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February 2024

SocialCrowd Raises $1.6M

Performance management startup SocialCrowd has raised a $1.6 million pre-seed round led by Bread and Butter Ventures. Launched in 2022, SocialCrowd is a SaaS platform that provides performance management software, letting companies set goals for their employees and reward them when they are achieved. A customer can...

Forbes: Boost E-Commerce Sales With AI

In the past, e-commerce companies enabled direct-to-consumer sales by creating online storefronts where customers could browse, purchase and receive products directly from the seller, cutting out intermediaries such as retail stores. Today, artificial intelligence is transforming the e-commerce landscape by helping businesses personalize recommendations, handle...

Dating App Growth Slows Down

The dating app market isn’t looking as promising as it used to. According to a new analysis by app intelligence provider data.ai, global downloads of dating apps saw only tepid growth year-over-year as of this January — a slight increase of just 1.9% to reach 128 million...

Antithesis Raises $47 Million

Software testing is hard. Even with the right talent in place, it doesn’t always go as planned — particularly when executed at scale. The market for software testing solutions is quite massive, unsurprisingly, with one estimate pegging it at $55.98 billion. There’s plenty of vendors in the space,...

CodeSignal Learn Launches

Technical assessment company CodeSignal, which counts Index Ventures and Menlo Ventures as backers, is launching a learning platform called CodeSignal Learn. The new platform, aimed at audiences wanting to learn technical subjects, also has an AI-powered bot called Cosmo, which helps users with learning. The company said...

Crux & AI

GenAI might be one of the most exciting technologies today. But it’s also one of the fastest-moving — posing a challenge for enterprises keen to deploy it. With each new GenAI innovation, companies have to worry not only about staying on top of trends but...

Attentive.AI Raises Capital

Attentive.ai, a startup building vertical software for landscaping and construction services in the U.S., has raised $7 million in a new funding round as it looks to enhance its AI-led offerings and expand them to more businesses. Led by Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India,...

ProducePay Raises $38 Million

In the U.S. alone, roughly 30% to 40% of the supply ends up in landfills. A United Nations report estimated that around one-third of the world’s food is wasted every year, adding up to 1.3 billion tons — worth almost $1 trillion. Given the scale — and societal implications — of...

Amazon Launches AI Shopping Assistant “Rufus”

Amazon announced the launch of an AI-powered shopping assistant it’s calling Rufus that’s been trained on the e-commerce giant’s product catalog as well as information from around the web. The company says the new tool will launch to a subset of U.S. customers in beta, before expanding...

YEC: Essential Skills for Small Business Leaders

Running a small business is similar to a juggling act, where entrepreneurs wear numerous hats to keep the show running smoothly. While adaptability and multitasking are key, there are specific skills that stand out for small-business leaders striving for success. These skills go beyond the...