Details for CNA - Congressman Ro Khanna - Ad from 2020-01-13

high tech
in rural

congressman ro khanna

A Solon, Iowa native with a health-care background earned a $25,000 “pitch-day” check
for his business venture after persuading a panel of entrepreneurs at Accenture’s Forge in
Jefferson that his speech-improving mobile phone application — Speeko — has business
takeoff potential.
The app uses artificial intelligence to provide feedback on people’s speaking styles with
advice on pacing and filler words, speed of speech and other elements of communication, all
aimed at turning Speeko users into more dynamic speakers.
Greg Sands, the founder and managing partner of Costonoa Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based
venture capital firm that invests in startups, launched the competition in Jefferson, Iowa
because of his connections to U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California. Khanna is involved in
developing tech jobs in rural America and has made Jefferson a focal point of his efforts.
“I’m here because of Ro,” Sands said.

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