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  • Descartes Lab Satellite Imagery Analysis

    Dr. Joe Evans of DARPA discusses working with Descartes Labs on Food Security Forecasting.
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  • CNBC unveils its annual list of 100 promising start-ups to watch

    The Upstart 100 is CNBC's exclusive list of promising young start-ups, featuring a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names.
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  • Why This 153-Year-Old Company Is Interested in Satellites and A.I.

    Speaking at Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Reinvent conference on Monday in Chicago, Cargill’s vice president and leader of global analytics James Weed explained the reasoning behind his company’s partnership with the data-crunching startup Descartes Labs.
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  • DARPA pledges millions to scour a surge of satellite photos

    Descartes Labs will receive up to $7.2 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to help bring geospatial data from satellites to the cloud.
    Read the article on Fast Company
  • How One Company Aims to Model the World—and All Its Activity—in the Cloud

    Descartes Labs is building a platform to let the Pentagon analyze all the geospatial intelligence, all the time.
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  • Descartes Labs joins DARPA geospatial initiative

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Descartes Labs, a $2.9 million contract to bring its geospatial analytics platform into DARPA’s geospatial cloud.
    Read the article on SpaceNews
  • This startup says it can solve geospatial industry’s big data problem

    Clearly, the size and the scale at which the geospatial industry is producing data today has moved beyond the realm of a bunch of analysts sitting in front of their computers, trying to make sense of the pictures floating on the screens. It’s a task best left to the machines.
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  • Descartes Labs launches its geospatial analysis platform

    Descartes Labs, a New Mexico-based geospatial analytics startup, today announced that its platform is now out of beta.
    Read the article on TechCrunch
  • Descartes Labs adds Airbus’ OneAtlas catalog to its satellite maps platform

    Descartes Labs, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based geospatial analytics startup, is teaming up with Airbus to bring high-resolution satellite imagery to its platform.
    Read the article on VentureBeat
  • Descartes Labs unleashes machine learning on space data

    Satellite imagery across the visual spectrum is cascading down from the heavens. The challenge is to figure out how to process it, learn from it—and monetize it.
    Read the article on Quartz
  • Satellite imagery company launches wildfire twitter feed

    A new tool for visualizing and tracking wildfires from the sky was launched on twitter Wednesday by a New Mexico-based startup company, in an effort that combines super-computing capabilities with satellite imagery.
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  • This Twitterbot keeps you up-to-date on fires burning near you

    Pulling from a list of burning fires, @WildfireSignal uses satellite imagery to let you know if smoke or flames are headed your direction.
    Read the article on Fast Company
  • How satellite imagery could combat infectious diseases around the world

    The Los Alamos National Lab has worked with Descartes Labs to come up with systems for analyzing on-the-ground conditions in Brazil in order to forecast dengue. The hope is to expand the work around the world.
    Read the article on Fast Company
  • WSJ Top 25 Tech Companies to Watch 2018

    Startups working in these hot areas of the technology industry take more than half of the spots on this year’s Wall Street Journal listing of 25 technology companies to watch. The list identifies startups that show signs of becoming emerging leaders in the tech industry.
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  • Business Insider, Mesmerizing aerial images show the growth of cities like Beijing and Las Vegas over the last 3 decades

    The imaging startup Descartes Labs recently compiled these photos to create fascinating timelapses — from the 1980s to today — of five large cities, including Beijing and Las Vegas.
    Read the article on Business Insider
  • The Quest to Recover a Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Building

    Project to restore one of Wright’s buildings is providing insight into one of the last century’s most celebrated architects.
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  • The US government wants to start charging for the best free satellite data on earth

    The US government may begin charging users for access to five decades of satellite images of Earth, just as academic and corporate researchers are gaining the tools they need to harness them.
    Read the article on Quartz
  • Now you can see China's solar power boom from space

    These time-lapse videos from the NASA/USGS Landsat 8 and ESA Sentinel-2 satellites show the expansion of solar energy facilities in China — the above at Longyangxia and the below at Jinchang — during the five-year period between April 2013 and 2018.
    Read the article on Mashable
  • The 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards Finalists

    Fast Company’s second-annual World Changing Ideas Awards drew nearly 1,400 submissions in 12 categories. These 240 entries made it to the final round of judging.
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  • AI companies spot a business opportunity in space

    One area that's booming? Geospatial analytics, an industry where satellites are used to track everything from retail footfall to food production.
    Read the article on CNNMoney
  • The US just had the most expensive year for weather disasters in history. Expect more.

