Eric Vela

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Shares in the cloud computing company WANdisco surged on Monday as news of a record contract and an end to losses appeared to justify its founder David Richards’ stewardship.The company’s founder won a bruising leadership battle last year when WANdisco’s then chairman abruptly fired him after years of losses and share price declines, only for Mr Richards to return with support from big shareholders a week later.In a first-quarter trading update on Monday, WANdisco said it had cut cash burn to zero, a step towards profitability that will reassure investors about the company’s financial reserves.It also said it had signed a $4.1m (£3.2m) deal with an “major financial services multinational”, its biggest ever contract, sending shares up by 18pc.
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2017 is a time of serious political upheaval — but in the startup world, life must go on.Like the US, Europe has been shaken by populism over the past year, with Britain voting to leave the European Union in June 2016.The vote rocked the London tech community, widely regarded as the epicentre of the tech industry on the continent, with concerns ranging from potential hiring difficulties to the availability of venture capital to help startups grow.But the tech industry hasn't ground to a halt because of it.Startups need to sustain themselves and continue to grow — backed by a network of venture capital firms providing funding and guidance.Using data provided by tech and venture analysis firm Dealroom, Business Insider has ranked the 22 most prominent venture capital investors operating in Europe in 2017.So from Benchmark to Balderton Capital, here are the highest-profile VC firms in Europe today on the hunt for the next Spotify or Skype.A note on methodology: Unlike in previous years, where our European VC firm rankings have focused only on fund size, 2017's formula takes into account a number of factors, including deal activity, number of investments, number of exits, value of exits, European portfolio size, capital efficiency, and more.For the first time, the ranking also includes firms based outside of Europe that invest in the continent, as well as angel investors.You can read more about Dealroom's methdology here.
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Following Huawei’s admission that there are multiple different memory configurations in use on the P10, the company has quietly removed mention of UFS 2.1 from the Mate 9’s product page.In yesterday’s statement, Huawei noted that in all of its P10 marketing material “there has been no commitment to the use of only one specific flash memory”.But Huawei did make such a claim for the Mate 9.On previous versions of the official Mate 9 product page (which, coincidentally, uses the same Kirin 960 SoC as the P10), there was clear mention of both LPDDR4 and UFS 2.1, which you can see in the topmost image below.However, the section pertaining to UFS 2.1 has now been removed from several of Huawei’s global sites (I still see it on the US site, for example, but it’s gone on the UK site and several others).While we’re not necessarily saying Huawei is up to anything nefarious – this missing detail could be due to any number of reasons – we do have something potentially relevant to mention.
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Bildelningsföretaget Getaround som samarbetar med Uber har fått 45 miljoner dollar, eller drygt 400 miljoner kronor i en C-finansieringsrunda som letts av Braemar Energy Ventures.Även Toyota, Shanghai Automotives investeringsgren samt SAIC Capital deltog.Getarounds affärsidé är att låta bilägare hyra ut sina fordon när de inte används.Företaget inledde sitt samarbete med Uber i april och därigenom möjliggörs att personer som inte äger en bil kan registrera sig som en Uber-förare.
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Apple has set the goal to only use recycled materials in their new products for environmental reasons.It is clear from the company's environmental report, the Environmental Responsibility Report, which Techcrunch has taken part of.the Report comes the day before Earth Day and have already received criticism from Greenpeace, who argue that the goal is not enough.The stresses that the company must also ensure that their products last longer and are easier to repair, according to the tekniksajten.Apple writes in a comment to the report that they "challenge themselves to a day to make themselves independent of the mines entirely".the Company's vice president for environmental policy and justice issues, says Vice News that "we have done something we rarely do, to go out with a goal before we fully know how we are going to implement it".
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Datakeskustoimialan vaikutuksia Suomen talouteen on selvitetty tuoreessa raportissa.Ala voi ennusteen mukaan kasvaa 33 000 henkeä työllistäväksi alaksi vuoteen 2025 mennessä, arvioidaan Googlen tilaamassa selvityksessä.Copenhagen Economics arvioi, että ala tulisi tuottamaan Suomelle 2,3 miljardia bruttokansantuotetta tuohon mennessä.Googlen tiedotteen mukaan raportti on tuotettu yhteistyössä valtioneuvoston kanslian sekä työ- ja elinkeinoministeriön kanssa.Siinä listataan neljätoista konkreettista suositusta Suomelle, muun muassa sopivan koulutuksen järjestämisestä.Tällä hetkellä datakeskusala työllistää 11 200 henkeä eli työntekijöitä tarvitaan lähivuosina alalle reilusti lisää.
