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  • Parabol raises $8M after reaching 100,000 users of its agile meeting software
    by Alex Wilhelm on March 2, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    This morning Parabol, a startup that provides retrospective meeting software to agile development teams, announced that it has closed an $8 million Series A. Microsoft’s venture capital arm, M12, led the deal. The investment also saw participation from Techstars, CRV, and Haystack. TechCrunch caught up with Parabol CEO Jordan Husney to talk about the round, […]

  • Apple releases results from hearing health study
    by Brian Heater on March 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Was back in 2019, Apple launched Research. The app was the latest effort by a company looking to take a more serious approach to user health, built (naturally) around data collected from the iPhone and Apple Watch. The app debuted with four studies: heart health, women’s health, movement and hearing. Today, the company is issuing […]

  • Vestiaire Collective raises $216 million for its second-hand fashion platform
    by Romain Dillet on March 2, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Vestiaire Collective announced a new funding round. The company has raised $216 million, or €178 million — it has reached a valuation above $1 billion, making it a unicorn. French fashion and luxury group Kering is leading the round with Tiger Global Management. Kering now owns 5% of Vestiaire Collective. The startup operates an online marketplace […]

  • Looped raises $7.7M to expand its interactive live event platform
    by Ingrid Lunden on March 2, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Live events in the age of Covid-19 have largely been moved into the virtual world: we buy tickets (or simply click on a link), go to a site or app, and watch the action unfold on a screen. Your seat or mine might be just as good as that of any other audience member, but […]

  • Oscar Health raises IPO price as Coupang releases bullish debut valuation
    by Alex Wilhelm on March 2, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    These companies will soon convert tens of billions of dollars of illiquid private shares into public currency. As such, their offerings may reveal investors' sentiments regarding e-commerce and insurance companies backed by venture capital. […]

  • Spotify podcast listeners to top Apple’s for the first time in 2021, forecast claims
    by Sarah Perez on March 2, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Investors have been waiting for Spotify’s multimillion-dollar bet on podcasting to pay off, in terms of increased paid subscriptions or improved revenues. But before that can occur, Spotify has to get more people listening to podcasts through its app. On that front, the streaming service has momentum. According to a new market forecast, Spotify’s U.S. […]

  • Offering a service that prioritizes the highest-paying gigs in the gig economy, Stoovo raises funding
    by Jonathan Shieber on March 2, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Semih Korkmaz and Hantz Févry launched Stoovo in 2019 as a way to help gig workers make the best use of their time. Févry, who immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti, knew first hand the struggles that come with part time work from his days as a student at Stonybrook University. While there bouncing from […]

  • Instacart raises $265M at a $39B valuation
    by Darrell Etherington on March 2, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    On-demand grocery delivery platform Instacart has raises a $265 million funding ground from existing investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, D1 Capital Partners and others. The new funding, which, like its past few rounds, isn’t assigned a Series alphabetical designation, pushes the company’s valuation to $39 billion – more than double its $17.7 billion valuation […]

  • Xage introduces Zero Trust remote access cloud solution for hard-to-secure environments
    by Ron Miller on March 2, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    When a hacker broke into the computer systems of the Oldsmar Florida water supply last month, it sent up red flags across the operational tech world, whether that’s utilities or oil and gas pipelines. Xage, a security startup that has been building a solution to help protect these hard-to-secure operations, announced a Zero Trust remote […]

  • MIT’s insect-sized drones are built to survive collisions
    by Brian Heater on March 2, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Insects are a lot of things – but fragile they’re not. Sure, most can’t withstand the full force of a human foot, but for their size, they’re evolve to be extremely rugged and resilient. Insect-sized technology, on the other hand, is general another story. That’s certainly been the historic case with scaled-down drones. The components, […]

