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    [TechCONNECT] Atlanta Tech News Roundup | December 2021

    Welcome to the monthly roundup of the Weekly Tech Minute, the show that brings Atlanta’s business leaders the top news stories they need to know. Want to stay up-to-date on all things business, innovation, and technology in the Southeast and beyond? Subscribe here to receive a monthly update to your inbox.

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    Atlanta Entrepreneurs Score ‘Shark Tank’ Deal For Art Education Startup
    According to Erin Schilling of Atlanta Inno, Atlanta entrepreneurs Tim Samuel and Dwayne Walker scored a $100,000 ‘Shark Tank’ deal for their art education startup, Sparketh. Sparketh is an at-home subscription art class for kids 6-18 years old. Launched in 2015 with only $500 and bootstrapped until this point, it now has an investment from Barbara Corcoran and guest investor Daniel Lubetzky. The team of two learned to code to create the platform. The site offers over 1,000 art video lessons with a growing internal team to support its expansion. The subscription is $25 per month and 10,000 students are on the platform. Read more about the art education startup here.

    Atlanta Early-Stage Venture Firm Raising Third Fund For Logistics Tech
    According to Erin Schilling of Atlanta Inno, Atlanta's early-stage venture firm Venture 53 is raising its third fund for logistics tech to make the logistics industry more efficient. The firm launched during the COVID-19 pandemic when the need for logistics technology exploded to a new level. Learn more about their existing investments and future plans here.

    Top Atlanta Tech News Stories

    Deluxe Corporation Opened Its Technology Center In Sandy Springs
    According to Maija Ehlinger of Hypepotamus, Deluxe Corporation recently opened its technology center in Sandy Springs. They’re a tech company that offers solutions to four million active small business customers and more than 4,000 financial institution clients. The 170,000 square foot Center will have a customer innovation and experience center and help Deluxe recruit top FinTech talent for their growing payments, cloud, promotional products, and its legacy check business units, according to Deluxe President and CEO Barry McCarthy. Maija reports that Deluxe processes nearly $3 trillion a year in volume- so clearly this move to expand its footprint in the FinTech and payments capital of the country is a smart one. Get the full story here.

    Atlanta Ventures Recently Hosted The Atlanta Healthcare Entrepreneur Meetup
    Atlanta Ventures recently hosted The Atlanta Healthcare Entrepreneur Meetup. The goal of this meetup is to facilitate quality connections, hear industry professionals, and truly dig deeper into healthcare problems that Atlanta entrepreneurs can help solve. The event started off at 8am with a conversation between A.T. Gimbel, Partner at Atlanta Ventures, and some premiere healthcare investors. Also on the panel were Ryan Collins of Noro-Moseley Partners, Becca Shmukler of Laerdal Million Lives Fund, and Austin Poole of Panoramic Ventures. Learn more about the meetup and see what other events are coming up.

    How Atlanta-Based Plum Is Transforming E-Commerce From The Floor Up
    According to Maija Ehlinger of Hypepotamus, a new Atlanta-based e-commerce platform called Plum is changing the way consumers buy hardwood floors or carpet. As an e-commerce and direct-to-consumer startup, Plum has created an in-house pricing methodology that pulls public data from individual properties. This way customers get clarity about pricing from the start of the renovation process. According to Plum’s website, they’ve built the first fully digital product selection, by the room pricing, order placement, and installation scheduling process in the industry. No more painful back-and-forth with multiple contractors and vendors. Learn more about the innovation here.

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    Things Are Really Taking Off In The Space Industry
    We have three space updates according to The Scroll: 1) The first trillionaire will come from the space industry (spoiler alert—that will most likely be Elon Musk based on his ownership of SpaceX rather than Tesla), 2) Nanoracks, Voyager Space, and Lockheed Martin announced plans to get a free-flying private space station up and running in low Earth orbit by 2027, and 3) Gitai, a Japanese space startup company, successfully conducted a tech demo of its autonomous robotic arm inside the International Space Station last week. Get more exciting space updated here.

    The Wall Street Journal’s Women In: Navigating The New Normal At Work
    The Wall Street Journal’s Women In series offered a virtual session on November 22nd, titled Navigating the New Normal at Work. There was an impressive roster of leaders to hear from like Erika Irish Brown the Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Talent at Citigroup, and Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer at Unilever. Attendees were able to learn how these leaders are planning for business not as usual. The pandemic fundamentally changed the way we work, and many studies show women bore the brunt. From addressing mental health to reimagining professional development, The WSJ online course covered how industry leaders are keeping remote teams productive, rethinking work/life balance, and redefining what success looks like as companies plan for business not as usual.

    Microsoft Plans To Roll Out Two Metaverse Specific Initiatives
    According to The Scroll, Microsoft doesn’t want to be left out of the metaverse party and is launching its own vision for a metaverse for the workplace. If you’re still trying to wrap your brain around what the metaverse is, let us help. According to Frank X. Shaw, Corporate VP of Communications at Microsoft, the metaverse is a persistent, digital world that is connected to many aspects of the physical world, including people, places and things. Essentially, the metaverse enables shared experiences across both the physical and digital worlds. As enterprises accelerate their digital transformation, the metaverse can help people meet up in a digital environment, make meetings more comfortable with the use of avatars and facilitate creative collaboration from all around the world. Microsoft plans to roll out two metaverse specific initiatives—Mesh for Teams and Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces in the very near future. Learn more here.

    Samsung To Choose Taylor, Texas For $17 Billion Chip-Making Factory
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung Electronics plans to build a roughly $17 billion chip-making plant in Taylor, Texas as the Biden administration pushes for an expansion of U.S. semiconductor production. Samsung, the world’s largest semiconductor maker by revenue, plans to invest more than $205 billion over the next three years with chip-making a priority. Read the full WSJ story here.

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    [TechCONNECT] Atlanta Tech News Roundup | October 2021

    While you work hard to close Q4, we have the latest tech news stories that you need to know from the Southeast and beyond.