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Google, Amazon, IBM, and more major companies offer free or cheap online courses taught by their staff - gain entry-level skills and certificates from the best teachers in the field

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Major companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and IBM offer instructional online courses for cheap or free. They help students prepare for industry exams, build skills companies are hiring for, or serve a public good. Some companies even use online courses to provide growth and career advancement to their current employees, and many are taught by longtime employee...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Okta, US, Trends, Google Search, Mit, Harvard, Aws, Ibm, Goldman Sachs, Autodesk, University of Oxford, Amazon Web Services, Coursera, Linux Foundation


Find out how startups like Skyroot and Bluefield are building new industries at TC Sessions: Space 2020

At our fast-approaching first TC Sessions: Space event, which is happening December 16-17, we’re going to be highlighting some of the most exciting startups and founders tackling big problems with innovative and groundbreaking solutions. Some of those companies are focused on building tomorrow’s spacecraft, and others are working on in-space technologies that could become the next big anchor upon which countless other businesses are built. Two of the companies joining us at TC Sessions: Space ar...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, India, Events, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Cto, Outer Space, Vikram, Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, Bluefield, Air Force NASA, Peter Beck, Kathryn Lueders


Taking on the business scenario-planning giants, Pigment raises a $25.9M Series A led by Blossom Capital

Realizing that modern, complex businesses can no longer be adequately managed using spreadsheet-style programs, the founders of Pigment decided there had to be a better solution. Their business forecasting platform has now raised a substantial Series A of $25.9 million, led by Blossom Capital. Also participating was New York-based FirstMark Capital and Frst, as well as angel investors including Paul Melchiorre, former CEO of business planning giant Anaplan, and David Clarke, the ex-CTO of Workda...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, New York, Tech, Paris, Anaplan, Minecraft, Nasdaq, FirstMark Capital, Cto, Index Ventures, Crespo, David Clarke, Ophelia Brown, Pigment


With Hyperforce, Salesforce lets you move your data to any public cloud

For much of its existence, Salesforce was a cloud service on its own with its own cloud resources available for its customers, but as the company and cloud computing in general has evolved, Salesforce has moved some of its workloads to other clouds like AWS, Azure and Google. Now, it wants to allow customers to do the same. To help facilitate that, the company announced Hyperforce today at its Dreamforce customer conference, a new architecture designed from the ground up to help customers del...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Germany, India, Tech, SaaS, Salesforce, Taylor, CRM, Cto, Mueller, Data Sovereignty, Constellation Research


Orbit raises $4M for its community experience platform

Orbit, a startup that is building tools to help organizations build communities around their proprietary and open-source products, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Martin Casado. A number of angel investors, including Chris Aniszczyk , Jason Warner and   Magnus Hillestad , as well as the a16z’s Cultural Leadership Fund also participated, in addition to previous backers Heavybit and Harrison Metal . The company descri...
Tags: TC, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Andreessen Horowitz, Github, Cto, Woods, Outer Space, Harrison Metal, Casado, Martin Casado, Heavybit, Co-founder, Magnus Hillestad, Chris Aniszczyk Jason Warner


AgentSync lands consecutive rounds as insurtech booms

This morning AgentSync, an insurtech startup focused on agent compliance management, announced a new funding round worth $6.7 million. The financing event, led by well-known SaaS founder David Sacks’ Craft Ventures, included dollars from both Operator Collective and prior investors. The new capital will help AgentSync move faster, with co-founder and  CEO Niranjan Sabharwal saying that it is pulling hires earmarked for next year into 2020. He added that this most recent fundraising cycle c...
Tags: TC, MetroMile, San Francisco, Tech, Denver, David Sacks, Cto, Knight, Insurtech, Craft Ventures, Sabharwal, Operator Collective, AgentSync, Jenn Knight, Niranjan Sabharwal, Sabharwal AgentSync


WaveOne aims to make video AI-native and turn streaming upside down

Video has worked the same way for a long, long time. And because of its unique qualities, video has been largely immune to the machine learning explosion upending industry after industry. WaveOne hopes to change that by taking the decades-old paradigm of video codecs and making them AI-powered — while somehow avoiding the pitfalls that would-be codec revolutionizers and “AI-powered” startups often fall into. The startup has until recently limited itself to showing its results in papers and prese...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Media, Funding, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Gpu, Khosla Ventures, Cto, MPEG, Compression, Recent Funding, Codecs, Vela Partners


Floww raises $6.7M for its data-driven marketplace matching founders with investors, based on merit

