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Is it the shoes?
Baltimore’s own skateboard brand, Carpet Company, is coming to a pair of Nikes near you.
New versions of the Nike SB Dunk High feature a collaboration with brothers Osama and Ayman Abdeldayem, who’ve built a brand known for screenprints and graphic apparel, Complex reports. The shoes are printed with “Nike” written in Arabic — penned in calligraphy by the brothers’ father, Hossin Abdeldayem — and a reference to the Carpet Company.
Perfect footwear as you’re hustling for — or skating to — your next gig.
Money alert: The U.S. Department of Commerce is dishing out $38 million in grants to support entrepreneurship and tech business growth. The Economic Development Administration’s Build to Scale (B2S) program, managed by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, awards the grants every year to tech-focused organizations that are working to create more economic opportunities. The deadline to apply is April 29.
A team of engineers in Baltimore is building the SueChef, a combination freezer and oven that harnesses robotics and AI to prepare meals — no human hands required. The team is looking to raise $50,000 through an equity crowdfunding campaign on WeFunder. It’s also joined the Maryland Neighborhood Exchange platform, which aims to galvanize local investment in new neighborhood businesses.
SPAC, SPAC, SPAC it up: The College Park-based quantum computing company IonQ is in “advanced talks” to go public. The company could be taken public through a merger with DMY Technology Group Inc. III, a special purpose acquisition company. The combo would boast a combined value of $2 billion.
Happy trails to Michelai Graham! Technical.ly’s D.C. market editor is off to explore new challenges. Here are her favorite moments from the past 2.5 years. (And if you’re a reporter looking to fill some shoes, check out the open job description.)
- Quorum, building software for public affairs professionals, is hiring a Technical Solutions Specialist. Duct tape holding that door together? Technically a solution!
- If you prefer real estate over #stonks, the real-estate investment platform Fundrise is seeking a Lead Software Engineer.
- The AI-driven startup Sorcero is hiring a Lead Platform Architect.
- InVita Healthcare Technologies, providing software for the healthcare industry, is seeking a Product Owner/Specialist to join its team in Baltimore.
- Vulnerability: Good for emotional growth, bad for cybersecurity. The Baltimore City Office of Information & Technology is filling a role in Information Security — Vulnerability Management.
- LEARN Behavioral in Baltimore is seeking a Database Administrator.
- eOriginal in Baltimore is looking for a Product Owner to serve as a “product evangelist and the voice of the customer.”
- Axios in Arlington is hiring a Technical Product Manager.
- The fintech platform Rize is seeking a DevOps Engineer.
- CareFirst in Reston is looking for a Lead Software Architect.
- Rocket Referrals (to the moon 🚀?) is hiring a Remote Senior Full-Stack Web Developer.
- Listrak is seeking a Remote Software Developer Engineer in Test. A job posting that includes a reference to the founder’s golden retriever seems a good sign.
- Restless Labs is looking for a Quality Assurance Analyst/Engineer.
If you just need to belt out your feelings, WIRED has the rundown on everything you need for your at-home karaoke party. Lace up your Carpet Company kicks, step to the mic, and let it all out.
Good luck out there on the job hunt!