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WI Watchlist: Montage, LÜM, WEDC, Titan Spine, Polco, Swallow & More

A medical device for patients with swallowing disorders gets new life. A music streaming app gets an influx of cash. The state’s economic development agency faces more criticism for its practices. Startups in recruiting tech, medtech, and civic tech strike merger and acquisition deals. Read on for more details about these stories and other recent Wisconsin innovation news.—In an unusually structured deal, the Idea Fund of La Crosse, an early-stage investment firm located in western Wisconsin, s...
Tags: National blog main, Wisconsin, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, AIQ Solutions, Baird Capital, Beringea, Brian Stern, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, Deals, Eric Horler, Exact Sciences, Frank Productions, GCI, Idea Fund of La Crosse

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: National blog main, Texas, Texas blog main, Texas top stories, AI, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Austin Inno, Big Data, Bill Wood Ventures, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Ciena, Cloud, Coder Technologies, Cottonwood Venture Partners

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

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

Guardicore Raises $60M and Moves US HQ to Boston From San Francisco

US-Israeli cybersecurity startup Guardicore is moving its American headquarters from San Francisco to Boston after hiring a Massachusetts marketing executive and raising a $60 million funding round.The Tel Aviv-based company’s decision to run American operations from Boston is a well-worn path for high-tech firms, with more than 200 Israeli-founded businesses employing more than 9,000 people in IT and life sciences roles, according to a 2016 study.Guardicore’s Nathan Perdue tells Xconomy the pr...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Massachusetts, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, East Coast, Partech Ventures, Battery Ventures, Qumra Capital, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, National blog main

ACC’s New Fashion Incubator Follows Growth of Industry in Austin

Austin— Though small, Austin’s fashion-technology community is growing. Not only have more businesses started moving to the city, now a new program at Austin Community College is hoping to further drive innovation in the industry.“We are looking to create a full pipeline (of resources) for promising designers,” says Nina Means, director of the newly opened Fashion Incubator at Austin Community College.The program was launched at the end of April and provides both students and local-to-Austin fa...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, New York, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, E-commerce, People, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Venture Capital, M&a, Athleisure

HAP Partners With Livongo on Tech-Enabled Diabetes Compliance Program

As digital health applications continue to grow in popularity, yet achieve only mixed results, one area in which tech-enabled tools have found success is among diabetes patients.Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Detroit-based nonprofit health insurance provider, wants to leverage that success with a new program in partnership with Mountain View, CA-based Livongo, maker of health tech tools. Called Livongo for Diabetes, the initiative allows HAP Medicare Advantage members with type 1 or type 2 diabe...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Diabetes, Healthcare, Innovation, Health Insurance, Detroit, Mobile App, Healthtech, Medical Devices, Centers for Disease Control, Medicare Advantage, Amazon Alexa

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Buying Supercomputer Pioneer Cray for $1.3B

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will pay $1.3 billion to acquire Cray, a Seattle business that develops software used in supercomputers and other high-powered machines.High-performance computing technologies, such as those developed by Cray, are seen as central to sorting through “the explosion of data” resulting from innovations in areas like artificial intelligence and data analytics, HPE says.San Jose, CA-based HPE (NASDAQ: HPE) will pay $35 a share in cash to acquire Cray (NASDAQ: CRAY). That pr...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Big Data, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Hp, Analytics, It, Computers, Software, M&a, Machine Learning, Ibm, Supercomputers, Data Centers

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: MedCrypt, LunaDNA, Dynacure & More

Let’s catch up with the latest life sciences news in San Diego.— Cybersecurity company MedCrypt, which makes software to protect medical devices, raised a $5.3 million Series A funding round.The company says it will use the new funds to hire new salespeople and engineers and further develop its technology, which medical devices vendors use to secure data traveling between or stored on devices. It also offers real-time monitoring and alerts about potential security threats.“Patient data privacy ...
Tags: Y Combinator, Funding, Trends, Tech, Vc, San Diego, Biotech, Financing, Bain Capital Ventures, 23andMe, Bill Maris, Eniac Ventures, Life Sciences, ARCH Venture Partners, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Osage University Partners

