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Amira Learning raises $11M to put its AI-powered literacy tutor in post-COVID classrooms

School closures due to the pandemic have interrupted the learning processes of millions of kids, and without individual attention from teachers, reading skills in particular are taking a hit. Amira Learning aims to address this with an app that reads along with students, intelligently correcting errors in real time. Promising pilots and research mean the company is poised to go big as education changes, and it has raised $11 million to scale up with a new app and growing customer base. In classr...
Tags: Apps, Education, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Recent Funding, Startups, TC, Edtech, Education Tech, Learning, Machine Learning, Reading, Renaissance Learning, Schools


Pale Blue Dot aims to be Europe’s premier early-stage climate investor and has $100 million to prove it

When Hampus Jakobsson, Heidi Lindvall, and Joel Larsson, all well-known players in the European venture ecosystem, began talking about their new firm Pale Blue Dot, they began by looking at the problems with venture capital. For the three entrepreneurs and investors, whose resumes included co-founding companies and accelerators like The Astonishing Tribe (Jakobsson) and Fast Track Malmö (Lindvall and Larsson) and working as a venture partner at BlueYard Capital (Jakobsson again), the problems we...
Tags: TC, Albert Wenger, Amsterdam, BlueYard Capital, Corporate Finance, Daniel Ek, Economy, Entrepreneurship, Europe, Finance, Food, Hampus Jakobsson, Heidi Lindvall, Investment, Joel Larsson, London


China’s Xpeng in the race to automate EVs with lidar

Elon Musk famously said any company relying on lidar is “doomed.” Tesla instead believes automated driving functions are built on visual recognition and is even working to remove the radar. China’s Xpeng begs to differ. Founded in 2014, Xpeng is one of China’s most celebrated electric vehicle startups and went public when it was just six years old. Like Tesla, Xpeng sees automation as an integral part of its strategy; unlike the American giant, Xpeng uses a combination of radar, cameras, high-pr...
Tags: Asia, Automotive, TC, Transportation, Alibaba, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, BAIC, Bosch, Cars, China, Cloud Computing, Driver, Electric Car, Elon Musk, Emerging-Technologies


Deeplite raises $6M seed to deploy ML on edge with fewer compute resources

One of the issues with deploying a machine learning application is that it tends to be expensive and highly compute intensive.  Deeplite, a startup based in Montreal, wants to change that by providing a way to reduce the overall size of the model, allowing it to run on hardware with far fewer resources. Today, the company announced a $6 million seed investment. Boston-based venture capital firm PJC led the round with help from Innospark Ventures, Differential Ventures and Smart Global Holdings. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Developer, Boston, Funding, Toronto, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Davis, Machine Learning, Montreal, Neural Networks, Romano, Rob May, PJC, Nick Romano


Austin’s newest unicorn: The Zebra raises $150M after doubling revenue in 2020

The Zebra, an Austin-based company that operates an insurance comparison site, has raised $150 million in a Series D round that propels it into unicorn territory. Both the round size and valuation are a substantial bump from the $38.5 million Series C that Austin-based The Zebra raised in February of 2020. (The company would not disclose its valuation at that time, saying now only that its new valuation of over $1 billion is a “nice step up.”) The Zebra also would not disclose the name of t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, London, Finance, Animals, Funding, Insurance, Tech, Model, Austin, United States, United Kingdom, Mark Cuban, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Life Insurance


Enabling everyone to have the ability to understand the hidden stories in their data – Interview with Dr Derek Wang of Stratifyd

Today’s interview is with Dr. Derek Wang, the founder and CEO of the AI-driven experience analytics platform Stratifyd. Derek joins me today to talk about empowering […] The post Enabling everyone to have the ability to understand the hidden stories in their data – Interview with Dr Derek Wang of Stratifyd first appeared on Adrian Swinscoe.
Tags: Business, Technology, Leadership, Interviews, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Employee Engagement, Change, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Innovation, Machine Learning, Team, Ai, Data Analytics, Employee Experience


