The Next Web / Shift: Goddamn, this map-making tool has turned me into a digital cartographer

The Next Web / Shift: Goddamn, this map-making tool has turned me into a digital cartographer. “Making maps is usually something you either associate with old dudes in dusty paper-laden shops or serious people who wear colorful glasses and work at huge digital desks. But now, mapping startup Felt makes it easy to create personalized maps using drawing tools such as markers, pins, notes, and images.”

Spotlight: The first Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund recipients (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Spotlight: The first Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund recipients. “To help Ukrainian entrepreneurs maintain and grow their businesses, strengthen their community and build a foundation for post-war economic recovery, in March we announced a $5 million Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund to allocate equity-free cash awards throughout 2022. Selected Ukraine-based startups will receive up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding as well as ongoing Google mentorship, product support, and Cloud credits. Today, we are proud to announce the first cohort of recipients of the Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund.”

Inside Ukraine’s new start-up life: Hallways, closets, bunkers (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Inside Ukraine’s new start-up life: Hallways, closets, bunkers. “Nearly three months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country’s once booming tech community is trying to rebound back to life. As the war continues, tech founders and their employees have settled into new routines, working amid bombs, gunshots and air raid sirens. They build Power Points, take meetings and write emails and pitch decks from apartment hallways, bedroom closets and underground bunkers, trying to meet work deadlines regardless of the circumstances.”

BizTimes (Wisconsin): NVNG launches online, statewide database of startups to increase national exposure

BizTimes (Wisconsin): NVNG launches online, statewide database of startups to increase national exposure. “Madison-based NVNG Investment Advisors has launched an online database that aims to encapsulate all of the state’s startups. Called +Venture Wisconsin, the database was created to increase exposure of Wisconsin companies to national and international venture capital communities.”

US Department of Defense: Defense Department New Website to Navigate Innovation Opportunities

US Department of Defense: Defense Department New Website to Navigate Innovation Opportunities. “The new website features user-friendly sections, called ‘pathways,’ to quickly provide the most relevant information to the user based on interests. The first is for the academic community. Students and faculty can search available DoD internships, grants, scholarships, and research opportunities. Second, there is a pathway for those in the commercial sector seeking business opportunities with the DoD. Businesses can also learn about ways to seek specific science, technology, prototyping, and experimentation opportunities. The last pathway is designed for military personnel and DoD civilians looking to leverage existing projects, participate in workshops, or collaborate.”

‘Start-ups and tech will be key to rebuilding’: Google launches Ukraine Support Fund (Emerging Europe)

Emerging Europe: ‘Start-ups and tech will be key to rebuilding’: Google launches Ukraine Support Fund. “Google for Startups has launched a Ukraine Support Fund worth five million US dollars to allocate equity-free cash awards throughout 2022. According to the IT Association of Ukraine, around 85 per cent of the country’s IT workers continue to deliver services for their clients. Some 70 per cent are doing so from safe areas within Ukraine, while a further 16 per cent (mainly women) have relocated to other countries.”

Microsoft Blog: Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub now open to all – no funding needed

Microsoft Blog: Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub now open to all – no funding needed. “Based on real-world feedback from thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world, across a range of backgrounds, we are excited to unveil, Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub. Open to anyone with an idea, the platform is designed to address the most common challenges startups face.”

City A.M.: Google launches hacker crack down as it snaps up Israeli cybersecurity firm Siemplify for £371m

City A.M.: Google launches hacker crack down as it snaps up Israeli cybersecurity firm Siemplify for £371m. “Google, also known as Alphabet, has acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Siemplify for an estimated $500m (£371m), as the giant gears up for the rise in cyber attacks and data breaches. Siemplify has raised $58m (£43m) over four rounds to date, with Israeli VC G20 Ventures the company’s largest shareholder.”

Riding The Digital Storm: How India’s Startups Are Shaping The Post-pandemic ‘Normal’ (Inc42)

Inc42: Riding The Digital Storm: How India’s Startups Are Shaping The Post-pandemic ‘Normal’. “According to a Redseer report, India’s consumer digital economy which was at $85-90 Bn in the calendar year 2020, is expected to grow by 10x in 10 years, a 25% CAGR, to become an $800 Bn market by 2030. This quantum leap can undoubtedly be attributed to the pandemic. It pushed companies to a tipping point in technology and permanently transformed businesses for the better.”

Bank of America: Announcing the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory for Women Entrepreneurs

Bank of America: Announcing the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory for Women Entrepreneurs. “Today, during National Women’s Small Business Month, Bank of America, in partnership with Seneca Women, announced the launch of the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory. This first-of-its-kind platform is a resource to help educate women-owned businesses in the U.S. on navigating the capital landscape and identifying potential sources of funding, such as equity, debt and grant capital.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: New website an invaluable resource for Las Vegas startups

Las Vegas Review-Journal: New website an invaluable resource for Las Vegas startups. “Looking for a deep dive into the Las Vegas startup community and its investors? There’s now a website for that. StartUpNV, a nonprofit business incubator and accelerator for Nevada startups, launched a platform Thursday in partnership with the city of Las Vegas to offer a list of Las Vegas-based startups with data such as funding rounds and valuation.”

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Startups, investors are increasingly connecting via Clubhouse app

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Startups, investors are increasingly connecting via Clubhouse app. “In pre-pandemic times, Boston startup founders and investors could be found mingling at a few hotspots in town, like MassChallenge’s annual startup showcase on Drydock Avenue or any Thursday night event at Venture Café in Cambridge. But now, in the age of virtual meetings, the Boston innovation community has transitioned to a new hangout that is used to expand networks, get insider knowledge about topics related to the startup hustle, and even find new funding opportunities: The app called Clubhouse.”

TechCrunch: Dan Siroker’s new startup Scribe automates Zoom note-taking

TechCrunch: Dan Siroker’s new startup Scribe automates Zoom note-taking. “Scribe appears in the meeting as an additional participant, recording video and audio while creating a real-time transcript. During or after the meeting, users can edit the transcript, watch or listen to the associated moment in the recording and highlight important points. From a technological perspective, none of this feels like a huge breakthrough, but I was impressed by the seamlessness of the experience — just by adding an additional participant, I had a full recording and searchable transcript of our conversation that I could consult later, including while I was writing this story.”