Proceeding Without Caution: Ethical Issues Discussed at Central NJ Design Meetup

Earlier this month, the Central NJ Design Meetup hosted an energetic discussion titled The Dark Arts: The Ethics of UX, Profiling, and Behavioral Manipulation” at Blank Space, a Highland Park-based coworking space and community center. The meetup, led by Ben Bakelaar, founder and lead designer of Human Experience Systems (Highland Park), kicked off with an opportunity for introductions to members of this varied group, which included full-time designers and hackers, as well as students in the Master of Business & Science program at Rutgers University.

Would a Tech Upgrade Make New Jersey Government More User-Friendly?

An app that would let New Jerseyans access state government services easily, a student loan forgiveness program for tech-related careers, and high-speed internet access throughout the state are just part of the future that a gubernatorial transition committee envisions for New Jersey. The Government Technology and Innovations Transition Advisory Committee report to Gov. Phil Murphy makes…

Company Roundup: RESOURCE1, Cognizant, InterCloud

RESOURCE1, a national provider of talent-acquisition and executive-search services, acquired Carnegie Affiliates, a boutique IT search firm. Cognizant (Teaneck) is forming a $100 million nonprofit foundation to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and digital education and skills initiatives for U.S. workers and students. InterCloud Systems (Shrewsbury), a provider of cloud networking orchestration and automation solutions and services, said that it had a definitive agreement for the sale of its subsidiary ADEX Corporation (Atlanta, Ga.)

Startup Roundup: MAINGEAR, Wylei, RobustWealth and Throtle

MAINGEAR (Kenilworth) has partnered with Unikrn , an esports betting brand, to create two co-branded luxury crypto-mining computers with UnikoinGold-mining capabilities. Cutting-edge personalized-marketing tech startup Wylei (Jersey City) has added heavy hitter Denice Torres to its board of directors. RobustWealth (Lambertville), a digital wealth-management platform designed by and for investment advisers, is partnering with Apex Clearing, an independent full-service clearing firm. In December, Throtle (Red Bank), a data onboarding company focused on “deterministic identity resolution,” said it closed a Series B funding round led by TransUnion.

At Founders Garden Meeting, Attendees Network, Share Ideas and Best Practices

At the recent “Founders Garden” Mastermind event, held by Upstart Garden, local business owners gathered on January 25 at the B2 Bistro + Bar, in Red Bank, to share ideas, best practices, referrals and, of course, pizza.

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