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The savage genius of SoftBank funding competitors

Venture capitalists aren’t supposed to make their portfolio companies battle to the death. There’s a long-standing but unofficial rule that investors shouldn’t fund multiple competitors in the same space. Conflicts of interest could arise, information about one startup’s strategy could be improperly shared with the other, and the companies could become suspicious of advice provided by their investors. That leads to problems down the line for VCs, as founders may avoid them if they fear the firm ...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Collaborative Consumption, eCommerce, Food, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Logistics, M&A, Opinion, Startups, TC, Venture Capital, Didi Chuxing, Grab, Ola


Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up. Last week, I wrote about an alternative to venture capital called revenue-based financing and before that, I jotted down some notes on one of VCs’ favorite spaces: cannabis tech. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @K...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Articles, Los Angeles, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Sam Altman, Starbucks, Louisiana, Getaround, Huawei


A.I. can now create fake videos of people from a single picture

Samsung researchers improve AI modeling to quickly create realistic (but fake) videos.The model uses "single-shot learning" to create videos from a single picture.The application of the tech could be in telepresence, video conferencing and gaming. None An AI can now take a single picture of a person's face and animate it convincingly. This can lead to animating paintings and photos but also add to the mistrust of images and deepfakes online. The new method from researchers at the Samsung AI Cent...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Future, Journalism, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Machine Learning, Invention, Ai


New AI can create fake videos of people from a single picture

Samsung researchers improve AI modeling to quickly create realistic (but fake) videos.The model uses "single-shot learning" to create videos from a single picture.The application of the tech could be in telepresence, video conferencing and gaming. None An AI can now take a single picture of a person's face and animate it convincingly. This can lead to animating paintings and photos but also add to the mistrust of images and deepfakes online. The new method from researchers at the Samsung AI Cent...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Future, Journalism, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Machine Learning, Invention, Ai


How Artificial Intelligence Will Increase Your Business’ ROI

by David Kosmayer, CEO and Founder of Bookmark.com With endless technology available at the touch of a finger, it’s never been easier to run your own business. However, to be successful, you need to know how to set yourself apart from your competitors and increase your return on investment. This process starts online, where an intelligently designed website makes all the difference. To make your website stand out from the crowd and to ensure you’re turning visitors into paying customers,...
Tags: Thinking Aloud, Artificial Intelligence, business ROI, David Kosmayer


Review: Brilliant’s smart home controllers are the antidote for smart-speaker hell

My home is inundated with smart speakers. I’ve got Echo Dots aplenty, Google Minis to spare, and enough third-party voice-assistant devices to reproduce Plugged’s Bluetooth speaker symphony. And that’s not even getting into all the other “smart” gear I have. I need help. We were promised smart homes by science fiction, and then guaranteed they were just around the corner by tech’s biggest companies. And then we were disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, smart speakers are amazing technology. You can...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Plugged, Tech


Hunters.ai raises $4.5M for its autonomous threat hunting solution

Hunters.ai, a Tel Aviv-based startup that built an AI-based threat hunting solution, today announced that it has raised a $5.4 million seed funding round led by YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. Threat hunting has traditionally been a rather manual practice, where analysts try to actively identify potential threats to their systems. This has always been a very data-driven activity, though, so it’s no surprise that a number of startups are now looking to automate the process. Not all attacks are ...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Nsa, Tel Aviv, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwarfare, Threat, Blumberg Capital, Computer Security, Partner, Israeli Defense Forces, Schneerson, YL Ventures, Recent Funding


Hunters.ai raises $5.4M for its autonomous threat hunting solution

Hunters.ai, a Tel Aviv-based startup that built an AI-based threat hunting solution, today announced that it has raised a $5.4 million seed funding round led by YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. Threat hunting has traditionally been a rather manual practice, where analysts try to actively identify potential threats to their systems. This has always been a very data-driven activity, though, so it’s no surprise that a number of startups are now looking to automate the process. Not all attacks are ...
Tags: Travel, Security, Startups, TC, Nsa, Tel Aviv, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwarfare, Threat, Blumberg Capital, Computer Security, Partner, Israeli Defense Forces, Schneerson, YL Ventures, Recent Funding


