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Crop Forecasters Take Matters Into Their Own Hands -- Literally
August 25, 2016 | WSJ
Story about crop tours with a fantastic Descartes Labs mention.
The Start-up That Watches Corn Grow, From Orbit
August 10, 2016 | The Atlantic
Descartes Labs is estimating the health of the American corn crop every week this harvest season.
Toaster-sized satellites will revolutionize how we measure the world food supply
June 15, 2016 | Quartz
In 2016, the US Department of Agriculture spent $42 million on traditional crop scout data collection. Descartes Labs can do the same work, better, for a fraction of the cost.
A Cloud-Free Satellite Map of Earth
December 08, 2015 | MIT Technology Review
A cloud-free view of vegetation patterns across the world, stitched together from data from NASA and other government sources. The company says its software can make better forecasts of America’s corn crop than the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Descartes Labs was founded to commercialize image-recognition software developed for satellite and aerial imagery at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
OTC Markets Group Launches New, High-Performance HTML5 Stock Charts, Powered by ChartIQ
December 01, 2015 | PR Newswire
"The addition of ChartIQ's HTML5-based stock charting to our websites will provide additional functionality for investors and analysts researching OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink securities, as well as for issuers who use our OTCIQ.com portal to manage their IR efforts and monitor trading activity," said Matthew Fuchs, Executive Vice President of Market Data and Strategy at OTC Markets Group.
Descartes Labs Emerges With $5M to Improve Data for Farmers
November 17, 2015 | Wall Street Journal
Images of the earth are being gathered by a growing flock of planes, satellites and drones, and they are full of useful information for those who are able to see it. Finding it and understanding it is hard though, and Descartes Labs Inc. has emerged with $5 million for artificial intelligence technology to help solve the problem.
Descartes Labs raises $5M to make agricultural predictions with deep learning
November 17, 2015 | VentureBeat
Descartes Labs, a startup with image recognition technology that can help companies answer questions related to agriculture, is announcing today a $5 million round of funding. Cultivian Sandbox led the new round in Descartes Labs. Crosslink Capital, Data Collective, TenOneTen Ventures, and ValueStream Labs also participated. To date the startup has raised $8.78 million...
Descartes Labs announces $5M in Series A Funding
November 17, 2015 | LinkedIn
Descartes Labs has raised $5M in Series A funding, led by Cultivian Sandbox, an ag-focused VC based in Chicago. Also participating are Crosslink Capital (who led our seed round), TenOneTen, DataCollective, and ValueStream Labs. This funding event is validation for Descartes Labs...
ChartIQ Launches Brokerage Offering on their Technician App with Tradier
November 01, 2015 | Finance Magnates
Through a partnership with Tradier, ChartIQ has launched brokerage services for US stocks and options on their Technician platform.
Crowdsourcing Apple's earnings: Fiscal Q4 2015 edition
October 26, 2015 | Fortune
With Apple’s final results for fiscal 2015 due out Tuesday afternoon, estimates by the hundreds are pouring into Estimize, a four-year-old experiment in what founder Leigh Drogen calls “social finance.” Each quarter, more than 12,000 armchair analysts send Estimize their quarterly estimates—top and bottom lines—of 1,500 public companies, from Agilent to Zipcar. But no stock draws more attention than Apple. As of Monday morning, 767 mostly anonymous amateur analysts had submitted their best guesses for Apple’s fourth-quarter revenue and earnings.
Digital disruptors take home top honors in BBVA Open Talent 2015 competition
September 16, 2015 | PR Newswire
Startups making their mark in lending took top honors in the regional finals in New York of the BBVA Open Talent 2015 competition... LendingFront, co-founded in January 2015 by CEO Jorge Sun and CTO Dario Vergara, is an integrated platform that gives lenders the business technology they need to provide short-term capital to small and medium enterprises.
Human traders can still beat computers
September 14, 2015 | Financial Times
Few individuals understand the shifting dynamic between humans, computers and the algorithms that increasingly govern share trading better than Leigh Drogen. Dissatisfied with the research produced by sellside analysts, Mr Drogen decided he needed better data. That need led him to establish Estimize...
