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Intuitive Surgical was founded in 1995 by Dr. Fred Moll and Rob Younge. Its mission was to build and sell commercially feasible, sophisticated robotics for use in surgery.

OpenClassrooms raises $80 million for its online education platform


French startup OpenClassrooms has raised an $80 million Series C funding round led by Lumos Capital Group. The company operates an online education platform in French and English.


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Here’s Why Alternative Lending Can Take Your Business to the Next Level


Running a business is hard work, and nothing is more challenging than trying to secure the funds needed to start a new business or keep things running smoothly.

Yousician raises $28M to make music education more accessible


By his own admission, Chris Thür wasn’t the most obvious person to start a music education company.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

If You’re Not Testing Your Payment Process, You’re Leaving Money on the Table

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Armed with $160M in funding, LatAm’s Merama enters the e-commerce land grab


Merama, a five-month old e-commerce startup focused on Latin America, announced today that it has raised $60 million in seed and Series A funding and $100 million in debt. The money was raised “at well over a $200 million valuation,” according to co-founder and CEO Sujay Tyle. . “We

How our team found its ideal communication framework—and why it matters

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Getting to your highest and best use can be a long and winding journey. Here’s how to streamline that path. Ari Santiago is an EO Connecticut member and CEO of IT Direct: A Compass MSP Company , a new company formed in 2021 after selling IT Direct, his original company founded in 2002.

Investment in construction automation is essential to rebuilding US infrastructure


Champ Suthipongchai. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Champ Suthipongchai is a co-founder and general partner at Creative Ventures , a method-driven deep-tech VC firm investing in startups that address the impact of increasing labor shortages, rising healthcare costs and the climate crisis.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Solar For Outdoor Devices

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A trend I’ve been watching for a while now is the use of solar for devices that live outside away from electrical outlets. Last summer, I bought an inexpensive device that keeps snakes away from our yard. It vibrates into the ground like the animals that hunt snakes and scares them away.

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Alchemy raises $80M at a $505M valuation to be the ‘AWS for blockchain’


Blockchain developer platform Alchemy announced today it has raised $80 million in a Series B round of funding led by Coatue and Addition, Lee Fixel’s new fund. The company previously raised a total of $15.5 million, so the latest financing brings its total raised to $95.5

Ten Reasons You Can’t Miss ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing

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By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director 10. It fits into your life, nicely. The event features interactive sessions , over three days with plenty of down-time – a chance to learn and grow that’s remarkably easy on the schedule. Location, Location, Location.

Opsera raises $15M for its continuous DevOps orchestration platform


Opsera, a startup that’s building an orchestration platform for DevOps teams, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Felicis Ventures.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

[Locusview in CTech] Locusview raises $64 million series A to accelerate growth of DCM platform


Locusview, which develops a Digital Construction Management (DCM) platform for energy, telecom, and water industries managing infrastructure capital projects, announced on Wednesday a $64 million series A funding round.

Israel’s electric powertrain maker IRP Systems raises a $31M Series C


IRP Systems , a maker of innovative electric powertrains for electric vehicles, has raised a $31 million Series C funding round, bringing its total funding to $57 million. The financing was led by Clal Insurance and Altshuler Shaham, which are Israeli institutional investors.

[Surgical Theater in The Journal] WVU Medicine making great strides in medical procedures


Physicians at WVU Medicine East, Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are providing patients with advanced options in treatments in multiple fields of medicine.

Barkyn, a wellness startup for pets in Southern Europe, hits a $9.6M Series A round


Barkyn , a European subscription service for pets that combines food with tele-vet services, has raised a further €3 million ($3.6 million) from food tech investor Five Seasons Ventures , extending its previous Series A to €8 million, and total funds raised to date to €10 million.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in TechObserver] Israeli startups raise $5.37 billion in Q1, on path to break $20 billion this year: Jon Medved


Despite the ongoing healthcare pandemic creating a huge challenge for various sectors across the globe, the Israeli startups have witnessed a record-breaking level of venture capital investments during the first quarter of 2021, said a Jerusalem-based senior industry leader. Read more here.

Botpress nabs $15M Series A to help developers build conversational apps


Botpress , a Montreal-based early stage startup, wants to make it easier for developers to build conversational-based apps, meaning humans interact with the app by speaking instead of typing, clicking or tapping. Today it announced an $15 million Series A from Decibel and Inovia Capital.

How I Slowly Became A “Middle-Class” Millionaire

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EU-based digital assets platform Finoa inks $22M Series A funding led by Balderton Capital


Institutions need to keep their crypto assets somewhere. And they aren’t going to keep it on some random, or consumer-grade crypto operation. This requires more sophisticated technology. Furthermore, being in the EU is going to be a key barrier to entry for many US or Asia-based operations.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Not Hiring a Head of Sales Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

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Wunderite raises $3M to build software for indie insurance agencies


This morning Wunderite , a Boston-based software startup, announced that it has raised $3 million in an early-stage round led by Spark Capital. Wunderite builds and sells software designed to help insurance agencies more rapidly process insurance applications, and automate some of their processes.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Study Shows Small Businesses Put Employees First (Episode 216)


On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses the recently released Small Business Recovery Report conducted by Kabbage, an American Express Company.

Arc opens its remote career platform to all software developers


The COVID-19 pandemic threw remote work into the spotlight, but tech companies have hired in other locations for years to deal with talent shortages. Arc announced today it is opening its remote hiring platform to all software developers.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.