Silicon Valley Business Journal: Tech Job Openings Surged by 30,000 Last Month but Shrank in Silicon Valley

If you’re a tech worker and searching for a new job, the number from which you can choose is surging.

At least that’s the case for the country as a whole, according to the latest monthly tech jobs report from the Computing Technology Industry Association. In the Bay Area, though, the number of open tech positions actually shrank in March, bucking the national trend.

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San Francisco Business Times: The Tech Industry Employs Relatively Few Women, Black and Latinx people. But Silicon Valley Does a Worse Job than the Rest of the Country.

It’s long been known that there aren’t a lot of women, Black or Latinx people working in the tech industry.

But Silicon Valley is less likely to have members of those groups in tech jobs than other parts of the country, according to a new report from the Computing Technology Industry Association. Even San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles have more diverse tech workforces, CompTIA found.

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San Francisco Business Times: The Funded: Manticore Games Scores $100M as One of 6 Bay Area Megafundings

Manticore Games Inc. scored $100 million in a new funding round this week, the latest megafunding for a Bay Area startup.

The new cash infusion for Manticore came in its Series C round that was led by XN. SoftBank Vision Fund 2, LVP, Benchmark, Bitkraft, Correlation Ventures and Epic Games also participated.

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Silicon Valley Business Journal: $200M Feedzai Funding Produces Another Silicon Valley Cybersecurity Unicorn

A day after Jumio Inc. raised a $150 million megafunding, ID security rival Feedzai Inc. topped it with a $200 million and a new valuation over $1 billion.

Both Palo Alto-based Jumio and San Mateo-based Feedzai help banks and other financial firms prevent payments fraud, money laundering and other types of illegal activities.

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Silicon Valley Business Journal: These 51 Bay Area Startups Pitched at Y Combinator’s Biggest Demo Day

Fifty-one Bay Area startup founders took part in Y Combinator’s latest Demo Day on Tuesday, giving their pitches to more than 1,000 investors tuned in via Zoom.

The local founders took part in YC’s accelerator program as part of its Winter 2021 batch. Their presentations came during an all-day affair that featured a total of 350 companies from 41 countries.

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My Tech Decisions: Ginger Announces $100 Million Series E Financing from Blackstone to Bring Value-Based Mental Healthcare to Millions of Employees and Health Plan Members

Ginger, the on-demand mental health company, today announced a $100 million Series E financing round led by funds managed by Blackstone Growth (“Blackstone Growth”). This latest round of investment will bring the company’s total funding to over $220 million, on the heels of approximately 3x revenue growth over the past year.

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Government Technology: California County Turns to AI Technology to Spot Wildfires

Sonoma County is adding artificial intelligence to its wildfire-fighting arsenal.

The county has entered into an agreement with the South Korean firm Alchera to outfit its network of fire-spotting cameras with software that detects wildfire activity and then alerts authorities.  The technology sifts through past and current images of terrain and searches for certain changes, such as flames burning in darkness, or a smoky haze obscuring a tree-lined hillside, according to Chris Godley, the county’s director of emergency management.

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