Boston Business Journal: Boston Analytics Startup Starburst Becomes Newest Mass Unicorn

The first local tech company of 2021 to hit unicorn status is an analytics startup with 12 co-founders and around 60 employees in Massachusetts.

Last week, three-year-old startup Starburst Data Inc. said it raised $100 million in a financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Salesforce Ventures. The raise, which brought the company’s total funding to $164 million, came with a new valuation of $1.2 billion — surpassing the $1 billion threshold for the company to be considered a “unicorn.”

View full article in Boston Business Journal.

CIO: 20 Worthwhile Conferences For Women In Tech

Diversity is a hot topic in the tech industry — and because it’s discussed frequently, it might be easy to feel like things have already changed. But according to a recent Women in Technology report from IDC, only 42% of women feel their employer offered equal pay, compared to 75% of men who feel the same.

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Boston Business Journal: 25 Under 25

They say you’re never too old to follow your dreams.

Seems that you’re never too young, either. Boston teen and college-age technologists and entrepreneurs are living that mantra, founding companies, publishing books and working as venture capitalists without waiting for anyone’s permission. BostInno, the tech-business affiliate of the Boston Business Journal, looked across the Bay State to find some of today’s brightest young minds — and recognized them through its annual awards list, the 25 Under 25.

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Mass Live: Boston University, Bedford-Based MITRE To Pilot Digital Contact Tracing For Massachusetts DPH

Boston University and a Bedford-based cybersecurity company, MITRE, were selected to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on a digital contact tracing initiative.

The state named the award recipients in a brief notice on Monday on the state’s contract website.

The state opened applications in November for organizations to pilot digital contact tracing technology using an interface released by Google and Apple in September. The tech giants’ technology, called EN Express, uses Bluetooth signals to notify users if someone they came in contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19. The signals let the COVID-positive user anonymously notify the phones of others.

View full article in Mass Live.

International Banker: Six Ways That Tech Is being Used to Combat COVID-19

If you are based in Singapore, you might have seen a dog-like robot patrolling some of the city-state’s parks earlier this year. Called Spot, the four-legged robot created by US-based Boston Dynamics is equipped with cameras and sensors to detect the concentration of group sizes gathering in parks while also reinforcing social-distancing rules, uttering important pre-recorded phrases such as “Let’s keep Singapore healthy” and “For your own safety, and for those around you, please stand at least one metre apart”.

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Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Stopping The Spread

Mandatory mask use on the Harvard campus has been a major factor in limiting the spread of COVID-19. During the fall semester, the University reported only a 0.12 percent positivity rate on campus, and a rate of only 0.05 percent among undergraduates.

The science is clear and the numbers don’t lie—masks work, but not all masks are created equal.

View full article in Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Medium: IMMERSE: Co-Creation During COVID-19

It is safe to say that 2020 has been a year filled with lessons. Lessons on our vulnerability as human beings as well as on our hidden inner strengths. 2020 has been the year of utter chaos, the year that the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 forced us into adopting new ways of living and exposing the gross racial injustices that can no longer be concealed. If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it is the power of community that manifested itself in the most unusual ways.

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