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For the past few months, Ive been building a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application, and throughout the development process Ive realized what a powerful tool Slack (or team chat in general) can be to monitor user and application behavior. After a bit of integration, its provided a real-time view into our application that previously didnt exist, and its been so invaluable that I couldnt help but write up this show-and-tell.
Verizon Ventures and R/GA are announcing a new program called the Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio. Stephen Plumlee, R/GAs global COO and managing partner of R/GA Ventures, explainedthat the interactiveagencysventure studios started out similar to other startup accelerator programs, but theyve expanded to provide access to financial capital, creative capital and client relationship capital.
Job finder appJob Todayhas inked a new media-for-equity deal worth $35 million. The Luxembourg-based startupisone of several European players seeking to switch CV-style recruitment for blue-collarjobs to a faster, app-based interface that returns results based on location and lets potential recruits and employers connect over mobile chat.
The Kairos Society isnt just trying to bring the next generation of entrepreneurs together its investing in their companies, too. The organization today announced a seed fund called Kairos Society Ventures, and the portfolio already includes Abaris (which offers a private-sector alternative to social security), Brazilian education startup Me Salva, Colombian transporation startup Mi guila, and Radish, which delivers serialized fiction in mobile apps.
Today at the inauguralUdacity Intersect conference, the online education startup announced new robotics and digital marketing variants of its popular Nanodegrees an effort to expand its corpus of 21st century skills-based courses. In addition to the new degrees, Udacity is adding 21 new hiring partners spanning the automotive, defense, tech, hardware and telecommunicationsindustries.
On the surface, Astro, launching its public beta today, is a nifty but not completely necessary email client that combines machine intelligence and a bot interface to improve workflows and increase the signal to noise ratio of mail for power users. But the real story is thatthe startup, backed with a new $8 million Series A led by Redpoint, is gearing up to pitchenterprises on itscollaboration platformthat combines AI, social graphs and integrations withcommon CRM, ticketing and group messaging tools.
Anyone who has watched The Big Bang Theory or known John Biggs knows that some people care a lot about collectibles. But does that passion translate over to digital?
Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand childrens apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-basedOrigin Ventures, which backed the startup following its more than 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016 which has allowedthe business to reach more than a quarter million registered users across the U.S. Also participating in the round were Royal Street Ventures, Corigin Ventures and MergeLane.
Another legal tech startup coming out of the UK: Cognitiv+is applying artificial intelligence to automate contract analysis and management, offering businesses a way to automate staying on top of legal risks, obligations and changing regulatory landscapes. Co-founder Vasilis Tsolis might therefore be forgiven for viewingBrexit as a sizableopportunity for his startup though he more tactfully describes it as a legislative challenge that we can help out with.
A new startup calledIndigo Fairis looking to change the way local retailers do business specifically, how they source and manage the inventory they use to stock their shelves. Founded by a team of former Square employees, the company is launching with seedfunding from Khosla Ventures, YC and some angels.