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Unity Technologies, the maker of the Unity game engine, announced it has acquired Vivox, the provider of cross-platform voice and text communication tools for games.

Vivox will become a wholly owned subsidiary and operate independently, targeting game developers with its cross-platform communication services. The entire Vivox team will be joining Unity, including CEO Rob Seaver, and it will remain headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Additional information can be found in the Venturebeat article entitled Unity plays the acquisition game with chat service Vivox.

Alex Gruzen – CEO of WiTricity – talks about the growth of electric mobility and how wireless charging plays an essential role.

Interview starts at 0:45 and can be found on the Bloomberg website.

Akumina, a Nashua, N.H.-based modern intranet platform powering personalized digital employee experiences, is poised for expansion in 2019.

“2018 was a banner year for Akumina. Not only is our platform redefining today’s modern intranet, but global-scale enterprises have started to take notice as they look for better ways to empower their digital and customer-side employees,” said David Maffei, president and CRO at Akumina. “We anticipate celebrating new milestones again this year as we continue to deliver the flexible, contextual and engaging workplaces businesses need to be successful.”

Supporting its customer expansion and product development, Akumina grew its headcount by more than 50 percent in 2018 with an additional 50 percent increase planned for 2019 to support its global enterprise customers. In order to accommodate this team, Akumina is also moving to a modern and smart-enabled office space at its headquarters in the Greater Boston area.

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

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.

Acreage Holdings, Inc., formerly Applied Inventions Management Corp., and High Street Capital Partners, LLC, dba Acreage Holdings (Acreage private) announced today that Acreage private will complete a reverse take-over (RTO) of Acreage Holdings on or about November 14, 2018.

Acreage private, through Acreage Finco B.C. Ltd., completed a brokered and non-brokered private placements of subscription receipts, raising aggregate gross proceeds of US $314,153,600.

Acreage Holdings has applied to list its shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE).

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.

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