    Last year was the third-hottest year on record in the US. It was also the year in which weather disasters cost the country the most in history.
    Read the article on Quartz
  • The AI 100 2018

    Today, CB Insights unveiled the second annual AI 100 — a list of 100 of the most promising private companies applying artificial intelligence algorithms across 25+ industries, from healthcare to cybersecurity.
    Read the article on CB Insights
  • 8 Most Innovative Startups of 2017

    From space-age farming techniques to radically redesigned sports equipment, here are eight companies that made big strides on their revolutionary products in 2017.
    Read the article on Inc.
  • Remote Sensing Market Map: 20 Remote Sensing Startups and the Varied Data that Fuels them

    There are many agtech startups that use remote sensing technology for different precision farming applications. Some try to provide a field-level analysis using drones or airplanes, while others develop large-scale macro analytics using globally available satellite data.
    Read the article on Agfunder News
  • Assessing the damage of California’s Wildfires

    Over the past week, we’ve watched in horror as wildfires tore across Northern California. With a deep data archive of satellite imagery and expertise in remote sensing, we also wondered what we could do to better understand the extent of the damage.
    Read the article on Geospatial World
  • Descartes Labs raises $30 million to better understand Earth with AI

    Descartes Labs, a company that provides information about Earth derived from satellite imagery, announced today that it raised $30 million in a series B round led by LA-based March Capital. Crosslink Capital, Cultivian Sandbox, and other investors who previously provided funding to Descartes also participated.
    Read the article on venturebeat
  • Forecasting Outbreaks – 1 Image at a Time

    Public health is like your plumbing—you don’t notice it until it’s broken. And when those safeguards and policies put in place to keep our communities healthy and strong are broken, the results can be devastating.
    Read the article on Scientific American
  • Democratization of Space to Offer More Opportunities to Understand Earth

    With expansion in the commercial space industry, improvements in launch systems, sensors and other input technologies are transforming the satellite data value chain.
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  • Descartes Labs Selected as One of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies of the Year

    To qualify for Inc.'s list, founders needed groundbreaking ideas--and ambitious plans for bringing them to market.
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  • This Startup is Building a Fitness Tracker for the Planet

    Using enormous amounts of satellite data, Descartes Labs wants to track everything that’s changing on Earth’s surface–from deforestation to transportation to agriculture.
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  • Indulge Your Conspiracy Theories with this Visual Search Engine of the Entire Planet

    Global forecasting company Descartes Labs released a demo search engine that allows users to scan the entire globe to find specific types of objects. Want to know the location of every oil derrick on earth? How about all the crop circles? Waterparks?
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  • Search Earth with AI Eyes via Powerful Satellite Image Tool

    GeoVisual Search makes it possible to search satellite images of the entire world for matching objects. And it's just the beginning.
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  • A Visual Search Engine for the Entire Planet

    At this moment in history, there are more satellites photographing Earth from orbit than just about anyone knows what to do with. What should we do with all that imagery? How can we search it and process it? Descartes Labs, a startup that uses machine learning to identify crop health and other economic indicators in satellite imagery, has created a tool to better index and surf through it. They call it Geovisual Search.
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  • The Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by Sector

    Descartes Labs makes the Top 10 AI and machine learning companies list for 2017.
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  • 3.1-Trillion Pixel Landsat 8 Mosaic of the World

    The imaging technologies on satellites orbiting the Earth can take pictures of broad expanses and minute details, utilizing methods that allow researchers to conduct a variety of analyses on the data. The pictures sent back can be used to create more accurate maps, show rainfall or vegetation levels, as well as a variety of other metrics.
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  • Descartes Labs Releases 3.1 Trillion Pixel Landsat 8 Mosaic