New Data Bodes Well For Fitbit, But Not Apple
August 20, 2015 | Seeking Alpha
New research based on social data suggests the Apple Watch has taken yet another step lower while FIT's performance remains near an all-time high. This social data has had a correlation with actual revenue and growth in the past, and likely will in the future. TickerTags.com uses data analytics to chart the social mention frequency of words and word groupings that represent a company's relevant products, brands, people or trending topics across Twitter.
UK start-up wins place on Hong Kong fintech programme
August 04, 2015 | Financial News
Closir is among 10 start-ups that have won places on a new fintech accelerator launched in Hong Kong, as Asia's financial technology scene continues to gain momentum. Michael Chojnacki, co-founder and chief executive of Closir, said Asia was a growing force in the fintech community. "Asia presents vast opportunities to any fintech startup with global plans,” he said. “However more emphasis is required on relationships and on local know-how. So the earlier we can start building those, the better.”
Estimize Receives $3.6 Million Strategic Investment From Euromoney
July 14, 2015 | benzinga
Estimize has roughly doubled the value of its Series B after Euromoney acquired a 10 percent stake in Estimize for $3.6 million.
Stock investors: TickerTags is now offering a free, early-warning listening platform
July 09, 2015 | VentureBeat
A Dallas-based company is making the wisdom of the crowds available to any investor — for free. “Think of it as a great discovery tool for what’s driving the [price of] companies.” - CEO and cofounder Chris Camillo
A startup beloved by Wall Street nerds just raised another round of funding
April 09, 2015 | Business Insider
Estimize CEO Leigh Drogen announced at the 2015 Benzinga Fintech Awards on Wednesday that the startup had raised $3 million in its Series B round of funding. That's on top of the $2.4 million raised in its Series A round.
Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data
March 31, 2015 | TechCrunch
Companies like Palantir and IBM (with Watson) are now making it easier for data scientists and technical users to query unstructured textual information and the newest player in this field is Sensai, which is officially coming out of stealth and launching today. The company also today announced that it has raised $900,000 in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Formation8, Chris Kelly, ValueStream Labs and others. The company got its start at big data incubator Data Elite and plans to raise a Series A round later this year.
Sensai “High End Data Science at Radical Price Point”
March 31, 2015 | Finance Magnates
Aiming to be “Palantir for everyone else, a high-end data science platform delivered at a radical price point", Sensai launches today Sensai, a new data science platform “for the unstructured world”. Providing services for multiple industries, already within its ‘stealth mode’, Sensai has attracted interest from the financial firms such as UBS and WorldQuant that had been early users of their product.
SEIN Analytics CEO Explains What Investors Are Missing In The Structured Credit Space
March 12, 2015 | Benzinga
SEIN Analytics founder and CEO Samuel Belu-John told Benzinga his company’s primary goal was to make expensive, critical financial data and analysis available to small and mid-sized financial institutions.
X_TRADER Is Now TT, as Trading Technologies Launches New Platform
March 11, 2015 | Forex Magnates
After more than 20 years, Trading Technologies is replacing X_TRADER with TT, a cloud, cross-device web and mobile-based platform. TT replaces the need for client-side installs. In building the user interface of the platform, Trading Technologies partnered with ChartIQ, integrating their HTML5 charting library technology.
3 Companies Revolutionizing The Way Traders Get Information
January 08, 2015 | Benzinga
Trading and investing is no longer just for the elite. New companies with new technology want to help new, and old, market participants improve the way they receive data. Here are a few companies from the competition that are using technology to change the way information is accessed and viewed in the wild world of finance:
2015 Will Be The Year Of The Tiny Tech Acquisition
January 06, 2015 | Business Insider
As we look to 2015 the sustained strength of the public markets is questionable, with macro economic pressures such as rising interest rates and shaky international markets. If they cool as expected, we’ll see the traditional acquirers be more spendthrift in their M&A strategies, resulting in fewer billion dollar megadeals. What won’t change however is the number of new buyers coming to the table. These buyers aren’t your typical Silicon Valley tech acquirers, they are more traditional household companies and brands looking to embrace technology to better reach end users and create greater efficiencies within their own businesses. And their appetite for boutique acquisitions of tech companies is just gearing up.
