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No-Code Website Builder Webflow Went From Near Bankruptcy To A $72 Million Series A Funding Round

On his fourth attempt at building the company of his dreams, Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin made it a point to give every employee a handwritten note ahead of his software company’s annual all-hands retreat. In July, after writing 120 of them, the entrepreneur said it might be time to end the tradition. “My hand is cramping,” Magdalin says. “I may need to find a new plan.” After years of struggle, Webflow is breaking out. In 2012, Magdalin, his brother Sergie and a friend, Bryant Chou, founded Webflow with the promise of providing a better website builder, one that allowed anyone to spin up a professional-caliber website without knowing how to code. Seven years later, Webflow is at the forefront of a wave of specialist startups looking to change how companies build. And with an unusual new $72 ...[Read More]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Cuts Costs, Builds Infrastructure To Compete For Engines On Future ICBM

Last month’s revelation that Boeing may not bid to develop the Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile surprised many. If the company’s concerns about how the program is being competed are not resolved, rival Northrop Grumman may be headed for lucrative monopolies on all three legs of the nation’s nuclear “triad.” The unsettled state of the program, known as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), doesn’t just impact the big aerospace integrators who want to be prime contractor. It also affects a highly specialized supply chain of domestic contractors whose ranks have thinned dramatically since the end of the Cold War. Foremost among these is Aerojet Rocketdyne, a prospective supplier of solid rocket motors for the three-stage missile. Solid rocket motors are us...[Read More]

Audit Finds 21 California Agencies at High Risk of Cyberattacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Although protecting personal data and improving information security systems are staples of California’s current legislative session, a new report released Tuesday says over 20 state agencies are hacking risks due to lax IT protocols. Of the 33 agencies surveyed, state auditors pinned 21 as having high-risk security deficiencies. The report says the security flaws could both open residents up to identify theft and hurt the state’s finances. “Given the amount of data the state maintains, the financial cost of a data breach and the damage to its credibility and reputation could be significant,” the audit warns. “The consequences of a data breach highlight the importance of information security in both the public and private sectors.” Keep reading this article at Cou...[Read More]

Forget Postmates And Grub Hub, Sacramento Is Testing Food Delivery Robots

CBS13 got an exclusive look at the robots that could eliminate the need for delivery drivers (and tipping) one day. The four-wheeled robot will soon be the latest way to get food delivered to your doorstep. It’s called the “Kiwibot,” a self-propelled autonomous vehicle with six onboard navigation cameras to avoid hitting objects. It travels on sidewalks but only at approximately three miles an hour to match the average speed of people. Using an app, customers can order their favorite food online and have ti arrive about 35 minutes later. Keep reading this article at CBS Sacramento.

Innovation labs take a gamble to improve city government

In July 2016, San Francisco came together with local nonprofits, several universities, and the federal government to launch a shiny new venture: Superpublic, an innovation lab. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lab’s 5,000 square-foot space in downtown San Francisco, the city’s former mayor Mark Farrell called the project “the future.” But within a year, the lab had shut its doors. Over the past decade, civic innovation incubators like Superpublic have become something of a trend in city government. Though their work can vary widely, their basic goal is to fuse out-of-the-box thinking into government, often by implementing new technology. The labs bring in tech companies or university researchers to spitball ideas with municipal officials and then pilot new projects — like a city-servi...[Read More]

For the sake of California’s future, teach all kids tech

In California, we know the value of technology. Thanks largely to the world’s largest tech companies right in our backyards, California leads the nation in overall economic output. Technology has made our state one of the world’s leading hubs of innovation and creativity, across multiple industries. Yet, when we shift our view from tech’s present to its future, the Golden State’s outlook isn’t so robust. Today, our kids aren’t learning the computer science knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the future tech-driven workforce. Just three percent of California’s 1.9 million high school students took a computer science course in 2017. This is one of the startling findings of a recent Kapor Center study of K-12 computer science education in California’s schools. The study took a c...[Read More]

