That adds to our existing support in Europe as we are already in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the U.K. Portugal’s 10 million citizens are no strangers to startup investment, with the country totting up 813 to date, according to Crunchbase. With 43 known startup rounds in the country so far in 2020, Greece is set to storm its 2019 total of 59. In the past 18 months, the country has seen around 38% of its all-time total known startup deals.
(Photo courtesy of Frank Catalano) Plenty of us have received an Amazon order in a box that dwarfs the item inside, making us scratch our heads in disbelief. Catalano indeed found his single order spread out over seven boxes, each containing a single Mio bottle and the requisite amount of plastic bubble wrapping. Catalano, an Amazon customer since 1999, has previously received multiple Mio in one box, including on May 8 when four bottles came in a single package.
(Photo via Microsoft) Microsoft corporate controller Alice Jolla will take over as chief accounting officer following the retirement of Frank Brod. Jolla will become Microsoft’s top accountant on July 31, though Brod will remain on through September to aid in the transition. Jolla has been a part of Microsoft’s finance and accounting teams since 2008 in various roles.
That compares to more 1.5 billion hours watched for YouTube’s live game streams (up 40%), 822 million hours for Facebook Gaming (up 49%), and 106 million hours for Microsoft Mixer (up 31%), according to the report from live streaming software company Streamlabs, using data from analytics company Stream Hatchet. In terms of production, total hours streamed by gamers and others, Twitch rose to 192.7 million hours for the quarter, up 58.7% — setting another new record and further extending its lead. Mixer was in second place for the quarter by that metric, at more than 36 million hours streamed, up 28.5% from the first quarter, but slightly below its peak in the first quarter of 2019, the report says.
App store research firm AppFlyer’s State of App Marketing In India report in December 2019 pointed out that almost 41% of the top 200 applications downloaded in 2019 were Indian. The Bengaluru-based company, which developed Chingari last year, has noticed over 100K downloads and over 2 Mn views per hour since the China-based app was banned. Next in line in India is popular file-sharing app SHAREit, which has over 400 Mn downloads and 1.5 Mn daily active users (DAU) in India.
Point is a consumer banking app combined with a debit card. The company uses Plaid to link your Point account with a third-party bank account. Let’s see if Point can convince customers who have yet to try out a challenger bank that Point is a better option.
European startup studio eFounders has looked back at the first half of 2020 to share some metrics about its portfolio companies. The startup studio that is focused on building software-as-a-service enterprise startups has now launched 25 companies in total. If you’re not familiar with eFounders, the company first comes up with an idea for a new company and hires a founding team.
Huawei and ZTE Accused Of Having Close Ties With Chinese Military FCC chairman Ajit Pai wrote on Twitter that both Huawei and ZTE have “close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus. Pai added that the ban on the two companies underlined the FCC and the US government’s commitment to “not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit vulnerabilities in US communications networks and compromise our critical communications infrastructure.” Interestingly, Pai’s assessment of Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese military are also shared by Indian intelligence agencies. India Might Be Pressured To Ban Chinese Telecom Firms The US decision to ban Huawei could have implications for India as well.
Vendia, as the new venture is called, combines the best of serverless and blockchain to help build a truly multi-cloud serverless platform for better data and code sharing. Shruthi Rao, Vendia co-founder and CBO (Image Credits: Vendia) “We are asking these partners to spin up Kubernetes clusters and install blockchain nodes. The first product Vendia is bringing to market is Vendia Share, a way for businesses to share data with partners (and across clouds) in real time, all without giving up control over that data.
The firm, which has $10 million in assets under management, will invest in three of Minneapolis’ biggest strengths: agriculture and food, health care and enterprise software. The firm is also interested in the “messy middle” of supply chain and logistics around food, said Bohl and is interested in a mix of software, hardware and biosciences. Within health care, the firm evaluates solutions focused on prevention versus treatment, female health startups working on maternal health and fertility and software focused on the aging population and millennials.