Look at this place. It is abuzz with purpose and potential. People are sitting at tables holding business meetings. Others are sitting alone, tapping away at laptops. There’s a woman closed off in a corner space on a Skype call. And in the back, at a raised kitchen area, someone is making lunch. It’s hard to believe that The Riveter — a Seattle-based, woman-focused co-working community with five locations — almost didn’t happen. It was almost discriminated right out of being. Founder Amy Nelson didn’t know what she was up against when she headed out to raise money. In 2016, female founders raised just $1.4 billion — or 1.9 percent of total venture-capital (VC) funding. The following year, that number inched up to 2.2 percent, while all-male teams received 79 percent of the $85 billion invested in startups. “Sometimes I wonder, ‘Had I known, would I have done it?’ ” Nelson asked the other day. … [Read more...] about How a woman-led startup beat steep odds to land $15 million in venture capital
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Taylor Knope was two months past her 18th birthday when she was accused along with family members in a human trafficking case so horrid that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards could not describe it to the media without his voice cracking with emotion.The June 27, 2016, arrest of Knope and four other members of an Amite family came after authorities said they discovered a 22-year-old autistic relative being held captive in a locked outdoor cage and forced to do chores in exchange for food and water. All five family members remain in the clutches of the justice system. One of them, Bridget Lambert, 21, pleaded guilty Sept. 27 to one count of forced labor conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20. Another, Jody Lambert, pleaded guilty Oct. 25 to one count of civil rights conspiracy and is to be sentenced Jan. 10. Others are awaiting trial.As the court cases slowly move in a crime that garnered national media attention, attorneys for Knope are seeking to reduce the $150,000 … [Read more...] about In North Shore human trafficking case, is Taylor Knope an accomplice or a victim?
By Beth Spotswood Published 9:51 am PDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 In San Francisco, giving birth at 40 is nothing new. In San Francisco, giving birth at 40 is nothing new. Photo: JGI / Getty Images Photo: JGI / Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In San Francisco, giving birth at 40 is nothing new. In San Francisco, giving birth at 40 is nothing new. Photo: JGI / Getty Images A very S.F. pregnancy — advanced in both tech and age 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When I was born in 1978, my father wasn’t allowed into the San Francisco Children’s Hospital delivery room for the cesarean surgery from which I emerged. My mother was 32 at the time, considered a bit old to be giving birth to her first … [Read more...] about A very S.F. pregnancy — advanced in both tech and age
Gallery: Set in stone +8 more photos When John and Lisa Barnhardt moved from Raleigh, North Carolina, to the side of Lookout Mountain, they had no idea downsizing would be so difficult — or how much they would come to love their new city and their new, smaller space. When their daughter, Julia, moved with her husband Jared and their first child to Chattanooga, the Barnhardts went back and forth between Raleigh and the Scenic City for a couple of years, visiting frequently. Realizing they could make a mortgage payment with the amount they were spending staying in hotels and vacation rentals, and both having recently retired, the couple decided they were ready to downsize and move closer to their daughter, then pregnant with her second child. One of Lisa's colleagues in Raleigh had a sister living on Lookout Mountain who offered to show her around. She took Lisa and John to a home she had lived in for 30 years before selling it to her next door neighbor 20 years prior … [Read more...] about Set in stone: Falling in love with new city, smaller Lookout Mountain home
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake County on Monday as an out-of-control blaze — one that marked a frighteningly early kickoff to the California fire season — destroyed at least 22 structures in the community of Spring Valley and prompted more than 200 firefighters to battle the flames. This was the new normal that officials had warned of after October’s historic firestorm. And they said the response, which included battles on land and from the air, sought to incorporate the hard lessons from that catastrophe. Well before the Pawnee Fire ignited Saturday evening northeast of Clearlake, fueled by dry conditions and driven by high winds, state agencies were preparing for the worst. On Friday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, had ordered extra aircraft from Montana and New Mexico to be flown to bases in Chico, Sonoma and Sacramento. Extra firefighters and battalion chiefs trained in managing complex … [Read more...] about Proactive Pawnee Fire response in Lake County seeks to avoid another catastrophe