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‘Don’t make me come down there’: Gov. Cuomo responds to video of people crowding a New York City street to socialize and drink

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  • A video posted to Twitter on Friday showed a crowd of people seeming to drink, socialize, and listen to live music at St. Marks Place in New York City’s East Village.
  • “Don’t make me down there,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted in response to the video on Saturday afternoon. 
  • The state of New York, which suffered the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the US, is currently in the process of reopening though restaurants and bars are still take-out only.
  • On Friday, 32 people in New York state died from COVID -19 — the lowest number since the pandemic hit the state. The state also saw its lowest number of hospitalizations since March 20, Cuomo said.
  • Outdoor dining, which is permitted in Phase 2 of New York’s reopening plan, could resume by the end of the month in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio previously predicted.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday took to Twitter and seemingly threatened to intervene after a video posted Friday to Twitter showed a New York City street crowded with people ignoring social distancing guidelines.

“Don’t make me come down there,” the New York governor tweeted alongside the video, which was recorded on Friday evening at St. Marks Place, a famed street in New York City’s East Village, according to a local news outlet that originally posted the video. 

The office of the New York governor did not immediately respond to an Insider request for comment on Saturday about what kind of actions — if any — the governor would take if such behavior became more common.

The clip sparked a myriad of mostly negative reactions, with many people expressing outrage over the crowded street. 

“When there’s a new spike people will blame the (masked) protests, but it’s really gonna be maskless crap like this,” one person said.

“I don’t fault businesses who are trying to keep the lights on, but what the actual f—,” another tweeted.

“I just don’t understand why people can’t wear masks,” one person said.

The majority of people seen in the video were not practicing social distancing and were not wearing facial coverings. A few people appeared to be wearing facial coverings, though the majority of them had their coverings pulled below their nose and mouth, rendering them useless.

Some sort of live music can be heard in the video, as people who stand in the sidewalk and the street chat, sip drinks, and dance along to the music.

On May 22, Cuomo, who faced pressure from a lawsuit that alleged his “PAUSE” order prohibition on group gatherings led to violations of the First Amendment, announced that gatherings of 10 people or fewer people were permissible. 

On June 8, New York City officially entered Phase 1 one of its reopening, which allowed approximately 400,000 construction, retail, and other manufacturing workers to begin their return, The New York Times estimated. Still, much of the city remain closed. Bars and restaurants are still to-go only, and New York City establishments are not yet permitted to offer outdoor seating to their patrons. 

There have been 206,322 confirmed cases, 53,484 hospitalizations, 17,388 confirmed deaths, and 4,688 probable deaths related to COVID-19 in New York City, according to the city health department. The number of new cases and deaths has dropped significantly since the peak of the outbreak in New York.

On Friday, 32 people in New York state died from COVID -19 — the lowest number since the pandemic hit the state in March. New York also saw its lowest number of hospitalizations since March 20, Cuomo announced.

Also Friday, five regions in other parts of the state of New York moved on to Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, according to NBC New York. Under Phase 3, restaurants can resume in-person dining in a socially distant capacity. 

For months, social media users have shared and tweeted videos and photos of crowded New York City streets, parks, and indoor spaces amid state-mandated social distancing. Still, experts have stressed the importance of access to outdoor space during the pandemic, and research suggests that the risk of contracting COVID-19 in an open-air outdoor space is lower than indoor spaces.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently estimated that that New York City could be ready to enter Phase 2 of reopening, which allows for socially distant retail shopping and restaurants to resume outdoor dining, by the end of June.

Cuomo’s tweet comes amid recently-reignited tensions between Cuomo and de Blasio over who has the authority to make decisions for the city’s 8.4 million population. Cuomo and de Blasio have differed on strategies for both COVID-19 and ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, according to CNN. 

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Security and Sustainability Forum-With Hazel Henderson and Claudine Schneider. 10/22/2020

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Steering Societies Beyond GDP to the SDGs

With Hazel Henderson and Claudine Schneider

October 22, 2020

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm EDT

The next webinar in the SSF series, with ecological economist and futurist Hazel Henderson, will address how the UN SDGs can and should replace GDP as the basis for valuing society leading to an economy based on planet protection and human wellbeing. Claudine Schneider is Hazel’s guest.

GDP accounts for all the public expenditures as “debt” while ignoring the value of the assets they created. If GDP were to be corrected by including the missing asset account, these debt-to-GDP ratios would be cut by up to 50% — with a few keystrokes! Learn why money isn’t what you think it is and why that matters to life on Earth in the next two webinars with Hazel and guests.

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Claudine Schneider is a former Republican U.S. representative from Rhode Island. She was the first, and to date only, woman elected to Congress from Rhode Island. She is founder of Republicans for Integrity, which describes itself as a network of “Republican former Members of Congress who feel compelled to remind Republican voters about the fundamentals of our party and to provide the facts about incumbents’ voting records.”

October 22nd webinar with Claudine Schneider and Hazel

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The Briefing: RVShare raises over $100M, Google disputes charges, and more

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Here’s what you need to know today in startup and venture news, updated by the Crunchbase News staff throughout the day to keep you in the know.

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RVShare raises over $100M for RV rentals

RVShare, an online marketplace for RV rentals, reportedly raised over $100 million in a financing led by private equity firms KKR and Tritium Partners.