How our interactions with voice assistants normalize sexual harassment

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. This story explores how the four industry-leading female voice assistants are programmed to respond to verbal sexual harassment and what the impact this has on reaching gender equality. My iPhone’s voice assistant is a woman. Whenever I cycle somewhere new, a female voice tells me when to turn right; and when I’m ho...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Code Word


Samsung’s new AI can create talking avatars with a single photo

Samsung’s research center at Moscow has developed a new AI that can create talking avatars of photos and paintings without using any 3D modeling. A paper posted by the research team suggests that while traditionally researchers have used a large number of images to create a talking head model, a new technique can achieve it by few, or potentially even one image. In a video, engineer Egor Zakharov, explains that although it’s possible to create a model through a single image, training it through ...
Tags: Startups, Samsung, Artificial Intelligence, Moscow, Egor Zakharov


Tohoku University and DOCOMO Launch Research Project to Develop Artificial-intelligence Technology for Periodontal Disease Detection

TOKYO, May 23, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Japan-based Tohoku University and NTT DOCOMO, INC. have begun researching an artificial-intelligence (AI) technology to detect periodontal disease simply by photographing a person’s gums with a smartphone. Periodontal disease can lead to Read more… The post Tohoku University and DOCOMO Launch Research Project to Develop Artificial-intelligence Technology for Periodontal Disease Detection appeared first on Guest Post, Telecom Media & Technology News, Trends...
Tags: Technology, Seo, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Telecom, 4G, 3G, 5g, Telecom News Updates, LTE 4G, 2G/3G, Telecom Services updates, 5G Mobile


These startups are locating in SF and Africa to win in global fintech

To become a global fintech player, locate your company in San Francisco and Africa. That’s the approach of payments company Flutterwave, digital lending startup Mines, and mobile-money venture Chipper Cash—Africa-founded ventures that maintain headquarters in San Francisco and operations in Africa to tap the best of both worlds in VC, developers, clients, and the frontier of digital finance. This arrangement wasn’t exactly coordinated across the ventures, but TechCrunch coverage picked up the...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Uber, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, Accelerator, Europe, Finance, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, Banking, E-commerce


Smart Cities Startups, Upswing, Coder, VanillaSoft & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—The Dallas-based Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator has named the six startups in its first program, according to a press release. The startups are using technology to help local governments sync data in currently siloed departments, analytics to help cities measure business and individual tourism, and others. In addition to hosting the startups in the program, Innov8te also features what it calls “Startup City Hall,” a dedicated office for ...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Texas, Big Data, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Analytics, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, Innovation, Venture Capital


THE TECH COLD WAR: Everything that's happened in the new China-US tech conflict involving Google, Huawei, Apple, and Trump (GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL)

From tariffs and levies to the Huawei ban, the global tech industry is at the center of an escalating cold war between the US and China. This clash affects giant tech companies with global supply chains, like Apple, Intel and Qualcomm. And Chinese tech giants like Huawei that want to do business with US companies.  Among the causes for the standoff are accusations of unfair trade practices, economic espionage and military links. It's involved everyone from government officials and tech execs t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Huawei, Pacific, Qualcomm, Trump, America Trump, US China


AI Startup Clinc Snags $52M Series B to Expand Offices, Markets

Ann Arbor, MI-based startup Clinc, which is focused on developing conversational artificial intelligence software for use in chatbots, has raised $52 million in a Series B round, the company announced this week. The round was led by Insight Partners, with participation from DFJ Growth, Drive Capital, and Hyde Park Venture Partners.As part of the deal, Jeff Lieberman, Insight Partners’ managing director, will join Clinc’s board of directors while DFJ Growth’s Randy Glein will join its board of a...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Barclays, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Dfj Growth, Dfj, Series B, University Of Michigan, Randy Glein


