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BetaKit

Desk Nibbles raises $362,500 to bring office snack platform to the US

The company has developed an AI-enabled chatbot on Slack, which employees can message to identify their dietary preferences and provide feedback.


BetaKit

Webinar: Omni-Channel and AI – Customer Service Trends

Did you know? By the end of 2018, more than 50% of organizations will implement significant business model changes in their efforts to improve customer experience. Sign up for the July 26 webinar to learn more.


venturebeat

Microsoft and Walmart strike 5-year AI and cloud partnership

As part of the deal, Walmart and Sam’s Club will migrate their cloud computing to Azure, and Walmart will utilize Azure’s IoT platform to track things like HVAC and refrigeration systems.


techcrunch

AnyVision AI startup locks in $28M for its body and facial recognition tech

AnyVision, which is working on face, body, and object recognition technology, has raised the funding from Bosch.


forbes

How US retail giant Kroger is using AI and robots to prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution

With 2,782 grocery stores under nearly two dozen names in 35 states, Kroger plans to leverage its data, shopper insights and scale to help it remain a leader in the marketplace of the future.


bk

AIRY3D raises $13 million CAD Series A to commercialize 3D computer vision platform

The funding was led by Intel Capital.


engadget

Google AI experiment compares poses to 80,000 images as you move

Move Mirror uses computer vision to match your pose to images of others.


bk

Invivo.AI tops list of pitch prizewinners at Startupfest 2018

Montreal’s Invivo.AI took home the Best of the Fest $100,000 Pitch Prize at Startupfest on Friday.


techcrunch

Landbot gets $2.2M for its on-message ‘anti-AI’ chatbot

Spanish startup Landbot has bagged a $2.2 million seed round for a ‘dumb’ chatbot that doesn’t use AI at all but offers something closer to an old school ‘choose your adventure’ interaction by using a conversational choice interface to engage potential customers when they land on a website.


venturebeat

Dialpad raises $50 million to expand conversational AI for UberConference

The funding will be used to strengthen and expand Dialpad’s conversational AI services to additional products, including enterprise video chat service UberConference.


techcrunch

Lifebit raises $3M to scale-up AI-powered analysis of DNA data

The round was led by Pentech and Connect Ventures, with participation from Beacon Capital and Tiny VC.


bk

Rubikloud announces new leadership team with Canadian tech veterans

Rubikloud said it wants to build the first $1 billion AI product company in Canada.


ctech

Real estate tech startup Reali raises $20 million

Reali, which uses AI to streamline the process of buying or selling real estate, raised the funding from Zeev Ventures, with participation from Signia Venture Partners and others.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.