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Crew, a Workplace and Slack messaging rival for shift workers, raises $35M, adds enterprise version

Posted on: December 29, 2018, in Blog

When it comes to shift workers communicating with each other in the workplace when they are not face-to-face, gone are the days of cork announcement boards. Now, the messaging app is the medium, and today one of the startups tackling that opportunity in a unique way has raised a round of funding to get to […]

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Sovrn acquires VigLink to expand its publisher monetization platform

Posted on: December 29, 2018, in Blog

Sovrn recently raised $25 million in new funding with the goal of expanding beyond the adtech business through acquisitions. Now it’s announcing the first of those deals: It’s acquiring affiliate marketing company VigLink. Sovrn first launched in 2014 — made up, as CEO Walter Knapp put it, from “bits and pieces of different companies.” (It […]

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WhatsApp makes group calls easier, but calls still limited to four people

Posted on: December 28, 2018, in Blog

WhatsApp is making group calls easier with a change to the way its mobile app works. Before, users would have to start a 1:1 video call, then add participants — there wasn’t an option to begin a group call at once, the company says. Now, the design has been updated so you can start group […]

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Box releases Skills, which lets developers apply AI and machine learning to Box content

Posted on: December 28, 2018, in Blog

When you have as much data under management as Box does, you have the key ingredient for artificial intelligence and machine learning, which feeds on copious amounts of data. Box is giving developers access to this data, while letting them choose the AI and machine learning algorithms they want to use. Today, the company announced […]

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Heres Googles new Street View Trekker backpack

Posted on: December 27, 2018, in Blog

Years ago, Google’s Street View program expanded from streets to virtually everywhere, thanks to Google’s Trekker program that put 360-degree Street View cameras into a single backpack. Today, Google announced its upgraded Trekker backpack, which is significantly smaller and lighter than before. The old one weighed in at about 44 pounds.

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In the winds of crypto winter

Posted on: December 27, 2018, in Blog

Well, it was surreal while it lasted, by which I mean the 2017-18 cryptocurrency bubble. For a while there, Coinbase was #1 in the App Store, Bitcoin was above $10K, and there were more notional crypto zillionaires out there than you could shake a Merkle tree at. Those were the crazy days. Now, though, a […]

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TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asias startups

Posted on: December 26, 2018, in Blog

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like approach to investing in startups in the region. The fund was launched in 2016 and it is a joint effort between Australia-based venture fund Aura […]

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Facebook open-sources PyText NLP framework

Posted on: December 26, 2018, in Blog

Facebook AI Research is open-sourcing some of the conversational AI tech it is using to power its Portal video chat display and M suggestions on Facebook Messenger. The company announced today that its PyTorch-based PyText NLP framework is now available to developers. Natural language processing deals with how systems parse human language and are able […]

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Powering customer journeys in the age of AI

Posted on: December 25, 2018, in Blog

Anirudh Pandit

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They scaled YouTube now theyll shard everyone with PlanetScale

Posted on: December 25, 2018, in Blog

When the former CTOs of YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox seed fund a database startup, you know there’s something special going on under the hood. Jiten Vaidya and Sugu Sougoumarane saved YouTube from a scalability nightmare by inventing and open-sourcing Vitess, a brilliant relational data storage system. But in the decade since working there, the pair have […]

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