Digest #191

It's unfortunate when a well-funded startup with strong credentials and seemingly all the right stuff closes its doors. Unfortunately, Pearl Automation, the apple-connected Scotts Valley-based company that came out of stealth one year ago with $50M of funding is shutting down.

Google-affliated Alphabet Inc. is testing delivery drones in Fort Ord.

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One year after coming out of stealth with $50M in funding, Pearl Automation calls it quits. Read this article.

We're still waiting for the details but we do know that Buoy won the VERGE Accelerate pitch competition in Hawaii. Read this article.

Google-affiliated Alphabet Inc. is testing delivery drones in former Fort Ord under a $10K licensing agreement with Seaside. Read this article.

One of the more intriguing projects at the Game Research Lab at CSUMB is the development of a low-cost 3D printable prosthetic arm. Read this article.

Looker appoints Ryan Gurney as Chief Security Officer to lead the advancement of the company's security initiative. Read this article. 

Dr. Sue Carter, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIED) has been invested as the Narinder Kapany Professor in Entrepreneurship. Read this article.

Nina Simon has written a series of heartfelt blog posts about the process of opening Abbott Square. Her insight and wisdom could be helpful to any nonprofit or startup leader. Read this article.

When it comes to putting Santa Cruz on the map as a tech hub, Chris Miller says, "Careful what you wish for." Read this article.  
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