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. […]

 Lucas Matney

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. raises $113 million to chase a pipe dream

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. raises $113 million to chase a pipe dream

Elon Musk’s tunneling startup The Boring Company has raised $113 million to fund its vision of the near/distant future of transportation, according to newly filed SEC docs first spotted by CNBC. The startup, which is centered around the goal of creating underground tunnels, plays a central part in Musk’s integrated view of urban transportation that […]

 Lucas Matney

EasyEmail is autocomplete for Gmail

EasyEmail is autocomplete for Gmail

Despite wave after wave of startups vowing to kill email, electronic mail has never been stronger. It seems the best way to live with emails is to let AI steal the job of writing them. EasyEmail, emerging from Y Combinator’s latest batch, is aiming to get inside your inbox and help you navigate future messages […]

 Lucas Matney

Universe, an Instagram for building mobile websites, nabs funding from YC

Universe, an Instagram for building mobile websites, nabs funding from YC

As social media sites grow more massive and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to bring back the friendly customization of Myspace to a new generation of users looking to define their online presence in a unique way. Universe is a mobile-based website builder for the social media era, eschewing complicated templates for easily customizable website “filters” […]

 Lucas Matney

Rylo brings its cool little 360 camera to the world of Android

Rylo brings its cool little 360 camera to the world of Android

 Rylo is a powerful little 360 camera that tries to keep its 360-degree features in the background most of the time; the real goal of the company is to rethink the camera so that you end up deciding how to frame the perfect photo or video after you’ve already grabbed the footage. The startup’s camera […]

 Lucas Matney

Virtualitics grabs another $7M in funding to drive its VR data visualization platform

Virtualitics grabs another $7M in funding to drive its VR data visualization platform

 After raising $4.4 million last March, Virtualitics has closed a $7 million Series B round led by Centricus with participation from The VR Fund. The startup is building a sort of “Excel for VR,” that lets people see data in a more immersive and collaborative way. Read More Start the conversation, or Read more at TechCrunch

 Lucas Matney

Piccolo is building a gesture-based smart home ‘vision assistant’

Piccolo is building a gesture-based smart home ‘vision assistant’

 Voice assistants may be the hottest thing since sliced bread when it comes to controlling your $60 Wi-Fi light bulbs, but Piccolo is launching out of the latest Y Combinator class with a desire to put a camera in every smart home that can translate your physical motions and gestures into commands. Read More Start […]

 Lucas Matney

Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country

Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country

 A mapping startup based in Missoula, Mont., which allows users to download sophisticated offline topographic maps outlining public and private lands and a number of other features geared towards hunting, fishing and camping, has pulled in its first major outside funding. onXmaps has closed a $20.3 million Series A round led by Summit Partners. Bessemer Venture Partners, […]

 Lucas Matney

DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool

DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool

 If you have purchased a drone in the last year or two, there’s a high likelihood that it only emerges from your gadget closet a few times per year, if that. That probably doesn’t leave you feeling too great about your purchase, but it also leaves an expensive piece of professional equipment lying dormant that […]

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