DefinedCrowd offers mobile apps to empower its AI-annotating masses

DefinedCrowd, the Startup Battlefield alumnus that produces and refines data for AI-training purposes, has just debuted iOS and Android apps for its army of human annotators. It should help speed up a process that the company already touts as one of the fastest in the industry. It’s no secret that AI relies almost totally on data that has been hand-annotated by humans, pointing out objects in photos, analyzing the meaning of sentences or expressions, and so on. Doing this work has become a sort ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Tokyo, Battlefield, Startup Battlefield, DefinedCrowd, Daniela Braga, Neevo, Lisbon Porto Seattle


Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree

[Corrected 5/21/19, 11:04 am. See below.] Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.These days, Thrun seems just as excited by another imprint he’s made on the still-forming AV industry—not as a researcher, but as an entrepreneur in online education. Thrun (pictured) says many s...
Tags: Google, Deals, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Talent Gap, Education, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla


Freshworks acquires customer success service Natero

Customer engagement service Freshworks, which you may still remember under its old name of Freshdesk, today announced that it has acquired Natero, a customer success service with some AI/ML smarts that helps businesses prevent churn and manage their customers. The acquisition, Freshworks CEO Girish Mathrubootham told me, will help the company complete its mission to provide its users with a 360-degree view of their customers. As Mathrubootham stressed, Freshdesk started out with a focus on cu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Business, Marketing, Customer Engagement, Customer Experience, Ceo, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Customer Success, Freshdesk, Girish Mathrubootham, ML, FreshWorks, Soules, Mathrubootham


Quadric.io raises $15M to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems

Quadric.io, a startup founded by some of the folks behind the once- secretive bitcoin mining operation “21E6,”  has raised $15 million in a Series A round that will fund the development of a supercomputer designed for autonomous systems.   The round was led by automotive Tier 1 supplier DENSO and its semiconductor products arm NSITEXE, which will also be one of Quadric.io’s customers for future electronic systems in all levels of autonomous driving solutions. Leawood VC also participated ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Computing, Supercomputer, Cota Capital, DENSO, Autonomous Systems, Uncork Capital, Recent Funding, AI chips, NSITEXE, Quadric.io


Research indicates the only defense against killer AI is not developing it

A recent analysis on the future of warfare indicates that countries that continue to develop AI for military use risk losing control of the battlefield. Those that don’t risk eradication. Whether you’re for or against the AI arms race: it’s happening. Here’s what that means, according to a trio of experts. Researchers from ASRC Federal, a private company that provides support for the intelligence and defense communities, and the University of Maryland recently published a paper on pre-print serv...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots


When will customers start buying all those AI chips?

It’s the best and worst time to be in semiconductors right now. Silicon Valley investors are once again owning up to their namesakes and taking a deep interest in next-generation silicon, with leading lights like Graphcore in the United Kingdom hitting unicorn status while weirdly named and stealthy startups like Groq in the Bay Area grow up. Growth in chips capable of processing artificial intelligence workflows is expected to swell phenomenally over the coming years. As Asa Fitch at the Wal...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, Earnings, Aws, Semiconductors, Graphcore, Groq


Hyperdimensional computing discovered to help AI robots create memories

To become autonomous, robots need to perceive the world around them and move at the same time.Researchers create a theory of hyperdimensional computing to help store robot movement in high-dimensional vectors. This improvement in perception will allow artificial intelligences to create memories. None Do androids dream of electric sheep? Philip K. Dick famously wondered that in his stories that explored what it meant to be human and robot in the age of advanced and widespread artificial intellige...
Tags: Future, Memory, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Brain, Robots, Innovation, Computer Science


Sam Altman’s leap of faith

Earlier this year, founder-investor Sam Altman left his high-profile role as the president of Y Combinator to become the CEO of OpenAI, an AI research center at its outset that founded by some of the most prominent people in the tech industry in late 2015. The idea: to ensure that artificially intelligence is “developed in a way that is safe and is beneficial to humanity,” as one of those founders, Elon Musk, said back then to the New York Times. The move is intriguing for many reasons, inclu...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Elon Musk, New York, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yc, Openai, Altman


