Brazilian proptech startup Loft valued at nearly $3B

first_imgLoft co-founders Florian Hagenbuch and Mate Pencz (Endeavor, iStock)Brazilian real estate platform Loft has added another $100 million to a $425 million Series-D fundraising round that closed last month — bringing the firm’s valuation to an estimated $2.9 billion, according to TechCrunch.The additional funding makes it one of the largest ever fundraising efforts by a Brazilian startup.New York-based D1 Capital Partners led the initial round, joined by Fifth Wall Ventures, DST, Tiger Global and several other investors.Baillie Gifford led the supplemental round and was joined by Tarsadia Capital and Flight Deck, among other firms. Individual investors include the founders of Instacart and Sweetgreen.Loft functions much like Zillow or Redfin and offers additional services to assist with the buying and selling process. It was founded in 2018, and around 30,000 brokers work on the platform.Co-CEO Mate Pencz said the number of listings on the platform increased tenfold last year, and it now has around 13,000 listings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The firm plans to use the money to further grow its market share in those cities.Fifth Wall has been busy this year. The VC firm recently founded its third SPAC of the year, and SmartRent announced this week it would merge with one of those blank-check firms in a deal valued at around $2.2 billion.[TechCrunch] — Dennis Lynch   BrazilProptechResidential Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Bathymetry and geological setting of the South Sandwich Islands volcanic arc

first_imgThe South Sandwich Islands and associated seamounts constitute the volcanic arc of an active subduction system situated in the South Atlantic. We introduce a map of the bathymetry and geological setting of the South Sandwich Islands and the associated East Scotia Ridge back-arc spreading centre that consists of two sides: side 1, a regional overview of the volcanic arc, trench and back-arc, and side 2, detailed maps of the individual islands. Side 1 displays the bathymetry at scale 1:750 000 of the intra-oceanic, largely submarine South Sandwich arc, the back-arc system and other tectonic boundaries of the subduction system. Satellite images of the islands on side 2 are at scales of 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 with contours and main volcanological features indicated. These maps are the first detailed topological and bathymetric maps of the area. The islands are entirely volcanic in origin, and most have been volcanically or fumarolically active in historic times. Many of the islands are ice-covered, and the map forms a baseline for future glaciological changes caused by volcanic activities and climate change. The back-arc spreading centre consists of nine segments, most of which have rift-like morphologieslast_img read more

Weber State Football Moves Up To Third in FCS STATS Poll

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, Weber State football moved up to third in the FCS STATS poll after downing Sacramento State 26-14 Saturday at Stewart Stadium.This is the highest ranking in school history.The Wildcats, headed into Saturday’s game at Southern Utah at Eccles Coliseum in Cedar City, are 7-2 overall and 5-1 in Big Sky Conference play.Weber State has now won four straight games.The Wildcats also moved up to fourth in the AFCA Coaches poll.Weber State will conclude the season November 17 at Idaho State after which they will learn their postseason fate during the FCS Playoffs Selection Show November 18. Written by Brad James November 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Moves Up To Third in FCS STATS Poll Tags: AFCA Coaches Poll/FCS Playoffs Selection Show/FCS STATS Poll/Idaho State/Southern Utah/Weber State Footballlast_img read more

Frey scores 32 to lift Montana St. past S. Utah 90-83

first_img Associated Press The Bobcats improve to 2-0 against the Thunderbirds for the season. Montana State defeated Southern Utah 92-62 on Dec. 29. Montana State (14-14, 11-7) plays Sacramento State on the road on Thursday. Southern Utah finishes out the regular season against Northern Colorado at home on Thursday. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Harald Frey had a career-high 32 points as Montana State topped Southern Utah 90-83 on Monday night. Tags: Big Sky/Harald Frey/Montana State Bobcats/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Cameron Oluyitan scored a career-high 22 points for the Thunderbirds (14-14, 9-10 Big Sky Conference). Jacob Calloway added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Dre Marin had 13 points.center_img Written by Frey made 11 of 12 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds and six assists. March 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Frey scores 32 to lift Montana St. past S. Utah 90-83last_img read more

New Orleans Saints re-sign linebacker Manti Te’o

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) — Manti Te’o is reportedly rejoining the New Orleans Saints.A source confirms to ESPN that the team has re-signed the 28-year-old veteran linebacker.The news comes after several Saints linebackers have suffered injuries this season. Middle linebacker Alex Anzalone injured his shoulder in Week 2, forcing him to be sidelined for the rest of the season, and, most recently, middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and strongside linebacker A.J. Klein both suffered injuries during last Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.Te’o began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, and joined the Saints in 2017 when he signed a two-year deal with New Orleans. Last season, he was a healthy inactive, appearing in just five games, before his contract expired.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img December 4, 2019 /Sports News – National New Orleans Saints re-sign linebacker Manti Te’olast_img read more

