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Akumina, a Nashua, N.H.-based modern intranet platform powering personalized digital employee experiences, raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. Investors include Richard Berthy, RJB Investments, Accenture Ventures, and Stage 1 Ventures.

“Stagnant workplace technology has been a huge drain on both productivity and employee satisfaction,” said David Maffei, president and CRO at Akumina. “Akumina was founded on a simple, yet powerful belief that empowering employees through technology will increase engagement and keep employees informed and productive. We’re excited to put this new funding to work as we deliver on that vision with cutting-edge solutions that enterprises can use to give employees the context and content they need to do amazing things.”

Additional information can be found in the press release on the akumina website.

Freight Farms , a stage 1 portfolio company, was mentioned in an article entitled “Ford Motors Is Using Vertical Farming to Feed and Educate Detroit“.

On Wednesday, Ford Motors and Detroit’s Cass Community Social Services announced a new hydroponic container farm that will grow produce year-round and help to feed Detroit’s food-insecure areas.

The 40-foot shipping container was donated by the Ford’s philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund. It’s the second part of a larger $250,000 grant from Cass Community Social Services received from the Ford Motor Farm project.

The Ford Motor Farm is housed at the Cass Community Social Services’ World Building in Detroit and operates without soil, sunlight, or pesticides. And in addition to providing food, it will also offer some part-time employment to adults with development disabilities.

Additional information can be found in the Ag Tech section / article posted on thespoon.tech website.

Trace Genomics, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, announced Tuesday that it has closed a Series A funding round for $13 million. The round, led by Stage 1 Ventures, brings the company’s total venture funding to over $19 million.

“Trace Genomics has developed a highly scalable software and analytics platform to quantify soil productivity and offer actionable insights never before captured. It has the opportunity to transform how we measure sustainable and regenerative farm management practices,” Stage 1 Ventures operating partner Joseph Pianelli said in a statement.

“The world is pretty open for us in terms of what we can impact moving forward,” said Diane Wu, the company’s CEO and a Forbes Under 30 alumnus. “Over 70 percent of decisions a soybean farmer makes is something we can impact with our technology.”

Additional information can be found in the Forbes article.

TriLumina, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the leading provider of illumination products for 3D Sensing in consumer, industrial and automotive systems, today announced its certification under ISO 9001:2015 standards by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). TriLumina received the certification on its first formal audit by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc.

“As a supplier of mission-critical illumination technology and products, quality is our primary focus and this achievement reinforces our commitment to the highest standards for our customers,” stated Brian Wong, CEO at TriLumina. “We are proud to have earned certification under ISO 9001:2015.”

Additional information can be found in the TriLumina press release.

Trace Genomics, a a San Francisco Bay area startup developing revolutionary, AI-enabled diagnostic tools for farmers to increase yields and reduce costs, has closed a $13 million Series A round.

Trace Genomics was founded by Dr. Diane Wu and Dr. Poornima Parameswaran, who met as graduate students in Nobel Laureate Andrew Fire’s lab at Stanford University. Their complementary backgrounds span computational biology, genomics, data science, immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases.

“We’ve spent our careers working on genomics technology, watching it transform human health in a very significant way. We’re passionate about bringing that power to every farmer, using genomics and big data to help them make smarter decisions and materially change our approach to food production,” says Diane Wu, PhD, Trace Genomics’ CEO and Co-founder.

“Trace Genomics has developed a highly scalable software and analytics platform to quantify soil productivity and offer actionable insights never before captured. It has the opportunity to transform how we measure sustainable and regenerative farm management practices,” Stage 1 Ventures operating partner Joseph Pianelli said in a statement.

Additional information can be found in the press release.

CHAOSSEARCH, the first log search and analytics platform built for AWS S3, today announced it raised $9M in a Series A funding. The round was co-led by .406 Ventures and Glasswing Ventures, with participation from existing investor, Stage 1 Ventures. CHAOSSEARCH was founded in 2017 as Chaos Sumo with a mission to simplify data storage, management and analytics for AWS S3. The new funding will accelerate this mission and expand the company charter to enable DevOps teams to extend their log and event data retention and usage.

Additional information can be found at the DevOps.com website in their press release reporting section.

Freight Farms was featured in an New England Cable News report entitled “Thinking Inside The Box With Freight Farms”.

Caroline Katsiroubas, director of marketing and community relations at Freight Farms, joins necn to discuss Grown by Freight Farms, the company’s new onsite farming service launched to help customers with greater capacity challenges more easily integrate a Leafy Green Machine — the company’s smart hydroponic shipping container farms — onsite.

The video can be viewed on the NECN website.

Talla, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, taking aim at the customer service industry with its latest release, an AI-infused knowledge base. Today, the company released version 2.0 of the Talla Intelligent Knowledge Base.

This tool combines customer content with automation, chatbots and machine learning. It’s designed to help teams who work directly with customers get at the information they need faster and the machine learning element should allow it to improve over time.

“It really shows you the unknown unknowns in your business. What are the questions people are asking that you didn’t realize you don’t have content for or you don’t have answers for. And so that allows you to write new content and better content,” Rob May, company founder and CEO, explained.

Additional information can be found in the TechCrunch article.

Freight Farms was selected to present its innovative solution to challenges facing urban farming.

Openbay, an award-winning online marketplace for automotive repair and services and a provider of SaaS based solutions for the automotive aftermarket industry, today announced it closed an $8M Series A round of financing. Shell Ventures LLC led the round with participation from existing investor Stage 1 Ventures and an additional strategic investor. The new round will be used to bring to market artificial intelligence (AI) enabled solutions for businesses that provide automotive repair services and to grow existing and new markets across all its offerings.

Openbay provides an online marketplace that empowers consumers to conveniently locate automotive service providers, compare price quotes for services and transact for automotive maintenance services.

The complete press release can be found on the PR Newswire website.

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