By Louis DiPietro for the Cornell Chronicle

For the first time in its 23-year history, the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science has more than 2,000 undergraduate majors within its three departments – the latest milestone amid a sixfold growth in enrollment over the last decade.

“Everything is frontier,” said Larry Blume, professor of information science and the Charles F. and Barbara D. Weiss Director of Undergraduate Studies in Cornell Bowers CIS, in response to a student’s question at the college’s first New Majors Welcome, held Feb. 18 in Statler Auditorium. “All areas are hot.”

From artificial intelligence, data science and robotics to digital agriculture, security and cryptocurrency, areas of learning and expertise within Cornell Bowers CIS are immense and interdisciplinary, according to faculty panelists at the New Majors Welcome, supercharging nearly every field of inquiry.

Ukrainians are giving two lessons in democracy that Americans have forgotten

(CNN)He stands guard today atop a granite pedestal near a riverbank in Concord, Massachusetts — a stout, handsome farmer clutching a musket while scanning the horizon for the advancing enemy.

He is the iconic “Minute Man” statue, a bronze monument built to commemorate the first battle of the Revolutionary War. That’s when patriots fired “the shot heard around the world,” taking on the mightiest army of their era to preserve the birth of democracy in America.

Ukrainians are now building their own monuments to democracy, with their blood. For more than a week, the world has been transfixed by their battle to repel the mighty Russian army and preserve the birth of democracy in their homeland.

In recent days stories of Ukrainian courage have also been heard around the world: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky turning down an offer to evacuate him from the country by saying, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride”; the besieged defenders of Snake Island who told a Russian warship to “go f**k yourself”; the images of Ukrainian civilians making Molotov cocktails and carrying assault rifles while heading to the front lines.

Students honored with entrepreneurial fellowships

Twenty-six student companies received awards from Entrepreneurship at Cornell that will allow them to work on their businesses this summer. With businesses ranging from drinking water treatment to alternative medicine to kitchen robots, the students come from nearly every college or school within Cornell, including several of Cornell’s graduate programs.

The Marla and Barry Beck Entrepreneurship Fellows and Human Spirit Entrepreneurship Fellows programs both provide students with summer funding up to $5,000, which can be used to support the startup by paying for compensation, prototypes, web development or other expenses.

Edinburgh hospitality tech firm increases portfolio by 290%

Edinburgh based hospitality technology firm, ePOS Hybrid, has increased its client portfolio by more than 290% seeing usage in its product rise by 300% last year.

The firm – which offers a suite of fully connected point-of-sale offerings to a wide range of takeaways, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses across the world.

Since its launch in January 2020, ePOS Hybrid’s tech has processed in excess of £78m in transactions and more than six million people have used the firm’s products to buy food or drink.

It is now preparing for another round of investor funding to support its future expansion plans.

Managers can receive in-depth reports and analysis which can track stock and food waste to reservations and capacity.

Epos also offers hospitality businesses the option to create fully branded websites and mobile apps by users and then launched by themselves.

Founder and chief executive at ePOS Hybrid, Bhas Kalangi, said: “The growth of Epos Hybrid over the last 18 months can only be described as exponential – and we’re already on target to dwarf this growth in 2022.

“Despite the Covid-related challenges many businesses have faced over the last 18 months, demand for our products from customers in the hospitality sector have risen by more than 290%.

10 fastest growing US tech hubs for IT talent

Tech salaries are on the rise thanks to a demand for talent across nearly every industry. Salaries increased 6.9% between 2020 and 2021, reaching an average tech salary of $104,566 per year, according to the 2022 Dice Tech Salary Report. Salaries vary by location, with the technologists reporting the highest average salaries of $133,204 per year in Silicon Valley, the original tech hub.

But you don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to earn a high-tech salary, there are several other cities that are considered growing tech hubs where technologists can earn higher than average salaries, often with a lower cost of living. Dice establishes a growing tech hub as a city with universities and colleges to recruit from, venture funding opportunities, a strong social scene for networking, and existing companies looking to hire talent.

VC Funding To Early-Stage Latinx-Founded Startups In The US Has Stalled. Here’s Why That Matters

Editor’s note: This article is part of Something Ventured, an ongoing series by Crunchbase News examining diversity and access to capital in the venture-backed startup ecosystem. Access the full project here.

Tai Adaya launched skin care startup HABIT in mid-2020 and within a year the company was profitable and viral on social media platform TikTok, feats that would make any startup founder proud. But as it turns out, critical venture capital funding—the kind of money that allows startups to scale and market—was harder to nail down than consumer buy-in.

Adaya is one of a large and growing cohort of Latinx startup founders in the U.S. But Crunchbase data shows that while funding to Latinx founders has increased in dollar terms—from $1.7 billion in 2017 to $6.8 billion in 2021—that growth only slightly outpaced the overall increase in U.S. venture capital investments, leaving Latinx startup funding stuck stubbornly at around 2 percent of the overall startup investment pie.

Field of Dreams: Exploration of Entrepreneurial Possibilities

For several decades, entrepreneurship scholarship has been fixated on understanding the “the processes of discovery, evaluation, and exploitation of opportunities” (Shane & Venkataraman, 2000: 218). This has fundamentally shaped how we teach entrepreneurship to students at all levels, leading to an emphasis on the heroic cognitive powers of individuals.

However, the process of where ideas come from has been far less studied, and we need to understand this more deeply. Consider that nanotechnology had its genesis in science fiction stories, which stimulated widespread conversations about many possible futures—both utopian and dystopian (Granqvist and Laurila, 2011). Eventually these discussions spurred dreamers to experiment in nanotechnology, which paved the way for discovery, opportunity and marketable products. We feel that storytelling and other intangible, unmeasurable factors play an important role in providing the initial wisps of ideas that eventually solidify into opportunities to be exploited.

Omicron drives U.S. deaths higher than in fall’s delta wave

Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the country, is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall’s delta wave, with deaths likely to keep rising for days or even weeks.

The seven-day rolling average for daily new COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has been climbing since mid-November, reaching 2,267 on Thursday and surpassing a September peak of 2,100 when delta was the dominant variant.

Now omicron is estimated to account for nearly all the virus circulating in the nation. And even though it causes less severe disease for most people, the fact that it is more transmissible means more people are falling ill and dying.


Tech suppliers were on the receiving end of more than 100 funding rounds or acquisitions in 2021. Here’s a look at the highlights.

The Great Immigrant Resignation: Fed Up Indian Tech Workers Ditch the American Dream

America’s loss is India’s gain, as U.S.-educated entrepreneurs return to startup-crazed India to launch new companies.

For four years, Sameer and Pragya Goyal lived the Indian American Dream.

Newly immigrated from India to the U.S., the Goyals both worked for Amazon, notching six-figure salaries in their 20s. They lived in an apartment in downtown Seattle with floor-to-ceiling windows that afforded a precious glimpse of an inlet that flowed out to the Pacific Ocean. On weekends, they went on hikes or gathered with friends on the rooftop deck of their high-rise, playing board games as they ate and drank on the ample terrace that was outfitted with large television screens and fireplaces that came alive at the touch of a button.