BadVR is using government grants to build a business that’s independent of venture capital

When the Los Angeles-based extended reality data visualization company, BadVR, first heard that one of its earliest benefactors, Magic Leap, was about to shed 1,000 jobs and was fighting for its life, the young startup was unfazed. Despite the very public ties that BadVR had to Magic Leap, as one of the enterprise applications on the platform, the startup was more insulated than other businesses from the pivot away from consumer-focused apps.

Student-founded Develop for Good surpasses 25,000 volunteer hours connecting students with nonprofits

This has been the year of the social organization. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world and the United States, governments and a patchwork of nonprofits and volunteer organizations sprang into action, offering everything from food and medical supplies to children’s books and clothing to individuals and families struggling in the virus’s wake. Perhaps the biggest divide though to getting people help has been digital — non-profits need to connect with their beneficiaries over the internet just as much as any retailer today.

This $39 data science bootcamp will give you invaluable skills for 2021

TL;DR: Further your career with the 2021 Business Intelligence and Data Science Super Bundle for $39.99, a 96% savings as of Dec. 30.  If you're looking for a sign that studying up on data science is worth your time, you don't have to look far. Data science is booming — that's a factLinkedIn's 2020 Emerging Jobs Report listed the Data Scientist as the third-highest emerging job with 37% annual growth.

StepZen snares $8M seed to build data integration API

StepZen, a new startup from the crew who gave you Apigee (which was sold to Google in 2016 for $625 million) had a different vision for their latest company. They are building a single API that pulls data from disparate sources to help developers deliver more complex customer experiences online. Today, the startup emerged from stealth and announced an $8 million seed investment from Neotribe Ventures and Wing Venture Capital .

Business intelligence vendor MicroStrategy reveals it’s bought a billion bucks of bitcoin

Better capital returns than cash and all allowed under company rules Business intelligence software vendor MicroStrategy has revealed it’s sitting on a billion bucks worth of bitcoin.…

4 Employee Experience Metrics Your Business Should Track

How do your employees experience their professional lives? It’s a worthwhile question, yet one that can seem frustratingly vague or hard to measure – but it doesn’t have to be. Rather, as software companies craft new employee experience (EX) platforms designed around communication, data management, and feedback collection, businesses now have access to the perfect tools. Now, all they need are the perfect EX metrics to go with it.

Walnut raises $3.5M from Ron Conway and others to stop remote sales pitches breaking

Amid the rise of remote selling due to the pandemic, Walnut, billing itself as a ‘Wix for Sales teams,’ has raised $3.5m from SV Angel (Ron and Topher Conway) and A.Capital by Ronny Conway and former a16z partners. This brings its total amount raised to $6m. Other investors include NFX, Joe Montana, Wix CEO, Immad Akhund and Kenny Stone. Walnut is solving the friction between sales and back-end teams and the problem of sales demos that break during calls.

Hey Presto! Teradata admits its vision is dead by hooking QueryGrid analytics platform up to rival data warehouses

Snowflake? We can query that Enterprise data warehouse stalwart Teradata has capped a difficult year with an update to Teradata QueryGrid, which promises to connect customers to a vast array of new data sources – a decidedly underwhelming move, according to some.…

CEO of data analytics firm Quantexa shares how digital resilience and data-driven decision-making will determine which businesses thrive in a post-Covid world

Quantexa CEO Vishal Marria Quantexa Vishal Marria is the CEO of Quantexa, an anti-fraud firm harnessing AI to crack down on money laundering and improve decision-making. Marria shares how digital resilience and data-driven decision making will determine which businesses thrive in a post-COVID-19 world.  Because of his work, Business Insider named Marria to our annual list of the 10 leaders transforming enterprise tech in Europe.

Hightouch raises $2.1M to help businesses get more value from their data warehouses

Hightouch, a SaaS service that helps businesses sync their customer data across sales and marketing tools, is coming out of stealth and announcing a $2.1 million seed round. The round was led by Afore Capital and Slack Fund, with a number of angel investors also participating. At its core, Hightouch, which participated in Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 batch, aims to solve the customer data integration problems that many businesses today face.
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