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Avid Larizadeh Duggan has stepped down as a general partner with Google Ventures, in order to become head of global business strategy and development for GV portfolio company Kobalt Music.

Why it matters: Duggan isn't the only senior GV investor seeking new challenges, Axios has heard from a source, and her departure leaves the group without any women in general partner roles.

Duggan had been an entrepreneur prior to joining GV in 2014, and tells Axios that she wanted to return to "building things." She adds that she "fell in love with" Kobalt, which develops music rights technologies like online copyright administration and royalty tracking, while working with the company at GV.

"Kobalt is looking to bring fairness to the music industry," she explains. "It has an impact on every person on the planet, because everyone listens to at least some music."

London-based Duggan adds that her GV portfolio responsibilities will be transferred to other staffers, and that Tom Hulme will (at least for now) be the group's only general partner in Europe.

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.

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AppHarvest, a Morehead, Ky.-based developer of large-scale tomato greenhouses, is going public via a reverse merger with a SPAC called Novus Capital (Nasdaq: NOVSU). The company would have an initial market value of around $1 billion.

Why it's a BFD: This is about to be a "unicorn" based in one of America's poorest congressional districts. AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb tells Axios that the company will employ around 350 people in Morehead by year-end, and that its location allows its product to reach 75% of the continental U.S. within a one-day drive.