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The War to Remotely Control Self-Driving Cars Heats Up

Designated Driver is just the latest competitor to enter the market for the teleoperation tech that will make robo-cars work.
Source: Wired

Long Before Selfies and Memes, People Wanted to Share Pics

*Snap+Share*, a new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, explores the evolution of sharing images, from postcards to Ceiling Cat.
Source: Wired

These big, beautiful BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on Amazon right now

All gamers know that a good monitor is just as important as PC hardware to fully enjoy what today’s games have to offer. BenQ makes some of the best (including some of our favorites), and three top-rated BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on Amazon right now until the end of March.

The post These big, beautiful BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on Amazon right now appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Medical responders spend millions of tax dollars handling disease outbreaks that could have been prevented—with vaccines.
Source: Wired

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records—They Write Code

“Live coding” parties are the latest phenomenon in underground electronic music culture.
Source: Wired

Vlocity nabs $60M Series C investment on $1B valuation

As we wrote last week in How Salesforce paved the way for the SaaS platform approach, the ability to build extensions, applications and even whole companies on top of the Salesforce platform set the stage and the bar for every SaaS company since. Vlocity certainly recognized that. Targeting five verticals, it built industry-specific CRM solutions on the Salesforce platform, and today it announced a $60 million Series C round on a fat unicorn $1 billion valuation.

The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures and Salesforce Ventures. New investors Bessemer Venture Partners and existing strategic investors Accenture and New York Life also participated. The company has now raised $163 million.

Company co-founder Craig Ramsey whose extensive career includes stints with Siebel Systems, Oracle and Veeva Systems, says he and his co-founders wanted to take the idea of Veeva, which is a life sciences-focused company built on top of Salesforce, and extend that idea across five verticals, instead of just one. Those five verticals include communications and media, insurance and financial services, health, energy and utilities and government and non-profits.

The idea he said was to build a company with a market that was 10x the size of life sciences. “What we’re doing now is building five Veevas at once. If you could buy a product already tailored to the needs of your industry why wouldn’t you do that,” Ramsey said.

The theory seems to be working. He says that the company, which was founded in 2014, has already reached $100 million in revenue and expects to double that by the end of this year. Then of course, there is the unicorn valuation. While perhaps not as rare as it once was, reaching the $1 billion level is still a significant milestone for a startup.

In the Salesforce platform story, co-founder and CTO Parker Harris addressed the need for solutions like the ones from Veeva and Vlocity. “…Harris said they couldn’t build one Salesforce for healthcare and another for insurance and a third one for finance. “We knew that wouldn’t scale, and so the platform [eventually] just evolved out of this really close relationship with our customers and the needs they had,” he told TechCrunch. In other words, Salesforce made the platform flexible enough for companies like these to fill in the blanks.

“Vlocity is a perfect example of the incredible innovation occurring in the Salesforce ecosystem and how we are working together to provide customers in all industries the technologies they need to attract and serve customers in smarter ways,” Jujhar Singh, EVP and GM for Salesforce Industries said in a statement.

It’s also telling that of the three strategic investors in this round — New York Life, Accenture and Salesforce Ventures — Salesforce is the biggest investor, according to Ramsey.

The company has 150 customers including investor New York Life, Verizon (which owns this publication), Cigna and the City of New York. It already has 700 employees in 20 countries. With this additional investment, you can expect those numbers to increase.

“What this Series C round allows us to do is to really put the gas on investing in product development, because verticals are all about going deep,” Ramsey said.


Source: TechCrunch

Mastercard Wades Into Murky Waters With Its New Digital ID

The credit card company has more details about its plan for a decentralized, universal digital ID, but questions remain.
Source: Wired

Exercise at your stand-up desk with the Seated Desk Cycle for just $99 – CNET

Cheapskate exclusive! VersaDesk’s new exercise seat normally sells for $162. Plus: a sweet sound bar deal.
Source: CNET

Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts for 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' – CNET

It pulled more than 2,000 accounts, including ones from Macedonia and Kosovo.
Source: CNET

Europe’s high-growth ecosystem is strong, and weathering global storms

Around 10 years of ecosystem development has left European high-growth companies in a much stronger position counter their global rivals, according to new research from the FT and Statista dubbed the FT 1000. And in the realm of tech startups, they continue to create the software which is, famously, eating the world.

Despite trade wars, Brexit, and a European economic slowdown, tech companies in Europe are still thriving. In fact, some are positively booming. Key companies names in the list included Deliveroo, Taxifym, Darktrac, Buzzoole and Perkbox.

As the report implies, tech is simply in a different economy to the normal economy and the reasons are simple: Disrupters are better protected even if economic conditions deteriorate because many are created simply to take market share from incumbent businesses. Even as these incumbent businesses feel the headwinds of the real economy, tech companies are side-stepping them, whether it be via AI, automation or just sheer faster growth.

The lowest ranked company to make the list had a compound annual growth rate in revenue of 37.7%, up from 34.6% last year.

Speaking to the FT, Toby Coppel, partner at London-based Mosaic Ventures, said the ecosystem is maturing: “There are many more successful companies like Spotify where the next generation of founders are trained and then leave to start-up the next company, often with former colleagues [to start something new].”

Ophelia Brown, founder of Blossom Capital said founders no longer up sticks and move to Silicon Valley, while Brent Hoberman of Founders Forum says they have counted 36 new unicorns in Europe and Israel last year.

However, Brexit is clearly having an effect: UK startups are seeking licenses and opening HQs or major offices elsewhere in Europe to offset the risks of talent or funding becoming scarcer in Brexit Britain. Plus, there is very little data on the startups and entrepreneurs that have simply decided to stay away from the UK during this chaotic Brexit period.

As Philippe Botteri of Accel says: “The Brexit impact will be people.”

Other issues tech companies face in Europe will sounds familiar to US ears: The “techlash” by regulators and privacy concerns to name two. But others, like accessing a large single market remain a challenge for Europe to pull together, are not problems US startups have to face nearly as much.

However, European tech companies are also in an equally good place as concerns the hottest new technology trend such as the growing use of big data in fintech and healthcare, robotics and food delivery, AI and quantum computing.


Source: TechCrunch

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