[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 04/04
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Excluded: The Holberton School raises $ 8 million from Daphni. This funding round should allow the school created by Julien Barbier and Sylvain Kalache to train more engineers than Stanford and Harvard universities combined.
Why this is important: Founded in 2015 by Julien Barbier and Sylvain Kalache, the Holberton School was launched in 2016 in San Francisco. The school’s mission is to train the computer engineers of tomorrow in two years. In February, Holberton School moved to new premises to accommodate 500 additional students each year.
Mobike’s “free-floating” bikes bought by Meituan-Dianping for $ 2.7 billion. The Chinese start-up claims a fleet of 10 million bicycles in circulation and 200 million users worldwide.
Why this is important: Now is the time for consolidation in the self-service bicycle sharing market without a station. While the press reported discussions with his rival Ofo for a merger, Mobike finally fell into the hands of the Chinese giant Meituan Dianping. Launched in April 2016 in Shanghai, the service developed by Mobike is now deployed in more than 200 cities around the world.
First major release for eFounders, with the acquisition of TextMaster by Technicis. TextMaster, a SaaS translation services solution, is acquired by the European number 3 in the sector.
Why this is important: TextMaster is a market place that connects customers seeking content, with writers ready to do writing, translation, correction, or production of branded content, in more than 50 languages or areas of expertise. . The operation also marks the first major release for eFounders: TextMaster was indeed part of the first eFounders promotion of the start-up studio created by Thibaud Elziere, cofounder of Fotolia, and Quentin Nickmans.
[Numbers] Over $ 3.6 billion raised for augmented and virtual reality start-ups. Four companies, including Magic Leap, have monopolized fundraising in the sector.
Why this is important: In the past 12 months, Magic Leap has raised nearly $ 1 billion ($ 502 million in Q4 2017 and $ 461 million in Q1 2018), Improbable has raised $ 502 million, Niantic, the company video game, raised $ 200 million and Unity notably raised $ 400 million in May 2017. The five largest transactions captured half of the funds collected by the sector, notes Tim Merel. Digi-Capital analyst explains “A fundamental shift in the fundraising market from virtual reality to augmented reality, as well as the very early dynamics of mobile AR have led to an acceleration in fundraising trends”.
Curved screens, motion detection: what will the iPhones of the future look like? Still in the testing phase, these technologies should not see the light of day for at least two years.
Why this is important: What will the iPhones of the future look like? They could have a curved screen and can be controlled with a simple touch of a finger, according to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg. Smartphone models follow one another and brands must go further in innovation in a crowded market. And if there is one company that is expected at the turn on this point precisely, it is Apple and its iPhones.