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Recent articles by Ron:

5 product lessons to learn before you write a line of code –

To uncover some basic truths about building products, we spoke to three entrepreneurs who have each built more than one company. → Read More

Deeplite raises $6M seed to deploy ML on edge with fewer compute resources –

One of the issues with deploying a machine learning application is that it tends to be expensive and highly compute intensive. Deeplite, a startup based in Montreal, wants to change that by providing a way to reduce the overall size of the model, allowing it to run on hardware with far fewer resources. Today, the […] → Read More

Zoho launches new low code workflow automation product –

Workflow automation has been one of the key trends this year so far, and Zoho, a company known for its suite of affordable business tools has joined the parade with a new low code workflow product called Qntrl (pronounced control). Zoho’s Rodrigo Vaca, who is in charge of Qntrl’s marketing says that most of the […] → Read More

Microsoft goes all in on healthcare with $19.7B Nuance acquisition –

When Microsoft announced it was acquiring Nuance Communications this morning for $19.7 billion, you could be excused for doing a Monday morning double take at the hefty price tag. That’s surely a lot of money for a company on a $1.4 billion run rate, but Microsoft, which has already partnered with the speech-to-text market leader […] → Read More

Microsoft is acquiring Nuance Communications for $19.7B –

Microsoft agreed today to acquire Nuance Communications, a leader in speech to text software, for $19.7 billion. The company is best know for its speech to text products. Bloomberg broke the story over the weekend that the two companies were in talks. Nuance CEO Mark Benjamin will remain with the company and report to Scott […] → Read More

Industry experts bullish on $500M KKR investment in Box, but stock market remains skeptical –

When Box announced it was getting a $500 million investment from private equity firm KKR this morning, it was hard not to see it as a positive move for the company. It has been operating under the shadow of Starboard Value, and this influx of cash could give it a way forward independent of the […] → Read More

Comet announces $13M Series A for ML model building tool –

There’s been a lot of investment in machine learning startups recently as companies try to push the notion into a wider variety of endeavors. Comet, a company that helps customers iterate on models in an experimentation process designed to eventually reach production, announced a $13 million Series A today. Scale Venture Partners led the round […] → Read More

KKR hands Box a $500M lifeline –

Box announced this morning that private equity firm KKR is investing $500 million in the company, a move that could help the struggling cloud content management vendor get out from under pressure from activist investor Starboard Value. The company plans to use the proceeds in what’s called a “dutch auction” style sale to buy back […] → Read More

Okta expands into privileged access management and identity governance reporting –

Okta today announced it was expanding its platform into a couple of new areas. Up to this point, the company has been known for its identity access management product, giving companies the ability to sign onto multiple cloud products with a single sign on. Today, the company is moving into two new areas: privileged access […] → Read More

Streamlit nabs $35M Series B to expand machine learning platform –

As a company founded by data scientists, Streamlit may be in a unique position to develop tooling to help companies build machine learning applications. For starters, it developed an open source project, but today the startup announced an expanded beta of a new commercial offering and $35 million Series B funding. Sequoia led the investment […] → Read More

Snorkel AI scores $35M Series B to automate data labeling in machine learning –

One of the more tedious aspects of machine learning is providing a set of labels to teach the machine learning model what it needs to know. Snorkel AI wants to make it easier for subject matter experts to apply those labels programmatically, and today the startup announced a $35 million Series B. It also announced […] → Read More

RPA market surges as investors, vendors capitalize on pandemic-driven tech shift –

Whether pure-play RPA will survive as a category remains to be seen, but it will likely be around for a long time under the intelligent process automation umbrella. → Read More

Kintent nabs $4M seed to automate compliance questionnaire process –

Every tech vendor has to pass security muster with customers, typically a tedious activity involving answering long questionnaires. Kintent, a new startup that wants to automate this process, announced a $4 million seed today led by Tola Capital with help from a bunch of tech industry angel investors. After company co-founder and CEO Sravish Sridhar […] → Read More

Celonis announces significant partnership with IBM to sell its process mining software –

Before you can improve a workflow, you have to understand how work advances through a business, which is more complex than you might imagine inside a large enterprise. That’s where Celonis comes in. It uses software to identify how work moves through an organization and suggests more efficient ways of getting the same work done, […] → Read More

Hex lands $5.5M seed to help data scientists share data across the company –

As companies embrace the use of data, hiring more data scientists, a roadblock persists around sharing that data. It requires too much copying and pasting and manual work. Hex, a new startup, wants to change that by providing a way to dispense data across the company in a streamlined and elegant way. Today, the company […] → Read More

Moveworks expands IT chatbot platform to encompass entire organization –

When investors gave Moveworks a hefty $75 million Series B at the end of 2019, they were investing in a chatbot startup that to that point had been tuned to answer IT help question in an automated way. Today, the company announced it had used that money to expand the platform to encompass employee questions […] → Read More

EQT Ventures promotes Laura Yao to partner; hires Anne Raimondi as operating partner –

EQT Ventures, an investment firm based in Europe, which has raised over €1.2 billion ($1.4B USD) announced that it has promoted Laura Yao to partner. At the same time, the firm announced it recently hired Anne Raimondi, former SVP of Operations at Zendesk as operating partner. The company is based in Stockholm with offices in […] → Read More

Slack wants to be more than a text-based messaging platform –

Last October as Slack was preparing for its virtual Frontiers conference, the company began thinking about different ways people could communicate on the platform. While it had built its name on being able to integrate a lot of services in a single place to alleviate the dreaded task-switching phenomenon, it has been largely text-based up […] → Read More

UIPath’s meteoric rise from unknown startup to $35B RPA juggernaut –

When TechCrunch covered UIPath’s Series A in 2017, it was a small startup out of Romania working in a little known area of enterprise software called robotic process automation (RPA). Then the company took off with increasingly large multi-billion dollar valuations. It progressed through its investment rounds, culminating with a $750 million round on an […] → Read More

No code, workflow, and RPA line up for their automation moment –

We’ve seen a lot of trend lines moving throughout 2020 and into 2021 around automation, workflow, robotic process automation (RPA) and the movement to low-code and no-code application building. While all of these technologies can work on their own, they are deeply connected and we are starting to see some movement towards bringing them together. […] → Read More