Jasra Inc: Digital Transformation & Strategy | Manoj Jasra http://jasrainc.com Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:57:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.35 This startup says its AI can better spot a healthy embryo — and improve IVF success http://jasrainc.com/this-startup-says-its-ai-can-better-spot-a-healthy-embryo-and-improve-ivf-success/ http://jasrainc.com/this-startup-says-its-ai-can-better-spot-a-healthy-embryo-and-improve-ivf-success/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:57:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/this-startup-says-its-ai-can-better-spot-a-healthy-embryo-and-improve-ivf-success/ By Connie Loizos With every year, AI is beginning to bring more standardized levels of diagnostic accuracy in medicine. This is true of skin cancer detection, for example, and lung cancers. Now, a startup in Israel called Embryonics says its AI can improve the odds of successfully implanting a healthy embryo during in vitro fertilization. […]

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By Connie Loizos

With every year, AI is beginning to bring more standardized levels of diagnostic accuracy in medicine. This is true of skin cancer detection, for example, and lung cancers.

Now, a startup in Israel called Embryonics says its AI can improve the odds of successfully implanting a healthy embryo during in vitro fertilization. What the company has been developing, in essence, is an algorithm to predict embryo implantation probability, one they have trained through IVF time-lapsed imaging of developing embryos.

It’s just getting started, to be clear. So far, in a pilot involving 11 women ranging in age from 20 to 40, six of those individuals are enjoying successful pregnancies, and the other five are awaiting results, says Embryonics.

Still, Embryonics is interesting for its potential to shake up a big market that’s been stuck for decades and continues to grow only because of external trends, like millennial women who are putting off having children owing to economic concerns.

Consider that the global in-vitro fertilization market is expected to grow from roughly $18.3 billion to nearly double that number in the next five years by some estimates. Yet the tens of thousands of women who undergo IVF each year …read more

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Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski among list of last-minute Trump pardons http://jasrainc.com/former-google-engineer-anthony-levandowski-among-list-of-last-minute-trump-pardons/ http://jasrainc.com/former-google-engineer-anthony-levandowski-among-list-of-last-minute-trump-pardons/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:20:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/former-google-engineer-anthony-levandowski-among-list-of-last-minute-trump-pardons/ By Kirsten Korosec Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of stealing trade secrets, has received a pardon from President Donald Trump. The full pardon, which was one of 73 issued late Tuesday evening, means Levandowski will avoid a prison cell. […]

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By Kirsten Korosec

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of stealing trade secrets, has received a pardon from President Donald Trump.

The full pardon, which was one of 73 issued late Tuesday evening, means Levandowski will avoid a prison cell. The president also commuted 70 sentences. Levandowski received his sentence in August 2020. However, Judge Alsup, who presided over the case, said he didn’t need to report to prison until the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic had passed.

Levandowski could not be reached for comment.

Levandowski’s pardon was supported by technology founders and investors, including Founders Fund’s co-founder Peter Thiel and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey; trial lawyers Miles Ehrlich and Amy Craig; and businessman and investor Michael Ovitz. Other people connected to Thiel organizations also supported Levandowski, including Trae Stephens, partner at Founders Fund and Blake Masters, who is COO at Thiel Capital and …read more

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Prosus Ventures leads $30 million investment in Indian agritech startup DeHaat http://jasrainc.com/prosus-ventures-leads-30-million-investment-in-indian-agritech-startup-dehaat/ http://jasrainc.com/prosus-ventures-leads-30-million-investment-in-indian-agritech-startup-dehaat/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2021 04:30:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/prosus-ventures-leads-30-million-investment-in-indian-agritech-startup-dehaat/ By Manish Singh Once overlooked, agritech startups are beginning to have a moment in India. On Tuesday, DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers, said it has raised $30 million in a new financing round as the Indian firm looks to maintain its accelerated growth despite the pandemic. Prosus Ventures, formerly […]

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By Manish Singh

Once overlooked, agritech startups are beginning to have a moment in India.

On Tuesday, DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers, said it has raised $30 million in a new financing round as the Indian firm looks to maintain its accelerated growth despite the pandemic.

