Phys .org: Social media can be a lifesaver for new international ventures

Phys .org: Social media can be a lifesaver for new international ventures. “The use of social media can be beneficial to international new ventures and help them to survive. A new study from the University of Vaasa, Finland, shows that newly established international firms and start-ups with limited resources can effectively use social media to learn about their new foreign markets and customers in a fast and inexpensive way.”

Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem

Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem. “The Glasgow Tech Ecosystem Platform is an open-access database offering to better connect start-ups with investors and corporates, providing real-time insights on the health of the regional innovation economy and showcasing Glasgow City Region’s wider tech ecosystem to the world…. The data covers 740+ technology-based start-ups as well as investors and accelerators, universities, co-working spaces, tech meetups and much more.”

CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down

CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down. “Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had worked on self-driving cars and other experimental projects at Google, to create electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The company unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun said he envisioned a time when people would be able to hail flying cars through an app like Lyft or Uber.”

TechCrunch: Dropbase can help turn your messy spreadsheet into queryable SQL database

TechCrunch: Dropbase can help turn your messy spreadsheet into queryable SQL database. “It’s not unusual for a tech company to be born by accident. Famously, Slack was created as a byproduct of a now defunct gaming company. Similarly, when Dropbase founders Jimmy Chan and Ayazhan Zhakhan were in the Y Combinator Winter 20 batch, they were testing the product they had built at the time and accidentally stumbled upon the thing that would become Dropbase.”

MIT Technology Review: Why business is booming for military AI startups

MIT Technology Review: Why business is booming for military AI startups . “NATO announced on June 30 that it is creating a $1 billion innovation fund that will invest in early-stage startups and venture capital funds developing ‘priority’ technologies such as artificial intelligence, big-data processing, and automation. Since the war started, the UK has launched a new AI strategy specifically for defense, and the Germans have earmarked just under half a billion for research and artificial intelligence within a $100 billion cash injection to the military.”

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.”