PlanetM Awards New Grants to Advance Mobility Pilots in Michigan

PlanetM, the state of Michigan-backed business development organization, has announced a new batch of grants that aim to entice mobility startups and corporations to pilot their innovations in Michigan, or test and validate their technology at one of Michigan’s proving grounds.PlanetM has awarded a total of $440,000 in grants to five companies. The startups are working on pilots such as secure delivery of prescription medications to rural locations, new GPS technology, and autonomous campus shu...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Software, Innovation, Michigan, Mobility, Detroit, Continental, Michigan Technological University, DENSO, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories

Boston Tech Watch: Hydrow, Sea Machines, Toast, Pillar & More

[Updated, 9:05 am. See below] Another $100 million for early stage investing in Boston. Check-out machines are becoming clock-in machines. A hundred-plus startups join MassChallenge’s latest cohort in Boston. Read on for more of this week’s Boston tech news.—Rowing machine startup Hydrow added $7 million to the $20 million it raised in its Series A funding round in February. The new capital comes from Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ Rx3 Ventures, The Raptor Group, The Yard Ventures...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, Ipo, Boston, Advertising, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Autonomous, Maritime, Venture Capital, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Tripadvisor

Apptio Continues Acquisition Spree With Deal to Buy Cloudability

Apptio, a Bellevue, WA-based company that helps corporate technology leaders manage their IT spending, announced Thursday it has agreed to acquire Cloudability, a Portland, OR-based developer of software for tracking cloud-computing expenditures.Apptio’s news release announcing the deal did not disclose any of its financial terms.The deal, which comes on the heels of other acquisitions Apptio has made in recent years, would create a combined company able to offer customers a “mature and powerfu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Analytics, It, Software, Portland, Aws, Bp, Seattle, Amazon Web Services, Slack, Alphabet

BioClarity, Maker of “Clean, Green” Skincare Products, Raises $13M

BioClarity, which sells plant-based skincare products to online shoppers, announced Wednesday that it has raised a $13 million investment round.The San Diego-based company is part of Adigica Health, an e-commerce company founded in 2016 to develop and market direct-to-consumer healthcare products.Prolog Ventures led the round with a $6 million investment; BioClarity said earlier investors, which it didn’t name, also participated. Prolog, which has offices in St. Louis, MO, and Newark, NJ, backs...
Tags: Startups, Trends, Startup, Tech, San Diego, Biotech, Life Sciences, Newark NJ, St Louis MO, David Hale, National blog main, New York blog main, San Diego blog main, San Diego top stories, Prolog Ventures, BioClarity

Pillar Fuels Second Go-Round With $100M Fund for Boston Startups

It took a few more years than initially planned, but early-stage venture firm Pillar has raised the $100 million fund it wanted.Launching with fanfare in 2016 under former North Bridge Venture Partners’ Jamie Goldstein, Pillar set its sights on nine digits worth of cash but ended up only raising $57 million. It has since sent that money into early stakes in 26 companies, including Algorand, Desktop Metal, PillPack, Circle, Flipside Crypto, Hometap, Kuebix, PathAI, and Asimov.Today, the firm ann...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Boston, Trends, Tech, Venture Capital, Carbonite, Tripadvisor, PillPack, North Bridge Venture Partners, Ginkgo Bioworks, Runkeeper, Clearsky Data, Draftkings, Pluralsight, Circle

Whiskey Coffee, Immigration, AI: MassChallenge Austin 2019 Startups

Austin—MassChallenge has picked the 74 early-stage companies that will eventually compete for a portion of $500,000 in cash as a part of its Austin accelerator program. They’re startups that are developing products in a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, agriculture, and artificial intelligence.A majority of the startups are from Texas, although some come from elsewhere in the US and world, including California, Virginia, Mexico, and Israel. Many of the founders are women: 56 perce...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Technology, Magnets, Cloud Computing, Cancer, Israel, Immigration, US, Employment, Trends, Startup, Tech, Diversity, Crops

Whiskey Coffee, Immigration, AI: MassChallenge’s New Austin Cohort

Austin—MassChallenge has picked the 74 early-stage companies that will eventually compete for a portion of $500,000 in cash as a part of its Austin accelerator program. They’re startups that are developing products in a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, agriculture, and artificial intelligence.A majority of the startups are from Texas, although some come from elsewhere in the US and world, including California, Virginia, Mexico, and Israel. Many of the founders are women: 56 perce...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Technology, Magnets, Cloud Computing, Cancer, Israel, Immigration, US, Employment, Trends, Startup, Tech, Diversity, Crops

