Monthly Archives: April 2015

How Instagram’s emoji hashtags became the new political organizing tool

Campus Job, Connecting College Students With Employers, Raises $7.8 Million In Series A

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Nearly eight months after launching a platform to connect college students with local job opportunities, Campus Job has raised a $7.8 million Series A round of funding led by General Catalyst Partners, with participation from Index Ventures, Box Group, SV Angel, Slow Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and others.

The company originally launched with a model that allowed students to sign up on the platform and look for part-time work nearby, while companies who were looking to hire had to pay to unlock each listing they posted once qualified applications had come through. In January, the startup pivoted to a new model that asked companies to pay extra for more advanced search criteria, upping the cost of unlocking applicants’ profiles.

Campus Job has also recently added full-time job search for seniors, with partners that include Snapchat, Zenefits and Yelp. The company says that it’s seeing 10,000 new students each week and…

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Microsoft’s Project Oxford Gives Developers Access To Facial, Image And Speech-Recognition APIs

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Microsoft quietly launched a set of new machine-learning APIs in beta under the “Project Oxford” moniker yesterday. These new APIs allow developers to add face detection and recognition features to their apps, as well as speech recognition with the ability to understand the speaker’s intent. The project also features a vision API for automatically categorizing images and creating smart image crops that always put the subject into the center of the cropped images.

These three services are now available as a public beta. There’s also a fourth API that lets developers build custom language understanding into their applications.

Previously, Microsoft offered a set of somewhat similar APIs under the Bing brand. Bing offers a speech and translator API, for example, but for the most part, these Bing services are somewhat more basic and search-focused than the Project Oxford tools.

To showcase Project Oxford’s Face API, Microsoft built How-Old.net. This site…

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ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

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Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz.

The company started out as an email-tracking tool, but founder and CEO Tawheed Kader told me that his team discovered that salespeople “used the product the most, complained the least, and stuck around the longest.” So ToutApp decided to do a “zoom-in pivot” and focus on that customer base.

It was’t an immediate decision, Kader said — sure, it’s easy to see a business in selling software to sales teams, but was it something he and his employees could get excited about? Ultimately, he said they decided, “We love our customers and we think the idea of a salesperson is also changing for the better, sales culture is changing for the better. We can be the company that essentially builds a religion for salespeople that elevates the sales game.”

To be clear, ToutApp…

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Every Election is The Most Important One

The Most Important Election