Assistant Professor AY

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Building Construction Department within the Myers-Lawson Schoolof Construction (MLSoC) is seeking applicants for a tenure-trackfaculty position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin Fall 2021in Blacksburg, VA. This position is a nine-month, full-timeappointment dedicated primarily to the teaching, research andservice missions of the School.MLSoC is a joint venture between the College of Engineering and theCollege of Architecture and Urban Studies with undergraduateprograms in Construction Engineering and Management(ABET-accredited) and Building Construction (ACCE-accredited). Asuccessful candidate for this tenure-track position will beexpected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels,establish a substantial externally-funded research program,maintain an active scholarship agenda, and promote the MLSoCthrough national and international engagement.MLSoC is dedicated to inclusion, serving in the spirit ofcommunity, diversity, and excellence. We are seeking a candidatewho will adopt and practice the Virginia Tech Principles ofCommunity, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increaseaccess and inclusion and to create a community that nurtureslearning and growth for all of its members. We actively seek abroad spectrum of candidates to join our faculty in preparing thefuture leaders of the construction industry. MLSoC does notdiscriminate against employees, students, or applicants on thebasis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genderexpression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion,sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or anyother basis protected by law. Prior to hire, all applicants mustpass a criminal background check.Required Qualifications• Ph.D. in construction or a closely related field of study, byappointment start date.• Publications in the applicant’s research field.• Expertise in one or more areas that complements our curriculumand current research teams, including but not limited to:Human-centered health and safety; resilience; smart materials;workforce development and labor management; data science andanalytics; qualitative and quantitative methods; city/communitydevelopment; building energy and sustainability; design, constructand manufacture integration and lifecycle management.Preferred Qualifications• Demonstrated record of effective teaching in higher education(e.g., through evidence of student and/or faculty evaluations ofteaching).• Demonstrated experience in academic program service.• Demonstrated commitment to serving diverse communities andbuilding inclusive cultures (e.g., through outreach, service,program development).• 2 years of professional experience in construction or a relateddiscipline.• Certification and/or licensure related to the applicant’sprofessional field (e.g., PMP, CCM, PE, RA) is encouraged.Application MaterialsApplicants must apply online at Complete applicationswill include the following:1) a cover page summarizing your teaching and research experience,area of expertise, and future research plan;2) curriculum vitae,3) two-page research statement describing your research experience,interests, and future plans;4) two-page teaching and service statement describing your approachto develop and teach courses (in-person and remote), serve theprofession, University, and broader community;5) one page statement of diversity philosophy describing yourexperiences and/or commitments to facilitate diversity andinclusion;6) two samples of research publications (published or underreview);7) a list of three references.Only complete applications will be reviewed. Inquiries concerningthe position or application process should be directed to RoslynGarrison, CAUS HR Division Director, [email protected] Opportunities with the Department of BuildingConstructionPlease note that this search is for a tenure track AssistantProfessor position. Additionally, the Department of BuildingConstruction is currently also recruiting for an AssistantProfessor of Practice position. If your qualifications align betterwith the position of Assistant Professor of Practice, pleaseconsider submitting your application for that search. Moreinformation regarding the requirements for this position can befound on VT Jobs here: Assistant Professor of PracticeAppointment TypeRegularSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateFebruary 1, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences andmeetings.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Roslyn Garrison at [email protected] during regular businesshours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: January 8, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

Strengthening Education by Wendy McNamara

first_imgThis session, we remained focused on strengthening our commitment to education in Indiana. That’s why I voted to increase the base funding for each K-12 student in our community and statewide. Additionally, I supported several measures that provide more tools and resources to Hoosier students and teachers:Increasing Course Options: A new law providing access to specialty classes and programs not provided at certain schools will help all students regardless of where they are enrolled. Whether small, rural or urban, some schools may lack the necessary resources to provide advanced classes or trade programs in high-demand areas.Retaining New Teachers: A new law establishing a mentorship program for new Hoosier teachers and administrators will encourage those in their first and second year to remain in the classroom. Studies suggest that most new teachers believe having access to a mentor has the largest impact on developing their effectiveness as an educator.Reforming School Funding: A new measure creating two funding categories for schools, an education fund and an operations fund, will provide greater financial flexibility. Indiana invests over half of the state’s budget in K-12 education, but only 57 percent of school funding reaches classrooms. By allowing transfers between these two funds, schools will be able to direct more dollars where needed.Our students hold the keys to our state’s bright future and I am dedicated to supporting commonsense policies like these that help them grow and succeed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

