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

high tech action in rural iowa 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. Paid for By ro for congress