Hope everyone had a good Labor Day weekend. And welcoming back the rain. Here’s a roundup of links that includes Iovation makes an acquisition, Cedexis’ new digs, Jaguar Land Rover Incubator in TechCrunch, Notion and Watsi, Biamp manufactures locally, Pipeline Angels returns to Portland, and Mark Suster on what it’s like to negotiate a venture round.
Web apps and Internet sites have become the new battleground where security teams and customer experience teams face hackers. iovation’s acquisition of LaunchKey brings together two next-generation technologies—interactive multifactor authentication and frictionless device-based authentication—to help the good guys win. Whether they’re working independently or together, both benefit from iovation’s world-class insight into device reputation and risk.
The company is now in 6,300 square-feet at 421 S.W. Sixth Ave., in the Commonwealth Building. This nearly triples the size of the company’s office and will house the firm’s 32 Portland-based employees.
The first question you might have when learning that Jaguar Land Rover has its technology headquarters in Portland, OR, is, “Why?” There’s an easy answer for that question, said Rupert Poole, Senior Collaborations Manager of Future Technology at the facility in Portland. JLR, as it’s known, already had a relationship with Intel, and Intel is located in a Portland suburb. There’s also a thriving startup culture in Portland, and it’s not hard to travel up and down the West Coast to other tech hubs.
[W]hen we get the chance to help a team that is dedicated to helping the world, we get excited. For this reason, we are honored to announce a partnership with Watsi. We’re helping them deliver a core tenet of their organization: transparency. And we’re giving a Watsi gift card to anyone that builds a report in Notion.
This summer, Beaverton-based digital audio and networking equipment maker Biamp opened a 63,000-square-foot expanded manufacturing facility a stone’s throw from its headquarters. The bigger space supports the increased demand for Biamp’s products and future growth.
The idea behind the program is to diversify the investing world, which is predominantly male and white. If more diverse investors are involved in deals, the entrepreneurs and startups receiving funding are expected to reflect that diversity.
Today I want to talk about how a VC thinks about equity pricing on your round and particularly if you’re coming off of a convertible note. I am reminded of this problem every time my firm does a financing where a note went before us but more specifically I was reminded by this great post by Brad Feld to talk about the pre-money vs. post-money conversion issue. It’s worth reading his post to understand the problem.
Tweets of interest
New POC Podcast Slack community is forming. People of color who make audio or love audio should request an invite from me. #podcasting
— tyesha snow (@tyeshasnow) September 5, 2016
Why yes, I am writing webring code.
— Jen (@ednapiranha) September 5, 2016
— PDX NAACP (@pdxnaacp) September 2, 2016