Shape Security hits $1B valuation with $51M Series F – gpgmail

Anti-fraud startup Shape Security has tipped over the $1 billion valuation mark following its latest Series F round of $51 million. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company announced the fundraise Thursday, bringing the total amount of outside investment to $183 million since the company debuted in 2011. C5 Capital led the round, along with several other […]

Audi’s off-roading electric concept would be perfect for Tatooine – gpgmail

The all-electric concept, which has a range of up to 310 miles, is about 13.5 feet long and 7 feet wide and is outfitted with beefy 22-inch wheels. And because it’s a vehicle meant to off road, designers gave it ground clearance of 13.4 inches. This concept, if it really existed beyond the showroom floor, […]

Hatebase catalogues the world’s hate speech in real time so you don’t have to – gpgmail

Policing hate speech is something nearly every online communication platform struggles with. Because to police it, you must detect it; and to detect it, you must understand it. Hatebase is a company that has made understanding hate speech its primary mission, and it provides that understanding as a service — an increasingly valuable one. Essentially […]

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia are pushing an antitrust investigation against Google – gpgmail

Fifty attorneys general are pushing forward with an antitrust investigation against Google, led by the Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton. In an announcement on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Paxton and a gathering of attorneys general said that the focus of the investigation would be on Google’s advertising practices, but that […]

Why am I seeing this ad? AI, ML & human error in advertising – gpgmail

Ad platforms create equal opportunities for businesses but not equal outcomes. They’re mostly marketed as self-service and easy to use, however, there are new features added regularly and open-ended ways to set, structure and target. Meaning, countless ways to spend—creating winners and losers in advertising. This is where machines and digital advertisers are needed, to […]

Adarga closes £5M Series A funding for its Palantir-like AI platform – gpgmail

AI startup Adarga has closed a £5 million Series A fundraising by Allectus Capital. But this news rather cloaks the fact that it’s been building up a head of steam since it’s founding in 2016, building up – what they say – is a £30 million-plus sales pipeline through strategic collaborations with a number of […]

Syte snaps up $21.5M for its smartphone-based visual search engine for e-commerce – gpgmail

Visual search has become a key component for how people discover products when buying online: if a person don’t know the exact name of what he or she wants, or what they want is not available, it can be an indispensable tool for connecting them with things they might want to buy. Now, one of […]

Drivetime nabs $11M from Makers Fund, Amazon and Google to build voice-based games for drivers – gpgmail

Fully autonomous cars may (or may not) be just around the corner, but in the meantime, a startup that’s building in-car apps to help human drivers pass the time when behind the wheel has raised a round of funding. Drivetime — which makes voice-based trivia quizzes, games and interactive stories that people can play while driving […]

Top VCs on the changing landscape for enterprise startups – gpgmail

Yesterday at gpgmail’s Enterprise event in San Francisco, we sat down with three venture capitalists who spend a lot of their time thinking about enterprise startups. We wanted to ask what trends they are seeing, what concerns they might have about the state of the market, and of course, how startups might persuade them to […]

Battlefield winner Forethought adds tool to automate support ticket routing – gpgmail

Last year at this time, Forethought won the gpgmail Disrupt Battlefield competition. A  $9 million Series A investment followed last December. Today at gpgmail Sessions: Enterprise in San Francisco, the company introduced the latest addition to its platform called Agatha Predictions. Forethought CEO and co-founder, Deon Nicholas, said that after launching its original product, Agatha […]