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– Vi drivs av kundbeteende och kundförväntan och försöker anpassa kundupplevelsen utifrån varje enskild kund.75 procent av TUI:s resor säljs via nätet och allt fler bokar sina resor via mobila enheter.Företaget har en responsiv hemsida med e-handel som nav, en mobilapplikation, närvaro i flera sociala mediekanaler och satsar aktivt på sökoptimering.Strategin är att finnas där kunderna är, och att de ska kunna förflytta sig från enhet till enhet och fortfarande få samma upplevelse.Vi tänker oss kundresan från det att man börjar fundera på sin resa, till det att man åker hem och återupplever sin resa samt delar minnena med andra, berättar Susanne Kaarnimo-Knight.Webbutvecklingsteamet jobbar med kundresan i åtanke istället för att prata enbart om tekniska lösningar.
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Tesla has a vision to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, the mission is probably nothing that the trade union IG Metal parts.It has Tesla's ceo Elon Musk pointed out in a letter to employees in a recently acquired German robotic unit Grohmann Engineering as the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.Read more: Strejkhot at Tesla's German robotenhetIn the letter, he gave at the same time, a job guarantee for the employees at the Grohmann.Tesla does not see in front of some of the personnel reductions or layoffs in the next five years.When the Grohmann has an important role for elbilstillverkaren is the plan in place to increase production and staff at the Grohmannfabriken in Prüm, announced the Tesla-ceo in the letter.
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The Toyota Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle is so far a niche vehicle, but that hasn’t stopped Toyota from dreaming big — really big.Project Portal is a proof of concept semi truck that runs on a scaled-up version of the Mirai’s powertrain.The Mirai is an four-door car, though, with a maximum weight of two tons.The proof of concept vehicle needs to haul 80,000 pounds, the combined gross vehicle weight of a big rig.Twice, according to Tak Yakoo, a senior executive engineer at Toyota.“But we only use twice as much fuel cell and a relatively small battery.” The battery modules are flexible, so you can add more for a huge truck or fewer for a little passenger car or SUV.
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Much like John Malkovich, the star of the Super Bowl ad they made for Squarespace, John McKelvey and Hannes Ciatti—eponymous leaders of New York startup agency JohnXHannes—are multifaceted makers.The Australia-bred ex-Droga5 pair launched their shop, which they call a “creative collective,” in early 2016.They’re committed to keeping the core team small—it’s just the two of them, plus a head of production.The structure keeps them close to the production—the actual making—of everything they do.Their sweet spot is brand partnerships with athletes, celebrities and influencers.Along with the Malkovich work (they helped launch his fashion line on Squarespace and amplified it with the Super Bowl spot), has helped R/GA Hustle with Beats by Dre’s music and athlete partnerships, including a Euro 2016 ad with footballers reenacting Prodigy’s “Firestarter” video.
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Still, Netflix said it is expecting to add 600,000 domestic subscribers and 2.6 million international subscribers in the second quarter.That would bring it over the hump to get it past that 100 million mark that — again — may be some kind of signal of faith for the company as it looks to continue growing internationally amid heavy spend on content.The subscriber numbers are more or less the key part of Netflix’s business because it’ll determine whether or not it can level off the spend on content to grow and keep users around against the revenue it generates from those subscribers.Getting that growth up is going to be even more important given the amount of money Netflix has to invest to get those subscribers to stick around and gather new ones.Netflix can be prone to major swings in its stock price based on the subscriber numbers it delivers every quarter.Near-term, things might not have looked that great, but the better-than-expected guidance seems enough to buoy enough major suspicions about its future potential.
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I feel SEO has a reputation for being meticulous and painstaking.And perhaps that’s true to a certain extent.The initial phases of an SEO campaign can, in fact, be grueling.
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Here's our brief weekly roundup of the newest video to hit the major online streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and wherever else we can dig something up.Hit play below -- we've folded in some trivia so you'll know more about what you're watching.For more information on what's available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast -- it's free!And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.
