Crossbeam, a startup that helps simplify the process of sharing data between companies, recently scored $25 million in Series B funding in a round that included Redpoint Ventures and FirstMark Capital.
Business Insider has obtained an exclusive look at the pitch deck Crossbeam used to convince investors for its $12.5 million Series A round.
Crossbeam's platform takes data from the disparate programs used by companies to track customer information and combines them to create a single, searchable set.
Co-founder Bob Moore said he was inspired to start the company by his past at SaaS companies, where even seemingly simple acts of data-sharing between companies were stymied by mismatched systems.
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Business partnerships between companies have always been complicated. Now the physical isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder.
"How can you do an effective job of building a partner ecosystem when you can't high five, can't slap people on the backs anymore and shake hands?" Bob Moore, co-founder of partnership platform Crossbeam, told Business Insider.
The pandemic helped accelerated interest in Crossbeam's simplifying platform to the point where investors started approaching Moore less than a year after the company's previous round. In early August, Redpoint Ventures led a $25 million Series B round for the company, joined by FirstMark Capital, Okta Ventures, Slack Fund, Uncork Capital and Partnership Leaders. You can check out the redacted pitch deck Crossbeam used to bring investors on for its $12.5 million Series A round below.
"It's a little bit of a surprisingly rabid funding market right now," said FirstMark partner Matt Turck, who joined the round after Moore told him he'd been approached by other investors. "Five months ago everybody thought the market was going to slow down considerably. Then lo and behold, fast forward to today, it's actually more intense than it's probably ever been."
Moore said the extra funds would go to expanding the company's free version of its services to help pull more customers in.
"We think that's the smartest way to go about building a really valuable network where people are active and their use will grow over time," Moore said. "We're not rushing into trying to extract dollars from them the first two weeks after they sign."
When companies partner with each other, they frequently need to figure out what customers they may have in common. But the way companies keep track of their customers varies, making it hard to easily and securely compare data to find any overlap. Crossbeam works with programs commonly used to track customer data, like Stripe and Salesforce, to create a common data set both companies in a partnership can search through.
Moore said he was inspired to found Crossbeam by his past at SaaS companies.
"It was shockingly hard to answer what seemed like really simple questions anytime we were collaborating with another company," Moore said. "So if we had a partner and we just wanted to know 'how many customers do we have in common?' or we wanted to know 'are my sales reps currently selling to any of the same companies that your sales reps are selling to?'...It was very, very difficult to answer this question."
The company also sells itself as a sort of "LinkedIn" for partnerships. Once a company has uploaded its data to Crossbeam's platform, it can easily integrate its data with any company already on the platform.
Take a look at the redacted deck Crossbeam used to score $12.5 million in Series A funding.
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As Facebook battles mounting regulatory pressure, one of the most powerful judges in the country is facing renewed scrutiny over his ties to the company. On July 24th, a coalition of nine progressive groups, including Demand Justice, Freedom From Facebook and Google, and Accountable Tech, released a statement calling on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to recuse himself from a case involving Facebook due to his close friendship with the company’s vice president of public policy, Joel Kaplan.
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab played a key role in resolving the origin of rare, odd meteorites that have puzzled scientists since their discovery a half-century ago. Known as type IIE iron meteorites, they appear to have originated from a parent body that had a composition featuring both fully melted and unmelted parts - other meteorite types display only one composition.
Walmart+ is Walmart's answer to Amazon's popular Amazon Prime subscription service.
Recode has reported on a number of the benefits that Walmart+ subscribers will enjoy.
Based on those reports, Business Insider compared the two services in categories like shipping, streaming, and grocery.
We will update this article as more details are released about Walmart+
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Walmart+ is slated to be a major competitor for Amazon Prime. But how will the two rival services stack up?
Amazon Prime dates back to 2005. Amazon has had 15 years to establish and refine its perks.
Recode reported that Walmart's members-only subscription service will launch in July. The launch will bring about a number of perks for early adopters, many of which seem tailor-made to compete with Amazon's Prime subscription service. But because it has not yet launched, the benefits of the Walmart+ program are far less sketched out.
