Virtual events start-up Hopin raises $125M at a $2B valuation

A session on virtual events platform Hopin.

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LONDON — British start-up Hopin has seen rapid growth this year amid demand for virtual events. That’s attracted significant interest from investors.

The London-based firm’s software allows conference hosts to run their gatherings online, aiming to emulate the experience of a physical event with tools for virtual talks and networking.

On Tuesday, Hopin announced that it’s raised $125 million in a round of funding that values the firm at more than $2 billion. That marks a dramatic climb from a previous valuation of $350 million and comes just under two years since the company was founded.

Hopin saw a spike in growth this year as the coronavirus pandemic and resulting restrictions on public life forced the cancellation of several major conferences.

It’s gone from 5,000 registered users to 3.5 million in the last eight months, while the number of organizations hosting events

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Flint Trading Co. moves downtown, features more space for events

FLINT, MI — A jewelry boutique and art gallery recently moved to a new location in downtown Flint that features more space for events, a kitchen and a new look.

Flint Trading Co., located at the corner of Buckham Alley and 2nd Street and above the Comma Bookstore and Social Hub, moved to its new location from Saginaw Street at the beginning of October.

The new and larger store now features a working studio space where owner and artist Walter McAdow can be seen crafting his custom jewelry creations by hand. The business also features well-curated, artist-made goods by local and regional artists and specializes in custom jewelry and metalwork by McAdow.

“Our concept stresses the importance of making good art accessible,” McAdow said. “So, many of the featured artists offer limited production pieces for sale that complement their one-of-a-kind pieces.”

Detroit artist Clinton Snider, who has art in the

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Project delays, contractor payouts and cancelled events: How Covid-19 hit Christchurch

Delays to major projects, multimillion-dollar bills for developments put on hold, a surge in waste and a $600,000 tab for cancelled events – the cost of Covid-19 on Christchurch has run deep.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown hit almost every sector of the city, from private businesses to public services.

Among the dozens of projects affected is the city’s metro sports facility, the $301 million centre that was meant to have been finished in January 2020.

Despite work ploughing ahead on the metro sports facility, completion has been pushed back to late 2022.

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Despite work ploughing ahead on the metro sports facility, completion has been pushed back to late 2022.

Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro warned in June it could be delayed after lockdown restrictions left workers unable to get on site and caused difficulties getting materials from overseas.

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Mobile Movies Hampton Roads brings the cinema to parks, homes, events

A giant movie screen, sound system, projector and of course, popcorn — that’s what Curtis Earling, owner of Mobile Movies Hampton Roads, can provide when he brings the movie theater to you.

His wife’s late uncle owned a Fun Flicks franchise, and that’s where Earling honed his skills. He worked for that mobile movie business for 13 years before he decided to branch out on his own in June 2019.

By day, the Virginia Beach resident has driven a bus for a private school for the past nine years.

And now, at night and on weekends, he’s busy bringing movies to the community through his business.

The company is equipped with four inflatable screens that are, measured diagonally as with TV screens: 16 feet, 21 feet, 26 feet and 40 feet. Rental prices vary by size and day of the week, ranging from $300 for the smallest screen to $2000

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