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Quick-start guide to building a design-first company

21.11.2020 // 19:25

Quick-start guide to building a design-first company

In an age where user experience is key to a business’s success and differentiation, innovative teams know they have to prioritize UX from day one. A McKinsey report rates companies by strength of design and how design plays into their financial performance. The companies that performed best financially understood that design is a top-management issue and assessed their design performance with the same rigor they used to track revenues and costs. Regardless of your industry, better design creates an improved user experience and drives customer excitement for your product. Check these tactical tips to help your company prioritize design from day one.

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Managing the challenges of talent localization when building your team globally

19.11.2020 // 07:00

Managing the challenges of talent localization when building your team globally

Expanding your business internationally is an exciting prospect as it opens up new opportunities for business growth and development in a new market. However, one of the key aspects of a successful expansion is having the right team in place to lead that entry and that can be tricky. And the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made it even more challenging. Companies like Globalization Partners help you do make global expansion fast and easy. They handle the nitty-gritty details involved with local labor laws, taxes, and HR issues in 187 countries within days, and without the need to set up costly international subsidiaries.

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How and Why Sales Intelligence Will Help You Close More Deals

19.11.2020 // 14:14

How and Why Sales Intelligence Will Help You Close More Deals

A recent blog post from Hubspot addresses the importance of sales and marketing alignment: having strong alignment between sales and marketing is mutually beneficial for both teams — in fact, sales and marketing alignment can help your company become 67% better at closing deals, and can help generate 209% more revenue from marketing. One key takeaway: choose an ecosystem that offers advanced tools for both sales reps and marketers. The more your teams can align on tools and processes, the easier it will be for your entire company to reach tighter alignment. Check it out and take a look at a free step-by-step guide to better alignment.

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AI dev platform startup DataRobot raises $270 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

17.11.2020 // 13:30

AI dev platform startup DataRobot raises $270 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

Boston-based DataRobot, a startup developing an end-to-end enterprise AI platform, raised $270 million in equity funding led by Altimeter Capital. The company says that the pre-IPO round values the company at over $2.7 billion. DataRobot was founded in 2012 and claims to have had triple-digit recurring revenue growth dating back to 2015, as well as two billion models built on the platform to date. The infusion of capital brings DataRobot’s total raised to $700.6 million following a $206 million series E in September 2019, making the company among the top-funded AI startups in the world.

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Airbnb IPO filing shows third-quarter earnings beating virus with cost cuts, new focus

17.11.2020 // 06:15

Airbnb IPO filing shows third-quarter earnings beating virus with cost cuts, new focus

Airbnb was launched by Chesky and Joe Gebbia 12 years ago as a website to take bookings for rooms during conferences, including the Democratic National Convention that year in Denver and now they are ready for an IPO (anticipated stock market debut in December). Airbnb’s initial public offering registration showed on Monday that the home rental startup turned a profit in the third quarter despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Airbnb’s revenue fell 18% in the third quarter to $1.34 billion from a year earlier, but it reported a net profit of about $219 million, helped mainly by a clamp-down on costs.

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Bitcoin and Defi are bringing in more VC dollars

16.11.2020 // 07:12

Bitcoin and Defi are bringing in more VC dollars

The coronavirus had a negative impact on investment in early-stage crypto startups, early in the year. But in the third quarter of this year, crypto startups have raised $900 million in venture capital, more than 3x of what was raised in Q2 2020. The average deal size for early-stage startups was $7 million. Seed deals averaged $2.1 million and accounted for about 12% of investments for the quarter. However, the competitive landscape for centralized exchanges, custodians, OTC, and market makers has reached a level of maturity, investments in these categories are declining. On the other side, government involvement in cryptocurrencies is set to grow.

