Tag: Entrepreneur

Amazon leases 15 more Boeing planes to expand air cargo network by 28%

Amazon has announced plans to expand its air cargo network by more than a quarter to 70 planes by 2021, after signing a deal with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The ecommerce giant first entered the air cargo realm nearly three years ago with the launch of Amazon Prime […]

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Optimizely raises $50 million to expand its A/B testing and experimentation platform

Optimizely, a testing platform that helps businesses experiment with new features inside their websites and apps, has raised $50 million in a series D round of funding from Goldman Sachs Private Capital investing and Accenture Ventures. The company also announced it has extended an existing line of credit with Bridge Bank by an extra $55 […]

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NewtonX raises $12 million to help companies find expert consultants

NewtonX, a New York-based company developing search solutions that connect companies with subject-matter experts, today revealed that it’s secured $12 million in a series A funding round led by Two Sigma Ventures, with participation from Third Prime Capital and Xfund. The fresh funds come as NewtonX attracts big-name clients like Microsoft and 23andMe, and they’ll […]

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Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra digital wallet

Facebook announced its cryptocurrency Libra and a global association of organizations that will govern it. And Facebook also announced Calibra, a new subsidiary that will build a digital wallet for Messenger, WhatsApp, and a standalone app on iOS and Android. The move has been expected for a while and it represents a big endorsement for […]

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5 come-back tips for startups that have run out of cash

During the early stages of my company, GIBLIB, my team encountered every startup’s worst nightmare: We ran out of money. However, we were able to push through the difficult chapter and gain the key partnerships and investments needed in a short period of time. Today, we’re doing really well and recently closed our $2.5 million […]

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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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Google’s chief decision scientist: Humans can fix AI’s shortcomings

Cassie Kozyrkov has served in various technical roles at Google over the past five years, but she now holds the somewhat curious position of “chief decision scientist.” Decision science sits at the intersection of data and behavioral science and involves statistics, machine learning, psychology, economics, and more. In effect, this means Kozyrkov helps Google push […]

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Zume acquires Pivot Packaging to eliminate plastic in fresh food delivery

Zume makes the Zume Pizza delivery vans that use hyper-efficient ovens to make pizzas as it delivers them to you. And now the company is acquiring Pivot Packaging, which makes compostable packaging, to eliminate plastic in the food delivery business. Zume said the deal will enable it to give brands a cost-competitive alternative to plastic. […]

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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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Cybersecurity risk-monitoring platform SecurityScorecard nabs $50 million

Cybersecurity risk-monitoring platform SecurityScorecard has raised $50 million in a series D round of funding led by Riverwood Capital, with participation from Intel Capital, Evolution Equity, Two Sigma, Axa Ventures, and Accomplice, among others. The company didn’t confirm whether previous investors — including Alphabet’s GV and Sequoia Capital — participated in this round. Founded out of New […]

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Essential tips for scaling quality AI data labeling

Presented by CloudFactory Across every industry, engineers and scientists are in a race to clean and structure massive amounts of data for AI. Teams of computer vision engineers use labeled data to design and train the deep learning algorithms that self-driving cars use to recognize pedestrians, trees, street signs, and other vehicles. Data scientists are […]

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Vade raises $79 million to shield email inboxes from phishing attempts, malware, and spam

Vade Secure, a France and Boston company developing an email filtering stack designed to protect against phishing, malware, and spam, today announced that it’s entered into a €70 million ($79 million) financing agreement with General Catalyst and Neolane founder Stephan Dietrich (who will serve as Vade’s board chairman), following the closure of a €10 million […]

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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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BetterUp, a career and life coaching platform for employees, raises $103 million

San Francisco-based career coaching startup BetterUp has raised $103 million in a series C round of funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Threshold Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Tenaya Capital, Freestyle Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. Launched in 2016, BetterUp is a mobile-first platform that connects workers with certified coaches who work with individuals […]

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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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National Grid invests in 4 startups, 2 VC funds to boost energy tech

National Grid Partners, the investment arm of energy utility National Grid, has invested in four startups and two venture capital funds focused on energy and technology. NGP has invested in Audio Analytic, Carbon Lighthouse, Copperleaf and GoCardless, and has become a limited partner in IQ Capital Fund III LP (an IQ Capital fund) and JVP […]

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The 3 critical AI research questions (VB Live)

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. AI is dramatically enhancing industries, products, and core capabilities. But to make AI truly ubiquitous, it needs to run on end devices within a tight power and thermal budget. To learn more about the research that is advancing AI adoption, don’t miss this VB Live event featuring Qualcomm’s Senior Director […]

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Neurotrack raises $21 million to detect and track dementia

Neurotrack, a Redwood City-based startup developing cognitive tests that can detect impairments in the hippocampus, the first structure in the brain to be affected by Alzheimer’s, today announced that it’s raised $21 million in series C financing led by by Khosla Ventures, with participation from strategic investors Sozo Ventures, Japanese insurance providers Dai-ichi Life and […]

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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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