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Google brings together BigQuery and Kaggle in new integration –

Google bought Kaggle in 2017 to provide a data science community for its big data processing tools on Google Cloud. Today, the company announced a new direct integration between Kaggle and BigQuery, Google’s cloud data warehouse. More specifically, data scientists can build a model in a Kaggle Jupyter Notebook, known as Kaggle Kernels in the […] → Read More

Gartner finds RPA is fastest growing market in enterprise software –

If you asked the average person on the street what Robotic Process Automation is, most probably wouldn’t have a clue. Yet new data from Gartner finds the RPA market grew over 63% last year, making it the fastest growing enterprise software category. It is worth noting, however, that the overall market value of $846.2 million […] → Read More

Three years after moving off AWS, Dropbox infrastructure continues to evolve –

Conventional wisdom would suggest that you close your data centers and move to the cloud, not the other way around, but in 2016 Dropbox undertook the opposite journey. It (mostly) ended its long-time relationship with AWS and built its own data centers. Of course, that same conventional wisdom would say, it’s going to get prohibitively […] → Read More

Plaid puts Quovo acquisition right to work with new investments product –

When Plaid acquired Quovo earlier this year, it was clear the company wanted to move beyond checking and savings data to a broader view of investments. Today, the company announced Investments, an API based on Quovo, that enables customers to pull in investment data into their apps. Lowell Putnam, head of partnerships at Plaid and […] → Read More

Salesforce Customer Data Platform begins to take shape –

Salesforce announced it is making progress toward releasing a Customer Data Platform (CDP) this week at Salesforce Connections in Chicago. While the company is talking in greater detail about the platform, they are calling Customer 360, it won’t be available for pilot customers until this Fall. The idea behind the CDP isn’t all that different […] → Read More

Startup founders need to decide how much salary is enough –

Startup founders don’t typically launch a company as a get-rich-quick scheme. Most know that it will be a long, hard slog if they are to succeed. There will be lean years where the money is tight, and where they may personally struggle to pay their bills. They do it because they believe in the mission […] → Read More

Clockwise nabs $11M Series A to make your calendar smarter –

Almost every organization, regardless of size, is inundated with meetings, so much so it’s often hard to find dedicated time do actual work. Clockwise wants to change that by bringing machine learning to the calendar to help employees free up time. Today, it announced an $11 million Series A investment, and made the product, which […] → Read More

VMware announces intent to buy Avi Networks, startup that raised $115M –

VMware has been trying to reinvent itself from a company that helps you build and manage virtual machines in your data center to one that helps you manage your virtual machines wherever they live, whether that’s on prem or the public cloud. Today, the company announced it was buying Avi Networks, a 6-year old startup […] → Read More

IBM, KPMG, Merck, Walmart team up for drug supply chain blockchain pilot –

IBM announced its latest blockchain initiative today. This one is in partnership with KPMG, Merk and Walmart to build a drug supply chain blockchain pilot. These four companies are coming to together to help come up with a solution to track certain drugs as they move through a supply chain. IBM is acting as the […] → Read More

Simpo raises $4.5M Seed to help install software faster and more efficiently –

Simpo is a startup with a simple idea. It wants to help project managers at large companies get software into the hands of its employee users faster. Today, the company announced a $4.5 million seed investment. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from Janvest, UpWest, Seedcamp, Elad Gil and other unnamed investors. […] → Read More

KKR leads $300M investment in phishing training company KnowBe4 –

You might not have known about KnowBe4 before, but you should now because this morning, the company announced a massive $300 million investment led by private equity firm KKR. The deal is based on a billion valuation. Existing investors Elephant and TenEleven Ventures also participated in the round. The massive influx of cash comes on […] → Read More

Orca Security scores $6.5M seed round to solve cloud native security –

Orca Security, a startup based in Israel, announced a healthy $6.5 million seed round today led by YL Ventures, a firm that makes a living investing in Israeli security startups. That’s a lot of money for a seed round, but the company, which is led by two former Check Point Security executives, is trying to […] → Read More

GitHub hires former Bitnami co-founder Erica Brescia as COO –

It’s been just over a year since Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion, but the company has grown in that time, and today it announced that it has hired former Bitnami COO and cofounder, Erica Brescia to be its COO. Brescia handled COO duties at Bitnami from its founding in 2011 until it was sold […] → Read More

Salesforce’s Tableau acquisition is huge, but not the hugest –

When you’re talking about 16 billion smackeroos, it’s easy to get lost in the big number. When Salesforce acquired Tableau this morning for $15.7 billion, while it was among the biggest enterprise deals ever, it certainly wasn’t the largest. There was widespread speculation that when the new tax laws went into effect in 2017, and […] → Read More

With Tableau and Mulesoft, Salesforce gains full view of enterprise data –

Back in the 2010 timeframe, it was common to say that content was king, but after watching Google buy Looker for $2.6 billion last week and Salesforce nab Tableau for $15.7 billion this morning, it’s clear that data has ascended to the throne in a business context. We have been hearing about Big Data for […] → Read More

Microsoft Power BI platform update aims to put AI in reach of business users –

Low code and no code are the latest industry buzzwords, but if vendors can truly abstract away the complexity of difficult tasks like building machine learning models, it could help mainstream technologies that are currently out of reach of most business users. That’s precisely what Microsoft is aiming to do with its latest Power BI […] → Read More

Vectra lands $100M Series E investment for AI-driven network security –

Vectra, a seven-year old company that helps customers detect intrusions at the network level, whether in the cloud or on premises, announced a $100 million Series E funding round today led by TCV. Existing investors including Khosla Ventures and Accel also participated in the round, which brings the total raised to over $200 million, according […] → Read More

Google continues to preach multi-cloud approach with Looker acquisition –

When Google announced it was buying Looker yesterday morning for $2.6 billion, you couldn’t blame some of the company’s 1600 customers if they worried a bit if Looker would continue its multi-cloud approach, but Google Cloud chief Thomas Kurian made clear the company will continue to support an open approach to its latest purchase when […] → Read More

Manifold’s Marketplace as a Service puts app marketplaces in reach of any developer –

Manifold, a startup known for providing all of the tools developers need in a single marketplace, has decided to make its core product available as a service, so that other companies can build a catalogue of related services without a fuss. Everyone wants to be a platform these days, but creating the infrastructure to offer […] → Read More

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion –

Google made a big splash this morning when it announced it’s going to acquire Looker, a hot analytics startup that’s raised over $280 million. It’s paying $2.6 billion for the privilege and adding the company to Google Cloud. Thomas Kurian, the man who was handed the reigns to Google Cloud at the end of last […] → Read More