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By barrysmyth | A magazine about startups and starting up in the world of tech.

Google partners with VCs to host its own machine learning startup competition

On the heels of acquiring data science community Kaggle, Google is launching a machine learning competition of its own for startups. Google is targeting early-stage companies taking an innovative approach to machine learning.<p>The competition is being run in partnership with seven venture capital …

Check Out a New Podcast Hosted by Reid Hoffman -- And Join the Conversation on Entrepreneur.com

The billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn and Greylock partner is hosting a new 10-series podcast, 'Masters of Scale', one full of ideas worth talking about.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In the new podcast Masters of Scale, LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy on how to scale</i> …

An engineer’s guide to picking a startup

One of the questions I often get from engineers I mentor is how do you decide on what early stage startup is worth working for? Often, this is long before you have paying customer logos or big name venture funds with substantial commitments as ‘signals’ of potential success.<p>I was a programmer once. …

Fintech investor: 'Anything that has machine learning or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x'

LONDON — Valuations of financial technology companies are "frothy," according to one of the cofounder of a new fintech-focused investment company.<p>Andy Stewart, a managing partner at Motive Partners, said at the International Fintech conference in London last week: "I would call valuations right now …

Oval combines tracking, saving and investing into one app, driven by AI… and you

There are several apps on the market that help you track your spending (Parity), save money (Pennies), or invest (Moneybox) using basic machine learning. Now an ambitious startup wants to do all three.<p>Based out of London, new startup Oval (Apple, Android) will combine expense tracking, saving, and …

The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

Robinhood, the app that lets you trade stocks without paying any fees, is reportedly now valued at $1.3 billion, according to a report in TechCrunch, citing sources.<p>The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 …

DataRobot raises $54 million to bring machine learning to predictive analytics

DataRobot, a machine learning platform that helps enterprises build predictive models at speed, has raised $54 million in a Series C funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA).<p>Founded out of Boston in 2012, the DataRobot platform features hundreds of open-source machine …

Machine Learning

7 Tools That Startups Should Know About Right Now

Bootstrapped startups and the entrepreneurs who run them need software and applications that help them do heavy lifting without having to hire large teams.<p>Being an entrepreneur is no easy task, and while patience and perseverance are desirable qualities, having a few tools of the trade puts the …

Small Business

Silicon Valley is no longer #1 for talent says huge global startup report

There’s no cooler biz on the planet than startups, and there’s no denying Silicon Valley is the startups capital of the world… for now.<p>Cities all over the world are vying to knock the crown off this tech king. And Startup Genome has all the cities doing their best to keep up with San Fran sultan in …

Startups

This cutting edge AI startup from Finland is challenging tech giants and universities alike

When asking around to find the coolest startups in Helsinki, Curious AI was put forward. The company does not disappoint – even its approach to being a startup is unique.<p>Curious AI is a research-based company founded 2015 as a spin-off from Aalto's Deep Learning Research Group. While conventional …

Chorus.ai raises $16 million to further develop AI for sales call analysis

Chorus.ai, a startup that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to analyze sales calls, announced today that it has raised $16 million. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures.<p>The San Francisco- and Tel Aviv-based startup provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that uses in-house developed …

Startups

Blockchain’s brilliant approach to cybersecurity

Hackers can shut down entire networks, tamper with data, lure unwary users into cybertraps, steal and spoof identities, and carry out other devious attacks by leveraging centralized repositories and single points of failure.<p>The blockchain’s alternative approach to storing and sharing information …

Bitcoin

DeepMind’s elusive third cofounder is the man making sure that machines stay on our side

DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence (AI) lab bought by Google for £400 million in 2014, was cofounded by three people in 2010 but one of them remains relatively unknown.<p>Shane Legg, DeepMind's chief scientist, gives significantly fewer talks and far less quotes to journalists than his …

Cloud Bottlenecks: How Pokémon Go (and other game dev teams) caught them all

Lesson: “Something that works with two million users doesn’t always work with 10 million."<p>When <i>Pokémon Go</i> launched in the US the first week of July …

Pokémon Go

How businesses can learn from the first wave of AI

Businesses that do not have a robust data-centric culture to drive AI will be affected.<p>Artificial Intelligence (AI) or cognitive technology is no …

