May 20, 2024
Recognizing opportunity: A profile of recognition software company Kairos
"I see us growing, minimum, 100% a year for the next five years," says Kairos CEO and founder Brian Brackeen.

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Recognizing opportunity: A profile of recognition software company Kairos

Recognition software company Kairos is on a growth tear.

Technology company Kairos makes digital tools that recognize and understand people and their emotions. The software is able to determine everything from a person's identity to the person's age, gender and emotions. Some 7,000 developers in 20 countries have used the tools.

The technology is used to recognize unconscious patients when they're brought into an emergency room and to verify customers' identities at banks. Nike uses it in its European stores to scan crowds and determine the demographic profiles of shoppers. Cruise lines use it to identify people's faces in the photos their photographers take, so guests can ask to see all of the photos they are in.

Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen founded the 14-employee, Miami-based company in 2012.

In April, Kairos acquired IMRSV, which makes emotion analysis tools, and folded IMRSV into Kairos. At the time, Brackeen said Kairos was the only company that could offer facial biometrics and emotion analysis in a single set of tools.

Endeavor Entrepreneur, a global non-profit that provides mentoring, training, an advisory board and other support to entrepreneurs, selected Kairos as an Endeavor Entrepreneur last fall. That support, Brackeen says, has been critical as Kairos works on a $10-million investment round that will close in the first quarter of 2016. Endeavor has also committed to investing in Kairos.

As it raises money, Kairos is also in the process of buying another company (Brackeen won't name it), and Brackeen expects to make another two acquisitions next year. "I think we'll be really aggressive," he says. "I see us growing, minimum, 100% a year for the next five years." After that, he has his eye on an IPO.


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MIAMI - Miami Dade College opened its Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex. > The Wynwood Yard community gathering space and culinary incubator is to open this month in the city's Wynwood district. It will include a bar and four food kiosks, whose operators will have the chance to pitch their concepts to investors, real estate developers and other business owners. Wexford Science & Technology, which owns the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, wants to expand the park with a hotel and office/ lab space that would include Cambridge Innovation Center co-working space. IMS Internet Media Services announced a partnership in which it will sell advertising directed at Latin American users within Redwood City, Calif.-based Electronic Arts' video games. > Dallas, Texas-based Rockpoint Group paid $113.5 million to purchase the 195,000-sq.-ft. Mary Brickell Village shopping center and parking garage from Quebec- based Cambridge. Matthew Greer, former CEO of Carlisle Development Group; the co-founders of affordable housing company Biscayne Housing Group, Gonzalo DeRamon and Michael Cox; and Rene Sierra, co-founder of Siltek Affordable Housing, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government by inflating construction costs for affordable housing projects and giving or receiving kickbacks. Contractor Arturo Hevia of Design Management and Builders and B&K Construction Services President Michael Runyon pleaded guilty earlier this year to similar charges in the same case.

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