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XpertSea secures $25 million CAD to expand sustainable aquaculture solution to new markets (BETAKIT)

In 2018, XpertSea raised a $10 million Series A round to help farmers manage aquaculture inventory.


How tech can promote a collaborative, patient-centric approach in healthcare

“Innovation is not just about technology. It’s the mechanism by which you organize and sequence how you actually deliver healthcare, and how to actually understand the patient-doctor relationship.”

In an interview with BetaKit, Saleema Khimji, the Chief Innovation Officer at MCI Onehealth, shared how the current siloed ecosystem of researchers, governments, and private sector companies can fail patients – and why a new patient-centric model based on collaboration needs technology to thrive.


Talkdesk’s valuation jumps to $10B with Series D for smart contact centers (TECHCRUNCH)

Talkdesk uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve customer service for midmarket and enterprise businesses.

Hootsuite nabs conversational AI startup Heyday in $60 million deal to further social commerce push (BETAKIT)

Heyday is Hootsuite’s second acquisition this year, following the purchase of automated messaging platform Sparkcentral.

This hot startup is now valued at $1 billion for its AI skills (FORTUNE)

Despite the sweeping promises of medical imaging AI, doctors remain largely distrustful of the tech.

Yaletown Partners raises $130 million in first close of Innovation Growth Fund II (BETAKIT)

IGF II follows Yaletown’s first Innovation Growth Fund, which closed in 2018.

Samsung has its own AI-designed chip. Soon, others will too (WIRED)

Synopsys, which sells software for designing semiconductors to dozens of companies, is adding artificial intelligence to its arsenal.

Bessemer’s State of the Cloud report says MT SAAS is coming for FAANG (BETAKIT)

In a recent Sage Intacct webinar, Bessemer Venture Partners partner Mary D’Onofrio and investor Janelle Teng shared their insights on the state of cloud companies in 2021, and what that means for young SaaS startups.

How KitchenMate evolved its foodservice product for the post-pandemic workplace (BETAKIT)

“Offices need to accommodate higher safety requirements … and food service must be completely rethought as a result.”

At future Olympics, algorithms could be doling out gold medals instead of judges (FAST COMPANY)

Diving might be one of the first sports to have automated judging using computer vision technology, which has already transformed how athletes, coaches, and fans at home understand their favorite sports.

How virtual care in Canada will change post-pandemic (BETAKIT)

Leaders from MindBeacon, Esplanade Ventures, and TELUS Health MyCare join for a BetaKit Live panel conversation on the future of virtual care.

Deleting unethical data sets isn’t good enough (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

The AI research community has tried to scrub away its past. But the internet is forever.

With a new name and product, Wisedocs targets US expansion (BETAKIT)

Wisedocs’ CEO and founder Connor Atchison told BetaKit the startup recently changed its name to Wisedocs “to cater to a clearer representation” of what it does given “how agnostic [its] system is.”

Federal Liberals probed for facial recognition use (BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER)

The Liberal Party of Canada’s use of facial recognition technology is under investigation by B.C.’s information and privacy commissioner.

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.

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