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Spire Technologies, a big data startup based in Bangalore that helps customers manage current and future talent requirements using a contextual search engine, has raised $8 million in Series A funding from an unnamed institutional investor.
Saurabh Jain, the founder of Spire, said that this investor has requested two-months embargo before his name can be made public. The financing will be used to hire more data scientists, engineers and also bolster sales, marketing efforts.
Started in 2008, Spire has raised $1 million to date in seed funding from several angel investors. This series A funding, valued Spire at $23 million based on an annual revenue of about $400,000.
Jain said that one of the key differentiators for Spire is that its solution can be used to not just recruit fresh talent, but also in detecting and preventing employee frauds, CRM and market intelligence. Spire’s list of customers include IT services companies Atos, Cognizant Technology Solutions, and JDA Software. To date, Spire has processed nearly 700,000 candidates for these customers.
SAP’s SuccessFactors and Oracle’s Taleo seem to be decent rivals for Spire, when it comes to the recruitment and talent management market.
With nearly three million engineers in the Indian IT industry, employers such as Cognizant and JDA are always looking for ways to reduce time taken in hiring candidates because they are under pressure to deliver software projects faster. Spire helps these companies identify talent with required skills, and matches them with the projects they can execute, all in real time.
“Our contextual engine is also able to map potential candidates, both from outside and within a company, against projects in the pipeline. This helps them reduce the number of staff sitting on the bench and improve profitability,” said Jain.
With fresh money, Spire plans to tap into U.S. and other Asian markets. However, unlike the Indian market, where its customers need help in sifting through thousands of candidate profiles and matching them with relevant projects, companies in U.S. are not always looking to hire in thousands.
But Spire is betting on its big data, contextual search engine to offer solutions beyond just smart recruitment for customers in U.S. and elsewhere. Employee fraud detection and prevention, is one of them. Spire wants to become ‘Palantir‘ for its customers, and use the big data engine in tackling challenges beyond recruitment and talent management. But that would require testing Spire’s current engine in situations it has not dealt with before.
Ottawa-based Shopify has already raised a considerable amount of money, especially for a Canadian company, and its Series C round continues that theme: The e-commerce company has raised $100 million from existing investors, as well as new ones, including OMERS Ventures and Insight Venture Partners; the goal is to help Shopify drop the ‘e’ and embrace all kinds of commerce, for all kinds of merchants, in all kinds of settings.
This $100 million round adds to the $22 million Series A and B rounds raised by the company in 2010 and 2011, both of which came considerably late compared to the startup’s original founding back in 2006. Shopify has had a revenue model since day one, however, and anticipates exceeding $1.5 billion in products sold via its platform this year. That’s more than double its $750 million in revenue last year, which makes sense because it has jumped from around 40,000 shops operating on its platform last year to over 80,000 at present.
“In terms of why we’re raising, we’ve talked about what we see as the future of retail,” explained Harley Finkelstein, Shopify’s chief product officer. “There’s kind of this concept that the future of retail is online vs. offline, or just online. We don’t actually believe that; what we believe is that the future of retail is all about consumer choice.”
Consumers want to be able to buy in-store after shopping online, go see products at retail locations and buy online afterwards, or do some other combination of the two. They want their retailers to be able to provide them with that kind of experience, according to Finkelstein. So to help their clients accomplish that, the next goal of Shopify is to “transition from an e-commerce company to a commerce company,” he says. Moving from online to more involvement in in-store sales efforts isn’t going to be cheap, even if you take a relatively hardware-light approach.
Shopify’s goal is to serve a merchant’s needs wherever they need to sell – online, from a storefront, at a festival or show, or just when they happen upon a chance customer. To serve those ends, the company has already created a point-of-sale system and Square-style mobile card reader, both of which were released earlier this year. Finkelstein suggested we’ve only seen the beginning of the product rollout to support its new mission, and said to watch out for further developments coming out of this funding to be revealed next year.
I asked Finkelstein about how Shopify feels about launching initiatives that put it head to head with strong players in the space, including Square. The answer lies in Shopify’s roots, which are firmly planted in online shopping. Square’s DNA is in offline, so Finkelstein says there’s an opportunity for a company to step up and recognize that there’s little to no line left between those two things for a lot of small- to medium-sized merchants.
“There are these players, for example Square which is firmly focused on the offline market, and you have guys like Etsy who are focused on the online market, and you have others that are just focused on mobile,” he explained. “But you have no one out there who’s really putting this all together. Our view is that Shopify is sort of that hub right in the middle, and one spoke might be your online store, one spoke may be your offline store, and one spoke may be your mobile device, and one spoke may be cross-selling on Amazon marketplace, but it all ties into Shopify.”
To that end, Shopify has been experimenting with real world retail to glean lessons about how best to operate at that nexus. PopifyTO, an event held recently with a pop-up shop in Toronto’s Kensington Market district, is a perfect example. “We know the online world pretty well, but we want to learn as much as we can about the offline world, so this year you saw a couple things from us around that,” Finkelstein said, referring to Popify as well as the launch of Shopify mobile.
Shopify’s run rate and growth are putting it on track to be one of Canada’s top tech companies, especially in light of a waning BlackBerry. It’s currently at 320 employees, up from 120 last year, and anticipates growing to over 500 next year spread across its Toronto and Ottawa offices. This huge raise is just the most recent evidence that it is quite possible the Canadian tech company to watch.
Looking for the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season? Another Miley Cyrus parody, this time with a Christmas twist, has come in like a wrecking ball — it even brought the eggnog and three-flavored popcorn tin.
Comedians Dave and Brian sing the chorus, "I really wanna deck the halls," as Santa swings on a wrecking ball-sized Christmas ornament with a little too much Cyrus-like reckless abandon.