Karat Gets $28M for Software, Team That Assess Job-Seeking Engineers

Karat, a Seattle-based startup that uses a combination of software and a stable of freelance interviewers to help tech companies assess job applicants, announced Wednesday it has raised $28 million in new funding.Tiger Global Management led the Series B funding round, Karat says. Other participating investors included return backers Norwest Venture Partners and 8VC. Karat says it has raised more than $41 million since launching in 2014.Karat plans to use some of the proceeds from the financing ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Pinterest, Interviews, Trends, Tech, Recruiting, Paypal, HR, Vc, Human Resources, Seattle, Interviewing, Indeed, Intuit, Hiring

Endpoint Security Company CrowdStrike Files Publicly for IPO

CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity company that identified the two Russian government-linked hacker groups that invaded the Democratic National Committee (DNC)’s network during the 2016 presidential campaign, filed publicly for an initial public offering on Tuesday.Sunnyvale, CA-based CrowdStrike sells cloud-based security software and related services by subscription to businesses. Founded in 2011, the company adapted traditional data security safeguards by monitoring not only computers in custome...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Cybersecurity, Russian hackers

Seattle Algorithm Marketplace and Manager, Algorithmia, Snags $25M

Algorithmia was founded on the idea that lots of people who write algorithms, from academics to private sector employees, have good products but no way to commercialize them. It launched in 2014 as a marketplace for people who want to buy or sell algorithms, and raised a $2.4 million seed funding round.Today, there’s more to the business, including a service launched in 2017 that helps developers manage and deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in their applications (ke...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Texas, Microsoft, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Trends, It, People, Artificial Intelligence, Larry Page, Innovation, Sergey Brin, Venture Capital, Machine Learning

Weather Tech Q&A: Understory CEO on “Ground Truth,” Climate Change

As climate change brings more extreme and unpredictable weather, the stakes for improving the ability to track and forecast atmospheric conditions are rising.That has contributed to a growing interest in startups developing technologies for weather monitoring and analytics. The latest to cash in is Understory, a Madison, WI-based startup that this week said it raised $5.25 million in a Series B funding round led by True Ventures. Previous Understory investors 4490 Ventures and Revolution’s Rise...
Tags: Startups, Weather, Trends, Tech, Vc, Revolution, Wisconsin, True Ventures, Spire, National blog main, Boston blog main, San Francisco blog main, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, Understory, Madison WI

MassChallenge, Funds for Innowatts, Liveoak, Data Gumbo & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Innowatts, an AI-focused energy tech company in Houston, has closed an $18.2 million Series B funding round, according to a press release. The investment was led by Energy Impact Partners and included existing investors Shell Ventures, Iberdola, and Energy and Environment Fund (EEI Japan), as well as new investor Evergy Ventures. Innowatts’ technology is designed to help utilities provide a more personalized experience for their customers...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Boston, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, Innovation, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Dallas

Respond Raises $20M to Advance Automated Response to Cyberattacks

In business sectors such as warehouse operations, automation may put a company’s current employees out of work in some cases. In the cybersecurity sector, automation can take up a multitude of tasks without displacing any staffers—because there aren’t enough qualified humans right now to fill all the jobs. That’s according to Bay Area cybersecurity company Respond Software, whose software is designed to trigger rapid, automated steps to thwart cyberattacks on businesses.Mountain View, CA-based ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Microsoft, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Cisco, It, Cybersecurity, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Machine Learning

Seattle’s TransformativeMed Carves Out Niche in Medical Specialties

An estimated 99 percent of US hospitals now track patients’ health information using computerized records systems, many of which were installed to replaced paper medical charts. As a result, startups are rushing in, to capitalize on the recent health-records digitization wave. Some of them, like Seattle-based TransformativeMed, are making the case that their add-on software products and services can improve doctors’ satisfaction with the technologies they use to do their jobs.This week, Transfo...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Software, Epic, Healthcare, Seattle, Digital Health, Healthtech, Cerner, EHR, Epic Systems, National blog main