Floww – a data-driven marketplace designed to allow founders to pitch investors, with the whole investment relationship managed online – says it has raised $6.7M / £5M to date in Seed funding from angels and family offices. Investors include Ramon Mendes De Leon, Duncan Simpson Craib, Angus Davidson, Stephane Delacote and Pip Baker (Google’s Head of Fintech UK) and multiple Family Offices. The cash will be used to build out the platform designed to give startups access to over 500+ VCs, acceler...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, London, Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Private Equity, Mayfair, Fintech, Head, CRM, Cto, Startup Company


Elon Musk is now the world's second-richest person. Here's how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk. Steve Nesius/Reuters Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university before going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He recently had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken a...
Tags: Transportation, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, White House, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles


Tech Organizations Back 'Inclusive Naming Initiative'

New submitter LeeLynx shares a report from The Register: A new group called the "Inclusive Naming Initiative" has revealed its existence and mission "to help companies and projects remove all harmful and unclear language of any kind and replace it with an agreed-upon set of neutral terms." Akamai, Cisco, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, IBM, the Linux Foundation, Red Hat, and VMware are all participants. The group has already offered a Word replacement list that suggests alternatives to th...
Tags: Tech, Vmware, Cto, Chris Wright, Wright, Inclusive Naming Initiative, Akamai Cisco, Cloud Native Computing Foundation IBM, Linux Foundation Red Hat


Building Trust Capital For Business And Brands

To succeed in today’s unpredictable brand-business environment, organizations must build Trust Capital. In general, most businesses focus on three forms of organizational wealth: Financial Capital, Intellectual Capital and Human Capital. However, there is a critical fourth component: Trust Capital. Financial Capital is the money used by a brand-business to buy what it needs to make its products. It is also the money used to provide its services to the sector of the economy on which its oper...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, US, CSR, Vw, Patagonia, Ibm, Dyson, Boeing, Human Capital, Eureka, Cto, Branding, American Airlines, Fed, Ford Motor Company


If you didn’t make $1B this week, you are not doing VC right

The only thing more rare than a unicorn is an exited unicorn. At TechCrunch, we cover a lot of startup financings, but we rarely get the opportunity to cover exits. This week was an exception though, as it was exitpalooza as Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, and Wish all filed to go public. With DoorDash’s IPO filing last week, this is upwards of $100 billion in potential float heading to the public markets as we make our way to the end of a tumultuous 2020. All those exits raise a simple question – who m...
Tags: Ipo, Singapore, Tech, SEC, Airbnb, Max Levchin, Cto, GIC, Levchin, Tony Xu, Sheng, Joe Gebbia, Peter Szulczewski, Szulczewski, Roblox, Evan Moore


Facebook details AI advances in catching misinformation and hate speech

Facebook’s battle against misinformation will never be over at this rate, but that doesn’t mean the company has given up. On the contrary it is only by dint of constant improvement to its automated systems that it is able to keep itself even remotely free of hate speech and misinformation. CTO Mike Schroepfer touted the latest of those improvements today in a series of posts. The changes are to the AI-adjacent systems the social network uses to nip the likes of spam, misleading news items, an...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ethiopia, Cto, Misinformation, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Reinforcement Integrity Optimizer, Schoepfer


Tech in the Biden era

President-elect Joe Biden may have spent eight years in an administration that doted on the tech industry, but that long honeymoon, punctuated by four years of Trump, looks to be over. Tech is on notice in 2020. The Russian election interference saga of the 2016 election opened the floodgates for social media’s ills. The subsequent years unleashed dangerous torrents of homegrown extremism and misinformation that either disillusioned or radicalized regular people. A cluster of tech’s biggest d...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Obama, Congress, California, Ebay, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Tech


'A cynical ploy to divide and conquer': Apple's big App Store fee cut enraged its biggest adversaries in its developer war, including Spotify and Epic Games

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Apple announced Wednesday it was cutting the usual 30% commission it takes on App Store in-app payments to 15% for small developers. This enraged Spotify, Match Group, and Epic Games, all of who have been fighting with Apple over the 30% fee and have accused the company of abusing monopoly power. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney called the move a "cynical ploy to divide and conquer." Spofiy said in a statement to Business Insider that Apple's change ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Eu, New York Times, In-app Purchases, App Store, Cto, Match Group, Epic Games, Sweeney, Machiavelli, Tim Sweeney, David Heinemeier Hansson, Sensor Tower


