Verification needs to be required on all offers not just auction bids

 The Domains: So earlier in the week we saw the 2 million pound bid on cancelled. Some wondered how could this happen? Sedo makes people submit to greater verification to bid 10,000 or more. Additional Certification may be required: Please note that in order to place bids above 10,000.00 EUR, an additional certification is required a…

Verification needs to be required on all offers not just auction bids

So earlier in the week we saw the 2 million pound bid on cancelled. Some wondered how could this happen? Sedo makes people submit to greater verification to bid 10,000 or more. Additional Certification may be required: Please note that in order to place bids above 10,000.00 EUR, an additional certification is required and […]

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I will give you free advices on development of Mobile or Web apps from scratch! Just ask me whatever you would like to know :)

I will give you free advices on development of Mobile or Web apps from scratch! Just ask me whatever you would like to know 🙂

I am coming from Croatia, EU; I have team of developers and I have 2 app-based start-ups and I am willing to help anyone! DM me for discussion

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Just an offer to help those just getting started!

Hey all! This is a pretty cool free offer to help you get up and running quickly. There is no catch and no sales pitch. Just a offer to help fellow startup folks for free.

We have always helped our friends and family to get their business up and running for free as a "pay it forward" kind of thing. When we were starting our first business almost 8 years ago now we had some amazing people that were there for us. It's time for us to repay it to others!

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Would you rather pay a lump sum upfront for a website or nothing upfront and just a monthly, recurring amount?

Hey everyone! I’m looking for some feedback.

I’m pitching web design to small, local businesses (landscaping, power washing, auto detailers, etc.)

The software/platform I’m using to build the sites uses AI to build niche specific sites that you can then further customize. They charge nothing upfront or to build them and then $ 45 a month per sold site.

I know web design is a competitive industry, but I’m actually flooded with leads.

I’m basically going to business owners and saying I’ll build them a website for nothing down and they only pay if they like it.

The two pricing models I’m considering are

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I’m excited to share that my side-project, Wrong Project, has just been launched 🚀

Wrong Project is a place where people discover the most insightful short opinion pieces, while creators from all over the world share their knowledge and step into the spotlight.

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Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund

Run The World, a year-old startup that’s based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $ 10.8 million in Series A funding co-led by earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund.

It’s easy to understand the firms’ interest in the company, whose platform features every functionality that a conference organizer might need in a time of a pandemic and even afterward, given that many outfits are rethinking more permanently how to produce events that include far-flung participants. Think video conferencing, ticketing, interactivity and networking.

We’d written about the startup a few months ago as it was launching with $ 4.3 million in seed funding led by Andreessen partner Connie Chan, who was joined by a slew of other seed-stage backers, including Pear Ventures, GSR Ventures and Unanimous Capital. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the current climate, Run The World has received a fair amount of traction since, according to co-founder and CEO Xiaoyin Qu, who’d previously led products for both Facebook and Instagram.

“Since we launched in February — and waived all set-up fees for events impacted by the coronavirus — we are receiving hundreds of inbound event requests each day,” Qu says. More specifically, she says the startup has doubled the size of its core team to 30 employees and enabled organizers from a wide variety of countries to oversee more than 2,000 events at this point.

Qu says that a lot of event planners who’ve used Zoom to run webinars are now choosing Run The World instead because of its focus on engagement and social features. For example, attendees to an event on the platform are invited to create a video profile akin to an Instagram Story that can help inform other attendees about who they are. It also organizes related “cocktail parties,” where it can match attendees for several minutes at a time, and attendees can choose who they want to follow up with afterward.

That heavy focus on social networking isn’t accidental. Qu met her co-founder, Xuan Jiang, at Facebook, where Jiang was a technical lead for Facebook events, ads and stories.

Of course, Run The World — which takes 25% of ticket sales in exchange for everything from the templates used, to ticket sales, to payment processing and streaming and so forth — still has very stiff competition in Zoom. The nine-year-old company has seen adoption by consumers soar since February, with 300 million daily meeting participants using the service as of April’s end.

Not only is it hard to overcome that kind of network effect, but Run The World is hardly alone in trying to steer event organizers its way. Earlier this week, for example, Bevy, an events software business co-founded by the founder of the events series Startup Grind, announced it has raised $ 15 million in Series B funding led by Accel. Other young online events platforms to similarly raise venture backing in recent months include London-based Hopin (whose recent round was also led by Accel, interestingly) and Paris-based Eventmaker.

Still, the fresh funding should help. While Run The World has grown “entirely organically through word of mouth” to date, says Qu, the startup plans to grow its team and will presumably start spending at least a bit on marketing.

It could well get a boost on this last front by its social media-savvy investors.

In addition to a16z and Founders Fund, numerous other backers in its Series A include Will Smith’s Dreamers VC and Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Capital.

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Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein just took the wraps off her app-only e-commerce startup, The Yes

After teasing the launch of their new startup last year, e-commerce veteran Julie Bornstein and her technical co-founder, Amit Aggarwal, are today launching The Yes, a women’s shopping platform that they’ve been quietly building for 18 months and they say will create tailor-made experiences for each user, courtesy of its sophisticated algorithms.

