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This Week in Jobs DMV: Cat Census Edition

Tallying tabbies, jobs and more.

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Cat Match Fever

Looks like these scientists are cat people. A team of researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has reportedly spent three years compiling a “D.C. Cat Count” to estimate the number of feline friends that live in the nation’s capital. They hope that establishing a baseline will inform policies for managing feral cats — which can have a major impact on the local ecosystem.

And if you thought your friends shared too many cat photos on Insta, the team has so far gathered 6 million photos of cats and other animals. If you need a break from the daily grind, check out the “raccoon tussle” at the end of the article. Compelling stuff. OK back to work!

The News

How can venture capital be made more equitable? Bahiyah Robinson, CEO and founder of VC Include, and Del Johnson, scout and fund manager for, offered their insights on the VC industry — and how to diversify the ranks of successful entrepreneurs and investors — in the latest episode of Off the Sidelines, an investor education podcast produced by us at and sponsored by Project Entrepreneur, a program by UBS.

Navigating life takes plenty of social and emotional intelligence. Educator-turned-founder Ashley Williams is aiming to build those qualities with Infinite Focus Schools, which harnesses tech to bring mindfulness into the classroom. That’s something we can get omm-board with.

Meet the Black-owned startups competing for $2 million. The D.C.-based venture capital firm Revolution, in partnership with Opportunity Hub, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund and Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab, will consider pitches from five finalists at its Rise of the Rest tour, “equity edition.” It’s part of a two-day event taking place next month.

The Jobs





The End

If felines aren’t the cat’s pajamas for you, Smithsonian’s National Zoo shared some other animal news: Its Bird House team welcomed nearly three dozen baby chicks this summer, including a pair of flamingos. And, yes, the zoo’s adorable giant panda cub is now nearly three months old and cuter than ever. If you ever need to de-stress, it’s good to know the zoo is here for us.

Good luck out there on the job hunt!

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