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  • CrowdAI sells artificial-intelligence-as-a-service

    CrowdAI sells artificial-intelligence-as-a-service

    Computers aren’t blind, but they can’t see. They can detect objects, but must be trained to understand what those objects are. That takes two things: a ton of example data collected and organized by artificial intelligence and humans to accurately label and verify that data. Done right, this process can teach self-driving cars to avoid pedestrians, detect parking lot usage by… Read More

  • After rejecting Google, Namely raises $50M to take on the biggies in HR

    After rejecting Google, Namely raises $50M to take on the biggies in HR

    One of the big HR startup stories of the last year has been the trials and tribulations of Zenefits, but news coming out today from another company in the space shows that there is still a lot of opportunity in the industry with the right approach. Namely, a New York-based SaaS HR firm that focuses on mid-sized (100 to 1,000 employees) companies offering an all-in-one human resources… Read More

  • Slack makes another 11 new investments in its Slack fund

    Slack makes another 11 new investments in its Slack fund

    As Slack’s rapid growth begins to slow a little bit, the company is looking to become a wider productivity platform — and that includes getting as many developers as it can building applications that can figure out new and unique use cases for it. That’s part of the reason it established the Slack Fund, which makes investments in startups that are building tools on top of Slack. Read More

  • Freshdesk acquires data integration startup Pipemonk

    Freshdesk acquires data integration startup Pipemonk

    Freshdesk announced today that it has acquired Banglaore-based startup Pipemonk for an undisclosed amount. Pipemonk helps companies move data between cloud platforms, which should come in handy for Freshdesk and its partners. Pipemonk, which was born as ZapStitch, had raised just over $2 million since it launched in 2014, with its primary funding round coming in May, 2015, when it landed… Read More

  • Coca-Cola closes Founders startup incubator

    Coca-Cola closes Founders startup incubator

    After opening to much fanfare three years ago, Coca-Cola is shutting down The Founders program, according to a published report in Innovation Leader. Under this program, the company nurtured young startups, hoping to siphon some of that entrepreneurial energy and pass it along to the big lumbering corporation. Over the last several years, companies have recognized the need to innovate, and… Read More

  • How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses Crunch Network

    How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses

    Hordes of new enterprise-IT upstarts have popped up in Silicon Valley, with some drawing lofty valuations from investors. They’re driven by new, more-advanced technologies in areas such as databases, software development, networking and cloud computing. And many are taking aim at incumbents like Dell, EMC, Oracle and IBM. But will these new companies ever be as valuable as those big names? Read More

  • The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella is still looking good on Wall Street

    The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella is still looking good on Wall Street

    Almost three years ago, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its CEO. Since then, Microsoft has reversed its fortunes and returned to being a growth stock after stagnating for nearly a decade — and 2016 was not an exception to that. Indeed, as Microsoft continued its transition to cloud-based services and adopting multiple platforms, as well as taking big bets like buying LinkedIn for… Read More

  • Volvo integrates Skype for Business in its 90 series vehicles

    Volvo integrates Skype for Business in its 90 series vehicles

    What do you do when your love of driving conflicts with your deep and abiding love of conference calls? That’s a question Volvo hopes it can finally answer, with the integration of Skype for Business directly into its 90 series cars, letting drivers see their future meetings, and join via a single button press on the in-car center console infotainment touchscreen. The Skype integration is… Read More

  • Automile raises $7.5 million for fleet vehicle management software

    Automile raises $7.5 million for fleet vehicle management software

    Automile, a fleet logistics and management startup, has closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by SaaStr with participation from Salesforce Ventures, Niklas Zennstrom, Dawn Capital and Point Nine Capital. Automile provides customers with a box to install under the vehicle’s dashboard to track mileage, trips and provide route tracking. Automile ships its tracking device to customers… Read More