UK-based AI chipmaker Graphcore scores $200 million in funding from BMW, Microsoft and others at a $1.7 billion valuation

Bristol, UK-based semiconductor company Graphcore has raised $200 million in a new equity funding round from investors including Atomico, Microsoft and BMW i Ventures, valuing the company at $1.5 billion pre-money (via FT).  Graphcore, which had raised roughly $100 million before this round, designs chips for for artificial intelligence applications and says it recently started […]

People analytics firm Saberr scores £1 million in new funding

London-based Saberr, a staff analytics platform to improve company performance, has raised £1 million from Angel CoFund and angel investors. The startup declined to name its angels. Saberr’s algorithm is used by businesses to gauge if a new employee is right for their team by measuring data from online presences, including dating sites, and “classical […]

UK fintech firm Bango inks deal with Microsoft to put carrier-billed payments on Windows 10 devices

Cambridge, UK-based (and London Stock Exchange-listed) mobile payments company Bango has inked a deal with Microsoft to deliver carrier-billed payments across Windows 10 devices, enabling Windows Store customers to get charged for apps and digital content via their phone bills. Windows 10 is now ‘active’ on over 200 million devices worldwide, though this includes non-PC […]