GUEST: Every business has customers. Every customer needs care. That’s why CRM is so critical to enterprises, but between incomplete data and clunky workflows, sales and marketing operations at most companies are less-than-optimal.
At the same time, companies who aren’t Google or Facebook don’t have the billion dollar R&D budgets to build out AI teams to take away our human efficiencies. Even companies with the right technical talent don’t have the petabytes of data that the tech titans use to train cutting-edge neural network models.
Enterprise AI shouldn’t be impossible
Salesforce hopes ...more
The fifth annual Catalyst Conference by Girls in Tech will return to San Francisco on June 20 to 22, with more than 40 speakers focused on inspiring women in technology.
The speakers include Aaron Levie, CEO of Box; Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway; Kara Swisher, executive editor of Re/Code, and many others. While focused on women, the event is considered “accessible for all.” It takes place June 20 to June 22 in San Francisco.
The speakers will aim to educate and engage — in a practical manner — with conference attendees on topics including trends, design thinkin...more
GUEST: After the city of Flint, Michigan, temporarily switched water sources in 2014, residents began to develop unusual medical conditions. The city later learned the water was contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxins. Flint has a population of over 100,000. At first, state and city officials, including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, refuted the discovery and reassured residents the city water was safe for drinking. Official defenses fell only after citizens and non-governmental entities put together mounting evidence.
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GUEST: Major changes are coming to the ag and food sector. The market demands it. 7.5 billion people need to eat, after all. We are seeing two core areas of innovation in the ag sector:
1. Technology is changing the way growers access and disseminate information. Consider innovations like remote sensing by established player Planet Labs or startup SaraniaSat that give growers virtual “eyes in the sky,” helping them track their crops’ growth and overall health. Genomics and plant sciences, seed tech, biologicals for crop protection and regulation, digital Ag (application of data and predictive ...more
GUEST: In 2016, mobile app store downloads reached over 90 billion, while total time spent in apps worldwide increased to nearly 900 billion hours. From a business perspective, the app economy proved to be more lucrative than ever, paying publishers over $35 billion in revenue across the iOS App Store and Google Play.
2017 is set to be another banner year for the app ecosystem. Here are some of the hottest trends from the most successful players in the space:
Retail apps skyrocketed when Black Friday 2016 was the first day to ever generate more than $1 billion in U.S. online mobile sales. Mob...more
Karoli Hindriks is old enough to remember when the last Soviet tanks and soldiers filed out of Estonia in 1991, not long after the country declared its independence from the USSR.
The joyful celebration that followed decades of occupation was quickly replaced by reality. Tucked into the northeastern corner of Europe, with a population of 1.3 million, no natural resources, and no major economic engine, residents looked around and wondered: Now what?
Hindriks, 33 represents a big part of the answer. In 2014, she founded Jobbatical, a website that helps people who are traveling the world find job...more
Microsoft has announced a new initiative aimed at selling its cybersecurity smarts to public sector bodies across Latin America.
The Cybersecurity Engagement Center, located in Mexico, represents part of a growing push by Microsoft to position itself as a security-focused company — which is crucial in an age where enterprises and public sector organizations are increasingly shifting to the cloud.
Indeed, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made no secret of the fact that it’s striving to create “the intelligent cloud platform,” and would be one of its key investment areas. ...more
This week, Tech.eu tracked 14 technology M&A transactions and 65 tech funding deals totaling €200 million (about $211 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.
Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:
1) Apple has acquired Tel Aviv, Israel-based Realface, a machine learning startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users.
2) Shares in Rocket Internet fell as much as 14 percent on Thursday after major investor Kinnevik sold half its stake in the German e-commerce company as the two increasingly becoming competitors.
3) The Briti...more
Apple real estate news continues to build up this week.
After revealing the name of its soon-to-be-opened new headquarters in Silicon Valley, the iPhone maker is growing its footprint and workforce in Seattle—not far from the homes of Amazon and Microsoft.
Apple confirmed to tech news site GeekWire that the company will be renting out more floors at Two Union Square, a 56-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, where it already leases two floors.
The new hires are expected to be working on projects primarily around artificial intelligence and machine learning—both of which could propel some of A...more
Last year, the car industry was abuzz about the move towards autonomous vehicles, largely spurred by decisions made by technology companies such as Google, Tesla, and Uber. Since then, a few car makers have entered the space and even during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, there was plenty of talk surrounding the next generation of vehicles that wouldn’t require human assistance.
While the phrase “self-driving” gets tossed around a lot, the truth is that not all cars are the same. In fact, four years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic ...more