From VentureBeat: You’re not an AI company until you’re a full-stack company

GUEST: From Siri and Alexa becoming household names to Apple recently announcing its new HomePod smart speaker, artificial intelligence finally seems to have made the jump from the world of futuristic science fiction straight into our own homes. The variety of tasks that AI creations are taking on is increasing. AI can vacuum our floors, create […]

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From VentureBeat: You’re not an AI company until you’re a full-stack company

GUEST: From Siri and Alexa becoming household names to Apple recently announcing its new HomePod smart speaker, artificial intelligence finally seems to have made the jump from the world of futuristic science fiction straight into our own homes. The variety of tasks that AI creations are taking on is increasing. AI can vacuum our floors, create […]

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From TechCrunch: Sneaker and streetwear reseller Stadium Goods just launched their first app

 Stadium Goods, the online (and brick and mortar) marketplace for highly sought after sneakers and streetwear, is launching its first app. Live today to coincide with the startup’s two year anniversary, the first iteration of the app is basi…

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From Tech: The next tech bubble will last weeks, not years, and it will be gloriously insane

I’ve been there for the early ICO (initial coin offering) days for cryptocurrencies. I’ve seen companies raise hundreds of millions of dollars within hours, and I’ve seen valuations for startups that don’t even have a working product climb to billion…

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From TechCrunch: Studio makes running more exciting with coaching, music and competition

 Jason Baptiste wants you to run. He said he’s seen the personal benefits of running since 2009, when he became unhappy with his weight and committed to run a “daily 5k,” something he’s held to ever since. “Not only h…

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From TechCrunch: What washing dishes, driving a truck and working in a cemetery taught me about the power of ‘blue-collar’ software

 I work in VC. But it wasn’t long ago that I stocked shelves, drove a truck, washed dishes, waited tables and even hauled dirt at a cemetery. This isn’t the usual route to a job in tech and VC, but it opened my eyes to a corner of the …

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From GeekWire: Amazon and Techstars host first-ever Alexa Accelerator Demo Day — here are the top pitches


Part of Amazon’s strategy to get Alexa everywhere in the world is to encourage entrepreneurs to test the boundaries of what’s possible with its voice technology platform. That’s exactly what happened over the past 13 weeks in Seattle, where Amazon teamed up with Techstars to operate the first-ever Alexa Accelerator. Nine early-stage startups from across the globe just spent three months building out their B2C and B2B technologies that incorporate Alexa, Amazon’s popular artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered voice platform. On Tuesday the program culminated with a Demo Night at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Stitch Fix has filed for an IPO, and the numbers look good

 Stitch Fix has filed to go public, finally revealing the financial guts of the startup which will be a test of modern e-commerce businesses that are looking to hit the market — and the numbers look pretty great! Let’s start off really…

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From GeekWire: Mighty AI co-founder Matt Bencke dies at 45 after battle with pancreatic cancer

Matt Bencke
Matt Bencke, a fixture in Seattle’s technology community and co-founder of the startup Mighty AI, has passed away after a battle with stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Bencke, 45, was diagnosed with the disease in August and had vowed to “beat the odds.” His Mighty AI co-founder, Daryn Nakhuda, who stepped in as the 3-year-old company’s CEO, shared the news of Bencke’s passing on Thursday in a blog post titled “In our hearts, always.” “It’s difficult to express what a profound impact Matt has had on my life, as well as the lives of our Mighty AI colleagues,” Nakhuda wrote. “In addition to being a good… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Data is the name of the game, as Intel Capital puts $60M in 15 startups, $566M in 2017 overall

 Intel Capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly $60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data (…

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