RTD reporter awarded RVATech’s Technology Influencer award | Business News

Richmond Times-Dispatch Business reporter John Reid Blackwell has been writing about the region’s growing entrepreneurial and startup business community for several years.

Some of Blackwell’s articles are about startup businesses. Others touch on the challenges that the startup founders face or how they react when they pivot their business or need to seek funding from investors. He also writes about business incubators and other organizations that help guide future entrepreneurs.

Many of his articles are the foundation for the RTD’s weekly Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter on Sundays that feature stories about these new ventures and other issues in the startup ecosystem.

His efforts were recognized by RVATech, the Richmond Technology Council, at its annual awards program Wednesday evening. The event was held virtually.

Blackwell received the group’s Technology Influencer award for advancing the technology ecosystem in the Richmond area.

The organization presented awards to companies and individuals in 15 other

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TikTok rival Triller has reported ever-increasing user numbers in the last year, but some former employees are wary of its figures.

My colleague Dan Whateley spoke with six former Triller employees who pointed in particular to an October 2019 press release by the company, which they said gave a monthly active user count that was far above what they were seeing on some internal metrics at the time. 

In the October 2019 release, Triller said it had grown 500% organically year over year to 13 million monthly active users. But a screenshot provided by a former employee from one of Triller’s app-analytics tools, Localytics, showed just 2 million monthly active iOS users and about 484,000 monthly active users on Android devices. It was taken a

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Influencer Marketing Startup ClanConnect.ai Raises INR 5 Cr Led by Venture Catalysts

The seed funding round also saw participation from a cohort of angel investors, including MD of Forest Essentials Samrath Bedi,  Sandeep Aggarwal of Droom.in, Haptik’s co-founder Aakrit Vaish and Redchillies VFX chief creative officer Haresh Hingorani

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ClanConnect.ai, an online platform that connects brands to influencers, announced on Wednesday that it has raised INR 5 crore seed capital.

The funding round was led by seed and angel investment firm Venture Catalysts along with a cohort of angel investors that include MD of Forest Essentials Samrath Bedi,  Sandeep Aggarwal of Droom.in, Haptik’s co-founder Aakrit Vaish and Redchillies VFX chied creative officer Haresh Hingorani.

Founded by Kunal Kishore Sinha, who has co-founded PR and communications firm Value 360, Sagar Pushp, former head of

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