Over the past five years, Sony has done more to push digital imaging forward than just about anybody else. But their incredible pace of innovation is straining an industry that just can’t keep up, and the cracks are starting to show.
Earlier this week, Sony released yet another a7 camera. It’s the fourth a7R Sony has made in less than 6 years, and the 10th full-frame mirrorless camera it’s released over the same period—all while adding 7 more cameras to its APS-C E-Mount system, debuting the G Master line of high-end lenses, and dominating the compact camera space with the RX series. Oh, and we might be adding the long-rumored a7000 and a7S III to that list by year end.
Backed by the R&D of their image sensor division and the might of the Sony Corporation’s pocket book, Sony has done more, innovated faster, and marketed better. As a result, they can be credited with forcing Nikon and Canon to dive into full-frame mirrorless, spearheading revolutionary technologies like [...]read more
Technology company Philips has acquired Boston-based startup Medumo, the developer of patient navigation and engagement solutions.
Medumo, which launched in 2013, uses a combination of email and SMS to help hospitals communicate more effectively with their patients. The company has raised $2.1 million in venture capital funding and the company’s partners include Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard’s Brigham Health.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Fintech startup N26 is raising $170 million a few months after raising $300 million. While it’s technically structured as a new round, the company considers today’s new funding as an extension of the Series D round.
N26 has only reached out to existing investors. All the investors in the Series D round are investing again, as well as a few investors that have been around for a while. So that’s Insight Venture Partners, GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund), Tencent, Allianz X, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital and Greyhound Capital.
“It’s a raise in valuation of about 30%. It’s only existing investors that participated. We didn’t go external as it is also quite quickly after the round that we did earlier this year,” co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf told me. “But I think it’s a good testament of the development of the company over the last couple of months.”
With this new influx of funding, N26 has now reached a post-money valuation of $3.5 [...]read more
HTF MI recently introduced new title on “Global Hadoop-as-a-Service(HDaaS) Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-2025” from its database. The report provides study with in-depth overview, describing about the Product / Industry Scope, Trend, Product Types, elaborates market outlook and Growth Opportunities by 2019 to 2025. The Report gives you competition analysis of top manufacturer with sales volume, price, revenue (Million USD) and market share, the top players including Amazon Web Services, EMC, IBM, Microsoft, Altiscale, Cask Data, Cloudera, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Infochimps, Karmasphere, MapR Technologies, Mortar Data, Pentaho & Teradata
Hadoop-as-a-Service market has witnessed a tremendous growth in 2013 and has doubled from the Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) market size in 2012. Hadoop-as-a-Service market is evolving and current [...]read more
Capital is oxygen for startups. Yet considering that breathing pure oxygen can kill you, it’s important to get the right mix of funding elements to give your business the best chance to succeed. That right mix of funding sources needs to add up to enough to make sure your new business gets off the ground. Depending on the business model, the average startup cost for a small business is anywhere from about $10,000, according to Intuit QuickBooks, to $31,150, according to an oft-cited Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation survey from 2009. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to fund your startup, and you should have a variety of funding sources rather than putting all of your financing eggs in one basket. Just as investors compile diversified investment portfolios so they don’t have all their money tied up in a few stocks that could lose their value quickly, so startup founders should seek several funding sources so that if anyone source has problems, they can pivot and rely on the others. Having a diversified funding pool won’t guarantee success — it’s just one component of many that go into your company’s success or failure. But given how tough entrepreneurship can be, you need to give your startup every chance it can get to grow. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the sources you can tap. 1. Begin with yourself. You don’t need venture capital to get your business off the ground. GitHub’s three co-founders, for example, each chipped in to launch the business, working on weekends until their side hustle was ready to become a full-time gig. Now the software development platform has more than 3.4 million users. You, too, can start funding your venture with your own bank account (or credit cards, or couch cushion coins). Throwing some of your own money into the mix is a great way to show others that you are serious and committed about your startup. In fact, many Small Business Administration lending programs require founders to tap their resources before they will offer loans. If you don’t have significant savings built up, you can borrow, but keep in mind that the younger your company is, the more expensive debt financing terms will likely be. Should you opt to put expenses on a credit card, look for one that offers a 0% introductory interest rate for the first year and gives cashback for business-related purchases. Of course, ponying up your own cash comes with the risk that you will lose it if your business fails. This is why personal investment should be part of your funding mix but not your entire picture. 2. Get by with a little help from your friends (and family). What are friends for? For many successful startup founders, the answer is “funding.” Funds can be raised from family and friends directly or through a crowdfunding web site, such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. This approach worked for Scott Cook, co-founder of personal finance software company Intuit, who borrowed money from his parents to help start the financial software company when 25 professional investors declined to invest in it. Of course, in doing this, your family’s and friends’ money is at risk alongside yours, so it’s important for everyone to have realistic expectations from the start. Be sure to explain your business to potential investors, including outlining the risks involved. The great thing about this funding option is that friends and family will want to see you succeed, and to some extent, they may be more forgiving of the inevitable bumps in the road that any entrepreneur can encounter. Once you have a finalized business plan and are ready to seek investors, set up a digital means for friends and family to support your venture, and offer perks for certain benchmarks of investment. And be sure to send a thank-you note to those who invest. 3. Reach out to entrepreneurial programs. Find entrepreneurial programs, such as accelerators, incubators, or venture studios, that offers funding along with opportunities for mentorship and networking. In many cases, these programs should be able to give you a nice immediate funding boost while connecting you with more funding opportunities down the line. For example, startups that participated in GAN Accelerators raised an average of $547,000 over the 12 months following graduation, and the top two sources of funding over that time period were angel investors (47%) and venture capital (32%), according to the organization’s 2019 report. In addition, the mentors and contacts you meet through an accelerator or incubator can help you determine the best funding mix for your startup as well as offer other practical advice. When seeking out an entrepreneurial program, look for one that specializes in your industry to get the most out of the experience. Examine the benefits the program offers and look into how the program’s alumni are doing a few years after participating. If startups that have graduated from the program are still in business and doing well, that’s a good sign that you will benefit from the program.
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Amazon is responding to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) claims that Amazon pays workers “starvation wages.” AOC’s comments were made earlier this week on ABC News’ “This Week,” when she was asked about Amazon and the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, and what she’d like to see in a “truly progressive” agenda.
“I’m spending more time thinking about Amazon warehouse workers than I’m thinking of Jeff Bezos. I think about the outcome I want to see for those folks. Jeff Bezos is less of a concern for me than if your average Amazon worker is making a living wage, if they have guaranteed health care and if they can send their kids to college tuition-free,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “And, if that’s the case, and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, then that’s one thing, but if his being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access [...]read more
Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
1 —Google rolls out dining and translation filters to Google Glass…oops, I mean Lens!
Google Glass is back – but now it’s called Lens. The company is making the device more feature-friendly and adding functionality that can help your business. (Source: Tech Crunch)
Why this is important for your business:
For example, if your customers use Google Lens on an iOS or ARCore-compatible Android phone, they’ll soon be able to order at your restaurant. Or your salespeople can use it to translate foreign languages on-the-go. Lens will be accessible in the Google Assistant, Google Photos, and main Google search apps as well as directly in the camera app on Pixel phones. For restaurant ordering, users just point their phone at a menu and the Lens app highlights the most popular dishes or surface food information and photos from the restaurant’s Google Maps [...]read more
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