Amazon is buying Cloostermans, a mechatronics specialist in Belgium, to ramp up its robotics operations

Amazon has made a string of startup acquisitions over the years to build out its robotics business; now, the e-commerce leviathan is taking an interesting turn in that strategy as it expands its indus

Geek+, the Amazon Kiva of China, lands $200 million Series C

Geek+, a Beijing-based startup that makes warehouse fulfillment robots similar to those of Amazon’s Kiva, said Thursday that it has closed over $200 million in a Series C funding round. That bum

SparkLabs Global Ventures promotes Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, to general partner

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of nonprofit microlending platform Kiva, has become a general partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. Jackley was previously a venture partner at the firm, which focuses on s

Here are all of Amazon’s acquisitions before Whole Foods

Amazon today said it would make a bid to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, making it the largest acquisition for the company by far. The next-closest acquisition in price is $1.2 billion for Zapp

The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should not be to replace humans with robots, but rather to

A Decade After Being Founded In SF, Kiva Turns Its Focus Toward Zero-Interest Loans For Bay Area Entrepreneurs

When online donors overloaded the requests of Kiva co-founders Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley more than a decade ago, they were targeting some of the world’s poorest borrowers in places as fa

These Cool Robots Are Processing Your Amazon Orders

Amazon may be developing drones for the future, but here's something for the here and now. A veritable feast of robots that will appeal to anyone who is into technology.

Kiva’s Crowdfunded Loans Platform Chalks Up 1M Borrowers & $400M Lent, After Seven Years Of Micro-Lending To Alleviate Poverty, a not-for-profit organisation that's been matching micro-lenders with low-income borrowers since 2005, has announced it's passed the one million borrowers mark. The total value of the crowdf

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone”

"How you build the future is you motivate people to pay attention and act, to improve their circumstances and run their own lives", LinkedIn co-founder and philanthropist Reid Hoffman tells me. Tha

Visit To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money

Today you can help someone escape poverty by trying out microlending platform Kiva, and it won't cost you a dime. Go to <a href=""></a> where Reid Hoffman has put

Kiva Expands Micro-Loans To Green Businesses

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33Needs Brings Crowdsourced Funding To Social Startups

<img src=""> The crowdsourced funding craze is picking up steam. Tonight we see the launch of <a href="">33needs</a>

Kiva Partners With Visa To Expand Micro-Loans To U.S. Small Businesses

<img src="" class="shot2"> Last year, <a href="">,</a> one of the <a href="

Kiva President On The Next 5 Years And Why Zynga Is Their Biggest Rival (TCTV)

<img src="" />Who is <a href="">Kiva's</a> biggest competitor? If you rattled off a list of non-profit-centric startu

Kiva Adds Student Loans To Microlending Marketplace

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Vittana Applies The Kiva Model To Help Finance Education In Developing Countries

<img src="" class="shot2">The microfinance model has proved to be a valuable way to raise funds for entrepreneurs all over the country, as exe

Four Years After Founding, Kiva Hits $100 Million In Microloans

<img src="" width="189" height="112" /> Proving that microloans can help to change the world one little bit at a time, <a href="

What Michael Birch Did after Selling Bebo and How He Thinks You Should Celebrate Your Birthday

<img src="" width="215" height="142" />For all the billions of dollars created here,

The Inevitable Anti-U.S. Backlash Has Started On Kiva

<img src="" width="200" height="144" /> When we reported on <a href="">'s</a> <a href="

Kiva Brings Microlending Home To U.S. Entrepreneurs In Need

<img src="" width="189" height="112" /> The financial crisis has made a lasting impact on small businesses around the world and here at home
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