Miami-Based Innovator Brian Brackeen Tells-All About Funding Startups

You may not be too familiar with Miami-based entrepreneur Brian Brackeen now, but he will soon be a worldwide, household name.

This groundbreaking innovator is the founder and CEO of Kairos.com, an ingenious facial recognition company helping companies everywhere to change the way they interact with their employees, patients, and customers.

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Kairos is essentially a human analytics company that provides modern day technology solutions that can help automate analysis of human behavior.

Kairos combines social science and technology, allowing businesses to understand the variables that impact consumer decision making in real time.

In laymen’s terms, Brackeen has developed a superior technology that detects your emotions, via facial recognition and emotional analysis, when gauging a product, or interacting with a service.

Through use of human metrics, Kairos allows companies to understand more about who people are, how they feel, and what earns their interest. This allows for a deeper understanding into people’s interactions with companies. Companies gain access to consumer decisive moments by capturing those moments with technology.

Companies may also gauge the moment of decision for each product and experience.

With Kairos, still images, Web content, and real-time video are processed by leading facial analysis, and emotional analysis algorithms, thus, automating the process of collecting and analyzing data about human behavior.

Brackeen serves as the brain behind this operation. Since founding Kairos, he has raised more than $5 million in venture capital and has 7,000 customers in 40 countries.

Kairos acquired company IMRSV, making Kairos the only facial biometrics company in the world offering both facial recognition and emotion analysis tools for developers.

Prior to founding Kairos, Brackeen worked as a senior project manager for Apple Inc. and senior managing consultant from IBM.

Brackeen currently cultivates Miami’s tech and entrepreneurial scene. He will be in attendance at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, May 4–7, at the Loews Hotel Miami, Miami, Florida, talking seed and early stage funding for entrepreneurs.

He will be joined by the Founding Partner of Cross Culture Ventures, Marlon Nichols, advising attendees on how to market yourself to investors and assessing the early stage funding that may be right for your business. Register now.

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Please be on the lookout at BlackEnterprise.com as speakers, activities, and sessions are announced.

Code Fever Founder Felecia Hatcher Talks Keys to Lasting Success

On May 4-7, techies, innovators, and entrepreneurs will gather at the Loews Hotel Miami, in Miami, Florida, for three days of incubating, learning, and collaboration at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Felecia Hatcher, founder and CEO of Code Fever and Miami Black Tech Week, will be facilitating an ideas lab and discussing innovation and invention with young entrepreneurs at the summit.

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BlackEnterprise.com had a chance to catch up with Hatcher to learn about success in entrepreneurship and the importance of STEM. Check it out.

BlackEnterprise.com: You’ve had quite a bit going on as an entrepreneur since BE last spoke to you. Catch us up on what’s going on in your business world now.

Hatcher: I ran a gourmet Popsicle manufacturing company, called Feverish Pops, for seven years with my husband. We sold the company last year to an Italian ice company. We sold because we were really being pulled in the direction of working more intently on Code Fever, our nonprofit that we started about three years ago. We run that foundation now in Miami. We’re focused on increasing the resource magnetism in the black community around startups and technology and innovation. Our bigger project overall is trying to rid our communities of innovation deserts.

You’re currently juggling two ventures, with Code Fever and Miami Black Tech Week. How are you going about assuring no balls are dropped when your hands are so full?
I would love to say that every ball is always managed and floating in the air at the same time, but that’s just not realistic. We have a team that loves what we’re doing, and we understand that we all benefit when we’re attracting the people, resources, funding, and all those things that come with building a healthy ecosystem in South Florida.

As a serial entrepreneur, it seems you hold the secret—tell us, what does it take to succeed in entrepreneurship?
I would say a lot of tenacity. Getting up every day even when life has punched you in the gut and you don’t want to keep going. Saying to yourself, “I’m going to always look at things as an opportunity instead of an obstacle.” Entrepreneurs have a lot of dark days, and no one likes to talk about that. It’s important to manage expectations on what it’s really going to take to survive and to thrive.

What three sound tips would you have for a budding entrepreneur?

  1. Be extremely curious.
  2. Look for and cultivate champions more than mentors. These are people that rally for you and open doors for you.
  3. Have a value mindset in every situation you walk into. Realize that before you can withdraw from an ecosystem, you have to contribute to an ecosystem.

What can attendees expect to learn from your Innovator and Inventors meet-up at the 2016 Entrepreneurs Summit? 
One of the biggest things is to change the narrative. The narrative right now is that we don’t exist in the space. But we hold patents and trademarks, we buy and sell companies, and we invent and build stuff—we built the United States. This event is us being able to come together and to collaborate, being able to see all these black and brown faces doing the exact same thing that we are, being able to have those models that we can look to. These events increase the flow.

Register now to learn more from Hatcher at the 2016 BE Entrepreneurs Summit, May 4th-7th, Loews Hotel Miami, Miami, Florida.

5 Black Miami Entrepreneurs You Need to Know

As Black Enterprise gears up to head to South Florida for the 2016 Entrepreneurs Summit, we salute those entrepreneurs that are making strides and upgrading the lifestyle in the Miami, Florida, landscape.Check out these innovative entrepreneurs below.

Derrick Ashong You may remember Ashong from 2008 as a YouTube sensation due to his “surprisingly articulate” support of Barack Obama. Ashong strategically parlayed his YouTube fame into hosting gigs on Oprah Radio on SiriusXM, Al Jazeera English TV Network, and DNAtv on Fusion. He is founder of Miami-based tech company, amp.it, a site designed to help fans greenlight the works of artists they love.

Felecia Hatcher Hatcher is the founder and CEO of Feverish Ice Cream-Ice Pops. She’s also the the co-founder of Code Fever and Miami Black Tech Week. She is a White House Award-winning entrepreneur, globally sought after speaker and author of 3 books on entrepreneurship and educational scholarship. In 2013, Hatcher was Black Enterprise’s own Innovator of the Year. You can find out more about Hatcher’s innovations at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, May 4-7, at Loews Hotel Miami, Miami Beach, Florida.

Adrian Foster Foster is the president and CEO of Foster Construction of South Florida, a general contraction firm specializing in commercial construction of office buildings, restaurants, airports, parks, schools, and medical facilities. She also worked to build the nation’s first LEED Platinum Municipal Building, in the city of Miami Gardens. With her construction and real estate development experience, she has managed roughly $100 million in aggregate project value.

Suzan McDowell McDowell is the president & CEO of Circle of One Marketing, a full service marketing and advertising agency with a tilt towards the African American and Caribbean markets. Her lucrative agency is responsible for the representation of Miami’s headlining annual event, Jazz in the Gardens, University of Miami, OneUnited Bank, Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign in South Florida, and much more. To date, her company services 230 clients, in 857 markets and her efforts have led to 23 awards, and counting.

Kevin V. Michael Michael is the co-founder and managing partner of Invizio, LLC, a South Florida IT services and consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses maximize their use of technology. He oversees business development, strategic relationship development and client relations for the company. You deserve a spot on this list.

Register now for the Entrepreneurs Summit to cast your name in as the next popular entrepreneur to know!

Be sure to follow Black Enterprise on social media @BlackEnterprise for Entrepreneur Summit news, highlights, and updates. Use hashtag #BESummit to stay in the loop. Please be on the lookout at BlackEnterprise.com as speakers, activities, and sessions are announced.