Tag: Entrepreneur

Winnow uses computer vision to help commercial kitchens cut food waste

Roughly one third of food produced globally each year never comes close to a human mouth, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), equating to around $1 trillion worth of edible food ending up in a landfill. The hospitality industry alone reportedly contributes around 10 percent of that figure, which is why […]

Read More

Pinterest hires Walmart CTO Jeremy King as head of engineering

Just a few days after VentureBeat reported that Pinterest chief technology officer (CTO) Vanja Josifovski was jumping ship for Airbnb, the musical chairs merry-go-round continues with news that Pinterest has hired Walmart CTO Jeremy King as its new head of engineering. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after an internal memo revealed that King […]

Read More

Evolv Technologies raises $10 million to automate web A/B testing with AI

San Francisco-based startup Evolv Technologies — not to be confused with Evolv, which manufactures noninvasive body scanners — this week revealed that it has raised $10 million in series A financing led by Horizons Ventures. It concurrently announced that it’s acquired Sentient Ascend — a spinoff from Sentient Technologies — and appointed Michael Schaff, who’s […]

Read More

Movius raises $45 million for cloud-based BYOD services

Woe be the analysts who predicted the bring your own device (BYOD) craze had no legs. According to a recent study published by cloud access security broker Bitglass, roughly 85 percent of organizations have adopted BYOD policies, with an increasing number (27 percent) extending them to contractors in addition to full-time employees. It’s largely a […]

Read More

Patreon now offers creators 3 plans, with fees ranging from 5-12%

Patreon, a subscription and donation platform that lets YouTubers and other creators earn money for their online content, thank you announced a major deviation in its monetization model. Up until now, Patreon took a set 5 percent cut from all processed payments, while there are additional processing and payout fees. Moving forward, Patreon will offer three creator […]

Read More

Thirstie raises $7 million for alcohol delivery and logistics

Thirstie, a six-year-old New York-based developer of white label ecommerce solutions for liquor brands, today announced that it has raised $7 million in an oversubscribed series A funding round led by Queens Court Capital, with participation from the former CEOs of Coach, Citibank, and Credit Suisse USA, and Swat Equity Partners founder Richard Kirshenbaum. It brings […]

Read More

Peakon raises $35 million to drive employee retention through frequent surveys

Peakon, a platform that helps companies engage with workers and measure employee sentiment, has added an extra $35 million to its previously announced series B round, which means the Danish startup has now raised a total of $57 million for the round. The extension was led by new investor Atomico, with participation from existing backers […]

Read More

Google’s Gradient Ventures joins $58 million investment in AR startup Mojo Vision

Mojo Vision, an under-the-radar augmented reality (AR) startup that has yet to reveal exactly what it’s building, has announced that it has raised $58 million in a series B round of funding from Google’s Gradient Ventures, Advantech Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Bold Capital Partners, LG Electronics, Kakao Ventures, and Stanford StartX. […]

Read More

Oblong introduces Rumpus visual collaboration tool for virtual teams

Oblong Industries is giving us a little taste of the future with Rumpus, a visual collaboration tool for virtual teams on the Mac. It lets everyone share their screens at once or point at something at the same time, even if they aren’t in the same room together. Oblong CEO John Underkoffler is best known as […]

Read More

OneWeb raises $1.25 billion to mass produce high-speed internet satellites

OneWeb, a space startup that recently launched its first “constellation” of micro-satellites to deliver broadband access across the globe, has raised $1.25 billion to begin mass production of its satellites and capitalize on what it calls “first mover advantage.” The gargantuan cash injection was led by SoftBank, Qualcomm, Grupo Salinas, and the Rwandan government, and […]

Read More

The growing market of everyday products made from greenhouse gases

Climate change is scary. As October’s UN report highlighted, we have about a decade left to fight off its worst effects. But if you’re going to lose sleep over our warming climate, you may as well do so on a sustainably sourced mattress. Thanks to companies like Covestro, you can actually do one better – up to […]

Read More

ProBeat: AI and quantum computing continue to collide

Depending on who you ask, quantum computing is here, not here, and both. A couple things this week reminded me that it doesn’t really matter whether you believe quantum-mechanical phenomena is going to change everything. The mere research into the field is already impacting technology across the board. Binary digits (bits) are the basic units […]

Read More

8 GPU-powered startups on display at Nvidia’s GTC event

Each year, Nvidia sifts through hundreds of startups that use its graphics processing units (GPUs) to accelerate non-graphics applications, such as artificial intelligence or pattern recognition. And it comes up with a handful that are worth investment or attention via its Inception program. I’ve been to Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference every year, but I won’t […]

Read More

Apple’s response to Spotify’s antitrust complaint ignores the elephant in the room: Apple Music

Shortly after Spotify revealed it was filing an antitrust complaint against Apple in Europe, the Cupertino company responded with a point-by-point rebuttal. But a look at Apple’s carefully crafted counterarguments reveals that it diligently ignored one of Spotify’s key areas of concern: Apple Music. The story so far By way of a brief recap, Spotify’s […]

Read More

Maison Berger Paris buys Sensorwake olfactory alarm clock maker Bescent

Fragrance maker Maison Berger Paris said it has acquired Bescent, the startup that makes the Sensorwake olfactory alarm clock. The deal is a big day for 22-year-old Guillaume Rolland, who won a Google science fair for the invention in 2014, back when he was 17 years old. He created a company in Nantes, France, to […]

Read More

Uber plans to kick off IPO in April

(Reuters) — Ride-hailing company Uber is planning to kick off its initial public offering in April, putting it close on the heels of smaller rival Lyft, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Next month, Uber will issue its required public disclosure, known as an S-1, and launch its investor roadshow, the people said. […]

Read More

Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu is world’s craziest and coldest startup contest

Whether or not the annual Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu, Finland is the world’s coolest startup contest, it’s certainly the coldest. Each year, organizers cut a hole in the frozen Baltic Sea where 12 entrepreneurs wade into slightly-above-freezing water to compete. The rules are simple: Entrepreneurs can pitch for as long as they can stay […]

Read More

Whispr wants to transform frontline services with AI-powered voice-guided instructions

Voice, it is often said, is the next big platform. Some reports indicate that roughly half of all U.S. households owned a voice-activated smart speaker by the end of 2018, with global shipments rising as much as 140 percent in at least one quarter year-on-year. With voice-control smarts penetrating cars and other connected devices, it’s […]

Read More

Adthena raises $14 million to analyze ad campaigns with AI

Marketers are increasingly using AI to streamline workflows and automate monotonous tasks. According to an Adobe survey, about 15 percent of agencies are already using some form of machine learning, and 31 percent are planning to adopt it by the end of 2019. London-based Adthena is hoping to lure some […]

Read More

Moovit taps SpotHero to show parking spots in multi-modal transit app

“Multi-modal” is a big buzzword in the urban mobility realm, with apps pulling together public transport, ride-hailing services, electric scooters, bikes, private cars, and more to help people find the optimal route from A to B. While cities would no doubt prefer to have everyone use public transportation for their […]

Read More

Tim Berners-Lee says World Wide Web must emerge from ‘adolescence’

(Reuters) — The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed “vague but exciting”. Speaking to reporters at CERN, the physics research center outside Geneva […]

Read More