Tag: Entrepreneur

ProBeat: Tech company expansions need to be less arrogant and more transparent

Amazon’s HQ2 beauty contest, which yesterday culminated with the company canceling its New York plans, will be analyzed and disseminated for years. It’s the perfect case study of how not to expand your corporate offices. But Amazon isn’t alone. The New York cancellation completely dwarfed another tidbit of news yesterday from Google’s parent company Alphabet, […]

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Telecom industry calls for Europe-wide network testing to avoid banning vendors such as Huawei

(Reuters) — The telecoms industry has called on European governments to join mobile operators in establishing a testing regime to protect network security without having to resort to the disruptive step of excluding vendors from the market. The initiative by the GSMA, which represents 800 operators worldwide, comes as the United States steps up pressure […]

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Amazon only has itself to blame for its failed New York campus

It took Amazon more than a year of behind-the-scenes negotiating to announced that it would be building a big office in New York City. Then, it took the ecommerce giant just three months to say “actually, never mind.” In case you missed it: this morning, Amazon announced that it would no longer be building an […]

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Essential SaaS benchmarks for a competitive advantage (VB Live)

Your subscription pricing and plan structure directly impact acquisition and retention, and nailing the formula requires a test plan and benchmark data. Join this VB Live event for an in-depth look at essential SaaS benchmarks and best practices to maximize revenue, improve acquisition, and spur adoption. Register here for free. SaaS is booming, Gartner says: […]

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Israel’s DriveNets raises $110 million to simplify telco service deployments

Networking software startup DriveNets emerged out of stealth mode today when it announced the company had raised $110 million in venture capital. Based in Israel, DriveNets’ cloud-based service, dubbed Network Cloud, simplifies the deployment of new services for carriers at a time when many telcos are facing declining profit margins. Bessemer Venture Partners and Pitango Growth are the […]

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Tesla’s new ‘sentry mode’ camera security feels more like a hack than a real feature

Tesla is rolling out a 360-degree surveillance system to some of its cars from today, as the company doubles down on its efforts to protect its premium electric vehicles (EVs) from bumps and break-ins. Dubbed “sentry mode,” the new feature will use all eight on-board cameras to provide a holistic view of everything going on […]

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Sight Diagnostics raises $27.8 million to apply AI to blood tests

Blood tests are generally unpleasant — not to mention costly. On average, getting blood work done at a lab costs uninsured patients between $100 and $1,500. And in the developing world, where the requisite equipment isn’t always readily available, ancillary costs threaten to drive the price substantially higher. That’s why Yossi Pollak, previously at Intel […]

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How do your live events rate? Take the Event Evolution Assessment and find out.

Presented by Cvent The job description of an event marketer is changing rapidly. It has never been harder to break through the noise out there, to reach your attendees and persuade them to come to your events. Attendees have an increasingly heightened expectation that your event will be relevant and valuable to them personally. They […]

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Catapult Ventures launches with $55 million seed fund for AI startups

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Sure, there is still much hyperbole around certain applications of AI (and whether they truly can be called AI), but with smart speakers topping Christmas shopping lists and commercial driverless taxi services now in operation, AI is more science fact than ever. Against that backdrop, a […]

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Pinpoint raises $13.5 million to bring data analytics to software development

For those without the technical know-how, software development — which more often than not involves a tangled web of commits, reviews, bug testing, and validation — isn’t exactly easy to keep an eye on. Emails and pivot tables help to a degree, but when it comes to deciphering the meandering app design process, the C-suite […]

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Here Technologies to fund a $28 million research institute that applies machine learning to geolocation data

Here Technologies, the company behind the popular mapping and location platform, has revealed that it’s investing €25 million ($28 million) in a new machine learning research institute that will crunch geolocation data on an industrial scale. The Institute for Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI), as it will be known, will be based in Vienna, […]

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Pirates hijack Apple’s enterprise certificates to put hacked apps on iPhones

(Reuters) — Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found. Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple […]

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Malt raises $28 million to expand its European freelance platform

Paris-based Malt has raised $28 million in venture capital as it plans expansion of its freelance platform into Germany and the Netherlands. The company has tried to simplify the process of being a freelancer in a country where rigid economic and bureaucratic systems make working independently daunting. Malt provides a range of registration services, financial […]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: Why Amazon won’t drop its New York expansion plans

In case you missed it, the Washington Post reported late last week that Amazon may be reconsidering its decision to place part of its so-called “second headquarters” in New York City. The apparent second-guessing comes as local advocacy groups continue to protest Amazon’s appearances at city council meetings, and as the state’s Democratic lawmakers appointed a politician who […]

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Google commits $13 billion for U.S. datacenters and offices in 2019

For the second year in a row, Google says it’s growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it. In a blog post published today and attributed to CEO Sundar Pichai, the company says that it plans to invest $13 billion in datacenters and offices across the U.S. in the next year. That includes […]

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Affinity raises $26.5 million to manage relationships with machine learning

Relationships are a tricky thing — and particularly fraught in the enterprise world, where the right connection or second-degree contact can make the difference in a high-stakes deal. That’s why almost five years ago, Stanford grads Ray Zhou and Shubham Goel cofounded Affinity, a San Francisco startup developing what they describe as a “relationship intelligence” […]

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Elroy Air raises $9.2 million for delivery drones that can carry up to 500 pounds

The dozens of companies vying for a foothold in the $11.2 billion drone industry — and by extension the $400 million same-day delivery market — have all made more noise than Elroy Air, a San Francisco startup cofounded almost three years ago by former Airwave product manager Clint Cope and Sifteo cofounder David Merrill. Elroy — the namesake of […]

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Rapyd raises $40 million to expand its payments network worldwide

Rapyd, a U.K.-based firm that helps companies and merchants of all sizes integrate a range of payment services into their platforms, has raised $40 million in series B funding to further expand its operations worldwide. The round was led by General Catalyst and Stripe and included participation from Target Global, Ignia, and unspecified large strategic […]

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Fiverr acquires content marketing platform ClearVoice

Fiverr has acquired ClearVoice, a five-year-old Phoenix-based company that helps content writers find new jobs and show off their portfolios. For Fiverr, which touts content services as one of the most popular categories on its platform, ClearVoice emerged as a good fit, Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman said. “We are uniquely positioned to consolidate best-in-class vertical […]

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