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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. 1. Huawei's CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei broke a years-long silence to deny that his company spies for the Chinese government, and to say he misses his daughter, arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 'very much.' Ren hasn't spoken to the international press for three years. 2. Ren Zhengfei tried to dispel the narrative that Huawei is a victim of the US-China trade war, calling President Donald Trump a great president. Ren called f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Ipo, US, Trends, Netflix, Tencent, SEC, Airbnb, Donald Trump, Huawei, Costco, Pewdiepie, Alexa, Cto, Deliveroo


PE-backed Offensive Security appoints new CEO

Offensive Security, a provider of online penetration testing training and certification, has named Ning Wang as CEO. Wang is the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of HackerOne and Lynda.com, respectively. Offensive Security’s backers include Spectrum Equity and TenEleven Ventures. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK – January 15, 2019 – Offensive Security, the leading provider of online penetration testing training and certification, today announced the appointment of Ning Wang as CE...
Tags: New York, Trends, Linkedin, People, Ning, HackerOne, Cto, Wang, Lynda, Kali, PE, Kali Linux, Ning Wang, Spectrum Equity, Adam Margolin, Offensive Security


VC-backed Offensive Security appoints new CEO

Offensive Security, a provider of online penetration testing training and certification, has named Ning Wang as CEO. Wang is the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of HackerOne and Lynda.com, respectively. Offensive Security’s backers include Spectrum Equity and TenEleven Ventures. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK – January 15, 2019 – Offensive Security, the leading provider of online penetration testing training and certification, today announced the appointment of Ning Wang as CE...
Tags: New York, Trends, Linkedin, People, Ning, HackerOne, Cto, Wang, Lynda, Kali, Kali Linux, Ning Wang, Spectrum Equity, Adam Margolin, Offensive Security, Mati Aharoni


CyPhy Works rebrands as drone data collection company, Aria Insights

CyPhy Works announced this morning that it is shifting focus and rebranding as Aria Insights. The new company is focused on utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to help analyze data collected by drones. Aria will build upon CyPhy’s tethered drone data collection, to help pull information in dangerous situations from oil tankers and pipelines to natural disasters. The new platform is designed to detect relevant information, alert the user and collect it on a 3D map, while k...
Tags: Startups, TC, Artificial Intelligence, Cto, Crunchbase, Helen Greiner, ARIA, Greiner, CyPhy Works, Lance Vanden Brook, Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology From


$2 billion takeaway startup Deliveroo lost its CTO, chief people officer, and chief legal officer in a big reshuffle

Food delivery startup Deliveroo has reshuffled its executive team as its chief technology officer, chief people officer, and chief legal officer depart. The company's new vice president of engineering and chief product officer will now run the tech team. The departures come as expectation grows for a Deliveroo float, sale, or further fundraise. Deliveroo, the $2 billion food takeaway startup, has had an executive reshuffle, resulting in the departure of its chief technology officer, chief peo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, New York, London, US, Trends, Britain, Cto, Deliveroo, Will Shu, Dan, Clutterbuck, Akshay, Rob Miller, T Rowe Price


Bill @Schmarzo Keynote On-Demand Presentation | @BigDataEXPO #BigData #Analytics #CIO #DataScience #ArtificialIntelligence

Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science" is responsible for guiding the technology strategy within Hitachi Vantara for IoT and Analytics. Bill brings a balanced business-technology approach that focuses on business outcomes to drive data, analytics and technology decisions that underpin an organization's digital transformation strategy. Bill has a very impressive background which includes CT...
Tags: Yahoo, Software, Bill, Cto, Hitachi, Dell EMC, Bill Schmarzo, Analytics Bill, BigData Analytics CIO, Advertiser Analytics


'We're Working On Rollable Phones,' Says LG CTO

In a wide-ranging interview with Mark Spoonauer from Tom's Guide, CTO and president of LG Electronics, IP Park, said his company is working on both rollable and foldable smartphones, regardless of whether there's demand for them or not. Here's an excerpt from the report: Are you looking into rollable and foldable phones as well? We are exploring many different form factors for phones, including foldable and rollable. Because display technology has grown so much that it can make it into very flex...
Tags: Tech, Lg, Cto, Tom, Mark Spoonauer, LG CTO, LG Electronics IP Park


Chris Halaschek of Pindrop: As Smart Speakers Rise in Popularity, Synthetic Speech and Voice Synthesis is Something We Need to be Ready For

The huge annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is wrapping up today, and it seems for the second year in a row smart devices with voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant were the talk of the show… pun intended.  With Amazon recently announcing they’ve sold over 100 million Echo devices, and analyst estimates saying Google has sold about half that amount of Google Home devices, it’s easy to see that we’re getting quite used to interacting with smart devices.  But in order of...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Interviews, Sales, Atlanta, Dc, West Coast, Einstein, University Of Maryland, Alexa, Cto, Pindrop, Voice Synthesis, Google Home, Google Duplex, Chris Halaschek


