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Portugal's Faber reaches $24.3M for its second fund aimed at data-driven startups from Iberia – TechCrunch

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Portuguese VC Faber has hit the first close of its Faber Tech II fund at €20.5 million ($24.3 million). The fund will focus on early-stage data-driven startups starting from Southern Europe and the Iberian peninsula, with the aim of reaching a final close of €30 million in the coming months. The fund is backed by European Investment Fund (EIF) and the local Financial Development Institution (IFD), with a joint commitment of €15 million (backed by the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan and through the Portugal Tech program), alongside other private institutional and individual investors. Alexandre Barbosa, Faber's Managing Partner, said "The success of the first close of our new fund allows us to foresee a growth in the demand for this type of investment, as we believe digital transformation through Intelligence Artificial, Machine Learning and data science are increasingly relevant for companies and their businesses, and we think Southern Europe will be the launchpad of a growing number." Faber has already'warehoused' three initial investments.


Blockchain and AI - Convergence Technologies - Dinis Guarda

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"The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I'm not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast--it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five-year time frame.


Amazon Met With Startups About Investing, Then Launched Competing Products

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Inc.'s venture-capital fund invested in DefinedCrowd Corp., it gained access to the technology startup's finances and other confidential information. Nearly four years later, in April, Amazon's cloud-computing unit launched an artificial-intelligence product that does almost exactly what DefinedCrowd does, said DefinedCrowd founder and Chief Executive Daniela Braga.


Data Platform DefinedCrowd Raises $50.5m -- I-COM

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DefinedCrowd, which provides data to support the development of artificial intelligence (AI) products, has raised $50.5m in a Series B round of funding. As a result the firm aims to expand its existing solutions, launch new offerings, double its headcount, and open more R&D offices around the world. DefinedCrowd's founder and CEO Daniela Braga (pictured) comments: 'Closing this Series B funding round is an incredible validation of what we have achieved in just four-and-a-half years. Existing customers continue to demand more DefinedCrowd training data, while new clients are attracted by our growing reputation for high quality, fast delivery and data privacy. With this funding, we'll be able to continue with our plan for triple-digit expansion in 2020, allowing us to serve our clients even better'.


Marcelo Lombardo: 'Cloud management software is revolutionising small firms'

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Earlier this year, San Francisco-based venture capital firm Riverwood Capital invested US$ 20 million in Omie, a Brazilian start-up that provides small and medium businesses (SMBs) with an AI-powered business management software. Omie's genius idea was to focus on small firms, not served by larger management software services. By automating business functions, the company essentially eliminates the massive amount of paper work required in Brazil, a country notorious for red tape. "Cloud management platforms are revolutionising small and medium businesses in Brazil," says Marcelo Lombardo, Omie's CEO and founder. He spoke with LSE Business Review managing editor Helena Vieira on 5 November during the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Starting from the beginning, what does Omie do? Omie is a cloud management software for small and midsize businesses. We put together pretty much everything a small business owner needs for his daily life (financials, invoicing, inventory, manufacturing, etc).


How Businesses & Governments can prosper with Blockchain AI by Dini…

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About me: Dinis Guarda: author, CEO and founder Working / collaborating / advising the likes of Advisor: Founder board member: Books @dinisguarda 3. A Ledger - this is the present biggest tech tool in the world @dinisguarda 4. Cryptography - the heart DNA of tech The foundation for Blockchain @dinisguarda 5. Remember the internet in 1998 We are in the same stage when it comes to blockchain and AI @dinisguarda@dinisguarda 6. @dinisguarda Data digital ecosystems / marketplaces The world economy new gold standard powerhouses 7. Blockchain - AI Creating a Trusted Record and optimisation of Human, business, financial and governmental Data ID Action registration, ledger History @dinisguarda@dinisguarda 8. It's a digital data driven world Blockchain AI are the new fire and electricity why businesses & governments have to use it? We have Digital transformation blockchain AI but the global economy is not digitalised. Digital transformation gave us industry 4.0 tech & special blockchain AI But The Global economy is still in its early days of digital adoption. A big part of the world economy is not still full digitalised. Blockchain and AI tech are the foundational technologies for this new digitised data driven world!


The Present and Future of Blockchain and AI by Dinis Guarda

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The present and future of Blockchain & AI How Public and Private Sectors can holistically benefit from embracing blockchain AI tech Dinis Guarda, CEO and Founder ztudium Blocksdna - intelligenthq.com 2. About me: Dinis Guarda: author, CEO and founder Working / collaborating / advising the likes of Advisor: Founder board member: Books 3. 3 What is the DNA of our time? So what is the present and future of Blockchain and AI? by @DinisGuardaby @DinisGuarda 6. Blockchain AI are the new fire and electricity why businesses and governments have to use it? How to overcome barriers to Blockchain adoption? How to overcome barriers to blockchain cryptocurrency adoption?


Hacking the DNA of humanity with Blockchain and AI by Dinis Guarda

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About me: Dinis Guarda: author, CEO and founder Working / collaborating / advising the likes of Advisor: Founder board member: Books 3. What is the biggest challenge humanity faces now? by @DinisGuarda 4. 4 What is the DNA of our time? What happens when we can hack this code? As we digitise all society, ourselves and datify our own data ... we are / will leapfrog the very system of our human identity and society. Organic and digital DNA are merging. Scientists and technologists as they have access to its engineering have and are using DNA conventions to store books, recordings, GIFs, and planning things such as an Amazon gift card.


The Future of Finance Fintech, AI, Blockchain By Dinis Guarda

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About me: Dinis Guarda: author, CEO and founder Working / collaborating / advising the likes of Advisor: Founder board member: 3. 3 "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change" Charles Darwin by @DinisGuarda 4. 4 The future is always difficult to embrace and goes faster than we think! The 2d generation -- now is powered by blockchain AI technology -- and is bringing us the Internet of value and identity. We are now at a stage where digital platforms are the go to platform(s) reshaping the world of business, finance transforming 360 human affairs radically. Trust is established through mass collaboration and clever code rather than by powerful intermediaries like governments and banks."


Machine learning job: NLP Researcher at Casafari (Lisbon, Portugal)

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AI/ML Job: NLP Researcher NLP Researcher at Casafari Lisbon, Portugal (Posted Aug 9 2018) About the company Casafari tracks the entire real estate market by aggregating and matching propeties from over 2000 different sources. We provide both investors and real estate professionals with clean, hyper-local data in real time. Our clients identify the best investment opportunities. Agents close deals 10 times faster. Our clients see our meta search as Trivago for real estate, and the largest, cleanest artificial MLS in Europe.