Prosus Ventures, formerly known as Naspers Ventures, led Patna and Gurgaon-based startup’s Series C financing round. RTP Global and existing investors Sequoia Capital India, FMO, Omnivore and AgFunder also participated in it, bringing the startup’s to-date raise to over $46 million. (Dexter Capital was the advisor for this funding round.)

One of the biggest challenges farmers in India face is securing agri-input items such as seeds and fertilizers and then finding buyers after producing the yields.

DeHaat, which is Hindi for village, is solving this by bringing brands, institutional financers and buyers to one platform, which is accessible through a helpline and an app in local languages.

Only about a third of the yields Indian farmers produce reaches the big markets, according to industry estimates. It’s traditionally proven immensely difficult for farmers to find buyers for their produce.

Once the season is over, DeHaat helps farmers sell their yields to bulk buyers such as business-to-business …read more

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Goama lets developers integrate a social gaming platform into their apps http://jasrainc.com/goama-lets-developers-integrate-a-social-gaming-platform-into-their-apps/ http://jasrainc.com/goama-lets-developers-integrate-a-social-gaming-platform-into-their-apps/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2021 07:42:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/goama-lets-developers-integrate-a-social-gaming-platform-into-their-apps/ By Catherine Shu Goama (also known as Go Games) lets developers quickly integrate social games into their apps. Some of Goama’s clients have used it for promotional campaigns, while others rely on the platform, which introduces new games every week, to add a full-fledged gaming function to their app. The startup, which recently took part […]

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By Catherine Shu

Goama (also known as Go Games) lets developers quickly integrate social games into their apps. Some of Goama’s clients have used it for promotional campaigns, while others rely on the platform, which introduces new games every week, to add a full-fledged gaming function to their app.

The startup, which recently took part in SOSV’s accelerator program, presented last week during CES at the Taiwan Tech Arena pavilion. The event is over, but Goama’s virtual booth is still up.

Some of Goama’s clients are “super apps,” or apps that offer several services and want to include games, too. To better serve super apps, Goama recently introduced a tournament model in addition to its subscription model for users.

The startup says that integrating Goama’s platform can help apps grow brand awareness when people share their results or invite other players tournaments. It also increases user engagement, with players typically spending more than 16 minutes per session playing games. So far, the platform has a combined total of 2.5 million unique users.

The company currently focuses on Asia and Latin America, where mobile penetration is growing quickly, and works with more than 15 partners, including GCash and Rappi, to enable digital …read more

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After a record year for Israeli startups, 16 investors tell us what’s next http://jasrainc.com/after-a-record-year-for-israeli-startups-16-investors-tell-us-whats-next/ http://jasrainc.com/after-a-record-year-for-israeli-startups-16-investors-tell-us-whats-next/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2021 22:30:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/after-a-record-year-for-israeli-startups-16-investors-tell-us-whats-next/ By Mike Butcher Israel’s startup ecosystem raised record amounts of funding and produced 19 IPOs in 2020, despite the pandemic. Now tech companies across industries are poised for an even better year, according to more than a dozen investors we talked to in the country. Mainstay sectors like cybersecurity continue to matter, they said, but […]

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By Mike Butcher

Israel’s startup ecosystem raised record amounts of funding and produced 19 IPOs in 2020, despite the pandemic. Now tech companies across industries are poised for an even better year, according to more than a dozen investors we talked to in the country.

Mainstay sectors like cybersecurity continue to matter, they said, but are maturing (more about that here). Some people are more excited by emerging areas like artificial intelligence, which has been a focus of the country’s military for years, and like cybersecurity is now producing many fresh teams of founders. Other investors felt that a broader range of industries, like fintech and biotech, would eventually produce the biggest companies in the country.

Overall, local investors cited the country’s focus on global markets from day one, general support from the Israeli government and deep relationships with Silicon Valley and other global tech centers as additional factors that are powering it forward today.

