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What Google’s AI-designed chip tells us about the nature of intelligence

This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. In a paper published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature last week, scientists at Google Brain introduced a deep reinforcement learning technique for floorplanning, the process of arranging the placement of different components of computer chips. The researchers managed to use the reinforcement learning technique to design the next generation of Ten...
Tags: Google, Startups, Nature, Google Brain, Neural, Tensor Processing Units Google, Next Featured


Investors say Eindhoven poised to become Netherlands’ No. 2 tech hub

Eindhoven might not immediately spring to mind as a high-tech hub, but the Netherlands city is keen to position itself as a center for deep tech in Europe. The Technical University of Eindhoven, High Tech Campus Eindhoven, and locally based corporates like ASML and Philips have been eyeing initiatives across Europe and applying what they’ve learned to the region’s strategy. Philips launched in Eindhoven in 1891 and played no small part in the municipality’s ambitions to become a tech hub. Eindho...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Venture Capital, Philips, Eindhoven University Of Technology, Eindhoven, Serendipity, Daniel, ASML, Lithography, Esports Arena, Investor Survey


Extra Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, spotting future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

With the right message, even a small startup can connect with established and emerging stars on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube who will promote your products and services — as long as your marketing team understands the influencer marketplace. Creators have a wide variety of brands and revenue channels to choose from, but marketers who understand how to court these influencers can make inroads no matter the size of their budget. Although brand partnerships are still the top source of revenue for ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Education, California, Entrepreneurship, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Artificial Intelligence, Rebecca, United States, Venture Capital


Researchers created a brain interface that can sing what a bird’s thinking

Researchers from the University of California San Diego recently built a machine learning system that predicts what a bird’s about to sing as they’re singing it. The big idea here is real-time speech synthesis for vocal prosthesis. But the implications could go much further. Up front: Birdsong is a complex form of communication that involves rhythm, pitch, and, most importantly, learned behaviors. According to the researchers, teaching an AI to understand these songs is a valuable step in traini...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, University Of California San Diego, Birdsong, Neural, Next Featured


This nifty online guide compares AI/ML tools and platforms

This Week in Machine Learning, an organization dedicated to demystifying AI/ML operations for everyone, recently filled a need in the market by launching a ‘Solutions Guide’ to open source and enterprise AI tools and platforms. TWIML’s Solutions Guide consists of several infographics and a litany of research and information meant to make the search for just the right ML solution easy. Per TWIML’s website: What we saw was a gap for both builders and providers. Builders need a trusted resource the...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured, TWIML


Mediflash is a freelancer marketplace for health professionals

Meet Mediflash, a new French startup that wants to improve temp staffing in healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes, clinics and mental health facilities. The company positions itself as an alternative to traditional temp staffing agencies. They claim to offer better terms for both caregivers and institutions. “It costs a small fortune to health facilities while caregivers are paid poorly,” co-founder Léopold Treppoz told me. Traditional temp staffing agencies hire caregivers and nurses on ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Marketplace, France, Tech, France Newsletter, Caregiver, Staffing, Freelancer, Mediflash, Léopold Treppoz, Treppoz, Metz Nancy, Strasbourg Mediflash, Firstminute Capital Several business angels


AirTags and Find My are ushering in a whole new Apple era

While I liked the AirTags overall, they’re flawed. Despite this truth (and I’m sorry to tell you, but it is a truth), this is also a one-dimensional way of looking at Apple’s location trackers. Why? Because the product and the Find My service are ushering in a whole new Apple era. To understand why this is the case, we need to understand a few things. Specifically, why and how Apple has gone about releasing the AirTags. Before that though, if you’re uncertain about the hardware or how it works, ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, Next Featured


KeepTruckin raises $190 million to invest in AI products, double R&D team to 700

KeepTruckin, a hardware and software developer that helps trucking fleets manage vehicle, cargo and driver safety, has just raised $190 million in a Series E funding round, which puts the company’s valuation at $2 billion, according to CEO Shoaib Makani.  G2 Venture Partners , which just raised a $500 million fund to help modernize existing industries, participated in the round, alongside existing backers like Greenoaks Capital, Index Ventures, IVP and Scale Venture Partners, which is manage...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Trucking, Mckinsey, Scale Venture Partners, KeepTruckin, Makani, Recent Funding, G2 Venture Partners, Shoaib Makani G2 Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital Index Ventures IVP, BlackRock KeepTruckin, Usher Transport