Android’s co-founder is building a new company and a new kind of smartphone

Andy Rubin reportedly working on a premium smartphone with edge-to-edge display and ceramic back<p>Andy Rubin, co-founder of the Android operating system, is reportedly building out a new company and working on several new products including a premium smartphone with an edge-to-edge display “that …

Mobile Technology

AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries

Missed out on the Innovation Summit? Sign up to receive the videos and presentation. CB Insights unveiled the AI 100—a list of 100 of the most …

Artificial Intelligence

The CEO of Sony is stepping down to become the chairman of Snap

Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Sony America—the company has a rather complicated organizational structure—announced today that he will be stepping down from his positions to become chairman of Snap, the holding company behind Snapchat. According to a release from …

Microsoft Buys Canadian Artificial Intelligence Startup for More Brainpower

Microsoft is buying Maluuba, a Canadian startup focused on giving software a better understanding of human language. This natural language processing …

Snap doubled its acquisitions in 2016 as it builds toward IPO

As much of the world was welcoming Santa Claus down their chimneys, news emerged this week that Snap, the company behind perennially popular social network Snapchat, had acquired augmented reality (AR) startup Cimagine Media for “up to” $40 million.<p>Founded in 2012, Cimagine works on computer vision …

Startups

Microsoft Ventures launches new fund for AI startups and backs Element AI incubator

Microsoft Ventures today announced two steps that point to how the tech giant’s VC arm wants to get involved in artificial intelligence in a big way. First, it’s now going to pursue investments through a special fund dedicated to AI startups that focus on “inclusive growth and positive impact on …

Billion Dollar Startups Stay On Top Of Business: 17 Productivity Tips For 2017

<i>We asked the founders and CEOs of fast-growing companies one question:</i> <i>What’s one life-hack or routine that keeps you productive and/or organized as a startup CEO?</i><p>Losing control of your team, workload — or even your inbox — can make any entrepreneur feel defeated. But sometimes all it takes is a …

Startups

Product Hunt was acquired and venture capital may never be the same again

AngelList’s acquisition of Product Hunt is being described as the two coolest kids joining the same team at Silicon Valley High. Startup founders already use AngelList to meet investors and raise money before launching their products on Product Hunt, the premier discovery site for the latest …

Startups

A top VC firm just put together a striking presentation on what it was like for startups in 2016

Last year, startups were filled with fear that Silicon Valley was in a bubble about to burst. Now that it's approaching the end of 2016, startups aren't quite as concerned as they used to be — and 9 out of 10 founders think the time is better than ever to a start a new company.<p>Given all of the fear …

How Indian Startup Belong Is Using Machine Learning Algorithms To Hire Smarter For Companies

<i>(From left to right) Saiteja Veera, co-founder, Vijay Sharma, CEO & co- founder, Sudheendra Chilappagari co-founder & head of product, and Rishabh Kaul, co-founder & head of demand. Pic Credit: Belong</i><p>For a long time, hiring in India (or for that matter anywhere in the world) meant candidates would …

Startups

Stripe has raised $150 million more at a $9 billion valuation

IPO next?<p>Stripe, the online payments company that has essentially become the default acceptance service for startup companies in the U.S., has raised around $150 million in a new round of funding. The round values the company at $9.2 billion after the cash infusion, up from $5 billion last …

Venture Capital

China’s Ctrip.com acquiring travel search website Skyscanner for $1.74 billion

<i>(Reuters)</i> — Ctrip.com International Ltd, China’s biggest online travel company, said on Wednesday it agreed to buy travel search website Skyscanner Holdings Ltd in a deal valuing the Scotland-based company at about 1.4 billion pounds. ($1.74 billion).<p>Ctrip’s shares were up 9.2 percent at $44.75 in …

China

Blockchain technology is coming to the solar panels on your roof

Where there’s a market with creaking infrastructure to be disrupted, blockchain technology will disrupt it. At least that’s what some proponents of blockchain tech, which shares many of the same principles underpinning bitcoin, are hoping to do with the energy sector.<p>While blockchain tech has taken …

Why search has become the backbone of mobile apps

Elasticsearch is an open source distributed full text search engine built on top of Apache Lucene. We recently connected with Gaurav Gupta, VP of …