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Meta, hell-bent on catching up to rivals in the generative AI space, is spending billions on its own AI efforts. A portion of those billions is going toward recruiting AI researchers.…

Meta unveils its newest custom AI chip as it races to catch up

Many, if not most, generative AI tech vendors argue that fair use entitles them to train AI models on copyrighted material scraped from the internet — even if they don’t…

OpenAI inks deal with Axel Springer on licensing news for model training

In pursuit of faster and more efficient AI system development, Intel, Arm and Nvidia today published a draft specification for what they refer to as a common interchange format for…

Intel, Arm and Nvidia propose new standard to make AI processing more efficient

The cybersecurity industry has taken a hit recently, with economic headwinds prompting layoffs and a broad investor pullback. But some firms have escaped unscathed, like cybersecurity training platform Cybrary, which…

Cybrary secures $25M to grow its platform for cybersecurity training

We’ve been tracking a worrying trend of layoffs in the technology industry, but that is not the full story. There is, concurrently, a wave of organizations that are also in…

Multiverse nabs $220M at a $1.7B valuation to expand its tech apprenticeship platform

During the pandemic, we realized that we were swamped with work and there was an information overload. So we came up with an idea to fix that.

How our startup boosted productivity with ‘get s*** done’ day

Florida-based HackerU, which creates cybersecurity and other digital skills programs, is acquiring Cybint, a SaaS-based cyber education company. TechCrunch sources understand this to be a $50 million acquisition, though both…

Cybersecurity trainer HackerU acquires Cybint for $50M, say sources

Most companies don’t announce their first venture investment after almost 20 years in the business, nor do they announce that round is the equivalent of a good startup’s entire private…

After bootstrapping since 2002, Articulate raises $1.5B on $3.75B valuation

As the pandemic took hold, training staff had to “go virtual.” Typically, that would have meant falling back on existing corporate training solutions, which we all know and “love.” Could…

Training platform Virti raises $10M Series A led by IQ Capital to teach soft skills in VR

In the explosion of edtech businesses with new approaches, we are in danger of overlooking an established model that can be adapted to solve these challenges. That model is apprenticeships.

Since colleges are failing to prepare students for tech jobs, it’s time to bring back apprenticeships

Norwegian company Kahoot originally made its name with a platform that lets educators and students create and share game-based online learning lessons, in the process building up a huge public…

User-generated e-learning site Kahoot acquires Actimo for up to $33M to double down on corporate sector

With a large proportion of knowledge workers doing now doing their jobs from home, the need for tools to help them feel connected to their profession can be as important…

GO1, an enterprise learning platform, picks up $40M from Microsoft, Salesforce and more

With a lot of towns instituting shelter-in-place orders to restrict how people physically interact in order to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, fitness has come into its…

Fitness app Aaptiv raises from Insight Partners, launches Enterprise channel

WorkClout, a graduate of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 cohort, announced today that it has shifted its focus from manufacturing automation to manufacturing performance support and has raised a $2.3…

WorkClout shifts focus to manufacturing performance support and raises $2.3M seed

Amazon announced this morning a plan to invest more than $700 million to retrain workers across the U.S. to allow them to move into skilled technical and non-technical roles across…

Amazon invests $700 million to retrain a third of its US workforce by 2025

For more than 100 years, entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Propelled by new…

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

Microsoft is investing in certification and training for a range of AI-related skills in partnership with education provider General Assembly, the companies announced this morning. The goal is to train…

Microsoft aims to train and certify 15,000 workers on AI skills by 2022

Salesforce has been using the notion of trailblazers as a learning metaphor for several years, ever since it created Trailhead, a platform to teach customers Salesforce skills. Today, the company…

Salesforce releases myTrailhead, a customizable training platform

With Facebook holding a dominant role in the VR space, one would think that the social networking implications are all taken care of — but for the time being, it…

CEOs from Mindshow, SVRF and TheWaveVR are talking social VR at TC Sessions: AR/VR

As an education investor, one of my favorite sayings is that education is the next industry to be disrupted by technology, and has been for the past twenty years. When…

Broadening education investments to full-stack solutions

ScopeAR, a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2015 class, came to the augmented reality game very early, launching in 2011 when there was very little hardware and most people…

For ScopeAR, the market is finally catching up with the technology

Creating a pathway for a more diverse talent pool to enter the technology industry has given the Techtonic Group, a development services firm that operates an outsourced apprenticeship program aimed…

Techtonic Group raises $2 million to transform tech hiring through apprenticeships

NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to…

NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts

Amazon’s cloud storage business AWS has been gradually expanding into a range of cloud services for people not to simply host their business or app with AWS, but to use the platform…

AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program

Unity is making a huge bet on VR and is aiming to ensure that developers have plenty of reasons to build their virtual reality titles on the company’s game engine.…

Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

VR isn’t all fun and games. One company is using it to put VR users in the middle of breaking news stories and to show them what it feels like…

VR creators make content to put people into the news and natural disasters

McDonald’s announced a partnership with General Assembly today at South by Southwest. They are launching a pilot program in which a small subset of McDonald’s employees can take one of two…

McDonald’s Teams With General Assembly For Employee Training Pilot

Last year as I was visiting colleges with my son, I noticed schools often had facilities to train students with a distinctly 20th century bent, but lacked the modern skills…

Gradberry Aims To Bridge The College Grad Skills Gap

The Oculus Rift and its creator Oculus VR have been purchased by Facebook, and that’s causing some, including Minecraft developer Mojang, to reconsider their projects for the platform. But others…

One Company Betting On Oculus Rift As The Platform For VR HR Training

Menlo Park-based startup GuideSpark has raised a new $15 million Series B from NEA, as well as existing investors Storm Ventures and IDG Ventures. GuideSpark previously raised $5 million in…

GuideSpark Raises $15M To Become Your One-Stop HR Training Resource