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VC Roy Bahat explains all the ways that tech founders helped Biden win. Now some are now focusing on helping Democrats win the Georgia Senate races. | Markets Insider

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  • Roy Bahat, a VC for Bloomberg Beta, moved his entire family from San Francisco to Wisconsin this year to help Democrats win back the state in the 2020 presidential election. 
  • He says that his work was just one example among many tech workers who mobilized in droves to improve voter turnout.
  • But the fight for political control isn’t over with Georgia’s Senate seats still to decide, so these same forces are helping the Democrats win the run-off elections there in January. 
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  • Bloomberg Beta’s early-stage investor Roy Bahat made headlines for being the venture capitalist who moved his whole family temporarily from San Francisco to Wisconsin to help Biden win the presidential election.

    While his involvement was full-throttle, he says he was far from alone. Dozens of tech founders used their startup expertise to drive get-out-the-vote and civic engagement initiatives that reached millions of Americans. 

    He says such efforts were “essential” to the outcome of the election, given how slim margins were in battlegrounds states like Wisconsin, which flipped to Biden by a margin of less than 1%.  

    One example is Vote Foward, founded by Scott Forman, founder of e-learning startup OneRoom, less than a year after Trump took office. Forman believed that personal appeals to Americans would make them more likely to vote.

    So Vote Foward had thousands of volunteers write letters to typically underrepresented voting populations encouraging them to vote, including young people, Asian-Americans, Black people, Latinos, and Native Americans.

    “I started Vote Forward as a way to channel my own anxiety about the darkening trajectory of our democracy into concrete action,” Forman told Business Insider. “As an introvert, I was looking for a tactic to encourage voter turnout that wouldn’t require knocking on doors or making phone calls.”

    Vote Forward started off as a small experiment when Forman sent around 1,000 handwritten notes to Alabama voters ahead of the state’s special Senate election in 2017.

    the New York Times’ Shay Castle reported

    Encouraged, Forman scaled up culminating in a massive get-out-the-vote initiative in October dubbed as The Big Send when Vote Forward corralled 182,509 volunteers to mail 17.5 million messages to voters in 21 states, the New York Times reported

    Then there’s serial founder Jason Putori who had just started a job as a designer at AngelList when Trump won the 2016 election. When the 2016 election results poured in, he felt he had an obligation to use his tech expertise to drive civic engagement, according to an interview he gave to Logic Magazine in 2017

    So Putori started Resistbot with Eric Ries, an original investor in Putori’s previous company Votizen, and a few volunteers from cloud communications company Twilio, whose founder and CEO Jeff Lawson was one among a number of tech CEOs to be an outspoken critic of the Trump Administration. 

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    developed a technology news release written by Putori

    Another initiative Bahat mentioned was Tech for Campaigns, an organization that pairs tech talent to political candidates founded by Ian Ferguson and Jessica Alter, both known in the startup world.

    As of August, the organization had 13,500 volunteers who had worked on 468 election-related projects with 366 different campaigns across the country, per an Axios report

    “You had all of these efforts that launched, many of which just went nowhere, many of which folded into something else, but definitely brought a lot of wisdom and knowledge about how elections work into the tech ecosystem and then had some fresh new approaches come to life in this election for the first time,” Bahat told Business Insider. 

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    All eyes on Georgia

    Vote Forward, for example, has already solicited calls for new letter writers to encourage Georgians to vote, as well as a campaign asking voters to request mail-in ballots, Forman told Business Insider. 

    Bahat, who says he’s relieved by Biden’s win, believes that the experience tech founders have had using their skills to drive civic engagement will continue well beyond 2020.

    “The political field is constantly innovating, in a lot of ways on a much faster timetable than a lot of tech startups,” he said. 

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    VC Roy Bahat was so concerned about the election, he temporarily moved his family from California to Wisconsin

    Social media app Parler is the new darling of conservatives, backed by a successful tech angel investor and a pro-Trump pundit. It hopes to raise more money soon. 

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    Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2021: New Wave Group AB

    KUNGÄLV, Sweden, April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — New Wave Group AB today published the Annual Report and Sustainability Report for 2020 on www.nwg….

