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Apple acquired a startup using AI to compress videos

TechCrunch

Apple has quietly acquired a Mountain View-based startup, WaveOne , that was developing AI algorithms for compressing video. Apple wouldn’t confirm the sale when asked for comment. But WaveOne’s website was shut down around January, and several former employees , including one of WaveOne’s co-founders , now work within Apple’s various machine learning groups.

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Harriet launches ‘The Female Founder Series’ with Wavemaker, B Capital, 1982 Ventures

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Harriet, a leading platform championing female founders, has partnered with venture capital firms Artesian, Wavemaker Partners, Wavemaker Impact, B Capital, and 1982 Ventures to launch a new forum aimed at bridging the funding gap for female-led startups in the Asia Pacific region.

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The best AI video generators in 2023

The Zapier Blog

Consuming video is easy. Producing good video is not. Putting together a script, getting all the footage, and editing everything to perfection—or as close as possible—can eat up enormous chunks of your time. Learn more about how to use AI at work Get the Zapier blog in your inbox. Subscribe As it does for everything right now, AI has a few solutions to slash the time it takes to go from idea to MP4.

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Just starting out angel investing? Avoid these 7 mistakes.

TechCrunch

Mysty Rusk Contributor Share on Twitter Mysty Rusk is founder of San Diego Angel Conference and Executive Director of the Knauss School of Business’ Free Enterprise Institute. Something happens in the process when you collaboratively have the right people and objectives in place as an angel investor. At some point for the people in the room there is a realization that the next generation of business leaders is there right in front of us and that there’s ways to help them succeed.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Interview with Shawn Taikratoke: Redefining the Human Journey with Mozee

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Shawn Taikratoke, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mozee. A startup focused on redefining the human journey. Shawn Taikratoke is a seasoned software engineer and leader with a remarkable career spanning over a decade in the tech industry. With an unwavering passion for innovation, Shawn has made his mark on the world by developing cutting-edge solutions and working with leading companies such as Apple, Fossil, and worked with various organizations within the Dep

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Trading platform Auros receives $17m in latest funding round

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Auros , a crypto-native algorithmic trading and market making firm that operates in New York and Hong Kong , has raised $17 million in its latest funding round. The fundraising was led by global high-frequency trading firm Vivienne Court, with participation from Bit Digital Inc, Trovio, Epoch Capital, Primal Capital, and a consortium of senior alumni from market-making giant Optiver.

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Slack backs Videowise’s approach to creating interactive, shoppable videos

TechCrunch

The concept of “shoppable videos” has been around for at least a decade, with some big companies, like Showroom, Firework , Vimeo , YouTube and Klarna getting in on the action. There have also been startups embracing this space that have received some attention from investors in the past, like Cinematique , which gave it a go in 2017, Clideo and, more recently, Kahani , which doesn’t exactly describe itself as doing “shoppable video,” but its concept of content videos for e-commerce brands can c

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Indonesian biotech startup Etana secures funding to bring products to SE Asia

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Etana Biotechnologies Indonesia (Etana) has received new investments to develop high-quality and affordable biopharmaceutical products for patients in Southeast Asian countries. The company ‘s President Director, Nathan Tirtana, stated that the financial support would help provide better treatment and improve healthcare for their target population.

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Disrupt 2023 — we’re shipping a big new release

TechCrunch

If the past few years, and even the past week , has reminded us soundly of anything — it’s that the startup world will never be predictable. To meet the changing startup landscape, we’re refreshing and re-imagining TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 in a big way, with more of what you love and new ways to accelerate your growth. What’s new at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023?

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Your Fractional Finance and Accounting Team

Mighty Financial specializes in supporting the financial aspirations of small businesses and entrepreneurs. With our comprehensive bookkeeping and precise accounting expertise with decades of experience across diverse financial roles, our team offers tailor-made services ranging from essential bookkeeping to strategic fractional CFO support, catered specifically to the unique challenges of technology companies, startups, and SMEs.

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Zengines raises $5M for AI-powered data conversion

HPA

We’re excited to announce that Zengines , the first AI-powered data conversion platform, raised $5M in funding. HPA participated in the round , which was led by Hyde Park Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand product, engineering, and go-to-market capabilities. Zengines has created an entirely new way of converting data. When organizations migrate data to new applications, systems, or outsourced services, Zengines automates the end-to-end data conversion process.

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A comprehensive list of 2023 tech layoffs

TechCrunch

Last year’s techwide reckoning continues. In 2023, layoffs have yet again cost tens of thousands of tech workers their jobs; this time, the workforce reductions have been driven by the biggest names in tech like Google , Amazon , Microsoft , Yahoo and Zoom. Startups, too, have announced cuts across all sectors, from crypto to enterprise SaaS. The reasoning behind these workforce reductions follows a common script , citing the macroeconomic environment and a need to find discipline on a tumultuo

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Top Small Business CRMs, Improve Productivity and Gauge Performance

American Entrepreneurship

CRM Software offers Small Businesses a Way to More Efficiently Grow Sales Sustainable growth for any small business is tied to building sufficient operational infrastructure to support a growing customer base. Only by having the right facility, technology and personnel can a growing company maintain the quality of its product and services it needs. On the revenue side, how well a company builds and manages it sales staff is also a determining factor of long-term success.