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The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, an organization whose mission is to end domestic violence through education, has released a powerful PSA campaign that illustrates how kids who live with abusive parents can end up becoming abusers themselves as adults if they don’t receive help and guidance at an early age.Created by Gyro, the ‘End the Cycle’ PSA opens with a man yelling at someone on his phone while sitting in the driver’s seat of his car.As he yells things like “you disgust me” and “you’re a terrible mother,” another man sitting in the backseat repeats his words verbatim.At the end of the spot, it’s revealed that the man sitting in the back of the car is actually a grown-up version of the abusive man's young son, driving home the point that children can end up adopting their parents’ destructive habits if they don’t get proper counseling and support.The PSA ends with the message: “What they see, they become.”“Domestic violence is a national tragedy that remains mostly hidden behind closed doors, affecting families in all communities,” said Joe Torre, founder of the Safe At Home Foundation and Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer, in a statement.
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SEO for businesses in 2017 will be revolutionary.Within the space of 3 years, it has become significantly easier to find businesses, stores or items nearby, creating a shift in user’s intent and search behavior.Users no longer have to include their location in search queries, such as inputting “coffee shops in Queens” into Google.This trend has given way to the “near me” search query – Google “coffee shop near me” while in Queens, and Google will fetch coffee shops in your local area.Below are a few things to note when optimizing for local SEO in 2017.1: Title tags and meta descriptions still work
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Företaget beskriver sin lösning som jordbrukets schweiziska armékniv.I praktiken innebär den en container med utrustning och verktyg som behövs för att driva ett mindre jordbruk.Tanken är att containern ska placeras där jordbruket ska bedrivas, utrustningen monteras upp och sedan kan odlingen börja.Varje container kommer med solcellspaneler med en installerad toppeffekt om 3 kW, droppbevattningssystem och vattenpump som antingen kan användas i en grundvattenbrunn eller anslutas till ett kommunalt vattensystem.Elen från solcellerna driver vattenpumpen och bevattningssystemet och kan också lagras i batterier.Containrarna är utrustade med sensorer som kontrollerar att systemen fungerar som de ska.
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On lukuisia syitä välttää kotien älylaitteita, Sami Mäkeläinen sanoo.”10 vuotta sitten ajattelin, että jos rakennan kodin, sinne tulee kaikki mahdolliset etäkontrolloitavat älylaitteet”, sanoo australialaisen telejätin Telstran strategiayksikössä työskentelevä Sami Mäkeläinen.Kun Mäkeläisen talo vihdoin rakennettiin, siellä ei ole ainuttakaan älylaitetta.Syyksi hän nimeää kolme perustavaa laatua olevaa ongelmaa.Ensinnäkään ne eivät tuo nettohyötyä: valojen, sälekaihtimien tai ilmastoinnin ohjaaminen puhelimella hankaloittaa niiden käyttöä.Yhdysvaltojen hallitus haastoi juuri reititinvalmistajan oikeuteen, sillä laitteet sisälsivät perustavanlaatuisia tietoturvariskejä.”
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VMware says it has upped flash IO performance by half with the latest vSAN version, as well as adding myriad point feature updates.The software is built to provide a virtual SAN by aggregating the locally-attached storage of a cluster of VMware host nodes into a shared block-access resource.It is the fundamental storage component in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) gear such as Dell EMC’s VxRail and the VMware-supporting version of Nutanix’s HCI.VMware claimed VSAN 6.6 has 50 per cent higher all-flash IOPS performance per host than the prior version - think 150,000 IOPS/host - which should help business-critical and next-generation workloads.The next-generation workload improvements includes vSAN for Photon being available in Photon Platform 1.1 and a Docker Volume Driver delivering support for multi-tenancy, policy-based management, snapshots and clones.VMware told us vSAN 6.6 has support for Intel 3D XPoint NVMe SSDs, and 1.6TB SSDs used as caching drives.
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"The future is here", claims Slovakian flying car manufacturer Aeromobil, which will reveal its first commercially available vehicle at the Top Marques show in Monaco on 20 April.Aptly named the Aeromobil Flying Car, the vehicle will be shown off in person for the very first time in Monaco on 20 April, some 27 years after the company began developing a car which works on the road as well as it does in the sky.Powered by a hybrid motor, the vehicle complies with existing regulatory framework for both cars and planes, while foldable wings mean even city-centre driving should be possible.The company, which scooped up $3.2m (£2.6m) in additional investor funding on 9 April, said the flying car "heralds in a new era in efficiency and exciting travel, offering users an unparalleled choice of transport on the road or in the air."Aeromobil believes the commercial availability of its car will make personal transport "vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel for medium distance trips and in areas with limited or missing road infrastructure."Although performance statistics and the price are being kept a secret until the big reveal on 20 April, Aeromobil is confident that the flying car will be available to pre-order later in 2017.
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