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Whirlpool Corporation to construct over 250 climate-resilient and energy-efficient homes through Habitat for Humanity's BuildBetter with Whirlpool initiative

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Whirlpool Corporation to construct over 250 climate-resilient and energy-efficient homes through Habitat for Humanity's BuildBetter with Whirlpool initiative

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) today announced Habitat for Humanity’s BuildBetter with Whirlpool initiative, an expansion of Habitat’s existing BuildBetter program that will deliver more than 250 climate-resilient and energy-efficient homes to hundreds of Americans in need of affordable housing over the next three years.

The broadened initiative sits at the heart of Whirlpool Corporation’s global corporate social responsibility approach called House + Home, that contributes to comfortable and nurturing places to live and supports resilient, thriving, and sustainable communities. Through House + Home, Whirlpool Corporation will support Habitat for Humanity to construct homes designed to better withstand storm winds, natural disasters and other severe weather events that are intensifying.

The homes will provide welcome support for homeowners throughout the U.S. who contend with increasing threats and expensive repairs from natural disasters. They will also help reduce operating costs for homeowners with limited budgets, through an expected improvement in energy efficiency of approximately 15 percent compared to homes built to current local government code, contributing to a more sustainable future for local communities.

“For 110 years, improving life at home has always been at the heart of our business. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live—a comfortable, nurturing home is essential for everyone,” said Jeff Noel, VP of Communications and Public Affairs at Whirlpool Corporation. “This initiative continues our long history of leveraging our innovative, quality appliances and philanthropic support to improve life at home for people around the world.”

“Whirlpool Corporation has been a tremendous partner in helping us improve and broaden the ways we can help more families achieve housing stability. Through the launch of our BuildBetter initiative, Whirlpool’s support will help us accelerate the construction of resilient, energy-efficient homes and can result in greater savings for families,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity.  “Whirlpool’s dedication to this program will enable the focused research needed to expand sustainable housing to even more communities, helping with neighborhood revitalization and environmental impact.”

In addition to enhanced storm-resilient measures, such as secure-and-sealed roof decks, all homeowners under the program will be eligible to choose at least one upgrade that addresses a hazard specific to their state, including enhanced flood or fire defence. Habitat organizations participating in the program will receive technical guidance on construction design and implementation, as well as funding for energy-efficient upgrades.

Whirlpool Corporation employees are volunteering to help build these homes with Habitat for Humanity. Construction began July 2021.

In addition to the BuildBetter with Whirlpool initiative, Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity are also collaborating to:

  • Provide a range and refrigerator for every new Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada
  • Inaugurate October as Global Build Month, during which Whirlpool Corporation will provide nearly $6 million in funding and home appliances to Habitat organizations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, Singapore, Poland, and the U.K.
  • Host three Habitat global housing forums in Europe, Middle East and Africa; the Latin America and Caribbean region, and the Asia-Pacific region that bring together the best minds in affordable housing to spur innovation that meets the needs of the planet’s growing population, while addressing increasing challenges related to climate change.
  • Help advance the Habitat Cost of Home advocacy campaign, a five-year program through which local Habitat organizations, partners, volunteers and community members across the United States work together to help 10 million people have access to an affordable home.

With the addition of these contributions, Whirlpool Corporation has donated nearly $130 million to Habitat for Humanity International and supported Habitat programs in 45 countries.

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is committed to being the best global kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home. In an increasingly digital world, the company is driving purposeful innovation to meet the evolving needs of consumers through its iconic brand portfolio, including Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and Yummly. In 2020, the company reported approximately $19 billion in annual sales, 78,000 employees and 57 manufacturing and technology research centers. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com.

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Israeli Startup Infinipoint Launches First Device-Identity-as-a-Service (DIaaS) Solution

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Israeli Startup Infinipoint Launches First Device-Identity-as-a-Service (DIaaS) Solution

Infinipoint today announced the first Device-Identity-as-a-Service (DIaaS), its comprehensive device identity and security posture solution that is a critical part of a Zero Trust approach to secure device access.

