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Uber acquires dockless bike-share startup Jump

Uber has acquired bike-sharing startup JUMP for an undisclosed amount of money. The ride-hailing company announced on Monday that it will acquire Jump, the New York City-based e-bike startup that has been working with Uber for two months on a pilot to integrate bike-sharing options into Uber’s app. Apparently that trial went well because now… Read More »

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Sports car maker Porsche invests in Israeli startup Anagog

The digital arm of German sports car maker Porsche AG has bought a minority stake in Israeli artificial intelligence software developer Anagog in a bid to expand its offering of digital technologies, the German firm said, without revealing financial details of the deal. Anagog, is a Tel Aviv-based startup, developed an artificial intelligence-based software that analyzes sensor… Read More »

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Chinese AI startup SenseTime raises $600m from Alibaba-led consortium at record US$3b valuation

SenseTime Group Ltd has raised US$600 million from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and other investors at a valuation of more than US$3 billion, becoming the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence (AI) startup. Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings and Chinese retailer Suning Commerce Group also participated in the round, SenseTime said in a news release…. Read More »

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Crypto Data Startup BitKan Raises $10 Million in New Funding

Shenzhen-based cryptocurrency data startup BitKan has raised $10 million in a Series B funding round. Leading the round is a Chinese financing firm called Zhongyunhui Capital, with IDG Capital and bitcoin mining giant Bitmain also contributing funds, the company announced Wednesday. Bitmain is an existing investor in BitKan, having invested $1.6 million in the startup in… Read More »

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Apple hires Google’s AI chief

According to NYTimes , Apple has hired John Giannandrea, previously Google’s Head of AI and Search. Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” the Cupertino company said in a statement to the Times, he will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Just yesterday, The Information (paywalled)… Read More »

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The Aftermath of the Youtube Shooting

On Tuesday, a woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, wounding three people before taking her own life as employees of the Silicon Valley technology company fled into the surrounding streets, authorities said. Senior law enforcement officials believe the motive behind the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute, MSNBC and other… Read More »

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SixThirty raises $7 million toward new startup investment fund

SixThirty, the St. Louis-based, early-stage investment fund and accelerator that invests in financial services startups, has raised $7.2 million, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The money is part of a larger SixThirty fund that will enable it to increase the size of its typical investment from $100,000 to $250,000. The… Read More »

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5 Best Practices B2Bs Should Follow for Quality Lead Nurturing

As a B2B marketer, you probably already know the different buyer’s journeys that B2B and B2C buyers take. While business-to-consumer buyers are often led by emotion and advice from friends on social media, with B2B buyer’s the situation is a bit more complicated. You need qualified leads. But sometimes those leads aren’t taking the next… Read More »

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