Startup’s tech increases sweetness impact by targeting specific taste buds, allowing for lower use of sugar; accord is step toward commercialization
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Today Brno-based Flatio (founded in 2015), a mid-term rental platform aimed at professionals and students, today announced it has merged with Lisbon-based NomadX (founded in 2017), an affordable digital nomad housing marketplace. Both businesses, which have an estimated combined worth of over €11 million, hope the merger will establish them as market leaders and thwart…
“enVerid is pleased that ASHRAE’s updated guidance takes into account the challenges of pursuing a maximum OA ventilation approach, particularly the substantial increase in energy expenditure it requires,” said Christian Weeks, CEO of enVerid Systems. “Running a building has become significantly more expensive as owners and tenants put in place myriad upgrades to address COVID-19. With this new guidance, ASHRAE offers an alternative HVAC strategy with similar efficacy that will not add substantial costs to a building’s already constrained operational budget.”
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Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND) announced today that it is collaborating with EVERFI, a leading digital education innovator, to create a science-based course on sustainability that will be available – at no cost – to students, teachers and parents across the country. The course, designed for fifth through eighth graders, is grounded in real-world experiences and covers topics on global resource constraints, the importance of biodiversity, climate change and how to innovate for a healthy life. Beyond Meat feels strongly that to bring lasting change to our communities, all students should have access to education on future-defining topics like sustainability.
It seems the pandemic has forced the business world to digitize faster, and the industrial sector is no different. Parsable, a San Francisco startup that is helping digitize industrial front line workers, announced a $ 60 million Series D today.
Activate Capital and Glade Brook Capital Partners co-led the round. They got help from new investors Alumni Ventures Group, Cisco Investments, Downing Ventures, Evolv Ventures and Princeville Capital along with existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Future Fund, B37 Ventures, Honeywell and Saudi Aramco. Today’s money brings the total raised to over $ 133 million, according to the company.
As I wrote at the time of the company’s $ 40 million Series C in 2018, “Parsable has developed a Connected Worker platform to help bring high tech solutions to deskless industrial workers who have been working mostly with paper-based processes.”
CEO Lawrence Whittle says that while the pandemic has shut some factories, and reduced overall worker headcount, it has still led to increased usage on the platform of companies whose products are considered essential services. What’s more, Parsable’s ability to deal with information on an individual mobile device or laptop means that in many cases, workers can stay separated and not share computers on the factory floor, making the process safer.
“Fortunately, the majority of our focus is in what’s often deemed as essential industries — so consumer packaged goods (CPG), food, beverage, agriculture, and related industries such as paper and packaging. Those markets interestingly enough, predominantly because of consumer demand continue to operate pretty successfully from a demand perspective during this COVID period,” Whittle told TechCrunch.
While the company would not give specific growth numbers, they shared that registered users grew 11x and the number of deployed sites tripled year over year. What’s more, they have users in over 100 countries encompassing 14 languages.
With the money, the company wants to expand internationally into Asia, EMEA and Latin America. The startup has 120 employees, but plans to hire for essential needs over the next several months, preferring to be conservative and seeing where the pandemic takes the economy in the coming months.
Whittle points out that the diversity of its user base, and the desire to expand into other regions demands that they have a more diverse employee base, even while it’s a clear ethical consideration, as well.
“When you’re serving customers in over 100 countries, and you provide a product in in 14 languages, [having] diversity and inclusion is to some extent a given. What we’re doing as a company […] is taking every opportunity to further lean into that and that’s one of the leading lights of our of our business,” Whittle said.
Parsable launched in 2013. It took a few years to build the product. Today, customers include Georgia-Pacific, Henkel and Shell.
With the latest unemployment figures hovering in the millions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many professionals are concerned about one of the most devastating employment scenarios in recent history. Amidst this uncertain economic backdrop, Ironhack and Landing.Jobs scholarship program has been launched to help people transition into a career in tech and combat unemployment with a €300,000 scholarship fund. Also, Ironhack has also recently launched Ironhack Remote, which allows any student to join their tech bootcamps regardless of their nationality or location.
Both companies have played a key role in shaping the future of work in their communities
through education, career advice and job placement. Their objective has always been to support and empower digital talent based on the real needs of companies and the market, regardless of the person’s nationality, location or job situation.
The scholarships will cover full or partial tuition for Ironhack bootcamps in Lisbon, Madrid,
Barcelona as well as remote programs. No previous experience is necessary, interested
applicants simply need to fill out an online form and take a short technical test. Applications are being accepted now and close on Tuesday July 28th.
Álvaro Rojas, Head of Remote at Ironhack commented: “Both Ironhack and Landing.Jobs have been playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of work in our communities. We have a shared belief that the tech ecosystem will provide the best employment opportunities moving forward. When you consider the current employment landscape and look at the experiences of those who have graduated with us, there really is no better time to become a web-developer, UX/UI designer or data analyst. Our scholarships are designed to enable people to change their lives and transition into a career they love.”
Ironhack and Landing.Jobs new scholarship program focuses on three distinct areas of the tech industry: Web Development, UX/UI design and Data Analytics. The courses are offered as a nine-week intensive program or as a 24-week part-time program.
Manuel Rocha who graduated from Ironhack’s web development bootcamp earlier this year
added: “Ironhack gives you an amazing push to enter the tech world. In 9 weeks, if you are completely committed you will truly learn more than the basics to get a job and start giving value in no time. The technologies that you will learn are always the top used in the market. The learning experience has a practical view in mind and is completely in touch with the market needs. The environment is incredibly friendly. I finished the bootcamp when the Covid-19 situation scaled and even in this situation I got my job in exactly two months.”
Ironhack is one of the top-ranked Tech Schools, offering 9-weeks intensive & immersive courses in Web Development, UX/UI Design and Data Analytics and with campuses located in Madrid, Barcelona, Miami, Paris, Mexico, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon and Remote.
Further information and the application form for the Ironhack and Landing.Jobs scholarship programme, can be found here.