Mercato raises $26M Series A to help smaller grocers compete online

The pandemic upended the way people shop for their everyday needs, including groceries. Online grocery sales in the U.S. are expected to reach 21.5% of the total grocery sales by 2025, after leaping from 3.4% pre-pandemic to 10.2% as of 2020. One business riding this wave is Mercato, an online grocery platform that helps smaller grocers and specialty food stores get online quickly. After helping grow its merchant sales by 1,300% in 2020, Mercato has now closed on $26 million in Series A funding,...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Ecommerce, Shopping, Funding, Tech, Supermarkets, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Brooklyn, Machine Learning, Retailers, Instacart, Dad, Greycroft, Grocery Store


Comet announces $13M Series A for ML model building tool

There’s been a lot of investment in machine learning startups recently as companies try to push the notion into a wider variety of endeavors. Comet, a company that helps customers iterate on models in an experimentation process designed to eventually reach production, announced a $13 million Series A today. Scale Venture Partners led the round with help from existing investors Trilogy Equity Partners and Two Sigma Ventures. The startup has raised almost $20 million, according to Crunchbase data....
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, New York City, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Comet, Machine Learning, Scale Venture Partners, Vitus, Two Sigma Ventures, Trilogy Equity Partners, Andy Vitus


YC-backed Abacum nets $7M to empower finance teams with real-time data and collaboration tools

SaaS to support mid-sized companies’ financial planning with real-time data and native collaboration isn’t the sexiest startup pitch under the sun but it’s one that’s swiftly netted Abacum a bunch of notable backers — including Creandum, which is leading a $7M seed round that’s being announced today. The rosters of existing investors also participating in the round are Y Combinator (Abacum was part of its latest batch), PROFounders, and K-Fund, along with angel investors such as Justin Kan (Atri...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, Finance, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, European Space Agency, Anaplan, Machine Learning, Twitch, Mailchimp, Creandum, Adaptive Insights


Pinterest announces $500K Creator Fund, ‘Creator Code’ content policy, moderation tools and more

Pinterest today hosted an event focused on its creator community, where the company announced a series of updates including the launch of a $500,000 Creator Fund, a new content policy called the Creator Code, as well as new moderation tools, among other things. With the changes, the company says its goal is to ensure the platform continues to be a “inclusive, positive and inspiring place.” The new content guidelines put that into more specific terms as it requires Pinterest creators to fact-chec...
Tags: Social, Apps, Pinterest, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, United States, Sharp, Machine Learning, Pinterest Pinterest, Evan Sharp, Machine Learning Technology, Facebook Instagram YouTube, Online Platforms, Jonathan Van, Tiktok


Streamlit nabs $35M Series B to expand machine learning platform

As a company founded by data scientists, Streamlit may be in a unique position to develop tooling to help companies build machine learning applications. For starters, it developed an open source project, but today the startup announced an expanded beta of a new commercial offering and $35 million Series B funding. Sequoia led the investment with help from previous investors Gradient Ventures and GGV Capital. Today’s round brings the total raised to $62 million, according to the company. Data sci...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Developer, Funding, Tech, Data, Machine Learning, Sequoia, Kelly, John Deere, Huang, Recent Funding, Streamlit, Adrien Treuille, Treuille


Snorkel AI scores $35M Series B to automate data labeling in machine learning

One of the more tedious aspects of machine learning is providing a set of labels to teach the machine learning model what it needs to know. Snorkel AI wants to make it easier for subject matter experts to apply those labels programmatically, and today the startup announced a $35 million Series B. It also announced a new tool called Applications Studio that provides a way to build common machine learning applications using templates and predefined components. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the r...
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock, Blackrock, Walden, Ratner, Paxata, DataRobot, Stanford AI lab, Recent Funding, Data Labeling Tools


Hiro Capital puts $2.3M into team sports tracking platform PlayerData — as does Sir Terry Leahy

