The case study, “Workforce Transformation in the Digital Vortex” describes the Ranktab capabilities that enable visual and collaborative decision making, capturing shared wisdom and using it to drive informed decisions into employees’ existing workflow. 


“We were so pleased that Cisco tapped into Ranktab’s experience with decision data science to call attention to the critical role organizational transparency plays in developing smarter decision making in the enterprise,” said Francisco Ruiz, Ranktab CEO and Co-founder. “Ranktab’s clients are often discovering new markets or addressing gaps in rapidly changing ones. Our innovative methods have helped smarten and streamline their organizational Decision IQ.”


Cisco sought Ranktab’s input on the case study because of the company’s expertise and ideas on how companies can pursue digital transformation in the area of employee feedback and decision making. Ranktab does a great deal of research in developing group decision capabilities for technology leaders in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area. For other examples of Ranktab’s collaborative decision making software, please see the success stories series “Smartening Decision Making in Venture Funding, Governments and Enterprises”.

About Ranktab  Ranktab is a web and mobile decisions platform that collects live individual judgments to calculate and visually reveal a group's smartest consensus. Our vision is to make group decisions smarter, faster and social – an innovation hub that transforms individual assessments into visual collective wisdom. For more information, visit ranktab.com and follow us at twitter.com/ranktab 


If you would like more information on this topic or to schedule an interview please contact [email protected], (408) 757-0089.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fogarty, Maloney Join Ranktab Advisory Board

SAN JOSE, CA – November 5, 2015  Ranktab, Inc., a collaborative decision-making software company, announced today that Mat Fogarty and Larry Maloney have joined the company’s advisory board.  In this capacity, they will provide counsel on business development, technology and advances into new markets.

“Ranktab is playing a leading role in changing the collaborative decision making landscape by providing business accelerators, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies the tools to select new initiatives in real-time and transform their organizations into smart ecosystems through micro decisions curation” said Francisco Ruiz, CEO of Ranktab. “The wealth of knowledge, professional experience and strategic insights Mat and Larry bring to the advisory board will be key in our continued profitable growth and development”.

Mat Fogarty is a serial entrepreneur who advises and invests in companies around the world. Fogarty was the CEO and co-founder of Crowdcast, the leader in the crowdsourced enterprise forecasting space, which was acquired by Spigit in 2012. More recently, Mat was SVP of Business Development at IdeaScale where he helped define the overarching business and product strategy. Fogarty was featured as “The New Entrepreneurial Elite” in a cover article in Inc. Magazine and is founder of Bliss Innovation, a consultant on corporate renewal and innovation. 


Larry Maloney is a software/systems architect with 25 years of experience building systems. He built the first Web Application servers (NetScape), the first smartphone anti-virus scanners acquired by Juniper, created Billion dollar products for IBM, prototyped the Verizon MiFi, and helped build one of the leading Hackerspace in the world: The Hacker Dojo

Ranktab’s mission is to revolutionize group decision-making. Ranktab’s collaborative decision-making software helps business accelerators, enterprises and government agencies expedite and effectively manage, measure and optimize group decision making at scale.

About Ranktab  Ranktab is one of the fastest growing group decision-making solutions in the market. Ranktab’s data visualization platform and patent-pending algorithms provide large groups with a live graphical view of the crowd’s smartest consensus. Available in both web and mobile versions, Ranktab provides a rich visual platform that lets groups collaborate on collective decision-making with advanced analytics and instant reporting options. 

Contacts 
Laura Carreon
408-757-0089
[email protected]

For more information, visit ranktab.com and follow us at twitter.com/ranktab

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ranktab, Inc. featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal and CNN Expansion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – September 23, 2015  Ranktab Inc has been featured by Silicon Valley Business Journal and CNN Expansion highlighting the company's business acceleration in the Bay Area. The Silicon Valley Business Journal provides the latest breaking news, updated throughout the day, as well as top stories from Silicon Valley. CNN Expansion is a Spanish-language online news portal targeted to the business markets in Mexico and Latin America. 

The article from Silicon Valley Business Journal can be viewed here: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/print-edition/2015/09/18/ranktab-having-trouble-with-making-group-decisions.html


The article from CNN Expansion can be viewed here: http://www.cnnexpansion.com/emprendedores/2015/04/30/ranktab-unos-dias-en-silicon-valley


About Ranktab  Ranktab is a web and mobile application that collects live individual judgments to calculate and visually reveal a group's smartest consensus. Our vision is to make group decisions smarter, faster and social – an innovation hub that transforms individual assessments into visual collective wisdom. For more information, visit ranktab.com and follow us at twitter.com/ranktab

Monday, May 11, 2015

Managing Your Company Growth with OKRs

Contributed post by: Francisco Ruiz / CEO

Ranktab is one of the fastest-growing group-based decision-making solutions available in the market. Our solution is used by Fortune 500 companies, leading universities and governments for live corporate decision-making, peer reviews, and open voting.

