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Freshworks raises $100 million, at $1.5 billion valuation, from Sequoia, Accel, and CapitalG as it plans for IPO

Freshworks, which offers a range of customer support and sales software, has raised $100 million in a series G round of funding co-led by Sequoia and Accel Partners, with participation from Alphabet’s late-stage growth fund CapitalG.<p>The company was apparently valued at around $750 million during …

Venture Capital

Toast raises $115M at a $1.4B valuation to create a one-stop management tool for restaurants

While massive restaurant chains might have resources to build out their own management systems or integrate with larger point-of-sale providers, Toast — a provider of tools for restaurants to manage their business — is raising a big round of funding to go after everyone else.<p>Now Toast is a business …

Dog-sitting startup Rover just raised $155M

Rover, a dog-walking and dog-boarding service that merged with DogVacay around this time last year, is now the second of such startups this year to raise a massive new round of funding with its announcement of a $155 million financing round.<p>While competitor Wag has become a juggernaut, there seems …

Want to Work From Home -- and Improve Your Mental Health? Apple, Dell, and Walt Disney Are Now Hiring for These Remote Jobs

Additionally, studies show that working remotely will save you between $4,668 to $5,688 per year.<p>Earlier this month, I reported on a FlexJobs study that showed how working remotely will save you money -- enough for that kitchen remodeling project or a couple of vacations to a white sandy beach in …

Why Lithium Is About To Replace Oil

Would you be interested in buying a commodity that will become the basis for the global economy for the second half of the 21st century?<p>How about a …

Zervant raises €6M for its invoicing software for small businesses

Finnish fintech startup Zervant, which provides online invoicing software for small business and entrepreneurs across Europe, has raised €6 million in funding. The round was led by Tesi, with participation from Northzone, NFT Ventures, and Conor Venture Partners.<p>Founded in 2010 and headquartered in …

Small Business

EventDrops, The Time Series Data Visualization, Gets a Major Performance Boost

It's been a long time since we last spoke about EventDrops, our time series data visualization based on D3.js. After several months of hard work, we …

Data Visualization

Building a point of sale service for big business, Appetize rings up $20 million

After getting its start in theme parks and event centers in Southern California, Appetize, the developer of point of sale technologies for big stadiums and college campuses, has raised $20 million to expand.<p>The new capital came from Shamrock Capital Advisors, which had served as the financial …

Los Angeles

Apple to take on messaging rivals with launch of Business Chat

Apple is preparing to roll out a new feature in iMessage that will allow consumers to chat directly with businesses through Apple’s messaging platform. The feature, called Business Chat, was announced last year at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, and will debut this spring with launch …

Front raises $66 million to replace Microsoft Outlook

Front is raising a $66 million Series B round led by Sequoia with DFJ and existing investors also participating. There are now 2,500 companies using Front to manage shared inboxes and collaborate. The startup now wants to go one step further and become the definitive email product.<p>“I decided that I …

Google’s AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code

Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise — build custom image recognition models. While Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, the …

Machine Learning

The Nebia Spa Shower is a Kickstarter success that could save you over £500 a year | Trusted Reviews

<b>A large number of Kickstarter projects fail or end up being a disappointment. But this isn’t the case with the Nebia Spa Shower, a shower system that</b> …

30 Amazing Machine Learning Projects for the Past Year (v.2018)

<b>For the past year</b>, we’ve compared nearly 8,800 open source Machine Learning projects to pick Top 30 (0.3% chance).<p>This is an extremely competitive …

MoneyLion raises $42M to grow its personal finance platform for the middle class

MoneyLion, the part lending, part savings and part wealth management app targeted at the financial middle class has raised $42M in Series B funding.This brings total equity funding to $67M since being founded in 2013.<p>The startup provides an all-in-one platform for anything finance related. A user …

Newton brings a beautiful new calendar app to iOS

Newton, creator of what is arguably the best mail app on iOS, now has a beautiful new calendar app. Newton Calendar was designed to be lightweight and gorgeous. It re-imagines what a mobile calendar should look like, and it makes managing your day a piece of cake.<p>I’ve been using Newton Mail for …

Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach. It has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to …

Google Docs

Control all your appliances at the press of a button with this smart outlet that's on sale

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do to go green is unplug things when you're not using them. This best-selling outlet could help you cut out the …

Flo Technologies brings water management to the smart home

Flo Technologies has a smart water monitoring kit that watches for leaks and shuts water off if it detects a problem.<p>The Flo water security and management system is a new Wi-Fi connected device professionally installed on your main water supply line, Flo Technologies announced Monday.<p>The system …

NoHold lets companies turn manuals into Google Assistant voice apps

NoHold, a company with a long history of building chatbots for use in customer service scenarios, announced a new feature of its Sicura QuickStart product that’s designed to make it easier for people to create functionality for the Google Assistant.<p>The change will allow customers to feed QuickStart …

Microsoft 365 Business launches out of preview

Microsoft today announced that the confusingly named Microsoft 365 Business has hit general availability worldwide. Aimed at small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees, the offering is priced at $20 per user, per month.<p>In July, Microsoft introduced Microsoft 365, a new set of …

Intuit’s Turbo wants to help you better understand your financial health

Few companies have more data about the financial health of individuals in the U.S. than Intuit, thanks to its TurboTax, Mint and QuickBooks tools. For the longest time, though, the company didn’t bring these tools together. That’s slowly starting to change however, as the company is realizing that …

3 years after Indiegogo launch, social robot Jibo is available for preorder

More than three years after the start of Jibo’s crowdfunding campaign, the social robot that raised more than $3.5 million on Indiegogo is coming to market within the next several weeks. Today, the company published a press release stating that Jibo is now available for public preorder at $899, …

A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won’t Replace Lawyers, Yet.

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley’s next victim.<p>But recent research and even the people working on the software meant to automate legal work say the adoption of A.I. in law …

LEGO Architecture Studio includes 1,200-pieces + 272-pages of designs for $113

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Amazon offers the LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Building Block Sets for <b>$113.29 shipped</b>. Also at Toys R Us. For comparison, it …

Lego

dcrawl – Web Crawler For Unique Domains

dcrawl is a simple, but smart, multithreaded web crawler for randomly gathering huge lists of unique domain names.How does dcrawl work?dcrawl takes …

How Less Than $2,400 Can Get You $150,000 Worth of Media Attention

PR can be an amazing, untapped beast for attention and lead generation--but only if you reframe your mindset.<p>Everyone wants media coverage.<p>Positive, repetitive mainstream and niche media coverage can drive a sales windfall. Great PR also influences search engine optimization, because Google's …

The Minimally-nice Open Source Software Maintainer

Being involved in open source software is rewarding, yeah? You start off contributing to your favorite project, and it feels so heartwarming when …