Everything you need to know about corporate venture capital in Europe - 1時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Corporate venture capital (CVC) is an investment by a corporate (fund) into external startups in order to make a financial return or to gain a competitive advantage. CVC is a polarizing subject and opinions are divided. Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures believes that it’s evil and corporates should not invest in startups but simply buy them. While Marc Andreessen from Andreessen Horowitz on the other hand is co-investing with corporations such as General Electric. Whatever the opinions are, fact is that CVC is on the rise, also in the old continent. In order to get a good overview ...more
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Tennis legend Andre Agassi’s Square Panda blends fun games and digital education - 3時間前  VentureBeat

Square Panda is trying to walk the lines between fun and learning, and between the digital and the physical. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company has launched a $99 product that combines proprietary learning hardware with games that run on an iPad. The company has received funding from tennis legend Andre Agassi, who attended CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month, with company CEO Andy Butler. I interviewed Butler at CES, and he has some big ambitions for Square Panda. He wants to help reform early education itself. Asked what is missing from schools, Butler said, &#...more
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Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. - 6時間前  VentureBeat

FEATURE: Investment in autonomous vehicle technology entered overdrive in 2016, and 2017 is gearing up for more of the same. In the last six months of 2016, the first public self-driving taxi service hit Singapore roads, courtesy of NuTonomy, while Uber followed suit a month later in Pittsburgh. The question of self-driving cars becoming a reality on roads around the world is no longer an “if,” it’s a big fat “when.” Amidst all the hullabaloo over driverless automobiles, another transportation revolution is gaining momentum. Flying cars have been at the center of ...more
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Ashley Judd scorches the game industry for profiteering from misogyny - 13時間前  VentureBeat

Actress Ashley Judd made news today at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., for her performance that skewered President Donald Trump. But she also gave another recent heated speech at a TED conference where she criticized the video game industry. The TED speech, which was posted a few days ago, called for an end to hate speech, sexual harassment, and threats of violence against women in online venues. Judd said that she is attacked every single day on forums such as Twitter and Facebook. “Online misogyny is a global gender rights tragedy, and it is imperative that it ends,”...more
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Why you won’t have to worry about parking your 2018 Ford Mustang - 19時間前  VentureBeat

For anyone who lives near a major city, you know there are many stress points. Traffic is one of them, but the real hair-pulling exercise happens when you need to find a parking spot. Ford recently announced a new app called FordPass that will debut in the 2018 Ford Mustang that could solve this problem. For someone like me who hates how much time it takes to find a spot and then find the terminal to pay for your parking, the app is a welcome perk. Ford is making a big push to become a car company and a mobility company. It makes sense. Your car is already a moving computer with safety feature...more
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5 industries ripe for human-machine learning - 21時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Machine learning has been a constant on tech trend lists for years. This year, it’s time to embrace what humans can learn by interacting with machine learning. As Google’s head of Machine Intelligence, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, noted in a recent Medium article: “Machine intelligence will expand our understanding of both external reality and our perceptual and cognitive processes.” In the spring of 2016, Google’s AlphaGo software, fueled by machine learning, beat the world’s greatest human Go player, Lee Sedol. The victory was a major milestone for a specific type of AI, called deep n...more
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Why 2017 will a big year for tech exits - 0日前  VentureBeat

GUEST: I’ve been talking to some of my banker friends* about their thoughts on the M&A market for 2017 under the new Trump administration. The general consensus is that there will likely be more M&A this year for the following reasons: 1. The Trump administration is projected to be very business friendly and will likely take the following steps that will lead to more cash in hand for larger corporations: Repatriation of cash trapped overseas in low tax jurisdictions. The idea here is that companies have cash in low tax jurisdictions that they do not want to bring back to the U.S. due ...more
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A quick tour of Eastern Europe’s startup hubs - 1日前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Startups in Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Riga, or Vilnius don’t attract as much capital as the ones located in the top hubs in Europe — London, Amsterdam, or Berlin — but these Eastern European tech hubs are on the rise, and early stage investment in the region has surged from $10 million to $283 million in just five years. This growth should accelerate even further, since new accelerators, coworking spaces, meetups, mentoring opportunities, and reliable VC companies are acting as catalysts. There are almost 30,000 startups operating in Easter...more
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How TE2 is helping Carnival manage a fleet of wearables on 100 cruise ships - 1日前  VentureBeat

Carnival Corp. unveiled an ambitious plan to use its Ocean Medallion wearables and Ocean Compass Internet of Things Network earlier this month at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas. It was a very interesting example of a non-tech company embracing technology to provide consumers with ongoing experiences, rather than one-time products. The wearables can do everything from unlocking your cabin door to allowing you to pay for drinks and receive them anywhere on the ship. One of key players behind that plan to install interactive systems and wearables on 100 cruise ships is The Experie...more
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5 Alexa skills to try this week - 1日前  VentureBeat