In late 2014, one of my advisors, who is a successful serial entrepreneur, suggested implementing OKRs at Ranktab. He had implemented OKRs at his company and it had a significant impact on the company’s culture and speed of execution.
Searching the web about OKRs, I found the google OKRs video very helpful. Given the growth we were having, I wanted a goals methodology like OKRs to bring sharp focus to our efforts and ensure we were not wasting our valuable resources on too many initiatives.
I asked everyone in my company to watch the video, so that they understood the value of OKRs adoption. In our team meeting, we openly discussed the benefits of OKRs to both the company and individuals and decided to adopt OKRs at Ranktab.
We initially started using google spreadsheets to track OKRs at the company and team level and assigned KRs to individuals. But, it soon became unwieldy and cumbersome to maintain the spreadsheet. There was no easy way to cascade objectives and automatically update OKRs.  Also, we found the spreadsheets didn’t get updated regularly and there were no good reminder cues until the weekly meeting.
I began looking for OKR tools on the web that could replace our spreadsheet implementation. We wanted to keep embracing the OKR culture at Ranktab and found a couple of software options that could work for us without creating more complexity. Our primary requirement was a tool that was super easy to use, encourage OKR process with simple reminders/notifications, would grow with the company without much initial investment and had visual dashboards that we could use to quickly review the OKRs status in our meetings. After reviewing several solutions, we settled on Cove app, given its ease of use, visual dashboards and weekly reminders. We were easily able to migrate all our OKRs from our google spreadsheet to the tool.
With my leadership team, I set the annual objectives and quarterly OKRs for the company and our teams set quarterly team OKRs that cascaded from our company OKRs. Today, everyone in our company updates their OKRs once a week and we review our Cove OKR dashboards every Monday in our meetings. All our OKRs are visible to everyone in the company.
The focus on OKRs has really helped our employees and managers focus on the key priorities. As a CEO, company OKRs also help me focus on medium term priorities but also what I need to get done in a particular week.
The toughest part of adopting OKRs was setting the right objectives and key results for the company and teams. It takes some thinking time up front, but very much needed as it lays the groundwork for the direction of the company or team. It is time well spent. As we are growing fast and could invest our resources in umpteen number of initiatives, our OKRs are helping our employees stay focused. I notice that even my staff meetings are much more efficient, as we start my meetings by reviewing metrics on our OKR dashboards and focus on the important stuff rather than going around the table about what got done.
I like the fact that transparency and data-driven decision making have become an integral part of my company’s culture with OKRs adoption. Hey, it goes well with the group decision-making product we offer to our own customers!  
About the Author:
Francisco Ruiz is the CEO and co-founder of RankTab. Mr. Ruiz has an M.S. in Technology Commercialization degree at the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked at several technology ventures.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ranktab Gets Admission In Exclusive H/F Acceleration Program

Mountain View, CALIF. (May 03, 2015)  Ranktab Inc one of the fastest-growing group-based decision-making solutions available in the market, is excited to announce that they have beaten tough global competition to win a place in the Hackers/Founders Co-op, accelerator program.

Ranktab is used by Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, business accelerators, and governments for live corporate decision-making, peer reviews, and open voting. The H/F Co-op is an accelerator run by Hackers/Founders (H/F), one of the largest networks of entrepreneurs in the world with over 200,000 members in 95 cities.

Joining the acceleration program will help Ranktab explore customer gains in both the consumer and enterprise markets worldwide. Other benefits of joining the H/F Co-op include access to US technical skills and capital, as well as a chance to work with fellow entrepreneurs right in the heart of Silicon Valley in Mountain View.

“The entrepreneurial scene in Silicon Valley is so vast it is hard to distinguish the dreams from reality. We are excited to be part of the Hackers and Founders Co-op. The rigorous hands-on approach of Hackers/Founders really makes a difference. Anyone can be a mentor or advisor, but not everyone will roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. H/F has helped us with things as varied as pricing strategies, the Ranktab UX/UI, term sheets and pitches, just to name a few things, before connecting us with investors."
- Ranktab CEO, Francisco Ruiz

Jonathan Nelson, the man who grew Hackers/Founders from five people to over 200,000 members in 90 cities, and is currently CEO of the organization, said, “Ranktab is one of the fastest-growing group-based decision-making solutions available in the market, and we are excited to be involved. We look forward to the opportunity to help Ranktab become a global success."

About Ranktab  Ranktab is one of the fastest-growing group-based decision-making solutions available in the market. Ranktab’s data visualization platform and patent-pending algorithms provide large groups with a live graphical view of the crowd’s smartest consensus. 

