تاریخ ارسال : ۹۶/۰۷/۰۵
Tech daily with Jopwell, Microsoft and Uber
۱٫ Workplace diversity-focused recruiting platform Jopwell (YC S15) raises $7.5M Series A led by Cue Ball Capital; once an applicant fills out a profile, Jopwell analyzes it algorithmically for matching with partner companies, which include Facebook, Lyft, and Airbnb; raised $11.5M to date.
۲٫ Fitbit’s $300 Ionic, the company’s first fully-fledged smartwatch, goes on sale Oct 1; the $140 Flyer Bluetooth headphones will also be available; Ionic includes GPS and is waterproof up to 15 meters; features the Fitbit Coach app.
۳٫ Microsoft announces that collaboration and communications product Teams will replace Skype for Business as the company’s primary teamwork solution; Skype voice and video tech is now integrated in Teams.
۴٫ Microsoft launches three new tools for machine learning developers; the Azure Machine Learning Experimentation service enables users to quickly train and deploy experiments; the Azure Machine Learning Workbench is a desktop client that serves as a control panel for ML development; the Azure Machine Learning Model Management service enables Docker deployments.
۵٫ Software firm SAP acquires identity management platform Gigya; terms undisclosed, but TechCrunch sources say the deal is worth $350M; the firm provides authentication tools to enterprise customers; raised $105M to date.
۶٫ China-based used car marketplace RenRenChe raises $200M from Didi Chuxing; the startup operates in more than 80 Chinese cities and claims to have over 100k vehicles listed on its platform; raised $460M to date.
۷٫ Enterprise software firm Accelo raises $9M Series A led by Level Equity with participation from Fathom Capital and others; the company provides a suite of products including CRM, customer service tools, and more; raised $11M to date.
۸٫ India-based analytics startup Synup raises $6M Series A led by Vertex Ventures with participation from Prime Venture Partners; the firm provides enterprise tools for tracking online mentions; raised $6.5M to date.
۹٫ Germany-based publishing platform Inkitt raises $3.9M seed led by Redalpine with participation from Frontline Ventures and others; the startup lets authors publish in-progress work for readers to review; using feedback data, the firm then offers some writers a publishing deal.
۱۰٫ Thailand-based fintech startup Finnomena raises $3.2M Series A from Krungsri Finnovate, 500 Tuk Tuks, and others; offers a range of finance tools and investment advice; claims 1M weekly views across various platforms.
۱۱٫ London-based image licensing platform Picfair raises $2M led by the Claverley Group; the startup offers a marketplace where rights-holders can set their own price; raised more than $2.5M to date.
۱۲٫ A consortium led by Hellman & Friedman acquires Denmark-based payments processing firm Nets for $5.3M cash; the deal is worth $26.35 per share; Nets provides digital payments tools to enterprise customers
۱۳٫ Levi’s partners with Google to launch a $350 touch-sensitive jacket; first announced last year, the Commuter Trucker makes use of Project Jacquard technology to control a connected iOS or Android device; features a removable dongle and pairs with an app for gesture customization; available in some boutique stores from Sept 27, and from Levi’s website Oct 2.
۱۴٫ Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi writes an open letter to Londoners, apologizing for the company’s mistakes; Khosrowshahi also says Uber will appeal the decision to rescind its operating license; comes as Uber executive Fred Jones claims the firm is unclear on what led to the decision – Link
London mayor Sadiq Khan says Uber has made “aggressive” threats to issue a legal challenge against Transport for London; Khan says the company has also been telling journalists they want to appease the regulator
۱۵٫ Uber’s petition calling for its London operating license to be renewed collects more than 700k signatures; the firm launched the campaign on Change.org and received more than 500k signatures within 24 hours; the company claims more than 3.5M Londoners rely on its service.
۱۶٫ Barclays joins the CLS Net consortium, which is developing a blockchain-based foreign currency exchange; led by cash settlement firm CLS Group, the consortium also includes JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of China; it’s unclear when the platform will launch.
۱۷٫ Amazon says it will open three AWS availability zones in Bahrain by 2019; represents the first cloud region for the Middle East.