What to Expect in 2019: HR Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribut...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Siri, Management, United States, Deloitte, Kpmg, Oasis, Jason, Alexa, Cto, Manta, Right Now, Rob Wilson, Jason Fried


VLC hits 3 billion downloads, and will soon add AirPlay support

You’ve used a computer before, right? And you’ve watched a video on that machine? Well, that means you probably know VLC. Not only is it the best video player ever, it’s also ad-free, open-source, and is run by the non-profit organization, VideoLAN. In other words, it’s a prime example of what the internet should be about. And you know what? VLC has achieved one hell of a milestone at this year’s CES and hit 3 billion downloads across desktop and mobile platforms. Congrats! This achievement was ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Vlc, Cto, VideoLan, VideoLabs, Ludovic Fauvet


MongoDB stock sinks 13% after Amazon encroaches on its turf — but an analyst says that MongoDB has two secret weapons (MDB, AMZN)

MongoDB stock closed 13% down after Amazon Web Services announced its own rival DocumentDB. Analysts say this needs to be taken seriously because of Amazon's scale and reach — but it's too early to tell if it will affect MongoDB in the long term. MongoDB has two key advantages more capabilities and a loyal developer following — so loyal that when Microsoft offered a competing database called CosmosDB, it had little impact on MongoDB. MongoDB's stock was down 13% at the close of the first d...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Aws, Baidu, Amazon Web Services, Cto, Parker, HOROWITZ, BTIG, Microsoft Azure, Dev Ittycheria, Ittycheria, Eliot Horowitz, Edward Parker, MDB AMZN


The Mesmerizing Hotel Transformation and Connections That Evolves and Brings a New Life to Stories at Life House

Image: Courtesy of  Life House Hotels “We believe in the transformative nature of being in a new place; in a connected universe and in connecting individuals; a trip can be more than a trip, a Hotel more than a Hotel” – Life House Hotels. What can Hoteliers learn from The Mesmerizing Hotel Transformation and Connections that evolves and brings new life to stories at Life House? Life House a Holistic solution to modern travel Co-founded by former Sydell Group,  Starwood and TPG executive, Rami...
Tags: Facebook, Hotels, Social Media, Seo, Customer Experience, Brooklyn, House, Hotel, Denver, Tudor, Cto, Connection, Miami Beach, South Beach, Little Havana, TPG


ZEV Technologies is proud to introduce the O.Z-9 Pistol

ZEV Technologies O.Z-9 Pistol U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- ZEV spent 12 years perfecting upgrade parts and full gun modifications for customers in the most demanding environments in the world. The guns they have built have won over 20 national and world championships and are in the hands of special operations forces around the globe. As they mastered their craft, they dreamed about building their own pistol. Alec Wolf, CTO / Founder of ZEV Technologies, said, “Today I am so excited to show the wo...
Tags: Guns, Cto, U S Army, Glock, California Department of Justice, Oxnard California, Shooting Industry News, Firearm News, 1911, 9mm Pistol, Zev Technologies, Centralia Washington, Matt Ridenour, Alec Wolf, Custom SKB


Revolut hires Freetrade co-founder and former CTO as Head of Wealth & Trading Product

The London fintech industry is pretty close-knit, fall of strong personalities, and at times fiercely competitive. Within this context it is quite common for employees — and sometimes even founders — to swap sides. The latest such move sees André Mohamed, previously CTO and a co-founder of Freetrade, join rival Revolut as its new Head of Wealth & Trading Product. Freetrade launched its ‘zero-fee’ trading app in October last year, four months after Revolut announced its intention to add commissio...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Silicon Valley, Ucl, Cto, Revolut, Companies House, Mohamed, Vlad Yatsenko, Ian Fuller, Freetrade, André Mohamed


The CTO of $4.4 billion MongoDB explains why he's 'not terribly worried' that Amazon’s cloud is encroaching on its turf with a new database (AMZN, MDB)

On Wednesday, Amazon Web Serivces announced DocumentDB — a new document database service that's compatible with MongoDB, a popular open source database.  In October, MongoDB — the $4.4 billion company behind the database of the same name — took defensive moves against larger cloud platforms taking and selling its software for profit without giving back.  AWS, in particular, has a reputation for profiting off of free software from smaller companies, while contributing little code to the compa...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Alibaba, Aws, Mongodb, Costco, Amazon Web Services, Cto, HOROWITZ, Mongo, Amazon Alibaba, Amazon While, Baidu Tencent, Eliot Horowitz, SSPL


