Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during … More…

The light and dark of AI-powered smartphones

Analyst Gartner put out a 10-strong listicle this week identifying what it dubbed “high-impact” uses for AI-powered features on smartphones that it suggests will enable device vendors to provide “more value” to customers via the medium of “more advanced” user experiences. It’s also predicting that, by 2022, a full 80 … More…

Where human intelligence outperforms AI

David Kline Contributor David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist. More posts by this contributor: A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks With every new trend comes a counter-trend. And so despite the current excitement over the wonders of artificial intelligence, one company is … More…

Keep calm and automate to unlock the opportunity in the vertical Internet of Things

Nate Williams Contributor Large companies such as GE, IBM, and Verizon, and startups like Relayr, Greenwave, and Sight Machine have begun to partner accelerate overall adoption.  Strategic partnerships, large marketing campaigns, and early successes have led to some lofty growth projections: McKinsey & Co. estimates a potential economic impact of … More…

Google Clouds Natural Language API gets content classification and more granular sentiment analysis

Google Cloud announced two updates this morning to its Natural Language API. Specifically users will now have access to content classification and entity sentiment analysis. These features are particularly valuable for brands and media companies For starters, GCP users will now be able to tag content as corresponding with common … More…

After rebranding to Puls and raising new cash, CellSavers wants to help set up your smart gadgets

CellSavers, the on-demand smartphone and tablet repair service, is rebranding its business to Puls and expanding its suite of services to include most smart devices in a home. The San Francisco-based company also rounded up $25 million in new financing to help support its new marketing push and services. In … More…

Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick

Benchmark sues former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito hamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck … More…