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2015 February

28 Feb

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FarmLogs introduces FarmLogs Advantage

February 28, 2015 | By |

FarmLogs, the leading data science company that helps over 20 percent of U.S. farms maximize productivity and field profitability, will unveil FarmLogs Advantage at Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. The suite of breakthrough innovations will make precision farming possible for every farmer in America. The new version of FarmLogs will offer powerful automated data collection and analysis features focused on helping farmers make their fields even more profitable.

Read on Farm & Ranch Guide

09 Feb

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Sidecar launches same-day delivery service, partners with Eat24

February 9, 2015 | By |

 


Sidecar is no longer just getting people from point A to point B — the company is delivering packages now, too.

The San Francisco-based startup announced a new service today rolling out nationwide called Sidecar Deliveries. For the past six months, the company has been testing a same-day delivery program in the Bay Area built on the mobile-based technology and independent drivers that already power its traditional on-demand transportation app.

“If you’ve taken a ride in San Francisco lately, there’s a good chance there was a passenger in the trunk — a package!” CEO Sunil Paul noted in a blog post.

Sidecar has been working with e-commerce, food, flower, and grocery companies to deliver items at a price point that is “80 percent cheaper than traditional services” and in half the typical delivery time, according to Paul. Read more on geekwire.com

06 Feb

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San Francisco-based Sight Machine raises $5M to ramp up Michigan operations

February 6, 2015 | By |

Sight Machine Inc., a San Francisco-based company that uses cloud-based technology to monitor quality control on the factory floor, has closed on a venture-capital round of $5 million to ramp up its operations in Michigan.

The round was led by the Houston-based Mercury Fund, which opened an Ann Arbor office in October, and joined by Ann Arbor-based Michigan eLab, Ann Arbor-based Huron River Ventures, Bloomfield Hills-based Orfin Ventures, New York-based IA Ventures, San Francisco-based O’Reilly AlphaTech Venturesand FundersClub, a San Francisco-based angel investors network. Orfin, IA Ventures and O’Reilly also invested in the company’s seed-stage round of $6 million in 2013.

Sight Machine was founded in Ann Arbor in 2011 by five Michigan natives. One of them, Jon Sobel, a University of Michigan law school graduate, is the CEO. He and a development staff of 10 are based in San Francisco.

Read more on crainsdetroit.com

06 Feb

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Sight Machine Raises $5 Million to Help Manufacturers with Big Data

February 6, 2015 | By |

Manufacturing generates enormous amounts of data that can show whether a process is being followed correctly, whether the quality of items is being maintained and whether the number of items being produced is on track.

But the data aren’t always analyzed and tracked, and sometimes they are thrown away.

A fast-growing San Francisco startup, Sight Machine Inc., has raised another $5 million to help manufacturers get a handle on their data, taking total funding to $11 million.

Read more on wsj.com