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    KUNGÄLV, Sweden, April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — New Wave Group AB today published the Annual Report and Sustainability Report for 2020 on www.nwg.se.

    The printed version of the Annual Report and Sustainability Report can be ordered by email [email protected]

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    Elon Musk’s Neuralink scientists are not the first to get a monkey to control a computer with its mind

    Elon Musk. Britta Pedersen-Pool/Getty Images Elon Musk's Neuralink showed off its technology allowing a monkey to play video games with it…

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    • Elon Musk’s Neuralink showed off its technology allowing a monkey to play video games with its mind.
    • Scientists have been able to get monkeys to control computer cursors via neural interfaces since 2002.
    • It’s an important test of Neuralink’s technology, but not a revolutionary piece of science.
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    This week, Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk that specialises in neural interface technology, unveiled a fairly astonishing example of its work.

    In a video released Thursday, the company showed off how far its come testing its technology on primates. In the video, a macaque monkey named Pager, which Neuralink claims has had a chip implanted in his brain for six weeks, is able to play video games like Pong purely via the chip. Playing the games correctly meant Pager was rewarded with a sip of banana smoothie.

    This is, objectively, pretty amazing. As Musk put it in an excited tweet on Thursday: “A monkey is literally playing a video game telepathically using a brain chip!!”

    Perhaps even more amazing: monkeys have been playing video games with their minds for almost 20 years.

    “Brain-control of computer cursors by monkeys is not new,” Professor Andrew Jackson of the University of Newcastle told Insider, adding that the first comparable demonstrations of technology like Neuralink’s took place in 2002.

    A group of researchers in 2002 were able to show they could get a monkey to move a cursor on a computer screen at will, noting at the time that the technology could be used to help paralyzed people control screens in a similar way.

    Jackson added the idea behind the technology dates back as far as the 1960s. In 1969, a researcher called Eberhard Fetz connected a needle on a meter to a single neuron in a monkey’s brain, and was able to train the monkey to move that needle using only its brain activity.

    Neuralink, which was founded in 2016, is developing a microchip, which theoretically, would be implanted in a person’s skull, from which wires would fan out into their brain. These wires would be able to record brain activity, as well as stimulate areas of the brain.

    The idea is that these chips could help study and treat neurological diseases and conditions in the near term. In the long term, Musk says they form part of his ideal of a “symbiosis” between human consciousness and AI (although experts have frequently expressed skepticism about this part).

    Musk has been hyping up the monkey for years – but neuroscientists haven’t been that impressed

    Musk first gave the world a hint about Neuralink’s tests on monkeys during a streamed presentation of the company’s designs in 2019.

    “A monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain, just FYI,” he said, appearing to take Neuralink president Max Kodak by surprise with the announcement. “The monkey’s going to come out of the bag,” Musk joked.

    Andrew Hires, an assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of California, told Insider in 2019 that he was not surprised Neuralink had been able to achieve that result – and accurately predicted the kind of telepathic monkey computer-usage which Neuralink showed off in its video on Friday.

    “The monkey is not surfing the internet. The monkey is probably moving a cursor to move a little ball to try to match a target,” Hires said. This pretty well exactly matches one of the games Pager was shown playing in the video released Thursday.

    Musk started to hype up the monkey again earlier this year. “We’ve already got a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull … who can play video games using his mind,” he said during an interview on Clubhouse on January 31.

    Musk is a canny marketer, and he’s very familiar with using his own peculiar brand of fame to merchandise and advertise his companies. It’s worth noting that at the end of the video with a call for people to apply for jobs at Neuralink – making for an ingenious recruitment strategy.

    Neuralink is still doing new things, and the monkey is important

    While neuroscientists have said the underlying science of getting a monkey to play video games with its mind is not revolutionary, they have praised the engineering of Neuralink’s wireless chip.

    Speaking to Insider in September 2020 (following a presentation in which Neuralink showed off its technology working after being implanted in the brain of a pig) Professor Jackson said the development of any neural interface technology that doesn’t require wires to protrude out of the skin is a good thing, as it reduces the risk of infection.

