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Cera is building an AI for social care decision support

Can AI overhaul the social care system? That’s the pitch underpinning UK home care provider Cera‘s plans. The startup has today taken the tiniest baby steps to launch an AI chatbot that it hopes will, at an unspecified point in future, be able to assist carers with recommendations for home care of …

Health Care

Have You Outgrown Employee Management? Here's How to Let Go.

Uber's Travis Kalanick just announced he's looking for a second-in-command. Shame he didn't do that before, um, you know . . .<p>Earlier this year, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he was looking for a second-in-command to help him manage the company. For Kalanick, famous for his scrappy …

Leadership

RANKED: The 22 most prominent venture capital investors in Europe in 2017

2017 is a time of serious political upheaval — but in the startup world, life must go on.<p>Like the US, Europe has been shaken by populism over the past year, with Britain voting to leave the European Union in June 2016. The vote rocked the London tech community, widely regarded as the epicentre of …

Venture Capital

I've pitched major VCs and heard hundreds of pitches from the other side of the table — here's the best advice I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs

Pitching a venture capitalist is hard. A typical VC will have 500 face-to-face meetings per year, and less than 10% of startups will make it beyond the initial meeting.<p>It's a disappointing reality for most startup founders, who see rejection as a necessary evil in the fundraising process. And …

Entrepreneurship

LiveSmart, a London-based employee health platform, raises £700,000

LiveSmart, a London-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raised £700,000 in funding.<p>Investors include Matt Merrick (formerly the managing director of Virgin Active Health Clubs) and Lawrence Mitchell (formerly global marketing director and …

Startups

Smart diabetes management service Livongo Health raises $52.5M and looks to new markets

Glen Tullman doesn’t like it when someone tells him he’s sick when he’s feeling fine.<p>It’s something he thinks his customers probably don’t want to hear, either. Tullman runs a startup called Livongo Health, which offers a blood glucose monitor accompanied with a service designed to intervene and …

Home care marketplace HomeTouch quietly picks up backing from 500 Startups, launches UK-wide

HomeTouch, the U.K. home care marketplace, is announcing its nation-wide launch today, along with revealing that it now counts 500 Startups as a backer.<p>TechCrunch understands that the Silicon Valley VC has invested $200,000 in a round that closed in January, joining HomeTouch’s existing investors, …

Headspace, the meditation app, is putting its old CEO in charge of the company again

Co-founder Rich Pierson is taking over for Sean Brecker, who is staying on at the startup.<p>Headspace, the company behind a popular meditation app, has a new chief executive — who is also its old chief executive.<p>Headspace co-founder Rich Pierson took over the top slot at the startup last week, …

Startups

Progressive Web Apps will soon act more like native applications

Chrome has offered the ability to add shortcuts to web pages on the home screen for a while now. When Chrome 51 was released in 2015, Google took it …

Google

How a bot could automate 80% of startup investment screening

I have a 100-step checklist that I use to screen new investments. I’ve backed about 70 companies, but I’ve evaluated 40x that many — a dizzying amount of research. The fact is, a bot could do 80 percent of that work for me. After all, I have a series of questions, and I need to fill in answers. …

Venture Capital

AI system as good as experts at recognising skin cancers, say researchers

Deep learning-based system could be further developed for smartphones, increasing access to screening and aiding early detection of cancers<p>Computers can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts, according to the latest research attempting to apply artificial intelligence to health.<p>The …

Facebook is planning to open a startup incubator in Paris

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced on Tuesday that Facebook is planning to open its first startup incubator in Paris.<p>The incubator — known as Startup Garage — will be run out of a new €250 million (£219 million) startup campus called Station F, which is due to be the largest in the world when …

Startups

Stanford will hand out 1,000 Apple Watches for new health program

Stanford University has launched a new program, offering faculty members and instructors up to 1,000 Apple Watches and $10,000 in funding to investigate how Apple’s wearable device can be used in healthcare.<p>“This seed grant program is designed to stimulate and support creative uses of the Apple …

13 great tools for pitching to clients

Giving the perfect pitch is never easy. You have to know your subject inside-out. You have to grab people’s attention and know the answer to all …

Web Design

London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it’s hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers. The intended user is anyone not on the London property ladder, and thus at the mercy of landlords, tenancy …

14 Useful WordPress Themes for Your 2017 Projects

Looking for a WordPress theme?The options seem endless; and it can be a bit overwhelming. Any old theme won’t do. You want one that enables you to …

Web Design

Tech world aims to tackle the mental health issue next

Several months ago, CCS Insight surveyed 2,000 people in the US and UK about what they would most like to have tracked about themselves, and a large portion of them answered with, “stress levels.” It looks as though their requests are being answered. Mental health is a big focus in the tech …

The UK's National Health Service is testing out a medical chatbot as a non-emergency helpline

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is trialling a medical chatbot as an alternative to its non-emergency helpline. The app, made by UK startup Babylon, asks people questions about their illnesses in a chat window before giving them advice — whether they should go to a doctor, or if the problem …

Motiv crams a fitness band’s worth of functionality into a ring

Here’s one of those devices I can’t wait to put through some real world testing. Motiv’s creators have made some pretty big claims for their tiny wearable – which are pretty impressive, if true, putting a new spin on the somewhat staid and oversaturated world of fitness tracking wearables.<p>For what …

The 27 best startups that launched this year

Great businesses can be launched anytime, even when there's a downturn in funding.<p>While 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, life-saving drones, and competition for Uber.<p>Business Insider spoke …

Startups

Italian incubator H-Farm prepares for a new crop with a campus slated to open in 2018

There’s a farm outside of Venice, Italy, that cultivates tech talent the way other farms grow crops.<p>Called the H-Farm, the compound nestled in the Venetian countryside will open Italy’s most advanced technology education campus, providing all levels of education — from primary school to master’s …

One Drop is revolutionizing diabetes care through an app

The tech revolution in healthcare has so far focused on people who are already pretty healthy. FitBits, Apple Watches and the like are useful if you're trying to stay fit, but not if you're looking for tools to help manage a chronic condition.<p>One company is bridging the gap between chronic illness …

Diabetes

Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris is raising a new $230 million fund to focus on health care (updated)

Maris left earlier this year.<p>Bill Maris, who founded Google Ventures and left as its CEO earlier this year, is raising a new fund of just over $230 million that will focus on health care investments, according to those who have seen its fundraising deck.<p>(<b>U</b><b>pdate</b> <b>12/9/17</b>: When I pinged Maris to see …

Venture Capital

With Station F, Paris will have the world’s biggest startup campus

Station F (formerly known as la Halle Freyssinet) is quite an ambitious project and is bound to change the face of the tech ecosystem in Paris. Financed by Xavier Niel and directed by Roxanne Varza, Station F is going to be the world’s biggest startup campus with companies like Facebook and …

Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in realtime for diabetics.<p>Co-founder Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow back skin that had been damaged while at Northwestern University when …

India's Most Remote Villages Are Getting Better Healthcare With This Cloud-Based Solution

A patented digital health solution, called Re MeDi, developed by Neurosynaptic is used in 2,200 villages in India. (Photo Courtesy Shutterstock)<p>In India, public health care is free, yet years of under-investment in public health means that facilities are also grossly understaffed and …

Health Care

HOK and Hawkins\Brown Move Forward with Cardiff University Innovation Campus

Cardiff City Council has just approved the third and latest phase of Cardiff University's £300 million Innovation Campus. Hawkins\Brown and HOK each …

Innovation

“Designed by Apple in California” Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design