Here are the investors in their own words, for any TechCrunch reader who is interested in hiring, investing or founding a company in the country. Oh, and one more thing. We just launched Extra Crunch in Israel. Subscribe to access all of our investor surveys, company profiles and …read more

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Extra Crunch roundup: Antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more http://jasrainc.com/extra-crunch-roundup-antitrust-jitters-spac-odyssey-white-hot-ipos-more/ http://jasrainc.com/extra-crunch-roundup-antitrust-jitters-spac-odyssey-white-hot-ipos-more/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2021 01:09:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/extra-crunch-roundup-antitrust-jitters-spac-odyssey-white-hot-ipos-more/ By Walter Thompson Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of finding a thread that connects each story in the weekly Extra Crunch roundup; there are no unified theories of technology news. The stories that left the deepest impression were related to two news pegs that dominated the week — Visa and Plaid […]

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By Walter Thompson

Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of finding a thread that connects each story in the weekly Extra Crunch roundup; there are no unified theories of technology news.

The stories that left the deepest impression were related to two news pegs that dominated the week — Visa and Plaid calling off their $5.3 billion acquisition agreement, and sizzling-hot IPOs for Affirm and Poshmark.

Watching Plaid and Visa sing “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” in harmony after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block their deal wasn’t shocking. But I was surprised to find myself editing an interview Alex Wilhelm conducted with Plaid CEO Zach Perret the next day in which the executive said growing the company on its own is “once again” the correct strategy.


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In an analysis for Extra Crunch, Managing Editor Danny Crichton suggested that federal regulators’ new interest in antitrust enforcement will affect valuations going forward. For example, Procter & Gamble and women’s beauty D2C brand Billie also called off their planned merger last week after …read more

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Trump Administration adds Xiaomi to military blacklist http://jasrainc.com/trump-administration-adds-xiaomi-to-military-blacklist/ http://jasrainc.com/trump-administration-adds-xiaomi-to-military-blacklist/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:24:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/trump-administration-adds-xiaomi-to-military-blacklist/ By Rita Liao Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is the latest to be added to the Trump Administration’s military blacklist. On Thursday, the Department of Defense added nine more companies to its list of alleged Chinese military companies, including Xiaomi. Xiaomi was the world’s third-largest smartphone maker as of Q3 last year, coming ahead of Apple […]

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By Rita Liao

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is the latest to be added to the Trump Administration’s military blacklist. On Thursday, the Department of Defense added nine more companies to its list of alleged Chinese military companies, including Xiaomi.

Xiaomi was the world’s third-largest smartphone maker as of Q3 last year, coming ahead of Apple and trailing behind Samsung and Huawei, according to market researcher IDC.

In November, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, which was set to take effect in January, to bar investment in companies designated as supporting efforts of China’s military, intelligence and security apparatuses. Huawei, China’s major chipmaker SMIC, and the country’s three largest telecoms operators are among the targets of the list.

The military blacklist is different from the Commerce Department’s entity list, which famously cuts Huawei, DJI, SenseTime and other Chinese tech firms off their U.S. suppliers over national security concerns.

Xiaomi “confirms that it is not owned, controlled or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a ‘Communist Chinese Military Company’ defined under the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act]. The company will take appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the company and its shareholders,” a Xiaomi …read more

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Google cracks down on personal loan apps in India following abuse and outcry http://jasrainc.com/google-cracks-down-on-personal-loan-apps-in-india-following-abuse-and-outcry/ http://jasrainc.com/google-cracks-down-on-personal-loan-apps-in-india-following-abuse-and-outcry/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:48:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/google-cracks-down-on-personal-loan-apps-in-india-following-abuse-and-outcry/ By Manish Singh Google said on Thursday it has pulled some personal loan apps from Play Store in India and was implementing stronger measures to prevent abuse following reports that said several firms were targeting vulnerable borrowers in the country and then going to extreme lengths to recover their money. The Android-maker said users and […]

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By Manish Singh

Google said on Thursday it has pulled some personal loan apps from Play Store in India and was implementing stronger measures to prevent abuse following reports that said several firms were targeting vulnerable borrowers in the country and then going to extreme lengths to recover their money.

The Android-maker said users and government agencies in India recently flagged several personal loan apps and the company reviewed hundreds of them. The review found an identified number of apps violated Play Store’s safety policies and were immediately removed from the Store.