Here's a look at how the two subscription services compare. We will update this article as more details are released about Walmart+:SEE ALSO: Walmart's Amazon Prime rival is reportedly set to launch this month
Amazon Prime: $12.99 a month or $119 a year.
Walmart+: $98 a year, according to Recode.
Amazon Prime: Prime members can opt for free two-day shipping on eligible products, free same-day shipping for certain zip codes, and free two-hour delivery for certain items and zip codes.
Walmart+: Recode reported that subscribers will receive unlimited same-day delivery for groceries and other merchandise.
Amazon Prime: Subscribers looking to organize their schedules can opt to establish a weekly delivery day.
Walmart+: According to Recode, Walmart+ members will receive the priority treatment when it comes to grocery delivery slots.
Amazon Prime: Members receive access to music, films, original television shows, Twitch benefits, and channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz.
Walmart+: According to Recode, Walmart has "unclear" hopes around adding a "video entertainment component" to its Walmart+ service in the future.
Amazon Prime: Prime subscribers get deals and beneficial delivery options at Whole Foods Market, as well as free grocery delivery in certain regions.
Walmart+: Subscribers will have access to an unlimited same-day delivery service for groceries, according to Recode.
Amazon Prime: None.
Walmart+: Recode reported that the service will come with deals at Walmart gas stations.
Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime subscribers have access to Prime Wardrobe and Personal Shopper. These services allow shoppers to try on clothing before purchasing and opt for a monthly styling service.
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Google has announced upcoming changes to its ad auction process.Advertisers won’t be able to see the “contextual content” of the inventory they are bidding on after consultation with regulators.The updates mean that media buyers participating in ad auctions on Google’s ad exchange won’t be able to see certain types of content categories, such as news or weather, of the third-party websites they are bidding on.Such content categories have helped advertisers identify the types of content where they want to serve ads next, plus avoid bidding on ad space on websites that are not suitable for their brand.Google already applies a host of data restrictions on its real-time bidding platform, such as requiring publishers to obtain user consent and obscuring users’ IP addresses, that limit advertisers’ ability to track users.Advertisers will only be see what they are allowed to as governed by the legislation.
John Carmack, the video game legend behind Facebook's VR push, is stepping down as chief technology officer at Oculus.He announced the move Wednesday afternoon, saying he'd transition to the role of "consulting CTO" at Oculus."I will still have a voice in the development work, but it will only be consuming a modest slice of my time," Carmack wrote in a Facebook post.Carmack said he's leaving the position so he can devote his attention to "artificial general intelligence," adding that it's something he's long wanted to pursue and wanted to get on it "before I get too old.""For the time being at least, I am going to be going about it 'Victorian Gentleman Scientist' style, pursuing my inquiries from home, and drafting my son into the work," Carmack wrote.Carmack was a co-founder of Id Software, a game development studio that revolutionized the first-person shooter with video games Doom and Quake.
Today in Houston, Texas, Boeing announced that they’d officially submitted a proposal to NASA as part of the Artemis space program.The Boeing submission today was for an integrated Human Lander System (HLS) that’ll bring astronauts to our Earth’s moon, then back up again to lunar orbit.Boeing’s proposal emphasized a “Fewest Steps to the Moon” approach with NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Block 1B.NASA currently has two “mission slots” set for the mission this Boeing tech aims to meet, one in 2024, then another in 2025.Boeing’s approach works with NASA’s SLS rocket – said rocket is currently in production at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF).According to a release from Boeing today, “This approach shortens development time and lowers risk, enabling NASA to safely land on the moon’s surface by 2024.”