Bornstein’s experience and vision alone attracted $ 30 million in funding to the venture last year from Forerunner Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and True Ventures, among others. To learn more about how it breaks through in a world rife with e-commerce companies, we talked with Bornstein, who previously spent four years as COO of the styling service Stitch Fix and before that spent years as a C-level executive at Sephora. We wondered specifically how The Yes differs from Stitch Fix, given that both companies use data science to discover clothing for shoppers based on their size, budget and style.

Aside from the fact that The Yes is taking an app-only approach (unlike Stitch Fix), and doesn’t have a subscription model, Bornstein says that The Yes is very much focused on people “who want to shop” versus those who want their shopping done for them. Yet that’s just the start of what makes The Yes different than its other predecessors, said Bornstein in a conversation that follows below, edited lightly for length.

TC: You’re building what you call a store around each user, who downloads the app, answers questions that provide a lot of “signal” about that person’s style and brand preferences and size and budget, and that’s adaptive, meaning the algorithm is always re-ranking products as it learns better what a person likes. What demographic are you targeting?

JB: It’s women of a very broad age range, from 25 to 75, who care about fashion, whether they’re an in-the-know-on-everything fashionista or they just want to look great. And you can shop high/low, which is how most women shop these days. So it depends what you’re looking for.

TC: It sounds like you’re selling women’s apparel exclusively to start. Are you also selling handbags? Jewelry? Accessories?

JB: We’re focused on fashion and footwear, and we have accessories and handbags. A lot of our brands have great handbags. Then we will be expanding more to jewelry and other accessory categories over time.

TC: What brands can shoppers find on the platform?

JB: We have 145 brands at launch, ranging from Gucci, Prada and Erdem to contemporary brands like Vince and Theory to direct-to-consumer brands like Everlane and La Ligne to everyday brands like Levis. When a brand integrates with The Yes, the platform sells each brand’s full digital catalog.

TC: Why go app only?

Most of the e-commerce sites that have mobile presence really feel like a website converted to a small screen. We [thought if we] challenged ourselves to leverage the technology of the native app environment, [we] could build a much slicker experience for the user. We also know that mobile is growing. It’s about 50% of total purchases now in fashion and growing faster, so while we know that web will be important to add, we really felt like mobile and iOS were the places to start.

TC: Stitch Fix uses machine learning to analyze customer tastes, but it ultimately relies on human stylists to choose items. What new advances have been made in AI that can allow The Yes to actually pick products using artificial intelligence? Isn’t fashion, like music, a “noisy” problem, with consumers often not knowing what they want?

JB: It’s such a nuanced area and really hard to do in the form of recommendations, but there are a number of reasons that enable us to do it. One is we had to build the most extensive taxonomy that exists in fashion. We did think a lot about the music genome project that Pandora did and all the work that Spotify has done. Music is definitely one of our inspirations. And if you look at what they did, they had some human expertise in the beginning, creating these categories, and then the machine learned on top of it, and we have done the same in fashion. So we had fashion expertise build our initial taxonomy.

Then we leveraged both machine learning and computer vision to train models to understand how to absorb all pieces of data related to a product, as well as the image itself and how to read images. And it gave us a really strong understanding of 500 dimensions for every single item. [Meanwhile] to understand what the consumer cares about, we spent a lot of time testing and learning which questions [to ask] when it comes to brand and price and things like color and style and size and fit…

TC: Because of your background, comparisons are probably going to be made between The Yes and Stitch Fix. What was the impetus for this new business? Was it a matter of eliminating that personal touch?

JB: I had such a great experience at Stitch Fix, and I’m still a shareholder and a big fan of the company and the team. And I think what they’re doing, what they continue to do, is terrific in really pushing the boundary on this concept of shopping-as-a-service.

What I am working on, and our team is really focused on, is the actual consumer shopping experience for consumers who want to shop. There’s a strong percent of the population who really loves to shop and wants agency in their own selection, and that is really the consumer we’re going after.

TC: You’re launching with roughly 150 brands. What is your relationship with them? Are you taking a cut of a transaction? Are you ever taking possession of their products? Do you have a warehouse or warehouses?

There were two things coming into this business that I wanted to avoid based on my personal experience, which was one, owning inventory, and two, reshooting every item for its own new photographs on the site. Pinterest and Instagram and all these other visual sites have shown us that the brands spend a lot of money shooting images to look a certain way to help communicate what their brand is all about. So leveraging those assets has been terrific.

[Regarding inventory], there’s no reason to ship the product from the brand to another warehouse and then to the consumer. We’re cutting out that stuff and shipping it direct from the brand. From a consumer standpoint, you order on our app, and everything is one-click, and you are charged by [us]. But then the order is placed through the brand and is shipped from the brand to you. Then we will communicate to you when it’s shipped, when it’s arriving, and if you have any customer service issues, we take care of it.

