Jun
08
2017
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Algolia raises $53 million for its search engine API

 French startup Algolia just raised a $53 million Series B round led by Accel, a couple of years after raising $18.3 million with… Accel also leading the round. So it looks like it’s a love story between the VC firm and the software-as-a-service startup. Read More

May
09
2017
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StarLeaf takes $40M to keep growing its videoconferencing as a service business

 UK teleconference company StarLeaf, which sells cloud-based video and conferencing services to businesses, has taken on its first external capital almost ten years after being founded, back in 2008. The $40 million round is co-led by Highland Europe and Grafton Capital. Read More

May
08
2017
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Open source database developer MariaDB picks up $27M from the EIB

 As open source database architecture continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger developers in the area has picked up some funding to target the opportunity. MariaDB Corporation, the company that develops solutions and contributes to the open-source SQL fork managed by the MariaDB Foundation, today announced that it has raised €25 million ($27 million) from the European Investment… Read More

May
03
2017
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Mapillary opens up 25k street-level images to train automotive AI systems

 As more companies wade into the business of building artificial intelligence systems to help you drive (or do the driving for you), a startup founded by an ex-Apple computer vision specialist is open sourcing a huge dataset that can help them on their road to autonomy.
Mapillary, a Swedish startup backed by Sequoia, Atomico and others that has built a database of 130 million images through… Read More

May
02
2017
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Percona University in Europe May 9 and May 11

Percona University

Percona University in EuropeIn 2013 we started Percona University, which consists of technology discussion events held in different cities around the world. The next installments of Percona University in Europe are next week when I fly there for Percona University Berlin (May 9) and Percona University Budapest (May 11). Both events are free to attend, and you are very welcome to join us for either of them.

Below are some questions and answers about why you should attend a Percona University session:

What is Percona University? It is a half-day technical educational event, with a wider program when compared to a traditional meetup. Usually, we include about six hours of talks split with a 30-minute coffee break. We encourage people to join us at any point during these talks – we understand that not everyone can take off a half a day from their work or studies.

What is on the agenda for each of the events? Full agendas and registration forms for the Berlin and Budapest events are available at the indicated links.

Does the word “University” mean that we won’t cover any in-depth topics, and these events would only interest college/university students? No, it doesn’t. We designed Percona University presentations for all kinds of “students,” including professionals with years of database industry experience. The word “University” means that this event series is about educating attendees on technical topics (it’s not a sales-oriented event, it’s about educating the community).

Does Percona University cover only Percona technology? We will definitely mention Percona technology, but we will also focus on real-world technical issues and recommend solutions that work (regardless of whether Percona developed them).

Are there other Percona University events coming up besides Berlin and Budapest? We will hold more Percona University events in different locations in the future. Our events newsletter is a good source of information about when and where they will occur. If you want to partner with Percona in organizing a Percona University event, contact our team. You can also check our list of technical webinars to get further educational insights.

These events are free and low-key! We want them to remain easy to organize in any city of the world. They aren’t meant to look like a full conference (like our Percona Live series). Percona University has a different format – it’s purposefully informal, and designed to be perfect for learning and networking. This is an in-person database community gathering, so feel free to come with interesting cases and tricky questions!

I hope to see many of you at Percona University in Europe, Berlin and Budapest editions!

Apr
27
2017
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UiPath raises $30M to build ‘software robots’ for internal business tasks

Programmers working on a problem. The world is awash with bots these days — applications the run either partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and other artificial intelligence technologies to help consumers ask and answer questions, buy things and get other stuff done. In the enterprise equivalent, a company that is building something akin to this for large… Read More

Apr
19
2017
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Nauta Capital closes out $170M third fund

 Early stage VC firm Nauta Capital, which has offices in London, UK, Barcelona, Spain and Boston in the US, has closed out a 2016 fund raising — capping it off at $170 million. Read More

Apr
05
2017
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83North closes $250M fourth fund focused on European, Israeli startups

 European VC firm 83North (formerly Greylock IL), which since 2008 has focused on backing startups in Europe and Israel, has closed its fourth fund — taking $250M in a raise that it says was both oversubscribed and its largest to date, and bringing its total capital under management to $800M. Read More

Mar
23
2017
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Lystable takes $10M top-up to tackle freelancer payments

 Lystable, a startup that makes a workflow management platform aimed at businesses needing to manage lots of freelancers, has topped up its Series A again — this time with an additional $10 million, which founder and CEO Peter Johnston says will be used to fund a change of business model with a payments focus. Read More

Feb
16
2017
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Vize is a business intelligence tool for the rest of us

vize Chances are that your current company is collecting a ton of data about your customers every second. It’s a goldmine and it often sits there in a corner, unused. Vize is a business intelligence tool that will let you learn more about your business and take advantage of all your data. The company is currently participating in Y Combinator’s winter batch. “The main use case… Read More

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