CEO Shishir Mehrotra and investor S. Somasegar reveal what sings in Coda’s pitch doc

Coda entered the market with an ambitious, but simple, mission. Since launching in 2014, it has seemingly forged a path to realizing its vision with $140 million in funding and 25,000 teams across the globe using the platform. Coda is simple in that its focus is on the document, one of the oldest content formats/tools on the internet, and indeed in the history of software. Its ambition lies in the fact that there are massive incumbents in this space, like Google and Microsoft. Co-founder and CEO...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Mehrotra, Seattle, S Somasegar, Microsoft Co, Coda, Somasegar, Madrona, ECL, Shishir Mehrotra


Mobility startups can be equitable, accessible and profitable

Mobility should be a right, but too often it’s a privilege. Can startups provide the technology and the systems necessary to help correct this injustice? Shared micromobility, in particular, offers an opportunity for more equitable and accessible mobility within cities, but only if done intentionally. Building equity and accessibility into the business model is not always top of mind for startups looking to pay back investors and make money, and it’s a time-consuming task. Is it still possible t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Remix, Tech, Accessibility, Equity, Revel, Butler, North Brooklyn, VIA, Micromobility, Frank Reig, Reig, Event Recap, Tiffany Chu


Wise announces plans to go public via direct listing

Wise, the fintech company formerly known as TransferWise, has announced that it wants to become a public company on the London Stock Exchange. Instead of following the traditional IPO route, Wise plans to go public via a direct listing. This is going to be the biggest direct listing on the London Stock Exchange. If you’re not familiar with Wise, the company specializes in cross-border money transfers. If you want to send money to someone living in another country, traditional retail banks charge...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Finance, Tech, London Stock Exchange, Fintech, Transferwise, Western Union, Wise, Monzo, Wise With Wise


This AI wants to play with your garbage so we don’t all die

Saving the world keeps getting harder every year. Not so long ago we were told that we had the power to make a difference if we all just sorted our recyclables. Unfortunately, that hasn’t quite panned out the way we were led to believe it would. The big problem is people. We suck at sorting, most of us don’t have access to proper bins and recycling services, and there’s just too much garbage for us to properly manage each day. We need help. Enter AI: There are few problems perfectly suited for r...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural, Next Featured


Neo4j raises Neo$325m as graph-based data analysis takes hold in enterprise

Databases run the world, but database products are often some of the most mature and venerable software in the modern tech stack. Designers will pixel push, frontend engineers will add clicks to make it more difficult to drop out of a soporific Zoom call, but few companies are ever willing to rip out their database storage engine. Too much risk, and almost no return. So it’s exceptional when a new database offering breaks through the barriers and redefines the enterprise. Neo4j, which offers a g...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Developer, Singapore, Funding, Tech, First, Suez Canal, APAC, Tom Hulme, Neo4j, DTCP, Eifrem, Emil Eifrem


Karin Tsai, director of engineering at Duolingo will be speaking at TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh on June 29

TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh is getting closer, with impressive featured speakers including Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian and Mayor Bill Peduto. However, we’ve saved the best for last: Our last speaker is Karin Tsai, director of engineering at Duolingo, a $2.4 billion business that is all about making language learning fun and accessible. The event will be held on June 29, so make sure to register here (for free) to listen to these conversations, enjoy the pitch-o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, EC, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Don, Tsai, Peduto, Bill Peduto, Farnam Jahanian, Duolingo EC, TechCrunch City Spotlight, Pittsburgh City Spotlight


eqtble, a platform that uses data analytics to create healthier workplaces, raises $2.7M seed

eqtble founders (from l to r): Ethan Veres, Gabe Horwitz and Joseph Ifiegbu “People are the backbone of any organization. People are more important than the product. Without people, you don’t have a product,” says Joseph Ifiegbu, who is Snap’s former head of human resources technology and also previous lead of WeWork’s People Analytics team. Ifiegbu’s startup, called eqtble, wants to give HR teams the same kind of detailed analytics that product, sales and marketing departments have had for a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Compensation, Recruitment, WeWork, Human Resources, Talent, Hiring, Initialized Capital, Horwitz, People Analytics, Culture Amp, Dei, HR Analytics


