Category Archives: Structure

Time-tracking startup Timeular raises $1.1M to help you work smarter

 Timeular, the Austrian startup behind the neat Zei time-tracking device that we wrote about last year, has raised €1 million ($1.1 million) in funding to develop new productivity coaching tools to help you work smarter. The company is best known for the Zei, its eight-sided device that is Bluetooth-enabled and acts as a timer. You simply program each side to a different task and tip it… Read More

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

 Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Read More

Columbus welcomes urban problem solvers with new accelerator

 Every American city wishes it could better support technology, entrepreneurship and infrastructure, unfortunately few actually have the resources to set truly ambitious goals into motion. But Columbus, Ohio, having secured $40 million in grants to improve access to transportation and ready itself for autonomous vehicles, is one city actually in a position to take risks. Its latest, a… Read More

An engineer’s guide to picking a startup

 One of the questions I often get from engineers I mentor is how do you decide on what early stage startup is worth working for? Often, this is long before you have paying customer logos or big name venture funds with substantial commitments as ‘signals’ of potential success. I was a programmer once. And I had to wrestle with this question too. How do I decide? More than a decade… Read More

Baidu is acquiring xPerception, a U.S. startup focused on computer vision

 Baidu is acquiring xPerception, a US startup specialized in computer vision, according to Reuters. Details are sparse, but we know the startup has its own module for object recognition and depth perception that can be deployed on robots and drones. The Chinese tech giant has been active in machine intelligence M&A this year. Back in February it acquired Raven Tech, a Chinese startup… Read More

Little Spoon is a baby food delivery service hoping to fly where others flopped

 Food delivery startups have proven to be a hard business – focus is often on growth more than profits, with high burn rates, low returns and they can be logistics nightmares. But nevermind all that, a new, more niche prepared meal delivery service seems to be popping up — for babies. Yumi (formerly Caer) announced its relaunch just last week; Gather, Ayesha Curry’s meal… Read More

Little Spoon is a baby food delivery service hoping to fly where others flopped

 Food delivery startups have proven to be a hard business – focus is often on growth more than profits, with high burn rates, low returns and they can be logistics nightmares. But nevermind all that, a new, more niche prepared meal delivery service seems to be popping up — for babies. Yumi (formerly Caer) announced its relaunch just last week; Gather, Ayesha Curry’s meal… Read More