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Startup veteran founder/investor Wendy Tan White joins BGF Ventures

If there are some noticeable gaps in the European venture scene, the first is there is still a small number of European entrepreneurs who have built products <i>and</i> scaled <i>and</i> exited <i>and</i> then went on to become investors, relative to the size of the market.<p>The second is the dearth of VCs genuinely …

Venture Capital

Why Tech Investors Love ICOs—and Lawyers Don’t

When Brave, a privacy-­focused Internet browser company, decided to raise money this May, it could have gone a traditional route by borrowing money …

Bitcoin

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 …

Startups

Who Needs A Hospital, When This Self-Driving Doctor Comes To You?

A new concept called Aim brings the doctor to you, in a self-driving car.<p>Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange …

Health Care

How to Determine What Your Company's Burn Rate Should Be

Use these pointers to know your risk tolerance.<p>One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable "burn rate" is. That is, how much should your company be willing to lose in cash every month as you make investments …

Venture Capital

Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s spent time with Lego’s educational initiatives — it’s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and …

Robotics

Oscar Health is headed back to New Jersey and branching out to Ohio and Tennessee

Oscar Health seems to be expanding rather than shrinking in the next year. Despite worries that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t working out for health insurance companies, Oscar has filed to expand in 2018, adding the states of Ohio and Tennessee, expanding in Texas and California and heading back …

Health Care

11 chatbots created at Y Combinator’s online startup school

Recently Sam Altman from Y Combinator announced a new online Startup School. It’s a 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). The idea is to teach everyone how to start a startup and help them along the way with guidance from people who’ve started companies.<p>Startup School will have guest …

Chatbots

Soldo, a London fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, raises $11M led by Accel

Soldo, the London-based fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, first launched for consumers and since tailored to businesses too, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Venture Capital firm Accel led the round, with participation from Connect Ventures, InReach Ventures, …

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 …

Internet of Things

Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads

Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads.<p>Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. (In fact, CEO Daniel Ahmadizadeh said he and his co-founder Helson Taveras applied …

Mastercard wants to speed up chip-and-pin transactions with new tech in card readers

Less time in the checkout line<p>On Friday, Mastercard announced that it is partnering with payment processing companies Verifone and Global Payments to help speed up chip and pin transactions at stores by incorporating its M/Chip Fast technology into checkout terminals.<p>While chip and pin cards are …

Banking

Apple adds 'dark data' startup to its AI roster

Lattice.io uses machine learning to transform unstructured data into more usable information.<p>Apple has acquired data intelligence company Lattice.io, according to a TechCrunch report Saturday.<p>Lattice.io uses machine learning to transform "dark data" such as unstructured text and images into …

Artificial Intelligence

Will 1 Of These 5 Issues Sink Your Startup?

, Contributor<p>What keeps you up at night?<p>For business owners, the list can be long, simply because operating a business brings with it so many uncertainties. One of every 5 establishments started in 2014 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) didn’t make it a year. Almost half of …

Entrepreneurship

Here's What's Really Holding Virtual Reality Back

Virtual reality has much potential, but it has to overcome a few crucial challenges to go mainstream.<p>The virtual reality (VR) market, which is …

Virtual Reality

IBM Predicts Demand For Data Scientists Will Soar 28% By 2020

• Jobs requiring machine learning skills are paying an average of $114,000. Advertised data scientist jobs pay an average of $105,000 and advertised data engineering jobs pay an average of $117,000.<br>• 59% of all Data Science and Analytics (DSA) job demand is in Finance and Insurance, Professional …

Big Data

Backed by Chinese gov, Silk Ventures is a new $500M fund to invest in European and U.S. ‘scale-ups’

European and U.S.-based tech ‘scale-ups’ with Asia ambitions, rejoice. Outing today is a new $500 million VC fund from Silk Ventures, and backed in part by the Chinese government.<p>It plans to invest across all stages from Series-A upwards, and says that, although it will remain open to tech startups …

Plug and Play Indonesia is starting its first round. These 11 startups made it in.

Plug and Play Indonesia’s first batch of startups was announced today. Photo credit: Tech in Asia.Plug and Play Indonesia announced its first batch …

Startups

14 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Startups

Grammarly raises $110 million for a better spell check

Some people really need help with grammar. By the way, “a lot” is two words. “Your” and “you’re” are not the same thing.<p>Grammarly has been quietly building a freemium grammar checker to help students, writers and people who want to make a good impression on social media or email. Now they’re …

Sequoia-backed startup Empower aims to replace your bank’s app

Empower, a startup looking to help millennials better manage their finances, is today launching its mobile app for iOS devices. The new application combines the ability to see an overview of your day-to-day transactions and spending behavior, with other tools to transfer money between accounts, …

10 Tips for Creating a Great Chatbot

Bots have recently stopped being science fiction and started being something more like DIY.<p>Chatbots have taken the marketing world by storm. They are offering A.I.-powered technology to companies, allowing them to provide more advanced customer care while monetizing their marketing efforts by …

Marketing

The founders of a $1.3 billion startup raised $250 million while keeping over 50% of the company for themselves

On Thursday, Zeta Global, a company co-founded by David Steinberg and former Apple CEO John Sculley announced a$140 million round of financing — $115 million in equity capital and $25 million in debt financing. The nearly 10-year-old startup has now raised more than $250 million in total.<p>While the …

Startups

Keep Pace: 3 Ways Startups Outsource and Remain Productive

Outsourcing's effect on a company's financial well-being is vital. But finding a way to make the numbers work while keeping productivity high internally is a challenge leaders need to face head-on.<p>With all the attention surrounding outsourcing, some might be surprised that it’s lost a bit of steam …

Small Business

How Banks Can Compete Against an Army of Fintech Startups

It’s been more than 25 years since Bill Gates dismissed retail banks as “dinosaurs,” but the statement may be as true today as it was then. Banking for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been astonishingly unaffected by the rise of the Internet. To the extent that banks have digitized, …

Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem

Spotify has acquired the Brooklyn-based blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, whose team will join the company’s office in New York where they will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service. Prior to its …

5 B2B Growth Hacking Tools for Your Business

Growth hacking isn't magic, it's just having the correct tools to optimize your strategy.<p>All B2B marketers and business owners are on a constant search for ways to grow their company. One of the keys to success for any small company or startup is growth hacking. Growth hacking allows you to find …

Digital Marketing

UiPath raises $30M to build ‘software robots’ for internal business tasks

The world is awash with bots these days — applications the run either partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and other artificial intelligence technologies to help consumers ask and answer questions, buy things and get other stuff done. In the …

The 7 Businesses Venture Capitalists Are Really Interested In

VCs fill us in on the sectors likely to score major financing in the months and years ahead.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Entrepreneur's book</i> Finance Your Business<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes<p>Venture capital (VC) firms are often regarded as the holy grail of startup financiers. …

Startups