    Descartes Labs uses cutting-edge science to advance global forecasting in areas such as crop production and food security. Their cloud-based computation platform is behind the company’s large-scale analysis, machine learning, environmental change analysis, and global predictions which are used by the commercial, academic, and government sectors.
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  • Trippy Satellite Imagery Could Forecast Food Crises Before They Happen

    The burden is now on technology to make up for the forecasted food crises in the coming decades, but thankfully there is no shortage of ideas on this front. The latest is coming from Descartes Labs, a company that is using machine learning to analyze satellite imagery to predict food supplies months in advance of current methods employed by the US government, a technique that could help predict food crises before they happen.
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  • CB Insights Report: Game Changing Startups

    Innovation of a very real kind is alive and well among startups and their investors. Using CB Insights technology market intelligence platform, we've identified some of the biggest industries of tomorrow and the technologies and startups that are going to usher these advances in.
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  • Tiny Satellites: The Latest Innovation Hedge Funds Are Using to Get a Leg Up

    The latest technological innovation for data-hungry hedge funds is a fleet of five dozen shoebox-sized satellites.
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  • This Startup Uses Machine Learning and Satellite Imagery to Predict Crop Yields

    Mark Johnson wants to beat the United States Department of Agriculture at its own game: predicting yields of America's crops.
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  • Toaster-sized Satellites Will Revolutionize How We Measure the World Food Supply

    Behind every box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes is an army of iPad-wielding crop scouts. Funded by US taxpayers, these 2,900 people (most of them sexagenarian part-timers) visit 125,000 American farmers each year to survey them about their expected yields … For more than a century, this method has been the most reliable way the US can measure its food supply. Until now. ‘As it turns out, there’s a lot of satellite imagery out there that very few people have looked at,’ says Mark Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Descartes Labs, a startup that wants to overhaul how such data is gathered.
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  • How Satellite And Imaging Technologies Are Changing The World As We Know It (Part 1)

    Nearly 40 years ago, the Apollo mission’s single image of the entire earth was so spectacular that we gave it a name — the Blue Marble. Nine years ago, Google StreetView launched and provided a similar thrill of locating ourselves from afar, only this time, a little closer to home. And now? Improved imaging and GIS technologies are drastically changing how we perceive and act in the world yet again.
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  • Los Alamos High-tech Startup Is Booming

    A paper sign taped to the window identifies the current home of Descartes Labs, a high-tech startup that burst onto the scene a little more than a year ago and is now bursting at the seams.
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  • Traders’ New Edge: Satellite Data

    Not far from the government laboratory in New Mexico best known as the birthplace of the atomic bomb, a startup is applying the same lab’s supercomputing technique toward a different goal: predicting crop production—from space.
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  • A Cloud-Free Satellite Map of Earth

    Stitching together a live world map from many different satellite images lets algorithms keep an eye on the health of crops and problems like flooding.
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  • Descartes Labs Emerges With $5M to Improve Data for Farmers

    Images of the earth are being gathered by a growing flock of planes, satellites and drones, and they are full of useful information for those who are able to see it. Finding it and understanding it is hard though, and Descartes Labs Inc. has emerged with $5 million for artificial intelligence technology to help solve the problem.
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  • Descartes Labs Raises $5M To Make Agricultural Predictions With Deep Learning

    Descartes Labs, a startup with image recognition technology that can help companies answer questions related to agriculture, is announcing today a $5 million round of funding.
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  • A Real-Time View of Climate Change — From 400 Miles Away

    When U.S. corn yield estimates are wrong, the global economy is in trouble.
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  • Viewed From Space, Corn Output Trails Government Estimates

    The world’s largest corn supplier will have an output this year of 13.3 billion bushels, according to Los Alamos, New Mexico-based Descartes Labs. That compares with 13.34 billion estimated last month by Descartes and the 13.686 billion forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 12.
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  • Deep-Learning, Image-Analysis Startup Descartes Labs Raises $3.3M After Spinning Out Of Los Alamos National Lab

    After being incubated in a government lab for seven years, Descartes Labs – a deep-learning image analysis startup – has raised $3.3 million of its own funding and spun off as a private company.
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  • Just Your Typical New Mexico Image Recognition Startup Spun Off from a Government Lab

    Far from Silicon Valley, Descartes Labs aims to turn a national research facility's AI research into new ways of understanding the world.
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