UMBC Says a 16 Seed Beating a 1 Seed is Like Getting Your First ‘Fortnite’ Win

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Fortnite went impressively mainstream this week, what with the mobile invite event launching on Thursday and taking the app to number one (Despite not everyone being able to play it), and then Drake playing the game with Twitch streamer Ninja and shattering Twitch records in the process. And yet, on Friday night, Fortnite somehow got more mainstream. One of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County men’s basketball players, fresh off the biggest upset in men’s college basketball history when they became the first 16 seed to beat a 1 seed (RIP Virginia), compared their historic win to getting your first win in Fortnite. Seriously.

The best part is that the bench players were doing Fortnite dances and moves all night long.

Seriously, Fortnite is such a massive phenomenon at this point, that you pretty much have to play it at some point just to understand the hype. Pretty much the only way the game can get more mainstream is if Trump tweets about it. Or maybe if Obama actually does decide to play the game.

It’s 2018. Literally anything is possible through Fortnite, I suppose. If you’re missing out, better sign up for that invite, or join in our invite request post.


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Cloud-native platform for IoT edge apps Zededa closes $3.06M in Seed investment

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Zededa, a startup providing a cloud-native approach to the deployment, management and security of real-time edge applications closed $ 3.06M in Seed funding. Wild West Capital, run by Angel investors Kevin DeNuccio and Rich Nottenburg led the round. Almaz Capital also participated in the round.

There’s an increased trend of analyzing data close to the ‘edge’ or devices/systems that generate it. For some IoT apps, such as in self-driving cars and industrial robots, it perfectly makes sense to minimize or even eliminate the time it takes to transfer data to the cloud and then running analytics. However, Zededa takes a different approach to its solution.

“True digital transformation requires a drastic shift from today’s embedded computing mindset to a more secure-by-design, cloud-native approach. This will unlock the power of millions of cloud app developers and allow them to digitize the physical world as billions of ‘things’ become smart and connected.” ZEDEDA CEO and Co-Founder Said Ouissal

However, the startup hasn’t explained how it achieves the so-called ‘cloud-native’ approach of deploying and managing edge-apps. It appears Zededa is still going through the R&D phase as it will use the funding proceeds for continued research and product development, investment in community open-source projects, and sales and marketing.

The startup has lined up resources having experience in operating systems, virtualization, networking, security, blockchain, cloud and application platforms. Its investors have previously funded IoT startups including Theatro and Sensity Systems (now Verizon).

As billions of devices and sensors get internet connected, there are a number of startups branching out in edge-domain. Losant, an edge-to-analytics platform for enterprise IoT customers raised a $ 5.2M Series A round. Interestingly, Losant was backed by Rise of the Rest, a seed-stage fund backing startups outside Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston area. The fund is backed by Eric Schmitt, Jeff Bezos, Meg Whiteman, Michael Bloomberg, and Reid Hoffman and other investors who believe innovation and next-gen technologies need not come from Silicon Valley and that’s why they’re betting on areas outside the Valley.

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Norway will spend $13 million to upgrade its doomsday seed vault

Norway will spend 100 million Norwegian Crowns ($ 12.7 million) to upgrade the doomsday seed vault it built ten years ago. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was constructed in an abandoned Arctic coal mine to store and safeguard the world’s crops and plants from global natural or man-made disaster. If nuclear war or global warming kills certain crops, governments will be able to request seeds from the vault to restart their agricultural industries.

The Norwegian Government says the upgrades will include the construction of a new concrete access tunnel and a service building that will house “emergency power and refrigerating units and other electrical equipment that emits heat through the tunnel.” Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food,…

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Norway’s “Doomsday” Seed Vault Is Getting a $13 Million Upgrade

Fans of real-time space strategy game Stellaris may be familiar with a moment in the game when an elder alien civilization volunteers to “preserve” your in-game species by curating some of your adult population into vaults. Well, in real life, there’s actually something quite similar to this — except it’s not meant for preserving fully grown sentient species.

On an island by the Arctic boundaries of Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) has been keeping seeds samples from every part of the world since 2008 — just in case. This “doomsday vault” serves as a huge cold-storage unit for more than 850,000 seed samples, according to the Public Radio Institute, which are kept at about -18 °C (-3 °F). It serves as a backup for the other 1,750 seed banks all over the planet, each designed for food security.

Doomsday Vault: The World’s Seed Bank Backup
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Perhaps you’re wondering if this seed vault has ever been useful. Well, in 2015, some 116,000 seed samples in the SGSV were transferred to a seed bank in Aleppo that had been damaged by the recent Syrian Civil War. Two years later, the seeds were grown and new samples were sent back for storage at the SGSV.

To ensure that the SGSV can continue to provide such aid in times of crisis, it will soon be getting much-needed upgrades worth almost $ 13 million (100 million NOK), according to Norway’s Agriculture Ministry. Some time late in 2016, the seed vault was damaged by an unexpected permafrost thaw, which caused flooding into the vault’s tunnel entrance.

