Portland Tech Community is Optimistic, Focused on Innovation and Growth Despite the Pandemic, ProFocus Technology Trends Report Shows

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despite economic uncertainty, Portland’s Silicon Forest is lifting the local economy and remains insulated from the worst of the pandemic-driven downturn. Budgets are increasing, companies are hiring, and salaries are rising. These findings and other key sentiments from ProFocus Technology’s “Portland Tech in Focus: 2021 Trends Report” point to near-term economic recovery and upbeat forecasts for technology development and teams throughout the Portland area.

According to the survey of more than 260 local technology professionals, more than a third of respondents say their 2021 budget will increase (36%) and another third say it will stay the same (33%), compared to just 20% who expect a decrease. Companies are hiring, too, with 42% expecting an increase in full-time employees and 27% anticipating more contractors next year. Portland’s technology community is positioned for growth and opportunity, with 68% reporting they can personally innovate in their jobs and 62%

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Sweden focused on science & technology in India

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Sweden aims to strengthen its ties with India in the area of science and technology as the two countries are celebrating the Nobel Memorial Week in the memory of the great inventor Alfred Nobel.

“I strongly believe that technology and knowledge translate to increased influence. During the Nobel Week this year, we have planned SHE STEM to address underrepresentation of women in technology and to empower girls and women,” Klas Molin, Sweden’s Ambassador to India, said in a statement.

Now in its 13th year, the Nobel Memorial Week is an annual event organised by the Embassy of Sweden in India in cooperation with the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and leading Swedish businesses in India. The week was instituted in the memory of inventor-philosopher Alfred Nobel and celebrates innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The two countries have organised several events online for the upcoming week.

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Tesla, Uber and Rivian team up for new lobbying group focused on EV adoption

Tesla is one of 28 companies onboard.


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Washington lobbyists: You can’t live without them, for better or for worse. On Tuesday, the world welcomed yet another group, though this one is a bit different from other auto industry lobbying groups — it’s 100% focused on making all new car sales 100% electric by the end of this decade. 

The name? Zeta, and it features some prominent backers. Tesla, Uber and Rivian highlight the list, with other companies such as Lucid, Lordstown Motors, ChargePoint and even utility firms like Edison involved. In total, 28 companies are backing the new group, and not coincidentally, it launches less than two months before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The incoming Biden administration promises a tougher stance on climate change than the Trump administration, which moved to relax fuel economy and emissions regulations just this year.

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Chicago Quantum Exchange Welcomes Six New Partners Focused on Advancing Research, Building a Quantum Economy

Leading quantum research hub expands to more than 20 partners, includes additional Chicago-based organizations

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology, has added to its community six new partners in technology, finance, manufacturing, and consulting that are working to bring about and primed to take advantage of the coming quantum revolution. New corporate partners are Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), Hamamatsu Photonics, Protiviti, Quantum Machines, and Super.tech. The Chicago Quantum Exchange has also partnered with P33, a private sector led non-profit dedicated to driving innovation leadership for the Chicago region.

Several of the new partner organizations —Discover, Protiviti, Super.tech and P33— have locations in Chicago, further emphasizing the city’s commitment to quantum information science and technology.

“P33 leverages Chicago’s key strengths – its diverse economy, strong system of universities and research centers, and burgeoning start-up ecosystem – to catalyze the growth

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Sony’s PS5 Rollout Focused On US Market Instead Of Japan

Sony’s PS5 promotions appear to focus primarily on the US market and has noticeably pivoted away from Japan. Anonymous Sony employees who spoke to Bloomberg cite PS4’s relatively poor performance in Japan as the reason behind the shift.

Bloomberg’s article lays the math out: While Japan produces 10% of the PS4’s earnings, the US generates 35%, according to Macquarie Group Ltd. analyst Damian Thong. The PS4 also sold less than 10 million units in Japan, as stated by Famitsu, and performed more poorly than the PS3.

Sony disavows that it’s shifting marketing focus. Spokeswoman Natsumi Atarashi stated “our home market remains of utmost importance” and pointed out that PS5 is actually launching in Japan first.

However, company staff on the Japanese side have felt sidelined in PS5’s promotions and said they were “left awaiting for instructions from California.” An unnamed senior employee at PlayStation’s headquarters told Bloomberg they were “frustrated

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Building Technology Event Focused on Business Optimization and Safe Work Environments

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 2, 2020–

Convergint Technologies, a global leader in service-based systems integration, today announced the speakers and agendas for its first virtual summit, InSight Digital Summit 2020. The fully immersive digital summit will connect partners, colleagues, and customers from the security, fire, and life safety ecosystem to discuss the latest innovative strategies and tools available to optimize business performance and create a safer work environment.