PepsiCo veteran Murray is appointed Pladis UK MD

first_imgMcVitie’s owner Pladis has named David Murray managing director for the UK and Ireland.Murray has spent much of his career at PepsiCo, most recently serving as senior vice president and general manager for the company’s global concentrate division, with operations in 11 countries and more than 1,800 employees.He has also held positions for PepsiCo Europe, including nutrition category general manager, Western Europe and business unit general manager for Tropicana & Quaker in the UK.“David‘s proven track record, delivering high-impact operational excellence and growth across various geographies and categories, will be an invaluable asset as we continue our strategic transformation,” said Pladis CEO Salman Amin.“His strong drive for results, passion for building high-performing teams and personal energy shine through his powerful and unique leadership style.”Murray will report to Amin and will be have direct oversight for UK and Ireland manufacturing operations, research and development, sales and marketing, and responsibility for the region’s financials.Murray said he was excited to be joining Pladis.“The company’s portfolio of beloved brands is unequalled. The opportunity to work alongside such a respected team and build an even stronger future is the opportunity of a lifetime.”Formed in 2016, Pladis operates brands including McVitie’s, Ulke, Jacob’s, Go Ahead!, Carr’s, Flipz, BN and Verkade. It has 34 factories in 13 countries.last_img read more

A look at Radcliffe past and present

first_img Notable moments throughout Harvard’s eventful academic year New University-wide initiative will deepen the exploration of Harvard’s historical ties to enslavement Dean discusses her priorities for Harvard’s institute devoted to interdisciplinary study and research Related A renewed focus on slavery Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Drew Faust, the current and former deans of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, discussed the history and future of the celebrated center, an intellectual incubator of ideas for scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds, on its 20th anniversary.The hourlong discussion Friday was the featured event of Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of alumni and of achievement that typically unfolds under a large tent on Radcliffe’s campus, but was moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.“As we bear witness to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, we at the institute have an opportunity and a responsibility to bring together our most innovative thinkers and to pursue a more equitable and sustainable public health and social infrastructure,” said Brown-Nagin of the cultural inequities the crisis has highlighted. “This crucial work can happen, and it is happening at Radcliffe because the institute is nimble enough to pursue its mission in new ways and focused enough to advance old ideas despite the challenges all around us.”During the talk Brown-Nagin asked Faust, Harvard president emerita and the institute’s founding dean, to take listeners back to its earliest days. Then-University President Neil Rudenstine persuaded Faust to take the job in 2000, she said, enticing her with what he envisioned for the new institute and its role at Harvard and in the wider world.Rudenstine made clear that this would be a chance to “build something new within a structure of tradition and support,” said Faust, “a kind of safety net of intellectual excellence and experience. And also I felt that Harvard needed to get women’s issues right … I thought if we could get that right in this leading institution of higher education, it would have such reverberations beyond the institute.”Faust said she also was drawn to the multidisciplinary nature of the center, with its mix of artists, historians, authors, and scientists in a single community, and to the institute’s embrace of inclusiveness and diversity. Both themes would become central to her tenure as Harvard’s 28th president. “There were aspects of the mission of Radcliffe that influenced my approach to Harvard very deeply,” said Faust, the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor.,The institute’s roots can be traced back to Radcliffe College President Mary Ingraham Bunting, who in 1960 helped create a postgraduate study and research center for women called the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study (later named the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute in her honor).When Radcliffe College and Harvard University merged in 1999, the new Radcliffe Institute was officially established, with Faust named as its founding dean. Today, the center’s signature fellowship program hosts more than 50 scholars, women and men drawn from across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and the arts who convene at Radcliffe to do groundbreaking research and other work.As she prepared to take on the role of dean, Brown-Nagin said she closely reviewed the institute’s founding documents, its mission, and its ties to Radcliffe College. The research informed a strategic planning process that resulted in Radcliffe Engaged, a new set of priorities aimed at involving scholars, students, and members of the Harvard community and beyond in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.“That plan really leans into Radcliffe College’s history of producing brilliant, civically engaged women,” said Brown-Nagin, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law. “It seeks to amplify scholarship, including from the professions like medicine, public health, law, and education, that informs pressing social problems … and it aspires to engage the broader community more and more and to engage increasing numbers of Harvard students.”Last summer Radcliffe hosted Boston Public School students for a week of programming focused on socio-emotional learning, personal narrative, and the concepts of justice and injustice. The institute is currently planning an Emerging Leaders pilot program that will bring local high school students together with Harvard undergraduate mentors around a curriculum focused on ways to bring about social and community change, said Nagin.The conversation also touched on a topic about which both scholars have a keen interest: a University-wide initiative that Harvard President Larry Bacow announced in November to further examine Harvard’s ties to slavery and its legacy, an effort that builds on work done during Faust’s tenure in office. “[Radcliffe Engaged] really leans into Radcliffe College’s history of producing brilliant, civically engaged women.” — Tomiko Brown-Nagin Reflecting on 2019-20 Brown-Nagin on her own path and Radcliffe’s Bacow selected Brown-Nagin to oversee a committee that will steer the project. The dean and Radcliffe “will also anchor a range of programmatic and scholarly efforts within this new initiative” that will be supported by $5 million in initial funding from the University, said Bacow.“I was very pleased to see that Radcliffe was going to take on the leadership of this inquiry,” said Faust.“We are going to approach this in a very Radcliffe way,” said Brown-Nagin of her plan to create conferences and programming around related issues, engage students in research connected to Harvard’s ties to slavery, “integrate knowledge of that relationship into the curriculum,” and engage the broader community.“It is such an important initiative and work that we undertake,” said Brown-Nagin.Brown-Nagin recalled this conversation in an email on Sunday to the Radcliffe staff in the wake of the rage, violence, and protests this weekend nationwide over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. In it she reminded that at the core of the institute’s work is the belief that intellectual exploration and civic engagement — around issues such as the legacy of slavery and the inequities laid bare by COVID-19 and mass incarceration — are key to social change.“In this dark hour,’’ she wrote, “we must take heart in the ideal that the power to change lies within us and our institutions.”Original plans for Friday’s event called for the Radcliffe Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to be awarded to Melinda Gates “for her remarkable impact around the world, for putting women and girls at the center of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work, and for her urgent and ambitious commitment to the unfinished business of empowering women here in the United States,” Brown-Nagin said earlier this year. Gates will be honored instead, she said, at Radcliffe Day 2021.last_img read more

