Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Jetcraft appoints Gerald Hooper and Laurence Vidal to senior sales roles

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Jetcraft, the business aircraft sales and acquisitions company, has appointed Gerald Hooper and Laurence Vidal to senior sales roles in the Americas. The hires position Jetcraft to meet demand throughout the continent and further expand its on-the-ground market intelligence. As Aircraft Sales Director, Gerald Hooper will lead Jetcraft’s business development in the US West Coast territories, including Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Prior to joining Jetcraft, Gerald Hooper was Director of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions at Executive Aircraft Services (EAS), working with corporate clients and aircraft worldwide.

ConsenSys successfully raises $450 million in Series D funding round

ConsenSys announced the close of a $450m financing round, bringing its valuation to over $7bn. ParaFi Capital led this raise after participating in its Series C round in November 2021. New investors also joined, like Temasek, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Microsoft, Anthos Capital, Sound Ventures, and C Ventures. Series C investors — Third Point, Marshall Wace, TRUE Capital Management, and UTA VC, United Talent Agency’s venture fund — also participated in this round. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as ConsenSys’ legal advisor in this transaction.

Women taking bolder steps in the new age of female investor power

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For too long the investment space has been dominated by male investors, but I believe the next decade will define a new age of female investor power. This has partly been driven in the US by investment democratization through the crowdfunding boom and growth in the private securities market, and by a post-pandemic re-appraisal of household finances.

US and Aussie companies team up at CBC to make craft beer data driven

Aussie manufacturing performance software firm, OFS, and US brewery data management company, The 5th Ingredient, have signed a craft brewing deal to help the companies expand in each other’s home markets to help the craft beer industry become more data driven. OFS’s software, which uses sensors to draw data from the packing line to identify and reduce waste, has become the de facto standard for packing-line efficiency monitoring in Australia.

Netcracker wins awards for its 5G automation solution and virtualization

Netcracker Technology announced that it has received two awards during Terrapinn’s Telecoms World Middle East 2022 event in Dubai. The awards, for Virtualization & Cloud leadership and 5G Innovator of the Year, validate Netcracker’s many projects in the Middle East region, including with clients like Zain KSA, Vodafone Oman, du, Etisalat UAE and STC.

Questionmark teams up with Skillable to offer performance-based testing

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, announced its latest test format designed to validate practical skill levels for IT professionals. With performance-based testing from Questionmark, and in partnership with Skillable, candidates—be they corporate or education-based—can show their skills in authentic lab environments which allow employers, credentialing companies, and educators to make more informed decisions for their business.

The Estée Lauder Companies elects Nike executive to its board of directors

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. announced that Angela Wei Dong has been elected to its Board of Directors and the company’s Audit Committee, in each case effective as of July 11, 2022. Ms. Dong is Global Vice President and General Manager, Greater China, of NIKE.

Tech firm Zoho celebrates milestone investments, R&D and expansion

Zoho Corporation, a tech firm, achieved a rate of 38% YoY growth and surpassing the 80 million user mark. In addition to ongoing expansion, the firm continues to grow its product portfolio and make investments in automotive, robotics, and health care technologies.

Seismic appoints former Salesforce executive Evan Goldstein as CFO

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Seismic, the enablement firm, announced Evan Goldstein has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Evan will oversee the finance and legal functions, leading Seismic in its next phase of growth through data-driven financial management and value creation. Evan brings over 20 years of experience in finance and investor relations roles at publicly traded companies, including an 11-year tenure at Salesforce, most recently serving as its SVP of Investor Relations.

AP automation company Medius appoints Branden Jenkins as COO

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Medius, a top provider of AP Automation and wider spend management solutions, announces the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer (COO), as the latest move to further accelerate the company’s growth. Branden Jenkins, based in Las Vegas, is an expert in driving rapid business growth, leading cross-functional teams and go-to-market strategies.