AWS gives open source the middle finger

AWS launched DocumentDB today, a new database offering that is compatible with the MongoDB API. The company describes DocumentDB as a “fast, scalable, and highly available document database that is designed to be compatible with your existing MongoDB applications and tools.” In effect, it’s a hosted drop-in replacement for MongoDB that doesn’t use any MongoDB code. AWS argues that while MongoDB is great at what it does, its customers have found it hard to build fast and highly available appli...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Aws, Mongodb, Cto, Ron Miller, Dev Ittycheria, Ittycheria, Eliot Horowitz


Vena Solutions nabs $115 mln in JMI Equity-led growth round

Vena Solutions, a Toronto-based provider of cloud financial planning and analysis software, has secured $115 million in its latest financing. The round was led by U.S. software growth equity firm JMI Equity. It was joined by Centana Growth Partners, which led the company’s $30 million financing in 2016. Vena’s other backers include Difference Capital Financial and Klass Capital. Founded in 2011 by CEO Don Mal, Chief Solutions Architect Rishi Grover and CTO George Papayiannis, Vena helps some 600...
Tags: New York, Toronto, Trends, Palo Alto, Cto, Jmi Equity, Michael Corcoran, Capital Partners, VC Deals, Vena, Abernathy MacGregor, Centana Growth Partners, Centana, Peter Arrowsmith, Vena Solutions, JMI Equity It


Cynerio raises $7 mln

Cynerio said Jan. 9 that it raised $7 million in funding. Investors including Accelmed, RDC and MTIP. Cynerio provides medical device and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) security solutions. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cynerio today announced the completion of its $7 million funding round to fuel growth in North America for its 100% healthcare focused cyber security platform. Investors include global VCs, Accelmed, a leading investment firm focused on value creation for ...
Tags: New York, US, Trends, North America, Cto, HIPAA, Rafael, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, John Halamka, Elron, Amichai Shulman, Leon Lerman, Cynerio, MTIP, Leon Lerman Cynerio, Daniel Brodie CTO


Nura is courting mainstream consumers with its bluetooth earbuds

Like many small companies at CES, most of Nura’s time this week will be spent in meetings behind closed doors. Among other things, the Australian startup seems confident that it will be in a lot more stores by the time it releases its second product in May of this year. Distribution for the Nuraphones was limited — no surprise, really, for a young company. Nura managed to strike deals with some brick and mortars, including specialty stores like B8ta, but sales for its first product were mostl...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Cto, Luke Campbell, Nura, Nuraphones, CES 2019, Nuraloop


M/C Partners buys, merges Carbon60 Networks, Gossamer Threads

M/C Partners has acquired Toronto-based Carbon60 Networks Inc and Vancouver-based Gossamer Threads Inc, both managed cloud services providers. Terms weren’t disclosed for the deal, which will see the companies combined under the name Carbon60 Networks. John Witte, Carbon60’s current CEO, will lead the new Canadian business. Alex Krohn, founder and CEO of Gossamer Threads, will assume the role of CTO. Carbon60 has been backed since 2014 by Canadian mid-market private equity firm Roynat Equity Par...
Tags: London, Toronto, Trends, Cms, Canada, Aws, Vancouver, John, Cto, Board, Kelowna, HIPAA, Choate Hall Stewart LLP, PE Deals, Zayo Group, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Scape Technologies raises $8M to let machines visually understand their surroundings

Scape Technologies, a London-based computer vision startup, is de-cloaking today to announce that it has raised $8 million in seed fund and launching the first iteration of its “Visual Positioning Service,” which lets developers build apps that require location accuracy far beyond the capabilities of GPS alone. The technology will initially target augmented reality apps, but can also be used to power applications in mobility, logistics and robotics. More broadly, Scape wants to enable any machin...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Cto, Sdk, Miller, Scape, Edward Miller, Visual Positioning Service, Scape Technologies, LocalGlobe Mosaic Ventures Fly Ventures, Entrepreneur First Scape Technologies


The Matrix PowerWatch 2 is a vampiric timepiece that sucks your life-force

When Matrix came out with its first PowerWatch the watch world was enamored. The self-powered smart watch would suck energy from your skin by using the temperature differential between your skin and the air, allowing it to run indefinitely without charging. Now the team has added a solar feature to their latest PowerWatch 2 which lets the watch both steal energy from your soul and the sol. The watch is on Indiegogo now for $199 and it’s already raised $445,000. It will ship in March. [gallery id...
Tags: Apple, Google, Energy, TC, Astronomy, Technology, Smartwatch, Tech, Watch, Sun, Indiegogo, Gps, Cto


