Day: April 7, 2020

Agritech startup DeHaat raises $12M to reach more farmers in India – TechCrunch

DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers, has raised $12 million as it looks to scale its network across India.

The Series A financial round for the eight-year-old Patna and Gurgaon-based startup was led by Sequoia Capital India. Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO, and existing investors Omnivore and AgFunder, also participated in the round. The startup, which began to seek funding from external investors last year, has raised $16 million to date and $3 million in venture debt.

DeHaat (which means village in Hindi) eases the burden on farmers by bringing together brands, institutional financers and buyers on one platform, explained Shashank Kumar, co-founder and chief executive of the startup, in an interview with TechCrunch.

The platform helps farmers secure thousands of agri-input products, including seeds and fertilizers, and receive tailored advisory on the crop they should sow in a season. “We have built a comprehensive

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Working from home: What the new normal looks like, plus remote management tips

Larry Dignan, Steve Ranger, and Bill Detwiler sit down to discuss their best management hacks for getting the most from their teams from understanding your employee’s individual needs, to learning how to set measurable deliverables for your team.

ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan, ZDNet UK Editor-in-Chief Steve Ranger, and TechRepublic Editor-in-Chief Bill Detwiler sat down to discuss their best management hacks for getting the most from their teams while working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

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Larry Dignan: Speaking for our own team, I think we’re kind of hitting the stride. I do think there’s some video conferencing fatigue for sure. And then I think the other stuff in the background is just the Zoom privacy and security issues, which I think raises a whole ‘nother issue. Added up,

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If you share your location history, Google is tracking your quarantine activities

The mobility reports use Google Maps data to track activity in parks, grocery stores, and workplaces to understand how stay-at-home orders are working.

Two Google executives today announced the company’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports which track how activities have changed around the world since the coronavirus outbreak.

Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president, Geo, and Karen DeSalvo, MD, M.P.H., chief health officer, Google Health, said in a Google blog post that the Community Mobility Reports show what has changed in response to work from home, shelter-in-place, and other policies aimed at flattening the curve of the pandemic.  

Activity at work and shopping centers and other places have dropped across the board, but in US states with no stay-at-home orders, parks have been much busier than usual, with activity up at those locations more than 70% in Arkansas and Missouri.

The data comes from users who have opted-in to Location History

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