Day: February 6, 2021

As location becomes irrelevant, Greek VCs eye local talent and spread their wings – TechCrunch

According to a recent report on Greece’s startup ecosystem by management consultants Found.ation, venture capital and venture debt have continued to grow in the country, although its angel scene remains low-key.

Oddly enough, 2020 was a banner year, with the sale of InstaShop to Delivery Hero valuing the company at $360 million, making it the largest exit for a Greek-founded startup with operations in Greece.

The pandemic has meant Greek investors and startups realize that if they can work from anywhere and hire from anywhere, then Greece is not such a bad place to be. And the Greek VC market benefits as the diaspora returns from the mega cities of the West. The nation’s startup ecosystem is also attracting more outside investors, who see low capital costs, an educated workforce and the move to remote working/hiring.

Bessemer Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners and FJ labs are all backing Greek startups,

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Why your company may need to build its own chips

Commentary: Enterprises have had to become software savvy, and the time may come when they need to start building their own hardware as well. Find out how this relates to Ford’s F-150 truck news.

Ford announced that it will slash production of its F-150 truck by up to 20% this quarter due to a shortage of chips. 

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Everything, it seems, is a computer these days. Oh, sure, we call them “phones” and “cars” and refrigerators,” but each of these old terms is so stuffed with new things like software and semiconductors that they long ago stopped being “that thing I drive around.”

Don’t believe me? Take Ford’s recent announcement that it will slash production of its hugely popular F-150 truck by up to 20% this quarter due to a shortage of chips. Not engines. Not steering wheels. Not fuel systems. Chips. 

Among the auto manufacturers, Ford

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Train to become AWS certified with these practice exams and lectures

Before you take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, check out this prep course.

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Cloud computing certifications are a great way to boost your tech career and potentially your salary. If an IT certification you’re considering is the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, check out the BitDegree Academy AWS Online Course, which is just $79.99 (59% off the regular $199 price) and is available on desktop and mobile.

This course includes access to 10 AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner practice exams and 191 lectures, and 8 hours of content are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You could start the course not knowing much about Amazon Web Services (AWS) or even the cloud, and by the end you’ll know the AWS global infrastructure, core services, pricing models, account structures, and more. You’ll also become well versed in IT terminology and learn about cloud economics, shared

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NASA drops $93 million on lunar lander project as part of the agency’s plans to return to the moon

A number of spacefaring nations have set their sights on the moon. The lunar environment presents myriad challenges and these payloads could help with future mission planning.

Image: Firefly

A 21st-century space race is heating up as spacefaring nations around the globe set their sights on the moon. As part of NASA’s Artemis program, the space agency plans to land a man and a woman on the lunar surface by 2024. On Thursday, NASA announced that it had selected Firefly Aerospace to deliver a number of payloads to the moon as part of the agency’s future lunar ambitions.

Overall, NASA awarded Firefly about $93 million and the selection is a pivotal part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative within the larger Artemis program, NASA said. Thursday’s announcement represents the initiative’s sixth lunar surface delivery system selected.

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