It’s incumbent upon developers to program these tasks, which means that for users it becomes more or less a waiting game.Perhaps that’s why researchers at Samsung’s AI Research Center in Toronto developed what they call VASTA, a language-assisted “programming by demonstration” system for Android smartphone automation.By leveraging AI and machine learning techniques, including computer vision, their prototype can label interactions without having to rely on interface elements.Plus, thanks to natural language understanding algorithms akin to those underpinning Bixby, VASTA can analyze and recognize voice commands that trigger programmed tasks.“Today’s smartphones provide a sophisticated set of tools and applications that allow users to perform many complex tasks,” wrote the coauthors of an academic paper describing the system.“Given the diversity of existing tasks and the ever-increasing amount of time users spend on their phones, automating the most tedious and repetitive tasks (such as ordering a pizza or checking one’s grades using a school app) is a desirable goal for smartphone manufacturers and users alike.”
Raising hopes of rapid and more specific brain cancer diagnoses, a new "Resonance Raman" technique developed by world-renowned physicist Robert R. Alfano and his IUSL research group at The City College of New York is the recipient of two U.S. patents."Light gives you far greater molecular information than the common modalities like chemical tests, X-Rays, CAT scans, which all provide an image and not the content," said Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at CCNY and an inventor with more than 120 patents to his name."Light can show you at the molecular level what the tissue is all about and display the difference between good tissue and bad tissue."Specifically, Alfano explained that the non-invasive method works by using the key wavelengths to excite the Raman effect from vibrations in tissue of the brain, breasts and arteries.The colors emitted are different and are part of a larger set of optical methods he'd developed since 1984 called Optical Biopsy.The Raman spectra is very weak for every million photons entering a material 1 is scatter from vibrations in the material.
Total revenues at O2 UK grew by 4.1% year-on-year, operating income was up 5.7% and the total customer base expanded by 5.6% to 34.1 million.O2 also reckons it has the lowest contract churn in the sector at 1%.Having said that the net adds were fairly flat, maintaining its mobile customer base at 26 million.“Our Q3 performance continues the strong momentum we saw in the first half of the year, powered by a relentless focus on our customers through award-winning coverage and great offerings such as flexible Custom Plans and limitless data,” said Mark Evans, CEO of Telefónica UK“We’re moving at pace with our 5G rollout, already live in six UK cities rising to twenty by the end of the year.5G offers critical support to the UK’s digital economy, supporting jobs and growth.
Singapore-based Aliena, which specializes in developing and manufacturing plasma-thruster systems for the small satellite market, has raised S$1.5 million (US$1.1 million) in an investment round led by Cap Vista, the strategic venture investment arm of Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency.US-based VC firm 500 Startups and Paspalis Innovation and Investment Fund, through Darwin Innovation Hub, also participated in the funding round, Aliena co-founder and CEO Mark Lim told Tech in Asia.Since being founded in 2018, the company has aimed to tackle the lack of propulsion systems in the market, which can shorten the lifetime and limits the mission capabilities of small satellites.The company’s propulsion systems “will allow for a new generation of miniaturized satellites to perform sophisticated maneuvers, which were previously technically unfeasible due to technical constraints,” Lim said during a speech delivered at the Australian High Commission.Remove this ad space by subscribing.With the new funds, Aliena looks to expand its team and commission an integrated space simulation environment and electric jet propulsion test facility in Singapore.
But the OLPC XO-1, the first device released by the One Laptop Per Child organisation, remains one of the most fascinating and curious gadgets in my personal collection.Giving every child on Earth easy access to a computer and, from that, the wealth of information available across the internet, was an idea championed by Seymour Papert and Nicholas Negroponte of MIT’s Media Lab as far back as 1982.But it was Negroponte who would go on to found the One Laptop Per Child organisation that tried to actually make that idea a reality.In 2005, Negroponte revealed the first prototypes of what would eventually become the original OLPC XO: an incredibly affordable fully-functional laptop that even included a hand crank on the side so it could be used and charged in places were access to power wasn’t always guaranteed.Despite the loss of the crank, I still think the OLPC XO-1 – the first iteration of the computer to actually be produced and sold – was a remarkable piece of consumer technology.Charged and powered by a standard wall wart, the OLPC’s guts were still engineered and specifically selected to help minimise the laptop’s power consumption as the intended end users were children in developing countries who didn’t always have access to a wall outlet.