“The project includes the construction of a new, concrete-built access tunnel, as well as a service building to house emergency power and refrigerating units and other electrical equipment that emits heat through the tunnel,” the government stated.

It’s been a decade since the vault had been constructed, so it’s really due for some upgrades. These will allow the SGSV to continue preserving humanity’s food supplies, as Norwegian agriculture and food minister Jon Georg Dale said.

It “will ensure that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault can continue to offer the world’s gene banks a secure storage space in the future,” Dale explained in the government statement. “It is a great and important task to safeguard all the genetic material that is crucial to global food security.”

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Connected-Home security startup SAM gets $2.5M seed funding

SAM, a home network cyber defense company has raised $ 3.5 million in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Blumberg Capital, a global early-stage venture capital firm, based in SF, California. SAM provides a platform that can integrate with routers, providing homeowners with an easy-to-use and secure home network.

SAM Solution

The Tel Aviv based company has been working under stealth mode, in partnership with Israel’s largest telecom provider, Bezeq Israeli Telecom. SAM’s advisory team includes former leaders of Israel’s elite intelligence unit 8200 and founders of Team8, a cybersecurity think tank.

Led by Sivan Rauscher, Co-Founder, and CEO, SAM offers advanced features such as device fingerprinting, parental control, router protection and anomaly detection for home networks. Additionally, the company offers high-performance security in collaboration with Intel’s Connected Home Division by integrating its technology with Intel’s chipsets.

A number of high-profile data breach cases were reported in 2017. Cyber-attack victims included large enterprises such as eBay, Yahoo, Target and Home Depot, along with many health and financial institutions, media and government websites. Israel is one of the largest markets in the world to provide cybersecurity products to over 200 Israeli companies specializing in cyber defense, accounting for $ 3B worth of anti-hacking exports in 2013. About one-fourth of world venture capital-funded cyber-security startups are Israel based.

Another IoT and connected home security startup VDOO raised $ 13M in January this year. VDOO’s solution also profiles a connected device’s manufacturer, device type, network interface, OS, and software vendor.

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Geolocation tracking startup Hoopo raises $1.5M seed capital

Hoopo, an Isreal-based geolocation startup announced $ 1.5 million seed funding led by a group of investors including Israeli angel investor Zohar Gilon and Ben Marcus CEO AirMap, and Mobileye, an Israeli technology company that develops vision-based advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

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The startup also announced the official launch of the company, with the goal of creating precision geolocation solutions for low-power wide area networks (LPWA). It will exhibit the solution at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Hoopo, founded in 2016 will use the funding to grow the business and improve precision for the low-power Internet of Things (IoT) tracking. Hoopo’s geolocation based solution tracks assets in large areas without having to recharge batteries and provide a platform for management and real-time notifications. The customers can receive on-demand geolocation, establish geofences and receive movement alerts of their assets.

As smart city and industrial IoT use cases gain a wide acceptance, the need to have LPWA (low power wide area) connectivity has increased. Hoopo’s solution serves the need for its asset tracking device. “Hoopo is addressing a real business need of companies around the world: cost-effective, yet precise, tracking of their valuable assets with the longevity of battery life up to 10 years in the field,” said Ittay Hayut, CEO of Hoopo.

The patent-pending solution of Hoopo consists of low-cost LPWA gateways and devices, and a cloud-based platform for management of devices and real-time notifications. Interestingly, one of the use cases Hoopo lists on its website is “free-gazing cattle”, a solution which provides geolocation technologies for smart-agriculture.

Orolia, another IoT startup utilizing the LPWA technology to monitor fishing boats makes distress sensors, hence providing fishing boats a much needed search and rescue distress device.

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Fish-farm monitoring startup Aquabyte raises $3.5M Seed capital

Aquabyte, a fish-farm monitoring startup developing a smart camera system and web dashboard raised $ 3.5M seed funding. The round was co-led by NEA and Costanoa Ventures. Princeton University and the US and Norwegian investors also participated in the round.

Aquabyte is developing a smart camera system and web dashboard.

The startup, founded by Amit Mukherjee in 2017 and headquartered in San Francisco will use the proceeds to build a team of developers and to refine its machine learning software.

Aquabyte’s solution consists of a smart camera system and web dashboard that utilizes computer vision technology. The camera is installed on a fish farmer’s net pen, and real-time farm metrics can be accessed via the web dashboard. Underwater 3D cameras and gauge parameters of temperature and oxygen help track the critical data. Typical metrics that Aquabyte’s cameras and machine learning algorithms will track include lice count, biomass estimation, appetite detection, and feed calculations.

‘The development of computer vision over the past couple years along with the advent of deep learning has opened up dramatic opportunities to build new vision-related products that can solve very practical, real-world problems,’
said Bryton Shang, founder, and CEO of Aquabyte.

