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Vega Cloud, a Spokane, Wash.-area startup that helps companies optimize their cloud-related infrastructure investments, raised $9 million in an equity and debt funding round led by Album VC and Sun Mountain Capital. The 4-year-old company is led by Kris Bliesner, who previously started and led another cloud optimization company 2nd Watch. Other backers of Vega Cloud include Kick-Start, Incisive Ventures, Rudeen & Company, the Cowles Company, Tacoma Ventures, Tapas Capital, the Seattle Alliance of Angels.
Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, visited Seattle to listen and build bridges, not to point fingers or rattle cages. Easterly, a U.S. Army veteran, two-time Bronze Star winner, and former National Security Agency counterterrorism deputy, explained Thursday that the agency focuses neither on regulation, intelligence, nor law enforcement, but rather on partnerships — describing cybersecurity as a “team sport.”
Fundamentals for Startups: The PvP Biologics story: What it takes to bring a molecule from concept to commercial use
Online only (access link to come after registration) https://comotion.uw.edu/news-events/upcoming-events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D161858003. Dr. Ingrid Swanson Pultz will describe the founding and spinning out of her company, PvP Biologics, from the UW’s Institute for Protein Design and its eventual acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. She will discuss the key points that led to the success of PvP and describe the challenges encountered throughout their journey.