Teague Goddard

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Creating An Ecosystem Of Startup Innovation Within The Enterprise

Oracle’s new global startup program connects startup companies with Oracle global customers to create and nuture an ecosystem of codevelopment and coinnovation where everyone—the startups, customers, and Oracle—can win.<p>This is a tall task—one that other corporations have promised but failed to …

The Zebra Raises $40 Million, Taps New CEO To Expand Beyond Car Insurance

The Zebra, which has always described itself as the Kayak of car insurance, has hired a longtime Kayak executive as its new CEO.<p>The Austin-based company, which allows drivers to compare prices for car insurance online, said on Tuesday that it has tapped Kayak’s former president Keith Melnick to run …

Clearcover, a more strategic car insurance startup, lands big Lightbank investment

Clearcover, a Chicago-based company that says it can save customers up to 50 percent on car insurance by streamlining the way it’s marketed and sold, announced Tuesday that it has landed initial funding of $11.5 million.<p>Lightbank, the Chicago-based investment firm co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky ⇒ and …

We need small players to help shape the future of AI

Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Baidu, and other tech giants are leading the charge in developing and acquiring AI companies and talent. Many observers have expressed concern that the big players are dominating what will be one of the most important fields in technology. Unlike past waves of …

Small business loan platform Kabbage nabs $250M from Softbank

Kabbage, a company with some 115,000 customers and $3.5 billion in loans that has built an automated platform for lending money to small businesses and individuals using a large set of data points to determine a customer’s credit score, is announcing some big cabbage of its own today.<p>SoftBank Group …

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GrubHub Buys Yelp's Eat24 for $288 Million

GrubHub Inc. is gobbling up its smaller competitors, but trading them in for much, much larger ones.<p>On Thursday, the company said it would buy Eat24 …