Enterprise

A $1.6 billion rival to Oracle and Amazon just filed to go public

MongoDB, a New York-based database startup reportedly valued at $1.6 billion, officially filed for its IPO on Thursday afternoon.<p>In August, TechCrunch reported that MongoDB had confidentially filed the paperwork to go public, taking advantage of new SEC rules. The fact that this paperwork appeared …

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Database provider MongoDB has filed to go public

MongoDB, a database software company based in New York, has filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission as it continues to burn a ton of cash despite its revenue almost doubling year-over-year.<p>The company, which provides open-source database software that became very attractive …

Business

Equifax mistakenly told consumers worried about its data breach to go to a spoof site

Add another "oops" to Equifax's pile.<p>For more than a week, company representatives have been directing consumers to a fake phishing site instead of to one actually maintained by the credit reporting agency, according to a new report by the Verge. The site — securityequifax2017.com — was …

Business

Google makes it easier for businesses to set up new phones for their employees

Google is launching a new way for businesses to give new phones to their employees: zero-touch enrollment.<p>Traditionally, when you want to give a new phone to an enterprise user, chances are some poor admin has to deal with ensuring that the device is configured correctly and that all the right …

Business

Apttus is putting artificial intelligence to work on contract management

It seems AI and machine learning are quickly becoming a must-have for today’s software. Apttus, the quote-to-cash service is putting AI to work in contract processing in an effort to speed up a highly inefficient system and close sales faster.<p>Contracts have traditionally been a bottleneck in the …

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise is reportedly cutting jobs again — this time about 10% of its workforce

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is cutting 5,000 jobs as part of a wider effort to slash costs at the company, Bloomberg reported.<p>The layoffs will affect about 10% of HPE's workforce, including employees both in the US and abroad, according to the report. HPE will start making the cuts before the end of …

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Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs

Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today.<p>For starters, the company is making Nvidia K80 GPUs generally available. At the same time, it’s launching support for Nvidia P100 GPUs in Beta along with a new sustained pricing model.<p>For companies …

Technology (India)

Bill Gates on if he regrets Control-Alt-Delete: 'You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk'

Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and the world's richest man, is not usually one to look back. Indeed, his first and most famous book to date was titled "The Road Ahead."<p>So it's no surprise that Gates had a philosophical answer when pressed at a Bloomberg event today on whether or not he …

Business

Kubernetes gains momentum as big-name vendors flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech. In the last month and a half alone AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal have all joined.<p>It’s not every day you see this group …

Business

10x, founded by the ex-CEO of Barclays, raises $46M to take on ancient banking infrastructure

The fintech revolution continues apace, and while many startups are hoping that newer and better tech will help them take business away from traditional banks, today a company has received a large round of funding to help those incumbent institutions better compete.<p>10x Future Technologies is a …

Startups

Apple Partners With Accenture To Build Enterprise Apps

Everybody knows that Google’s Android has about 80-85% smartphone market share, and Apple’s iOS has only 14-19% share (depending upon quarter.) But …

Business

Pluralsight IQ allows engineers to compare skills and proficiencies

Pluralsight is announcing a new tool this morning to help satiate our innate desire to compare ourselves against one another. Pluralsight IQ is designed to assist developers in assessing their competencies and determining their proficiencies relative to their peers.<p>Engineers taking the test are …

Technology

Our favorite pitches from Alchemist Accelerator’s 16th batch

1/5<p>Savion<p>The most ambitious of the bunch, Savion wants to completely upend air travel with its personal planes. By securing patents for the use of natural gas on airplanes, Savion hopes to cut the cost of operations enough to make personal planes cheap enough to attract mainstream customers.<p>Some of …

Startups

Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games

Identify the traits of your top performing employees and hire people like them, but without the discrimanatory bias of traditional recruiting. That’s the promise of Pymetrics, an artificial intelligence startup that today announced $8 million in new funding onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. …

Recruitment

Ethereum will replace Visa in a “couple of years” says founder

The mind behind Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is matter-of-fact about the crypto. In short, he believes what interviewer Raval Navikant called “brain virus” is the true future of security and economics and, with the right incentives, Ethereum can replace things like credit card networks and even …

Startups

Agent AI aims to turbocharge its AI tools by offering free CRM

Agent AI is looking to automate more of the customer service process. To do that, it’s built its own customer relationship management product, as well as AI tools that sit on top — and now it’s making the CRM part available for free.<p>While giant software businesses have been built around CRM, CEO …

