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07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Research From 10×10 & Google Reveals Black Owned Businesses More Likely To Hire Diverse Teams

In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement we have seen businesses across the U.K. being scrutinised for their lack of diversity. Whilst steps have been taken and commitments made one of the frequent rebuttals is a lack of industry data. Ground-breaking new research carried out by 10×10, a group of early-stage black founders and venture capitalists have launched “The Black Report” in partnership with Google. The report surveyed 60 black owned businesses in the UK asking questions about team composition, funding and problems they face. One of the key takeaways from the report was that on average these ventures tend to have more diversity across teams both in terms of race and gender.

This is a positive step in the right direction as we explore why ethnic minorities are not only under represented as employees within businesses but also the issues they face in starting a business. Andy Davis, co-founder of 10×10 said ”We felt it was important to create The Black Report, as we wanted to start painting a picture of black founders, a growing population with incredible value. The diversity stats are particularly interesting as we know from previous studies that there is a huge business case for hiring diverse teams. Black founders could become key in closing the national gap in regards to the lack of diversity in business”. 

The report is in conjunction with Google for Startups who have had active involvement putting together the report and have recently committed to creating a $2m Black Founders Fund as part of their pledge for a more equitable future. Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK said: “Having spent years in the startup world, I’ve remained shocked at how little we understand – and do – to support Black founders, despite obvious

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft Teams Confirms Superb New Updates And Features To Beat Zoom

Microsoft’s Teams had a very busy September adding a host of new features. Now, the firm is looking to improve the performance of its Teams service as it continues in the battle to beat Zoom in the video conferencing space.

In an update detailing the features added in September, Microsoft explained how it was trying to improve Teams’ performance as a large proportion of the workforce continue to work from home.

Microsoft says it’s working to ensure businesses and schools “have a high-performance experience that scales across their devices and levels of internet connectivity.”

Performance improvements in Teams 

For times when there is limited network connectivity, Microsoft is working on enabling offline support in Teams so users can write messages offline and these can be automatically sent when connectivity is re-established. It’s already possible to run the desktop client on Windows and macOS in environments with limited bandwidth or without a network connection. 

Meanwhile, Microsoft says it has boosted Teams’ desktop launch time on Windows and macOS by up to 30% and is making changes to video rendering. At the same time, Microsoft is optimizing battery life for Teams iOS users in a move aimed to help support Firstline Workers and those away from their desktops throughout the day. In addition, Microsoft says it’s optimizing the Android Teams app for low bandwidth environments. 

New features to beat Zoom

The improvements to performance come hot on the heels of some major Teams feature updates during September as Microsoft looks to leapfrog Zoom in the

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Boost Sport raises $1.3M to help basketball teams win more games with video analysis tech

Boost Sport CEO Mustafa Abdul-Hamid. (Boost Sport Photo)

Boost Sport, a Seattle startup that helps basketball teams analyze their performance with video analysis technology, raised a $1.3 million seed round.

Founded in 2016, the company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence that lets coaches and trainers pull data insights from video footage without having to purchase in-venue camera systems and wearable devices. Boost says its software can help spot trends and surface opportunities about strategy and personnel.

TitletownTech, a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, led the round. Other investors include Portfolia, Stadia Ventures, Barbara Clarke at the ImpactSeat, and Scott Cannon.

“With the ever-changing landscape in sports, technology that can create efficient data channels for coaches and teams will be even more important,” Cordero Barkley, partner at TitletownTech, said in a statement. “Boost is positioned to become a significant asset for coaches, conferences and leagues.”

Boost is led by Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, a former pro basketball player who previously co-founded My90, and Inga Nakhmanson, an augmented reality and computer vision expert who co-founded AR Door and Fitting Reality.

Abdul-Hamid said the company ran five pilots last season and recently signed Pepperdine as a customer. Revenue has been affected by the pandemic, but Boost is signing 2-year contracts, he noted.

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