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3 ways retailers are using AI to reinvent shopping

In this new age of ecommerce, marketing means providing a seamless experience across channels, delighting customers with same-day deliveries, providing excellent customer service and recommendations, and sending real-time personalized messages your customers will thank you for.<p>But personalized …

Customer Experience

Just how expensive is a HomeKit house? Here’s my estimation

Smart home accessories are priced at a premium over basic appliances which makes HomeKit an expensive hobby. Homebuilders are offering HomeKit accessory packages for new home buyers with a $4,000 starting price so that’s one ballpark estimate, but how much would it cost to retrofit your existing …

Bringg Raises $5 Million So Any Business Can Offer An Uber-Like Experience

If on-demand is the future of delivery, a startup called Bringg aims to help established businesses better compete with the likes of Amazon and Uber going forward. The company has now raised $5 million in Series A funding to further develop its web and mobile platform that businesses to move into …

Textio, A Startup That Analyzes Text Performance, Raises $8M

Textio CEO Kieran Snyder took a quantitative approach to how language worked in her linguistics studies. And when she and her co-founder Jensen Harris were leaving Microsoft to start a new company, it was only natural that it would be centered around language in some way.<p>That’s how Textio, a …

Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More

Palo Alto-based Curbside, a company offering a mobile app that allows shoppers to buy from local retailers like Target and Best Buy then pick up items at stores without exiting their car, is today announcing the close of $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures, …

Startups

UK’s Yieldify Raises $11.5M From SoftBank And Google Ventures To Fix E-Commerce Conversions

London has emerged as a major hub for digital advertising and marketing, and today one of its faster growing startups is getting some funding to go to the next level. Yieldify, a marketing tech business that has built software to improve and track on-site and email conversions — that is, for …

API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M

Startups that help people send money to each other or pay for goods and services online have been growing like weeds, fuelled by consumer demand, increasingly ubiquitous connected devices to make and receive the funds, and VCs eager to profit from their growth. Now a startup that has built …