Emergence’s Lotti Siniscalco and Retail Zipline’s Melissa Wong will join us on Extra Crunch Live

For all that’s said about fundraising and working alongside investors, rarely do we get to see founders and their investors in candid conversation with one another. Extra Crunch Live is changing that. On the weekly live show, we sit down with founders and the VCs who funded them to talk about how they came together on the deal, what stood out about the other party that led to their commitment and how they operate today. We also (usually) take a walk through their early pitch decks to get a feel ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Fintech, Emergence Capital, Advent International, ECL, Ribbit Capital, Melissa Wong, Extra Crunch Live Announcement, Lotti Siniscalco, Siniscalco, Whistic, Old Navy It


Industrial cybersecurity startup Claroty raises $140M in pre-IPO funding round

Claroty, an industrial cybersecurity company that helps customers protect and manage their Internet of Things (IoT) and operational technology (OT) assets, has raised $140 million in its latest, and potentially last round of funding.   With the new round of Series D funding, co-led by Bessemer Venture and 40 North, the company has now amassed a total of $235 million. Additional strategic investors include LG and I Squared Capital’s ISQ Global InfraTech Fund, with all previous investors — Team8,...
Tags: Food, Startups, Internet Of Things, New York, Technology, Coca-cola, Funding, US, Articles, Tech, Ceo, United States, Computing, Pfizer, Lg, Siemens


Hydrosat raises $5M seed round to deliver ground temperature data to customers

A lot of information can be gleaned about a surface area just by taking the ground temperature data. If a crop field is under stress, for example, the ground temperature will be elevated long before there’s any actual indication of the stress on the plant itself, Hydrosat CEO and co-founder Pieter Fossel explained to TechCrunch. Now, with a new $5 million injection in seed funding, he hopes to launch Hydrosat’s first surface temperature analytics product for customers. The seed round was led by ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Funding, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Esa, Satellites, Private Equity, Satellite Imagery, University Of Michigan, European Space Agency ESA, SpaceX Falcon, U S Air Force, SBIR, Seed Round


Unit raises $51M in Accel-led Series B to grow its banking-as-a-service platform

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Every company is a fintech.”  But these days, that’s becoming more and more true as an increasing number of companies that are not even in the financial services space seek to add a fintech component to their offering. A group of startups poised to benefit from this shift are those offering banking as a service. One such startup, Unit , has raised $51 million in a Series B round to further its goal of making it possible for companies and fintechs alike to bui...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Amit Kumar, Finance, Funding, Tel Aviv, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Payments, Fintech, Accel, Unit, Recent Funding, Itai Damti, Doron Somech


Twine raises $3.3M to add networking features to virtual events

Twine, a video chat startup that launched amid the pandemic as a sort of “Zoom for meeting new people,” shifted its focus to online events and, as a result, has now closed on $3.3 million in seed funding. To date, twine’s events customers have included names like Microsoft, Amazon, Forrester, and others, and the service is on track to do $1 million in bookings in 2021, the company says. The new round was led by Moment Ventures, and included participation from Coelius Capital, AltaIR Capital, Men...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Funding, Linkedin, Tech, AltAir, Coburn, DoubleDutch, Cvent, Online events, Twine, Bizzabo, Rosecliff Ventures


Bad hotel Wi-Fi is a comforting reminder of the old world

This is adapted from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it here. Uh oh, watch out: Plugged In has just slid into the lobby all naked and greased up. Let’s move on from that childish image and kick off today’s lecture with a boring, grown-up statement: technology is only as good as its implementation. Take phones, for example. You can have the most delicious and crisp display on a device, but if it cracks easily, then it’s bad implementation. The industry is ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Samsung, Plugged


A brief history of our beloved mobile phones

I have a cellphone built into my watch. People now take this type of technology for granted, but not so long ago it was firmly in the realm of science fiction. The transition from fantasy to reality was far from the flip of a switch. The amount of time, money, talent and effort required to put a telephone on my wrist spanned far beyond any one product development cycle. The people who crossed a wristwatch with a cellphone worked hard for several years to make it happen, but technology developmen...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Next Featured


