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Canadian pet food company Petcurean has announced it will utilize Promoboxx, a digital marketing tool used to connect pet retailers to consumers with meaningful, branded content to support business. The platform uses online marketing channels to compel consumers to visit brick-and-mortar stores with localized content.

“Petcurean believes in, invests in, and truly supports their local retail partners,” said Ernie Cormier, CEO and president at Promoboxx. “Promoboxx shares these values, and we are proud to partner with Petcurean and their retailer network to increase consumer engagement and drive better business results. We support brands and their local retailers so they can better communicate with their consumers, grow their businesses, and create more authentic experiences.”

Additional details can be found in the Pet Food Processing article.

C|Net Road show coverage reports the announcement of Fiskers intention to launch a futuristic, elegant muscular EV vehicle in 2021.

Fisker has published a media advisory which includes additional information.  This press release can be found on the fisker website.

The C|Net article can be found here.

Watertown, Massachusetts – February 11, 2019 – WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer, today announced the acquisition from Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. of certain technology platform and IP assets, which will bring to over 1,500 the number of patents and patent applications related to wireless charging that WiTricity will own or control. Through the transaction Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder.

Additional information can be found on the WinTricity press release.

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.

Trace Genomics, which uses machine learning to analyze soil samples for farmers, 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.

Additional information can be found in the complete Forbes article13.

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