Wednesday, February 1, 2023

CertiK closes $60m from SoftBank on the heels of $88m Series B3 funding

CertiK, a Web3 and blockchain security firm, announced an additional $60m investment from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tiger Global. This marks SoftBank’s first venture into the Web3 security space. CertiK’s $88m series B3 round and $2bn valuation were led by Insight Partners. This funding brings the total amount invested over the past nine months to $290m.

Esri brings powerful mapping tech to everyone with new storytelling tool

Capturing and sharing life's experiences often requires multiple tools, which can result in disjointed storytelling. To serve creators' needs to control dynamic, narratives in one place, Esri, location intelligence expert firm, released StoryMaps, a powerful, personal storytelling tool. The product extends creative capabilities to anyone who wants to tell their story. Using Esri's mapping technology, this new software brings the geographic approach to any content that creators are passionate about. From documenting their ancestral journey to capturing aspects of daily life or planning a first big post-pandemic trip, StoryMaps helps capture life's moments in a way worthy of those experiences.

Acclaimed executive Sanjay Poonen joins Tetrate Board of Advisors

Tetrate, the enterprise service mesh company founded by creators and maintainers of Istio and Envoy, announced that Sanjay Poonen will serve as a strategic advisor to the company. Poonen is a seasoned high-tech executive with extensive experience in product innovation and go-to-market scaling of multibillion-dollar businesses. Most recently, as COO of VMware, Poonen led the company’s revenue growth from $6 billion to $12 billion, while architecting VMware’s multicloud deals with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google and others.

Techstars hires Aparna Ramaswamy & Kimberly Smith as strategic leaders

Techstars, an investment business that provides access to capital, one-on-one mentorship, and customized programming for early-stage entrepreneurs, announces two strategic and operational leaders who will join the global management team effective immediately. Aparna Ramaswamy will serve as the Chief Human Capital Officer and Kimberly Smith has been appointed to the newly formed role as Chief Capital Formation Officer, both positions report to CEO, Maëlle Gavet.

Westwater Resources breaks ground on Kellyton Processing Plant

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Congressman Mike Rogers, and other state and local gov't officials and business leaders joined Westwater Resources, Inc. and its subsidiary Alabama Graphite Products, LLC (collectively the “Company”) in breaking ground for the construction of the Company’s graphite processing plant in Kellyton, just outside Alexander City, Alabama. The $202 million plant, which is being built in the Lake Martin Regional Industrial Park just off U.S. 280 in Coosa County, will process raw graphite into refined, battery-grade graphite for use in batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs), electronics and many other products.

Analytics platform Conviva launches on Google Cloud Marketplace

Conviva, a continuous measurement analytics platform, announced its availability on Google Cloud Marketplace, expanding its partnership with Google Cloud and enabling seamless procurement and consolidated billing through a single channel.

Trintech hires Monna Nevils as its new Chief Human Resources Officer

Trintech, a global provider of cloud-based financial close solutions for the Office of Finance,  announced the appointment of Monna Nevils as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). With a focus on employees, Nevils will help Trintech continue to build an engaged, inclusive, and high-performing culture. She will lead all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, learning and development, organizational development and effectiveness, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion programs, and benefit systems.

Legal technology solutions firm Litera selects Sheryl Hoskins as its CEO

Litera, a global company in legal technology solutions, announced that Avaneesh Marwaha has decided to step into a new role with the organization as Chairman of the Board. Following this appointment, Avaneesh and the Board are delighted to announce that Sheryl Hoskins will join the company as Litera’s new Chief Executive Officer. Hoskins brings extensive expertise in scaling enterprise software businesses and is uniquely suited to meet Litera’s ambitions to satisfy the growing needs of its customers in the global legal market.

ExaGrid named a finalist several times for the 2022 Storage Awards

ExaGrid®, a Tiered Backup Storage solution, announced that it has been nominated in 11 categories for the 19th annual Storage Awards. Voting to determine the winner in each category is underway now and closes on May 30, 2022. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced at “The Storries XIX” awards ceremony held in London on June 9, 2022.

UserTesting announces features to offer machine learning-driven insights

UserTesting (NYSE: USER), a firm in video-based human insight, announced new features as part of its quarterly product release to help companies gather human insights specifically tailored to how their business operates. Companies can now identify and customize interesting and relevant findings using their own common, corporate terminology. UserTesting also rolled out usage management for workspaces, making it easier to plan and share testing capacity across the entire organization. Lastly, for teams that want to capture feedback from their Fuel Cycle community members, UserTesting now offers the ability to launch tests to these audiences directly from the UserTesting® Human Insight Platform.