    “Just from a welfare aspect for the animals, I think if you can do experiments with something that doesn’t involve wires coming through the skin, that’s going to improve the welfare of animals,” he said, adding that further down the road it could have benefits for humans as well.

    Elon Musk Neuralink pigsElon Musk showed off Neuralink’s tech in a pig in August 2020.

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    Responding to the video released on Thursday of Pager the monkey, Jackson said while it’s not earth-shattering, it is an important proof of concept.

    “I certainly do not mean to criticise them for demonstrating something that has been done before. It is a sensible way to validate any new technology. If you invent a new telescope, it makes sense to first point it where you know what you will see. So they are following a very sensible route to validate their device,” Jackson said.

    Rylie Green, a bioengineering researcher at Imperial College London, told Insider: “The best thing I can see from that video is that the macaque is freely moving. There’s also no visible package connected to it. I would say that is definitely progress – not super innovative but a nice positive step forward.”

    This week, Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk that specialises in neural interface technology, unveiled a fairly astonishing example of its work.

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    Fintel Connect Introduces Fintel Check, an AI-Powered Content Marketing Compliance Tool

    VANCOUVER, B.C., April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Performance marketing technology company Fintel Connect announced the launch of its latest offering…

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    VANCOUVER, B.C., April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Performance marketing technology company Fintel Connect announced the launch of its latest offering for the financial services industry, Fintel Check, a regtech tool to help financial brands keep their content marketing compliant. More than 50+ financial brands and fintechs are already leveraging Fintel Connect’s technology to enhance their marketing through its performance marketing network and tracking and reporting capabilities. Fintel Check represents the latest in a product suite designed to ensure financial institutions and their partners can meet emerging regulatory requirements in their marketing.

    Fintel Check is designed specifically for banks, financial institutions and fintechs to monitor their product and brand content and ensure that critical information like interest rates, terms and conditions, and more are accurately represented in marketing campaigns.

    The financial services space is highly regulated, with brands required to abide by strict laws and policies that govern advertising and consumer protection. According to Deloitte’s survey on regulatory and compliance trends in 2021, 91% of responding financial institutions expect to increase their use of automation and analytics to address regulatory compliance issues. Recognizing the steep challenge to continuously manage this across all marketing partners and digital channels, the team at Fintel Connect developed its monitoring tool to give marketers a way to more easily manage campaigns over time and scale their marketing efforts safely.

    “Financial institutions are looking to scale their digital growth, and a key friction point to achieving this is marketing compliance,” explains Nicky Senyard, CEO and Founder of Fintel Connect. “Fintel Check gives our partners the efficiency and transparency with their marketing efforts and content management in a way that cannot be achieved in-house. We take the friction points and heavy-lifting out of scaling digital partnerships.”

    Fintel Check uses AI and proprietary machine-learning algorithms to monitor, identify and report a brand’s mentions from publisher partners. Built-in reports provide complete transparency on coverage, as well as automatic screenshots that are stored in the company’s secure database and can be retrieved for auditing purposes.

    The tool follows the launch of the company’s performance marketing platform Fintel Performance, released in January 2020. Through Fintel Performance, brands are provided a scalable, cost-effective channel for digital customer acquisition. Fintel Check augments this channel by integrating a layer of safety and content monitoring checks.

    Plans are in place for the product’s next release in Q3 2021, which include added features such as custom compliance rules, expanded scanning capabilities, and more.

    Banks, financial institutions, and fintechs that are interested can visit the website to learn more about Fintel Check or schedule a demo.

    About Fintel Connect
    Fintel Connect is a leading performance marketing company dedicated to serving the financial services and fintech space. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the team at Fintel Connect support a wide range of tier one banks, community banks and financial technology companies through its extensive network of publishers and fully scalable tracking and reporting technology.

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    Press and would like to connect, please contact Gilian Ortillan at 604.783.1724 or [email protected]
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    The tool follows the launch of the company’s performance marketing platform Fintel Performance, released in January 2020. Through Fintel Performance, brands are provided a scalable, cost-effective channel for digital customer acquisition. Fintel Check augments this channel by integrating a layer of safety and content monitoring checks.

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