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Tableau Software Revamps Its Data Engine With Help From A Little German Startup

After fifteen years and $5.7 billion in market capitalization created, data visualization company Tableau Software is hoping to get a major business boost from a new data engine acquired from a little startup in Germany.<p>Tableau announced on Wednesday the general availability of its new data engine, …

Delphi acquires self-driving startup NuTonomy for $450 million

Both companies have autonomous driving pilots in Singapore<p>Delphi, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, is acquiring Boston-based self-driving car startup NuTonomy for an upfront purchase price of $400 million as well as $50 million in earn-outs, the companies announced today.<p>Delphi …

Stitch Fix, With Nearly $1 Billion In Sales, Files For An IPO

Clothing subscription company Stitch Fix has filed for an IPO, according to paperwork submitted to regulators on Thursday.<p>The San Francisco-based e-commerce startup, which picks clothing for women using a combination of data science and human stylists, listed $100 million as the amount it would …

4 valuable tips for building pre-launch hype for your mobile app

Once you have crafted a seamless mobile app, the next step is to create a landing page. This platform is where users will learn everything they need to know about what your app is, and what makes it so great.<p>The landing page should have a number of objectives prior to launching the app. As …

Selling

Woebot names AI pioneer Andrew Ng as chairman to work on mental health

Andrew Ng, one of the cofounders of the Google Brain project, will be the new chairman of Woebot, a company that operates a chatbot of the same name.<p>The bot is designed to help people work on their own mental health issues using techniques that originate with cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s a …

The simple formula Jeff Bezos used to turn Amazon into a $480 billion company

In the early 1990s, Jeff Bezos noticed something strange.<p>He was nearing 30, and it was at the dawn of the internet revolution. The web was nowhere near what it is today, but the thing that caught Bezos’ attention was that usage was picking up at a rate of 2,300% a year.<p>Not wanting to miss out, he …

Want to Be Acquired by Microsoft? Here Are 2 Things It's Looking For

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Listen up, startup founders: If you’re looking for a big corporate home for your young company (rather than an IPO), consider …

Magic Leap confirms $502 million Series D round

Mixed reality slash augmented reality startup Magic Leap announced today that it raised a $502 million Series D round led by Temasek with participation from EDBI, Grupo Globo, Janus Henderson, Alibaba Group, Fidelity Management and others. Just last week, a Delaware filing confirmed that Magic Leap …

Apple Considered Buying Medical Startup Crossover Health

Apple’s push into healthcare may have included buying a popular startup that runs on-site medical clinics for companies.<p>The consumer technology giant …

A new company allows you to monetize your genetic data

Genetic Wallet<p>The organizations and scientists working hard to develop the next generation of medical treatments and pharmaceuticals rely on genetic …

Blockchain

Startup Magic Leap seeks $1 billion funding, working on debut product

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Magic Leap, a highly funded and secretive startup that has promised breakthrough augmented reality technology, is seeking to raise up to $1 billion in fresh funding from investors, according to a new corporate filing.<p>Florida-based Magic Leap has authorized the sale of more …

Fintech startup Revolut is signing up 40 new business customers every day

• <b>Foreign exchange startup Revolut has 16,000 business customers four months after launch.</b>• <b><br>Signing up 3,000 to 3,500 new retail customers each day.</b>• <b><br>Plans to launch in the US, Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Hong Kong in the</b><b>first quarter of 2018.</b><p>LONDON — Foreign exchange startup Revolut is expanding …

Customers

WeTransfer’s Plan To Disrupt The Creative Process

“File-sharing” company no more–WeTransfer is aiming to become the pillar of creative communities.<p>Enter your email address. Read the fine print. Sign up. Login. Exit out of the pop-up. Most digital services force you to take several steps before you can actually do what you came to the site to do. …

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Richard Thaler Wants Entrepreneurs and Fitness Buffs to Know This 1 Thing

The decisions you make today could have a tremendously big impact on your future--one nudge at a time.<p>Feel like you don't make the best decisions when it comes to your finances? There may be Nobel Prize-winning research to help you understand why.<p>The 2017 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to …

The No. 1 Thing to Look for When Investing in Artificial Intelligence

The more of it a company has, the better the company's prospects are likely to be.<p>Data.<p>So much for creating suspense. The absolute top thing to look …

The Rise of Behavioral Economics and Its Influence on Organizations

Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago professor who just won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has inspired scholars across different disciplines and fundamentally changed the way we think about human behavior. He is considered the father of <i>behavioral economics</i> — a relatively new …

LINE enters AI game set to dominate Asia

Japanese multimedia application LINE’s recent entry to the artificial intelligence (AI) industry could likely dominate Asia’s virtual assistant …

Artificial Intelligence

Disney’s Big Bet on Streaming Relies on Little-Known Tech Company

For two days in late June, Disney’s board of directors gathered at Walt Disney World in Florida to wrestle with one topic: how technology was disrupting the company’s traditional movie, television and theme park businesses, and what to do about it?<p>The most startling presentation came from Disney’s …

TV shows

Too many aspiring entrepreneurs make a mistake that costs them precious time and money — but there's a simple fix

It's hard to admit you're wrong — especially when the thing you're supposedly wrong about is something you've spent time, money, and energy on. How <i>delicious</i> it would be if you ultimately left all the naysayers dumbfounded when you actually perfected that coffee-infused-pancake recipe you've been …

Entrepreneurship

6 AI-Powered Tools All Entrepreneurs Need to Run Their Business

Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools can help you better your business. Here are the ones you should try.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are now available to entrepreneurs via a broad range of …

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'

Andy Stewart, a managing partner at Motive Partners, said at the International Fintech conference in London last week: "I would call valuations right now frothy in general... tech generally is frothy."<p>A frothy market is one where valuations become detached from the underlining performance of a …

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

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

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 …

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 …