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How Google Ranks Websites: The Ranking Factors You Need to Know [Infographic]

Are you trying to figure out how Google decides where to rank your website? Want to know the ranking factors you need to consider when working on …

SEO

Enterprise growth is changing in the age of AI

Not long ago, reaching audiences through technologies like email was considered breakthrough. Fast forward to today, a hyper-accelerated existence in which the average human checks their smartphone over 150 times daily.<p>This phone-fiddling translates into the average enterprise dealing with …

Intelligence

This Is Why Jeff Bezos Is Spending Millions on an Indoor Farming Startup

The results could very well change the way you eat fruits and vegetables<p>With the amount of farmable acreage seemingly shrinking all the time, access to fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by. Small-scale produce can be prohibitively expensive, and cheaper options from far-flung corners …

Farming

Optimizing Travel in the Cloud

As the population swells in urban centers, cities across the globe are looking for innovative solutions to outpace the need for mass transit.<p>We’re a species that’s drawn to urban living. Fifty-six percent of the world’s population lives in cities, and by 2050, that number is expected to jump to 66 …

Sharing patient data would open door to next-generation NHS using 'artificial intelligence', Government told

Data from patients’ health records should be shared with private firms to improve care using artificial intelligence, the Government is told today.<p>A …

Medical Technology

Just Three Words Can Get Drivers Exactly Where They Want to Go

You need to pick up friends at an airport, but you don’t know where along the arrivals curb they’re waiting. You’re meeting a client, but you are unsure which entrance to use at their sprawling corporate headquarters. You’re headed to a wedding in a scenic park, but you don’t know exactly know …

Facebook's most successful alum hopes to help ordinary investors make money on startups

• <b>Midas-touch investor Chamath Palihapitiya is launching a public company that will raise money through an IPO and then figure out what tech companies to buy.</b>• <b><br>He's trying to raise $500 million to be spent on well-performing private tech startups.</b>• <b><br>He's enlisted other famous tech executives to help him</b> …

Venture Capital

Hinge Health closes $8M Series A led by Atomico to ‘digitize delivery of healthcare’

Hinge Health, a startup originally founded out of London but that has since moved its headquarters to San Francisco, is on mission to “digitize the delivery of healthcare”. Beginning with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders — that’s things like knee pain, shoulder pain, or back pain, to you and me — …

Startups

SnapTravel raises $8 million for a hotel booking service that works over chat

Chatbots – automated bots that let you interact with a service or brand via messaging apps or SMS – haven’t yet become breakout hits, as a group. But that hasn’t stopped investors from pouring in $8 million into a hotel booking startup called SnapTravel, which lets users find and book rooms via SMS …

Hospitality

Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading early-stage venture capital firms, has raised $170 million for its latest fund.<p>Mangrove V will be used to invest across Europe and Israel. The amount matches that of its previous funds, and was completed inside two months with 90 …

This ex-Googler just got another $30 million to help companies with the 'art and science' of hiring exactly who they want

By 2012, Sarah Nahm, a former Googler who had worked as a speechwriter for Marissa Mayer and a designer on the Chrome team, knew she was ready for something different.<p>There was no "lightning strike" moment of inspiration, Nahm tells Business Insider. She and two colleagues knew they wanted to start …

Boost for UK fintech as Receipt Bank secures huge $50 million in funding

LONDON — Accountancy software startup Receipt Bank has raised $50 million (£38.4 million) in a Series B funding round led by a New York venture capital firm.<p>Insight Venture Partners led the investment, one of the biggest deals in UK fintech since Brexit.<p>Receipt Bank, launched in 2010, is a …

Europe scaleups report Q1 2017

European scaleups raised in Q1 2017 less capital than in Q1 2016. However, the number of deals is higher this year compared to last year indicating that there is no slow down in venture funding. Having said that, the UK shows a slow down both in capital raised as in number of investments. The …

BloomAPI locks down $2.4M to fix medical record releases

Seattle-based BloomAPI is announcing a $2.4 million seed round led by Founders’ Co-op this morning for its solution to the broken medical records release process. It’s no secret that the entire U.S. healthcare system is held back by antiquated technology — but unlike many competitors, BloomAPI …

Health Care

A startup CEO used one 'cocky' slide to raise nearly $12 million – here's what it looked like

Back in 2015, Outreach CEO Manny Medina had just brought his startup back from the brink of bankruptcy.<p>Medina's cofounders, Gordon Hempton, Wes Hather and Andrew Kinzer, had whipped up some home-grown software to automate the cold calling process so that Medina's three-person sales team could …

The 29 coolest female startup founders in the UK

The UK is one of the best-funded tech ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley thanks, in part, to its diversity.<p>There are more women than ever founding their own tech startups in the UK, defying barriers like the huge gender gap in computer science, the fact that most European firms have all-male …

Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be …

Internet of Things

MyTutor raises £3M Series A led by Mobeus to attack UK tutor market

The online tutoring market in the US is well-developed. Varsity Tutors raised $50m; Wiseant $20m; Tutor.com sold to IAC and InstaEdu was recently bought out. So it makes sense that this model would be big in other markets. This is the thinking behind MyTutor, a London-based edtech company that …

Startups

The Case for Hiring a Re-Founder Before You Pull the Plug on Your Startup

Founders pursuing their romantic startup vision often need a dispassionate pro to keep things real.<p>Oftentimes, startup entrepreneurs are simply too close to their businesses to get a clear, non-biased look at what may be holding it back from ultimate success. Maybe they lack the required skills or …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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