Heard of NPAPI? It’s Getting Blocked by Google Chrome in 2015, Webtraders Are Warned
January 04, 2015 | Forex Magnates
Speaking to Forex Magnates about the evolution of HTML5 within the industry, Dan Schleifer, President and Co-Founder at ChartIQ, stated, “Silverlight, Java and Flash have all been dead technologies for quite some time, and many brokers have put off making the change to HTML5.” He explained broker rationale by saying, “I think a lot of brokers actually don’t know these technologies are dying, and just assume it’s a problem for a small number of their users (Mac users, etc).” However, Schleifer added that a lot of interest for HTML5 products is already in place, stating, “We continue to see huge demand for HTML5 charting and web trading platforms, and we know that eventually every single Java, Flash and Silverlight platform will go away; It’s just a matter of time.”
The Data Scientists In Santa’s Workshop
December 23, 2014 | TechCrunch
Monica Anderson, CTO of Sens.ai considers that artificial intuition and epistemology are the next frontiers after computer reasoning. Reasoning is a linear process that accounts for only one hundred thousandth of what humans do with their brains. Computers will achieve intuition when they can, “perform those human activities that are normally thought to NOT require intelligence;” that can be performed without conscious effort such as walking, listening and talking. The trick, however, is that computers can’t learn if we program every last function. Instead we need to abstract learning from recognition of digital sensory data like text, audio, images and video.
How Crowdsourcing Is Democratizing The World Of Finance
December 19, 2014 | Benzinga
Crowdsourcing exists in countless shapes and sizes, most notably in places like the restaurant industry with Yelp Inc, and the travel sector with the likes of Tripadvisor Inc. But what about finance? Shouldn’t people have the same amount of resources to manage their money as they do for food and travel?
NASDAQ Launches ChartIQ Charts!
November 19, 2014 | ChartIQ
Companies like Leverate, The Economic Times of India, eToro, and many more have launched with ChartIQ technology. Today, we’re thrilled to add another amazing name to our live client roster – NASDAQ.com!
Exitround Partners with Private Equity Firms in New Program
September 10, 2014 | Fox Business
Exitround, a service that matches buyers and sellers of startups and small businesses, is partnering with private equity firms in a new program called Exitround Capital. The service will target companies in retail, health care, financial services and other industries with up to $100 million in revenue.
Investment Banking 2.0 Says “Hello World!?”
August 18, 2014 | TechCrunch
Structured data, machine-learning algorithms and proprietary data are revolutionizing the way buyers and sellers of companies connect, not only more intelligently, but also more quickly. Today on Exitround, the average connection time between a buyer and a seller is 17.8 hours, compared with the weeks or months needed in a traditional M&A process. And finding that correct target comes by way of mathematical relevancy between the two companies, as opposed to coffees, lunches and sit-downs to “explore opportunities.”
Top 5 Awesome Apps for Investors
July 21, 2014 | Loan SMC
ChartIQ named one of the top 5 apps for investors by LoanSMC.com
We Can No Longer Unbundle Microsoft Office
July 19, 2014 | TechCrunch
Of all the Office products, Excel is likely the toughest beast to slay. Dean Zarras’s ClearFactr stops short of mobile, but it is worth including as a cloud-based product that wants to improve upon Excel by making it a communication tool. Zarras feels Excel is not a communication tool because it is too easy to botch the communication of your idea when $F12 cell symbolism gets in the way, which is why ClearFactr toggles those cell references with a description in English of what’s happening in each cell.
ChartIQ Releases Android App in Continued Expansion of Products and Features
July 17, 2014 | Forex Magnates
Having developed products for iOS and Windows 8 devices, ChartIQ’s HTML5 based charting and technical analysis app finally arrives to Android, coming to market with free EOD data and integration with StockTwits.