And we take a flat commission [on sales].

TC: Returns are free. But isn’t that a huge cost center, and might it deter people from returning items if you charged something for returns?

JB: My feeling is that free shipping and free returns is a baseline requirement to offer a great service. And it’s our job to help match [shoppers] to product that you’re not going to return. We have an enormous goal to have the lowest return rate in the industry. It will obviously take us some time to get there. But we believe that by making sure that we understand what works for you and what doesn’t, we can get [there].

TC: You raised $ 30 million last year. Are you in the market for a Series B? What will you have to show investors toward that end?

JB: The logic behind the dollar amount that we raised was: how much do we need to build what we want to build, and then bring it to market and get traction? And so that is our goal that starts tomorrow. . .

TC: How has this current reality altered your plans? Launching during a pandemic isn’t what you were imagining, obviously.

JB: No, it is not. [Laughs.] I don’t know that any of us could have possibly. We did delay our launch; we were originally launching in March, and once COVID hit, we needed to make sure we could see straight and understand the impact. I think as time has passed, we have felt more and more compelled to get out there to help our brands, all of whom are feeling the impact of the retail stores closing, or orders being canceled by their retail partners. They’re all businesses and many of them small businesses, so we want to help them.

It’s also an interesting time because we all need a little bit of levity and escape. And the app really is a fun escape.

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This Polish startup just landed a deal with Microsoft to build AI-powered virtual healthcare assistants

Based out of Wroclaw, Infermedica is a leading digital health company specialised in AI-powered solutions for preliminary diagnosis and patient triage. Right now, the company is operating on a goal to improve customers’ performance, increase healthcare accessibility, and reduce costs.

Partnership to deploy AI-powered virtual healthcare assistants!

Recently, the Polish company has tied up with the Redmond giant Microsoft to provide its technology to Microsoft Healthcare Service Bot, empowering healthcare organisations to build and deploy AI-powered virtual healthcare assistants at scale.

Talking about the partnership, Infermedica’s CEO, Piotr Orzechowski, tells Silicon Canals,

“Microsoft helps hospitals and health systems in digitising parts of patients’ medical journeys. Within this partnership, Infermedica provides a major component which is our AI-powered engine to help with early triage and diagnosis. Our system learns over time and improves results for patients, saving costs, and resources for both payers and providers. Infermedica’s medical team has spent over thirty thousand hours verifying results and content that the system relies on. Today’s partnership brings us closer to a future where doctors have the needed assistance of high-quality AI-powered solutions, making it easier for patients to get the right care.”

Reduces stress in public and private health system!

Notably, Microsoft Healthcare Bot is used by leading health organisations, including Aurora Health Care, Premera Blue Cross, and Quest Diagnostics. By conducting automated triage powered by Infermedica’s technology, the tool helps to reduce the stress in both public and private health systems, currently overloaded by COVID-19 cases. 

Also commenting on the new developments, Adam Walker, Program Manager at Microsoft Healthcare, says:

“Infermedica is revolutionising the triage space, with a solution that breaks the mould. We were impressed with the sophisticated probabilistic modelling used to achieve a level of accuracy that isn’t possible with the simplistic decision tree models that we saw in the rest of the market. We chose to work with Infermedica because they bring a truly intelligent layer of clinically validated health technology to the Microsoft Healthcare Bot Service, empowering our customers to build smarter virtual assistants that drive better outcomes for patients”

Broadening access to healthcare!

Founded by Irving Loh, Piotr Orzechowski, Roberto Sicconi in 2012, Infermedica offers a range of AI products for triage and preliminary medical diagnosis, broadening the access to healthcare at an early stage. 

Piotr Orzechowski, says:Our tools help health organizations to improve medical triage and save precious resources for those who need it most.” 

AI and machine learning at work!

The company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess symptoms and find patterns in data. Their core products include Symptom Checker, Call Center Triage, and Infermedica API – all built around early triage and diagnosis. To date, the digital health company has helped nearly 6 million people assess their symptoms.

Infermedica’s technology is used by industry leaders including Allianz, Global Excel, and Unipol, and has performed over 5 million health checks globally. 

Discussing further about the business plans Piotr Orzechowski reveals, “Our business gained a lot of traction over the last year, and especially within the last two quarters. We’ve seen an increased interest in AI-powered products and this had a big impact on the roadmap and accelerated many internal processes.”

“Being a team of almost 90 people Infermedica is working on a set of solutions that answer new needs arising from the pandemic, the business development team is busy with numerous leads gathered over the last few weeks and our medical team is working tirelessly to verify the overwhelming amount of data we’ve received. Within the next year, we plan to further increase our presence in the US and European markets and the continued development of our core products for health systems, payers, and providers. This includes several partnerships we’re currently working on closing, including one with a globally recognized insurance company from Fortune 500 list,” adds, Piotr Orzechowski. 

To date, the company has raised over €3.8 million in funding. Right now, the company’s technology is offered as a white-label solution to health insurance companies, health systems, and hospitals.

Main image credits: Infermedica

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