Infinipoint also announced $11 million in funding from JAL Ventures, Emerge, and Hetz Ventures. Strategic investors and advisors include Ron Myers, former SVP of global channels for Palo Alto Networks; Pradeep Aswani, serial entrepreneur, US distribution and channel veteran and cybersecurity investor; Issy Ben-Shaul, serial entrepreneur, cloud technologies expert, and Director of Engineering at Google; and Ravi Ithal, founder of Netskope and founding engineer of Palo Alto Networks.

“Today most of the workforce is working from anywhere and accessing remote services, potentially from multiple devices. While the user is authenticated, the network is encrypted, and the SaaS application is secured, the device is often overlooked. As a result, the device has become the weakest link in the organization’s IT security. It’s no use authenticating users if they are on a vulnerable device as this can open  the door for an attacker to access your sensitive data and services,” said Ran Lampert, co-founder and CEO, Infinipoint.

Infinipoint is pioneering the DIaaS security category and is the only solution that provides Single Sign-On (SSO) authorization integrated with risk-based policies and one-click remediation for non-compliant and vulnerable devices. This reduces risk by protecting access to an organization’s data and services while transforming devices to support world-class security posture. Infinipoint is able to do all this in a productive way that maintains business continuity with no disruption to the workforce. Infinipoint acts as a single enforcement point for all major identity providers including ForgeRock, Okta, Ping Identity, and Azure Active Directory, as well as business services such as Salesforce, Google Workspace, Office 365 and AWS.

A Zero Trust security posture for devices is an essential and urgent requirement with a work-from-anywhere workforce. This is highlighted in every major Zero Trust reference architecture and guidance, including from Forrester, Gartner, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and NIST. The NIST Special Publication on Zero Trust Architecture (800-207) states the enterprise monitors and measures the integrity and security posture of all owned and associated assets. No asset is inherently trusted.”

The only way to ensure true Zero Trust for devices is through real time security upon user authentication with a deep and dynamic scope, while ensuring business continuity at the same time. The Infinipoint DIaaS solution is the only one on the market built by design to meet these requirements.

“Our customers understand the importance of Zero Trust and Identity working together. Leveraging device posture to achieve real-time continuous authorization is essential for any modern Zero Trust implementation,” said Ben Goodman, senior vice president, global business and corporate development, ForgeRock. “By leveraging the device visibility Infinipoint provides, ForgeRock’s Intelligent Access can dynamically adjust a user’s authentication experience and level of access to align with their degree of risk. Infinipoint can remediate issues of device risk before ForgeRock will allow access to a protected resource.”

“Partnering with Infinipoint enabled us to improve and maintain our connected devices security posture for our more than 1,100 employees. We’re very impressed by what the Infinipoint team accomplished, the results so far have been far beyond our initial expectations,” said Dikla Ramot, CISO, AppsFlyer, a SaaS mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform leader and Infinipoint customer.

“Infinipoint gives our customers device-based conditional access to any service, enabling us to not only inventory and assess the vulnerabilities of all devices accessing the customers’ services, but also to allow users to remediate issues with one-click and seamlessly continue their workflow,” said Kai Mallmann, CEO, DTS Systeme, multinational IT services provider and Infinipoint partner. “Infinipoint delivers the missing piece of the puzzle, and together we are delivering an innovative solution for a recent and critical problem.”

Infinipoint’s co-founders Ran Lampert and Elad Wexler were part of the core team which created the product known today as Cortex XDR – Palo Alto Networks’ pillar offering at the endpoint. Recognizing that IT teams did not have complete, accurate, and up-to-date authentication data from devices, the duo were compelled to design and create a purpose-built solution specifically to address this challenge. While other identity and access management vendors have attempted to incorporate this functionality, they have yet to build a device-centric solution that operates with simplicity at the speed and scale necessary to maintain visibility and control over IT assets in modern digital environments.

