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Loop Returns picks up $10 million in Series A led by FirstMark Capital

November 12, 2019 at 01:44PM Loop Returns, the startup that helps brands handle returns from online purchases, has today announced the close of a $10 million Series A funding round led by FirstMark Capital. Lerer Hippeau and Ridge Ventures also participated in the round. Loop started when Jonathan Poma, a cofounder and COO and President,… Continue reading Loop Returns picks up $10 million in Series A led by FirstMark Capital

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Lawyers hate timekeeping. Ping raises $13M to fix it with AI

November 12, 2019 at 01:33PM Counting billable time in six minute increments is the most annoying part of being a lawyer. It’s a distracting waste. It leads law firms to conservatively under-bill. And it leaves lawyers stuck manually filling out timesheets after a long day when they want to go home to their families. Life… Continue reading Lawyers hate timekeeping. Ping raises $13M to fix it with AI

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Salesforce Ventures invested $300M in Automattic while Salesforce was building a CMS

November 11, 2019 at 05:27PM In September, Salesforce Ventures, the venture of arm of Salesforce, announced a hefty $300 million investment in Automattic, the company behind WordPress, the ubiquitous content management system (CMS). At the same time, the company was putting the finishing touches on Salesforce CMS, an in-house project it released last week. The… Continue reading Salesforce Ventures invested $300M in Automattic while Salesforce was building a CMS

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Alpaca nabs $6M for stocks API so anyone can build a Robinhood

November 08, 2019 at 07:06PM Stock trading app Robinhood is valued at $7.6 billion, but it only operates in the US. Freshly-funded fintech startup Alpaca does the dirty work so developers worldwide can launch their own competitors to that investing unicorn. Like the Stripe of stocks, Alpaca’s API handles the banking, security, and regulatory complexity,… Continue reading Alpaca nabs $6M for stocks API so anyone can build a Robinhood

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How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative

November 07, 2019 at 09:52PM Microsoft Research is a globally distributed playground for people interested in solving fundamental science problems. These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking ways… Continue reading How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative

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AWS announces new savings plans to reduce complexity of reserved instances

November 07, 2019 at 03:57PM Reserved instances (RIs) have provided a mechanism for companies, who expect to use a certain level of AWS infrastructure resources, to get some cost certainty, but as AWS’s Jeff Barr points out they are on the complex side. To fix that, the company announced a new method called Savings Plans.… Continue reading AWS announces new savings plans to reduce complexity of reserved instances

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Salesforce announces new content management system

November 07, 2019 at 01:13PM Salesforce has its fingers in a lot of parts of the customer experience, so why not content management? Today, the company announced a brand new tool called Salesforce Content Management System, which it says is designed from the ground up to deliver a quality customer experience across multiple channels. The… Continue reading Salesforce announces new content management system

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An early look at eFounders’ next batch of enterprise SaaS startups

November 07, 2019 at 07:01AM European startup studio eFounders recently reached a portfolio valuation of $1 billion across 23 companies. And the company doesn’t want to stop there as it is currently launching three new companies and products. While software-as-a-service companies are trendy, eFounders has been exploring this space for a few years now. The… Continue reading An early look at eFounders’ next batch of enterprise SaaS startups

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Cyber-skills platform Immersive Labs raises $40M in North America expansion

November 06, 2019 at 02:00PM Immersive Labs, a cybersecurity skills platform, has raised $40 million in its Series B, the company’s second round of funding this year following an $8 million Series A in January. Summit Partners led the fundraise with Goldman Sachs participating, the Bristol, U.K.-based company confirmed. Immersive, led by former GCHQ cybersecurity… Continue reading Cyber-skills platform Immersive Labs raises $40M in North America expansion

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Neo4j introduces new cloud service to simplify building a graph database

November 06, 2019 at 11:00AM Neo4j, a popular graph database, is available as an open source product for anyone to download and use. Its enterprise product aimed at larger organizations is growing fast, but the company recognized there was a big market in between those two extremes, and today it introduced a new managed cloud… Continue reading Neo4j introduces new cloud service to simplify building a graph database

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Coveo raises US$172M at $1B+ valuation for AI-based enterprise search and personalization

November 06, 2019 at 09:09AM Search and personalization services continue to be a major area of investment among enterprises, both to make their products and services more discoverable (and used) by customers, and to help their own workers get their jobs done, with the market estimated to be worth some $100 billion annually. Today, one… Continue reading Coveo raises US$172M at $1B+ valuation for AI-based enterprise search and personalization

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Amperity acquires Custora to improve its customer data platform

