Capital Factory Launches 100K Challenge for Tech Startups

capital factory launches 100k challenge for tech startups


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Capital Factory, which calls itself “the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas,” has opened applications for the Human Performance Investment Challenge, which will close on June 28.
The finalists will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs, defense industry leaders, and venture capitalists with $100,000, which will be awarded by Capital Factory on a convertible note, and a “new home” at Capital Factory’s Center for Defense Innovation on the line, according to a blog post.
The challenge will take place on July 15 during the first-ever Fed Supernova virtual conference, which is a “first-of-its-kind interactive experience” bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, and thought leaders in the defense industry, according to the post.
The two-day conference will also include keynotes, lightning talks, “Epic Office Hours,” and panel discussions. Army Futures Command’s Innovation Combine and xTechSearch programs have partnered with Capital Factory for the event.
To qualify for the Human Performance Investment Challenge, a tech startup must be based in the United States and developing hardware and/or software applications that improve a person’s physical or cognitive capabilities. You can apply for the challenge here.
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Visualizing Layoffs at Prominent Startups Triggered by COVID-19

visualizing layoffs at prominent startups triggered by covid-19


COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt—but after months of uncertainty, it seems that the situation is slowly taking a turn for the better.
Today’s chart measures the extent to which 41 major economies are reopening, by plotting two metrics for each country: the mobility rate and the COVID-19 recovery rate:

Mobility IndexThis refers to the change in activity around workplaces, subtracting activity around residences, measured as a percentage deviation from the baseline.
COVID-19 Recovery RateThe number of recovered cases in a country is measured as the percentage of total cases.

Data for the first measure comes from Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which relies on aggregated, anonymous location history data from individuals. Note that China does not show up in the graphic as the government bans Google services.
COVID-19 recovery rates rely on values from CoronaTracker, using aggregated information from multiple global and governmental databases such as WHO and CDC.
Reopening Economies, One Step at a Time
In general, the higher the mobility rate, the more economic activity this signifies. In most cases, mobility rate also correlates with a higher rate of recovered people in the population.
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‘Ashamed’ Tim Cone says US leadership built ‘despicable’ racist culture | Inquirer Sports

‘ashamed’ tim cone says us leadership built ‘despicable’ racist culture | inquirer sports


MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine team coach Tim Cone was among the latest to express his disgust toward racism particularly in the United States after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The 46-year-old Floyd, an unarmed black man, died last week after a policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed.
The incident, the latest depiction of police brutality against people of color in the US, sparked Black Lives Matter protests in many cities in the country. Riots have also erupted in various cities as protesters clashed with the police.FEATURED STORIES
For the American mentor, it all boils down to leadership.
“All coaches/leaders develop a culture—good or bad, sometimes great, all of which reflect a team’s success,” Cone, the most celebrated coach in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association with 22 championships, tweeted Tuesday.
“The leadership of the U.S. has developed such a horrendous, despicable culture that it has led the country to hate, division and racism. I’ve never been more ashamed. #BLM (Black Lives Matter).”
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As Donald Trump Shrinks, Athletes Are Filling Leadership Void In Wake Of George Floyd’s Death

as donald trump shrinks, athletes are filling leadership void in wake of george floyd’s death


Donald Trump walking to the St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo-op after peaceful demonstrators … [+] protesting George Floyd’s death were tear gassed by the National Guard. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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While President Donald Trump alternates between reportedly hiding in a bunker and threatening to deploy troops on protesters, athletes everywhere are filling the leadership void. Though sports are not currently part of our lives, their voices have been some of the strongest during a time of crisis.
This is not a surprising phenomenon, since athletes have always led on racial and social justice issues. Jackie Robinson played in Major League Baseball two decades before the end of Jim Crow; Muhammad Ali was sentenced to prison for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War; Colin Kaepernick sacrificed his professional football career to protest police brutality during the national anthem. But the importance of our sports stars has never been more apparent than now, when the nation is craving for leadership, only to receive outrageous tweets from the president that violate Twitter’s terms of violence.
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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Jaylen Brown For Leadership During Atlanta Protest

celtics’ brad stevens praises jaylen brown for leadership during atlanta protest


Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game … [+] against the Washington Wizards, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Washington. The Wizards won 99-94. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours to Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend to lead a peaceful protest alongside Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon. The Celtics wing grew up about 20 minutes outside the city in Marietta, Georgia.
“I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia — my community,” Brown said on his Instagram livestream Saturday. “This is a peaceful protest. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player, don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community. I grew up on this soil. … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK.”
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke to the media Tuesday and praised Brown’s efforts and leadership. The 23-year-old’s actions didn’t surprise him.
“Jaylen’s greatest impact, as good as he is at basketball, won’t be in basketball,” Stevens said. “He’s a special guy, a special leader. He’s smart, but he has courage. He’s got a lot of great stuff …


