A|I: The AI Times – Raquel Urtasun’s life mission

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Raquel Urtasun launches new self-driving startup Waabi with $100 million CAD from top investors (BETAKIT)

The round was led by Khosla Ventures, which has invested in the likes of Square, Stripe, and DoorDash, and includes participation from autonomous driving startup Aurora, which acquired Uber ATG.


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AI startup Eightfold valued at $2.1B in SoftBank-led $220M funding (TECHCRUNCH)

The Mountain View-based startup provides its clients with a talent acquisition platform that helps them identify suitable candidates and import and filter thousands of resumes.

Nurosene goes public on Canadian Stock Exchange, securing $9.2 million (BETAKIT)

The Toronto company initially sought to raise between $5 million and $8 million through the offering, but ended up securing $9.2 million in gross proceeds following the exercise of an over-allotment option.

Artificial intelligence startup DataRobot seeks to raise $500 mln-sources (REUTERS)

The new funding would more than double the company’s valuation of $2.7 billion from a November fundraiser, highlighting the robust investor appetite for fast-growing enterprise software companies.

Canada’s privacy commissioner says RCMP use of Clearview AI’s tech violated privacy law (BETAKIT)

The conclusion comes nearly a year after Clearview AI, an American facial recognition tech company, pulled its service out of Canada in response to a joint investigation from Canadian privacy authorities involving the company.

Verbit raises $157M Series D aiming at $30B transcription market (FORBES)

While public investors will be losing this large, publicly-traded player in the $30 billion transcription market, a new one could go public in 2022.

SoftBank and IonQ in strategic pact on quantum computing (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

The giant Japanese tech investor has taken a large stake in the Maryland start-up to eventually bring quantum-computing power to other SoftBank portfolio companies.

Carter Griffin on why the best SaaS companies are obsessive about churn (BETAKIT)

In an interview for the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast series, Carter Griffin, General Partner at Updata Partners, shared the metrics he really cares about as an investor.

Google claims it is using AI to design chips faster than humans (CNBC)

Google said in a paper in the journal Nature that a chip that would take humans months to design can be dreamed up by its new AI in less than six hours.

AQC Capital secures $64 million for second tech startup investment fund (BETAKIT)

Through the fund, AQC and its backers aim to support the development of innovative Québec startups and help accelerate their international growth ambitions.

U.S. launches task force to study opening government data for AI research (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

The Biden administration has launched an initiative aiming to make more government data available to artificial intelligence researchers, part of a broader push to keep the U.S. on the cutting edge of the crucial new technology.

Mphasis to launch Canadian HQ in Calgary, create up to 1,000 tech jobs (BETAKIT)

Mphasis has reached a strategic, public-private partnership with the Government of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

Josh Scott

Josh Scott

Josh Scott is a BetaKit reporter focused on telling in-depth Canadian tech stories and breaking news. His coverage is more complete than his moustache. He was also the winner of SABEW Canada’s 2023 Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist award.

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