April 2018

Personably, software that helps on-board new hires at fast-growing companies, gets backing from GFC

By | April 18th, 2018|Technology|

As fast-growing companies — or, dare I say, ‘scale-ups’ — add new headcount, the pace at which they are able to on-board new hires doesn’t always keep up. In fact, I’m told it is not unheard of for new employees to turn up on day one apparently unexpected, and to be passed from pillar to [...]

Funding Societies, a Southeast Asian lending platform, gets $25M Series B led by Softbank Ventures Korea

By | April 18th, 2018|Technology|

Funding Societies co-founders Reynold Wijaya and Kelvin Teo. Funding Societies, a peer-to-peer lending platform in Southeast Asia, said today that it has raised a $25 million Series B led by Softbank Ventures Korea, the Japanese tech conglomerate’s early-stage venture capital unit. The round included returning investors Sequoia India, which led the Singapore-based startup’s Series A [...]

Virtual Instagram celebrity “Lil Miquela” has had her account hacked

By | April 17th, 2018|Technology|

The Instagram account for the virtual celebrity known as Lil Miquela has been hacked. The multi-racial fashionista and advocate for multiculturalism, whose account is followed by nearly 1 million people, has had “her” account taken over by another animated Instagram account holder named “Bermuda“. Welcome to the spring of 2018. The hack of the @Lilmiquela [...]

The Army is building 3D printed soft robots

By | April 17th, 2018|Technology|

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has teamed up with the University of Minnesota to explore the wonders of soft robots. The teams have published a study describing their findings as they look to build invertebrate-inspired robotics able to squeeze into and maneuver around obstacles. “Successful stealthy maneuvering requires high structural flexibility and distributive control to [...]

Nike’s Vaporfly Elite FlyPrint leans hard into computational design

By | April 17th, 2018|Technology|

Computational design is the hottest phrase in manufacturing and 3D printing at the moment. It’s changing the way people make all kinds of goods, and Nike used it to design and manufacture its new Vaporfly Elite FlyPrint shoe, which it’s announcing today. The shoe is a specialized edition of its Zoom Vaporfly Elite 4%, which was [...]

Judge says class action suit against Facebook over facial recognition can go forward

By | April 17th, 2018|Technology|

Whenever a company may be guilty of something, from petty neglect to grand deception, there’s usually a class action lawsuit filed. But until a judge rules that lawsuit legitimate, the threat remains fairly empty. Unfortunately for Facebook, one major suit from 2015 has just been given that critical go-ahead. The case concerns an Illinois law [...]

Someone made a game where you ride the rapidly changing prices of cryptocurrencies

By | April 16th, 2018|Technology|

The cryptocurrency world is a strange one, but at least it has a sense of humor. A new game has you riding a little crypto-car along the wildly fluctuating prices of major and minor currencies. It’s quite ridiculous, and it isn’t even a bad game! It’s called Crypto Rider, predictably, and is very much a [...]

Here’s the ultra-low-light phone camera Sony promised

By | April 16th, 2018|Technology|

Sony promised an ‘ultra low-light camera’ during its Mobile World Congress press conference back in February. The off-hand announcement was intended to throw a bit of shade at Samsung’s recent flagship, but ultimately had the unintended consequence of undermining the company’s own newly announced XZ2. But, then, Sony’s never been great when it comes to [...]

Sword Health raises $4.6M for its digital physiotherapy solution

By | April 16th, 2018|Technology|

Sword Health, a startup operating out of Portugal that has developed a digital physiotherapy solution to enable patients to be treated remotely in their own homes, has raised $4.6 million in seed funding. Backing the round is Green Innovations, Vesalius Biocapital III, and other unnamed investors in the U.S. and Europe. The company says it [...]

Lessons from cybersecurity exits

By | April 16th, 2018|Technology|

Dear F0und3r: What a month this has been for cybersecurity! One unicorn IPO and two nice acquisitions – Zscaler’s great debut on wall street,  a $300 million acquisition of Evident.io by Palo Alto Networks and a $350 million acquisition of Phantom Cyber by Splunk has gotten all of us excited. Word on the street is [...]