Estimize Unveils Economic Data Set
April 23, 2014 | The Street
Estimize announced the launch of Economic Indicators on the Estimize platform, as it seeks to bring a more natural consensus for economic data, including weekly jobless claims, inflationary data, and the be-all-end-all, the monthly jobs report. "It's an obvious and natural extension of the Estimize platform to expand into this data set given the success of our core equity fundamentals data," Estimize founder and CEO Leigh Drogen wrote in a blog post, announcing the move.
Economic Times of India launches ChartIQ’s HTML5 charts
April 15, 2014 | ChartIQ Blog
The Economic Times of India today launched their implementation of ChartIQ’s HTML5 charting package. Their implementation brings in a live feed of the NSE and BSE as well as corporate actions, the ability to compare instruments across exchanges, and many other features.
Move Over, Wall Street: Silicon Valley Is Invading Your Turf
March 29, 2014 | DailyFinance
If you ask most people where the greatest threat to Wall Street's nearly 100-year dominance as the world's leading financial center would come from, places like London, Zurich, Tokyo or even Beijing might be suggested. But more and more, it looks as if the threat to Manhattan's financial crown will come from right here in the USA. Silicon Valley appears to have Wall Street in its sights, aggressively funding a new generation of tech startups whose goal is to disrupt the financial services industry and attack Wall Street with a strategy and an attitude they have never faced before.
Estimize raises $1.2m; unveils crowdfunded M&A predictions platform
March 27, 2014 | Finextra
Estimize, a US start-up that pools members' forecasts for earnings results at listed companies, has raised $1.2 million in funding and launched a crowdsourced mergers and acquisitions predictions platform. Current investors Bob Greene from Contour Venture Partners and Jim Savage from Longworth Venture Partners joined the round along with several individuals and a syndicate of angels put together by ValueStream Labs.
A New Platform Lets Wall Streeters Share Their Predictions For When Companies Will Do Mergers And Acquisitions
March 26, 2014 | Business Insider
NYC startup Estimize.com is already popular for crowd sourcing data from Wall Streeters about individual stocks will do. Now the company is applying the same, successful logic to predict mergers and acquisitions.
Estimize Unveils Crowd-Sourced M&A Prediction Platform, Raises $1.2M Expansion Funding
March 26, 2014 | WatersTechnology
New York-based startup crowd-sourced estimates provider Estimize will roll out a new platform today, Wednesday, March 26, dubbed Mergerize, which aggregates crowd-sourced predictions of potential mergers and acquisition activity so traders, M&A bankers and corporates can gauge the market's opinion of specific deals and how they might impact a company's stock or option price.
HTML5 Developers in Demand; Charting Gains Greater Attention
March 25, 2014 | WatersTechnology
As Wall Street firms increasingly are turning to HTML5 as the preferred programming language for trading applications and mobile, trading firms are now finding themselves competing with Silicon Valley for development talent.
Start-ups Estimize and Kensho Take Aim at Bloomberg
January 30, 2014 | Institutional Investor
Ambitious, young entrepreneurs like Leigh Drogen and Daniel Nadler are looking to revolutionize the way financial research is done.
Live Nation Buys Mobile Startup Meexo, Courtesy Of Acquisition Marketplace Exitround
November 27, 2013 | TechCrunch
Live music giant Live Nation is announcing today that it has acquired Meexo, a startup that first launched at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in 2011. The companies connected through Exitround, a website that helps startups find potential acquirers in an anonymized way.
The 10 Best Mobile Apps for Finance
November 27, 2013 | Business Insider
Investors with smartphones or tablets have their choice of apps to keep them up to speed while away from their desks. We went through nearly 100 finance-related mobile apps and these are the best ones we found.
Tracking Momentum Stocks From Your iPhone
June 10, 2013 | Barron's
ChartIQ provides research tools to help you find the next Netflix or Google.
Estimize aims to replace sell-side analysts with crowdsourced earnings estimates - and now Gnip is selling its data
April 24, 2013 | Pando Daily
Estimize announces deal with Gnip.
Bloomberg Terminals Get Estimized
April 17, 2013 | Blogs.WSJ.com
Estimize announces deal with Bloomberg.