Three CEOs talk to Malloy about Connecticut’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

From right: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Jeremy Hamel of Umbie DentalCare, Ned Gannon of eBrevia, and Bryant Guffey of ZetrOz. (Photo by Christine Stuart)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sat down with entrepreneurs from three start-ups Wednesday morning and tried to figure out what the state was doing right in supporting their businesses and how it could improve.

Most of the funding for these programs was authorized as part of the October 2011 bipartisan jobs package.

While the state got a lot of things right, the CEOs of the companies said there are still some challenges.

Ned Gannon, whose eBrevia company is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to more quickly scan hard copies of documents into readable text for lawyers and business executives, said he received a phone call from a friend in Silicon Valley who was having trouble finding software engineers. Gannon said he, too, is having problems finding qualified employees, but the phone call only proves that “it’s a tight market everywhere.”

Jeremy Hamel, co-founder of Umbie DentalCare, a cloud-based software management system for dentists, said about 90 percent of his workforce comes from the computer sciences program at Central Connecticut State University. His advice though was that the state college system should start teaching more web development and less java script.

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