Build.security raises $6M for its authorization policy management platform

Build.security, a Tel Aviv and Sunnyvale-based startup that aims to make it easier for developers to bake authorization policy management right into their applications, today announced a $6 million seed funding round led by cybersecurity-centric firm YL Ventures. CrowdStrike CEO and co-founder George Kurtz also participated in this round, in addition to former Zscaler CISO Michael Sutton, former Bank of America Chief Security Scientist Sounil Yu, Fireglass co-founder Dan Amiga, Cynet CEO and co-...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Tel Aviv, Tech, Bank Of America, Intel, Computing, John Brennan, Cyberwarfare, Cto, Data Security, Computer Security, SUNNYVALE, Amit, YL Ventures


Construction rental startup YardLink raises funding from Speedinvest

YardLink allows construction companies to obtain critical equipment faster than traditional equipment rental companies. It’s now raised a £1.7m seed round, bringing the total it’s raised to date to £2.4m. The round was led by Speedinvest Network Effects, with participation from FJ Labs. Construction sites often have to hire equipment, but the centralized nature of the traditional hire market means suppliers can be slow to deliver, leading to downtime on-site, and delayed projects. Traditional su...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Renting, Money, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United Kingdom, Cto, CCO, Speedinvest, FJ Labs, Speedinvest Network Effects, YardLink, Neeral Shah Founder


Warner Music and Atomico just backed in-game advertising startup AudioMob in a $2 million seed funding round

AudioMob cofounders Christian Facey (left) and Wilfrid Obeng AudioMob In-game advertising startup AudioMob has raised a $2 million seed funding round backed by the likes of Warner Music and Atomico.  The firm was founded earlier in 2020 by Christian Facey and Wilfrid Obeng, who met while working at Google's London headquarters.  The firm is a veteran of Google For Startups, the tech giant's accelerator program for up-and-coming firms.  Speaking to Business Insider, CEO Facey said fundraisi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, London, Advertising, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Fundraising, Warner Music, Daniel Ek, Cto, Atomico, Facey, Tech Insider


Atomico just backed in-game advertising startup AudioMob in a $1.5 million seed funding round

AudioMob cofounders Christian Facey (left) and Wilfrid Obeng AudioMob In-game advertising startup AudioMob has raised a $2 million seed funding round backed by the likes of Supernode and Atomico.  The firm was founded earlier in 2020 by Christian Facey and Wilfrid Obeng, who met while working at Google's Dublin headquarters.  The firm is currently taking part in Google For Startups, the tech giant's accelerator program aimed at up-and-coming firms.  Speaking to Business Insider, CEO Facey ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, London, Advertising, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Fundraising, Warner Music, Dublin, Daniel Ek, Cto, Atomico, Facey


Cooper raises $2M to build a professional network centered on introductions

In a period of social distancing, making new professional connections feels harder than ever. So Amsterdam-based Cooper is building a network that’s all about making and receiving introductions. “Everything that happens in the network is based on on the foundation of introductions,” CEO Robert Gaal told me. “You should never get an unwanted message, and there’s no such thing as a connection request, because it’s not necessary if you have an introduction.” The startup is launching internationally...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Funding, Tech, Amsterdam, Cto, Comcast Ventures, Cooper, Gaal, Localglobe, Daniel Gulati, Robert Gaal, Emiel van Liere


Arrikto raises $10M for its MLOps platform

Arrikto, a startup that wants to speed up the machine learning development lifecycle by allowing engineers and data scientists to treat data like code, is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $10 million Series A round. The round was led by Unusual Ventures, with Unusual’s John Vrionis joining the board. “Our technology at Arrikto helps companies overcome the complexities of implementing and managing machine learning applications,” Arrikto CEO and co-founder Constantinos Venetsanopoul...
Tags: Google, Startups, Cloud, Europe, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Computing, Athens, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Software Development, Devops, Cto, Kubernetes, ATHENS Greece


"What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots"

As Covid-19 has made it necessary for people to keep their distance from each other, robots are stepping in to fill essential roles, such as sanitizing warehouses and hospitals, ferrying test samples to laboratories, and serving as telemedicine avatars.There are signs that people may be increasingly receptive to robotic help, preferring, at least hypothetically, to be picked up by a self-driving taxi or have their food delivered via robot, to reduce their risk of catching the virus.As more intel...
Tags: Technology, Future, San Francisco, Mit, Robots, Innovation, Ai, Hyundai, Faa, Cto, Shah, Tcas, Julie, Federal Aviation Agency, Cyborg, Laura Major


