Middleton writer Kathleen Ernst discusses publication of her 40th guide | Leisure

Q: I know you started another mystery series. Does this mean an end to Chloe Ellefson’s stories?

A: Absolutely not! I love the Chloe series and the project is very personal to me. I am passionate about the places and topics that I explore in the stories. Although Chloe and I are two different people, we have a lot in common. Each book is set in a new location and features a new museum or historical site. That keeps the series fresh.

Q: I saw on your website that you have a new publisher that will reprint your books – why the change? Will there be new covers?

A: The publisher I worked with on the first 10 Chloe Ellefson books closed its doors. Fortunately, I was able to find a new home at HenschelHAUS in Milwaukee. If the backlist is reprinted, they keep their original covers … and the cover for the latest book fits in seamlessly.

Q: You said that your collection of poetry, Balance: Poems of the Female Immigrant Experience in the Upper Midwest, 1830-1930, was inspired by reading diaries, memoirs, and letters written by Wisconsin’s early Yankees and European women for 40 years were written. You have written poetry before, but is this your first book?

A: I have published individual poems in different places, but this is my first collection. People often ask why I focus on immigrant stories so often. One reason for this is that I find immigrant stories infinitely inspiring. It was (and is) such a … daunting experience. Not every story has a happy ending, but all in all, people bowed their heads and did what they had to do. In the middle of the pandemic, I needed … a special, positive project that could inspire others too. I’ve been working on the collection for about 20 years so it just took some fine-tuning. The book came together pretty quickly.

Enterprise funding soars to document $64 billion in Q1, Ernst & Younger says

After a boom year for the tech industry, investors invested money in grocery shipping companies, online brokers, and more in early 2021 Elon Musk’s SpaceX, resulting in a record quarter for US venture finance.

Venture-backed firms raised $ 64 billion in the first three months of the year. This came out of an analysis by Ernst & Young this week that used data from Crunchbase. That’s 43% of the $ 1.48 billion raised in all of 2020, a record year.

“We’re still technically in a pandemic and trying to get out of it,” he said Jeff Grabow, US venture capitalist at Ernst & Young, in an interview. “A year ago everyone thought we were falling into the abyss. To have a record quarter like this is pretty amazing.”

Grabow said while we are clearly on track to see a fourth straight year of $ 100 billion in venture funding, “the question is – will there be a $ 200 billion year?”

The late-stage market continued at a rapid pace after a historic second half of the year for IPOs that included offers from Snowflake, With the Dash and Airbnb. The first two quarters of 2020 were calm as companies changed their plans due to Covid-19, but the market recovered dramatically and continued.

Grabow said there were 183 venture deals worth at least $ 100 million in the first quarter, more than half of last year’s total. The biggest business was the autonomous car company Cruise’s $ 2 billion funding Round in January, led by Microsoft as part of a strategic agreement with General Motors, Majority owner of Cruise.

Digital supermarket Gopuff raised $ 1.15 billion in March for the second largest deal of the quarter. Cloud data analysis software provider Databricks raised $ 1 billion during the reporting period, as did the investment in the app Robin Hoodwho needed liquidity after wild trading GameStop left the company in a financial crisis.

The largest sub-billion dollar round was for private space companies SpaceX, which raised $ 850 million in February, valued at approximately $ 74 billion. The payment software company was also among the top offers Stripe raises $ 600 million at a valuation of $ 95 billion.

In addition to the increasing number of mega-rounds, the early-stage market is also brand new. Grabow said there was record funding on Series A and B deals in the first quarter.

Smaller funds are popping up from week to week, and the AngelList website also allows investors to bring together syndicates of people who want to raise money for startups without networking locally. With so much capital in the system and the advent of virtual dealmaking ZoomingVenture rounds come together much faster than in the past.

“There’s been a lot of buoyancy and excitement in the market because people believe we got through Covid,” Grabow said. “The digitization and technological enablement of the industry has been carried over to steroids.”

The record level of venture investing coincides with the phenomenon of special purpose vehicles (SPACs), or blank check companies, which private companies acquire and go public. SPACs are a possible alternative to late-stage rounds.

As early as 2021, 306 SPACs raised $ 98.9 billion SPACInsider. This surpasses the $ 83.4 billion raised throughout 2020 Record year. Grabow admits that between traditional funding and SPACs venturing into a company, there are sure to be investors taking undue risk.

“It’s called Venture for a reason,” Grabow said. “These are high return situations that involve high risk.”

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Ernst, Hinson push for more cash for entry to childcare

WASHINGTON, DC (KWWL) – Senator Joni Ernst advocates more federal dollars through bipartisan legislation to improve access to childcare across the country.

Much of the nation and Iowa have long been concerned with deserts for childcare, in areas where demand for licensed childcare programs exceeds availability.

“Those ideas don’t get pushed back much, especially when you have private entities that are publicly involved in helping the community,” Ernst said.

The ACCESS Act, Affordable Childcare Act for Economic Strategy and Success, enables public-private partnerships through grants from the Department of Commerce.

Ernst said they chose the fuding structure because some people are leaving the workforce due to lack of access and employers are also feeling the effects.

“We also hear from employers that they cannot keep their employees on board due to a lack of childcare,” said Ernst.

Representative Ashley Hinson will reintroduce an accompanying bill on Friday. At the previous Congress, the Democratic MP Abby Finkenauer, Hinson’s predecessor, teamed up with Ernst.

“We have to deal with systematic changes in the industry,” said Hinson. “The supplier side is a completely different challenge.”

Hinson plans to collect more data on both childcare access and affordability.

“Why is it so expensive? Here you know the regulations and challenges many of these companies face in conducting affective business and maintaining an overhead that allows affordable access. That is the real question. It is the root of the problem . “Said Hinson.

Senator Ernst also supports a dependent care bill with Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.

“It’s a dependent care program where you can put your own dollars aside and use them for dependent care, whether it’s an older adult or a child. So we’re doubling the amount we can set aside for these kinds of funds, “said Ernst.

In a press release, Ernst’s office said they had support from the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance, Cedar Valley Growth, the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, the Black Hawk County Child Care Coalition and Exceptional Persons, Inc.