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  • The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 2

    Day two of YC S’17 brought us autonomous store checkout, cannabis genomics and at home fertility testing. We whittled down the strong day of pitches to just seven hot companies. These are the startups our writers and the investors we spoke with were most excited about. If you want to check out the full list of startups from day 2 you can read about them here.  Additional reporting by… Read More

  • English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

    English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

    VIPKID, an online English teaching tool, announced today that it has raised $200 million in financing. That financing round values the company at $1.5 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. That wouldn’t just give VIPKID unicorn status — it also exposes a huge amount of demand there is in China and other countries as a tool to learn English from English speakers. VIPKID… Read More

  • GraphPath’s “Knowledge Graph as a Service” could insert AI into global corporates

    GraphPath’s “Knowledge Graph as a Service” could insert AI into global corporates

    There is no shortage of AI and machine learning startups being born today. But one of the biggest opportunities remains in turning AI into some kind of platform that others can leverage, especially businesses. In recent years a new area has been developed in relation what’s know in the tech industry as knowledge graphs, a concept which been around for quite some time, especially in… Read More

  • Lumity raises $19M to simplify employee health care choices

    Lumity raises $19M to simplify employee health care choices

    As companies get bigger and bigger, their needs are going to change — including, probably most importantly, their options for health care as their employee base expands and the costs of those plans start to balloon. But the end result is that employees could be presented with a confusing set of plans to pick from without a whole lot of guidance. There’s where Lumity comes in. Read More

  • Match Group tried to acquire Bumble for $450 million

    Match Group tried to acquire Bumble for $450 million

    Match Group, the parent company of a variety of dating apps, offered to acquire Bumble for $450 million over the summer, according to sources close to the deal. A source close to the company suggests that Bumble is valued at over $1 billion. The sources independently confirm reporting from Forbes about the deal earlier this summer. Bumble reportedly has 18 million registered users, and has… Read More

  • Urban farming incubator Square Roots raises $5.4M

    Urban farming incubator Square Roots raises $5.4M

    Square Roots isn’t your normal startup incubator. Sure, the people who participate are entrepreneurs — but instead of sitting at desks building new gadgets or smartphone apps, they’re growing food in hydroponic farms housed inside long, metal containers. Founded by executive chairman Kimbal Musk (brother of Elon Musk, and board member at SpaceX, Tesla and Chipotle) and CEO… Read More

  • Art19 gets $7.5 million in funding to build out its podcasting platform

    Art19 gets $7.5 million in funding to build out its podcasting platform

    Even in many podcasting circles, Art19 isn’t exactly a household name. The startup has largely operated behind the scenes, without much in the way of active promotion. Even so, the companies that have enlisted its hosting and ad technologies are among some of media’s largest. The New York Times, Vox and iHeartMedia all take advantage of its services, which are akin to something… Read More

  • Microsatellite radar imaging startup raises $13M to launch new constellation

    Microsatellite radar imaging startup raises $13M to launch new constellation

    Finland-based ICEYE is launching a constellation of microsatellites with the aim of helping provide a view from space where traditional imaging cannot, with images delivered within a few hours using a technology that is typically very expensive and difficult to deploy. The startup uses something called synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to observe Earth even through clouds and in darkness, and… Read More

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