The VC and founder winners of DoorDash’s IPO

After years of rumors and high-flying headlines, we finally have the S-1 for DoorDash. Alex has covered the primary details, but I figured it would be good to dive in so we can see who is raking in the returns on the country’s delivery startup champion. DoorDash’s filing indicates that the company raised a combined $2.485 billion in capital across a seed round and eight rounds Series A-H. The three VC firms with the largest holdings noted in the filing were the SoftBank Vision Fund, Sequoia a...
Tags: Finance, Singapore, Tech, Venture Capital, Alex, Khosla, Cto, Sequoia, Doordash, GIC, Tony Xu, Vision Fund, Evan Moore, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang, SoftBank Vision Fund Sequoia


Kyklo raises $8.5M to bring electrical distributors online

Kyklo, a startup that helps wholesale distributors of electrical and automation products launch e-commerce stores, is announcing that it has raised $8.5 million in seed funding. The industry may sound a bit arcane, but it’s one that founders Remi Ducrocq (Kyklo’s CEO) and Fabien Legouic (CTO) know from having worked at Schneider Electric. Ducrocq said that the process of selling these products to manufacturers and electricians remains a cumbersome process that relies largely on PDF catalogs. Shi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Cto, Felicis Ventures, Jungle Ventures, Ia Ventures, Kyklo, Fabien Legouic, Ducrocq, Sundeep Peechu, Remi Ducrocq Kyklo, Schneider Electric Ducrocq


Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, angel investor and COO of GoCardless, is joining Index as partner

Index Ventures, the London and San Francisco-headquartered venture capital firm that primarily invests in Europe and the U.S., has recruited its latest investment partner. Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, who is currently the COO of London-based fintech GoCardless and was previously the chief product officer of Skyscanner, is joining Index in January, TechCrunch can reveal. For those not in the know, Gonzalez-Cadenas is a seasoned entrepreneur and operator, but has also become a prolific angel investor ...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Partners, Cto, Skyscanner, Index Ventures, Figma, Index, Fogg, Hiroki Takeuchi, Personnel, Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas


Everything you need to know about Parler, the social media app conservatives are flocking to and that's currently No. 1 on the App Store

Twitter; Paige Leskin/Business Insider Parler, a social media app touted by Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, topped the App Store in the days following the 2020 election.  The app brands itself as a "free speech" platform, and CEO John Matze told Forbes there are "no fact checkers" on the app. Upon signing up, Parler recommends "promoted members," including Sen. Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, and Dinesh D'Souza. Many promoted members have spread false information about the election...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Republicans, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Tech News, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Bill Gates, Islam, Muslim


Everything you need to know about Parler, the social-media app conservatives are flocking to and that's No. 1 on the App Store

Twitter; Paige Leskin/Business Insider Parler, a social-media app touted by Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, made it to the top of the App Store in the days following the 2020 election. The app, which brands itself as a "free speech" platform, has "no fact checkers," CEO John Matze told Forbes in June. When someone signs up, Parler recommends "promoted members" that include Sen. Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, and Dinesh D'Souza. Parler has a "discover news" section that recommends ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Republicans, Australia, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Tech News, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Bill Gates, Islam


With $29M in funding, Isovalent launches its cloud-native networking and security platform

Isovalent, a startup that aims to bring networking into the cloud-native era, today announced that it has raised a $29 million Series A round led by Andreesen Horowitz and Google. In addition, the company today officially launched its Cilium platform (which was in stealth until now) to help enterprises connect, observe and secure their applications. The open-source Cilium project is already seeing growing adoption, with Google choosing it for its new GKE dataplane, for example. Other users in...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Ceo, Computing, Linux, Computer Science, Kernel, Operating Systems, Vmware, Cto, Andreesen Horowitz, Kubernetes


Nigeria’s Kuda raises $10M to be the mobile-first challenger bank for Africa

The African continent is currently one of the when it comes to mobile growth, and financial technology companies that are building services to meet that rapidly-expanding market are getting a lot of attention. In the latest development, Kuda, a startup out of Nigeria that operates a popular mobile-first challenger bank for consumers and (soon) small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $10 million — the biggest seed round ever to be raised in Africa. The funding comes on the back of st...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, England, London, Finance, Softbank, Funding, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Silicon Valley, Mastercard, Cto, Oliver, Lagos


Riverside.fm launches its video podcasting platform

Riverside.fm is a new startup with an easy-to-use platform for recording professional-quality video podcasts. In fact, although the company only recently came out of stealth, it already has a number of high-profile customers including TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media and Hillary Clinton, who’s using Riverside.fm to record her new podcast “You and Me Both With Hillary Clinton.” “Just imagine, we needed a recording platform that could help us make a podcast during a pandemic, and, boy, di...
Tags: Startups, Spotify, Media, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Cto, Clinton, Riverside, Gideon, Nadav, Oren Zeev, Zencastr, Verizon Media, Gideon Keyson, Oren Zeev Gideon, Keysons



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