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From real-time payments for truckers to investments pouring in for startups – India’s logistics sector heats up in Unlock 1.0

from real-time payments for truckers to investments pouring in for startups – india’s logistics sector heats up in unlock 1.0

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As interstate movement begins, tech-enabled logistics companies are expecting business to return to normal soon.
With the rise in demand expected to set in, investments are also pouring in. Logistics startups LetsTransport and Vahak have both announced their funding today.
Meanwhile, Transport Corporation of India Limited (TCIL) has partnered with DBS Bank to offer real time payments to truckers across the country.
With the coronavirus lockdown since March, India’s supply chain sector had been severely impacted. But tech-enabled logistics companies began to gain pace to deliver essentials during lockdown and now, with the borders open, companies are expecting business to return to normal soon.
“Since the commencement of the lockdown, the logistics sector has been playing a key role in ensuring minimal disruption of supply chains for businesses offering essential goods. Now that the government has greenlit the delivery of non-essential goods, we are looking forward to businesses picking up the pace and resuming their growth trajectories, providing a fillip to the logistics space as well,” said Saahil Goel, CEO and cofounder of Shiprocket.
Investments pour in
Logistics startups LetsTransport and Vahak have both announced their funding today. LetsTransport has raised ₹10 crore from Blacksoil Capital. Pushkar Singh, Co-founder & CEO, …

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03 things to do today

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The Importance of Web Security in Digital Marketing

the importance of web security in digital marketing

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“Threat is a mirror of security gaps. Cyber-threat is mainly a reflection of our weaknesses. An accurate vision of digital and behavioral gaps is crucial for a consistent cyber-resilience.”Stephane Nappo

How would you feel when a stranger infringes on your privacy? How would you react when the unknown tries to misuse your information? Undoubtedly it would be an insecure feeling, and to prevent the occurrence of such situations, we take strict security measures to safeguard ourselves. Similarly, the web is also prone to certain security threats imposed by anonymous people to gain personal profits. Thus, ‘web security’ is the term derived for the security measures adopted to eradicate such online risks.

Web security plays a crucial role in cyberspace. Cyberspace is a comprehensive concept which deals with various activities carried online, out of which one such action is digital marketing. Digital marketing is described as marketing born over the internet with the help of new technology. It revolves around the concept of e-commerce.

Nowadays, digital marketing has become a trend because of the accessible digitalization. It has given rise to the modern form of the market, which is well suited to the people …

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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.
Capital Factory’s Center for Defense Innovation
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Visualizing Layoffs at Prominent Startups Triggered by COVID-19

visualizing layoffs at prominent startups triggered by covid-19

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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.
Here’s how these countries fare based on the …

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Dental Startup Overjet Raises $7.85M Seed Round

dental startup overjet raises $7.85m seed round

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

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

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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.
Vivian Schiller, …

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Cyber Daily: Cybersecurity Startups Feel a Pinch on Funding and Sales

cyber daily: cybersecurity startups feel a pinch on funding and sales

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Good day. Cybersecurity startups are finding it takes longer to raise money, and generating sales is harder, as the new coronavirus pandemic’s effects continue to bite, WSJ Pro reports.
Even deals that were agreed to before the pandemic are taking longer to hammer out, as lawyers can no longer gather in the same room and thrash out contracts. Some companies also are finding their valuations are suffering as investors question long-term prospects.
Also today: Japanese telecom carrier NTT announces a cyber incident; Minnesota officials say the state is coming under cyberattack amid social unrest; a cybersecurity researcher hits paydirt while prospecting for software bugs in
Apple
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Startup Squeeze

Cybersecurity startups are finding they have to do more with less, as the economic drag of coronavirus precautions makes it difficult to sell their products and enlist new customers while it simultaneously diminishes the size of their funding rounds, investors say.
There is a “definite slowdown and more deliberate pace” to venture investing, said Rick Grinnell, founder and managing partner of Glasswing Ventures LP, which is based in Boston and backs companies developing artificial intelligence-enabled security tools and other enterprise technology. The caution has …

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Council Post: The Future Of Multi-Local Marketing Is A Blast From The Past

council post: the future of multi-local marketing is a blast from the past

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From what I’ve seen, not too many people have mastered the intricacies of marketing for an organization with multiple locations. Sure, tried-and-tested strategies like local paid search and reputation management have — and will likely continue to be — mainstays for marketing for any type of business. Particularly for multi-local organizations, paid search ads have proven to target hyperlocal audiences with impressive precision.
But few people have truly mastered the art of multi-local SEO — the ability to have organic and map listings rank high on search engine results pages.
Could the answer be public relations?
How Digital PR Represents The New SEO
It seems like every single year Google implements some type of algorithm change that completely redefines what SEO is. But when you look beyond these individual updates, I believe what you’ll see is an overall shift toward the need to attract high-quality brand mentions across digital spaces. In other words, if you want each of your individual locations to rank high in both organic search and on map listings, you need other websites to talk about your company.

How do you create this type of buzz that others want to become a part of? Look no …

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Lockdown: Startup to launch online funeral management service

lockdown: startup to launch online funeral management service

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PUNE: In view of movement restrictions due to the lockdown, a Pune-based startup, which makes available services of priests and other material required for a prayer ceremony, is now planning to roll out a holistic funeral management service through its online platform.
As part of its ‘Moksha Seva’ service, the company aims to provide services like helping a family get the death certificate of the deceased, assembling a bier, transporting the body to preferred crematorium, obtaining crematorium pass, providing priest and material required for the last rites.
The company ‘Guruji on Demand’ also plans to assist bereaved families in the rituals to be performed after the last rites, Pranav Chaware, one of the firm’s partners, told , adding they plan to start the service by this month-end.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, gatherings of relatives/neighbours are not allowed even during the funeral of a non-COVID victim, he noted.
In such a situation, the nuclear families, which are already in grief, at times find it difficult to arrange the necessary things required for the last rites.
“It is being observed that if someone dies in a family, the members some times have to run from pillar to post for the funeral …

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