November 05, 2019 at 11:41PM Amperity announced today that it’s acquiring another company in the customer data business, Custora. Amperity co-founder and CEO Kabir Shahani told me that Custora’s technology complements what Amperity is already offering. To illustrate this point, he said that customer data tools fall into three big buckets: “The first is know… Continue reading Amperity acquires Custora to improve its customer data platform

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Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools

November 05, 2019 at 05:00PM Seismic is announcing that it’s acquiring Percolate in a deal that it says is combining “two essential pillars of the marketing technology stack.” It sounds like the two companies aren’t direct competitors, but they offer related tools: Seismic helps companies create and manage the content they use in sales and… Continue reading Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools

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ZenHub adds roadmapping to its GitHub project management tool

November 05, 2019 at 03:17PM ZenHub, the popular project management tool that integrates right into GitHub, today announced the launch of Roadmaps. As you can guess from the name, this is a roadmapping feature that allows teams to better plan their projects ahead of time and visualize their status — all from within GitHub. “We’re… Continue reading ZenHub adds roadmapping to its GitHub project management tool

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Chronosphere launches with $11M Series A to build scalable, cloud-native monitoring tool

November 05, 2019 at 03:07PM Chronoshere, a startup from two ex-Uber engineers, who helped create the open source M3 monitoring project to handle Uber-level scale, officially launched today with the goal of building a commercial company on top of the open source project. It also announced an $11 million investment led by Greylock with participation… Continue reading Chronosphere launches with $11M Series A to build scalable, cloud-native monitoring tool

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Workday to acquire online procurement platform Scout RFP for $540M

November 04, 2019 at 11:20PM Workday announced this afternoon that it has entered into an agreement to acquire online procurement platform Scout RFP for $540 million. The company raised over $60 million on a post valuation of $184.5 million, according to Pitchbook data. The acquisition builds on top of Workday’s existing procurement solutions, Workday Procurement… Continue reading Workday to acquire online procurement platform Scout RFP for $540M

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The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite

November 04, 2019 at 10:45PM It’s Microsoft Ignite this week, the company’s premier event for IT professionals and decision-makers. But it’s not just about new tools for role-based access. Ignite is also very much a forward-looking conference that keeps the changing role of IT in mind. And while there isn’t a lot of consumer news… Continue reading The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite

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Microsoft Azure gets into ag tech with the preview of FarmBeats

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM At its annual Ignite event in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft today announced that  Azure FarmBeats, a project that until now was mostly a research effort, will be available as a public preview and in the Azure Marketplace, starting today. FarmBeats is Microsoft’s project that combines IoT sensors, data analysis and machine… Continue reading Microsoft Azure gets into ag tech with the preview of FarmBeats

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Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser gets new privacy features, will be generally available January 15

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Microsoft today announced that its Chromium-based Edge browser will be generally available on January 15 and that the release candidate for Windows and macOS is now available for download (and that it features a new icon). The development of the new Edge has progressed pretty rapidly and the latest build… Continue reading Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser gets new privacy features, will be generally available January 15

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Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM At its annual Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft today announced a major new Azure service for enterprises: Azure Synapse Analytics, which Microsoft describes as “the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.” Like SQL Data Warehouse, it aims to bridge the gap between data warehouses and data lakes, which… Continue reading Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses

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CTO.ai’s developer shortcuts eliminate coding busywork

November 04, 2019 at 06:38PM There’s too much hype about mythical “10X developers”. Everyone’s desperate to hire these ‘ninja rockstars’. In reality, it’s smarter to find ways of deleting annoying chores for the coders you already have. That’s where CTO.ai comes in. Emerging from stealth today, CTO.ai lets developers build and borrow DevOps shortcuts. These… Continue reading CTO.ai’s developer shortcuts eliminate coding busywork

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Volterra announces $50M investment to manage apps in hybrid environment

November 04, 2019 at 04:50PM Volterra is an early stage startup that has been quietly working on a comprehensive solution to help companies manage applications in hybrid environments. The company emerged from stealth today with a $50 million investment and a set of products. Investors include Khosla Ventures and Mayfield along with strategic investors M12… Continue reading Volterra announces $50M investment to manage apps in hybrid environment

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Microsoft launches managed meeting rooms as a service

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Whether you love them or hate them (and you probably hate them), meetings are a fact of corporate life. And how many meetings have you attended that didn’t start on time because of technical difficulties? Microsoft wants to change that by managing your meeting rooms for you — starting at… Continue reading Microsoft launches managed meeting rooms as a service