Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Netcracker wins four Layer123 Network Transformation Awards

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Netcracker Technology has received four Network Transformation Awards from Layer123 in the categories of Most Significant Disruptor, Best Network Disaggregation, Edge & Cloud Excellence and 5G Product Innovation. Netcracker was awarded Most Significant Disruptor for its Cross-Domain Service Orchestration, which automates the creation, deployment and full lifecycle management of multivendor services and network slices across network domains. 

Silicon Valley’s Cepton closes $100m investment from Koito Manufacturing

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Cepton, Inc. (Cepton), a Silicon Valley innovator and player in high performance lidar solutions, announced the completion of its previously announced $100m investment from its long-term automotive Tier 1 partner and shareholder, Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Koito). The Investment, in the form of convertible preferred stock, was approved at a meeting of Cepton stockholders on January 11, and is convertible, beginning on the first anniversary of the issue date, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $2.585 per share.

Even tech savvy consumers can get tripped up by the language of fraud

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It's not just your imagination. Digital scams are everywhere online and in our daily lives. And as the holiday season approaches, fraudsters are counting on you to let your guard down and take the bait. Whether in the workplace or on the go, we're peppered by phone, text and email with offers for "free gifts" and traps to "act now" to supply personal information before a vital service gets cut off. Surprisingly, this barrage of "fraudulese" is infact working.

StartOut and J.P. Morgan welcome new cohort of LGBTQ+ owned firms

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StartOut and J.P. Morgan have welcomed a new cohort of ten high-performing companies to the Growth Lab accelerator, a six-month program that helps LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs grow their businesses through networking, mentorship, and education. Now in its sixth year and eleventh cohort, Growth Lab has helped 65 early-stage companies raise more than $763 million in funding and create more than 3,650 new jobs across the United States.

IperionX named the winner of the hotly-contested Grand Challenge

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IperionX Limited (IperionX) has won the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Grand Challenge contract. IperionX will be eligible to produce titanium metal powders from scrap materials and rejuvenate out-of-specification titanium powder for the AFRL. The Grand Challenge is a program hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Innovation Network.

Rubrik appoints industry expert Mark McLaughlin to its Board of Directors

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Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security™ Company, announced it has surpassed $500m in software subscription annual recurring revenue (ARR). The company achieved a net dollar retention rate of greater than 140%, a testament to Rubrik’s ability to retain customers and expand within its customer base. Rubrik also announced the appointment of Mark McLaughlin, former Palo Alto Networks Chairman and CEO, to Rubrik’s board of directors.

Whispir announces a partnership with flexible payment platform Everyware®

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Whispir Limited, a global communications intelligence company that supplies a no code, Communications-as-a-Service (“CaaS”) platform, has announced its partnership with Everyware® to provide secure, reliable Pay by Text options to Whispir customers. The partnership will offer faster cash collection and seamless commerce via SMS messaging.

Wisk Aero taps Dr. Brian Yutko to replace Gary Gysin as its CEO

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Wisk Aero, a Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying, four-seat air taxi in the US, has announced that Gary Gysin will be retiring from his position as Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Board, effective February 1, 2023. The company has selected Dr. Brian Yutko as its new CEO, effective February 1, 2023.

Xpansiv completes the acquisition of Evolution Markets, closes capital raise

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Xpansiv, the premier infrastructure provider for environmental markets, announced the completion of its acquisition of Evolution Markets Inc., a global provider of transaction and advisory services in global carbon, renewable energy, and energy transition markets. The deal will expand Xpansiv’s service offerings and product development capabilities to help empower the energy transition. This will also enhance Evolution Markets’ client services through its integration with Xpansiv’s tech infrastructure, market, and data platforms.

LearnUpon and HubSpot to help firms scale prospect learning capabilities

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LearnUpon, a powerful, yet easy-to-use LMS championing learner-centric experiences and results-focused support, announced its LMS is now listed in the HubSpot App Marketplace. As a HubSpot app partner, LearnUpon will go further in helping companies educate and engage customers at scale through learning. With this new integration, HubSpot clients can connect their CRM with LearnUpon’s LMS, enabling them to manage and deliver onboarding and product training to prospects and customers in an automated, customer-friendly way.