Speaking Startup: How to track a pandemic without compromising privacy

TripleBlind, a Kansas City startup that makes security software, has joined an international effort to develop an app using GPS data from mobile phones to track the spread of COVID-19 — without compromising users’ data security.

“Everybody wants to contribute to fighting coronavirus; very few of us are willing to give up all of our privacy to do that,” TripleBlind co-founder Greg Storm said. “So trying to figure out how to track the virus and fight the virus and still respect your privacy is a big deal.”

Storm joined the latest episode of Speaking Startup to discuss how TripleBlind is contributing to that effort while navigating the other challenges that come with running a business that’s less than a year old.

Plus, at a time when the coronavirus has cast uncertainty over all business planning, we looked at how that uncertainty is affecting investment in early-stage companies. Jim Gann, director of entrepreneurial support in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of Missouri, shared what he has seen from venture-backed startups and investors in recent weeks.

The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.

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