Sunday, May 12, 2019

From Pooptech to Traveltech, Google Announces Startups Selected for its Tel Aviv Accelerator - CTech

From Pooptech to Traveltech, Google Announces Startups Selected for its Tel Aviv Accelerator - CTech


From Pooptech to Traveltech, Google Announces Startups Selected for its Tel Aviv Accelerator - CTech

Posted: 12 May 2019 01:56 AM PDT

From Pooptech to Traveltech, Google Announces Startups Selected for its Tel Aviv Accelerator

Google announced on Tuesday the eight startups selected for the first official cohort of its Tel Aviv accelerator program Google Startup Growth Lab. During the four-month program, startup executives will meet with experts from Google to receive training and support for scaling up and expanding to global markets.

 

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The selected startups are Tel Aviv-based business intelligence startup Oribi Ltd.; Tel Aviv-based insurtech company Aktibo Solutions Ltd.; Tel Aviv-based vacation rental property management company Guesty Inc.; Tel Aviv-based gut microbiome analysis startup DayTwo Ltd.; New York and Tel Aviv-based business-to-business payment management startup Meilo (incorporated as Sizzers Inc.); Tel Aviv-based travel booking startup Bookaway (incorporated as Travelertick Ltd.); Kfar Saba-based project management startup Proggio (incorporated as Project Map Ltd.); and Tel Aviv-based urinalysis startup Healthy.io Ltd.

Google's offices in Tel Aviv. Photo: ReutersGoogle's offices in Tel Aviv. Photo: Reuters

8 startups helping moms get back to work after having kids - Business Insider

Posted: 12 May 2019 04:01 AM PDT

Getting back into the workforce after childbirth isn't easy — and that's why some moms are helping each other make the transition.

Working women make up a larger share of the workforce than years past. Mothers today spend 16 more hours a week performing paid labor than they did 50 years ago, though they spend just as much time with their children as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s, according to the Pew Research Center and The New York Times.

Read more: Women spend 7 more years working than men and get no money or credit for it

The amount of work childcare takes on top of a paid job leaves women with no other option but to quit working: 43% of women with children leave the workforce at some point in their careers. Despite the loss of productivity, the US lags behind developed countries in providing paid parental leave and childcare.

Some moms are taking matters into their own hands. Entrepreneurial women started companies that connect mothers and companies with flexible work hours, or ship breast milk home during work trips. Women also built apps to help moms find support systems, or send videos to their children remotely.

Business Insider rounded up eight startups helping moms re-enter the workforce, most of them founded by moms themselves. Here they are:

US Firm Accuses Huawei of Enlisting a Chinese Professor to Obtain Its Tech - The Epoch Times

Posted: 12 May 2019 07:34 AM PDT

A U.S. startup company is accusing Chinese telecommunications gear provider Huawei of enlisting a Chinese university professor working on a research project to improperly access the startup's technology, according to court documents filed last week.

California-based CNEX is developing technology to enhance the performance of solid-state drives in data centers and has been in a dispute with Huawei Technologies Co. since 2017. In a new set of counterclaims filed in federal court in Texas last week, CNEX alleged that Bo Mao, a professor at Xiamen University, asked for one of the company's circuit boards as part of a research project.

The company alleges that it required Mao to sign a "strict non-disclosure obligation" about the circuit board. But CNEX alleged that, unbeknownst to it, the university was working with Huawei and alleged that after it sent the circuit board to the professor, technical details about its products ended up in Huawei's hands.

"Huawei took CNEX's proprietary and trade secret information and shared it with the personnel developing Huawei's (solid-state drive) controllers in violation of representations made to CNEX and restrictions placed on the distribution of CNEX's technical information," the startup said in the filing.

Neither Huawei nor Mao returned a request from Reuters for comment.

Huawei's gear has been largely shut out of the United States since 2012 over security concerns the technology could be used for espionage. The company has said the concerns are unfounded.

The company's CFO Meng Wanzhou, 47, the daughter of Huawei's billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at Vancouver's airport in December on a U.S. warrant on charges that she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei's relationship with a company operating in Iran. Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition in Canadian court.

CNEX's allegations last week are the latest in a trial dating to 2017. One of CNEX's co-founders, Ronnie Huang, had worked for a Huawei subsidiary in Texas but left in 2013 and later helped found CNEX.

In 2017, Huawei sued CNEX and Huang alleging that the startup's inventions were related to work Huang had done at Huawei and that it had a right to the patents under a contract Huang signed. CNEX in turn alleged that Huawei was seeking to use the court case itself to obtain deeper access to its technology through the discovery process.

Last week, the court denied Huawei's claims to ownership over CNEX's patents, ruling that California law, which gives workers broad leeway to leave their employers and create new companies, applied to that part of Huang's contract. CNEX still faces claims from Huawei that Huang improperly recruited his former Huawei co-workers to join his new company.

By Stephen Nellis

Polish space startup selects Clyde Space as subcontractor for earth observation satellite project - SpaceNews

Posted: 23 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

WARSAW, Poland — Polish space industry startup KP Labs has awarded an order to Scottish cubesat manufacturer Clyde Space which will act as a subcontractor for the company's Intuition-1 project. The cuboid-shaped 6U-class cubesat is to be the first commercial satellite to be fitted with enough processing power to conduct hyperspectral imagery segmentation in orbit.

Gliwice, Poland-based KP Labs says its Intuition-1 is to perform Earth observation with the use of a hyperspectral instrument and advanced data processing based on deep neural networks that will be placed onboard the satellite. This will enable the cubesat to rapidly assess the condition of plants and forests, forecast crop yield, or create pollution maps for cities, according to company representatives.

"We selected Clyde Space as a subcontractor to build a satellite platform and organize Intuition-1's launch. Recently signed contract covers these services," Grzegorz Łada, a project manager at KP Labs, told SpaceNews.

"The project is scheduled to be implemented between January 2018 and December 2023. Currently, we are in the process of research and development which will continue until the end of 2019. Between 2020 and 2021, the satellite will be integrated, and in early 2022, we will perform qualification tests. The launch, which will put the satellite into the 600-kilometer low Earth orbit, is planned for the period between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. The basic mission of the satellite will start in 2023," Łada said.

Jarosław Kacprzak, the company's public relations manager, said that KP Labs chose Clyde Space's offer after a nine-month evaluation of eight offers submitted by companies from Europe and the United States.

The Polish company says that, while it cannot disclose the contract details, the value exceeds 500,000 British pounds ($382,000). Under the deal, Clyde Space will develop the satellite bus, including thee onboard computer, communications systems, attitude control system and the electrical power system. The Scottish manufacturer will also be responsible for preparing the satellite for the launch and organizing it.

Set up in 2016 by a team of engineers from the Silesian University of Technology, KP Labs says it is focused on satellite and IT solutions for Earth observation, computer vision and machine learning. The company began to work on the cubesat in 2018.

The Polish company will develop the satellite as part of its HyperCam project which is co-financed by the country's National Center for Research and Development. The state-run institution distributes European Union funds to innovative projects in numerous sectors, including the space industry. The project is worth about 19.3 million zloty ($5.1 million), of which the NCBR is to cover more than 13.9 million zloty, according to data from the institution.

Clyde Space is owned by Sweden's ÅAC Microtec, a satellite platform supplier whose customers include Airbus, Raytheon, Thales Alenia Space, the European Space Agency, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, among others.

Clyde Space, meanwhile, announced April 9 that it is partnering with machine-to-machine satellite operator Orbcomm to build and launch two Automatic Identification System-enabled cubesats in 2020 under a project worth nearly $6 million over five years.

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