Into Tech: Startups, Jobs, News, Tips (06/01)
Machine learning for drug discovery, autonomous vehicle opportunities, news thanks to AI, and more
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Without further ado, I present you this weeks content!
Newly Funded Startups
Machine Learning for Drug Discovery
Insitro is a machine-learning driven drug discovery and development company. Research and development of new drugs for diseases is expensive and time consuming so their goal is to use machine learning to help more quickly discover new pharmaceuticals. After raising $100 million a little more than a year ago, they’ve announced their Series B round, raising an additional $143 million.
Healthcare Tech for Women
Tia is building digital wellness apps, clinics, and telehealth services for women. They are working on building a better healthcare system for women, one that better understands and more closely caters to their specific healthcare needs. They announced a $24 million series A.
Synack is a crowdsourced security platform that utilizes augmented intelligence to discover and secure vulnerable applications. They build AI-enhanced tools and have a cohort of white hat hackers that other companies pay to help test their site’s cybersecurity. They raised $52 million in this last round (series D).
Junior Software Engineer, Integrations and Data Collection
Tenjin is a mobile marketing analytics and growth infrastructure company offering products and services for user acquisition and monetization.
Software Engineer - Automation, Tools & Infrastructure
Coda is reimagining documentation making it easier than ever for teams to collaborate in one place.
Software Engineer - New Grad
Applied Intuition provides software infrastructure to safely develop, test, and deploy autonomous vehicles.
What’s New in the Industry
Nuro, an autonomous delivery company, has partnered with CVS to handle curbside delivery of prescriptions and other goods. Don’t get too excited though, they are just launching their pilot in Houston so we will need keep our fingers crossed they expand quickly!
The next time you are in an office, you might be watched… Not by a human but by a sensor. VergeSense builds technology for real-time analysis of every floor, room, and desk in an office providing occupant counts and foot-traffic-triggered cleaning notifications. The company announced a $9 million fundraise claiming they are on track” to be up 500% quarter over quarter.
News, Brought to You by AI
Microsoft has announced they are laying off employees who curated news for MSN.com and Microsoft News. This move comes as they push their AI technology to do more selection of news and articles. Certainly, there should be concerns with giving AI the reins to decide what content to show, so it will be interesting to see how the field evolves. Look out for more companies working on technologies that can understand sarcasm, nuance, and factuality.
Tips & Tricks
Forbes released their 2020 Next Billion-Dollar Startups. Based on nominations from 300 venture capital firms, these are the startups those firms believe will be successful and reach Unicorn status (valued at $1 billion or more). If you are job hunting, go through this list and find the companies you like. Reach out to their recruiters and/or apply to their jobs. These companies should provide you many learning and growth opportunities.
Show off your skills and get hired! Rather than spending time hitting the apply button on hundreds of career pages, check out Triplebyte (referral link). How it works: you take quizzes to show off your skills and 450+ top tech companies such as Dropbox, Instacart, Robinhood, and Reddit can see your skills and fast track you to interviews and offers.
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