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Recruiting marketplace Paraform gets backing from Primer Sazze and Twitch founders

TechCrunch

Among the casualties of the mass tech layoffs are people who helped get their co-workers hired in the first place. Paraform , a startup that wants to change how the recruiting industry works by taking a marketplace approach, is giving professional recruiters a new way to find work by going freelance. Today, Paraform announced that it has raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by Primer Sazze Partners with participation from Twitch co-founders, including Kevin Lin, and leaders at Scale AI and Fo

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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3 Tactics Great Founders Use to Get More Investor Responding to Their Emails

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Sending high-quality emails is the best way to get investors interested in your startup Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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OpenView goes bigger with seventh fund, closing on $570M to invest in business software startups

TechCrunch

Three years after announcing its sixth fund, OpenView Venture Partners is back with $570 million in capital commitments for its new, seventh fund. It represents a 25% increase over the firm’s $450 million sixth fund, its largest to date. The Boston-based venture capital firm gave its intent to raise the fund back in January 2022, according to an SEC filing that noted OpenView intended on a hard cap of $800 million.

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Real-World Crypto: How DeFi Can Help Millions of Farmers In Africa and India

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Real-World Crypto: How DeFi Can Help Millions of Farmers Around The World This is part of a series of blog posts I’m writing about the REAL world use cases of crypto. A Real Problem Climate-related risks threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of farmers globally. These farmers can benefit from crop insurance to protect themselves from unpredictable weather patterns that destroy their yield.

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Neptyne is building a Python-powered spreadsheet for data scientists

TechCrunch

Douwe Osinga and Jack Amadeo were working together at Sidewalk Labs , Alphabet’s venture to build tech-forward cities, when they arrived at the conclusion that most spreadsheet software doesn’t scale up to today’s data challenges. Data science tools like Pandas and Jupyter Notebooks do, but they tend to be too inaccessible to the layperson — at least in Osinga and Amadeo’s experience. “Talk to any analyst or financial modeler and they’ll tell you that Excel just doe

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Digitalization: 5 Tech Updates That Will Help You Survive The Recession & Thrive

Lack of digitalization decreases business competitiveness. To thrive, embracing modern solutions becomes essential. The approach to digitalization often aligns with a company's business model. This shift not only boosts productivity but also automates processes and improves security. The tech market offers a wealth of technologies tailored for management, planning, and forecasting, replacing outdated pen-and-paper methods.

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Ben Franklin Spring TechCelerator Finalists Chosen!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Out of 25 applicants, eight finalists were selected to participate in Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s Spring TechCelerator Business Bootcamp ! These eight finalists are all developing new products, processes, and solutions that are highly innovative and scalable. The TechCelerator program is a 10-week virtual business “boot camp” designed to assist inventors and very early-stage entrepreneurs in converting their business ideas into operating ventures.

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Upheaval in venture banking can help us get back to basics: efficient growth

TechCrunch

Sach Chitnis Contributor Share on Twitter Sach Chitnis is co-founder of Jump Capital , a thesis-led, sector-focused and operating-centric venture capital firm specializing in Seed and Series A investments. With the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, founders find themselves in a predicament when looking to raise either equity or debt. Most companies run their business on equity capital alone and have access to a venture debt facility.

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[Zippin in Retail Tech Innovation Hub] The Tampa Bay Rays tap Zippin technology for checkout free Short Stop store launch

OurCrowd

American baseball team Tampa Bay Rays have brought a new checkout-free concessions experience to the Budweiser Porch located in Center Field. Read more here. The post [Zippin in Retail Tech Innovation Hub] The Tampa Bay Rays tap Zippin technology for checkout free Short Stop store launch appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

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The Typical Startup Saw a 24% Increase in Sales Cycle in 2023

Tomasz Tunguz

Sales cycles shifted dramatically in 2023. Slower sales cycles create pipeline shocks & startups are feeling the impacts. The average startup saw a 24% increase in sales cycle from early 2022 to 2023. 60 day sales cycles are now 75 days. But the latency isn’t evenly distributed. Startups selling to enterprises have increased 36%, twice those of Mid-Market & SMB focused companies.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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[Hailo in GlobeNewswire] Gorilla Technology Group partners with Hailo and Lanner Electronics to build the next-generation Edge AI Appliance

OurCrowd

LONDON, March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gorilla Technology Group Inc. (“Gorilla”) (NASDAQ: GRRR), a global provider of AI-based edge video analytics, IoT technologies, and cybersecurity, today announced a significant partnership with Lanner and Hailo to deliver the E-300 Edge AI Appliance, with an industry-leading price to performance ratio for robust video analytics.

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Healthtech: Show Your Magic

Andreessen Horowitz

TABLE OF CONTENTS The public market situation for healthtech can seem pretty depressing. Recently IPOed healthtech stocks are underperforming the broader market, with some falling 95%+ from their IPO—meanwhile, more traditional companies like UnitedHealth and Eli Lilly are near all-time … The post Healthtech: Show Your Magic appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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What’s Turo worth?

TechCrunch

Late last week, Turo, a startup that allows consumers to rent their cars to one another, updated its IPO filing to include full-year data from 2022 , giving us a better understanding of its post-COVID performance. Turo, a venture-backed company that has raised hundreds of millions while private, filed privately to go public back in 2021. That initial document was converted into a public filing the next year , with Turo updating its S-1 documentation regularly since — most recently to include Q4

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Startup Employees in This Downturn Will Outperform Those Who Only Worked Through the Boom

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Here’s why boom time employees are handicapped Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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PE Mastery: CAPTARGET's Playbook for Quality Lead Flow

CAPTARGET presents a masterclass in M&A deal sourcing. Learn to cast a wide net, embracing seller self-identification. Consistency is the linchpin: keep the origination process steady for a reliable flow of opportunities. Diversify your tactics, employing various tools and vendors. Tech matters! Understand DNS settings, domain authority, and brand presence for optimal outreach.