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Post Investment from DIFC FinTech Fund, Legaltech Startup Clara Opens in Dubai

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Post Investment from DIFC FinTech Fund, Legaltech Startup Clara Opens in Dubai

– VC-backed Clara catalysing the shift from a lawyer-led to a founder-led user experience, making legals fundamentally more efficient for startups.

– Reinforces DIFC’s commitment to startups by licensing Clara to provide streamlined corporate services to DIFC companies using its innovative digital formations workflow.

Dubai considered a top global tech hub, driven by DIFC’s sustained focus on providing an enabling platform for startups to access vast opportunities across the MEASA region.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, announced that it has invested in UK-based legaltech startup, Clara.

Clara’s innovative platform digitises and automates many of the legal tasks founders need to perform, including setting up companies in different jurisdictions.

The investment reflects the DIFC’s commitment to driving the automation and digitisation of legal services. The investment was made by the DIFC FinTech Fund, a USD 100 million fund announced in 2017 to help establish, grow and upscale startup and growth stage companies seeking access to MEASA markets.

Additionally, recognising the growth opportunities associated with operating in the DIFC, given the Centre is home to the largest and most comprehensive FinTech and innovation ecosystem in the region, under Clara’s new license, it will now be able to provide its streamlined corporate services platform to DIFC companies. This is the third jurisdiction to grant Clara a license to set up companies.

Commenting on the announcement, Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “DIFC continues to be a catalyst for innovation in the region by investing in businesses that can help transform the finance industry. We are therefore delighted to announce the DIFC’s FinTech Fund investment in Clara, a rapidly growing legaltech startup that will make doing business easier for emerging companies and other businesses that form part of the region’s largest financial services ecosystem.”

“Startups are looking for a new approach to help them overcome the pain and complexity of dealing with legal matters,” said Patrick Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of Clara. “We are thrilled to be setting up in the DIFC which will allow us to completely streamline the customer experience of incorporating DIFC entities – adding further value to the Clara platform, which digitises and automates startup legals.”

Clara is led by a team of seasoned lawyers and technologists who have worked at some of the top companies within their sectors. The company’s platform automates many of the tasks currently performed by lawyers for startups including forming companies, drafting agreements, building cap tables, structuring data rooms and predictively educating founders on legal concepts. The company has raised USD 3.5 million in seed financing from institutional investors, including 500 Startups and Techstars.

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Doctor Troller Becomes Top 3 Richest NFT artist selling Crypto art With Net Worth of £200 Million GBP

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Doctor Troller Becomes Top 3 Richest NFT artist selling Crypto art With Net Worth of £200 Million GBP

Doctor Troller’s Net Worth, Bio, Wiki: How Much The NFT Artist Made From Crypto Art

Chelsea-based digital artist “Doctor Troller” is the alter ego of a creative street troller and prankster borne from the streets of London. Doctor Troller is currently one of the world’s top 3 richest NFT artists, with a net worth valued at £200 million GBP in 2021. The crypto artist made headlines in April 2021 when he sold £20,000 GBP worth of NFTs in 20 seconds after launching his digital artwork online.

What’s Doctor Troller’s Real Name?

Doctor Troller’s real name is Andrew Brown.

Doctor Troller’s Bio & Background

Born and raised in London, digital artist and prankster Andrew “Doctor Troller” Brown is known for his disruptive visual and multimedia art style. Based in Chelsea, his inflammatory videos and surreal digital art pieces are designed to ignite controversy and spark debate. A troller from birth, the artist had a strong affinity for art as a child. Although he didn’t draw or paint, his dyslexia drove him to innovate beyond traditional art forms, bridging art and body together. Doctor Troller has described his creative drive as “a passion of expression through physical action to trigger controversy” – in other words, he creates controversial art specifically to enjoy its reactions.

