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Hive raises $10.6 million to bolster project management with AI

For evidence that the future of work is automated (or at least semi-automated), look no further than startups like New York-based Hive. The productivity platform provider offers solutions from meeting scheduling to task management and project monitoring, and in an effort to lay the groundwork for expansion after quintupling revenue this past year, it’s secured fresh funding.

Hive today revealed that it’s raised $10.6 million in a series A round led by Comcast Ventures, with participation from existing seed investors Tribeca Venture Partners, Vocap Investment Partners, and Rembrandt Venture Partners. It brings the company’s total raised to $16.7 million

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Angular Ventures is a $41 million early-stage fund for deep tech startups entering the U.S.

A new early-stage venture capital (VC) firm that focuses on European and Israeli “deep tech” enterprise startups eyeing U.S. expansion, has officially closed its inaugural fund.

London-headquartered Angular Ventures, which has additional hubs in Tel Aviv and New York, has announced an “oversubscribed” $41 million institutional seed fund — significantly more than the $25 million it planned to raise according to its filing with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) last year.

Founded in May 2018 by Gil Dibner, an angel investor and former partner at DFJ Esprit, Angular Ventures has invested in 12 startups already since the

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Goldman faces probe after entrepreneur claims gender bias in Apple Card algorithm

(Reuters) — A probe into Goldman Sachs’ credit card practices has been initiated after tweets from a tech entrepreneur alleged gender discrimination in the new Apple card algorithms that are used to determine credit limits.

In a series of Twitter posts starting on Thursday, David Heinemeier Hansson railed against the Apple Card for giving him 20 times the credit limit his wife got, Bloomberg reported on Saturday.

Hansson, who is the creator of web-application framework Ruby on Rails, didn’t disclose any specific income-related information for himself or his wife but said they filed joint tax returns and

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Lawmakers call for pause on false micro-targeted political ads

(Reuters) — An international “grand committee” of lawmakers on Thursday called for a pause in online micro-targeted political ads with false or misleading information until the area is regulated.

The committee, formed to investigate disinformation, gathered in Dublin to hear evidence from Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet’s Google, and other experts about online harms, hate speech, and electoral interference. The meeting was attended by lawmakers from Australia, Finland, Estonia, Georgia, Singapore, the U.K., and the U.S.

The committee’s inaugural session in London last November featured an empty chair for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after he declined to be questioned.

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Juked.gg creates an easy way to watch your favorite esports broadcasts

Juked.gg is launching an open beta for its platform that makes it easy for fans to watch esports broadcasts for their favorite teams or personalities.

Juked is a guide to the wide world of esports that makes it easy to stay on top of every trending match from popular games and teams, featuring support for over 20 titles. In addition to showcasing content, Juked is designed to provide answers to the most common issues esports fans face on a daily basis.

If you’ve ever missed an epic moment in esports because you didn’t know when to tune in, where to

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Snapdocs raises $25 million to streamline mortgages with AI

Real estate tech company Snapdocs today revealed that it has raised $25 million in series B funding to further develop its products and platform. Coinciding with the news, the San Francisco-based company announced the opening of a new office in Denver, Colorado. Snapdocs said the new office would serve as a center for a “wide variety” of roles, with an emphasis on engineering and operations.

F-Prime Capital led this latest raise, with participation from Sequoia Capital. (Among previous backers are Y Combinator and SV Angel.) The series B brings Snapdocs’ total raised to around $45 million, following a $15 million

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How Microsoft, Amazon, & Airbnb avoid product experimentation pitfalls (VB Live)

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Every year, Netflix runs hundreds of experiments; Excitable Airbnb runs over five hundred a month, and Jeff Bezos says that Amazon’s success comes from the number of tests his teams runs not just yearly or monthly, but daily. Having a culture of experimentation is a competitive differentiator.

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Google to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion

The rumors were true — Google is acquiring fitness wearables company Fitbit in a deal worth $2.1 billion, a 30% premium on Fitbit’s current market cap.

Fitbit’s shares have tumbled since its 2015 IPO, going from a high of nearly $50 to a low of less than $3 this year. In the wake of reports this week that Alphabet was preparing a bid, Fitbit’s shares surged more than 40% to over $6. Google will pay $7.35 per share in an all-cash transaction that is expected to close in 2020, pending both shareholder and regulatory approval.

With Fitbit under its

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Particle raises $40 million for IoT device management and developer tools

San Francisco-based Particle, which develops what it claims is one of the world’s most popular internet of things (IoT) platforms, today announced that it’s raised $40 million in a series C funding round led by Qualcomm Ventures and Energy Impact Partners. The tranche, which saw participation from Root Ventures, Bonfire Ventures, Industry Ventures, Spark Capital, Green D Ventures, Counterpart Ventures, and SOSV and which follows on the heels of a $20 million series B round in July 2017, brings the company’s total capital haul to over $81.3 million.

The capital infusion comes after a year in which revenue grew

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Sana Benefits gets $6.3 million to disrupt ‘Stone Age’ health care insurance industry

Sana Benefits, an Austin company that wants to disrupt the health care insurance industry with more efficient software, said it has raised $6.3 million in seed funding.

The company joins a raft of upstarts remaking a notoriously inefficient health care system. These startups include players like Oscar Health, Clover, and Bright Health — all of which have raised hundreds of millions to billions of dollars over the last few years. Most of them have been focused on individuals and not as much on the employer plans that cover half of Americans.

Sana distinguishes itself in that it’s one

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