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Ripcord Appoints Barmak Heshmat to Advisory Board
Formerly a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Barmak is a pioneer in Terahertz technology that scans and reads pages through closed books with invisible radiation.

The Terahertz imaging technology, pioneered by Heshmat at the MIT Media Lab, is capable of time-gated spectroscopic imaging that allows for content extraction through layered structures. This now means this technology can read through 9-20 pages of a closed book using Terahertz waves. But for the future, it unlocks the possibility of reading entire boxes of paper without removing the lid. As the technology is integrated with Ripcord's existing OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities and AI powered entity extraction, the combination of technologies underpins Ripcord's next big step forward, enabling the company to transition from being a leader in the content management industry to becoming the industry's ultimate disruptor.

"I'm honored to join Ripcord's advisory board to help leverage lessons learned in THz imaging and time-of-flight imaging that can help Ripcord radically accelerate data capture from paper documents," said Barmak Heshmat, founder and CEO of BRELYON. "Ripcord is an innovative and forward-thinking company that combines data that we can uncover through cutting-edge non-optical imaging with machine learning and artificial intelligence to produce insights that previously could not have been imagined. It's exciting to think about the possibilities this creates as we transition from physical to digital."

Currently, Heshmat serves as the founder and CEO of BRELYON, a stealth startup. Heshmat's past work has disrupted the world of imaging all the way from fundamentals in design of optics to introduction to new applications such as batch scanning.

Co-founded by former Apple and NASA employees, Ripcord enables companies to digitize paper records and connect those records to existing enterprise systems. The company provides an alternative to outdated records management systems that are overly complex, require expensive customization and take years to effectively implement.

"Barmak's help in commercializing this approach will make Ripcord's mission of taking the entire world paperless a reality," said Alex Fielding, founder and iCEO, Ripcord. "It's not everyday that you meet a person as brilliant and curious as Barmak, much less have the opportunity to learn from him and work alongside him to commercialize and scale a technology approach that can help us create a paperless future. This advancement in imaging is the technological equivalent of going from an X-Ray to a high resolution MRI."

Ripcord's robotics technology reduces digitization costs to a fraction of the marketplace's legacy options by achieving higher quality results at 10 times the speed. Heshmat's appointment will continue to shake up the market while elevating industry standards for data digitization and records management.

The Ripcord board of directors includes Andy Wheeler, a general partner at GV; Jeb Miller, a general manager of Icon Ventures; Wen Hsieh, a partner at KPCB; Peter Hebert, a board observer and co-founder and managing partner of Lux Capital; and Patrick Dennis, Ripcord chairman and president and CEO of Aspect Software.
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 4:42 PM by David Marshall
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