The beginning of each month, we review what’s been going on in the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial community for the previous month – what changed, who grew, and what people are saying. Plus, we want to make sure we keep you up to date on the things FortyX80 has been up to lately.
Check out our January recap if you missed it.
What Pittsburgh was Talking About
Uber is pairing up with Duolingo to expand the options for English-speaking drivers in preparation of the Rio Carnival and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
Sports medicine tech company Impellia, which was co-founded by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, is partnering with University of Pittsburgh
Nowait announced a partnership to integrate Nowait's host app with the NCR's industry-leading Aloha point-of-sale system
The University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute is working together with Tsinghua University in Beijing to kick-start collaborative projects in technology, commercialization and research
Pittsburgh startup NetBeez is helping GoDaddy monitor its data centers and corporate locations around the world
AlphaLab is partnering with Paul Singh on his 2016 Tech Tour visit to Pittsburgh
UPMC will work with digital mental health startup Lantern, based in San Francisco, on their online emotional wellness services and products
In the Community
The most well-funded startups in each state: Pittsburgh’s Duolingo is proudly Pennsylvania’s!
U.S venture capital investment spanned 133 metro areas in 2015, with Pittsburgh coming in at number 10
Pittsburgh's venture capital portfolio is one of the most diverse in the country in terms of technologies funded
Forbes tells us what we all already know: Pittsburgh is the new cool
Thrillist let us in on the coolest jobs in Pittsburgh. Is yours on it?
Three cheers for Pittsburgh robotics! In the Robotics Business Review top 50 most influential public & private companies, three are from Pittsburgh
A major need for improvement: Pittsburgh was ranked 96th out of 100 in a list of the best cities for women-owned businesses
Pittsburgh got a healthy shout out as a top “maker city” in an article about how cities can “help shape an equal opportunity maker movement”
The Pittsburgh Technology Council has put out a call for content from companies for their 2016 Creative Clash Video, which welcomes visitors at the Pittsburgh International Airport entrance
Pittsburgh is getting its very own software conference, Abstractions. Check out the lineup, sponsorship opportunities, and financial aid info on their website
Unfortunate news for our region: medical device company Cohera Medical is relocating to Raleigh, NC
CMU has advanced to the next round in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, competing next in June
Pittsburgh drone startup Identified Technologies is a finalist for the 4th Annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards
Carnegie Mellon’s computer science department was at it again: their "pokerbot" took first place at a computer poker contest
4moms went through a period of change, first letting go 15% of its staff, and then naming Florian Hunziker as COO and appointing Amy Villeneuve to its board
CMU is hosting a workshop called Innovative Solutions for Gun Violence and Gun Safety to help combat gun violence
In even more CMU news: the Posner family generously gave $5 million to the university to support undergraduate student scholarships
Making it a little easier to get to the West Coast, Southwest Airlines has launched nonstop flights to LA
Carnegie Mellon came out on top of a patent dispute related to computer disk drives, winning a $750 million settlement. Yes. $750 million.
Crowdfunding startup Wefunder is traveling via train across the country to find and fund local businesses, with a planned stop in Pittsburgh
Uber’s self driving cars are coming to Hazelwood as the company plans to break ground at the former LTV Coke Works site
Pittsburgh tech startup Cognistx is more than doubling their local staff as they get ready to launch their first product in May
AlphaLab’s application cycle is now open. Enough said.
What We’ve Been Up To
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