Despite Santa's own poor choices throughout video, the comedians seem to be generally condemning Miley's life choices as they ominously croon, "don't be scandalous/ like Miley Cyrus/ Santa is watching you." It looks like a certain tongue-flicking pop star is getting nothing but coal in her stocking this year. Read more...More about Viral Videos, Miley Cyrus, Santa, Christmas, and Watercooler
Doctors prescribe hydrocodone for pain. They recommend ranitidine for acid reflux, a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide for congestive heart failure.
But you don’t need a prescription to get these drugs in tiny doses. They're found already in our nation's water supply — and, according to an upcoming national study, the largest done so far, in higher amounts than drug companies anticipated.
We know how the drugs get there: Our bodies release them when we urinate or flush old drugs down the toilet. And it’s well known by now that pharmaceuticals are affecting fish, frogs and — small amounts of estrogen cause male fish to develop eggs, for instance. But the impact on human health is unclear. Although research on pharmaceuticals in the water supply began almost a decade ago, no one seems to know which compounds need to be removed or how to remove them from the water safely. And no one seems to know which government agency should step forward and take action. Read more...More about Research, Health, Science, Water, and Prescription Drugs
Here's a moment Marvey'o Otey will remember for the rest of his life
Otey plays for William Byrd High School in Virginia. During a recent game, he sprinted after a wild pass. Just before going out of bounds, he blindly flung a behind-the-back shot toward the general vicinity of the rim. Astoundingly, the throw found the bottom of the net. By that time, however, Otey had already left building — his momentum had carried him out of the gym door before his preposterous shot even went in
The YouTube clip above became a massive hit with sports fans online on Wednesday morning, reaching the top of Reddit's sports section. No matter where basketball does or doesn't take Otey in the future, he'll always have this highlight of a lifetime Read more...More about Entertainment, Videos, Sports, and Watercooler
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Take a look at the top YouTube videos for 2013.
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Gravity held audiences breathless, shattering box office records along the way, and fans lined up for Hunger Games: Catching Fire with such fervor that it stole the Thanksgiving weekend box office record from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Films such as 12 Years a Slave and Fruitvale Station handled difficult subject matters with grace, and animated hits Despicable Me 2 and Frozen provided laughter and delight for audiences of all ages. Read more...More about Entertainment, Polls, Community, Movies, and Film
According to information once again leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency secretly targets suspects using the same tool that allows advertisers to target consumers — small files known as “cookies.” In fact, the Washington Post has released more classified slides, revealing that the NSA has found a way to use Google’s own cookies (“GooglePREF”) to pinpoint users.
According to The Post, Google’s cookies don’t track personal information, such as name or email address. However, they can identify a user’s browser activity, which is why some users may see an ad for a product they’ve searched for previously on the web.
In response to privacy concerns, Google allows users to opt-out of some cookie-tracking (instructions here).
“On a macro level, ‘we need to track everyone everywhere for advertising’ translates into ‘the government being able to track everyone everywhere,” UC Berkeley Law Lecturer Chris Hoofnagle told The Post. “It’s hard to avoid.”
As with many of the revelations about NSA spying, the impacts to individual users are uncertain. While the NSA does collect user information in bulk, it often requires a judge’s approval to query the database and analyze it. However, there have been several instances of privacy violations, including agents spying on ex-lovers and targeting suspects that judges would later find to be unreasonable.
Cookies would potentially allow the NSA to track individuals’ surfing habits and, perhaps, use of Google products, such as Maps. The slides show that the NSA shares this targeted information with a handful of internal divisions and with its British counterpart, GCHQ. By combining information from cellphone location data logs, call logs, and email habits, the agency might be able to better target suspects from the volumes of information it collects every day.
It is unclear whether pending federal legislation would impact this particular tactic. A suite of laws propose to end bulk information collection, create more oversight, and release gag orders. However, leveraging Google cookies appears more targeted than previous leaks about indiscriminate collection of user data.
In any case, Congress goes on holiday break soon, so any reforms will have to compete for attention in the busy new year. Good luck with that.
Instagram is holding a mystery press event Thursday morning in New York City, and Mashable is covering all the action live.
Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom will be in attendance, which means the announcement will be significant
What do you think Instagram will reveal at its event? Sound off in the comments, below.
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Daily Roundup: SteamOS release, holiday gift guide for the geek, Z Ultra Google Play edition and more!
In the past, free Spotify users could only access Spotify Radio on mobile devices and tablets, but like other radio services, this prevented them from listening to a specific artist or music in their own playlists. The new offering expands on-demand listening to free users on tablets, and allows smartphone users to listen to their own playlists or music from a specific artist in shuffle mode.
Spotify created the following chart, which shows the access options that users have: Read more...More about How To, Streaming Music, Spotify, Music, and Tech
Video distribution startup Ooyala raised another $43 million today, in a round of funding led by Australian telecom service provider Telstra. The funding brings the total amount raised to more than $120 million, and buys the company some time before it might have to go public. Ooyala customers include ESPN, Fox Sports, Pac-12 Network, and, uh, Telstra.
Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters have rallied in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, over the past weeks, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
This most recent round of protests stem from an amnesty bill — introduced in August and amended in November — that would allow for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's older brother, to re-enter the country without going to jail.
Thaksin has been in self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom since 2008. He fled to avoid corruption charges two years after he was removed from government in a bloodless coup, and has since been sentenced to two years in prison. News of the bill awakened deep-seated mistrust in the government, resulting in riots that have left five dead and hundreds injured. Read more...More about Thailand, Protest, Us World, World, and Pics