Startups

Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins

Incorta, the startup that wants to make big data analytics faster by eliminating the need for data warehouses, has raised a $15 million Series B led by new investor Kleiner Perkins. Existing investors GV and Ron Wohl, former executive vice president of applications development at Oracle, also …

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TalkIQ raises $14 million Series A to give enterprises AI insights into voice communication

There’s no shortage of startups building their brands around AI for enterprise. And within the enterprise, few spaces are as competitive as AI-powered voice analytics. TalkIQ is the latest company in the space to carry home a large round of financing with promise. With $14 million in Series A …

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Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer just got a big promotion, and will now report directly to CEO Satya Nadella

Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox group and the company's overall video game initiatives, was promoted today to the title of Executive Vice President of Gaming, Business Insider has learned.<p>The new title comes with a big responsibility bump. Spencer will now report directly to CEO Satya …

Microsoft

Salesforce Einstein celebrates its first birthday with a couple of new features

Salesforce launched Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform just one year ago this week. As it celebrates its first birthday, it’s worth taking a look back at the first year and looking at a couple of enhancements they’re adding as a birthday surprise.<p>It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that …

Business

Google Cloud’s Natural Language API gets content classification and more granular sentiment analysis

Google Cloud announced two updates this morning to its Natural Language API. Specifically users will now have access to content classification and entity sentiment analysis. These features are particularly valuable for brands and media companies<p>For starters, GCP users will now be able to tag …

Business

Threat Stack snares $45 million investment as spotlight shines brightly on security

Threat Stack, the Boston-based security startup that helps companies stay protected in the cloud, reeled in a $45 million investment today. It seems that they are in the right place in the right time as news of the Equifax breach swirls on mainstream media.<p>The round includes a big institutional …

Startups

Minio scores $20 million Series A to build a neutral object storage layer

Minio has a plan to become the neutral object storage layer, while still maintaining Amazon S3 object storage compatibility. That may seem like an odd strategy, but as CEO Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio points out, there is a clear market need.<p>By building a solution that enables …

Technology

Amazon just made a huge change to its $12 billion cloud computing juggernaut

When Amazon launched Amazon Web Services in 2006, it sparked a cloud computing revolution.<p>No longer would programmers have to buy, build, and maintain their own servers. Now, developers could pay Amazon by the hour to access exactly the amount of supercomputing power they needed. It totally changed …

Enterprise Tech

Before he was Microsoft's CEO, a baby-faced Satya Nadella pitched Excel to developers in a 1993 telecast

Back in 1993, there was no YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch, so companies like Microsoft would have to get creative if they wanted to do a live video broadcast.<p>That's why Microsoft held the DevCast, a satellite-broadcast telethon event. The company's employees would demonstrate the latest and greatest …

Microsoft

Microsoft won't be holding its annual hardware launch event this year — here's what it's doing instead

For the last several years, Microsoft has thrown a splashy New York City event in late October to introduce new Surface computers and other gadgets into the world.<p>This year, however, Microsoft is breaking the tradition, Business Insider has learned. Rather than hosting one big party, Microsoft will …

Microsoft

This ex-Googler thinks she's found the trick to ending Millennial job hopping

When Laurel Taylor launched FutureFuel in 2016, she had one goal in mind: Put a dent in the $1.47 trillion in student debt (and growing) held across the United States.<p>FutureFuel helps companies offer student debt repayment as an employee benefit. Among its customers are Mashable and Affinity.<p>"Users …

Business

Cisco chairman John Chambers has resigned and will move on to the 'next chapter' in his career

After 24 years on the board of Cisco, chairman and former CEO John Chambers will officially leave the company when his board term expires in December, the company announced on Monday.<p>Cisco's current CEO Chuck Robbins will take over as chairman.<p>Robbins took over as CEO two years ago when Chambers …

Business

The creator of Ethereum thinks blockchain tech could steal business from Visa in a 'couple of years'

The ethereum network could pose a real challenge to large financial institutions like Visa as soon as next year, according to Vitalik Buterin, the creator of the ethereum blockchain.<p>In a Q&A with AngelList founder Naval Ravikant at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday, Buterin said that security is the …

Business

Goodbye, photo studios. Hello, Colormass virtual photoshoots

Ikea is a leader among those that have pushed the limits when it comes to using digital imaging to take product marketing to the next level. When you look at an Ikea catalog or its website, you might <i>think</i> you are looking at rooms full of Swedish sofas, coffee tables and stylish lamps, but you’re …

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