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Startups Push for Faster COVID-19 Tests ━ Times Publishing Group, Inc.

startups push for faster covid-19 tests ━ times publishing group, inc.

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By Jondi Gumz
Three biotech companies based at Startup Sandbox in Santa Cruz are working on faster tests for the contagious coronavirus COVID-19, which has caused six deaths in Santa Cruz County and shutdowns that cripple the local economy.
They are competing with others such as Quidel in San Diego and Becton Dickinson in New Jersey, which already have emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and produce results in 15 minutes – much faster than the so-called PCR, which require lab processing with a turnaround time at Quest Diagnostics of two to three days, and it has been longer.

One of the local companies, SanguineDx, was founded in 2010 and is headed by medical device veteran David Sierra of Aptos.
Another is Ontera, which started out as Two Pore Guys in 2011, raised $32.6 million in funding, and changed names a year ago.
The third is PinPoint Science, founded in 2017 and headed by Lisa Diamond, a tech veteran who holds two patents for novel molecular diagnostics.

All three made presentations Aug. 5 at the virtual Biotech Startups event hosted by Santa Cruz Works, the nonprofit supporting the local tech community.
David Sierra
David Sierra, SanguineDx CEO, said the company has a …

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Facebook’s former PR chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup

facebook’s former pr chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup

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At TechCrunch Early Stage, I spoke with Coatue Management GP Caryn Marooney about startup branding and how founders can get people to pay attention to what they’re building.
Marooney recently made the jump into venture capital; previously she was co-founder and CEO of The Outcast Agency, one of Silicon Valley’s best-regarded public relations firms, which she left to become VP of Global Communications at Facebook, where she led comms for eight years.
While founders often may think of PR as a way to get messaging across to reporters, Marooney says that making someone care about what you’re working on — whether that’s customers, investors or journalists — requires many of the same skills.
One of the biggest insights she shared: at a base level, no one really cares about what you have to say.
Describing something as newsworthy or a great value isn’t the same as demonstrating it, and while big companies like Amazon can get people to pay attention to anything they say, smaller startups have to be even more strategic with their messaging, Marooney says. “People just fundamentally aren’t walking around caring about this new startup — actually, nobody does.”
Getting someone to care first …

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Trailblazing tech exec wants to make sure Israeli girls follow her path in the male-dominated industry

trailblazing tech exec wants to make sure israeli girls follow her path in the male-dominated industry

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After the umpteenth time in which she entered a room to discover that once more she was the only woman in attendance, Neta Blum realized that she must act. The result, the At (Hebrew for “you,” feminine) program which encourages young girls all over Israel to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Blum, and some 250 of the country’s female tech leaders, including representatives from Google, Microsoft and Cybereason, visit high schools across the country explaining to young girls why a successful career in tech is open to them just as it is to the boys in their classroom, and at the same time serving as role models and living proof to their claims.
 Young girls would be hard-pressed to find a more impressive role model than Blum, who at 27 has not only founded At, but also heads the Ministry of Defense’s Flight Technologies Department at the Directorate of Defense Research and Development, the first woman and youngest person ever in this position. In fact, Blum is the only female employee among the dozens working in the Flight Technologies Department. She is simultaneously carving out a career in academia as a Technion Ph.D. student in …

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Opinion | Hitting the Glass Ceiling, Suddenly, at Pinterest

opinion | hitting the glass ceiling, suddenly, at pinterest

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The stories of gender exclusion I heard this week from women working at Pinterest and their former colleagues were numbingly similar, with most using the same words over and over again: Sidelined. Shut down. Doors closed. Inner circles. Toxic secrecy. Homegrown boys club. Left out of meetings. Out of key decisions. Out of promotions. Out.Which is why the essay “The Pinterest Paradox: Cupcakes and Toxicity,” published on Medium by its recently ousted chief operating officer, Françoise Brougher, landed with a definitive boom. Ms. Brougher has also filed a lawsuit against the social media company — whose service lets users compile and share collections of images — saying she was fired after she complained about gendered treatment. It follows another suit last month by a top female executive against a financial technology start-up, Carta, alleging pay discrimination and retaliation.Ms. Brougher’s excruciating on-the-record post about her time at Pinterest also resounds with a tiresome familiarity for those who have been monitoring the diversity struggle in Silicon Valley for a while now. Her tale is one of a woman who had held top positions at Google and Square and then found herself in her most powerful digital role yet — the No. 2 …

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Radiography students give high-marks to 3D virtual reality simulation training

radiography students give high-marks to 3d virtual reality simulation training

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Radiographers gain a tremendous amount of technological and scientific expertise in diagnostic imaging, and three-dimensional virtual reality training can be a helpful tool for developing these skills. University College Dublin’s School of Medicine recently piloted its immersive 3D approach in an undergraduate radiography curriculum, allowing students to first passively learn via VR and later x-ray a virtual patient using a headset and hand controllers.

Overall, most students said they had a good experience with the technology, and more than half “enjoyed” the simulation. An overwhelming 94% claimed they would recommend the tool to their peers, authors reported Aug. 13 in Radiography.

And based on this positive feedback, first author Michelle O’Connor, with the Dublin, Ireland, university, and colleagues said they have expanded their VR offerings and will make the tools available next academic year.

“Based on the positive user feedback in this pilot study, we have invested in additional VR suites to provide further opportunities for student engagement in VR simulation-based learning,” O’Connor et al. wrote Thursday. “We anticipate this tool will be invaluable to our students during the COVID-19 global health pandemic, with a greater proportion of online education delivery required.”

