Frederic Lardinois

Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers

Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers

Google has acquired GraphicsFuzz, a company that builds a framework for testing the security and reliability of Android graphics drivers. The news, which was first spotted by XDA Developers, comes on the same day Google announced the release of Android 9 Pie. A Google spokesperson confirmed the news to us but declined to provide any […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Reali raises $20M for its flat-fee real estate platform

Reali raises $20M for its flat-fee real estate platform

Reali, a real estate platform that replaces traditional real estate transaction fees with a flat-fee model, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series B funding round led by Zeev Ventures, with participation from Signia Venture Partners and other investors. This round brings Reali’s total funding to $30 million. The basic idea behind […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Swim.ai raises $11M to bring real-time analytics to the edge

Swim.ai raises $11M to bring real-time analytics to the edge

Once upon a time, it looked like cloud-based serviced would become the central hub for analyzing all IoT data. But it didn’t quite turn out that way because most IoT solutions simply generate too much data to do this effectively and the round-trip to the data center doesn’t work for applications that have to react […]

 Frederic Lardinois

SolarWinds acquires real-time threat-monitoring service Trusted Metrics

SolarWinds acquires real-time threat-monitoring service Trusted Metrics

SolarWinds, the company behind tools like Pingdom, Papertrail, Loggly and a number of other IT management tools, today announced it has acquired Trusted Metrics, a company that helps businesses monitor incoming threats to their networks and servers. This move follows SolarWinds’ acquisition of Loggly earlier this year. Among other things, Loggly also provides a number […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Codefights becomes CodeSignal and launches a new ratings system for developers

Codefights becomes CodeSignal and launches a new ratings system for developers

CodeFights started out as a competitive coding platform but has since morphed to focus more on interview prep and helping business recruit developers. To better reflect this focus, the service today announced that it is changing its name to CodeSignal. In addition to this, the company also today officially launched its Coding Score, a credit […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Topbox raises $5M for its customer experience analytics service

Topbox raises $5M for its customer experience analytics service

Topbox helps businesses understand how their customers experience their products and where they run into issues by analyzing voice and text chats to surveys, social media posts and online reviews. Today, the company announced it has raised a $5 million funding round led by Telescope Partners, with participation from Cascade Angels, Flyover Capital and the […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Online hardware store BuildDirect brings in new leadership as it refocuses on pros

Online hardware store BuildDirect brings in new leadership as it refocuses on pros

BuildDirect, the Vancouver, BC.-based online home improvement store, went through a tough transition in recent months. In late October 2017, the company’s co-founder and CEO Jeff Booth stepped back from his job days before the company filed for the Canadian equivalent of bankruptcy protection. It then installed former Amazon executive Dan Park, who had only […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Hellman & Friedman deal values SimpliSafe at $1B

Hellman & Friedman deal values SimpliSafe at $1B

SimpliSafe, the company behind the well-received SimpliSafe home security service, today announced that Hellman & Friedman, the massive venture fund and private equity firm, has taken a controlling interest in the company. While the two companies didn’t disclose the terms of the transaction, sources close to SimpliSafe tell us that the deal valued the company […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Cerebri AI raises $5M Series A round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund

Cerebri AI raises $5M Series A round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund

M12, Microsoft’s venture fund which was previously known as Microsoft Ventures, has been making a series of investments in the last few weeks. Today, it’s leading a $5 million Series A round into Cerebri AI, a startup that uses machine learning to help companies track, analyze and predict their customers’ behavior. The University of Texas […]

 Frederic Lardinois

Codefresh raises $8M Series B round for its container-centric CI/CD platform

Codefresh raises $8M Series B round for its container-centric CI/CD platform

Codefresh, a continuous integration and delivery platform built for the Kubernetes container ecosystem, today announced that it has raised an $8 million Series B round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Viola Ventures, Hillsven and CEIF also participated in this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $15.1 million. In a market where there are […]

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