Article: Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Geospatial, Open Data

Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Cities all over the Midwest and the country are going through changes, finding their unique identities amid an ever-changing, tech-focused economy. St. Louis is no exception to this trend and has created an environment ripe for innovation. The economy in this growing Missouri city is booming for businesses, entrepreneurs, tech workers, millennials, and more.

One sector that is seeing unprecedented growth and significant investment from the public and private sectors is geospatial technology. St. Louis is predicted to become a leader in geospatial technology, but this rise did not happen overnight.

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Article: Tecton teams with founder of Feast open source machine learning feature store

API, Innovation, Open Infrastructure, Open Space

Tecton teams with founder of Feast open source machine learning feature store

Tecton, the company that pioneered the notion of the machine learning feature store, has teamed up with the founder of the open source feature store project called Feast. Today the company announced the release of version 0.10 of the open source tool.

The feature store is a concept that the Tecton founders came up with when they were engineers at Uber. Shortly thereafter an engineer named Willem Pienaar read the founder’s Uber blog posts on building a feature store and went to work building Feast as an open source version of the concept.

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Article: Streamlit nabs $35M Series B to expand machine learning platform

Open Software, Open Source

Streamlit nabs $35M Series B to expand machine learning platform

As a company founded by data scientists, Streamlit may be in a unique position to develop tooling to help companies build machine learning applications. For starters, it developed an open-source project, but today the startup announced an expanded beta of a new commercial offering and $35 million in Series B funding.

Sequoia led the investment with help from previous investors Gradient Ventures and GGV Capital. Today’s round brings the total raised to $62 million, according to the company.

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Article: Lyft, Spotify, Others Form Open Source Mobile-App Infrastructure Group

API, Hardware, Open Infrastructure, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Lyft, Spotify, Others Form Open Source Mobile-App Infrastructure Group

The new Mobile Native Foundation is meant to help mobile-first software companies avoid writing infrastructure code that does the same things.

The Linux Foundation these days seems to spawn baby foundations faster than rabbits make baby bunnies. Earlier this month it announced yet another project that will operate under its umbrella: the Mobile Native Foundation.

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Article: Open Source 101: Go Online & Find Your Way Around Open Source

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Open Source 101: Go Online & Find Your Way Around Open Source

This five-year-old event, which played to small regional audiences in pre-COVID times, is hosted by the people behind All Things Open, one of the largest open source conferences on the East Coast. While All Things Open is targeted at folks who work in the deepest levels of open source, Open Source 101 is designed for folks who are just getting their feet wet in the open source ecosphere.

“A lot of the attendees at open source 101 are early career technologists,” said Todd Lewis, the founder and chairperson for both events.

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Article: Ex-Uber team raises $6M seed for geospatial analytics platform Unfolded.ai

Geospatial, Open Data

Ex-Uber team raises $6M seed for geospatial analytics platform Unfolded.ai

Years ago, Uber had a problem. With millions of users and tens of thousands of drivers scattered across a widening expanse of the globe, the fast-growing mobility startup wanted to display more accurate maps to users about where their ride was coming from and where it was intending to go to reach its destination.

The challenge is that geospatial datasets can easily reach into the petabytes, so how do you transmit and visualize such data — particularly on mobile?

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Article: Open Source is critical for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Saurav Pathak, Bagisto

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Open Source is critical for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Saurav Pathak, Bagisto

Bagisto is a free opensource platform used to build an e-commerce store. In a time frame of just two years, the platform from India has got over 30k+ downloads, 3k+ Github Stars, built a community of 1500+ members and generated revenue of more than $300k. Saurav Pathak, Vice President, Product and Sales, Bagisto, shares with us, how his firm has succeeded in this market, and why open source development and adoption must be encouraged to reduce trade deficits

For the past 10 years, our parent company, Webkul has been working in an e-commerce sector. It is one of the biggest e-commerce extension providers in the world providing plugins across 22 platforms, 90% of which is open source.

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Article: Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

Free, Libre, Open Software

Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

What do Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Square, Uber and Venmo have in common? First, all these dynamic digital brands got their start during the last global crisis, the Great Recession of the late 2000s. Second, open-source software is at the heart of what they do.

Flashback further to another time of upheaval, the post-9/11 downturn, and that’s when I saw Linux and other open-source software cross the chasm to acceptance as an enterprise-grade technology that would eventually power a countless array of today’s apps, devices and systems.

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Article: Is open source architecture’s digital disruption?

Open Data, Open Source

Is open source architecture’s digital disruption?

We’re now living in the age of digital disruption, with Uber, Airbnb and other platforms rising to prominence. Whether it’s the share economyInternet of Things, or the open-data movement, no industry will be left untouched by emerging technologies – architecture included.

Cristina Ramos Jaime, Associate Lecturer in Computational Design, UNSW Built Environment, says it is merely a matter of when a similar digital disruption will transform architecture. She says open-source tools, in particular, could radically change the operations and services of architecture. But it could also address some of the most significant urban challenges of our time.

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Article: Silicon Valley talks a good game on ‘basic income’, but its words are empty

Money, Open Governance

Silicon Valley talks a good game on ‘basic income’, but its words are empty

Silicon Valley rarely talks politics – except, perhaps, to discuss the quickest ways of disrupting it. On the rare occasions that its leaders do speak out, it is usually to disparage the homeless, celebrate colonialism or complain about the hapless city regulators who are out to strangle the fragile artisans who gave us Uber and Airbnb.

Thus it is puzzling that America’s tech elites have become the world’s loudest proponents of basic income – an old but radical idea that has been embraced, for very different reasons and in very different forms, by both left and right. From Marc Andreessen to Tim O’Reilly, Silicon Valley’s royalty seems intrigued by the prospect of handing out cash to ordinary citizens, regardless of whether they work or not.

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