Available in both web and mobile versions, Ranktab provides a rich visual platform that lets groups collaborate on collective decision-making with advanced analytics and instant reporting options.

Ranktab customers include Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, business accelerators and governments.

Ranktab is free for up to three public decisions. For users that need more, Ranktab offers Starter, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise packages with prices ranging from as low as $14.95 per month, and going up to $199.95 per month for enterprise users. For a full list of Ranktab's features, please visit ranktab.com 

Ranktab founders – Ranktab was founded by Francisco Ruiz and Oscar Estrella in 2014. Mr. Ruiz graduated with a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization degree at the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a certification in Product Marketing and Management, and minors in Finance and Software Development. Oscar Estrella has a BS in Computer Science at UNIVA University as well as certifications in Technology Entrepreneurship I and II and Decision Quality MOOCs by Stanford/NovoED.

About H/F Co-Op  The H/F Co-op is an acceleration program run by Hackers/Founders, the largest network of entrepreneurs in the world with 200,000 members in 90 cities. The H/F Co-op is a tightly-knit cooperative, where concierge services are provided in exchange for equity, and where founders help each other and elect each other to the program.

H/F Co-op portfolio companies currently have a net worth of over $350 million. The accelerator is based in Mountain View, California.

About Hackers/Founders  Hackers/Founders (H/F) began as a small Meetup group in 2008. In fact, only five members attended the first meeting. But the combination of beer, burgers and shop-talk about big problems -such as launching startups and hacking the night away- proved potent. So much so, that H/F has grown to 20,000+ members in 90 cities and 33 countries over the last seven years.

From that first meeting, H/F organizers Jonathan and Laura Nelson saw a need for an organization focused on a traditionally underserved group in Silicon Valley and abroad: early-stage entrepreneurs. No ecosystem at the time existed to assist these folks, so Hackers/Founders, Inc. was launched in 2011 as a startup dedicated to assisting other startups.

The mission resonated. In just three years, H/F managed to accomplish more than corporate entities with budgets ten times as large had done.

To equip founders to launch and build their businesses globally, H/F developed a range of services, resources, and activities with the sole purpose of creating more successful startups. The vast majority of our networking, speaker and hackathon events are free (seriously), and we produce free online educational content.

To provide more value to our community, H/F launched a startup-centric accelerator program called the Co-op in 2012. Through a services-for-equity model, which cuts the costs of funding, the Co-op provides more value than traditional venture capital models and allows founders to focus on building their companies. H/F staff get in the trenches with each startup to provide personalized attention, improving their chances of success.

Today, Hackers/Founders has become an epicenter within the entrepreneur community. H/F will continue to grow and offer more services to early-stage startup community. New chapters are opening monthly. More programming and resources (both online and offline) are being produced for founders. The Co-op accelerator will be expanded. And so much more will be announced in the coming years. The future of early-stage entrepreneurship is bright!

For more information, please contact:
H/F Co-op - Jonathon Angell - [email protected]
Ranktab - [email protected]

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ranktab to pitch at Plug and Play's 2015 Spring Expo after Seed Investment and 10 week Accelerator Program

SUNNYVALE, CA – March 9, 2015  Ranktab Inc has been selected by Plug and Play Tech Center to take part in their Startup Camp Accelerator Spring Expo day in Silicon Valley. The San Jose, CA based Ranktab team will be pitching in front of approximately 150 investors in Sunnyvale, California at the Plug and Play Tech Center after receiving valuable mentorship, workshops, exposure to the huge network of Plug and Play’s partners, and a $25,000 seed investment. The 10 week accelerator program started Monday, January 12 and finalizes on March 19th with the program's own EXPO, Plug and Play’s quarterly pitch competition event, which will feature 30+ startup pitches, and corporate networking.

“The Plug and Play program has delivered on its promise of bridging the gap for an international startup to fully immerse into Silicon Valley's ecosystem. Our acceleration in the mecca of innovation has set the speed to -Fast and Furious- on our mission to revolutionize group decision-making."
- Ranktab CEO, Francisco Ruiz

About Plug and Play Tech Center  Plug and Play Tech Center is a business accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Plug and Play’s global network includes 300+ tech startups, 180+ investors and a community of leading universities and corporate partners. From unique industry networking events, education and immersion programs to M&A, Plug and Play has everything tech startups need to get organized, connect and grow.

About Ranktab  Ranktab is a web and mobile application that collects live individual judgments to calculate and visually reveal a group's smartest consensus. Our vision is to make group decisions smarter, faster and social – an innovation hub that transforms individual assessments into visual collective wisdom. For more information, visit ranktab.com and follow us at twitter.com/ranktab