Looker catches the fancy of CapitalG, Goldman and Geodesic with $81.5M Series D – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Business intelligence platform Looker is announcing a wholesome $81.5 million Series D today led by CapitalG, Alphabet’s cleverly named growth investment arm. Goldman Sachs and Geodesic Capital helped fill out the round, […]

6 River Systems unveils warehouse robots that show workers the way – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch When Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, other retailers and third-party fulfillment centers panicked. The e-commerce giants took Kiva’s robots off the market, leaving their competitors without an important productivity tool. Lots of newcomers have […]

Aiden closes $750,000 seed round in its quest to amplify marketers – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Aiden, a London-based startup building a machine learning-powered personal assistant to save mobile marketers time and money, closed a $750,000 seed round today from Kima Ventures and a number of angels, including Nicolas Pinto, Pierre Valade […]

London’s social impact accelerator BGV plans seed fund – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch London-based “social impact” accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures, which backs pre-seed startups with ideas for using tech to tackle social and/or environmental problems, has taken £1.3 million in funding from three social tech and innovation […]

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance joins Revolution LLC to promote startups outside of Silicon Valley – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Two months after its release, Hillbilly Elegy hit the top of The New York Times bestseller list, thrusting author J.D. Vance somewhat reluctantly into the spotlight. The book’s release hit at exactly […]

Mythic launches a chip to enable computer vision and voice control on any device – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Hardware that responds to voice commands is already out there and probably in your hand or house right now. Whether it’s a smartphone, smart speaker or wearable, it has to connect to […]

The Mednet launches its ‘Quora for cancer,’ an online medical knowledge base – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch A New York City startup called The Mednet today launched a platform that gives physicians a knowledge-sharing tool that’s as easy to use as Quora, but provides them with expert answers about the latest […]

DeepScale raises $3 million for perception AI to make self-driving cars safe – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch According to the World Health Organization, human error causes more than 90 percent of traffic accidents across the globe. Some 1.25 million people die in crashes, and 20 to 50 million people are injured […]

Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle for, twenty to forty percent uncertainty with these crops. […]

PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in new […]

An eBay for grain-trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called FarmLead […]

Y Combinator has a new AI track, and wants startups building ‘robot factory’ tech to apply – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross today announced that the accelerator-turned-venture-fund will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI startups. YC gathers founders from different industries together in each investment cycle. The organization hosts interdisciplinary […]

AliveCor unveils an AI stroke prevention platform, inks $30 million from Omron and the Mayo Clinic – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Medtech startup AliveCor announced this morning it has pulled in $30 million from Omron Healthcare and the Mayo Clinic and is launching an artificially intelligent stroke prevention platform for doctors called KardiaPro. […]

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Remember when kids could simply play with their toys? They still can. But parents are increasingly spending on toys that are chockablock with tech components, and that promise to turn their kids […]