Platform Calgary Innovation Centre Will Open With Familiar Faces in the Tech Startup Community

Platform Calgary Innovation Centre Will Open With Familiar Faces in the Tech Startup Community

Today, Platform Calgary is announcing the latest organizations to join as community members in the Platform Innovation Centre. Opening spring 2021, the Centre will offer entrepreneurs and startup companies support from a host of dynamic partners, many already active with Platform Calgary. This 50,000 sq. foot space will be a one-stop-shop for Calgary’s innovation ecosystem.

“The success of tech startups requires collaboration with peers from all corners of the innovation ecosystem,” says Dr. Terry Rock, President and CEO of Platform Calgary. “Platform Calgary is based on this principle and the Platform Innovation Centre will have it on day one with now 17 Program Partners and Members available to any startup that walks in the door. That is the key step toward seriously growing our tech sector to be an engine for new economic growth, job creation

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Russian Design for a Reusable Rocket Sure Looks Familiar

Conceptual images of Russia’s upcoming Amur reusable rocket.

Conceptual images of Russia’s upcoming Amur reusable rocket.
Image: Roscosmos

Roscosmos is moving ahead with plans to build Russia’s first reusable rocket. Glancing at the design, it appears the Russian space agency doesn’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel, given the vehicle’s uncanny resemblance to the SpaceX Falcon 9.

Roscosmos signed a contract with the Progress Rocket Space Centre to sketch out a preliminary design for the Amur-SPG reusable rocket, reports Russian news agency TASS. The inaugural launch is planned for 2026, when the methane-powered rocket will take off from the Vostochny spaceport in eastern Russia. Roscomos is hoping for individual launch costs no greater than $22 million, with the total cost of developing the system at around $880 million.

As Ars Technica space reporter Eric Berger rightly pointed out in a recent tweet, the new design seems uncomfortably recognizable.

“Russia has clearly decided that if

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Familiar faces and a few new ones dot Gartner’s ad-tech Magic Quadrant (NASDAQ:GOOG)

The third Gartner Magic Quadrant for advertising technology shows some predictable development arcs for the companies within – but also a few surprises.

Starting with the less surprising, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) are ensconced in the leaders quadrant, AdExchanger notes, as is MediaMath, a longtime participant in the demand-side platform space.

They’re joined there by new players, though, including Amobee as well as Beeswax, Centro, MediaOcean and Zeta Global.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is still only a “challenger” for now. (Gartner’s Magic Quadrant distinguishes “leaders” from “challengers” as the former have the best composite scores in two criteria: “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.”)

“Amazon appears to have the means, motive and opportunity to be an ad-tech leader,” says Gartner distinguished analyst Andrew Frank. “It’s a question of where the task of integrating their various assets into a seamless platform for advertisers falls on their priority

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