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Niantic acqui-hires Evertoon to add a social network to Pokémon Go and other apps

Niantic, the company behind the hit mobile game Pokémon Go and its predecessor, Ingress, announced today it has acquired the team from the startup Evertoon to help it further build out its mobile products. Deal terms were not disclosed, but from how it’s described, the move seems to be more of an …

Pokémon Go

A Conversation With Larry Li

I had the opportunity to sit down with Larry Li, managing partner of Amino Capital, and discuss his investment philosophy and outlook on how technology will keep improving society. He is very passionate about helping entrepreneurs build disruptive products in big data, security, AI, VR/AR, …

University of Florida

Following its $25M ICO, Omise lands strategic investment from Thai bank Krungsri

Earlier this year Thailand-based Omise held a $25 million ICO to develop a next-generation decentralized payment network, and now the company has closed an undisclosed investment from Thai bank Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya).<p>Omise has raised over $20 million in VC money — the ICO was for its Omise Go …

Startups

How Larry Li starts a new model in Venture Investing

For this interview, Larry Li, Founding Partner at Amino Capital, talked with Patrick Daniel. Amino Capital started with their partners’ own money and …

Venture Capital

AR startup CurioPets is Pokémon GO meets Tamagotchi

As Apple gears up to launch its augmented reality-equipped iOS 11, startup CurioPets is fully prepared with its Pokémon GO-meets-Tamagotchi game.<p>CurioPets, short for curious pets, is a multi-player, augmented reality pet simulator. Built with Apple’s ARKit, the aim is to encourage real-world …

How superstar geneticist Craig Venter stays ahead in science

"I get good ideas every day. The secret is learning how to execute them."<p>Craig Venter is the ultimate late bloomer. As a child, he preferred going …

Robo-bulldozers guided by drones are helping ease Japan's labor shortage

Welcome to the future of construction<p>Komatsu is the world’s second largest construction company, a venerable Japanese brand with 94 years of history that sells forklifts and bulldozers to customers around the globe. But in its home country, Komatsu has been struggling with an aging population, a …

Facebook acquired an AI startup to help Messenger build out its personal assistant

Ozlo is joining Messenger.<p>Facebook has acquired Ozlo, a Palo Alto-based artificial intelligence startup, to help Messenger build out a more elaborate virtual assistant for users.<p>Ozlo specializes in understanding text-based conversations, and claims it can understand and provide answers to questions …

Chatbots

Sesame could be the first inexpensive smart lock done right

It's safe to say that the $250 August smart lock is off to a good start, if for no other reason than it's already landed a coveted spot on Apple Store shelves. But consumers aren't exactly racing to ditch their keys in favor of unlocking the front door with a smartphone, so there's still plenty of …

These industrial robots teach each other new skills while we sleep

It takes days to reprogram an industrial robot. With artificial intelligence, it could take only a few hours.<p>Fanuc, maker of the industrial robots used to assemble Apple’s iPhone and cars for Volkswagen and Tesla, is now partnering with Nvidia to add the company’s graphics processing units to its …

Artificial Intelligence

Fintech startup Omise raises $25M in ICO that bucks ‘money grabbing’ trend

By now you’ve probably heard of ICOs. The alternative fundraising option has been used to raise more than $500 million in funding this year alone, but it has gotten a reputation for unfinished products and untested teams raising gargantuan sums.<p>One company may have just shown that there is a …

This startup is using Uber and Lyft drivers to bring self-driving cars to market faster

Former Tesla engineers launch a high-definition mapping company<p>Roads aren’t the stagnant strips of concrete and asphalt they appear to be. They’re constantly changing. Traffic lights are added and removed, stop-and-go intersections turn into roundabouts, a typically quiet street turns into a …

A Conversation with Dr. Huican Zhu at Google I/O

In this interview at Stanford University, Amino Capital Managing Partner, Dr. Huican Zhu describes what technology he is most excited about at the …

Venture Capital

Amazon quietly acquired AI image analysis startup Orbeus late last year

An increasing number of companies are realizing the value of artificial intelligence, especially when it comes to the area of object identification. …

Artificial Intelligence

Cancer Took His Wife. Now He's CEO Of One Of The Most Audacious Cancer Startups In Years

Jeff Huber, who helped lead the development of Google’s ad software and its iconic maps application will be the chief executive of Grail, a startup that raised $100 million last month to create a blood test to detect cancer early, when it is treatable.<p>His reasons are scientific, but also personal. …

Cancer

Amino Capital Completes Final Close of Its $50M Fund II for Early-Stage Startups

Top Google AI expert Dr. Huican Zhu Joins to Reinforce AI-, Data-Driven Focus<p>PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Early-stage venture …

Venture Capital

A Conversation with Professor Wing Wong, founder of GenomCan genomics startup

Genomics. It’s the fastest developing research field in computational biology, and for good reason — it seeks to restructure and redefine the way we …

DNA

Sesame. Your key, reinvented.

Less is More<p><b>Leave your keys behind:</b> Just lock and unlock your door using the Sesame app on your phone. Better yet, open Sesame with a custom knock on …

Facebook Acquires A.I. Startup Ozlo

Ozlo's technology can help expand the capabilities of Facebook's virtual assistant, 'M.'<p>Facebook's virtual assistant, which goes by the name of M, hasn't quite delivered on the promise of a life-changing artificial intelligence product.<p>But Facebook isn't giving up. On Monday, the company announced …