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Trade Hounds raises $3.2M in seed funding to become the ‘LinkedIn of the construction industry’




Trade Hounds, a Boston, MA-based startup that aims to be the LinkedIn of the construction industry, announced the closing of its $3.2 million seed funding to accelerate growth of the largest professional community exclusively for the construction industry. The round was led by prominent early-stage VC firms Corigin Ventures, Brick & Mortar Ventures, Suffolk Construction and CCS Construction Staffing.

Strategic investments were also made by major players in the construction space including Suffolk Construction and CCS Construction Staffing, reflecting the promise this platform poses to the industry as a whole. In conjunction with the funding, the company also announced to launch Jobs platform this summer to connect skilled tradespeople with employment opportunities.

Founded in 2016 by David Broomhead (CEO) and Peter Maglathlin (CFO), Trade Hounds is a mobile application for the hard-working trades people of America. Trade Hounds is the largest professional community exclusively for the construction industry. The app is a one-stop shop for skilled tradespeople, companies and staffing agencies to find, connect and engage with one another. Trade Hounds empowers the professionals that are building the world around us by providing a platform for them to network, locate job opportunities and showcase

According to the founders, the new Jobs platform will link qualified tradespeople with construction companies and staffing firms, enabling fast, seamless communication. Construction companies and the staffing firms that support them stand to benefit from immediate access to a larger pool of qualified candidates, including the passive job seekers who post about their work on Trade Hounds but may not be actively searching for work on job boards. Skilled tradespeople benefit from a community of like-minded professionals where they can showcase their skills and find new career opportunities.

David Broomhead, Co-Founder and CEO of Trade Hounds, said: “It’s always bothered me that tradespeople – the skilled workers who build our hospitals, schools and infrastructure – don’t have access to a technology platform that meets their professional needs. We’ve set out to change this with Trade Hounds. We are proud to be the largest digital platform that aims to unite and empower the millions of proud, hard-hat-wearing workers who are building the world around us.”

Founded by Mr. Broomhead, who comes from an Australian family of tradespeople, Trade Hounds enables its users to interact with each other through their preferred mode of communication: imagery and video. Mr. Broomhead added, “Electricians, plumbers, carpenters – workers across the skilled trades – prefer to ‘show’ their work through photos versus ‘tell’ about in writing. This is why existing professional platforms simply don’t work for this demographic.”

Trade Hounds empowers tradespeople by enabling them to showcase their skills, seek advice, build their networks, and identify compelling job opportunities. The platform has grown rapidly since the mobile app launched in 2019 and now has more than 150,000 registered users. For companies and staffing agencies, Trade Hounds simplifies and shortens the search and hiring process by bringing together qualified job candidates. As a result, the app presents a modern and practical solution to address many of the inefficiencies associated with the $1.3 trillion construction industry.

“Vertical labor marketplaces are the future because they provide a user experience that is tailored to the specific needs of one industry. Construction is a massive industry, but it’s also very unique, therefore it requires a unique solution.” said Co-Founder and CFO Peter Maglathlin. “Now more than ever, as the industry has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a platform like Trade Hounds is critically important to helping the industry get back to work.”

Trade Hounds plans to use the funds from the seed round to continue to expand the user base, roll out the Jobs platform and expand the team. The Trade Hounds engineering team is led by Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Clark, a founding technologist for a number of Boston-based companies, including previously as CTO of Lionbridge Technologies.

“Construction is an opaque industry based on tribal knowledge with a language of its own,” said Darren Bechtel, Managing Director of Brick & Mortar Ventures. “Therefore, it is not surprising that mainstream technology platforms have failed to serve as a forum for this unique demographic. Men and women working across the various construction trades now have a digital home on Trade Hounds – a place where they are understood and recognized by their peers in the trades.”

