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Daisy Intelligence raises $10 million CAD, looks to become “the world’s largest” AI company

Toronto-based Daisy Intelligence, which has created an AI-powered platform for retail and insurance, has raised $10 million in Series A financing.


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Eros Now announces collaboration with Microsoft to develop next generation online video platform

“Microsoft and Eros are partnering to take Bollywood’s $5B movie industry global by developing a new platform, creating new offerings, and delivering personalized content – all using Azure.”
– Adam Nanjee, MD of Microsoft for Startups Canada


TechCrunch

Vianai emerges with $50M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech

You don’t see a startup get a $50 million seed round all that often, but such was the case with Vianai, an early-stage startup launched by Vishal Sikka, former Infosys managing director and SAP executive.


Salesforce’s Einstein Search uses AI to personalize CRM search results

The results are tailored to the preferences of both organizations and individuals, and they improve with time thanks to anonymized data mining and analytical techniques.


BetaKit

Employment platform Neuvoo raises $53 million from CDPQ’s AI fund

Neuvoo, a Montréal-based online employment platform, has raised $53 million from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).


Facebook’s latest AI experiment helps you pick what to wear

Facebook trained Fashion++ by showing the AI thousands of images of outfits that were deemed “fashionable.”


BetaKit

Classcraft raises $10 million to use video games in education

Sherbrooke, Que.-based Classcraft, which uses video games to help kindergarten to grade 12 students be more engaged at school, has closed a $10 million Series A.


DataRobot raises $206M in Series E funding round

The company intends to use the funds for the continued development of the platform.


BetaKit

Finger Food receives $3.5 million from Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund for new office

Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, a Port Coquitlam, BC-based firm that builds custom technology solutions, is hiring 200 people in its new Calgary office.


OpenAI experiment proves that even bots cheat at hide-and-seek

The experiment shows how AI can become more sophisticated through competition.


Google swallows DeepMind Health

When the restructuring was announced last year, DeepMind was accused of breaking a promise not to hand over any NHS data to the American search giant.


BetaKit

The five Canadian startups competing in the IBM Watson AI XPrize

Five out of the current 32 semi-finalists in the global IBM Watson AI XPrize are Canadian. BetaKit spoke the startups about their vision of AI for good.


TechCrunch

Lunchclub raises $4M from a16z for its AI warm intro service

Lunchclub is a startup that’s looking to help users navigate finding new connections inside specific industries.


Google reportedly attains ‘quantum supremacy’

Its quantum computer can solve tasks that are otherwise unsolvable, a report says.



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