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Indico raises $22 million to automate enterprise processes

14.12.2020 // 15:00

Indico raises $22 million to automate enterprise processes

Indico, a provider of enterprise AI for process automation, today announced that it has raised $22 million. The company says the new funding will enable it to double its headcount in 2021, with hires in sales, partnerships, and marketing, while expanding its channel relationships and integration partnerships to broaden its market footprint. Process discovery and automation is understandably big business. Forrester estimates that robotic process automation (RPA) and related subfields created jobs for 40% of companies in 2019. According to a McKinsey survey, the RPA market alone will be worth $493 billion by 2022.

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How Joe Rogan Built a $100 Million Podcasting Empire By Rejecting Traditional Marketing

01.12.2020 // 16:47

How Joe Rogan Built a $100 Million Podcasting Empire By Rejecting Traditional Marketing

Joe Rogan is an American comedian, martial arts expert, commentator, and podcast host. Rogan's podcast is downloaded nearly 200 million times per month and made $30 million last year, making him the highest-paid podcaster of 2019, per Forbes. For many, Joe Rogan’s rise appears utterly baffling. With zero traditional marketing efforts, he’s built one of the world’s biggest news platforms. And this only becomes even more jaw-dropping when you realize that the operation is nothing fancy. It’s just him and his tech assistant in a small studio. So, there’s plenty that we can learn from Joe Rogan’s meteoric rise. Check it out!

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Popular startup valuation models

01.12.2020 // 06:00

Popular startup valuation models

How can founders value their startup if it’s pre-revenue? Vuk Vegezzi from BV4, a certified startup valuation company, selected and described two popular valuation models that can be applied to startups. The article talks about the DCF method looking at the financial projections, and expected profitability, Market Comparables, and BV4’s proprietary model, a modified three-stage dividend discount model using over 200 observable, measurable, and quantifiable parameters in 20 business-relevant subcategories. If you are an early-stage startup company, it is very important to understand the key valuation drivers of your business. So, check this out!

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Are the hyper-platforms going to kill your business?

29.11.2020 // 17:45

Are the hyper-platforms going to kill your business?

Tech companies come in two flavors: those that are platforms and those that want to be platforms. A platform is one of those ideas that is easy to see yet hard to define, and therein lies the challenge for regulators. One important concept to understand about true platforms is that they have no boundaries. All tech companies want their platform to be all things to all people. Consider Amazon’s desire to own all of e-commerce, which has only been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes logistics, brick-and-mortar (or what’s left of it), enterprise/cloud computing, and content creation/distribution. What does this mean for your business?

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Facebook's digital token Libra to launch as soon as January in an even more slimmed-down version

27.11.2020 // 15:03

Facebook's digital token Libra to launch as soon as January in an even more slimmed-down version

Facebook plans to launch its long-awaited digital currency Libra as soon as January, the Financial Times reported on Friday. The project will arrive in an even further slimmed-down version than originally planned. That's because the Silicon Valley-based social networking firm is attempting to woo critics and win regulatory approval from FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. Stablecoins are designed to avoid the volatility typical of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, making them in theory more suitable for payments and money transfers.

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Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

25.11.2020 // 13:09

Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

Data Privacy or Information Privacy is important and the proper handling of data with the focus on compliance with data protection regulations is a must for all companies… worldwide. However, we just learned that South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) has slapped Facebook with a US$6.1 million fine for sharing user information without consent. The PIPC determined that the social network shared the personal information of 3.3 million South Korean users to other companies without consent from May 2012 to June 2018. Facebook shared people’s names, addresses, dates of birth, work experience, hometowns and relationship statuses.

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AppsFlyer raises funding from Salesforce Ventures at $2 billion valuation

24.11.2020 // 14:00

AppsFlyer raises funding from Salesforce Ventures at $2 billion valuation

AppsFlyer, founded in 2011, is a SaaS mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform, headquartered in San Francisco. The company gives developers the tools to drive marketing success by connecting developers who want to advertise their apps and games to more than 8,000 partners via its marketplace. Now U.S. AppsFlyer president Brian Quinn and his team just raised a new round of funding from Salesforce Ventures at a $2 billion valuation. In total, they have raised more than $300 million to date. The company has recently reached 1,000 employees globally, and it now exceeds $200 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR), up 25% from 2019.

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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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