Huron Capital invests in WD

Huron Capital has made a “significant” investment in Maryland-based WD Lab Grown Diamonds, a producer of laboratory grown diamonds for the jewelry, scientific and industrial markets. No financial terms were disclosed. TM Capital served as financial adviser to WD on the transaction. PRESS RELEASE DETROIT– January 7, 2019 – Leading middle-market private equity firm Huron Capital announced today it has made a significant equity investment in WD Lab Grown Diamonds (“WD” or the “Company”). Based in t...
Tags: Maryland, Washington, Trends, Washington Dc, Berkshire Hathaway, North America, Detroit, Cto, Hill, U S Federal Trade Commission, CVD, Carnegie Institution, PE Deals, Huron Capital, Detroit Huron Capital, Richline Group


One of the West's biggest cybersecurity vulnerabilities is our idiotic habit of sending servers full of sensitive information to foreign countries

Western companies routinely sell their old tech hardware to private companies in foreign countries, without wiping the sensitive data on them first. A Business Insider source found a large database of the Dutch public health insurance system on old equipment abandoned after a hardware upgrade. He also found the codes for controlling the traffic lights in multiple Spanish cities.  It's pointless worrying about hackers breaking into our systems if we're giving away data to anyone with a credit c...
Tags: UK, Putin, France, Trends, Spain, Romania, CSI, Cto, Benelux, Nir Giller, Andrew Tonschev


Is the Tech Industry the New Coal Mine?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the working environment in the tech industry. Video game developers working 80 or more hours a week to keep their job. Collusion among big tech companies to keep the salaries down. The list goes on and on. There has even been talk of unions forming. A few years ago, after feeling pushed around at a development job I was working, I realized that we were the workers. Yes, we were inside with the other people that worked for the company. Yes, we were wea...
Tags: Work, Seo, Skynet, Cto


A look back at the Israeli cyber security industry in 2018

Yoav Leitersdorf Contributor Yoav Leitersdorf is a partner at YL Ventures. More posts by this contributor Trends in Israel’s cybersecurity investments The drone race is off and running, with Israel in the lead Ofer Schreiber Contributor Ofer Schreiber is a partner at YL Ventures. More posts by this contributor The state of Israel’s cybersecurity market Trends in...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Internet Of Things, Technology, Israel, Entrepreneur, Tech, Cisco, Cybercrime, Computing, Marriott, National Security, Andreessen Horowitz, Iot, British Airways, Cyberwarfare


A look back at the Israeli cyber security industry in

Yoav Leitersdorf Contributor Yoav Leitersdorf is a partner at YL Ventures. More posts by this contributor A look back at the Israeli cyber security industry in Trends in Israel’s cybersecurity investments Ofer Schreiber Contributor Ofer Schreiber is a partner at YL Ventures. More posts by this contributor The state of Israel’s cybersecurity market Trends in Isra...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Internet Of Things, Technology, Israel, Entrepreneur, Tech, Cisco, Cybercrime, Computing, Marriott, National Security, Andreessen Horowitz, Iot, British Airways, Cyberwarfare


3 top executives at Axios, one of the hottest media startups around, have left in quick succession

Axios has lost its top three technical executives, all in the past six months. They were heads of technology, product, and design, and were key to the company delivering on its selling point of providing news in a reader-friendly way. The online media startup has grown rapidly through advertising, which some sources said has led to tensions with the product side. Axios' cofounder said the company is as obsessed with audience as ever and is on track to grow revenue again in 2019. Axios was fou...
Tags: Politico, Trends, David, Silicon Valley, Cto, Pro Rata, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, VandeHei, Atlantic Media, Lerer Hippeau, Alexis Lloyd, Roy Schwartz, Axios, Kendall Baker, Matt Boggie


Cruise and DoorDash to test food delivery using self-driving cars in San Francisco

Cruise is partnering with DoorDash to pilot food and grocery delivery in San Francisco using self-driving vehicles. The companies announced Thursday that the testing program will begin in early 2019 with an initial focus on the San Francisco market. “Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous vehicle technology and transform transportation,” said Dan Ammann, who became CEO of Cruise late last year. “Partnering with DoorDash will provide u...
Tags: Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Self-driving Cars, Cto, Doordash, Dan Ammann, Tony Xu, Kyle Vogt, Cruise Automation


Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise platform, adds another major customer, Nestle

While Facebook continues to repair its image with consumers disenchanted with the social network’s role in disseminating misleading or false information and mishandling their personal data, it’s ironically been finding some traction for its enterprise-focused service, Workplace. Today, the company announced that it has added another huge company to its books today: Nestle, the coffee, chocolate and FMCG giant with 2,000 brands and 240,000 employees, has signed up as its latest customer. Faceb...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Europe, London, Enterprise, Microsoft, Workplace, Walmart, Starbucks, Cto, Fmcg, Nestle, Chris Johnson, Anand, Julien Codorniou