Ryan Freedman, General Partner of Corigin Ventures, added: “The construction industry remains one of the final frontiers in technology, and to date, most of the innovations that have been introduced to support this space focus on the jobs rather than the people. Trade Hounds’ technology is specifically designed to enhance the lives and advance the careers of skilled tradespeople, as well as support the businesses operating in this massive and important industry.”


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Companies Owned by Facebook




Facebook Inc. is the largest social networking platform in the whole world. It got founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates in 2004. The company has grown globally to rocketing 2.5billion users and a market worth of $479.2 billion. The company had an astounding figure of $18.5 billion net in 2019 and revenue of $70.1 billion. Facebook is one of the best helpful platforms to share your posts and provide new ideas. Writing can help you to get your own audience, as was noted by US Essay Writers.


Since its inception, the platform has grown to incorporate messenger services, media sharing, and augmented services. Acquisitions have set the record straight for growing up the platform and steering it to open up new business ventures and see the revenue rise to higher levels. The strategy that Facebook has applied is to buy off competition before they become massive in the market.


The company has faced multiple criticisms that have led to the Federal Trade Commission step in to demand information on unreported purchases made by the platform. The following are the platform’s largest acquisitions.

  1. Instagram
  • Business type: Photo and video-sharing platform
  • Cost: $1 billion
  • Date: April 9, 2012

Instagram got launched in 2010. Users can upload photos and edit them in the same app. It was an independent company up until 2012 when Facebook bought it. Over time, estimates indicate that the app drives in more revenue than Facebook. For the price paid to purchase Instagram, it is best to say that Facebook is willing to pay hefty amounts to buy young companies.


  1. Whatsapp
  • Business type: Mobile messenger service
  • Cost: $19 billion
  • Date: February 19, 2014

Whatsapp is an app that supports messenger and calling services and is available worldwide. The app got launched in 2009, and since then, it has allowed its users to send texts and media without incurring any cost. Facebook acquired the app when it reached close to 400 million users every month hence becoming a rival to Facebook. At the time of purchase, the revue of the app had peaked $1.5 billion.


  1. Oculus VR
  • Business type: Virtual Reality tech company
  • Cost: $2 billion
  • Date: March 25, 2014

A few weeks after buying Whatsapp, Facebook wasted no time buying off Oculus VR, which was the company responsible for creating virtual reality hardware and software. The company was started in 2012 and is widely known for the gaming headgear named Oculus Rift. Since the purchase, the company has made some acquisitions of its own like the Surreal Vision that maps out 3D scenes.

The purchase of Oculus VR by Facebook plummeted it to the market.


  1. Onavo
  • Business type: Mobile web analytics
  • Cost: $100-200 million
  • Date: October 2013

The company got founded in 2010. It is an Israeli company, and it performs web analytics on mobile apps to check customer usage. It is an estimated figure that Facebook used to acquire the company in 2013. It got purchased as an independent company. Even though it is not the largest acquisition yet, Onavo helped Facebook select the companies to get bought. It has, over the years, distinguished as spyware, which forced the platform to withdraw it form apple and android devices.


  1. Beluga
  • Business type: Messaging service
  • Cost: Undisclosed
  • Date: March 2011

Beluga got founded in 2010. A year later, Facebook bought it when the company was struggling with startup fundraising. The purchase led to making it the largest social messenger platform. The process helped Facebook buy off rival and knock out competition.


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Federal intelligence agencies used “cell phone cloning attack” to intercept and spy on Antifa and BLM protesters’ communications, new report finds




Back in June, we wrote about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used open-source intelligence and Internet history to track down a protester who set cop cars on fire. At the time, the FBI tracked down a protester who set cop cars alight by tracing the custom T-shirt she wore at a Philadelphia. Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal was tracked down by the FBI using her peace tattoo and Etsy and LinkedIn profiles.

Now, the U.S. federal intelligence has taking surveillance to the next level. It turns out that DHS and other federal agencies have been using sophisticated phone “cloning” hardware to impersonate the phones of Antifa and BLM extremists in order to eavesdrop on their phone calls and texts, according to a bombshell report from the Nation. Through this technology, the federal agencies were able to assemble a complete organizational structure and hierarchy map of the leaders involved in the day-to-day operations of these two organizations.

