The latest creation by Meerkat is a group video chat app called Houseparty. Since its launch in September, more than 1 million people have signed up to use the service — a pretty good comeback for a company that almost went under after Twitter terminated its API access.
Houseparty has drawn the attention of both young people and venture capitalists. Earlier this month, the company raised a $50 million round led by Sequoia, with participation from Aleph, Comcast Ventures, and Greylock Partners. Competing against services like Skype, Google Hangouts, and even Facebook Messenger, but its appeal may lie in its simplicity — people signal that they’re available to chat and that’s it!
Perhaps, we’ll see if Houseparty remains a popular app amid strong competition in 2017!
Founded by 17-year old Anton Klingspor who is a managing general partner at Indicina Ventures, a startup incubator who is providing funding and resources to internet companies of various stages, and exclusively select management from the most influential and motivated personalities of Generation Z. This successfully expanding company for tech geeks has accumulated many credentials over the past few years which includes; Apple, Microsoft, NCSA and etc.
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Intercoms aren't the sexiest home technology, but Nucleus founded by Jonathan Frankel the Co-founder and CEO wants to turn it into one of the most useful. Backed by Amazon, the startup built a touchscreen device that can be placed anywhere inside a home and responds to voice commands using Amazon's Alexa technology.
It's a lot more than a typical intercom: the Nucleus also lets you audio and video chat between rooms or with other homes that have the system. Plus, you can tap into Alexa to do things like read headlines or listen to music.
Using artificial intelligence to outsmart hackers, Cylance analyzes a file you're about to open, determine if it's malware, and then stop it from executing — all in less than a second. It solves the problem of email phishing scams, which are still a favorite method of hackers, and it says it has over 1,000 customers.
It’s most recent funding is about $177 million from Insight Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and others. Cylance was founded by Stuart McClure and Ryan Permeh, two well-known names in security who are perhaps best known for their work at McAfee.
Clarifai is a company that will be worth watching, not only because of what it does, but also because it possesses some valuable brainpower that could be appealing to a bigger company. It provides services to brands like Unilever, Trivago, 500px, Pond5, Curalate, and others. Started by Matt Zeiler, a former Google Brain intern considered to be quite the expert in machine learning, Clarifai specializes in visual recognition.
Earlier this year, the company introduced new tools that make it possible for developers to easily integrate visual recognition services into their apps, essentially turning itself in a platform. Artificial intelligence was all the rage in 2016, and we should expect more acquisitions and new developments in 2017!