Podcast — Interview Special: Stan Boland (Five)

In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Stan Boland, CEO of the UK-based autonomous driving startup Five. The company has been around since 2015, and I was really curious to learn more about its recent pivot and get a snapshot of what the industry is like these days.


Bristol-born AI company Graphcore raises $222 million at $2.77 billion valuation

Graphcore, the Bristol-based maker of a new microprocessor designed specifically for AI, has raised $222 million in a Series E funding round that values the company at $2.77 billion post-money. After closing, the company expects to have over $440 million of cash on hand to support growth, particularly international expansion and software development. This latest […]

Stealth Black

Helsinki’s Stealth Black raises €1.1 million for AI that ‘negotiates better than a human being’

Helsinki-based AI startup Stealth Black has raised €1.1 million to continue developing its technology “that negotiates better than a human being.” The funding came from Finnish VC Inventure and Denmark’s byFounders, as well as angel investors Mikko Hyppönen and Ali Omar. Founded this year, the company has trained its AI technology to see routine negotiations, […]


Croatian startup Microblink leaves bootstrapping behind; collects $60 million first round

Croatian computer vision company Microblink has taken on $60 million from US firm Silversmith Capital Partners, the first outside investment the seven-year-old startup has ever accepted. The new funding will accelerate product development, go-to-market plans and team expansion. The Zagreb-based company builds computer vision products that help businesses digitise documents, automate processes and eliminate manual […]


Swedish AI startup Kive raises €1.5 million to help creators manage and share visual content

Swedish startup Kive is building an AI-powered visual content library for creatives, so that filmmakers, designers, photographers, architects, fashion stylists, publishers and e-commerce brands have the software to support their work. EQT Ventures and Creandum just bet €1.5 million in seed funding on the idea. Powered by machine learning, the library tailors itself to the […]