  • 6 steps to build a data-driven company, according to experts
    by Toni Sekinah on March 2, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Over the past year, businesses have had to quickly adapt and adjust to new and varied patterns of customer behavior as their previous models were thrown off course.  Those who accelerated their analytical capabilities were better able to handle huge changes in user behavior and the economic environment, as data analytics became, “an essential navigation tool,” according to senior partners at McKinsey. 2020 told us loud and clear that it would be foolhardy to always assume prior performance can predict future results. But the inexorable rise of computing power and storage, coupled with an ever-increasing array of data sources, also… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Volvo pledges to go ‘all-electric by 2030,’ following other manufacturers
    by Thomas Macaulay on March 2, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Volvo has become the latest car giant to commit to making only electric vehicles. The Swedish automaker said on Tuesday that it plans to exclusively sell EVs by 2030. All petrol and diesel engines — including hybrids — will be phased out from its lineup by that date. “There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” said Henrick Green, Volvo’s chief technology officer. “We are firmly committed to becoming an electric-only car maker and the transition should happen by 2030.” The firm, owned by China’s Geely group, also announced that all its new EVs will only… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Surprising growth strategies to boost your digital marketing campaigns in 2021
    by Andrea Hak on March 2, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    We’re still reeling from 2020, a year that came in and bulldozed over perfectly crafted consumer behavior insights, trampled over forecasts and projections, and made us question and re-question whether brands can and should weigh in on social issues. 2021 will (yet again) bring something different.  Will the vaccine rollout result in a steady reopening of businesses? Will there be a post-pandemic economic boom? Will another year in sweatpants lead to the rise of an underground trade in sourdough? No one really knows. That’s why companies are turning to digital marketers and branding experts to create catch-all ‘prepared for anything’… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Microsoft announces AI-powered Teams speakers with titanic transcription abilities
    by Ivan Mehta on March 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    At its Ignite conference today, Microsoft announced plans to release AI-powered speakers for Teams calls. The company will release these devices in a private preview later this year. These intelligent speakers will use seven mic arrays to identify up to 10 speakers in a Microsoft Teams room. The speakers will use AI to put the names and timestamps of these 10 people in the live transcript of the meeting. So, even if you can’t see some people, you’ll be able to identify who’s currently speaking through the live transcription. [Read: This AI-powered gadget could completely disrupt the ridiculous hearing aid market]… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • SEO tools like SEONIFY help unlock the mystery of Google’s search rankings
    by TNW Deals on March 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    TLDR: With the SEONIFY SEO Tools and Visitor Analytics tools, website managers can both increase site traffic and form a better upstanding of those who engage with their pages. Understanding the intricacies of Google search algorithms are a lot like watching the tide roll in. It’s unpredictable. It’s constantly shifting. And everything you know and see is only defined by everything you don’t know and don’t see. Earlier this month, Google’s own internal search guru John Mueller dropped a few pearls during his Google Search Central SEO hangouts. He told attendees the total number of backlinks don’t matter, that attaching… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Maquette is a neat puzzle game that packs an emotional punch
    by Nino de Vries on March 2, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Can a video game make you cry? It’s cliche as old as time. I think it was Steven Spielberg who talked about it in the late 90’s. Infamous game industry charlatan Peter Molyneux was obsessed with the concept around the same time. It was discussed so much back then, that the discourse itself made me want to cry. Surely people cried when Aeris died in Final Fantasy VII, others might have cried when Mario found out that the princess was in another castle. All that is to say that everyone has different emotional responses to works of art, and mine… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Uber: Is this the beginning of the end for the ride-hailing Goliath?
    by Matthew Beedham on March 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Uber is having a torrid time, and I can’t help but feel that this is an inflection point for the ride-hailing giant. It either has to set off on a new path towards fairness for its workers, or this point, right here, right now, will mark the beginning of its end. Those who have followed Uber’s so-called “disruption” of the taxi market, will know the constant debate between drivers and the “app platform” over the fairness of its algorithm, and how it pays its workers, all too well. It’s a David and Goliath fight, but David is still yet to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber […]

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