Global fish trade was expected to hit an all-time high, and expected to rise more than $ 150bn last year, according to The Financial Times. One of the major costs incurred in fish farming is that of the feed, hence the company aims to control the feed cost using machine learning algorithms. If successful, it will help farmers to save up to 20-30% of the feed cost. The company is set to expand operations to Norway as the fish farming market is bigger in the Nordic countries as compared to the United States.

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Wireless Industrial IoT startup Shoof Tech raises $4.5M in seed funding

Shoof Technologies, a startup providing wireless technology for the Industrial IoT raised $ 4.5M in seed funding. Kleiner Perkins and Modiva Japan led the round.

The Shoof Solution: Your Assets Never Out of Sight

Shoof’s manufacturing and logistics customers will be able to use the solution for indoor and outdoor asset monitoring and tracking in early 2018. Shoof Tech’s solution consists of a cloud platform and equipment – including base stations and tags. With the current funding, Shoof plans to focus on manufacturing and transportation sector.

The startup’s primary focus in tracking indoor assets as the current wireless technologies such as GPS and cellular connectivity put a lot of strain on sensor battery. The batteries die out in a few hours making the solution inadequate to withstand the ruggedness of industrial settings. This is where Shoof Tech’s solution can fill the gap and provide round the clock industrial-grade internet connectivity to expensive assets.

“We are excited to partner with such reputable firms who share our vision of empowering the supply chain and logistics industries with efficient asset-monitoring and tracking connectivity technologies,” said Ra’ed Elmurib, CEO, Shoof Technologies. The startup operates on a ‘subscription-based’ business model whereby its customers incur a monthly recurring fee hence saving the latter from significant infrastructure set-up costs that any industrial-grade IoT solution requires.

Another asset intelligence startup Alchemy IoT recently raised $ 4M in seed investment.

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Industrial asset intelligence startup Alchemy IoT closes $4M seed investment

Alchemy IoT, an IoT Asset Intelligence company helping small- to mid-sized industrial customers use AI-capabilities raised $ 4M in seed funding. The investment was led by Aweida Venture Partners.

Alchemy’s Layout Screens

Alchemy’s main differentiation from similar IoT analytics companies is that it eliminates the need to write complex code for customers. Its SaaS (software-as-a-service) application called Clarity is used for asset health monitoring, operations, and maintenance. The system provides extensive API support, from IoT APIs to analytics APIs and component as well as admin APIs. The REST APIs integrate with both cloud-based IoT platforms or directly with customers’ equipment which allows them to access data from assets.

The application’s core features include sensor data monitoring, AI-based analytics, notifications/alerts, and custom capabilities (such as events and dashboards). Alchemy markets its product by stating that it eliminates the need for data scientists and custom coding, though it appears that Clarity would most likely handle regular usage scenarios and leave out edge cases that so often are a norm in industrial use cases.

“Our mission is to make AI-powered IoT a ‘no-code’ proposition, one that any industrial company can quickly start and put to use to gain fast value. Too many of today’s IoT solutions require a massive budget and an extraordinary amount of customization to even getting started – we aim to disrupt and change that.” Victor Perez, CEO Alchemy IoT

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Alchemy IoT launches with $4 million seed funding to ease IIoT via the use of AI

Alchemy IoT has launched with $ 4 million seed funding from Aweida Venture Partners to help make the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) easier via the use of AI.

Clarity, Alchemy IoT’s cloud-based application, is said to provide small- to mid-sized industrial customers with better returns on industrial assets by analysing asset performance through unsupervised machine learning and adopting proactive measures to boost productivity of industrial fleets and machinery.

The cellphone-enabled application introduces a novel "no-code" approach to IoT Asset Intelligence that eases the way how fleet management, plant maintenance and manufacturing performance can be enhanced through the use of AI and unsupervised machine learning. Some of the main features of the application are: monitoring of sensor data; AI-based analytics; and sending notifications and alerts about operational anomalies via web browsers, email or within the application.

Victor Perez, CEO for Alchemy IoT, said: "Our mission is to make AI-powered IoT a 'no-code' proposition, one that any industrial company can quickly start and put to use to gain fast value. Too many of today's IoT solutions require a massive budget and an extraordinary amount of customization to even getting started – we aim to disrupt and change that."

Alongside this, the company announced the introduction of a new industry approach "IoT Asset Intelligence” to address the complication and market fragmentation associated with Big Data, IoT and AI.

Talking about IoT Asset Intelligence, Perez said: "IoT Asset Intelligence combines our best thinking into an actionable framework to plan, implement and gain value from AI-based IoT initiatives – especially for smaller organizations that may lack the resources for expensive consultants and data scientists.”

According to Alchemy IoT, visibility and efficiency via a combination of data-driven processes and a renewed culture around innovation and critical thinking are the primary theme of the IoT Asset Intelligence framework.

Some of the core tenets of IoT Asset Intelligence are: leveraging data intelligence to make meaningful business decisions; working with existing tools to optimise and enhance current processes; identifying processes for the purpose of improvement and align new value streams and setting up top-line goals and ROI opportunities.

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