Homestead High School juniors launch startup for pet owners

While the pandemic and the shelter-in-place orders that followed have ruined many people’s plans, two local high school students have used this time to become entrepreneurs. In March, Homestead High School juniors Karan Dalal and Arnuv Tandon of Los Altos launched PetCode, a startup that offers pet owners high-tech ways to keep track of all aspects of their pets’ lives. “Remote learning has actually helped us build this company because we really found ourselves with a huge influx of time,” Tandon said. “It’s interesting that even though we generally associate remote learning as a negative thing in the sense that we’d rather be in-person, it was a really big positive for our company because we probably wouldn’t have started without remote learning.”

It’s Time To Say Goodbye

Do you hear it?

That noise. The sound of another chapter closing, the echo of a back cover of a book being shut. This is what I hear when I think about the end of StartNow Pittsburgh. In many ways, for me, this moment rings louder than Big Ben on the hour. But for everyone else, this move may ruffle a sound no larger than one of a pebble skipping across a sidewalk.

A Tampa startup has caught national attention for turning the finance world on its head

Aaron Froug’s goal was to turn the financing world on its head, delivering a “finance app that’s everything but finance” while using boundary-pushing companies like Walt Disney World, Apple and Tesla as models. “The best companies in the world go beyond the expectation of what they could be,” Froug said. “So how can we create that in finance? It’s taken a long time to build our brand, to figure out who we are, why we’re doing this.”

4 unexpected ways to turn imposter syndrome into an advantage

We’ve heard plenty about the challenges of moving to remote work. But, for many, the crisis has precipitated far more drastic professional changes. A whole new wave of people are switching their careers entirely, stepping into different industries, or taking the leap into entrepreneurship for the first time.

Top 10 Tips for Students Managing Money During COVID-19

Tuition. Board. Books. Financial responsibilities can be difficult to manage during college, and the pandemic’s recession has only made matters more difficult. Due to faltering businesses, travel restrictions and heightened stress levels, students may find themselves out of work or stuck in an unused housing lease. So how can students mitigate economic stress? Applied economics and management Profs. Scott Yonker, Byoung-Hyoun Hwang and Rich Curtis shared their top tips for money management during these uncertain times.

How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism

Backgrounder: UVic’s first impact investment

Earlier this year, UVic adopted its new policy for responsible investment. Today, the university announces its first impact investment under that policy. Raven Indigenous Capital Partners (Raven), launched in 2018, is an Indigenous-led and owned social finance intermediary headquartered in BC’s Lower Mainland on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh). Raven is creating a pathway into Indigenous communities and is growing a large base of Indigenous entrepreneurs. 

UVic investment honours Indigenous economic reconciliation

The University of Victoria today announces a $500,000 investment into the Raven Indigenous Impact Fund LP. The Raven Fund was created by Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, an Indigenous-led and owned financial intermediary that invests in Indigenous enterprises as catalysts for social change and prosperity. This is UVic’s first impact investment under its new policy for responsible investment adopted earlier this year. 

Stanford scholar applies a Norwegian mindset about winter to a COVID-19 world

As people brace themselves for a long winter of cold weather, short days and COVID-19 lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, they might find inspiration from Norwegians about how to handle the dark months ahead, according to Stanford scholar Kari Leibowitz. Leibowitz has studied how Norwegians cope with winter and “polar nights,” the period beginning on Nov. 21 when the sun sets in Norway and doesn’t rise again for another two months. She spent a year at the University of Tromsø, located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, to better understand how people survive – and actually, thrive – in such extreme and unusual conditions.

How Johnny Boufarhat Built the Fastest Software Startup ‘Unicorn’ in History

In the annals of venture capital, Hopin, which enables businesses to host events online, is a unicorn among unicorns: It might be the fastest business software startup to reach a private “unicorn” valuation of $1 billion, let alone the $2.1 billion it reached last month—just under a year after it was founded.