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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- April 8

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Sponsored by: Loudoun County Businesses Are Hiring


o McLean-Based Curbside Kitchen Raises Seed Funding From GAP Funds

o Maryland-Based BullFrog AI Raises $200,000 in Seed Funding From TEDCO

o WBJ: Amazon Failed at Obtaining Helipad at HQ2 Campus in Crystal City

o DHS, UK Government Issue Alert About Cyber Threats Tied to Coronavirus

o K12 Inc Names New President of Corp Strategy, Marketing, and Tech

o Fairfax-Based Custom Ink Starts Producing, Selling Face Masks

> Loudoun County Businesses Are Hiring

o Briefly Noted: Fairfax County Survey, Activation Capital

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o McLean-Based Curbside Kitchen Raises Seed Funding From GAP Funds


McLean, Va. -- The Center for Innovative Technology’s GAP Funds has made a seed investment in McLean-based Curbside Kitchen, a startup developing software that connects commercial offices and residential buildings with food truck vendors. Curbside Kitchen received an initial investment from the Virginia Founders Fund in August, 2019. The GAP Funds is funded by the Virginia state government. “As our communities deal with new challenges related to coronavirus, including lifestyle changes such as avoiding restaurants, Curbside Kitchen is proud to connect multi-family building owners with food solutions for their residents,” said Amy Katz, CEO of Curbside Kitchen.

https://www.cit.org/press/cit-gap-funds-invests-in-curbside-kitchen-to-continue-connecting-building-owners-and-multi-family-properties-with-food-trucks https://www.curbsidekitchen.com/


o Maryland-Based BullFrog AI Raises $200,000 in Seed Funding From TEDCO


Boyds, Md -- BullFrog AI, a Maryland-based company developing artificial intelligence technology for biopharmaceutical companies, has raised $200,000 from TEDCO’s Seed Fund. The company said a portion of the funding will be used for additional development work with John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory research center. “Using our proprietary technology platform, we aim to predict which patients will benefit from which medications, effectively improving clinical outcomes and eliminating the problem of trial-and-error prescriptions,” said Vin Singh, CEO and founder of BullFrog AI.

https://www.bullfrogai.com/press-releases/bullfrog-ai-secures-200k-from-tedcos-seed-fund/

http://www.tedcomd.com


o WBJ: Amazon Failed at Obtaining Helipad at HQ2 Campus in Crystal City


Crystal City, Va. -- The Washington Business Journal reported that plans for a helicopter pad at Amazon’s HQ2 campus in Crystal City have been put on hold over airspace restrictions around Reagan National Airport. According to the story, Amazon had included a helicopter pad in its criteria for its second headquarters. After Amazon picked Crystal City, Arlington County officials tried to find a way to overcome federal obstacles for the helipad, according to the story. “The helipad was one of several asks Amazon made as part of the yearlong HQ2 hunt. Determining if it was possible became, for a short time, a priority for local officials,” the article said, citing documents it received. “County Manager Mark Schwartz, in his letter to Holly Sullivan, the Amazon executive who led the headquarters search, committed that Arlington staff would assist in efforts to obtain required approvals for the development, construction, and operation (at the company's expense) of a helipad."

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/313fe554-db59-39c8-839a-c884c02a96b0/a-helipad-is-likely-out-for.html


o DHS, UK Government Issue Alert About Cyber Threats Tied to Coronavirus


Washington, DC -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre have jointly issued an alert about cyber threats coming from the coronavirus pandemic. The report provides a list of possible cyber threats, along with advice for dealing with them. “Examples of scams include emails containing malware which appear to have come from the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and others which claim to offer thermometers and face masks to fight the pandemic,” a release from the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said. “Elsewhere the agencies have detected cyber criminals scanning for vulnerabilities in software and remote working tools as more people work from home during the pandemic.” The full report is available at the link below.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-099a


o K12 Inc Names New President of Corp Strategy, Marketing, and Tech


Herndon, Va. -- K12 Inc, the Herndon-based publicly traded online education technology company, has named James Rhyu as its new president of corporate strategy, marketing, and technology, and Timothy Medina as its new CFO. Rhyu has already been working at K12. Medina formerly worked as CFO at TPx Communications. With schools ramping up their online offerings since the coronavirus outbreak, K12 has seen its stock price gain 11% since the beginning of the year.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200408005074/en/K12-Appoints-James-Rhyu-President-%E2%80%93-Corporate

https://www.k12.com/


o Fairfax-Based Custom Ink Starts Producing, Selling Face Masks


Fairfax, Va. -- Custom Ink, the Fairfax-based custom apparel company and one of the region’s most successful startups, is now producing and selling cloth face masks. "We hope this effort will help our customers follow the CDC's cloth mask guidance and do their part for public health, while protecting medical-grade masks for healthcare professionals," said Marc Katz, CEO and co-founder of Custom Ink. The company, which furloughed a large number of its employees last week, said it expects to add additional colors and options to their face marks in the future.

https://www.customink.com/products/categories/face-masks/205/styles



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o Briefly Noted:


(Tysons, Va.) The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is asking businesses in the county to take a short survey about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their activities. The survey, available at the link below, closes at 5 pm on Friday, April 10.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7V6QD3


(Richmond, Va.) Activation Capital, an organization supporting entrepreneurship in the Richmond area, has named Chandra Briggman as its new president and COO. Carrie Roth, the current president and CEO, will become the COO. Briggman is currently the director of the Venture Café Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

https://www.activation.capital/


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