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CHR launches website about capital punishment

October 11, 2020 | website | No Comments

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) launched Rights to Life website, a database of jurisprudence, news articles and resources about death penalty, in an effort to “expose the ugly truth” about capital punishment. On the 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty on Saturday, which celebrates the victories won in the battle to abolish capital punishment, CHR commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit said the human rights body “takes this time to take stock our responses to the challenge of its reintroduction by the current administration.” —Nikka G. Valenzuela


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  • In February, Quantum Metric CEO Mario Ciabarra was fielding calls from investors at a rapid clip and getting unsolicited term sheet offers that valued the company at $1 billion. 
  • The term sheets offers slowed once the coronavirus hit but his company kept booming, growing annual recurring revenue at 70%, he told Business Insider.
  • By June, VCs were calling again, but the valuations were lower, even though revenue-under-contract had grown, said Ciabarra. 
  • So he decided not to take on a new round of funding yet. Instead, he opted for a $25 million loan from Silicon Valley Bank until he could secure a venture funding round at the terms he wants.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In February, Quantum Metric CEO Mario Ciabarra was fielding calls left-and-right from venture capitalists eager to pour funding into the company.

“We weren’t actually trying to raise any specific amount of money,” he told

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ESW, short for enterprise software, is controlled by Texas billionaire Joseph Liemandt. Over the past couple of decades, the firm has bought more than 100 companies in deal sizes ranging from less than a million dollars to at least $460 million. ESW aims for at least 30 more acquisitions next year as the big companies that are its target customers rely ever more heavily on technology to get through the coronavirus pandemic.

Austin, Texas-based ESW has the infrastructure—managers, lawyers, recruiters, developers and sales professionals—that small companies struggle to afford. It also has the cash to allow early investors and founders to move to the next creative challenge.

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Andrew Einhorn co-founded media-intelligence company Synoptos in 2014 and sold the Virginia-based provider of real-time reputation-management software to ESW last year for an undisclosed sum. Synoptos had been growing steadily but its founders wanted it to expand

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London-based venture capital firm Air Street Capital today published the State of AI Report 2020, its third annual survey canvassing research, talent, industrial, and political trends in the field of AI. Coauthored by University College London visiting professor Ian Hogarth and AI investor Nathan Benaich, the report aims to highlight technological breakthroughs and areas of commercial application for AI as well as the regulation of AI, its economic implications, and emerging geopolitical issues.

Among other findings, this year’s report implies AI remains mostly closed source, harming accountability and reproducibility, while corporate-driven academic “brain drain” appears to be impacting entrepreneurship. Self-driving cars are in the Precambrian stages. And political leaders are beginning to question whether acquisitions of AI startups should be scrutinized or outright blocked.

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According to Air Street Capital’s report, only 15% of AI research papers publish their code, and there’s been little improvement on the metric since

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The Series A funding round was led by early-stage investor Saama Capital along with participation from Ashish Gupta of Helion Advisors, Pankaj Bansal of PeopleStrong and existing investors Prime Venture Partners, Rajul Garg and Purvi Capital

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Edtech startup Sunstone Eduversity has raised INR 24 crore in Series A funding round led by early-stage investor Saama Capital.

The round also saw participation from Ashish Gupta, managing director of Helion Advisors, Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong along with existing investors Prime Venture Partners, Rajul Garg and Purvi Capital.

Founded in 2014 by IMT alumni Ashish Munjal and Piyush Nangru, Sunstone Eduversity offers Pay after Placement—program fees paid only upon successful

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Melissa Widner. (Lighter Capital Photo)

— Seattle-based ‘alternative VC’ firm Lighter Capital named Melissa Widner as its new CEO. She takes over from former CEO Thor Culverhouse, who replaced longtime Lighter exec BJ Lackland this past September.

Widner, a board member at Lighter, most recently served as managing partner at the venture capital arm of the National Australia Bank. She was previously a general partner at Seattle-based SeaPoint Ventures and CEO of 7Software, which was acquired by Concur. Widner, based in Sydney, Australia, joined the Lighter board in 2018.

Lighter Capital was co-founded by Andy Sack along with Randall Lucas and Erik Benson of Voyager Capital in 2009. The company helps entrepreneurs raise funding without going the traditional route of venture capital. It has invested more than $200 million in 350-plus startups across the U.S., using an innovative process known as “revenue based financing” (RBF) that lets early-stage startups raise

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When Rebecca Alvarez Story first started Bloomi, a sexual wellness marketplace, she understood that the gap she was trying to fill was one women had traditionally been encouraged to not speak about openly. 

Her mission was to solve for that exact problem. 

“By normalizing conversations around sex and wellness I hope other women, especially other women of color like myself, can feel empowered to embrace their sexuality and make informed decisions for their bodies,” she’d previously shared with Forbes. “It’s important that we talk about sex, because it’s a big part of our overall physical and emotional well-being.”

Now, as Bloomi has entered a round of crowdfunding and updated its strategy to meet the moment, Story has an even clearer view of how mission and product will intertwine. 

“When COVID hit, I began to lead free workshops covering a variety of intimacy and sexual

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