Tier, the Berlin-based scooter rental startup, raises €25M as European e-scooter market heats up

Tier, one of a number of electric scooter rental startups based in Berlin, has raised a chunky €25 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is VC fund Northzone, with participation from existing investors Speedinvest, and Point Nine.

The investment marks the biggest financial backing for a European company in the space, and, according to my sources, signals the beginning of a pending VC war to create the “Bird or Lime of Europe”.

Go Flash (or perhaps just “Flash”), founded by Delivery Hero and Team Europe founder Lukasz Gadowski, is also thought to be out raising a war chest from VCs across Europe. I understand the yet-to-launch startup is already backed by Gadowski’s own cash and €2 million from the mobility arm of Target global.

There’s also Coup, an e-scooter subsidiary owned by Bosch and backed by BCG Digital Ventures that operates in Berlin, Paris and Madrid. And just two month’s ago Taxify announced its intention to do e-scooter rentals under the brand Bolt, first launched in Paris but also planning to be pan-European, including Germany. To name just a few.

Meanwhile, Bird and Lime have made tentative launches in Europe. The U.S. e-scooter services are both available …read more

Oracle acquires DataFox, a developer of ‘predictive intelligence as a service’ across millions of company records

Oracle today announced that it has made another acquisition, this time to enhance both the kind of data that it can provide to its business customers, and its artificial intelligence capabilities: it is buying DataFox, a startup that has amassed a huge company database — currently covering 2.8 million public and private businesses, adding 1.2 million each year — and uses AI to analyse that to make larger business predictions. The business intelligence resulting from that service can in turn be used for a range of CRM-related services: prioritising sales accounts, finding leads, and so on.

“The combination of Oracle and DataFox will enhance Oracle Cloud Applications with an extensive set of AI-derived company-level data and signals, enabling customers to reach even better decisions and business outcomes,” noted Steve Miranda, EVP of applications development at Oracle, in a note to DataFox customers announcing the deal. He said that DataFox will sit among Oracle’s existing portfolio of business planning services like ERP, CX, HCM and SCM. “Together, Oracle and DataFox will enrich cloud applications with AI-driven company-level data, powering recommendations to elevate business performance across the enterprise.”

Terms of the …read more

SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Pokemon: Let’s Go!’ Introduces Its Master Trainers, ‘Dynasty Warriors 8’ Is Switch-Bound, & an ‘Ys’-y Choice for the Game of the Day

Welcome to your SwitchArcade Roundup for October 22nd, 2018. Your hardened adventurer Phil is back with more news and discounts pertaining to the Switch! This week is going to be extra spooky with impressions of Dark Souls: Remastered and Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption coming at you later. Nevertheless, let’s stick to the present for now, and take a glimpse at the Game of the Day to start of this week of new SwitchArcade Roundups!

Game of the Day

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana ($59.99)

It’s a rarity to see the Ys series hit a Nintendo system in the modern era of gaming (the last was a 3D remake of Ys I and Ys II on the Nintendo DS). However, thanks to NIS America, the latest entry in the series–and the first original entry in eight years–sees its arrival on the Nintendo Switch with Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.

When a gigantic squid monster capsizes the luxury ship that protagonist Adol Christin and his adventuring partner Dogi are sailing on, everyone on board the ship finds themselves washed up on an island. Unfortunately, this island is one from legend–a cursed one where those who find themselves on it never get to escape. With this nugget …read more