Innovation is at the heart of a successful startup. With its great location near both MIT and Harvard, Alley Coworking Space in Cambridge is understandably home to a wide variety of innovative businesses and organizations. Companies who use our coworking space in Cambridge range from technology startups to student-run non-profit organizations. Here, we shine the spotlight on five of these remarkable businesses and highlight the impact they are making in both the community and the world.
Nearly every company needs to use technology to improve operations and reach consumers. Instaclustr helps businesses implement reliable, effective, and secure solutions for applications using open source technology that keep their operations running smoothly. Instaclustr stands out in the technology sector because they use an integrated data platform of open-source technologies and have accumulated over 40 million node hours of experience. They also offer consulting and support for their customers to make sure they are getting the most out of their application solutions. Some of the well-known, satisfied companies who have worked with Instaclustr include Blackberry and Open Mesh among many others.
Although the benefits of growing your own food are widely known, many people find it difficult to find the time and space to grow it. In addition, many people live in climates where fresh fruits and vegetables are only available for part of the year. SproutsIO offers a solution to these problems with its unique technology that allows users to grow their own food all year long. With SproutIO’s automated indoor growing system, even the busiest people in the coldest climates can succeed in growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Users simply add water to the system and scan a code that corresponds to the seeds, and the growing system does the rest using WiFi. The growing system makes sure that the plant has its specific needs met, and it uses push notifications to remind users about watering and harvesting. All of this ensures that users will have the freshest food available all year long.
Harvard students founded Y2Y Network in 2015 when student volunteers at a local shelter noticed a need for a safe and affirming space specifically for young people experiencing homelessness in the greater Boston community. The program is still student-run today, and it continues to serve the unique needs of young people in the Boston area. The youth-to-youth model of the Y2Y network makes guests feel safer and more comfortable than other shelters. The network focuses on affirming the dignity of all guests while also allowing them to interact with volunteers and other guests their age. The program not only takes care of guests’ immediate needs, such as shelter, but it also gives them the opportunity to “create sustainable pathways out of homelessness and develop skills for long-term success” by connecting them to appropriate resources. The program is continuously adapting using the latest research so that they can continue to best meet the needs of the youth in their community.
Galaxy.AI is an innovative company that is increasing efficiency in the automobile insurance industry through the power of artificial intelligence. Their technology can make claims estimates for users by quickly analyzing photographs of low to moderate vehicle damage, which in turns cuts down on time, administrative costs, and claim fraud for insurance companies. Insured users can use Galaxy.AI’s app to take high-quality photographs of their vehicle, and the program will show them how it arrived at the generated claim amount by highlighting the damage it recognized and making notes in just seconds. Customers have reported high-satisfaction with the product overall, and insurance companies understandably like the increased efficiency.
Some of the most complex legal problems result from multi-jurisdictional litigation. Arbilex is soon going to launch to pilot analytics programs that will help streamline legal analysis in these and other complex situations to save time and increase efficiency. Using data science and artificial intelligence, Arbilex will quickly develop case insights that would otherwise take a lot of time. This frees up associates to work on other tasks. The company will also generate a custom risk-assessment for a given case based on the specific details of that litigation. Again, this will save time and provide data-driven solutions for complex issues.
There are many different types of companies and organizations that use shared office spaces. The innovative culture that drives MIT and Harvard also permeates Alley’s coworking space in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The benefits of a shared office space extend to all companies, regardless of how long the company has been in existence or how much in makes in profits. Alley’s Cambridge coworking space alone houses organizations that address human dignity, legal issues, technology, and agriculture. The common thread uniting all of these companies, however, is their innovation and commitment to excellence.
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