Europe

Fintech startup N26 is announcing yet another international expansion move. The company plans to launch its bank of the future in the U.K. at some point during the first half of 2018. As N26 already has a German banking license, the company can also operate in the U.K. Without getting a separate license. British customers
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Sunlight, a London startup that offers an employee learning and development platform to let companies offer more bespoke professional development, has picked up £500,000 in seed backing. Leading the round is Speedinvest, with participation from previous backers Seedcamp, and Annection, amongst a number of individuals. Founded in 2016 by brothers Carlos and Juan Lagrange, Sunlight
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Ada Health, the AI-driven app which works a little like an ‘Alexa for health’, has raised a $47M (€40M) funding round led by Access Industries, Len Blavatnik’s global investment group. Joining the round in the Berlin-HQ’d startup was June Fund and Berlin-based Cumberland VC. Fascinatingly, William Tunstall-Pedoe, the AI entrepreneur who came up with the Siri-like
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“I’m a millennial, we did something bad to the HR market,” says Ben Reuveni, co-founder and CEO of Israeli career development and recruitment startup Workey. Part confessional, part company pitch, he argues that, different to the generation before it, millennials change jobs every two years, while so-called Generation Z are even more fickle. And although
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French startup Convargo is a marketplace for shippers and carriers so that you can find a truck and send goods across France more efficiently. The startup just raised a $19 million Series A round led by Inventure Partners and Earlybird. Tony Fadell, Patrick Sayer and Oskar Hartmann, Roger Crook, Clément Benoit and Romain Afflelou are
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There’s no shortage of companies — both legitimate businesses and the seemingly endless supply of spammers who’ve found my email address — promising to improve your performance in online search. But founder and CEO Ian O’Rourke said Adthena is doing something different, because it uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to create what it calls a “Whole
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Hiring engineers sucks and many, many companies are trying to leverage artificial intelligence to solve this issue. French startup HireSweet is focusing on finding you candidates who didn’t even think about applying to your company. The startup scans GitHub, Stack Overflow and other technical platforms to find the experts you’re looking for. HireSweet processes unstructured
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The fallout from the massive Equifax hack, publicly disclosed last month, continues: Today the UK’s financial watchdog said it also wants to get to the bottom of what happened. In a brief statement on its website today, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority said: “The FCA announces today that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding a
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Yandex, Russia’s homegrown Google rival — which offers a suite of similar products in its target non-U.S. markets, from search to webmail to maps — outed another equivalent offering earlier this month: An AI assistant. The Russian-speaking “intelligent assistant” — named Alice — utilizes machine learning and voice recognition tech to respond voice queries like asking it
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Blickfeld, a Munich-based startup developing a low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to let autonomous vehicles “see,” has raised $4.25 million in seed funding. The round was led by Fluxunit (the corporate venture arm of lighting company Osram), High-Tech Gründerfonds, Tengelmann Ventures, and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners, and will be used to speed up
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Consumer group Which? is unhappy with the U.K. data protection bill and has called on the government to amend the draft legislation to allow third-party organizations to seek collective redress for data breaches on behalf of consumers. In a statement, Alex Neill, MD of the group’s home products and services division, said: “Data breaches are now
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European fintech startup N26 has plans to expand beyond Europe. The company’s co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing today at the Money20/20 conference that N26 is going to launch in the U.S. around mid-2018 and has hired a handful of people who are already working in New York. “We’ve looked at the products in
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Ecommerce giant Amazon has announced a new research center in Germany focused on developing AI to improve the customer experience — especially in visual systems. Amazon said research conducted at the hub will also aim to benefit users of Amazon Web Services and its voice driven AI assistant tech, Alexa.  The center will be based in Tübingen, near
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Countingup, a new fintech startup from Tim Fouracre, who previously founded cloud accounting software Clear Books, wants to simplify the life of sole traders by reinventing the business bank account. Specifically, Fouracre’s vision is that for one-person enterprises, business banking and accounting software should be merged so that book keeping and filing accounts can be
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