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Dental Startup Overjet Raises $7.85M Seed Round

dental startup overjet raises $7.85m seed round


Massachusetts-based startup Overjet raised $7.85 million in a seed round to bring data-driven care to dental practices.
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For the past decade or so, dentists have been looking at financial data to understand what was happening in their practice, CEO Wardah Inam said. But by analyzing clinical data, she said, dentists get a better, more complete picture of their practice.
“I kind of got into it more from the patient care perspective, but what we realized was the technology we’re building has an impact on the dental industry, whether it’s insurance (companies) or dental organizations,” Inam said.
The company’s core is computer vision–using deep learning on dental images and data science to connect the imaging data with other dental practice data.
Overjet looks at clinical data, such as what procedures were done and what outcome was achieved. For example, Overjet could look at an x-ray and determine if a treatment is needed or not.
Some large insurance carriers use Overjet, along with large dental practice groups (groups of 300-plus practices) and smaller dental practice groups, Inam said. She declined to name customers, but noted that the company has millions of members.
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Biden says country is “crying out for leadership” amid protests

biden says country is “crying out for leadership” amid protests


Former Vice President Joe Biden said the country is “crying out for leadership” amid nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd and accused President Trump of using force against peaceful protesters to stage a “photo op” near the White House on Monday.In an address at City Hall in Philadelphia, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president said Floyd’s death in police custody was a “wake-up call for our nation, for all of us.” Floyd died after an officer pinned a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes.”The country is crying out for leadership, leadership that can unite us,” Biden said.

Biden condemned Mr. Trump for his response to protests in the nation’s capital on Monday, when mostly peaceful protesters were tear-gassed and cleared from Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. Soon after, Mr. Trump walked through the park and posed for photos in front of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church.”When peaceful protestors are dispersed by the order of the president from the doorstep of the people’s house, the White House, using tear gas and flash grenades in order to stage a photo op at a noble church, we can be forgiven …


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R.I.P. Civil — Lessons from a failed startup – Poynter

r.i.p. civil — lessons from a failed startup – poynter


The high-profile, blockchain-backed attempt to nurture nascent digital news sites is shutting down.

Civil, the high-profile, blockchain-backed attempt to nurture nascent digital news sites, is shutting down.
Its website continued to post stories from 100+ member organizations as recently as this week, but founder and CEO Matthew Iles told me Tuesday he had concluded the venture was not sustainable. It’s “the end of Civil,” he said.
Iles and his seven-person tech team will be folded into Civil’s main investor, blockchain studio ConsenSys, to develop new product strategies.
When I asked if there was a legacy, Iles paused for some time, then said, “I haven’t really thought about that. Civil will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a grand experiment — a moonshot — and we knew the odds were long.”
He said that he still believes that a self-governing, decentralized incubator for journalism startups has merit but would not predict how and whether the concept could be revived.
The unraveling of Civil has been in progress for at least six months.
Direct financial support of the member organizations stopped earlier this year. Ambitions to tie into established news businesses like the Associated Press stalled.
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Opinion | George Floyd’s Death Is a Failure of Generations of Leadership

opinion | george floyd’s death is a failure of generations of leadership


The circumstances that led to the police killings of George Floyd — and thousands of other citizens over the years — could have been avoided if our elected officials in the 1960s had responded to protesters’ demands for socioeconomic inclusion. Instead, policymakers blamed black people for the instability, ignoring the buildup of centuries of racial oppression. They pursued a misguided policy path that has failed to keep communities of color safe for more than 50 years.The police have long operated as guardians in white and middle-class communities, protecting property from outsiders. But in segregated urban neighborhoods, officials have deployed militarized police forces and expanded the prison system instead of working to address the root causes of the uprisings: mass unemployment, failing public schools, dilapidated housing and the deterioration of basic public goods like clean water.We can’t let history repeat itself. While flames engulf at least 140 cities across the country, we must create a more egalitarian society out of the ashes by transforming policing. The blueprint was laid out in the 1960s — empowering low-income citizens to change their communities in their own vision, and investing in those alternatives at scale. Today we need the courage to act.President Lyndon B. Johnson …


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