This time a year ago, Amazon’s Alexa had a little more than 100 skills. Today there’s more than 7,000, and they’re being added fast. Last November, Amazon launched the Alexa Skills Marketplace to allow the owners of devices that speak to Alexa to share, shop, and enable skills on Amazon.com. Here are five skills released within the past week worth checking out. The Late Night Poet This skill reads you poems that are then sent to the Alexa app in case you want to read it again later. It may sound like a parody and a bit choppy, but a service for late night poems seems like the sort of thing th...more
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Blockchain’s brilliant approach to cybersecurity - 2時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Hackers can shut down entire networks, tamper with data, lure unwary users into cybertraps, steal and spoof identities, and carry out other devious attacks by leveraging centralized repositories and single points of failure. The blockchain’s alternative approach to storing and sharing information provides a way out of this security mess. The same technology that has enabled secure transactions with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum could now serve as a tool to prevent cyberattacks and security incidents. Blockchains can increase security on three fronts: blocking identity th...more
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How competitive gaming has to quickly evolve into a mature industry - 3時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: The esports industry, for many, seems to have appeared overnight – at least in the mainstream. It tallied $892.8 million in revenues in 2016 with over 213.8 million spectators watching the competitive gaming tournaments and matches. That’s coming from market researcher SuperData, which estimate that the industry will surpass the $1 billion dollar mark by 2018 and reach a global audience of 303 million by 2019. Asia leads, but North America and Europe follow closely. A few years ago, you may have noticed some frowns and criticisms, at least in western countries, about the societal conseq...more
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Foxconn chief: ‘The rise of protectionism is unavoidable’ - 9時間前  VentureBeat

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The head of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Sunday that the rise of protectionism is unavoidable. Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, warned that uncertainties for this year make it tough to have a very clear analysis and outlook, but he said it was clear politics would underpin economic development. His remarks came after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put ‘America First’ in his inauguration speech Friday, reinforcing co...more
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Sexism in esports deserves more than the Band-aid of segregation - 17時間前  VentureBeat

Women are half the gaming population but represent only a small minority in competitive gaming, an industry that is set to hit $1.1 billion in revenues by 2018. One contributing issue is the sexism that takes place in the otherwise burgeoning industry. With 85 percent of professional gamers male and the number of cases of online harassment and abuse that have left many female players feeling disenfranchised, esports is in trouble of being associated as a “boys club.” One of the industry’s answers has been to create segregated girls-only teams, leagues, and tournaments, a propositio...more
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Bay Area Women’s Marches draw more than 100,000 - 20時間前  VentureBeat

They came with pussy hats and placards. Thousands of people turned out for marches in the San Francisco Bay area to remind President Donald Trump about women’s rights. In solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., protesters held hundreds of marches in big cities around the world to celebrate women’s rights and protest Trump’s election. I attended the Women’s March in San Jose, Calif., and VentureBeat’s Khari Johnson was at a march in Oakland, Calif. We both took pictures of the events. Above: Women’s March in Oakland, Calif.Image Credit: K...more
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Hands-on with Tobii’s eye-tracking laptop controls - 21時間前  VentureBeat

Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech, game me a rundown of the company’s eye-tracking technology for games at CES 2017, and I’m finally getting around to relating that experience. With those demos, I’ve got a better idea about whether this will be the next great user interface for games. Stockholm-based Tobii’s platform tracks your eye movements and uses them to control a computer. Above: Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech.Image Credit: Tobii I’m still figuring out just how revolutionary this will be. On the one hand, it’s very cool to use your eyes, and...more
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Tilt Brush artists become animators with update to toolkit - 1日前  VentureBeat

Google’s Tilt Brush app is evolving from a new way for artists to create into an important new tool in a developer’s arsenal. Back in October 2016 the search engine giant open-sourced the Tilt Brush Toolkit, a set of scripts that allows developers to utilize .tilt files (your saved creations) in various ways, bringing them into other applications. It was an important first step in turning the software from an enjoyable creation app into something that has genuine use in the content creation pipeline. Showcase your art in new places, on new platforms, and in new ways with the #TiltBrush Toolkit...more
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Blackstone’s Jay Leek joins Florida VC firm to manage $300 million security fund - 1日前  VentureBeat

EXCLUSIVE: Rumors have been spreading lately about where Jay Leek, former managing director and chief information security officer (CISO) at Blackstone, will be heading next  His pick? ClearSky, an under-the-radar venture capital firm based in Palm Beach, Florida, where he will be managing a $300 million fund dedicated to cybersecurity. After stepping down earlier this month from the venerable private equity shop, Leek’s new home may raise eyebrows. ClearSky has been cloaked in secrecy since it was founded in 2012, even as it was actively making investments — the company’s we...more
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Xbox One smashes aside PlayStation 4, Blizzard on TV - 1日前  VentureBeat

GUEST: The console crushed all it’s competitors in terms of digital attention GamesBeat has partnered with attention analytics company iSpot.tv, which measures TV advertising in real-time, to bring you a monthly report on how gaming brands are spending their TV ad dollars and which commercials are generating the most digital response (iSpot measures actions across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all major search engines). Below are the top five most-engaging gaming industry brands from December 16 through January 15. TV commercials for console games owned the conversation during the critical ho...more
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Nike has found a novel use for AR for marketing shoes - 1日前  VentureBeat

Augmented and virtual reality are slowly but surely being integrated into shopping experiences worldwide. At CES for example, Gap and Asus teamed up for an AR shopping app that may point toward the future of mobile shopping engagement. And previously we covered Adidas and their promotion of a new soccer shoe using virtual reality throughout Europe. Now, a Nike store in Paris is letting customers get a look at different shoe colors using augmented reality. While the GAP application allows customers to get a look at clothing on mannequins that hopefully reflect their own shape, this AR experienc...more
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