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Investing in Future Stars: Funds Begin to Bet on People Not Startups
Julia Wood
May 7, 2021
How do you invest in yourself? We all do it; whether that means saving up for college to acquire skills for a future career or practicing meditation to develop positive habits and feelings. What more people want to know is, how do you convince others to invest in you?
Peloton Loses $165M, Recall of Treadmills After Injuries and Deaths
Komal Prakash
May 7, 2021
Peloton announced on May 5th, 2021 that they will be recalling their Tread and Tread+ treadmill product after 70 reported injuries, including the death of one child. Customers can contact the company and receive a refund on the treadmill.
A Concrete Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Cheney Sung
May 7, 2021
A UCLA-based research team led by civil engineer professor Gaurav Sant has been developing a novel method of reducing carbon emissions through the use of concrete. CarbonBuilt Inc., located in Westwood under the California Nanosystem Institute’s Magnify incubator, began in 2019.
Identity Verification Company Ekata Acquired by Mastercard for $850M
Nitin Subramanian
April 22, 2021
With the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the everyday use of mobile payment transactions, companies like Ekata who provide real-time dynamic identity verification have been the center of building digital trust and combating fraud.
Solar Electricity Forecasting Startup Awarded £500,000 by Google
Parth Agrawal
April 22, 2021
Open Climate Fix is a nonprofit lab which aims to develop solar electricity forecasting service for the U.K. and Europe. The nonprofit startup, headquartered in London, was recently awarded $686,350 (£500,000) by Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org.