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Lucy: TripAdvisor is now part of the Boston chapter of the Pledge 1% movement, a national philanthropic organization encouraging companies to give 1 percent of their equity, employee time and products to good causes. I was able to confirm the news with TripAdvisor before the official release, which happened yesterday evening at MassChallenge.

The travel website company is committing money and resources to support underserved populations around the world, but also locally.

“The reality [is] that there are underserved communities in our own backyard here in New England,” Tali Golan, Director for Philanthropy and Inclusion at TripAdvisor, wrote me in an email.

As a national organization, Pledge 1% is backed by such tech names as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Launched in October 2016, Pledge 1% Boston – the local chapter of the movement – is a joint program of the Boston Foundation and Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG), with other partners including MassChallenge, Accomplice and Holland & Knight. 

Locally in Boston, other companies such as FreebirdLovePop and InsightSquared have all already pledged 1% to nonprofit causes and programs. Read more: TripAdvisor Keeps Supporting Local Underserved Populations by Joining Pledge 1%

Dylan: Coming soon to the Seaport: more self-driving cars. Optimus Ride, a Boston autonomous vehicle startup backed by Nvidia, just got approval from the city of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to start testing its autonomous vehicle technology on public roads and property, starting with the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the Seaport, where the company is headquartered. It’s also where nuTonomy, a competitor based in Cambridge that recently partnered with Lyft, has been testing its vehicles since January. Read more: Nvidia-Backed Self-Driving Car Startup to Start Testing Boston’s Streets

Lucy: News from the stock market. Cambridge-based medical device maker Myomo began trading yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange’s small-cap exchange, Xconomy reported. Fun fact: Myomo’s IPO was a little different than usual. The company took advantage of a set of rules passed under the Obama administration that allows smaller private companies to raise up to $50M by selling shares to both accredited investors and the general public. Myomo sold its shares through an equity crowdfunding campaign conducted on the website of Banq. The MIT spinoff said it’s the first company to complete an IPO under these rules and get listed on the NYSE MKT exchange.

Dylan: New startup alert: Milenko Beslic, co-founder of event location app Beam, and Marco Mereu, who sold Roostr, his mobile gaming adtech marketplace, to Chartboost last year, have started a new esports coaching startup called Estarz. It’s expected to launch in August. I wrote about another Boston startup working in the same space last year called Gamer Sensei, which raised a seed round led by Accomplice and Boston Seed Capital.

Dylan: Speaking of Optimus Ride, the self-driving car startup recently raised $1M out of a $2M debt offering, according to a new Form D that just came through. The startup had previously raised a $5.25M seed round led by NextView Ventures and FirstMark Capital last fall. We’ll let you know more details if the company is able to share any information.

Lucy: Nantucket, Mass.-based fast-casual pizza restaurant Oath Craft Pizza raised $7M in Series B. Breakaway Ventures led the round.

Dylan: And Zaius, a provider of behavioral marketing software, just added $6.5M to the $8M round it closed last summer, according to a new blog post.Boston VC firm Underscore.VC once again led the round, with participation from Matrix Partners and Leaders Fund. “We’re focusing the additional funds on product development so that we can continue to lead the market by changing the way marketers think about campaign optimization,” the company said in the post.

Dylan: Just got word that TetraScience, a Y Combinator alum that provides an Internet of Things platform for research labs, just hired Dan Fields as a senior software engineer. He was previously CTO at Techstars alum PolisWe have written a bit recently about both companies.

Lucy: Kyruus has hired Erin Jospe as Chief Medical Officer. Before joining the provider of scheduling solutions for health systems, Jospe held the same position at PatientKeeper.

Dylan: In addition to announcing the new funding, Zaius said it has hired Adriana Zeman as its new VP of customer success. Zeman previously held the same title at Shyft Analytics. Before that, she was a VP focused on professional services at Acquia.

Lucy: Courtney Buchanan, a senior content marketing manager at Mattermarkwrote an analysis of the Boston’s growing startup landscape. Her piece includes a quote from Mark Zuckerberg, who notoriously founded Facebook in a Harvard dorm. “‘If I were starting now I would do things very differently. I didn’t know anything. In Silicon Valley, you get this feeling that you have to be out here. But it’s not the only place to be. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. [Silicon Valley] is a little short-term focused and that bothers me.’”