AI is Being Applied to Fight Against Climate Change; How to Get Involved 

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By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  As wildfires rage in the west and the density of smoke is blocking out the sun in many areas, attention is turning to the fight against climate change and whether AI can make a difference.  Climate Change AI is among the initiatives working on it. The group of AI researchers […]

Blume Ventures’ Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus

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Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has slowed down deal-making across the world, dozens of startups in India have raised considerable amounts in recent months. Unacademy, which raised $110 million in February, closed a new round of $150 million this month. These large check sizes, and the frequency at which they are being bandied out, were […]

SmartNews’ U.S. app unveils new features for the elections, COVID-19 and local weather

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At TechCrunch Disrupt today, SmartNews announced the release of major new features for the American version of its news discovery app, designed to make it easier for users to get updates about the elections, COVID-19 and the weather. Several features focus on the presidential race, and other candidates up for vote this year. SmartNews, which […]

Narrator raises $6.2M for a new approach to data modelling that replaces star schema

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Snowflake went public this week, and in a mark of the wider ecosystem that is evolving around data warehousing, a startup that has built a completely new concept for modelling warehoused data is announcing funding. Narrator — which uses an 11-column ordering model rather than standard star schema to organise data for modelling and analysis — […]

The art of pivoting with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Jessica Matthews

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Building and growing a startup is hard, but pivoting said startup into something new and then achieving that same growth is even harder. But it’s not impossible. Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, founder and CEO of PromisePay, and Jessica Matthews, founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, both have experiences doing this. At TechCrunch Disrupt, they shed some light […]

Prox helps influencers and experts make money by connecting with fans

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If you’ve got a large online following, as well as knowledge that might be valuable to that audience, Prox is a startup currently in beta testing that’s building tools to help you make money. Michael Mathieu, formerly the CEO of YuMe, joined Prox as CEO in January. The goal, he told me, is to create […]

TouchWood puts versatile, unobtrusive interfaces inside your desk, table and walls

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Everything we do seems to have an associated app these days, and all day they vie for your attention, pinging and lighting up in their needy ways. TouchWood wants to tone down this exhausting non-stop competition with a quiet, simplified interface built right into the natural material of your desk or wall. Co-founders Matthew Dworman […]

Zwift, maker of a popular indoor training app, just landed a whopping $450 million...

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Zwift, a 350-person, Long Beach, Calif.-based online fitness platform that immerses cyclists and runners in 3D generated worlds, just raised a hefty $450 million in funding led by the investment firm KKR in exchange for a minority stake in its business. Permira and Specialized Bicycle’s venture capital fund, Zone 5 Ventures, also joined the round […]

Homage’s Gillian Tee on how technology can serve the world’s aging population

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It’s always a pleasure to chat with Homage co-founder and chief executive Gillian Tee because of her nuanced take on how technology can help elderly and other vulnerable people.  According to the United Nations, people 65-years-old and over is the fastest-growing age group worldwide. At the same time, there is also an acute shortage of […]

Roelof Botha shares what Sequoia’s Black Swan memo got wrong

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In March, famed investment firm Sequoia Capital published the Black Swan Memo, warning founders about the potential business consequences of the coronavirus, which had not yet been labeled a pandemic. “It will take considerable time — perhaps several quarters — before we can be confident that the virus has been contained. It will take even […]
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