Amazon and Google double down on hands-free recipes to help sell their smart displays

Amazon and Google double down on hands-free recipes to help sell their smart displays

Amazon and Google have identified a solid use case for their smart speaker devices, powered by Alexa and Google Assistant, respectively: recipes. The companies this week have both announced new product features that aim to help users cook hands-free while guided by the voice assistant. Amazon this week rolled out Read more…

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The AI stack that’s changing retail personalization

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan Contributor Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan is Co-founder and CTO at Lily AI, a leading AI platform helping brands & retailers understand individual customer’s emotional context. Prior to joining Lily AI, Sowmiya helped to build Box and worked on numerous projects at Yahoo! and Pocket Games. Consumer expectations are Read more…

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

Ashwin Ramasamy Contributor Ashwin Ramasamy is the cofounder of PipeCandy, which provides algorithm-generated insights and predictions about ecommerce and D2C companies. His company helps investors, banks, tech firms and governments understand the global ecommerce landscape. @Ashwinizer More posts by this contributor Waiting for the right professional network It’s the end Read more…

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Corporate, public investments spur interest in Pacific Northwest startups

Cities have always been America’s centers of power, driving the economy forward through competition. But now, they’re ceasing to lead the country’s innovation. As jobs and talent have clustered, expertise has spilled over urban boundaries. In locations like the Gulf Coast, Texas Triangle, Great Lakes and Southern California, metropolitan areas Read more…

Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot

Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot

Add another one to the list of companies piloting small wheeled autonomous robots for small package and food delivery: Yandex . Russia’s search and services giant has expanded its ambitions in the world of autonomous transportation, building on its work with self-driving cars to deploy a six-wheeled robot that adopts Read more…

Ben Horowitz on shocking rules and dramatic object lessons

Ben Horowitz on shocking rules and dramatic object lessons

Ben Horowitz, co-founder of venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, has a new book out titled “What You Do Is Who You Are,” which takes a look at how to create culture at a company. We sat down with Horowitz last month to discuss some of the lessons he aims to impart Read more…