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Monday, 16 April 2018
April Snippets/ Start Out Member News, Updates and Happenings
With April comes Spring weather and new set of remarkable member accomplishments. Read about Jeremey Gottschalk’s marketplace tech conference, Jesse (Jesus) Ayala’s new film series, Jeff Tidwell’s Next To Me newsletter, and Peter Robinson’s major grant from the NSF!
Members of StartOut are invited to attend the fifth annual Marketplace Risk Management Conference, May 22, 2018, in San Francisco, CA. The conference is an annual convening of web and mobile marketplace technology companies in the sharing and gig economy. It draws founders and operators from across the country, along with thought leaders, investors, industry leading vendors, and service providers. Participants come to network, identify new trends, and learn mission-critical risk management strategies. The biggest names in the industry will be in attendance, including Airbnb, Facebook, Instacart, Lyft, Rover, TaskRabbit, Uber, Züm and many more. Plus, StartOut's own Dan Driscoll will be there speaking on behalf of HomeAway!
Authentically Us, Voices From the Transgender Community
StartOut Member Jesse (Jesus) Ayala is the director of the award-winning Authentically Us, Voices From the Transgender Community. The VR film series takes us into the lives of three transgender people living in northwest US, who through activism, create more prosperous futures for the community. The importance of transgender equality in the workplace/ military, the integral role transgender people play in our communities, and the fact that trans people have always existed, are some aspects the film highlights.
The groundbreaking series is the first VR series to place transgender people at center of the storiesand the first VR series ever from Facebook & Oculus. The films have already premiered at SXSW and are scheduled to make their debut at Tribeca, Cannes, and more. The series was produced by Ayala’s production company Fovrth Studios in partnership with Pride Foundation and Facebook/ Oculus.
Jeff Tidwell’s company, Next For Me, is a weekly newsletter on work & finance for the 50+ generation. After making an appearance last October on 60 and Gay in Tech, the company hatched, making it a great success. Jeff is also chronocoling the creation and story of the company through a series on Forbes.
“We’re lean, mean, and growing steadily by a continuous dialog with our readers.”
The company exists because people are living & working longer and there is a disconnect in the workplace leaving older workers sidelined. Due to this there is a movement toward evolved roles for ‘Modern Elders’ and mentoring relationships are exchangeable & fluid.
Two sided sharing and learning is important to remain relevant. That's why Jeff's relationship with StartOut's mentoring program has become a powerful learning tool.
"The StartOut team has been amazingly supportive with my venture through introductions & targeted sharing of our news with a true feeling of a community that supports you.
Enable Biosciences Inc Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
Big news from Peter Robinson, the Chief Scientific Officer of Enable Biosciences. His company recently received the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Grant for $750,000. This grant will allow them to commercialize innovative technology by conducting research & development work on early detection and treatment of autoimmune and infectious diseases such as HIV.
Currently, the company’s ADAP technology detects diseases through saliva and blood at a faster rate than traditional methods.
Enable Biosciences pitched to investors at last years Demo Day in San Francisco, and we are so excited for the funding success!
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