Hiro Capital has gradually been making a name for itself as an investor in the area know as ‘Digital Sports’ or DSports for short. It’s now led a $2.3m funding round in PlayerData. While the round might sound small, the area it’s going into is large and growing. Also investing in the round is Sir Terry Leahy, previously the CEO of Tesco, the largest British retailer. Edinburgh, UK-based PlayerData uses wearable technology and software tracking to give grass-roots and professional sports teams fe...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Finance, Fiction, Tech, Tesco, Ceo, United States, Cycling, United Kingdom, Machine Learning, Capital, Edinburgh, Wearable Technology, Player


Taiwan-based MLOps startup InfuseAI raises $4.3M Series A led by Wistron Corporation

AI models not only take time to build and train, but also to deploy in an organization’s workflow. That’s where MLOps (machine learning operations) companies come in, helping clients scale their AI technology. InfuseAI, a MLOps startup based in Taiwan, announced today it has raised a $4.3 million Series A, led by original design manufacturer Wistron Corporation, with participation from Hive Ventures, Top Taiwan Venture Capital Group and Silicon Valley Taiwan Investments. Founded in 2018, InfuseA...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Enterprise, Tech, Taiwan, Machine Learning, Hive Ventures, MLops, InfuseAI, Wistron Corporation, Hive Ventures Top Taiwan Venture Capital Group, Silicon Valley Taiwan Investments Founded, Cognilytica Its, SinoPac Holdings


Note-taking app Mem raises $5.6 million from Andreessen Horowitz

The competition for note-taking is as fierce as it has ever been with plenty of highly-valued productivity startups fighting for an audience it can potentially serve endless productivity offshoots. In the past year, Notion raised at a $2 billion valuation, Coda raised at $636 million, and Roam raised at $200 million. A new competitor in the space is emerging out of stealth with fresh funding from Andreessen Horowitz. The free app, called Mem, is an early access platform dedicated to pushing user...
Tags: TC, Tech, Andreessen, Machine Learning, Andreessen Horowitz, Api, Will Smith, Notion, Moody, Coda, Harry Stebbings, Ad Network, MEM, Co-founder, Kevin Moody, Rahul Vohra


Extra Crunch roundup: Tonal EC-1, Deliveroo’s rocky IPO, is Substack really worth $650M?

For this morning’s column, Alex Wilhelm looked back on the last few months, “a busy season for technology exits” that followed a hot Q4 2020. We’re seeing signs of an IPO market that may be cooling, but even so, “there are sufficient SPACs to take the entire recent Y Combinator class public,” he notes. Once we factor in private equity firms with pockets full of money, it’s evident that late-stage companies have three solid choices for leveling up. Seeking more insight into these liquidity opti...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Entrepreneurship, Mexico, Ipo, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, SEC, EC, Alex, Latin America, Digitalocean


5 machine learning essentials nontechnical leaders need to understand

Snehal Kundalkar Contributor Share on Twitter Snehal Kundalkar is the chief technology officer at Valence. She has been leading Silicon Valley firms for the last two decades, including work at Apple and Reddit. We’re living in a phenomenal moment for machine learning (ML), what Sonali Sambhus, head of developer and ML platform at Square, describes as “the democratization of ML.” It’s become the foundation of business and growt...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Column, Tech, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Reddit, Square, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Electric, Monte Carlo, Valence, ML, Sonali Sambhus, Sambhus


5 machine learning essentials non-technical leaders need to understand

Snehal Kundalkar Contributor Share on Twitter Snehal Kundalkar is the chief technology officer at Valence. She has been leading Silicon Valley firms for the last two decades, including work at Apple and Reddit. We’re living in a phenomenal moment for machine learning (ML), what Sonali Sambhus, head of developer and ML platform at Square, describes as “the democratization of ML.” It’s become the foundation of business and growt...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Column, Tech, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Reddit, Square, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Electric, Monte Carlo, Valence, ML, Sonali Sambhus, Sambhus


