Digital Startups – Weekly News roundup

AI driven mobile ad startup LoopMe raises $10 million Venture Capital Investment – LoopMe, an advertising startup which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize mobile video advertising, has raised $10 million venture capital investment led by Impulse VC and Harbert European Growth Capital, with participation from Holzbrinck Ventures and Open Ocean Capital.


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  • Trump’s Gift to China Tech Hiring – Corporations hate uncertainty more than the devils they know, like costs or regulations. The Trump administration’s clarification and watering down this week of a directive on travelers from specific countries helps lower, but doesn’t eliminate, the ambiguity for companies and their staff — and was almost simultaneously coupled with suspension of the premium processing of H-1B visa applications. China’s government, meanwhile, knows that recruiting the world’s top talent is key to developing better homegrown technology, and even has a State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs that drafts strategy, coordinates rules for hiring overseas experts and holds an annual conference to discuss ways to attract top talent.
  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything – Baidu’s Andrew Ng and Singularity’s Neil Jacobstein say this time, the hype about artificial intelligence is real. Artificial intelligence is shaping up as the next industrial revolution, poised to rapidly reinvent business, the global economy and how people work and interact with each other. Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc. and co-founder of education startup Coursera, and Neil Jacobstein, chair of the artificial intelligence and robotics department at Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University, sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s Scott Austin to discuss AI’s opportunities and challenges.
  • Colorado startup zavvie helps real estate agents dominate their neighborhoods – From Denver to Colorado Springs, Boulder to Fort Collins, zavvie — a new Colorado real estate startup — is offering to turn top producing real estate agents into the “Digital Mayor” of their neighborhoods.
  • Digital identity startup raises $19 million to scale up, hire – McLean, Va.-based, the startup that helps individuals manage their digital identity, announced on Wednesday that it has raised a $19 million Series B. The round was led by FTV Capital. With the new influx of cash, plans to scale up sales, marketing and product development.
  • Startup Quest workshop set for April 12 – CareerSource North Central Florida will launch this year’s version of Startup Quest, a 10-week entrepreneurship training program, at an information workshop April 12 from 1 p.m. to 4p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Gainesville, 2900 SW 13th St.
  • Startup in Residence Is Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Cohort – The program connects four Northern California cities with startups to create technologies aimed at improving housing, transportation, public safety and other community challenges.

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