Raley’s reins in shrinkage from expired products

West Coast grocer rolls out date check system to all stores Raley’s expects a sizable reduction in product shrinkage with the chainwide deployment of expiration date management software. The West Coast supermarket chain has implemented Date Check Pro from Pinpoint Software Inc. following a successful pilot of the solution in the Sacramento, Calif., area division last spring. Raley’s said it adopted the system after determining that a technology-based solution supporting inventory management would aid ongoing efforts to provide customers with the freshest and highest-quality products. Previously, the West Sacramento-based retailer took a more operational approach to flag out-of-code items by bolstering team member training and auditing processes to best manage disposal of expiring products....[Read More]

Girl Scouts take science outreach on the road in Sacramento region with mobile STEM center

The Girl Scouts are going mobile in the Sacramento region to help close the science and technology gender gap for low-income girls – by rolling out a STEM space in a renovated 30-foot RV. The Girl Scouts Heart of Central California regional council already has two permanent STEM centers in Sacramento and Modesto. Its Sacramento center, which debuted in November 2017, was one of the first Girl Scouts STEM centers to open nationwide. The first year, the two spaces hosted 1,700 girls, according to Beth Peters, manager of STEM initiatives at Girl Scouts. “And already this year, we’ve served 2,100 girls, so we are just growing and amplifying and expanding, and it’s really exciting,” Peters said. Keep reading this article at SacBee.com

Technology can help government change, says Sacramento’s mayor

Government’s role is growing beyond just delivering services to citizens, and Sacramento’s mayor says technology can help lead the way. “Government has to change, and hopefully government gets to a place where it’s helping to lead the change,” Darrell Steinberg, the mayor of Sacramento, says in a video interview with StateScoop. “Certainly government can do so through its public policy and encouraging and incentivizing and mandating that we are more efficient and that we use technology to provide our services in a more efficient way.” In Sacramento, he says, this sort of change inside government is paralleled by changes seen on the city’s streets. “We are rapidly changing as a city,” Steinberg says. “We are going from a traditional capital city and government town to an aspiration to be th...[Read More]

JAMES RUTTER MIDDLE SCHOOL ROADRUNNERS IMPRESS INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT MAPPING CONFERENCE

Students from James Rutter Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District showcased their geospatial mapping designs at a state conference and took home an award. Driving a large van full of middle school students might not be everyone’s idea of a great day, but James Rutter Middle School Principal Sonia Rambo would argue differently. She recently took 9 of her students on a three-hour road trip to Fresno for the CalGIS 2019 25th Annual Gathering where geographic information systems professionals gather for panels, presentations and pitches for new ideas in the world of GIS (Geographic Information System). This special opportunity for the geospatial mapping Rutter students gave the school a chance to be recognized for their excellence in mapping. At the event, Principal Rambo quick...[Read More]

ClearCaptions® Unveils Blue, New Innovative Caption Phone Blending Modern Tech and Accessibility

ROSEVILLE, Calif., May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ClearCaptions, a leading provider of call captioning services for home and mobile use proudly announces Blue, a breakthrough call captioning phone that makes phone calls easy and enjoyable for those with hearing loss. The Blue phone incorporates dual-interaction functionality through a design that incorporates both a modern color touchscreen display as well as a familiar push-button dialing keypad to make, receive and manage calls. “Blue is the culmination of years of our targeted research and development aimed specifically at further simplifying the way individuals with hearing loss make and receive phone calls,” beams company CEO Robert Rae. “Being a leader in the call captioning service means we’re focused on delivering total solu...[Read More]

Thousands Of Central Valley Jobs At Stake?

California labor unions say thousands of Central Valley jobs may never be created after the latest setback for the state’s high-speed rail project. The Trump administration announced on Thursday it would take back $929 million in federal money, arguing the bullet train project has substantially changed since it granted its funds, and that California has failed to make enough progress. “The Trump Administration is attempting to kill thousands of good, family-supporting jobs our state desperately needs,” Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, wrote in a statement. But Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of Pacific in Stockton, said it’s too early to claim jobs will be lost. “A lot is unknown. It depen...[Read More]

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