Akron, Ohio-based RVShare has seen sharp growth in demand amid the pandemic, as more would-be travelers seek socially distanced options for hitting the road. Founded in 2013, the company matches RV owners with prospective renters, filtering by location, price and vehicle types.

Previously, RVShare had raised $50 million in known funding, per Crunchbase data, from Tritium Partners. The company is one of several players in the RV rental space, and competes alongside Outdoorsy, a peer-to-peer RV marketplace that has raised $75 million in venture funding.

Funding news

  • BrightFarms closes on $100M: Indoor farming company BrightFarms said it secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.
  • Anyscale inks $40MAnyscale, the Berkeley-based company behind the Ray open source project for building applications, announced $40 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round. Existing investor NEA led the round and was joined by Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital and Foundation Capital. The new funding brings Anyscale’s total funding to more than $60 million.
  • Klar deposits $15M: Mexican fintech Klar closed on $15 million in Series A funding, led by Prosus Ventures, with participation from new investor International Finance Corporation and existing investors Quona Capital, Mouro Capital and Acrew. The round brings total funding raised to approximately $72 million since the company was founded in 2019. The funds are intended to grow Klar’s engineering capabilities in both its Berlin and Mexico hubs.
  • O(1) Labs rakes in $10.9M: O(1) Labs, the team behind the cryptocurrency Mina, announced $10.9 million in a strategic investment round. Co-leading the round are Bixin Ventures and Three Arrows Capital with participation from SNZ, HashKey Capital, Signum Capital, NGC Ventures, Fenbushi Capital and IOSG Ventures.
  • Blustream bags $3M: After-sale customer engagement company Blustream said it raised $3 million in seed funding for product usage data and digital transformation efforts for physical goods companies via the Blustream Product Experience Platform. York IE led the round of funding for the Worcester, Massachusetts-based company with additional support from existing investors.Pillar secures another $1.5M: Pillar, a startup that helps families protect and care for their loved ones, raised $1.5 million in a seed extension to close at $7 million, The round was led by Kleiner Perkins.

Other news

  • Google rejects DOJ antitrust arguments: In the wake of a widely anticipated U.S. Justice Department antitrust suit against Google, the search giant disputed the charges in a statement, maintaining that: “People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.”
  • Facebook said to test Nextdoor rival: Facebook is reportedly testing a service similar to popular neighborhood-focused social Nextdoor. Called Neighborhoods, the feature reportedly suggests local neighborhood groups to join on Facebook.

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Venture investors and leaders in the fintech space can visualize a future where such startups will move toward again rebundling services.

Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance, launched its initial public offering and is looking at a valuation of as much as $6.34 billion.

Clover Health posted rising revenues and a narrower loss in its most recent financial results, published in advance of a planned public market debut.

Crunchbase News’ top picks of the news to stay current in the VC and startup world.

Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/briefing-10-21-20/

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Syte Sees $30M Series C For Product Discovery

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Online shopping has become the norm for most people in 2020, even coaxing traditional retail brands to up their presence to stay competitive. However, now that shoppers can’t see and touch products like they used to, e-commerce discovery has become a crucial element for customer acquisition and retention.

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Enter Syte, an Israel-based company that touts creating the world’s first product discovery platform that utilizes the senses, such as visual, text and voice, and then leverages visual artificial intelligence and next-generation personalization to create individualized and memorable customer experiences, Syte co-founder and CEO Ofer Fryman told Crunchbase News.

To execute on this, the company raised $30 million in Series C funding and an additional $10 million in debt. Viola Ventures led the round and was joined by LG Technology Ventures, La Maison, MizMaa Ventures and Kreos Capital, as well as existing investors Magma, Naver Corporation, Commerce Ventures, Storm Ventures, Axess Ventures, Remagine Media Ventures and KDS Media Fund.

This brings the company’s total fundraising to $71 million since its inception in 2015. That includes a $21.5 million Series B, also led by Viola, in 2019, according to Crunchbase data.

Fryman intends for the new funding to be put to work on product enhancements and geographic expansion. Syte already has an established customer base in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will now focus expansion in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific.

Meanwhile, Syte has grown 22 percent quarter over quarter, as well as experienced a 38 percent expansion of its customer base since the beginning of 2020.

“Since we crossed $1 million annual recurring revenue, we have been tripling revenue while also becoming more efficient,” Fryman said. “We can accelerate growth as well as build an amazing technology and solution for a business that needs it right now. We plan to grow further, and even though our SaaS metrics are excellent right now, our goal is to improve them.”

Anshul Agarwal, managing director at LG Technology Ventures, said Syte was an attractive investment due in part to its unique technology.

“They have a deep-learning system and have created a new category, product discovery that will enable online shopping in a way we never had the ability to do before,” Agarwal said. “The product market fit was also unique. We believe in the strong execution by the team and the rapid growth in SaaS. We looked at many different companies, and the SaaS metrics that Syte showed are the strongest we’ve seen in a while.”

Illustration: Li-Anne Dias

Venture investors and leaders in the fintech space can visualize a future where such startups will move toward again rebundling services.

Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance, launched its initial public offering and is looking at a valuation of as much as $6.34 billion.

Clover Health posted rising revenues and a narrower loss in its most recent financial results, published in advance of a planned public market debut.

Crunchbase News’ top picks of the news to stay current in the VC and startup world.

Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/syte-sees-30m-series-c-for-product-discovery/

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