Arm announces the next generation of its processor architecture

Arm today announced Armv9, the next generation of its chip architecture. Its predecessor, Armv8 launched a decade ago and while it has seen its fair share of changes and updates, the new architecture brings a number of major updates to the platform that warrant a shift in version numbers. Unsurprisingly, Armv9 builds on V8 and is backward compatible, but it specifically introduces new security, AI, signal processing and performance features. Over the last five years, more than 100 billion Arm-ba...
Tags: TC, Samsung, Tech, Companies, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Aws, Samsung Electronics, DSP, Operating System, Operating Systems, Soc, Image-processing


Apple Bought the Most AI Companies From 2016 to 2020

Apple is the leading buyer of companies in the global artificial intelligence space, according to data shared today by GlobalData. From 2016 to 2020, Apple acquired the highest number of AI companies, beating out Accenture, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, all of whom also had a high number of AI acquisitions. Over the course of the last several years, Apple has bought companies like Emotient, Turi, Glimpse, RealFace, Shazam, SensoMotoric, Silk Labs, Drive.ai, Laserlike, SpectralEdge, Voysis,...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Siri, Artificial Intelligence, Tim Cook, Machine Learning, Google Google, Amazon Alexa, Apple acquisition, GlobalData, Siri Apple, Apple Google Microsoft, Voysis, Siri zwnj, Inductiv, Cook Focus


Hopper raises $170M and partners with Capital One on a new cardholder travel booking portal

Canadian travel startup Hopper has raised a $170 million Series F round, led by Capital One. The U.S. banks and credit card company is also coming on board as a strategic partner, to launch Capital One Travel, which is the first instantiation of Hopper’s new B2B platform, Hopper Cloud. This is Hopper’s second raise in a year that has been marked by turmoil for the travel industry, owing to the disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Last March, Hopper raised $70 million, in a round t...
Tags: TC, Air Travel, Articles, Tech, Economy, United States, Machine Learning, North America, Better Business Bureau, Car Rental, Travel Industry, Airline, iNovia Capital, Hopper, Startup Funding, Financial Technology


This Y Combinator startup is taking lab grown meat upscale with elk, lamb, and wagyu beef cell lines

Last week a select group of 20 employees and guests gathered at an event space on the San Francisco Bay, and, while looking out at the Bay Bridge dined on a selection of choice elk sausages, wagyu meatloaf, and lamb burgers — all of which were grown from a petrie dish. The dinner was a coming out party for Orbillion Bio, a new startup pitching today in Y Combinator’s latest demo day, that’s looking to take lab-grown meats from the supermarket to high end, bespoke butcher shops. Instead of focusi...
Tags: Meat, Food, TC, Y Combinator, Articles, San Francisco, Supply Chain, Tech, Beef, Ceo, Austria, Machine Learning, Food And Drink, Steak, Berkeley, Bio


Deep science: AI is in the air, water, soil and steel

Research papers come out far too rapidly for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter. This week brings a few unusual applications of or developments in machine learning, as well as a particularly unusual rejectio...
Tags: Health, TC, Video, Science, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Epa, Ultrasound, Baghdad, University Of Tokyo, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Cognitive Science, Smart Speaker, Deepfakes


AI fintech products are operating at scale and investor interest is maturing

Recently public unicorn Upstart announced earnings that blew the socks off of Wall Street this week. After closing on Wednesday at around $61 per share, Upstart wrapped Thursday worth $115 per share. It turns out that all the blather we’ve had to endure about artificial intelligence (AI) in the past decade is coming true, at least in certain applications for select companies. But Upstart’s blockbuster guidance for 2021 is just a sliver of the story. The AI-powered fintech is projecting a year so...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Finance, Wall Street, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, GPT, Upstart, The Exchange, Dave Girouard, Gpt-3, EC Newsletter, EC Fintech


