Google launches its own AI Studio to foster machine intelligence startups – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch A new week brings a fresh Google initiative targeting AI startups. We started the month with the announcement of Gradient Ventures, Google’s on-balance sheet AI investment vehicle. Two days later we watched […]

Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Two global tech forces are putting their mark — and money — into Southeast Asia’s nascent startup ecosystem, but they may not be the Western names that you expect. Rather than Google, Facebook […]

Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a $200 million investment into indoor farming startup Plenty. Joining Son on his trip out to back the […]

Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Clara Labs, creator of the Clara AI assistant, is announcing a $7 million Series A this morning led by Basis Set Ventures. Slack Fund also joined in the round alongside existing investors Sequoia […]

Reach Robotics closes $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a $7.5 million Series A, co-led by Korea Investment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a big […]

Here are the winners of the Google Cloud machine learning pitch-off – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Back in March at Google’s Cloud Next conference, the company announced plans to run its own machine learning startup competition side-by-side with Data Collective and Emergence Capital. Four months later,  ten startups, […]

With the United Slate, Sam Altman presents a political vision for California… and the U.S. – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch As the country grapples with income inequality, a lack of affordable housing, and a potential labor crisis brought on by technological advancements like artificial intelligence and automation, Y Combinator president Sam Altman […]

Anna Patterson talks Gradient Ventures, Google’s new AI fund – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch It’s been pretty obvious for a few months now, but Google has finally admitted that its running its own investment fund targeting machine intelligence startups. The fund will go by the name […]

Datatron raises $2.7M to help companies query real-time and historical data – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Fresh out of 500 startups, Datatron has raised $2.7 million in seed financing for its data savvy assistant Emma. But under the somewhat trite coating of an assistant, Datatron is a making […]