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BetaKit

After $4.5 million seed round, Adeptmind launches to help retailers with accurate online search

Adeptmind aims to offer accurate online shopping results and avoid the “no results found” search problem.


Digital Main Street

DMS RECOMMENDS: Digital transformation: Separating fact from fiction

As more small and mid-size companies move their business to the cloud, so shifts the Canadian economy online. How will your business compete in the digital marketplace?


BetaKit

Amsterdam-based Spaces will open coworking location in Toronto

The company has 60 locations in 25 countries across the world.


Tube

Influencer marketing startup Octoly raises $10 million, launches ecommerce platform

The Series A comprises investments from French ad giant Havas Group, European venture capital company Otium Venture, marketing firm Twins Partners, and the European Union’s SME Instrument program.


BetaKit

With a $5 million Series A, Nudge Rewards wants to gamify employee performance across North America

Nudge Rewards’ new round is part of BDC’s new $70 million Women in Tech fund.


TechCrunch

Airbnb acquires ad tech startup AdBasis

AdBasis said its team will continue to work on digital creative testing and ad optimization technology at Airbnb.


Recode

Williams-Sonoma is buying a 3-D imaging and augmented reality startup for $112 million

The move underscores the impact that retailers in home decor and furnishings expect augmented reality to have for online shopping in their categories.


BetaKit

Bruce Croxon says Shopify’s short-seller response falls short, but company’s metrics don’t

This is the 10th straight quarter where Shopify has outperformed market expectations.


TechCrunch

Bossa Nova raises $17.5 million for retail robots

The company has “been working on this solution to automate prcess on the shop floor. [It’s] all about improving the customer shopping process,” said Martin Hitch, chief business officer of Bossa Nova Robotics.


Inc

Selling online? These AI tools can help you do it better

From inventory management to product search, the machines are making it easier to sell online–and compete with a certain Seattle-based retail behemoth.


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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.