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Personio, the German HR platform for SMEs, raises $75M Series C at a $500M valuation

Personio, the Germany-founded HR platform for SMEs, has raised $75 million in Series C funding in a round led by Accel. I understand the investment values the company at around $500 million.

Also joining is Lightspeed Venture Partners, alongside Lars Dalgaard (the founder and former CEO of SuccessFactors). Existing investors Index Ventures, Northzone, Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital, and Picus Capital followed on.

The Series C brings Personio’s total funding to $130 million since launching in 2015. The additional capital will help support the company’s expansion into the U.K. and Ireland, which is also being announced today. This will see Personio establish a new office in London to better serve clients in the U.K. and Ireland.

Combining human resources, recruiting and payroll into a single platform, Personio bills itself as a “HR operating system� for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) ranging from 10 to 2,000 employees.

The cloud-based software is designed to power all of a company’s people processes via the product’s own growing functionality or through its ability to integrate with third-party software.

To that end, Personio says its customer base has tripled in the past twelve months, and says it now serves almost 2,000 customers in more than 40 countries. In the same period, the number of employees at Personio has more than doubled to over 350. That figure is set to reach 700 employees by the end of 2020.

Along with traditional SMEs, Personio has naturally found a home amongst startups. “The strong growth of the last four years in German-speaking countries has shown that there is a great demand for HR software in SMEs,” Personio co-founder and CEO Hanno Renner tells me.

“42% of their time is currently spent on administrative tasks, according to a recent, as yet unpublished study from Germany. Personio automates repetitive tasks and thus gives HR staff time for value-adding tasks. This is an invaluable advantage that has already convinced several U.K. customers such as Raisin and millimetric.â€�


Source: TechCrunch

Microsoft invertirá una lluvia de millones en tecnología para reducir CO2

El gigante del software planea crear un fondo de 900 millones de euros con el fin de desarrollar métodos de captura de dióxido de carbono del aire. Además, asegura que en 2050 habrá compensado las emisiones que ha generado desde su fundación
Source: MIT

Este software analiza capturas de pantalla para comprendernos mejor

El Proyecto Human Screenome utiliza un programa que registra lo que sucede en los ‘smartphones’ cada cinco segundos. Identificar las secuencias de actividad puede servir para entender cómo afectan a nuestra vida analógica y estudiar patrones de uso vinculados a la adicción a las redes sociales 
Source: MIT

El lado oscuro del uso de dispositivos tecnológicos en las aulas

Aunque la mayoría de educadores apoya su uso en EE. UU., varios estudios demuestran un impacto negativo en los resultados de los estudiantes. De hecho, las tabletas pueden disminuir su motivación o eliminar el aspecto colaborativo del aprendizaje. Y los alumnos con menos recursos son los más perjudicados
Source: MIT

Right now Harman/Kardon's SB 26 soundbar with powered wireless subwoofer is just $180 – CNET

This excellent home theater sound system is 70% off the $600 list price.
Source: CNET

China coronavirus: Everything we know about the deadly new virus – CNET

A novel virus has infected over 200 people and caused three deaths. Here’s everything we know about the mysterious new disease.
Source: CNET

Save a small fortune by buying this $22 Apple Pencil alternative – CNET

The Aceirst Stylus Pen combines the best of the old and new Apple Pencil styluses and works with all the most recent Pencil-compatible iPads.
Source: CNET

Yes, even Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos would get $1,000 under Andrew Yang's plan – CNET

Yang and the other high-profile presidential candidates spoke at the Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
Source: CNET

Cyberpunk 2077: Release date pushed back and everything else we know – CNET

The future is just a little longer away.
Source: CNET

Tesla calls claims of unintended acceleration in NHTSA petition ‘completely false’

Tesla pushed back Monday against claims that its electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own, calling a petition filed with federal safety regulators “completely false.”

Tesla also questions the validity of the petition, noting that it was submitted by a Tesla short-seller.

Last week, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said it would review a defect petition that cited 127 consumer complaints of alleged unintended acceleration of Tesla electric vehicles that may have contributed to or caused 110 crashes and 52 injuries.

The petition, which was first reported by CNBC, was filed by Brian Sparks, an independent investor who is currently shorting Tesla’s stock. Sparks has hedged his bets and has been long Tesla in the past, according to the CNBC report.

At the time, Tesla didn’t respond to requests for comment. Now, in a blog post, the company said that it routinely reviews customer complaints of unintended acceleration with NHTSA.

“In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly,” Tesla wrote in a blog post on its website.

The automaker argued that its vehicles are designed to avoid unintended acceleration, noting that its system will default to cutting off motor torque if the two independent position sensors on its accelerator pedals register any error.

“We also use the Autopilot sensor suite to help distinguish potential pedal misapplications and cut torque to mitigate or prevent accidents when we’re confident the driver’s input was unintentional,” the company wrote.

Here is the complete response from Tesla:

This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed. In other words, the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so, and it slows or stops when the driver applies the brake.

While accidents caused by a mistaken press of the accelerator pedal have been alleged for nearly every make/model of vehicle on the road, the accelerator pedals in Model S, X and 3 vehicles have two independent position sensors, and if there is any error, the system defaults to cut off motor torque. Likewise, applying the brake pedal simultaneously with the accelerator pedal will override the accelerator pedal input and cut off motor torque, and regardless of the torque, sustained braking will stop the car. Unique to Tesla, we also use the Autopilot sensor suite to help distinguish potential pedal misapplications and cut torque to mitigate or prevent accidents when we’re confident the driver’s input was unintentional. Each system is independent and records data, so we can examine exactly what happened.

We are transparent with NHTSA, and routinely review customer complaints of unintended acceleration with them. Over the past several years, we discussed with NHTSA the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition. In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly.


Source: TechCrunch

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