A|I: The AI Times – What VCs want from AI startups

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Charli AI comes out of stealth mode, launches workflow automation product(BETAKIT)

Vancouver-based Charli AI has announced the limited release of its chat-oriented and no-code workflow solution aimed to automate financial tasks for businesses.


PitchBook-All Raise All In: Women in the VC Ecosystem(PITCHBOOK)

“Microsoft for Startups partnered with PitchBook and All-Raise to publish All In: Women in the VC Ecosystem which highlights global and US-focused trends surrounding female-founded companies and female-led VC funds throughout the last decade. With an increased focus towards supporting women-led businesses, M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Capital arm) has announced the Female Founders Competition for tech startups – deadline closes December 15.”
Aaiman Aamir, Toronto Reactor Program Manager, Microsoft Reactor

John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’(TECHCRUNCH)

Legendary coder John Carmack is leaving Facebook’s Oculus after six years to focus on a personal project — no less than the creation of Artificial General Intelligence, or “Strong AI.”

Israeli AI startup cnvrg.io raises $8 million to help enterprise data teams adopt machine learning(TECH.EU)

cnvrg.io, the Israeli data science platform bringing auto-adaptive machine learning to enterprise, has closed both seed and Series A rounds, totaling $8 million of funding in the last year.

Montreal’s Potloc announces $13 million CAD Series A originally closed in July(BETAKIT)

Potloc, a startup that conducts market research using geo-targeted surveys, has announced $13 million in a Series A funding round, closed in July.

The computing power needed to train AI is now rising seven times faster than ever before(TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

An updated analysis from OpenAI shows how dramatically the need for computational resources has increased to reach each new AI breakthrough.

What AI startups need to achieve before VCs will invest(TECHCRUNCH)

Not every AI startup has what it takes to secure an investment and scale to success. So, what do venture capitalists look for when considering an investment in an AI company?

Stradigi AI closes $53 million CAD Series A, with support from will.i.am(BETAKIT)

Montreal-based artificial intelligence provider Stradigi AI has closed a $53 million CAD in Series A funding round.

Plum raises €2.7 million additional funding to expand its AI-based savings assistant across Europe(EUSTARTUPS)

The London-and-Athens-based startup is also launching an Android app to reach more savers in the UK and beyond.

Moveworks snags $75M Series B to resolve help desk tickets with AI(TECHCRUNCH)

Moveworks, a startup using AI to help resolve help desk tickets in an automated fashion, announced a $75 million Series B investment today.

Canada refuses visas to over a dozen African AI researchers(BBC)

For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers – most of them from Africa – who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver.

Eigen nabs $37M to help banks and others parse huge documents using natural language and “small data”(TECHCRUNCH)

The round was led by Lakestar and Dawn Capital, with Temasek and Goldman Sachs Growth Equity (which co-led its Series A) also participating. Eigen has now raised $55 million in total.

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