The result is huge uptick in greenhouse gas emissions due to carbon being released from not only trees, but also degraded carbon-storing peatlands and other high-carbon stock landscapes, the health of millions affected by haze, and the incalculable impacts to plant and animal biodiversity.Strong evidence has connected these fires to clearing land for plantations and grazing.Moreover, much of this can be traced to just three globally traded commodities: palm oil, soy, and beef.Data shows that since the dawn of the 21st century, China is responsible for the majority of growth in demand for forest-clearing products including palm oil soy, and beef.This means that stopping fires and deforestation is nearly impossible without action from China and Chinese companies.Despite this, much of the attention in the U.S. has focused on the role of businesses, their investments, and the long supply chains that connect consumers to tropical commodities.
Organizations simply weren’t designing and developing products and experiences from a user-first perspective and rightfully jumped at the opportunity to innovate their businesses.The idea of user experience has since become broader.It’s no longer just about designing wireframes and interfaces with the user at the fore; it’s also about identifying and prioritizing customer pain points — across a brand’s entire ecosystem (websites, apps, service layers and platforms, customer service, and analog touchpoints, such as in-store) — and then solving them through research and data analysis, strategy, and design.It should result in advertising content that is more personal and emotionally resonant; benefits that serve real need-states; and digital products that align with consumer behaviors and offer true value.Already the business world has accepted the idea that innovation can come from anywhere; it now needs to understand that user experience must come from everywhere.Extending responsibility for the user experience across your organization requires at least a six-month plan to ensure you can deliver the right work with the right people — without disrupting everything.
You toss and turn all night, sleep through your alarm and wake up every morning feeling exhausted, sore and stuffed up.Your bed could be the culprit of your sleep issues.We are obsessed with tracking our sleep to feel more rested.If you suffer from sleep issues, or always wake up feeling exhausted, you should first rule out sleep apnea or another serious medical condition.How to tell if you need a new pillowThe wrong kind of pillow, or one that's too old, could be preventing you from getting a good night's rest.
En första glimt av Hyundais kommande vätgaslastbil.HDC-6 Neptune är koreansk tillverkarens tanke om hur utsläppsfri tung trafik kan se ut.Och trots framtidsteknik är det klassisk design som har inspirerat.Att vi måste få ner utsläppen i transportsektorn är alla överens om.Och även om Tesla fått en hel del uppmärksamhet för sin elektriska långtradardragare verkar många tillverkare se bränslecellsteknik som framtiden.Den koreanska tillverkaren står i startgroparna för att lansera en serieproduktionsmodell och har redan en diger kundlista.
It’s hard to stay focused on a task when even the watch you’re wearing can distract you with video games and internet access.But a company called Narbis has come up with a smart device that promises to keep you focused by physically preventing you from seeing the distractions all around you.The Narbis smart glasses look like a bulky pair of Oakleys, but the thick frames house electronics and batteries that power a pair of LCD shutter lenses.Like transition lenses that automatically darken when you step outside into sunlight, the opacity of these lenses can be adjusted to make them more or less opaque – but not in response to the sun’s rays.You’ll also notice one additional feature not found on regular glasses, or even the smart specs that countless other companies seem to be developing.A third arm on the Narbis smart glasses positions a sensor atop the wearer’s head, joining two other sensors behind the ears, that, the company says, allows it to measure brain activity, which is how the system knows when someone is distracted or not focusing on the task at hand.
Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.What’s the point of watching your favorite sci-fi movie if you’re going to listen to the audio from those measly in-built TV speakers?That would be an insult to your sonic senses and to the movie too.That’s why you should invest in a good soundbar to take your movie-watching experience at home one level up.The Samsung Harman Kardon 5.1 soundbar HW-Q60R with wireless subwoofer is selling for just $397.99, down from $499.99.Apart from carrying a booming sound, the 360-Watt soundbar is packed with features.