Flip Filipowski, CEO
Headquarters: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Blockchain technology, originally developed for managing digital currencies like Bitcoin, is essentially a digital ledger that allows information to be distributed but not copied. It has been getting a lot of attention this year as businesses discover blockchain’s potential use for a range of applications that require ensuring the integrity and security of transactional data. Startup Fluree developed FlureeDB, a scalable blockchain cloud database that makes it easier for companies and developers to integrate blockchain technology into their existing IT infrastructure and business applications. FlureeDB, launched as a public beta in November, is seen as a key enabler as businesses increasingly run on decentralized applications. Fluree is the brainchild of Platinum Software founder CEO Flip Filipowski and SilkRoad Technology founder and CEO Brian Platz.