Beyond Robust: Resilient IT (Part 1)

first_imgIT is rapidly becoming an essential resource to corporations and societies. Recent ground breaking legislations have been introduced in Asia Pacific where companies in some industries are required to ensure that their IT systems function under stress. To ensure compliance, governments mandate that simulations and testing are carried out against the IT infrastructure and that the findings are audited and reported.Working with several industry leaders and governments, I have studied this problem to help develop the rules for this new mandate as well as assist customers and partners in how to prepare their IT environments for these new requirements.Typically, failure that results in end-user impact is rarely caused by a failed component alone. It is more likely that the root causes of failure are found in unexpected interactions between components during a failure event. For example: A bank had an older version of firmware in one of their IT systems. An operator got a warning that the network connecting to one of the IT components experienced intermittent disconnections and decided to replace a cable. The operator followed procedure for replacing the cable, unfortunately the operator used the wrong cable and while the procedure was correct for the most recent version of the systems firmware, it was incorrect for the version of the firmware the bank presently operated. This error became fatal when combined with the wrong cable. Subsequent events caused a cascading chain of failures which ultimately took down the entire system.  The natural instinct should have been to activate the business continuity plan. However, the bank had not exercised the plan for quite some time and with the state of the current system, the bank was afraid of activating the plan since they feared they could not contain the problem and it would cascade further. The architecture that was meant to be robust had with the introduction of a random event become weak.So how can IT protect itself from these types of failures? Historically, and perhaps typically, IT professionals have relied on staged and infrequent testing of resiliency by starting up backup systems as a form of test. I suggest that we need to evolve our thinking and learn to treat IT less as a static system that once deployed must be changed as little as possible and begin to recognize that modern IT systems more closely resemble an organic and evolving process where we emphasize flexibility and adaptability over rigidity and control. In this new world of IT we actually harden the IT systems by deliberately and consciously exposing them to ongoing degrees of stress and pressure. This allows us to evolve the system from being static and robust to a system that benefits from pressure and random failure, where failures by themselves are a benefit in that they evolve the system to go beyond robustness.Static IT systems of thirty years ago are a thing of the past and the flexible software-driven IT infrastructure of today needs pressure and stress to uncover hidden risks from random events. Just as the human body grows stronger when muscles are stressed by causing micro tears in muscles through exercise, we have found that IT processes and systems benefits from the same principle.last_img read more