Michael Harries

Dr Michael Harries is Chief Technologist for Citrix Startup Accelerator where he selects, seed funds and coaches early stage startups who are re-inventing our experience of work or disrupting enterprise infrastructure. Michael is a longstanding member of the Citrix CTO Office and Citrix Labs leadership team. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of NSW and built several startups in Australia before joining Citrix and subsequently moving to Silicon Valley. Interests include tech and culture futures, exponential change across the board. Find more about Citrix Startup Accelerator at http://citrixstartupaccelerator.com. Michael is on twitter at @michaelharries.
  1. Caugnate: Pragmatic AR for Service Technicians

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    Augmented Reality is about making the real world better through embedding information into our experience of the world. Today, there's an unprecedented level of interest in the space, with new devices (HoloLens, Magic Leap, etc), investment, new games, medical advances, and strong indications for how these technologies will be used in the workplace. In many ways it is transformational. Beneath the hype, I'm seeing some very pragmatic approaches ...

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  2. This Stuff Really Works! The Santa Barbara Innovators Program

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    Last week, I visited entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs attending the Santa Barbara Innovators Program. I was inspired and energized by catching up with everyone and their progress. In this program, we have a great cohort of five external startups, and three intrapreneur teams going though an intensive 12 weeks of business, customer and technology validation. At week five, everyone is starting to crank out new insights, alongside lots of techniques for ...

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  3. The Future of Work – New Tech, Disruption & Startups

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    I recently attended the O'Reilly Solid Convention. It was very very cool, and right at the heart of current enthusiasm for ‘makers’, for IoT, and for hackery of all types. If you’re interested, go ahead and check out some of their videos. I’ll still be here. One talk I found particularly inspiring introduced a new device designed to use empathic technology to very simply increase alertness or relaxation . The founder of doppel talked ...

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  4. Citrix Startup Accelerator: AppEnsure & Transparency

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    Over the last week, I've been 'steampunking' some foam dart guns with my daughter. We took several toy guns to pieces, painted all the exterior parts, then painstakingly put them back together again. The rebuilds should have been simple, but it was rarely so. Each time the device failed, we couldn't see why without opening it all up and starting again (with reference photos thankfully). Now they ...

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  5. $250,000 Every Month – For Extraordinary Startups

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    Almost every month we invest $250,000 in another awesome business-oriented startup. In the interests of transparency, here's a quick run through of the Citrix Startup Accelerator investment criteria, structure and why we do it.   2015 Citrix Startup Accelerator Seed Themes As part of the Citrix Innovation outreach, we invest in world class startups who are 're-inventing work' or 'transforming enterprise infrastructure'. Our companies leverage new technologies and trends ...

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  6. Webinar – Solving Mobile App Data – Apakau – A Citrix Startup Accelerator Company

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    Best practices with mobile applications are a changing game. One of the challenges is speed and consistency of API data delivery. I'm excited by the vision and technology of a company called Apakau. Excited enough that we brought them into Citrix Startup Accelerator; where we invest in startups with a good chance to (1) transform enterprise infrastructure (2) create the future of work. The Apakau team ...

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  7. An Age of Wonder – Introducing Coseer

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    This is an age of wonder. The changes driven by the mix of SmartPhone (universal access), Cloud computing (affordable, on-demand, computing), are well underway, and affecting every industry. Even with the changes seen so far, and the amazing number of companies that have emerged to drive this change, is it still only the beginning. More and more of our assets are able to benefit from ongoing ...

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  8. Files – lost and found – the case for Augmented Intelligence – and Unifyle

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    Every now and again, I receive a request for one particular data set from my research career. I last used it about 15 years ago, and it takes time to dig it out of my archives*. The same thing happens with many of my other electronic assets (old files, old photos, etc). This simply shouldn’t be so complicated. Why is this hard? It's all been committed ...

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  9. Apps that ‘Flip the spinning wheel’ – Apakau is the solution

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    Do you get frustrated when, occasionally, your banking or shopping (eCommerce) app takes a break - goes on 'smoko' - with a 'spinning wheel' holiday? I do. It really gets up my nose, seriously messing with my state of mind. There’s something remarkably frustrating about an app that seems to understand when I’m in a hurry, or otherwise stressed, so picks just that moment to 'flip ...

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  10. The more things change, the more they remain the same – cloud batch processing

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    Some good things just take time ... ... where a job just needs to be wrapped up into a single bundle and sent off for processing and where that processing could take hours or days. Today there are great tools for minimizing the cost of these types of jobs, one is AWS spot instances and I'd like to share an infographic from a cool startup (47line) in our Citrix ...

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