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June 2017

How technology-enabled ‘selves-improvement’ will drive the future of personal productivity

By | June 21st, 2017|Technology|

Scheduling a meeting with a colleague? Siri can do that. Booking a business trip from New York to San Francisco? Google’s mobile app delivers. Seeking traffic updates for your morning commute? Alexa and Cortana are acoustically at your service. Digital assistants and bots undeniably enhance our work lives in myriad ways. They’re terrific; your wish [...]

Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

By | June 21st, 2017|Technology|

A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me — and I’m old), but there’s real utility [...]

Oscar Health is headed back to New Jersey and branching out to Ohio and Tennessee

By | June 21st, 2017|Technology|

Oscar Health seems to be expanding rather than shrinking in the next year. Despite worries that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t working out for health insurance companies, Oscar has filed to expand in 2018, adding the states of Ohio and Tennessee, expanding in Texas and California and heading back to New Jersey, where it pulled out [...]

Language learning startup Lingokids scores $4M funding and partners with Oxford University Press

By | June 21st, 2017|Technology|

Madrid, Spain-based (and U.S. incorporated) edtech startup Lingokids is on a mission to get young kids learning a second language. The company, previously known as Monkimun, offers language lessons in the form of interactive games for children aged 2-6 and delivered via an online subscription and parental portal. It currently provides English and simplified Chinese, [...]

Soldo, a London fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, raises $11M led by Accel

By | June 20th, 2017|Technology|

Soldo, the London-based fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, first launched for consumers and since tailored to businesses too, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Venture Capital firm Accel led the round, with participation from Connect Ventures, InReach Ventures, U-Start and R204 Partners. Founded by Carlo Gualandri, who previously helped create [...]

Udacity’s latest Nanodegree will teach React

By | June 20th, 2017|Technology|

In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup’s “Nanodegrees,” as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the [...]

Nextdoor, now in 160,000 neighborhoods globally, expands to Germany

By | June 20th, 2017|Technology|

Nextdoor, the social network that connects you with people in your neighborhood, is taking another step up in its global growth, after launching in the Netherlands and the UK last year. Today, the company is opening for business in Germany, the largest internet market in Europe. The move comes as the company says it is [...]

Nestlé leads $77M round for healthy meal startup Freshly

By | June 20th, 2017|Technology|

Freshly has raised a big funding round from a big name — the U.S. division of food and beverage giant Nestlé. Co-founder and CEO Michael Wystrach has pitched the startup as a way to get healthy, on-demand meals. That doesn’t mean you order from Freshly every time you want to eat — instead, you get [...]

AimBrain, a startup that uses biometric authentication to fight fintech fraud, raises £4M Series A

By | June 19th, 2017|Technology|

AimBrain, a London startup that offers “biometric identity” as a service to help fintech companies and other financial institutions fight fraud, has raised £4 million in Series A funding. BGF Ventures led the round, with participation from Episode 1, Entrepreneur First (EF), and a number of angel investors including Simon Rozas, Chris Mairs, and Charles [...]

Hugsy snags $220k to bring its smart baby blanket to market

By | June 19th, 2017|Technology|

Hugsy, a Dutch startup that’s developing a ‘smart’ blanket designed to help the care of newborns and premature babies, has raised €200k (~$220k) in seed funding via the Leapfunder European angel investor network. The blanket started out as a student project nearly two years ago, when CEO and co-founder Sylvie Claes was studying for her MSc [...]