Si! Das ist richtig! Google’s reportedly building a Duolingo competitor

Google’s pretty good at letting you search the web in multiple languages and using AI to translate between them. Now, the company wants to use this prowess to help you learn different languages. According to a report from The Information, the company is preparing a new product called Tivoli that’ll be rolled out later this year. It’ll initially work on text, and will live in Google Search. At the company’s developer conference Google IO in May, the company showed off a new conversational AI mode...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pluto, Tivoli, Plugged


To win post-pandemic, startups need remote-first growth teams

Growth leaders used to build key relationships across a company while working together in a real-life office. Those relationships could carry over through the pandemic, but let’s say you’re a new company and you’re remote-first. How do you build this complex collaboration from scratch? Growth marketer and investor Susan Su tells us that the solution is not just more software tools. In the interview below, she says that after the pandemic, startup founders will need to develop a mentality that pl...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, Tech, E-commerce, SU, Digital Marketing, Growth Hacking, Sound Ventures, Collaboration Tools, Susan Su, Growth Marketing


Blockchain is more than memes, wild price fluctuations and my old pal Elon’s tweets

Media Sourcery, Inc. of Austin, Texas announces our Cold Chain solution, built for Trust and Transparency Though many blockchain-focused headlines lately have been more concerned with Dogecoin, enthusiastic bitcoin conferences and price fluctuations, most blockchains have real utility in improving existing processes. The recent announcement of our Cold Chain solution is one of many such examples.For a real-world implementation such as tracking assets with temperature requirements as they move th...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Service, Korea, Helium, ESG, Blockchain, Elon, Austin Texas, Houston Texas, Dogecoin, Austin Startups, Joe Midura, Supply-chain, Topl, Media Sourcery Inc


Google News thinks I’m the queerest AI journalist on Earth

Have you ever wondered why Google News surfaces some articles higher than others? If you answered “no” to that question, you probably don’t work in marketing or journalism. Google News is among the largest traffic drivers for online news sources and it plays a huge role in our day-to-day lives. Think about it. Let’s say you’re a reporter who writes about barns. You travel the countryside looking for the most interesting barns and you write barn stories. When people search Google News for the wor...
Tags: Google, Startups, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Pride, Google News, Neural, Next Featured


Yasmin Razavi of Spark Capital will sit in judgment at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021’s Startup Battlefield

Joining us onstage as a judge for TechCrunch Disrupt 2021‘s Startup Battlefield will be Yasmin Razavi, general partner at Spark Capital. Her engineering background and fintech chops should make for incisive questions for the founders presenting. Razavi invests in growth-stage enterprise, fintech and developer companies, but her background is until fairly recently an engineering-focused one. She grew up in Tehran, studied engineering at the University of Toronto and got her MBA at Harvard Busines...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, Tehran, University of Toronto, Mckinsey, Startup Battlefield, Harvard Business School, Razavi, Yasmin Razavi, TC Disrupt 2021, Marqueta Deel Rapyd Niantic Capitolis


Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What is a diversity green card and how do I apply for one? ...
Tags: Startups, Column, California, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, State Department, Lawyers, Biden, Tehran, H-1b Visa


Wonderschool’s Chris Bennett and investor Marlon Nichols will break down the path to seed-stage funding

Extra Crunch Live is all about helping founders build better venture-backed businesses. Naturally, we do this by having candid conversations with founders and their investors. On an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, we’ll sit down with MaC Venture Capital founding managing partner Marlon Nichols and Wonderschool co-founder and CEO Chris Bennett. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE! Not only will we discuss how they came together for Wonderschool’s seed round in 2017, but how that translated into what ha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Intel Capital, Nichols, Don, Bennett, Chris Bennett, ECL, Marlon Nichols, Wonderschool, Seed Stage, MaC Venture Capital, Bennett Wonderschool, Extra Crunch Live Announcement


5 things you need to know about Big Tech’s new nemesis — FTC chair Lina Khan

Big tech has a new threat to its market dominance: FTC chairwoman Lina Khan. President Joe Biden appointed Khan chair of the Federal Trade Commission on June 15, putting a prominent proponent of breaking up monopolies in charge of the competition regulator. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the public from corporate abuse,” Khan said in a statement. Progressives have heralded the appointment as an opportunity to rein in the increasing power of Silicon Valley, which will be...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Joe Biden, Silicon Valley, Khan, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Insider, Lina Khan



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