ClassDojo CEO: Never Too Early for Kids to Learn About Mindfulness

If you felt a positive disturbance in The Force today, it may have been due to ClassDojo’s Mindful Moment. At 11am local time, millions of kids from schools in 180 countries are participating in the “world’s biggest virtual mindfulness class.” The course comes with a downloadable lesson plan from ClassDojo, a San Francisco-based educational technology company.Sam Chaudhary, co-founder and CEO of ClassDojo, says the idea behind Mindful Moment came out of a nationwide survey conducted by the comp...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Mindfulness, Innovation, Detroit, ClassDojo, National blog main, National top stories, San Francisco blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, Educational Technology, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Tech Ethics, Regulation & Strategy: Here’s the Napa Summit Agenda

With Uber’s long-awaited IPO, Facebook’s mounting controversies, and ongoing debates over drug pricing and safety issues, come a great responsibility. A big story in the innovation community now is about the ethics and regulation of tech and life sciences. What are the right ways to safeguard the public, hold corporations accountable, and maintain economic growth? Will regulators go too far? How should entrepreneurs, investors, and big companies strategize in this new era?We’ll dive into this m...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Trends, People, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, National, Polaris Partners, Caltech, Genentech, National blog main, New York blog main, Seattle blog main, Boston blog main

WI Watchlist: Twitter Deal, AmFam Gift, Arrowhead Trial & More

It’s time to catch up on recent headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation scene, including a $20 million donation earmarked for data science research and education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a pair of tech acquisitions, and key milestones for two biotech firms. Read on for details.—American Family Insurance said it will donate $20 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for data science initiatives. Half will go toward creating a Data Science Institute on campus, and half will s...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Twitter, Education, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Software, Data Science, M&a, Wisconsin, Life Sciences, Healthtech, University Of Wisconsin-madison, American Family Insurance

Uber Completes $8.1B Public Market Debut in Spite of Tumultuous Past

Ride-hailing giant Uber secured $8.1 billion in new capital late Thursday as it priced an initial public offering that set its market capitalization at $82.4 billion, according to calculations by The New York Times and other news outlets.Uber announced late Thursday it will sell 180 million shares of common stock at $45 apiece when it completes the IPO. That price is near the lowest end of the range Uber set at $44 to $50 in the amended prospectus it filed on April 26.Uber (NYSE: UBER) will sta...
Tags: Google, Deals, Transportation, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Marketplace, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech

Mobility News: Cruise’s New Cash, Tesla’s Pivot to Robotaxis & More

As the mobility industry waits with baited breath to see how Uber’s IPO will play out on Friday, there is plenty of news being made elsewhere in the sector. Cruise scored another massive investment, Toyota AI Ventures opened a new fund, scooters continue to rev up, and more. Read on for details.—Our own Bernadette Tansey took a look at Lyft’s quarterly earnings report, published this week, and found both bright spots and ominous notes. In short: Lyft still has a profitability problem, although ...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Softbank, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Software, Cruise, Ford, Scooters, Innovation, Gm, Bird, Ride Sharing

Lyft Posts $1.1B Loss for Q1 in First Earnings Report Post-IPO

Newly public ride-hailing company Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT) filed its first-quarter earnings results Tuesday, reporting a 95 percent increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2018, but a net loss of nearly $1.14 billion.That first-quarter loss includes $894 million of stock-based compensation and other expenses triggered by the completion of Lyft’s IPO on April 2. Without those items, the company’s adjusted net loss for the quarter was $211.5 million; the adjusted net loss for the same per...
Tags: Deals, Transportation, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Software

MedCognition Making Augmented Reality Emergency Training for US Army

San Antonio—MedCognition, a startup that uses an augmented reality system to train emergency medical technicians and other first responders on how to treat injuries, has earned a $750,000 grant from the US Army to collaborate with another organization on developing a version of its system for military use.MedCognition plans to spend the next 12 months creating training modules that can be used to prepare healthcare workers for combat and mass casualty situations, the company says. The project c...
Tags: Health, Startups, Texas, Technology, Microsoft, Trends, Startup, Tech, Software, Healthcare, Vr, Virtual Reality, Software Development, Ar, Augmented Reality, Native American

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