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You.com lands $20M Seed to reimagine the search engine

You.com lands $20M Seed to reimagine the search engine

Richard Socher, former chief scientist at Salesforce, and his co-founders at You.com have been on a mission over the last year to build a different type of search engine, and today the company is releasing a public beta, while announcing a hefty $20 million seed investment. The new search engine doesn’t use a scrolling vertical set of results as you see on every search engine out there. Socher and team wanted to throw out assumptions and come up with something entirely new. “The design actually took a lot of iterations. and we tried to have a beginner’s mindset and tried to really...

Nov 9
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Eight years into his tenure, Satya Nadella looks to diversify

Eight years into his tenure, Satya Nadella looks to diversify

It’s easy to forget that Microsoft used to stumble from time to time, especially when you look at its gaudy $2 trillion market cap today. Around 2010, four years before Satya Nadella would succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO, the company pretty much completely missed the mobile boat. When Nadella came on board as CEO eight years ago, his mission seemed to be to make damn sure the company didn’t make the same mistake with the cloud. One way to do that would be to throw money at the problem, and just buy the companies to make the path easier. Since its founding, Microsoft has acquired 250...

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Dell is spinning out VMware in a deal expected to generate over $9B for the company – TechCrunch

Dell is spinning out VMware in a deal expected to generate over $9B for the company – TechCrunch

announced this afternoon that it’s spinning out , a move that has been . Dell acquired VMware as part of the (announced as $67 billion) in 2015.The way that the deal works is that Dell plans to offer VMware shareholders a special dividend of between $11.5 and $12 billion. As Dell owns approximately 81% of those shares that would work out to somewhere between $9.3 and $9.7 billion coming into Dell’s coffers when the deal closes later this year.“By spinning off VMware, we expect to drive additional growth opportunities for Dell Technologies as well as VMware, and unlock significant value for...

April 14, 2021
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Slack wants to be more than a text-based messaging platform – TechCrunch

Slack wants to be more than a text-based messaging platform – TechCrunch

Last October as was preparing , the company began thinking about different ways people could communicate on the platform. While it had built its name on being able to integrate a lot of services in a single place to alleviate the dreaded task-switching phenomenon, it has been largely text-based up until now.More recently, Slack has started developing a few new features that could bring different ways of interacting to the platform. CEO Stewart Butterfield discussed them on Thursday with former TechCrunch reporter Josh Constine, now a SignalFire investor, .The talk was about the future of...

March 26, 2021
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Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky is returning to AWS to replace Andy Jassy as CEO – TechCrunch

Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky is returning to AWS to replace Andy Jassy as CEO – TechCrunch

When that Jeff Bezos was moving into the executive chairman role, and AWS CEO Andy Jassy would be taking over the entire Amazon operation, speculation began .People considered a number of internal candidates viable, such as Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure at AWS and Matt Garman, who is vice president of sales and marketing. Not many would have chosen Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky, but sure enough he is returning home to run the division he left in 2016.In an , Jassy wasted no time getting to the point that Selipsky was his choice, saying that the former employee when...

March 23, 2021
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Aquarium scores $2.6M seed to refine machine learning model data – TechCrunch

Aquarium scores $2.6M seed to refine machine learning model data – TechCrunch

, a startup from two former Cruise employees, wants to help companies refine their machine learning model data more easily and move the models into production faster. Today the company announced a $2.6 million seed led by Sequoia with participation from Y Combinator and a bunch of angel investors, including Cruise co-founders Kyle Vogt and Dan Kan.When the two co-founders, CEO Peter Gao and head of engineering Quinn Johnson, were at Cruise they learned that finding areas of weakness in the model data was often the problem that prevented it from getting into production. Aquarium aims to...

February 24, 2021
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What Andy Jassy’s promotion to Amazon CEO could mean for AWS – TechCrunch

What Andy Jassy’s promotion to Amazon CEO could mean for AWS – TechCrunch

Blockbuster news struck late this afternoon when Amazon announced as CEO of Amazon, the company he built from a business in his garage to worldwide behemoth. As he takes on the role of executive chairman, his replacement will be none other than AWS CEO Andy Jassy.With Jassy moving into his new role at the company, the immediate question is who replaces him to run AWS. Let the games begin. Among the names being tossed about in the rumor mill are Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure at AWS and Matt Garman, who is vice president of sales and marketing. Both are members of...

February 2, 2021
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RedHat is acquiring container security company StackRox – TechCrunch

RedHat is acquiring container security company StackRox – TechCrunch

RedHat today announced that it’s acquiring container security startup . The companies did not share the purchase price.RedHat, which is perhaps best known for its enterprise Linux products has been making the shift to the cloud in recent years. for a hefty $34 billion and has been leveraging that acquisition as part of under CEO Arvind Krishna.The acquisition fits nicely with RedHat OpenShift, its container platform, but the company says it will continue to support StackRox usage on other platforms including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. This approach is consistent with strategy of...

January 7, 2021
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IBM is acquiring APM startup Instana as it continues to expand hybrid cloud vision – TechCrunch

IBM is acquiring APM startup Instana as it continues to expand hybrid cloud vision – TechCrunch

As transitions from software and services to a company fully focussed on hybrid cloud management, it announced  its intention to buy , an applications performance management startup with a cloud native approach that fits firmly within that strategy.The companies did not reveal the purchase price.With IBM can build on its internal management tools, giving it a way to monitor containerized environments running Kubernetes. It hopes by adding the startup to the fold it can give customers a way to manage complex hybrid and multi-cloud environments.“Our clients today are faced with managing a...

November 18, 2020
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Celonis acquires Czech startup Integromat to accelerate move to process automation – TechCrunch

Celonis acquires Czech startup Integromat to accelerate move to process automation – TechCrunch

began as a company to help customers understand how work flowed through their company by building a process map. This was valuable in itself, but the next logical step was to not only analyze the processes, but find ways to make them more efficient. Today, the company announced it has acquired Czech startup to help speed up the automation side of the house, which they startedThe terms of the deal were not disclosed, but co-founder and CEO Alexander Rinke said the deal was over $100 million. “It was a three-digit amount of over $100 million. We can’t disclose the exact price, but we’re just...

October 14, 2020
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