Just a reminder that self-assessments are due Wednesday and there is an Engagement Survey happening now as well. Both are very important for the company and your own development, so make sure you take some time to fill them out. The Engagement Survey closes next Friday. Check your email for links to both. And here are three other things you should know: 1. A VC is actually trying to save the planet. On the heels of a damning climate report (spoiler alert: things are very, very bad), one investment fund is looking to help and has raised a lot of money in the process. Lowercarbon Capital, a climate-tech focused fund founded by longtime investor Chris Sacca and his wife Crystal Sacca, has closed on $800 million in capital, Sacca announced today in a post on the firm’s site. According to Sacca, the commitments came exceedingly fast — in “just a few days.” Writes Sacca: “It turns out that raising for a climate fund in the context of an unprecedented heatwave and from behind the thick clouds of fire smoke probably didn’t hurt. In fact, all that pollution may have lent a warm, beautifying haze to our Zoom calls. Like an Incendiary Doom Glow Insta filter.” TC 2. The next big thing in Covid accessories. First we were bombarded with hundreds of different retailers selling masks, now the big thing is here: cardholders. With more and more events and locations requiring proof of vaccination, consumers are looking for stylish ways to carry their cumbersome cards. After the dental office where she worked (temporarily) closed its doors at the onset of Covid, Maria Juarez turned to selling face masks on Etsy. Business boomed, and today she runs CottonBoutique full time. Now, Juarez is eyeing another pandemic-driven product: vaccine card holders. "I figured masks are not going to be the only thing. There's going to have to be other stuff out there that has to do with the pandemic that people are going to want and need,” Juarez told Retail Brew. CottonBoutique started selling vaccine card holders in June, priced between $2.99 and $6.99. Orders quickly totaled about 100 a day, though traffic then tapered off to around 50–75. But as of the week ending July 31, Juarez said she’s selling 800 card holders a week—and expects that pace to continue as requiring proof of vaccination could become commonplace. Morning Brew 3. Going to Music Midtown? Make sure you're vaccinated or, at the very least, get a covid test done 72 hours beforehand. Atlanta's premiere music festival is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test in order to attend this year.
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