Feb
23
2017
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AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

battle-drones Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and cofounder Ben Marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for… Read More

Jan
24
2017
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Microsoft Ventures backs Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity firm that protects with deception

generic_code_hack_security Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity startup based out of Israel that protects networks by building “deception” frameworks to identify and trap malicious hackers, is today announcing that it has added Microsoft Ventures — the software giant’s young investment arm — as its newest strategic investor. In keeping with the its name and purpose in this world, Illusive… Read More

Oct
17
2016
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Zipwhip nabs $9M from Microsoft + others to let landlines send and receive SMS texts

zipwhip-app Consumers have made a big shift to using mobile phones as their primary, and often sole, telephone, but as they have done so, they’ve also created something of a rift in the business world: many of the companies that count those consumers as customers are still using landlines — 275 million businesses in the U.S. alone — resulting in a feature gulf between how the two… Read More

Jun
07
2016
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Helpshift raises $23M led by Microsoft, Salesforce for a chat tool that helps with CRM in apps

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 13.32.41 As more of our day-to-day services make the shift to digital platforms, a startup that has built a customer care tool to help us through some of the pain points in mobile apps has closed a Series B round of funding. Helpshift, which provides an SDK to software companies to build a chat bridge between users of their mobile apps and their customer service teams, has raised $23… Read More

Jun
11
2014
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Zula, The Team Communication App From VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver, Raises Further $3M

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 13.15.04 Israeli startup Zula, the team communication app founded by VoIP pioneers Jeff Pulver (Vonage) and Jacob Ner-David (Delta Three), has closed a $3 million series A round. The round was led by Morton Meyerson of 2M, who is joined by Ourcrowd, Microsoft Ventures, Nathan Low, and Doug Pauly. Read More

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