Doctor Troller’s Net Worth

Doctor Troller’s net worth rose to £200 million GBP in 2021 due to the boom in NFT (Non-Fungible Token) popularity. Although it isn’t known exactly how much Doctor Troller was making before, we know that his source of wealth stems primarily from being an avid Cryptocurrency investor and NFT artist. Despite the recent drop in Bitcoin valuations, Doctor Troller has become one of the top 3 richest NFT artists in the world. Most of his net worth was made in the past several years as the demand and prices for crypto art and NFTs continue to skyrocket.

Doctor Troller’s Crypto Art

Doctor Troller’s NFT crypto art is typically sold via NFT marketplaces, like OpenSea. However, as the recent record-breaking £69.3 million GBP NFT sale for Beeple’s crypto art at Christie’s Auction House proves, an appetite for crypto art exists in the traditional art world. Doctor Troller’s art pieces are usually conceived as a video before developing into varying forms of digital art. The digital artist often depicts real life interactions between himself and female characters in startling, controversial forms within unusual settings that provoke powerful emotional reactions and kindle debate. Often these forms are sexually provocative and explicit. Some of Doctor Troller’s recent crypto art pieces include ‘Booty Shot’, a unique piece of risqué, tongue-in-cheek animated NFT art designed in London. This piece deconstructs its title: the urban slang and filmmaking term ‘Booty Shot’. In typical self-portraiture style, ‘Booty Shot’ sees Doctor Troller himself appear in the image, as in the majority of his other NFT art works. Another recent piece is ‘Lightzilla’, a suggestive moving-image work presents a comic-book style scene featuring the artist voyeuristically spectating from behind an unknown woman as she — either in pain or pleasure — massages her leg calves with an electric gun. ‘Leather’s Babe’ is another unique NFT art piece by Doctor Troller, is a controversial moving image artwork. As per Brown’s typical surreal, inflammatory artistic style, the piece is intended to spark debate as to whether the woman in question is being empowered or degraded.

Doctor Troller and Global Press Coverage

Andrew “Doctor Troller” Brown has been featured in a number of leading world media websites and news publications including the Evening Standard, The Daily Mail and Yahoo! Finance, among others. Doctor Troller made headlines in May 2021 after an “experiment in human nature” led to thousands of pounds of art being stolen from his open-air ‘Honest Gallery’. Brown, who set up the Honest Gallery in Soho’s Berwick Street, left four works of art hanging beside a collection box asking art lovers to pay what they could for pieces they wanted. CCTV footage from the London venue showed the first piece was stolen within an hour and all four pieces were gone by the end of the afternoon. Even the gallery signs were taken. All proceeds from the box were set to go to charity: the organisers honoured the promise and made a donation. Brown also made headlines in April 2021 when he sold £20,000 GBP of NFTs in 20 seconds after launching his animated artwork online. He released his new collection of 40 works for £500 GBP each on doctortroller.com, with items from each pool getting snapped up in seconds. With bold stylised images and sexual caricatures, Brown has gained nearly 1m social media followers, with his net worth steadily growing in value week to week. His vibrant digital art pieces have almost 100k views apiece. Artist Andrew Brown said: “The future of art is digital, and the lockdown has certainly sped up the transition away from physical artworks. This has been a great experience for me and should open up new opportunities for artists to be able to monetise their content outside of the traditional gallery model.”

Doctor Troller and NFTs

We all witnessed Bitcoin suddenly plunge 30% to near £30,000 GBP in May 2021, which was an all time low in the midst of a major sell-off in the cryptocurrency market. However, this significant drop in Bitcoin value did not make a dent in Doctor Troller’s net worth. Even though Brown’s exact net worth isn’t known, the skyrocketing popularity of NFTs gives us a pretty good picture. Even before 2021, Doctor Troller was already a wealthy NFT and cryptocurrency investor. But now, with Brown’s net worth valued at over £200 million GBP, he has become one of the top 3 wealthiest NFT artists in existence. History in the making. Doctor Troller recently released his latest series of digital art videos entitled ‘A Troller’s Parable’. 

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