Convergint’s InSight Digital Summit will take place November 17-19 from 10 am-4 pm CST and will provide opportunities for thousands of industry professionals and enterprise executive leaders to engage in three days of knowledge-sharing and networking. The agenda includes interactive and insightful sessions exploring artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IoT, integrated technologies, and more, across the healthcare, financial, state, industrial, and educational sectors, with a focus on organizations with large global platforms. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend keynote sessions and panels

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Convergint Technologies Announces InSight: Building Technology Event Focused on Business Optimization and Safe Work Environments – Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–(Business Wire)–Convergint Technologies, a global leader in service-based systems integration, today announced the speakers and agendas for its first virtual summit, InSight Digital Summit 2020. The fully immersive digital summit will connect partners, colleagues, and customers from the security, fire, and life safety ecosystem to discuss the latest innovative strategies and tools available to optimize business performance and create a safer work environment.

Convergint’s InSight Digital Summit will take place November 17-19 from 10 am-4 pm CST and will provide opportunities for thousands of industry professionals and enterprise executive leaders to engage in three days of knowledge-sharing and networking. The agenda includes interactive and insightful sessions exploring artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IoT, integrated technologies, and more, across the healthcare, financial, state, industrial, and educational sectors, with a focus on organizations with large global platforms. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend keynote sessions and panels and register for 1:1 meeting

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SHI Launches Stratascale, New Subsidiary Focused on Delivering Digital Agility and Technology Consulting

SHI International, one of the largest IT solutions providers in the world, today launched Stratascale, a new subsidiary of SHI that will deliver high-value consulting and professional services that empower business leaders to achieve true Digital Agility for their organizations. Rooted in SHI’s three decades of experience, Stratascale brings together the brightest technologists and practitioners, proven processes, and the latest technologies as it shares real-world wisdom to support cloud, automation, digital experience, data, and cybersecurity initiatives.

“So many of our customers are grappling with their own unique challenges related to achieving Digital Agility,” said David Olzak, Senior Vice President at Stratascale. “They have clear, ambitious goals, they need to stay competitive, and they want to uncover fresh ways that technology can accelerate their growth. Stratascale was created to provide business leaders a technology roadmap along their journey, helping them overcome obstacles and achieve results.”

Stratascale engagement starts with connecting customers

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DMG’s subsidiary Blockseer Launches Bitcoin Mining Pool Focused on Good Governance, Auditability and OFAC Compliance

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. (TSX-V: DMGI) (DMGGF:OTC US) (FRANKFURT:6AX) (“DMG” or the “Company”), a diversified blockchain and technology company, is pleased to announce the launch of a new North America-based Bitcoin mining pool from its USA subsidiary company Blockseer.

Highlights:

  • Blockseer’s new Bitcoin mining pool will be North America’s first bitcoin mining pool that will not only meet, but exceed the US Government’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance for BTC addresses, as well as providing the utmost level of transparency, auditability and corporate governance.

  • Blockseer’s pool may further decentralize the bitcoin blockchain, readjusting the balance of hash rate to North America, where more Bitcoin nodes operate.

  • Blockseer’s pool integrates DMG’s existing proprietary crypto forensics data, including Walletscore, to ensure that transaction blocks are OFAC compliant, as well as other risk factors that Walletscore tracks and manages

  • Blockseer’s pool is

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Accel-KKR Announces Close of $640 Million Emerging Buyout Partners LP Fund Focused on Small-Cap Software Companies

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm, today announced the successful closing of Accel-KKR Emerging Buyout Partners LP with $640 million in committed capital. The oversubscribed fund, which closed at its hard cap, will continue Accel-KKR’s long-standing strategy of investing in software and tech-enabled services companies, with a special focus on small-cap companies. The closing of this new fund brings Accel-KKR’s total assets under management to over $10 billion.

Commenting on the fund closing, Tom Barnds, Managing Partner of Accel-KKR, said, “We are excited to welcome a number of new investors to Accel-KKR through this new fund, as well as extend and expand our relationship with many of our long-standing limited partners. We are proud to have such a great group of mission-driven LPs representing leading academic institutions, medical research foundations, health care institutions, and corporate and government pensions.”

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