According to the report, for months US federal intelligence officials have been quietly identifying the participants and leaders of both Antifa and BLM organizations, including wealthy donors who are funding these operations. In a new report obtained by Ken Klippenstein for The Nation, U.S. federal agencies including the FBI and the Homeland Security Department (DHS) tapped protesters’ phones in Portland. So far, DHS has declined to comment about the full extent of its intelligence operations in Portland. Below is how the Nation describes the surveillance:

A current DHS official described a colleague with expertise in electronic surveillance who was being deployed to Portland. But for what purpose? “Extracting information from protester’s phones,” the DHS official said. While in Portland, an interagency task force involving DHS and the Justice Department used a sophisticated cell phone cloning attack—the details of which remain classified—to intercept protesters’ phone communications, according to two former intelligence officers familiar with the matter.

Cell phone cloning involves stealing a phone’s unique identifiers and copying them to another device in order to intercept the communications received by the original device. The former intelligence officials described it as part of a “Low Level Voice Intercept” operation, declining to go into further detail—one of them citing the sensitive nature of the surveillance tool and the other an ongoing leak investigation within I&A [Intelligence & Analysis].

Per the Nation, unlike more sensitive, classified intelligence, the journalist reports were based entirely on publicly available information. And while privacy rules generally prevent “US persons” from being the subject of intelligence assessments, it is still not uncommon. “That kind of shit happens all the time,” the former intelligence officer explained.

If the Nation’s report is true, the agencies’ actions may be in violation of Protesters’ First and Fourth Amendment rights. Intercepting protester’s communications is something that requires a whole lot of probable cause. In addition, engaging in sophisticated cloning attacks is not a”Low-Level Voice Intercept.”


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Elon Musk says Tesla may be overvalued today but thinks the company will be worth more in 5 years




On May 3, we wrote about Tesla CEO Elon Musk after he tweeted this: “Tesla stock price is too high imo.” Immediately after his tweet, Tesla stock fell more than $40 to a session low of $717.64, before falling even more. Since then Tesla has rebounded and more than double in value.

More than a year later, Musk is back with another prediction. In an interview with Kara Swisher for a New York Times podcast, Musk said he thinks Tesla may be overvalued today but thinks it’ll be worth more in 5 years. Tesla’s stock has already risen more than 400% this year alone.

“Some critical mass of the market has concluded that Tesla will win, I guess,” said Musk on the stock’s increases. “I’ve gone on record already saying the stock prices have been high, and that was well before the current level. But also if you ask me, do I think if Tesla will be worth more than this in 5 years? I think the answer is yes.”

In May, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s stock price was “too high,” which sent it down 12% that day. However, since he made those remarks, shares are up almost 200%.

In the wide-ranging interview, Musk also said, “Tesla at this point is not in mortal danger, as it was, say, three years ago.” Musk added, “The thing that Tesla has been able to achieve is get to volume manufacturing and have sustainable positive free cash flow. From a car company standpoint, that is the real achievement of Tesla.”

“Tesla should be measured by how many years we accelerate the advent of sustainable energy,” said Musk.

This is not the first time Musk has stirred controversy on social media. In September 2018, Musk was sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a tweet claiming that funding had been secured for potentially taking Tesla private.

Two days later, Musk reached a settlement with the SEC, without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations. As a result, Musk and Tesla were fined $20 million each, and Musk was forced to step down temporarily as Tesla chairman, while remaining Tesla’s CEO.

Also in August 2018, Musk has faced problems from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) for tweeting about the company’s stock and agreed to submit public statements for vetting. Musk also said he was “selling almost all physical possessions” and to give people back their freedom, presumably referring to shelter-in-place orders.

You can listen to the entire interview on Spotify.


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