Miguel Gamiño Will Serve Government from Mastercard After a seven-year career serving some of the largest and most tech-forward cities in the country, Miguel Gamiño has taken up a leadership position at Mastercard. From there, he will look to build relationships with public entities around the world to help shape Mastercard's government work. To Fight Opioid Addiction with Sewage, Startup Raises $2.5M Biobot Analytics, a startup spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has raised its first seed round. The company, fresh off winning a pitch competition at South by Southwest, is starting off by using data from the sewers to help government get a grip on the opioid crisis. But in the future, it hopes to do a lot more. Tyler Technologies Shakes Up Leadership, Announces Socrata Purchase Price The company shuffled around its executives and gave some details on its recent acquisition of the open data pioneer Socrata. New URBAN-X Accelerator Cohort Includes Two Gov Tech Companies The cohort includes one that wants to offer prediction capabilities to goverment based on its existing data, while another wants to work out the kinks of flexible transportation pricing. A third one wants to offer insights to residents based on city data. Here's the news on URBAN-X's latest group of companies. MARKET SPOTLIGHT
FAA Selects Sites for Drone Innovation Programs Federal, state and local government will work together with private-sector and non-profit partners to try out drones under conditions that are currently restricted, potentially opening up a lot of uses that aren't practical at the moment. Here are the project participants, and what they'll be doing.
GovTech company on our radar this week:
ClearRoad: Working on flexible transportation pricing solutions. ClearRoad recently entered the URBAN-X accelerator in New York. Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.
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Oracle to Launch Blockchain-Based Software Soon (Bloomberg) New Company Audits Algorithms for Bias (MIT Technology Review) What's Inside Waymo's Neural Networks Powering Self-Driving Vehicles (The Verge) To PDF or Not to PDF, That is the City's Question (Ashlee Harris/Medium) GovTechBiz is our weekly newsletter covering the companies, deals and trends in the business of gov tech. Got a news tip? Other feedback? We're listening. Send it to GovTechBiz Writer Ben Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.