Tag: category-/Business & Industrial

Nuro partners with Domino’s to deliver pizza via self-driving cars in Houston

Nuro, a self-driving car company founded by two former Google employees, this morning announced that it’s teaming up with Domino’s Pizza to pilot delivery in select Texas markets. Nuro plans to start by ferrying pizzas from one of Domino’s corporate-owned stores by Q4 2019 via its custom R1 vehicle in Houston, where it has been […]

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Make-A-Wish partners with StreamElements on charity campaign

Make-A-Wish International is teaming up with StreamElements to help raise $50,000 for the charity that helps grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. StreamElements makes a set of tools that enable streamers to create high-quality livestreams on Twitch and YouTube. Make-A-Wish International is a global nonprofit organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical […]

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Salesforce launches a trio of AI engagement and asset-tagging tools, debuts Commerce Page Designer

AI in sales segments isn’t a mere novelty — it’s fast becoming the norm. Roughly 87% of enterprise AI adopters say they’re using (or at least contemplating using) AI and machine learning for sales forecasts and to improve their email marketing, and according to real-time data warehouse company MemSQL, 61% of marketers believe that AI […]

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What a $20 billion week signals for data and analytics

When $20 billion gets spent to acquire two companies in the same market segment within a few days, you don’t have to be James Holzhauser to see that a fundamental market shift is upon us. This is what we saw this past week with Google’s acquisition of Looker for $2.6 billion, followed by Salesforce’s $15.7 […]

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Why we’ll see more startups built on platforms like Slack

When you’re building a new software venture, a key question you face is how to reach users most effectively. Increasingly, especially for startups building software for businesses, a counter-intuitive answer is rising to the top: Leverage someone else’s platform. A year or two ago, the opportunity to build on top of a third party company’s […]

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Where the next Big Five of tech could come from

The Big Five — Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — have a combined market capitalization of $3 trillion. Their hold on the wallets and imaginations of consumers appears to be unshakeable, if not constantly expanding. And they have the financial heft to squash or purchase any potential competitor. While it’s true […]

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HTC: How enterprise investments could jumpstart virtual reality

It may be a while before virtual reality sees a big consumer audience. But the enterprise market might take off faster, and that’s why HTC’s Vive X accelerator is pouring money into enterprise VR startups. I attended a recent event in San Francisco where Marc Metis, global head of the Vive X accelerator, announced investments […]

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Amazon sends Alexa developers on quest for ‘holy grail of voice science’

At Amazon’s re:Mars conference last week, the company rolled out Alexa Conversations in preview. Conversations is a module within the Alexa Skills Kit that stitches together Alexa voice apps into experiences that help you accomplish complex tasks. Alexa Conversations may be Amazon’s most intriguing and substantial pitch to voice developers in years. Conversations will make […]

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Ditch the data scientists and weaponize your data with AI tech (VB Live)

Presented by Bold 360 by LogMeIn A significant investment in AI technology doesn’t guarantee a positive return. Join this VB Live webinar to learn about the five biggest mistakes companies make when they bring cutting-edge customer service technology to their workflows, and how to leap over these pitfalls and into real results. Register for free […]

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Uber will deliver food via drone to San Diego residents in summer 2019

The next time you order pad thai from your go-to neighborhood joint, a drone might handle delivery duties. Uber announced this morning that it intends to begin operating autonomous quadcopters in San Diego — one of the ten cities selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to test commercial drones — this summer, pending regulatory approval. […]

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Zendesk launches Answer Bot API and mobile SDKs, rolls out Guide Enterprise improvements

Zendesk debuted Answer Bot, a conversational addition to the company’s  Guide Enterprise knowledge base product, in August 2017 following a months-long pilot involving select customers. At the time, it said that the chatbot taps an AI model trained on over 12 million support ticket interactions to respond to questions about specs, order statuses, and subscription […]

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Testim raises $10 million to bring its automated software testing to native mobile apps

Automated software testing platform Testim has raised $10 million in a series B round of funding led by SignalFire, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Meron Capital, NHN Ventures, and Spider Capital. Founded in 2014, Testim is one of a number of startups offering companies artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to continuously test their software. Indeed, quality […]

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SignalFx raises $75 million to monitor cloud apps, services, and environments in real time

Cloud computing’s growth shows no sign of plateauing, and that’s particularly true of segments like ecommerce, retail, transportation, finance, consumer products, enterprise, and health care. Analysts at Gartner anticipate that by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized apps in production, up from fewer than 30 percent today. And according to […]

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Apollo raises $22 million for GraphQL tools and services

Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup maintaining a family of GraphQL development tools, this morning revealed that it’s secured $22 million in growth funding co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners, with participation from existing investors Trinity Ventures and Webb Investment Network. This latest round of financing builds on earlier rounds totaling $31.2 million, and brings […]

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Argo AI reveals its third-generation driverless car

Argo.ai, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based driverless car startup founded by former executives from Google’s and Uber’s autonomous technology divisions, today unveiled its third-generation test vehicle: A modified Ford Fusion Hybrid. It boasts mechanical, sensing, compute, and software upgrades, and it replaces the fleet currently on the road in Miami, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Palo Alto. Argo […]

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Adjust raises $227 million for mobile measurement and fraud prevention

Adjust, a leader in mobile measurement and fraud prevention, said it has raised $227 million in a new round of funding. The round was led by investors Eurazeo Growth, Highland Europe, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners and Sofina. It is one of Europe’s largest capital raises in 2019, and this brings Adjust’s total funding to […]

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Pryon Announces $20M Equity Round to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of AI

Leaders behind transformational natural language technologies now delivering augmented intelligence for the future of work RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 11, 2019– Pryon Inc., an AI technology company that delivers augmented intelligence for the enterprise, today announced it has closed a $20 million Series A financing round led by Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund in […]

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Misfits Market raises $16.5 million to find homes for ugly food

The burgeoning “ugly food” market is gaining steam, with New York-based Misfits Market today announcing it has raised $16.5 million in a series A round of funding led by GreenOaks Capital. Around a third of food produced globally each year is either lost or wasted, as reported by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. […]

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Pryon raises $20 million to automate enterprise workloads with AI

Pryon, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based provider of AI-powered tools targeting enterprise, today announced that it’s raised $20 million in a series A funding round in partnership with Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, with participation from Breyer Capital and Digital Alpha Advisors. The capital infusion follows on the heels of a $4.5 million seed […]

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