Posts Tagged ‘GroupOn’

Semantic Technology Job: Groupon


Groupon is looking for a Data Science Engineer in Palo Alto, CA. According to the post, “Are you excited about analyzing large amounts of data, finding patterns and training models from it? Are you interested in data about small business around the world – going way beyond just name, address, and phone number?  Most importantly, do you want to be part of a fun, fast paced and talented engineering team with ambitious goals? Groupon is looking for engineers to join its local data science team. As part of this team, you will build cutting edge systems to analyze, clean, and derive insights from Groupon’s data about small businesses globally.” Read more

Amid Mixed Picture For VC Investments, Silk Gets More Seed Funding

Just as reports are coming in that venture-backed companies based in Europe recently have raised more money but in a fewer number of deals, word comes from the team at Amsterdam-based Silk that its latest seed round has brought in an additional $1.6 million.

According to new analysis from Dow Jones VentureSource, VC-backed companies based in Europe raised EUR 1.3 billion through 273 venture capital deals during the second quarter of 2012. That marked a 14 percent increase in capital raised but a 20 percent decline in deals from the same period last year, it said. Additionally, second-round deals accounted for 19 percent of deal flow and 18 percent of capital invested, down from 25 percent and 28 percent, respectively, in the year-ago period, it said.

Silk in May 2011 completed a $475,000 funding round led by Atomico, the venture capital firm headed up by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström.

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Infolinks Introduces Self-Service Semantic Advertising

Online advertising that leverages semantic technology is expanding to the do-it-yourself model. Infolinks today is launching its self-service in-text advertising marketplace. The company says the service is designed to speed advertisers’ ability to create in-text ad campaigns, which work in the Infolinks method by revealing ads to consumers when they hover over a highlighted keyword in relevant content and opt in to see the spot on the advertiser’s landing page.

Infolinks already delivers in-text advertising campaigns across 250 billion pages of content in its network of pre-screened web sites that it says reach over 350 million unique visitors. The company says that network consists of more than 50,000 online publishers and blogging sites.

Its full page textual analysis “relies on natural language processing, machine learning and other proprietary linguistics technologies to ensure that ads are contextually relevant to the publisher’s content and what visitors are reading at any time,” says chief marketing officer Tomer Treves, as well as to avoid inappropriate brand associations.

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ai-one Acquires Auto-Semantics

ai-one has acquired Auto-Semantics, “a local start-up providing artificial intelligence services to corporate IT departments. The acquisition is the latest in a series of joint-ventures and acquisitions by ai-one that consolidates its leadership position within the emerging market for machine learning technologies.  In less than one year from its founding, Auto-Semantics built a solid pipeline of commercial accounts to apply computational semantics to solve ‘big data’ and marketing problems – such as modeling consumer and investor behaviors.” Read more