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Cerebri AI raises $5M Series A round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund

M12, Microsoft’s venture fund which was previously known as Microsoft Ventures, has been making a series of investments in the last few weeks. Today, it’s leading a $5 million Series A rou

Microsoft revamps its startup programs with $500M commitment and new co-selling program

Microsoft has launched a number of programs for startups. These programs never quite told a cohesive story about Microsoft's commitment to startups, though. Now, the company is launching Microsoft for

Markforged raises $30 million from industrial investors

When Greg Mark takes his 3D printer to VCs he gets blank stares. The Boston-based CEO of Markforged, a 3D printing company that specializes in printing carbon fiber and metals, has found that few of t

Microsoft Ventures, Madrona and others launch $3.5M AI startup competition

Microsoft Ventures today announced a new AI startup competition with a total prize purse of $3.5 million in investments into the winners. The firm is partnering with Madrona Venture Partners, Notion C

Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund

We knew that Andrew Ng had more than just a series of deep learning courses up his sleeve when he announced the first phase of his deeplearning.ai last week. It’s clear now that the turn of Ng&#

Former Voodoo PC head Rahul Sood talks about the road to real token sales

This week on Technotopia I interview Rahul Sood, former founder of Voodoo PC and the current CEO of Unikrn, an e-sports betting service. Sood, who spent a number of years at Microsoft Ventures, starte

AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe a

Microsoft Ventures backs Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity firm that protects with deception

Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity startup based out of Israel that protects networks by building “deception” frameworks to identify and trap malicious hackers, is today announcing that it

Microsoft Ventures launches new fund for AI startups and backs Element AI incubator

Microsoft Ventures today announced two steps that point to how the tech giant’s VC arm wants to get involved in artificial intelligence in a big way. First, it’s now going to pursue inves

Zipwhip nabs $9M from Microsoft + others to let landlines send and receive SMS texts

Consumers have made a big shift to using mobile phones as their primary, and often sole, telephone, but as they have done so, they’ve also created something of a rift in the business world: many

Helpshift raises $23M led by Microsoft, Salesforce for a chat tool that helps with CRM in apps

As more of our day-to-day services make the shift to digital platforms, a startup that has built a customer care tool to help us through some of the pain points in mobile apps has closed a Series

Microsoft confirms Microsoft Ventures VC arm, renames old one ‘Microsoft Accelerator’

As Google moves ahead to develop its Area 120 in-house incubator program, Microsoft is also looking to get more of its startup ducks in a row. On Monday, the company quietly, officially unveiled Mic

Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Machine Learning Demo Day here

TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s Machine Learning Demo Day this Thursday, June 2 from the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to s

Watch Microsoft Venture’s London Accelerator Right Here

TechCrunch is pleased to host the live video stream of the Microsoft Ventures London Accelerator demo day. Watch the presentations right here starting at 3:30p GMT. The event is private so this live s

Watch Microsoft Venture’s London Accelerator Right Here

TechCrunch is pleased to host the live video stream of the Microsoft Ventures London Accelerator demo day. Watch the presentations right here starting at 3:30p GMT on January 27th. The event is pri

CloudFlare Locks Down $110M From Fidelity, Microsoft, Google, Baidu And Qualcomm

CloudFlare has secured a $110 million round of private financing, led by Fidelity, and participated in by a cadre of technology giants, including Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm. The company has

Watch Microsoft Ventures Digital Works Accelerator Demo Day Presentations Right Here

TechCrunch is pleased to host the live video stream of the Microsoft Ventures Digital Works Accelerator demo day. Watch the presentations right here starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT. This is the second class

Watch Microsoft Ventures Digital Works Accelerator Demo Day Presentations Right Here

TechCrunch is pleased to host the live video stream of the Microsoft Ventures Digital Works Accelerator demo day. This is the second class from Microsoft Ventures's Seattle Accelerator where 14 startu

Zula, The Team Communication App From VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver, Raises Further $3M

Israeli startup <a target="_blank" href="http://zulaapp.com">Zula</a>, the team communication app founded by VoIP pioneers Jeff Pulver (Vonage) and Jacob Ner-David (Delta Three), has closed a $3 milli

Microsoft Ventures Paris Showcases 9 Startups At Its Demo Day

Today at the Palais des Congrès, Microsoft held its first demo day in front of investors and journalists. Investors in the room included well-known business angels, such as Xavier Niel, Marc Simoncin
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