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A sampling of our latest work, ideas, and solutions.

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Introduction to Voice Interactions

Lessons from Building an Alexa Skill Dissecting vocal instructions programmatically Did you ever wonder how Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri understands what you are saying and then knows how to respond meaningfully to your request? We had some general ideas of how that works based on our understanding of natural language understanding and automatic speech recognition technologies, but until we […]

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Why a purpose-built intranet may make your company more productive.

Intranets can be tricky. As the CEO of a digital agency, I often hear from companies who have implemented expensive, complicated intranet platforms that go unused by their employees, despite the potential value of such a system. A useful intranet can help a business in numerous of ways: It can streamline communication, create operational efficiencies, […]

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COLAB Ranked on the 2018 Inc. 5000

COLAB earned the rank of 3707 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their […]

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Finalist for 2018 RVATech: Innovation in Technology Builder Award

We’re so honored to have been a finalist for the 2018 Richmond Technology Awards: Innovation in Technology Builder Award which is awarded to local technology companies that deliver technology solutions and services to external clients that build capacity and increase operational efficiency. We wouldn’t be where we are without the support of the Richmond commnity. We appreciate […]

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RFP: Request for Probably?

Or How to Lose a Job in 2,000 Words We recently responded to an RFP (request for proposal) with a shocking omission: we didn’t include a cost estimate. This wasn’t by accident – it was by necessity, really. Per our usual form, we were rather transparent and forthcoming about the fact that we purposefully did […]

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