Google said it has asked the developers of the remaining identified apps to demonstrate that their apps are in compliance with applicable local laws and regulations. “Apps that fail to do so will be removed without further notice. In addition, we will continue to assist the law enforcement agencies in their investigation of this issue,” the company said.

Users have identified several lending apps including 10MinuteLoan and Ex-Money in India in recent months that granted small ticket loans (typically in the range of $100 to $200) to people for short tenures without much verification to determine their eligibility and then charged steep processing fees.

To avoid such abuse, Google said Play Store will only …read more

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Business trip platform TravelPerk buys YC-backed rival NexTravel http://jasrainc.com/business-trip-platform-travelperk-buys-yc-backed-rival-nextravel/ http://jasrainc.com/business-trip-platform-travelperk-buys-yc-backed-rival-nextravel/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:01:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/business-trip-platform-travelperk-buys-yc-backed-rival-nextravel/ By Natasha Lomas Barcelona-based TravelPerk has scooped up US-based rival NexTravel as the pandemic drives consolidation in one of the sector’s hardest hit by COVID-19. It’s not disclosing how much it’s shelling out for NexTravel, which has some 700 customers globally and has processed around 300,000 trips since being founded back in 2013, but says […]

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By Natasha Lomas

Barcelona-based TravelPerk has scooped up US-based rival NexTravel as the pandemic drives consolidation in one of the sector’s hardest hit by COVID-19.

It’s not disclosing how much it’s shelling out for NexTravel, which has some 700 customers globally and has processed around 300,000 trips since being founded back in 2013, but says the deal is its largest acquisition to date — with the aim of beefing up its business in the US. (Also today it’s announcing a partnership with Southwest Airlines that plugs a key gap in its US offering.)

The US has always been a top five market for TravelPerk, per CEO and co-founder, Avi Meir, but after the NexTravel acquisition it becomes its largest market.

“US customers, US know-how, [US-based] team,” he said, listing the drivers for the acquisition. “They’ve built an amazing product. It’s a Y Combinator company who started 2-3 years before us and they focused only or mostly on the US market so they have an expertise that is very complementary to what we’re doing.”

Meir confirmed NexTravel’s founders and team are joining TravelPerk as part of the deal. Existing customers include the likes of Yelp, Stripe and Harry’s.

“They’re a great company. I really think we have great …read more

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Two ex-Sequoia VCs: the most ‘compelling emerging market’ may be America, outside of Silicon Valley http://jasrainc.com/two-ex-sequoia-vcs-the-most-compelling-emerging-market-may-be-america-outside-of-silicon-valley/ http://jasrainc.com/two-ex-sequoia-vcs-the-most-compelling-emerging-market-may-be-america-outside-of-silicon-valley/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2021 07:27:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/two-ex-sequoia-vcs-the-most-compelling-emerging-market-may-be-america-outside-of-silicon-valley/ By Connie Loizos Roughly eight years ago, investors Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen left Silicon Valley to open a venture firm, Drive Capital, in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t an easy decision. Leaving California wasn’t exactly fashionable at the time. In fact, While Olsen had grown up in Cincinnati, the Yale grad had landed at Sequoia […]

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By Connie Loizos

Roughly eight years ago, investors Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen left Silicon Valley to open a venture firm, Drive Capital, in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t an easy decision. Leaving California wasn’t exactly fashionable at the time. In fact, While Olsen had grown up in Cincinnati, the Yale grad had landed at Sequoia Capital a couple of years out of college — a dream job — and had no interest in going anywhere. Meanwhile, Kvamme is a California native who attended UC Berkeley, grew up immersed in the world of startups (his dad was also a VC), and cofounded four companies before himself landing at Sequoia, where among his deals, he led the firm’s investment in LinkedIn.

Even after a series of developments would lead them to take the leap, the early ride was bumpy. There was no venture community. Midwestern startups were still few and far between. More, Kvamme, first lured to Ohio by his longtime friend John Kasich to take an economic development job that he thought would be temporary, was soon deemed a little too cozy with the state’s power players.

Looking back now, it’s a wonder they stayed. Yet it’s because they did that <a target=_blank …read more

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