This Month's Tiny Gems - April 2015
Align Technology (ALGN)
Back in the late 1990′s, the concept of invisible braces being used as an alternative to typical metal wired braces was a hot topic within the specialized branch of dentistry that deals with correcting crooked teeth and improper bites known as orthodontics. By 1997, Zia Chishti, an adult orthodontics patient and Stanford Graduate School of Business graduate who noticed that his plastic retainer held the promise to address this demand, devised an ingenious methodology for implementing invisible braces by using a combination of 3D computer imaging and a series of customized firm, clear plastic retainers designed to incrementally adjust the teeth until the desired dentition (arrangement of the teeth) was obtained.
Bazaarvoice, Inc. (BV)
When people talk to each other, they buy stuff. This simple truth has led Bazaarvoice to help hundreds of millions of shoppers make more informed and confident purchase decisions by creating a place where they can share their opinions, questions and experiences about the brands they love and the products they buy.
Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (FPRX)
Protein therapy delivers to the body what it unfortunately lacks in those who possess a variety of illnesses. It is a medical treatment that has extensive healing possibilities currently being developed in many highly visible fields such as cancer and other debilitating diseases.
RESAAS Services, Inc. (RSASF)
The agile convergence of social media and both the personal and business worlds has underhandedly made every user – whether individual, group or organization – a marketer in their own right. This marketing capability has resulted in the creation of ancillary social platforms fields that heavily rely on networking, content creation and knowledge sharing. RESAAS Services, Inc., for example, is a social network structured as an agent-powered real estate industry platform that connects agents and brokers with other like-minded professionals around the world as a tool to gain referral business, attract leads and increase market exposure.