Happenings
  • 5 Conversational AI Companies Tackling COVID-19

    May 1, 2020

    All of the information here are the words that you read on social media, chats, news channels, advertisements, companies’ taglines, and even hear it over calls (thanks to mandatory IVR warnings). Below are five conversational AI companies that are trying to tackle COVID-19 misinformation.

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  • Voice Assistant Usage Seen Growing To 8.4 Billion Devices

    Apr 28, 2020

    As consumer usage of voice assistants continues to skyrocket, the companies behind those assistants look for business models to monetize all that voice. Consumers will interact with voice assistants on 8.4 billion devices by 2024, according to a new study by Juniper Research.

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  • What early stage investors really care about

    Apr 27, 2020

    These days, when fundraising has become even more tricky, it is crucial that entrepreneurs get into the investor mindset if they are to increase their chances of success.

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  • How could COVID-19 change AR/VR’s future?

    Apr 25, 2020

    COVID-19 is impacting the lives of billions. Early-stage technology markets like virtual and augmented reality are trivial by comparison. However, AR/VR companies are dealing with knock-on effects both positive and negative. This analysis explores the potential future for AR/VR in the context of the silent cyclone we’re all going through.

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  • Emotion AI shows promise for IT leaders in the enterprise

    Apr 22, 2020

    Emotion AI, or affective computing, may be the next big thing in AI. Enterprises are starting to explore emotion analytics technology to improve customer and employee experiences and offer innovative services.

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  • Will lockdown help voice tech show what it's really made of?

    Apr 20, 2020

    From its potential as a health diagnostic tool, to simply helping with loneliness, voice technology has reached new heights during the coronavirus pandemic. Marek Wrobel wonders if it will change things forever.

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  • AI startups raised $6.9 billion in Q1 2020, a record-setting pace before coronavirus

    Apr 15, 2020

    AI startups continued to outpace the overall U.S. venture capital market in the first quarter of 2020.

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  • Top 10 Business Functions That Are Ready To Use Artificial Intelligence

    Apr 12, 2020

    In the grand scheme of things, artificial intelligence (AI) is still in the very early stages of adoption by most organizations. However, most leaders are quite excited to implement AI into the company’s business functions to start realizing its extraordinary benefits. While we have no way of knowing all the ways artificial intelligence and machine learning will ultimately impact business functions, here are 10 business functions that are ready to use artificial intelligence.

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  • After coronavirus, AI could be central to our new normal

    Apr 8, 2020

    When we came out of the financial crisis of 2008, cloud computing kicked into high gear and started to become a pervasive, transformational technology. The current COVID-19 crisis could provide a similar inflection point for AI applications. While the implications of AI continue to be debated on the world stage, the rapid onset of a global health crisis and concomitant recession will accelerate its impact.

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  • Most LPs Not Planning to Adjust Private Market Allocations Amid Market Turmoil

    Apr 7, 2020

    Many VC investors came into 2020 under allocated into the asset class. They want to wait until the market stabilizes to assess if portfolios need to be rebalanced.

    More than two-thirds of about 400 LPs polled by PitchBook responded that they are not planning to change their allocation percentage to private market investments over the next six months, said James Gelfer, senior strategy and lead venture analyst at PitchBook.

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  • Issue 22 - The End of VC as We Know It

    The nature of VC is evolving - to gain a competitive advantage and de-risk their investments, forward-looking and innovative firms are recognizing the trends and adapting.

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  • Issue 22 - European Venture Reaches All-Time High In The First Quarter Of 2021

    2021 is shaping up to be a stellar year for startups in Europe with Early-stage funding at $5.8 billion, an all-time high for European startups.

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