Lucas Matney

YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections

YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections

As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human effort. Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class […]

 Lucas Matney

Pico nabs $24.7M to create VR hardware that challenges Facebook, Google

Pico nabs $24.7M to create VR hardware that challenges Facebook, Google

While there aren’t many VR hardware startups raising cash out there these days, there are far fewer that are securing investments to actually build the VR headsets themselves. Even as established tech giants are having a rough go-ahead with the headset market, Beijing-based Pico Interactive is looking to give it a go with a focus […]

 Lucas Matney

Test.ai nabs $11M Series A led by Google to put bots to work testing apps

Test.ai nabs $11M Series A led by Google to put bots to work testing apps

For developers, the process of determining whether every new update is going to botch some core functionality can take up a lot of time and resources, and things get far more complicated when you’re managing a multitude of apps. Test.ai is building a comprehensive system for app testing that relies on bots, not human labor, […]

 Lucas Matney

FameGame wants to recreate reality TV for a mobile age

FameGame wants to recreate reality TV for a mobile age

The pre-social media phenomenon that was early 2000s American Idol might be a weird place to spend a lot of focus when it comes to thinking about the future. But it’s also worth noting how little these types of shows adapted to build themselves into the fabric of live social commentary. Twitter has offered a […]

 Lucas Matney

Supermedium scores $1.1M in seed funding for its web-first vision for virtual reality

Supermedium scores $1.1M in seed funding for its web-first vision for virtual reality

The world of VR has had its ups and downs, and yet there’s still plenty of activity from the world’s largest technology companies to build platforms that ultimately define the medium. Supermedium, a recent Y Combinator graduate, wants a more open future for virtual reality, one that’s built on the web. The company launched earlier […]

 Lucas Matney

Real estate platform Nestio raises $4.5 million

Real estate platform Nestio raises $4.5 million

Real estate platform Nestio is getting new funding as it continues to expand its footprint beyond New York City into other large U.S. markets. The startup’s software gives real estate owners and managers a hub to handle things like leasing and marketing. The round, which they announced today, was led by Camber Creek and Trinity Ventures, with […]

 Lucas Matney

Ceres Imaging gets $25M to intelligently scan crops from above

Ceres Imaging gets $25M to intelligently scan crops from above

Agtech startup Ceres Imaging, which uses computer vision and spectral imaging tech to deliver insights about crops to farmers, has closed a new round of funding. The Oakland-based company has pulled in a $25 million round led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Romulus Capital. They have raised around $35 million to date. Since […]

 Lucas Matney

VR blockchain startup founded by Second Life co-creator raises $35M

VR blockchain startup founded by Second Life co-creator raises $35M

If VR on the blockchain is all a bit too disruptive for you to handle, close the tab and carry on, you Luddite. High Fidelity, a social VR startup founded by Philip Rosedale (CEO), one of Second Life’s original creators, has bagged a $35 million Series D led by blockchain investment firm Galaxy Digital Ventures. […]

 Lucas Matney

Jane.ai raises $8.4M to bring a digital assistant into your office software

Jane.ai raises $8.4M to bring a digital assistant into your office software

Even as AI assistants delve deeper into consumer hardware, companies still seem a bit reticent to bring them deep into their office software workflows. Jane.ai is aiming to bring natural language processing and intelligence into an employee-facing solution that lets people query a digital assistant to give them information about documents, meetings and general company […]

 Lucas Matney

Bluedot Innovation gets $5.5 million in funding to track smartphone users more precisely

Bluedot Innovation gets $5.5 million in funding to track smartphone users more precisely

When it comes to the promises of persistent location hyper-awareness, the promises of mobile have largely fallen flat. While this has been a bummer for consumers looking for more contextual services from the apps they have installed, this also has been a pain for marketers keen to get their hands on more quality user data. […]

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