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Slack launches admin workflow automation and announcement channels

Slack is making it easier for administrators to limit how employees talk to each other with notification channels that form a new kind of Slack chat space. Available for Slack Plus and Enterprise customers, announcement channels makes it possible to limit posting permissions to administrators or specific employees. For example, a channel may be restricted […]

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Why, as a software investor, I don’t chase fast-growth companies

Growth at all costs: It is a narrative familiar to almost all software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies out there. But is it always the right one to follow? A few weeks ago I was speaking at London’s SaaSGrowth conference, and the room, filled with heads of sales from software companies across Europe, breathed a sigh of relief […]

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Create a culture of winning in your sales organization (VB Live)

Presented by Dell The quality of your sales force has a direct, accumulating impact on your business as you grow. Join this VB Live event to learn the essential strategies and key best practices for small and mid-sized companies to build a world-class sales organization. Register here for free. The most successful companies have one […]

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A blueprint for building the right AI team 

According to the Gartner 2019 CIO Survey, 37% of organizations have implemented some form of AI — that’s a 270% increase over the last four years. Yet despite this soaring investment, research shows that 54% of companies are still unable to build on AI and natural language processing (NLP) technologies themselves due to talent shortages. […]

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Fuel50 raises $14 million to bolster employee engagement and retention

Fuel50, a software startup developing a cloud-hosted career experience and talent mobility platform, today announced that it’s raised $14 million in a series B funding round led by PeakSpan Capital, bringing its total raised to nearly $20 million. In a press release, CEO Anne Fulton said the fresh capital will be used to support customer […]

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Asana combats employee burnout with Workload

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified employee burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” in the recent revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), though it stopped short of elevating it to a full-blown medical condition. “Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” WHO said. […]

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Hiring global tech talent brings benefits beyond growth

Presented by Velocity Global When it comes to finding qualified talent, borders hold less sway than ever — and decision-makers know this. Ask just about any leader in the tech space looking to grow their global presence and they’ll say that the right talent for the job is often overseas, not in their domestic market. […]

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Harver raises $15 million to automate high-volume hiring in enterprises

The robots are coming to steal our jobs, or so the popular narrative goes, but the reality of automation’s impact on the workforce is somewhat more nuanced. While automation will undoubtedly have a seismic impact on employment, some analysts predict that many new roles will be created as a result of the broader artificial intelligence […]

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Building a world-class sales organization (VB Live)

Presented by Dell Technologies, Inc. The quality of your sales force has a direct, accumulating impact on your business as you grow. Join this VB Live event to learn about the essential strategies, key best practices, and technological innovations that can turn your small or mid-sized company into a world-class sales organization. Register for free […]

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Startups or giants — does size matter when tech workers choose jobs?

Do tech workers prefer small startups or tech titans when it comes to jobs? Neither. They actually opt for medium-size companies, according to data collected by job site Indeed. Unemployment is at a record low and tech workers are in demand. So they have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a job. […]

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Mogul launches Invitation Only executive network for recruiting women

Mogul, an online community for women, is launching Invitation Only, a subscription tool for businesses trying to find diverse executive talent and senior-level women in business. The digital hub is used by 30 million women across 196 countries and aims to provide them and the organizations that want to hire them with tools to achieve […]

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How AI companies can avoid ethics washing

One of the essential phrases necessary to understand AI in 2019 has to be “ethics washing.” Put simply, ethics washing — also called “ethics theater” — is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating a company’s interest in equitable AI systems that work for everyone. A textbook example for tech giants is when a company promotes […]

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Uber open-sources Plato for developing and testing conversational AI

Designing conversational AI isn’t as Sysiphean as it sounds. Tools like Google’s Dialogflow, Microsoft’s Bot Framework, and Amazon’s Lex make it easier than it used to be, and the folks at Uber hope to eliminate any remaining barriers with a development platform all their own. It’s called Plato Research Dialog System, and it was released […]

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Built In raises $22 million to connect job seekers with employers

Built In, a startup fostering tech talent pools in cities around the U.S., today announced that it has recently closed a $22 million series C funding round led by Updata Partners. The fresh capital, a portion of which was contributed by existing investors, including Math Venture Partners, brings the company’s total raised to around $30 […]

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How to be great at the CEO job — your top 6 questions answered

Some CEOs see themselves as the “startup and ideas person” or the “scale-up CEO” or even the “taking the company public CEO,” and this variety in how the role is perceived demonstrates the reality that this job is very different at different points of a company’s evolution. Those who enjoy a particular stage of the […]

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Cloudera’s Hilary Mason on how businesses can avoid ruining their own AI projects

An IDC survey of businesses out earlier this week found that for about 1 in 4 enterprises deploying AI today, half of all AI projects will fail. Why they fail can be related to external factors like a lack of talent necessary to properly deploy systems, but sometimes companies implode without the influence of outside […]

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Pipefy raises $45 million for process pipeline management software

Pipefy, a San Francisco firm developing a process pipeline management platform for enterprises, today revealed that it this month closed a $45 million series B funding round led by Insight Partners, with participation from existing investors OpenView and Trinity Ventures. The fresh funds bring the four-year-old startup’s total raised to $65 million following a $16 […]

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Employment Hero raises over $15 million to simplify employee onboarding

Recruiting new employees is time-consuming — and expensive. Studies suggest it can take as long as eight months for a worker to become fully productive, and that average hiring expenses exceed $4,000 after accounting for equipment and opportunity costs. Furthermore, HR departments report that they spend about 33.5 hours getting new folks up to speed. […]

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Amazon’s FC Ready program will let employees do on-demand fulfillment work

Roughly 200,000 people work in over 100 of Amazon’s North American fulfillment centers continent-wide. But that’s not enough. The company is hoping to add to the ranks considerably through a new initiative, VentureBeat has learned. Fulfillment Center Ready — abbreviated FC Ready — has been described as an “Uber-like” program intended to fill shift slots […]

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Degreed raises $75 million to plug employees’ skills gaps

Degreed, a learning and skills tracking platform for workers, has raised $35 million in an equity round of funding from Owl Ventures, Jump Capital, Signal Peak Ventures, GSV Accelerate, and Alliance Bernstein. The company also raised $40 million in debt financing from Alliance Bernstein Growth Stage Capital. Founded in 2012, San Francisco-based Degreed aims to […]

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