Jonathan Keane

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Productive Mobile raises €3.4 million for its automation software

Berlin automation software startup Productive Mobile has raised €3.4 million led by HV Holtzbrinck Ventures with participation from Hans Georg Näder, CEO of the Ottobock Group. The startup builds software for automating certain human processes but not completely replacing them. The field is known as Human Process Augmentation (HPA) and helps companies make simple applications […]

Israel’s Atidot raises $5 million for its insurance data analytics

Israeli data analytics company Atidot has raised $5 million led by Vertex Ventures with The DE Shaw Group, Moneta Seeds, and Bank Hapoalim participating in the Series A round. Atidot develops predictive analytics specifically for the life insurance sector, an industry worth roughly $597 billion in the US. The new influx of cash will be […]

Ireland’s Intercom raises $125 million at $1.2 billion valuation

Intercom, developers of customer communications tools, has raised $125 million in a Series D round that values the company at $1.275 billion. The round was led by Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers along with participation from Google Ventures. The company describes its products as being like messaging apps for businesses to more […]

Valohai raises $1.8 million for its machine learning platform-as-a-service

Finnish machine learning startup Valohai has raised $1.8 million led by Superhero Capital with participation from Reaktor Ventures and government funding agency Business Finland. Valohai develops an automated platform-as-a-service for organisations to use and scale machine learning-based solutions. Conventional machine learning development can take years to get rolling, according to the company. “Currently, every company […]

Nowi raises €1.5 million for its IoT power module technology

Dutch energy startup Nowi has raised €1.5 million in funding from Amsterdam VC firm Disruptive Technology Ventures. Nowi is developing a power module for IoT sensors that it claims won’t run out of power. “By getting energy from WiFi, GSM signals, light and movement that is all around us and effectively harnessing this to power […]

KissKissBankBank acquires French charity crowdfunder Goodeed

Goodeed, a French charity crowdfunding and donation startup, has been acquired by crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank. No terms for the deal were announced. Goodeed’s platform generates revenue from video ads and distributes this money to NGOs and charities. According to KissKissBankBank, which was acquired last year by French bank La Banque Postale, the platform will become […]