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Early cancer detection startup GRAIL closes on $900 million in Series B funding
Life sciences startups need a whole lot more cash than most and that's certainly true for GRAIL, a cancer detection startup trying to figure out a way to find the emperor of all maladies much earlier through blood testing technology. The startup, which spun out of genomics company Illumina announced it has closed a whopping $900 million in Series B funding this morning.
Spotify is testing a lossless subscription tier for $15 to $20 per month
Spotify is thinking about introducing a new paid option in addition to the existing Spotify Premium subscription called Spotify Hi-Fi. For an extra $5 to $10, you could get all the features in Spotify Premium as well as lossless high fidelity streaming. Spotify is just doing some A/B testing with different prices and feature sets. Once Spotify figures out the most lucrative price, the company will probably settle on one of those three prices.
Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction
Now, an education tech startup called Nearpod has raised $21 million in venture funding to help teachers turn mobile devices into a positive force for learning in the classroom, rather than a distraction they must fight against. Generally, teachers can use Nearpod to create their own interactive lessons, virtual field trips and quizzes to be distributed live to students' mobile devices in the classroom. They can also opt to use ready-to-teach lessons, aligned to meet federal and state standards, from the Nearpod library.
Snap explored selling a 360 camera
Snap has explored 360 cameras as a future product, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Snap brought in a camera developer with expertise in 360 cameras and stereoscopic cameras to pitch the company potential hardware options. Selling a Snap-branded 360 camera could inject a new content format into Snapchat similar to how Spectacles delivered first-person, circular video, plus offer a new direct revenue stream. Snap might have a better opportunity selling a 360 camera.
Brand Capital, 91Springboard, Others Invest $1 Mn in Edtech Startup Neostencil
Ed-tech startup NeoStencil has raised $1 Mn in a round led by Brand Capital and California-based Paragon Trust. Brand Capital is the ad-for-equity investment arm of conglomerate, Bennett Coleman and Co (BCCL). In May 2016, Delhi-based iDreamCareer.com, an ed-tech startup, raised an undisclosed amount in funding in Pre-Series A funding from Brand Capital.
P2P market place Monexo to start 1 min loan approval process
Lending marketplace Monexo has become the first peer-to-peer lending company in India to introduce a 1-minute loan approval process. The borrowers can avail a loan of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh for tenure of 6 months to 60 months. The borrower must just pay a success fee of 2.5 per cent if the loan to him is approved and he decides to avail it. Monexo currently offers its services to salaried individuals with a minimum net salary of Rs 25,000 per month.
Top SEO Tips For Mobile App Developers To Improve Search Ranking
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is an activity that optimizes separate web pages or the whole website to make them amiable to obtain the higher ranking in the search results. QR codes help desktop visitors with easy application access and they are an emerging sign for mobile search engine rankings. As a Mobile app developer, you should issue a dedicated QR code for each application you develop.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick In Trouble Again After Leaked Video Berating Driver Surfaces
In a recent video, Kalanick is seen getting into a heated argument with one of his Uber driver, Fawzi Kamel, over Uber's fares. As per a report by Bloomberg, Fawzi has been driving for Uber since 2011 and wanted to draw attention to the plight of Uber drivers. The video shows Kalanick taking a black Uber earlier last month with his friends. One of his friend is seen in the video saying that Uber has had a 'tough last year'.
GETMYUNI- A Platform For Students to Find Right Path of Career
Choosing a career path is very important, but for most of us it had become confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Choosing a career can be difficult, you may be unsure of what is truly right for you. It is important to consider what education you already have or will have as you begin pursuing a career. GETMYUNI a platform which is helping students to find right college, help students in making the right decisions and also helps them to carry out that decision effectively.
Neverthink is a video app for when you really want to lean back
Neverthink might just be the most 'lean back' online video experience yet. The site takes content sourced from YouTube, Reddit and elsewhere and re-packages it into non-skippable channels. The result is a TV-like experience that, say its creators, is more on-demand distraction than on-demand video. In addition, the startup now has an editorial team, meaning that all channels go through manual curation as well.
