Ann Arbor-based network Shine & Rise holding free virtual event about workplace diversity, inclusion
ANN ARBOR – Shine & Rise will hold its first public-facing event on Friday, March 26 in honor of Women’s History Month. While its regular monthly events are members-only, the March 26 event titled “Challenge Your Team: Gender Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Work” is free to the public. Her talk will focus on how employees can challenge their companies to better practice diversity, inclusion and equity. Throughout the month of March, Shine & Rise is also collecting donations to support Girls Who Code and Alternatives for Girls. AdFor more information about Shine & Rise and to learn how to become a member, visit www.shinerise.org.
Ann Arbor cybersecurity startup Blumira’s rapid growth continues with hiring push
ANN ARBOR – Local cybersecurity startup Blumira has plans to double its headcount in 2021. With a team of 25, Blumira plans to double its headcount by the end of the year with a focus on hiring additional leadership roles and growing its sales and engineering teams. Part of Blumira’s success over the past year is due to its adoption of SaaS applications and migration to the cloud. Most recently, he led product management at Duo Security, which was acquired by Cisco in 2018 for $2.35 billion. in computer science and was head of UX and engineering at Arbor Networks (acquired by NETSCOUT in 2015) prior to his role at Duo Security.
Song Foundation gifts $100,000 to the United Way of Washtenaw County for donation match program
ANN ARBOR, MI — The United Way of Washtenaw County has received a $100,000 gift from the Song Foundation, the nonprofit announced in a press release Monday, Dec. 28. The funds from the Song Foundation, which Duo Security co-founder Dug Song and his wife Linh Song founded in 2019, will provide a program so that any year-end donation will be matched for the United Way’s Community Impact Fund. “We are proud to invest in the United Way Community Impact Fund, and encourage others to join the United Way’s efforts to help the helpers, and protect our community at this critical time,” Dug Song said in a statement. Nonprofit agencies and community groups have weathered a surge in neighborhood needs, service requests, increased staffing requirements and operating reserve needs, the United Way said. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Duo Security founder donates $1M to Washtenaw County small business fundSuspect in Christmas Eve road rage incident found dead inside home, police sayWashtenaw County reports 12 homicides in 2020mlive.com
Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund selects six startups for September pitch competition
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Watch six regional startups pitch their businesses for the chance to win $20,000. The pitch competition has been organized by the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund and will be hosted by Dug Song, Founder of Duo Security and A2EF steering committee member. Applications for the pitch competition were open to startups serving Washtenaw and Wayne counties that focused on social impact. Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund is an initiative lead by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Related: Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund launches pitch competition for entrepreneurs making an impact