Day: April 8, 2020

Australian startup SafetyCulture nabs $800 million valuation on $35.5 million round – TechCrunch

SafetyCulture, the Australian enterprise software company that manages security and compliance checks at companies around the world, has raised $35.5 million at an $800 million valuation in its latest round of funding.

Nearly half of the new money was meant to provide liquidity to employee shareholders who had been with the company over three years, according to a person familiar with the transaction.

The round was led by the Australian growth capital investor TDM Growth Partners, with participation from other local Australian investors like Blackbird Ventures, Skip Capital (the firm created by Atlassian co-founder and co-chief executive, Scott Farquhar and helmed by his wife, Kim Jackson) and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife.

In all the company has raised over $100 million for its compliance software.

“This is an exciting milestone for us to achieve as a company, especially during uncertain times like these,” SafetyCulture founder

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The best virtual backgrounds to use on Zoom for your next business meeting

Don’t settle for a boring scene of your home office during an online Zoom meeting. Opt for a virtual background instead.

These days it seems that nearly everyone is working remotely, and the cool new telecommuting office trend is to have a virtual background for your Zoom meetings. Some co-workers are even competing to see who can come up with the most creative background. 

Face it, working from home for weeks on end is a bit more fun when you can do it on The Simpson’s couch or while hanging out on retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard’s bridge aboard the USS Enterprise or even dialing in from the Batcave. 

SEE : How to use Zoom: 14 tips and tricks (TechRepublic download)

Virtual backgrounds are easy to use on Zoom, which has been facing several security and privacy issues amid the surge in use since so many people began working from home

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Coronavirus data story tracks hot spots around the world and in the US

Analyst used Microsoft’s Power BI and public data to visualize the rise and fall of the coronavirus country by country and state by state.

A new coronavirus tracker illustrates the spread of the illness around the world and which countries are flattening the curve the fastest. 

Joe Thomas, the data strategy director at Pactera EDGE, said he built the COVID-19 Data Story
to help people make decisions for themselves and better understand the
coronavirus epidemic
.

“We wanted to help people look at data and understand why just because a certain number drops, we are not out of the woods yet,” he said. 

Thomas built the interactive dashboard with Microsoft Power BI using data sources from Our World in Data and Worldometers. The tracker has seven pages of analysis, including:

  • Facts and figures at a glance
  • World data flat analysis with total population, infection rate, and death rate
  • Progress of
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