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JetBlue Technology Venture’s Joby Aviation going public via SPAC merger

The electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) company goes public via a merger with the blank-check corp Reinvent Technologies, founded by LinkedIn and Zynga founders Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus.  [From New York Business Journal]


Cox Enterprises announces its 2021 Social Impact Accelerator Class

The Atlanta-based program, managed by Techstars, selected companies that focus on addressing systemic racism. [From Afro.com]

 

Bain: Local, digital and scope to define deal-making in 2021

The global consultancy believes post-pandemic M&A strategies will require an increased commitment to corporate venture capital, partnerships and minority stakes. [From Business Chief]


Recent Graduates of T-Mobile’s 5G Innovation Lab Show Promising Results

These startups are introducing emerging tech solutions from augmented reality (AR) for front-line workers to holographic telepresence. [TMO News]

 

Fuji Labs and Motus Ventures Collaborte on A.I & Robotics Innovation

Fuji joins Motus Ventures as a limited partner to pursue investments in startups focusing on technologies directly relevant to autonomous mobile robots. [Valdosta Daily Times]

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On The Move

 

Bloomin’ Brands Promotes Gregg Scarlett to EVP & COO

The corporate parent of Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, and Carrabba’s elevates Scarlett to COO of the operating group. He was previously President of the Outback unit.

Acuity Brands Ups Trevor Palmer to President of Acuity Lighting and Controls

The tech veteran was formerly SVP of Acuity’s digital lighting networks business unit.

Air Products Names Brian Galovich as SVP & CIO

The former Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney CIO joins the global industrial gases company to lead its IT transformation.

Union Square Hospitality Group Names Patti Simpson Chief People Officer

The former Chief People Officer at Ruby Tuesday’s and Au Bon Pain Joins Danny Meyer’s hospitality company.

What-a-burger Upps Sylvester “Sly” Johnson to Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Johnson was formerly chief accounting officer at the fast casual burger chain.

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