• Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning

    Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning

    When I spoke to Box CEO Aaron Levie last year at the Boxworks customer conference, I had to ask the obligatory machine learning question. Surely Box was of sufficient size with enough data running through its systems to take advantage of machine learning. All he would say was they were thinking about it. Today, the company announced a deepening relationship with Microsoft in which Box will… Read More

  • Online thrift store ThredUP is opening physical retail locations

    Online thrift store ThredUP is opening physical retail locations

    ThredUP, the online secondhand clothing store that has raised over $130M in funding is going old school. The startup has announced they will be opening at least five brick and mortar retail stores by the end of the year, with the first one soft-opening today in San Marcos, Texas. Why San Marcos, a small town of ~60,000 located somewhere between the cities of San Antonio and… Read More

  • Fiverr launches a Pro tier and acquires video production marketplace Veed.me

    Fiverr launches a Pro tier and acquires video production marketplace Veed.me

    Freelance marketplace Fiverr has for years worked on connecting buyers and sellers of online services that range from writing to design to programming to digital marketing. Today the company is launching Fiverr Pro, a new offering that highlights a curated group of professional freelancers on its marketplace. Read More

  • Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund

    Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund

    Cloudflare launched a brand new app development platform today called Cloudflare Apps, and announced the $100 million Cloudflare Developer Fund, started by its investors to back some of the better ideas. The platform lets developers build apps that take advantage of the Cloudflare ecosystem, place them in the Cloudflare Apps store and provide an easy way to add new functionality such as a map or… Read More

  • Ludlow Ventures has closed its second fund with $45 million

    Ludlow Ventures has closed its second fund with $45 million

    Ludlow Ventures, a young, early-stage venture firm in Detroit, has closed its second venture fund with $45 million in capital commitments, founder and managing partner Jonathon Triest tells us. Ludlow’s team, which includes partner Brett deMarrais and associate Blake Robbins, was originally targeting $40 million; its investors, or limited partners, include four institutions, along… Read More

  • Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else

    Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else

    Uber is adding a new feature that lets you specify someone else in your phone’s contact book as the rider for the trip. It was always possible to hail a ride and specify another pickup point if you wanted to, but the new feature really streamlines the process, allows both rider and driver to contact one another directly and still makes sure the requester is the one who foots the… Read More

  • Microsoft looks to the cloud to make Windows 10 safer for enterprise users

    Microsoft looks to the cloud to make Windows 10 safer for enterprise users

    We already knew that the next version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will feature a large number of new tools for consumers. While it was always clear that business users would also get their fair share of updates, Microsoft remained pretty quiet about what those would look like. That’s changing this week, as the company today announced a number of new security features for… Read More

  • Drive.ai raises $50M for retrofit kits to bring self-driving to existing fleets

    Drive.ai raises $50M for retrofit kits to bring self-driving to existing fleets

    Self-driving technology startup Drive.ai has raised a $50 million Series B funding round, led by NEA and with participation from GGV and previous investors, including Series A lead Northern Light. The new funding will help the company pursue its evolved business strategy, which now focuses on creating retrofit kits that can be used to add self-driving capabilities to existing commercial… Read More

  • Visa takes a strategic stake in Klarna, the finance startup out of Sweden

    Visa takes a strategic stake in Klarna, the finance startup out of Sweden

    Klarna, the $2 billion+ startup out of Sweden that works with some 70,000 e-commerce sites to enable payments and provide flexible financing to make purchases, is adding one more key investor to help take its next steps into a wider range of services. Today it announced that credit card giant Visa is making an equity investment in the company, and as part of it, the two are forging a… Read More

  • Flip gets $2.2 million to grow its marketplace for long-term sublets

    Flip gets $2.2 million to grow its marketplace for long-term sublets

    For anyone who’s ever wanted to break a lease, but felt trapped by their contract, Flip has the service for you. The company, which allows users to sublet or get out of their lease, has just raised $2.2 million in new financing to grow its business and is looking to expand beyond its suite of offerings to renters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Vila said Flip is… Read More

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