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Travel startups cry foul over what Google’s doing with their data

travel startups cry foul over what google’s doing with their data

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As the antitrust drumbeat continues to pound on tech giants, with Reuters reporting comments today from the U.S. Justice Department that it’s moving “full-tilt” on an investigation of platform giants including Google parent Alphabet, startups in Europe’s travel sector are dialing up their allegations of anti-competitive behavior against the search giant.
Google has near complete grip on the search market in Europe, with a regional marketshare in excess of 90% according to Statcounter. Unsurprisingly industry sources say a majority of travel bookings start as a Google search — giving the tech giant huge leverage over the coronavirus-hit sector.
More than half a dozen travel startups in Germany are united in a shared complaint that Google is abusing its search dominance in a number of ways they argue are negatively impacting their businesses.
Complaints we’ve heard from multiple sources in online travel range from Google forcing its own data standards on ad partners to Google unfairly extracting partner data to power its own competing products on the cheap.
Startups are limited in how much detail they can provide about Google’s processes on the record because the company requires advertising partners to sign NDAs to access its ad products. …

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Seven startups forge ahead with business plans through virtual Lighthouse Labs program

seven startups forge ahead with business plans through virtual lighthouse labs program

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Linebird, a startup company that provides drones for power line and other infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, l-r, Chase Coble, Michael Beiro, Lee Corbin and David Schul.
























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Linebird, a startup company that provides drones for power line and other infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, l-r, Lee Corbin, Chase Coble, David Schul and Michael Beiro.
























Keith Mottas, of Atlantic Drone Pros Tues. Aug. 11, 2020.
























Keith Mottas, of Atlantic Drone Pros Tues. Aug. 11, 2020.
























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Will Jordan-Cooley, founder of the startup company Pangea Chat, records an online business pitch as part of the Lighthouse Labs business accelerator program at the Startup Virginia business incubator in Richmond.
























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Virtual Reality in Aerospace and Defence: Regulatory Trends

virtual reality in aerospace and defence: regulatory trends

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Given the maturity level of virtual reality, any vigorous attempt to regulate runs the risk of stifling the evolution of the technology. As a result, most regulators are taking a wait-and-see approach.
Listed below are the key regulatory trends impacting the virtual reality industry, as identified by GlobalData.
China
Around the world, regulators are concerned about the societal harm that can result from addiction to video games, especially amongst children. Chinese regulators – who oversee the world’s biggest gaming market – froze the approval of new domestic online game licenses in late March 2018. Subsequently, in 2019, China imposed a ban on games that feature blood or corpses. Although the impact of this new rule on the Chinese VR industry is yet unknown, the developers of popular first-person shooter VR games, like The Brookhaven Experiment, Serious Sam VR, and Resident Evil 7 VR, risk losing ground in China. Game developers will need to reintroduce censored versions of the titles to avoid legal risks.
However, China’s desire to dominate the global VR market leads us to believe that regulators will not attempt to stifle the industry with heavy-handed regulation. Age restrictions to access VR games are likely to emerge in the coming years. HTC, …

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Meet the 4 winning startups from Accenture’s third Annual Ventures Challenge | The Tech Portal

meet the 4 winning startups from accenture’s third annual ventures challenge | the tech portal

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While the Venture fund market declined in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, many organisations have found ways to turn this around and invest in startups that are specifically tailored to the new global situation. IT major Accenture also continued with its annual venture challenge, and has now announced 4 winners from its third Annual Accenture Ventures Challenge. The company says, that it selected these 4 startups for developing “unique, scalable solutions to help businesses accelerate the business transformations prompted by the Covid-19 crisis”.
The company evaluated startups from 4 categories, which were ‘supply chain resilience’, ‘digital commerce’, ‘systems resilience,’ and ‘responsible technology.’
Supply chain resilience’ category: Atlan
Atlan provides a new modern data workspace that enables diverse data teams to collaborate harmoniously. The company offers to make your data portable across 100+ destinations—from BI tools to APIs for specific engineering applications.
As a part of its offering, Atlan provides its users the chance to democratize data access(tools to configure data), data exploration(get access to data from multiple sources) and workflow automation(helps in achieving autonomy in a company’s workflow). To make sure that you get the best results at the fastest pace, the company offers blazingly fast search, …

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A beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

a beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

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After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd and the subsequent racial justice uprising, many people in tech shouted from the rooftops that “Black Lives Matter,” despite having subpar representation of Black and Latinx folks at their companies. In some cases, these companies’ proclamations of “Black Lives Matter” felt especially performative in contrast to their respective stances on Trump and selling their technology to law enforcement agencies. 
Still, this has led to an increased focus on diversity, inclusion and equity in the tech industry. If you’re wondering things like, “Where do I find Black and brown talent?” or saying, “I’d invest in Black and Latinx people if I could find them!,” then this is for you. 
Below, you’ll learn about some of the issues at play, some of the key organizations doing work in this space, and access a glossary of frequently used terms in the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion in tech.

The data

Major tech companies are predominantly white and male. Facebook, for example, is just 3.9% Black, 6.3% Latinx and 37% female.
In 2018, female founders brought in just 2.2% of U.S. venture capital dollars.
Less than 10 percent of decision-makers at VC firms in the U.S. are women.

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