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Top 7 Sustainable Home Innovations From 2020 - Springwise

13.11.2020 // 10:23

Top 7 Sustainable Home Innovations From 2020 - Springwise

Swiss startup Koleda with its CEO Maxim Interbrick and his product Solus+ is amongst the top innovations helping us to be more sustainable at home. Solus+ delivers heat via infrared radiation, whereby heat is transferred directly to the objects in the room. Springwise, the global source for innovation intelligence, has been spotting various innovations aiming to make it easier to be more sustainable, and in the year of lockdown, much of this has centered on what we do at home. Here, they round up the top seven innovations, from laundry to air-con and from smart bricks to fridge designs, it’s about new technology that helps us to be more sustainable.

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Your car insurance salesman is now an AI bot connected to blockchain

13.11.2020 // 03:13

Your car insurance salesman is now an AI bot connected to blockchain

Malta-based virtual assistant firm Vaiot has integrated IBM’s Watson Assistant with the Cosmos blockchain to sell car insurance. The new platform features an end-to-end sales process that does not require human assistance to complete the car insurance contracts. The mobile app interacts with customers via voice or text, initially asking a series of questions to identify and suggest insurance options. The AI monitors the deal and automatically begins the insurance coverage once the payment goes through. BTW, in September, Vaiot raised $5.9 million in a private sale, offering 30% (120,000,000) of its VAI token to investors.

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Alexa is getting better at guessing your intentions

11.11.2020 // 21:30

Alexa is getting better at guessing your intentions

Conversations with your Amazon-brand digital assistant could soon be far less stilted. Following the introduction of the natural conversation feature in September, Amazon announced on Tuesday that Alexa can now infer a user’s “latent goals” based on what the person is asking it. The system improves itself by actively learning, “which identifies sample interactions that would be particularly informative during future fine-tuning,” according to a Tuesday press release. The system also looks for “named entities and other arguments from the current conversation,” automatically labeling and formatting them for use by other Alexa skills.

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SentinelOne, an AI-based endpoint security firm, confirms $267M raise on a $3.1B valuation – TechCrunch

11.11.2020 // 02:17

SentinelOne, an AI-based endpoint security firm, confirms $267M raise on a $3.1B valuation – TechCrunch

This year, more than ever before because of the Covid-19 pandemic, huge droves of workers and consumers have been turning to the internet to communicate, get things done, and entertain themselves. That has created a huge bonanza for cybercriminals, but also companies that are building tools to combat them. Under these circumstances, an Israel-hatched, Mountain View-based AI-based security startup called SentinelOne has closed $267 million in funding to continue expanding its business to meet demand, which has seen a business boom this year. Its valuation is now over $3 billion. Congratulations!

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Sofia’s startup ecosystem is one to watch — just give it time

09.11.2020 // 11:01

Sofia’s startup ecosystem is one to watch — just give it time

Bulgaria is yet to produce a tech unicorn, but that doesn’t mean its startup ecosystem should be overlooked. Over the past decade, Sofia’s startup scene has flourished — even if it’s noticeably absent from the top positions in most tech rankings. The capital city is home to 23 universities, more than 100,000 students — 42,000 of whom are in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — 63 research centers and several independent software schools, including the well-known SoftUni and Telerik academies. The average software engineer salary in Sofia stands at around $23,000 and senior engineers can expect to earn $38,000 or more, according to local website Obecto.

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How One Entrepreneur Changed Her Business Model in the Pandemic

06.11.2020 // 15:10

How One Entrepreneur Changed Her Business Model in the Pandemic

Sarah Figueroa started Geojam last year with the goal of connecting fans at concerts. While the pandemic vastly curtailed live events, which like the hospitality, restaurant, and travel industry ground to a near halt, the company and the artists found a way to come together and the company decided to connect fans directly to the artists. What Sarah, her two co-founders, and investors were able to do isn’t going to work for everyone. But their pivot may offer useful lessons to other entrepreneurs regardless of their wealth and experience. And those lessons may come in handy as coronavirus cases rise again and small businesses that have made it this far struggle to get through a tough winter.

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