Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fernandez, Ghorieshi Join Ranktab’s Medical Advisory Board

The advisory board will oversee the firm's strategic alignment towards the Medical Industry.

SAN JOSE, CA – June 7, 2017  Ranktab Inc., a cognitive intelligence software company, announced today that Jose Fernandez, MD, EE, MBA, former BD Manager NXP Semiconductors Healthcare, and M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, founder of the Palo Alto Center for Mind Body Health, have joined the company’s medical advisory board. In this capacity, they will provide counsel on business development, technology and advances into the healthcare sector. 

“Ranktab has introduced novel methods to embed collective intelligence into daily decisions, and a growing demand of these capacities come from the healthcare sector, where we identified the urgent need for products such as our MediBot.” said Francisco Ruiz, CEO of Ranktab. “To ensure we align our vision with the highest standards of the medical industry, we have been very fortunate to attract the insights of Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Ghorieshi”.


Jose Fernandez is a medical doctor, electrical engineer and MBA (Globis University Japan), who is an accomplished healthcare business development manager with more than 15 years of experience in the global medical sector. He was the Business Development Manager for the Healthcare division of NXP Semiconductors, were he was responsible for aligning the medical IP portfolio and product line of MCUs, MPUs, Sensors and RF with the needs of customers in the medical sector. Dr. Fernandez was featured engineer in EE Web Magazine and has 4 patents and 3 publications focused in medical applications of field transistors and MIM-Based ISFET Sensors.


M Rameen Ghorieshi is a medical doctor who is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, and a member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford University. He completed his training at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and attended medical school at the Emory University School of Medicine where he also received an advanced degree in behavioral sciences and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Ghorieshi founded the Palo Alto Center for Mind Body Health and has publications and experience in psychiatry, addiction, cognitive neuroscience, and medical broadcasting.

About Ranktab – Ranktab is one of the fastest growing cognitive artificial intelligence solutions in the market. Ranktab’s data visualization, conversational platforms and patent-pending algorithms provide organizations with a live graphical view of collective intelligence in target applications. 

About MediBot – MediBot is an SMS chatbot that uses Artificial Intelligence to send text reminders according to patient's behavioral health indicators. The bot doesn't require any app installation or download: patients text a picture of the medication, the bot extracts name and dosage and they start receiving reminders tailored to them through a prediction algorithm; overtime the bot learns from the patients interactions to adjust messaging relevance and increase adherence. 

Contacts -
Laura Carreon
(408) 757.0089
[email protected]

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

Friday, January 27, 2017

Introducing TextBot


Several weeks ago, a few of us at Ranktab started working on a new way to propel smarter decisions for everyday challenges, a project we now call TextBot. Our goal: create a product that learns from your decisions and adapts itself to help you achieve long-term goals. It would deliver contextually-aware, habit-forming reminders via the simplest communications channel possible: text.

Today, we are excited to unveil TextBot!





TextBot is an SMS-native bot, meaning there is no app to download or no platform to run on, just SMS a photo to it, and it'll recognize any text and send it back to you along with smart, contextual reminders. Over time it'll learn from your decisions to help you reach any goal.

To us at Ranktab, aiding in daily decisions was a natural step after reaching 1.5M+ collective decisions in our SaaS platform and understanding the value that cognitive data clustering could bring through new interfaces.

We started by adopting the new wave of chatbots, and last year we introduced our Spark and Slack chatbots, but TextBot is not a chatbot. We chose to experiment with the concept of Invisible Apps, where you do a single action, such as sending a photo, and you make things happen. 


Apps without an interface. It’s a completely different mode of interaction, one that reduces adoption barriers for verticals in urgent need for innovation, such as healthcare. With a chatbot, you ask specific questions and give specific prompts for what you need. Our goal with TextBot is not overwhelm you with questions, but to understand your style for completing goals just based on how you interact with it.

If you happen to be in the Bay Area, we’d love for you to give TextBot a try and let us know what you think! TextBot is an early beta of our upcoming technologies based in machine learning and artificial intelligence, and as such we are still iterating, fixing bugs and improving the experience.


We’ll be slowly letting people in from the waitlist. It’ll take time for TextBot to learn about you and for us to refine how it all works, but it is certainly in line with our company’s mission: Decide Smarter, Together.

Join TextBot’s private beta today.


@textbot_ai

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.