Markdown Number 5 From Morgan Stanley: Flipkart's Valuation Falls To $5.37 Bn
As per new filings, Flipkart's valuation is pegged at about $5.37 Bn. This time, the Morgan Stanley mutual fund has assessed the value Flipkart's shareholding to $50.51 per share, as of December 2016, as compared to $52.13 per share in September 2016. In November 2016, investor Morgan Stanley had marked down the value of its Flipkart shares by 38.2% and pegged its valuation at $5.54 Bn. Morgan Stanley is not the only investor to have downgraded Flipkart's valuation.
The Idea That Made Me Quit Arguably The Best Company On Earth
I spent the majority of my time at Google helping schools adopt educational software in the classroom. I loved my work and felt that Google tools empowered educators to improve learning outcomes by leveraging the best that technology had to offer. To this day I have never met a teacher who went into education to manage IT headaches in the classroom. From my firsthand experience in classrooms, I know that kids learn best by doing real things.
San Francisco University Lays Off Its IT Workers, Outsourced Their Work To India
The University of California, San Francisco on Tuesday laid off 49 information technology (IT) employees and outsourced their work to a company based in India, ending a year-long process that has brought the public university under fire. The university announced the plan last July as a way to save $30 million over five years. The University of California system, which includes health care and research-focused UCSF, has been struggling to raise revenue and cut expenses.
3 Reasons Why You Should Advertise on Social Media
Social Media is cheaper than any form of advertising. Using social media to advertise means you can be adaptable. Social media means your adverts are what you make them. The point is, social media allows you to create YOUR brand the way YOU see it. Using your social media presence effectively is the most cost efficient way of getting your brand on the map - especially for a small business!
LIC Follows Digital India Path, Agents Will Get PoS Machine For Premium Collection
In a big push to digital payment drive, LIC is planning to provide Point of Sale (PoS) machines to its lakhs of agents who collect around Rs 1.5 lakh crore premium annually. To begin with, LIC plans to provide PoS machines to about 1.5 lakh agents that would be ramped up in the future, the official added. At the end of March 2016, there were 20.16 lakh agents of Life Insurance Corporation of India.
How To Master And Solve Network Marketing Rejections
I am going to give some insights on how to prepare yourself to face network marketing rejections daily, and also how to manage them professionally. It is called Network Marketing meaning you have to network with people and get to know a little about them before you approach them with your business opportunity. I sometimes accept because I want to know more people and increase my network. Here are some tips on how to master and solve network marketing rejections; 1.Your Presentation.
After arguing with Uber driver, Kalanick admits he needs leadership help
When Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick takes an Uber, he prefers a black car, the high-end service his company introduced in 2010. Kamel, 37, has been driving for Uber since 2011 and wants to draw attention to the plight of Uber drivers. In an email to staff Tuesday after publication of this story, Kalanick apologized to Kamel for treating him disrespectfully. This is the first time I've been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.
Inter-city Cab Rental Platform MyTaxiIndia Raises Funding
Inter-city cab rental platform MyTaxiIndia has raised an undisclosed amount from ZGC Global, a Dubai-based investor to expand its operations. The company plans to raise its next round of funding of about USD 5 million in the next four months. We would be raising up to USD 5 million. In July 2016, MyTaxiIndia had raised USD 1 million in bridge funding from existing investor Nihon Kotsu Co, a taxi rental company in Japan.
Hyperloop One and Indian Government Officials Lead First-Ever Summit on Hyperloop Technologies
Hyperloop One, the global leader in developing the world's first operational Hyperloop, convened a landmark innovation summit - The Hyperloop One Vision For India in New Delhi today. Hyperloop can reinvent and transform transportation in India, making the nation a global leader in innovation, efficiency, and regional economic growth. The Hyperloop concept has generated excitement and interest from start-ups around the world since it was first proposed in 2013.
India among the regions with highest potential: Hyperloop CEO
One of the top contenders for demonstrating this technology is Hyperloop One, which was founded in 2014 in Los Angeles. In an interview, the company's chief executive officer Rob Lloyd and senior vice-president global field operations Nick Earle talk about what brings them to India. We have been spending most of our time in validating some of the concepts in engineering, bringing the company to a certain point. Make and manufacture in India, in addition to vibrant IT sector infrastructure that has existed here.

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