May 19, 2020

Learn the value of Carbon3D and how it’s gaining funding

Cutter Slagle
2 min
Learn the value of Carbon3D and how it’s gaining funding

There’s a new approach to 3D printing! Not only is this innovating idea creating a lot of buzz, it’s also gaining some cold, hard cash! Carbon3D Inc. has recently raised $100 million from Google Ventures and others. But even more impressive, the company has a valuation of about $1 billion. Pretty impressive, right?

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A source familiar with the project, who wishes to remain nameless, has released the information regarding the funding behind Carbon3D Inc. Yuri Milner, the co-founder of Mail.Ru Group Ltd., has also been stated as someone who has supported the new technology by offering funding.

Based out of Redwood City, California, Carbon3D uses CLIP—Continuous Liquid Interface Production—to differentiate from simple 2D printing. This new technology is known to grow parts instead of just printing them layer by layer. CLIP even allows businesses to produce commercial quality parts at game-changing speeds versus offering mechanically weak and limited material choices as done by 2D printing.

Carbon3D joins the growing list of devices that can create or print objects from a digital mock-up. Simply put, the company is promising to speed up the entire process for creating objects from a printer with its usage of ultraviolet light and oxygen.

Regarding the investment, a general partner at Google Ventures said, “Carbon3D’s printing technology is an order of magnitude faster than existing technologies.” He added, “Carbon3D’s technology has the potential to dramatically expand the 3-D printing market beyond where it stands today and reshape the manufacturing landscape.”

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Interestingly enough, Carbon3D isn’t the only company that has gained $1 billion or more from investors. New technologies seem to be hot at the moment; those who have money are taking notice and getting involved, as they have done with Carbon3D.

Past investors for the company include Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Kraftwerk and Northgate Capital.

Customers who have had the privilege of being granted early access to the technology are the Ford Motor Company and special effects companies in Hollywood. And both seem to largely agree that the product saves on time, money and stress.

The company is even hiring a range of professionals to join its team! Listed on their website, “Thinkers, Tinkerers, Programmers, Chemists and Engineers, now hiring.”

Do you think you have what it takes to join this growing force and be a part of innovating technology?

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 [SOURCE: Bloomberg Business]

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data


However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

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