ColdQuanta Could Become the Fastest Scaling Quantum Computer Approach

Nextbigfuture interviewed Tom Noel, ColdQuanta’s Director of Quantum Computing and Interim CEO Dan Caruso. ColdQuanta is using neutral atoms instead of trapped ions as the basis for its quantum... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, News, Interviews, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Lasers, Machine Learning, Quantum Computers, Qubits, Tom Noel ColdQuanta, Quantum Computing and Interim, Dan Caruso ColdQuanta


A crypto company’s journey to Data 3.0

Michael Li Contributor Share on Twitter Michael Li is VP of Data at Coinbase. Data is a gold mine for a company. If managed well, it provides the clarity and insights that lead to better decision-making at scale, in addition to an important tool to hold everyone accountable. However, most companies are stuck in Data 1.0, which means they are leveraging data as a manual and reactive service. Some have started moving to Data 2.0...
Tags: TC, Column, Enterprise, Developer, Ebay, Linkedin, Tech, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Payments, Coinbase, Data Management, Data Analysis, Michael Li, EC Column


Google Professional Machine Learning Engineer Exam 2021

Exam Description A Professional Machine Learning Engineer designs, builds, and productionizes ML models to solve business challenges using Google Cloud technologies and knowledge of proven ML models and techniques. The ML Engineer is proficient in all aspects of model architecture, data pipeline interaction, and metrics interpretation and needs familiarity with application development, infrastructure management, data engineering, and security. The exam is 60 questions and you have t...
Tags: Google, Blog, Machine Learning, eLearning, Iam, Sara Robinson, Google Cloud, GCP, Object Partners Inc, Sampled Shaping Integrated Gradients, Google Data Studio Section, LimitationsBigQuery Struct, MLAdvanced Machine Learning, Google Cloud PlatformProduction Machine Learning, Scientific Data ProcessingData Science on Google


InBalance Research forecasts demand for energy suppliers to ensure they optimize distribution

From distributed homes in Cambridge, Mass. and Cambridge, England, inBalance Research is joining Y Combinator as it looks to accelerate its business as the oracle for independent energy providers, utilities, and market makers. Selling a service it calls Delphi, the very early stage startup is hoping to provide analysis for power producers and utilities on the demand forecasts of energy markets. The orchestration of energy load across the grid has become a more pressing issue for utilities around...
Tags: Energy, TC, Y Combinator, Texas, Massachusetts, US, Articles, Tech, Renewable Energy, United States, United Kingdom, Cambridge, Machine Learning, Natural Gas, North America, Energy Storage


Adobe delivers native Photoshop for Apple Silicon Macs and a way to enlarge images without losing detail

Adobe has been moving quickly to update its imaging software to work natively on Apple’s new in-house processors for Macs, starting with the M1-based MacBook Pro and MacBook Air released late last year. After shipping native versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw, it’s now releasing an Apple Silicon-optimized version of Photoshop, which delivers big performance gain vs. the Intel version running on Apple’s Rosetta 2 software emulation layer. How much better? Per internal testing, Adobe says that u...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Adobe, Photoshop, Steve Jobs, Tech, Intel, Macintosh, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Rosetta, Machine Learning, MacBook Air, Macbook Pro, Lightroom


Israel’s Retrain.ai closes $13M to use AI to understand early signals in the changing jobs market

Israel’s retrain.ai, which uses AI and Machine Learning to read job boards at scale and to gain insight into where the job market is going, has closed $9M Series A led by Square Peg. Since retrain.ai’s $4M seed round last year was unannounced (led by Hetz Ventures, with TechAviv and .406 Ventures participating) that means it’s raised a total of $13 million. It’s competitors include Pymetrics which has raised $56.6M and Eightfold.ai which has raised $176.8M. As well as the funding, the company ha...
Tags: TC, Europe, Israel, Employment, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Unemployment, Machine Learning, Canva, Coo, Cto, Video Hosting, Fiverr



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