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Data Privacy Bill Introduced, Big Lots’ New CTO, State Auto Financial Sold, the latest in Columbus Tech & Startup News.

Data privacy: Ohio introduces bill to let consumers see, delete the info companies keep – Columbus Dispatch |  Consumers have been largely left in the dark about what information businesses save, how they store that information and whether they sell data to other companies. Enter the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (House Bill 376).

Physna, Founder and CEO: Understanding Business Expansion – CDO Magazine | Paul Powers, Founder and CEO at Physna together with Brian Berning, Partner at RSM US shares advice on capital raising and expanding one’s business.

Big Lots Appoints Gurmeet Singh as Chief Technology Officer | Accomplished Technology Transformation Leader at Multiple Companies to Continue Big Lots’ Evolution into a Leading Omnichannel Retailer

Aunalytics Accelerates Insights-As-A-Service Offering Through Ohio Expansion | Aunalytics, a leading data platform company delivering Insights-as-a-Service to answer the most important business and IT questions, reported expansion of operations into Ohio. Aunalytics acquired NetGain in February 2021.

Liberty Mutual to buy Columbus-based State Auto Financial – Columbus Dispatch | State Auto Financial said Monday that it is being bought by Boston-based Liberty Mutual in a $1 billion deal being pitched as a way to help Liberty expand its offerings for small commercial insurance and consumers.

Drive Capital Raised $782M this year, Funding secured for new STEM School, 1500 Businesses affected by Kaseya attack.

Battelle-Supported Metro School Secures Funding to Re-Open Historic Building as STEM School | Metro Schools will renovate vacant school building for STEM-focused middle and high school with support from Battelle, The Ohio State University, other partners

Ohio doctor develops fast self-testing for COVID-19 – Spectrum News |  Ohio State Medical School graduate, trauma surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Gregory Hummer was enjoying retirement when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Frustrated and wanting to be part of the solution, he took a look at some technology he had been working on at Case Western Reserve University a decade earlier.

Up to 1,500 businesses affected by ransomware attack, U.S. firm’s CEO says – Reuters | Between 800 and 1,500 businesses around the world have been affected by a ransomware attack centered on U.S. information technology firm Kaseya, its chief executive said on Monday.

Columbus companies in the Drive Capital portfolio have raised $782 million so far this year – Business First | Two venture capital rounds totaling $456 million for Columbus tech companies on the same day are emblematic of a breakout year for Drive Capital’s portfolio.

As Smart Columbus transitions after grant, region advancing autonomous vehicles – Columbus CEO | Instead of the hassle of finding multiple parking spaces or walking along busy roadways, what if a self-driving electric car was your chauffeur?

Olive Valued at $4B, Physna Raises $56M, Amgen Investing $365M in Central OH, Can’t Stop Columbus, and more!

Biotech Leader Amgen Expands to New Albany, Ohio Investing $365 Million and Creating 400 New Jobs | Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, announced today its plans to invest $365 million to build a new manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio, creating 400 new jobs upon opening. 
All the tech that went into turning Columbus, Ohio, into a ‘Smart City’ – TechCrunch | As you might expect, a lot of startups are involved. Who are they? and what do they bring to the table?

Health-Tech Firm Olive Valued at $4 Billion After New Round – Bloomberg | Olive, a digital-health startup looking to use technology to help health-care firms automate tasks, has closed a funding round that values it at $4 billion, about seven months after it was worth $1.5 billion.

Insurance technology company Bold Penguin announces major expansion – Dispatch | The Columbus insurance technology company Bold Penguin plans a major expansion that would add more than 160 jobs to its Downtown headquarters, bringing the company’s full-time workforce to 240. 

Geometric Search Leader Physna Raises $56 Million In Funding Amid Rapid Growth | Physna, the geometric search leader, announced that it raised $56 million in venture capital financing led by Tiger Global with participation from GV and Sequoia Capital. 

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