Hyperdimensional computing theory could lead to AI with memories and reflexes

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland recently came up with a take on the hyperdimensional computing theory that could give robots memories and reflexes. This could break the stalemate we seem to be at with autonomous vehicles and other real-world robots, and lead to more human-like AI models. The solution The Maryland team came up with a theoretical method by which hyperdimensional computing – a hypervector-based alternative to computations based on Booleans and numbers – could r...
Tags: Startups, Maryland, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, University Of Maryland, Anton Mitrokhin


Under the hood on Zoom’s IPO, with founder and CEO Eric Yuan

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Kate Clark sat down with Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of video communications startup Zoom, to go behind the curtain on the company’s recent IPO process and its path to the public markets. Since hitting the trading desks just a few weeks ago, Zoom stock is up over 30%. But the Zoom’s path to becoming a Silicon Valley and Wall St...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Finance, Ipo, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Silicon Valley, Augmented Reality


My Secret Weapon For AI Investing Revealed

by Alex Bates, Managing Director at Neocortex Ventures “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” “Your network is your net worth.” However you phrase it, the truism holds for everyone: the people you associate with on a regular basis play a major role in helping you solve problems and meet goals. It only stands to reason that you want close friends and trusted experts in your corner every time you go up against the unknown. You want to maximize your chances a...
Tags: Google, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Darpa, Network, Cto, Peter Diamandis, Napoleon Hill, Teradata, Alex Bates, AspenTech, Thinking Aloud, Business Network, Mtell, Neocortex Ventures, Global Mind


Health[at]Scale lands $16M Series A to bring machine learning to healthcare

Health[at]Scale, a startup with founders who have both medical and engineering expertise, wants to bring machine learning to bear on healthcare treatment options to produce outcomes with better results and less aftercare. Today the company announced a $16 million Series A. Optum, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, was the sole investor . Today, when people looks at treatment options, they may look at a particular surgeon or hospital, or simply what the insurance company will cover, but the...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Medical, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Harvard, Machine Learning, UnitedHealth Group, Mohammed Saeed, Zeeshan Syed Health


Bad news, journalists: Robots are writing really good headlines now

Journalism is hard. Hours of research and writing culminate with publishing a piece with little more than blind faith that it’ll be well-received. Most aren’t. And for those that flop, it’s typically the headline we start with when trying to diagnose the cause of our failures. Until recently, journalists scoffed at the idea of an AI capable of doing their work. AI could gather facts, write simple reports, and publish with a dizzying frequency human writers could never touch, but they weren’t as ...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence


Driverless cars are years away, but self-driving forklifts have arrived

For several years, executives of tech and automobile companies have been promising that fully autonomous vehicles will soon become a common sights in streets and roads. But we’re well into 2019, and self-driving cars are still making stupid mistakes. In many ways, the short history of self-driving cars is reminiscent of the early decades of artificial intelligence research. Scientists constantly promised that human-level AI (or artificial general intelligence) was just around the corner. But as ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication


MultiVu raises $7M seed round for its next-gen 3D sensor

MultiVu, a Tel Aviv-based startup that is developing a new 3D imaging solution that only relies on a single sensor and some deep learning smarts, today announced that it has raised a $7 million seed round. The round was led by crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, Cardumen Captial and Hong Kong’s Junson Capital. Tel Aviv University’s TAU Technology Innovation Momentum Fund supported some of the earlier development of MultiVu’s core technology, which came out of Prof. David Mendlovic’s lab at the unive...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Hong Kong, Hardware, Funding, Samsung, Tel Aviv, Tech, Smartphone, Artificial Intelligence, Image Sensors, Ourcrowd, Image-processing, Serial Entrepreneur, Recent Funding



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