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Leap.ai looks to instantly match job-seekers with employers with just a few questions

Searching for a new job can be a daunting process — especially if you aren’t sure what you’re great at — and even finding the right companies and what jobs are out there is probably enough to make you freeze for a second.<p>Leap.ai, an intelligent recruiting platform, is looking to make life a little …

Employment

PhishMe sold to private equity consortium at $400 million valuation

PhishMe, a seven-year-old startup that helps companies train employees to avoid phishing scams, announced today that it has been purchased by a consortium of private equity firms at a valuation of $400 million.<p>That wording doesn’t give the exact price and a company spokesperson was careful in her …

Venture Capital

Revving up self-driving car push, Intel leads $50M round into public transit app Moovit

Moovit Ltd., the Israeli startup behind a hugely popular public transit app with 120 million users worldwide, today announced that it has landed a …

Transit

Balderton Capital leads $25M Series A in ‘urban farming’ platform Infarm

Infarm, a startup that has developed vertical farming tech for grocery stores, restaurants and local distribution centres to bring fresh and artisan produce much closer to the consumer, has raised $25 million in Series A funding.<p>The round is led by London-based VC firm Balderton Capital, with …

Aquaponics

Two ex-Google engineers built an entirely different kind of self-driving car

Nuro is focused on last-mile deliveries with its completely driverless prototype<p>A new startup that proposes a different spin on autonomous transportation came out of stealth today. The company, called Nuro, was founded by two former lead Google engineers who worked on the famed self-driving car …

Autonomous Cars

Meet The Young Robotics Entrepreneur Who Got A Dream Deal With Apple

Behind the bar of San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel last March, a set of doors led into an empty cafe room where an unknown, 25-year-old British-Nigerian entrepreneur named Silas Adekunle was about to meet a senior executive at Apple.<p>If he was nervous, Adekunle didn’t show it.<p>He smiled and opened …

Robotics

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tel Aviv

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

Three Words Can Get Drivers Where They Actually 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 …

Driverless Cars

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

Chamath Palihapitiya, founder of VC firm Social Capital, is setting himself up to become the Warren Buffett of tech investing. To that end, he has launched a new "blank-check" company in partnership with London-based VC firm Hedosophia, aptly named Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp.<p>Social …

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 — …

Digital Health

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 …

Chatbots

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 …

Venture Capital

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 …

Startups

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

Insight Venture Partners led the investment, one of the biggest deals in UK fintech since Brexit.<p>Receipt Bank, launched in 2010, is a bookkeeping service aimed at small businesses. It was the first software company to automatically process information from uploaded images of receipts and invoices, …

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 …

Venture Capital

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 …

Digital Health

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

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 operate like a team of 20.<p>It worked really well and they went on a lot of sales calls but no one wanted …

Startups

The 29 coolest female startup founders in the UK

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 founding teams, and that most venture capitalists are men.<p>We ranked the 29 coolest female founders in the UK, …

Startups

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 …

Venture Capital

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>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<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 …

Entrepreneurship

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 …

Social Work

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>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Earlier this year, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he was looking for a second-in-command to help him …

Leadership

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

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 the tech industry on the continent, with concerns ranging from potential hiring …

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

It's a disappointing reality for most startup founders, who see rejection as a necessary evil in the fundraising process. And failure will happen, no doubt. But that doesn't mean you need to fail as often as you do … your approach might just need a little tweaking.<p>I've reviewed hundreds of pitch …

Entrepreneurship