Day: May 20, 2020

AngelList India head Utsav Somani launches micro VC fund to back 30 early-stage startups – TechCrunch

As investors get cautious about writing new checks to early stage startups in India amid the coronavirus outbreak, AngelList’s head in India is betting that this is the right time to back young firms.

On Wednesday, Utsav Somani announced iSeed, a micro VC fund to back up at least 30 startups over the course of two years. iSeed, which is not affiliated with AngelList, is Somani’s maiden venture fund.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Somani said he would write checks of $150,000 each to up to 35 early-stage startups in any tech category and enable his portfolio firms’ access to global investors and their knowledge pool. The fund will not participate in a startup’s follow-on rounds.

iSeed counts a range of high-profile investors, including Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi, co-founders of AngelList, who are some of the biggest backers of the fund.

Others include founders of Xiaomi, Jake Zeller, a

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Productive pandemic: Searches for free online courses are up 309%

Available online classes include ways to upgrade your resume, add to current skills, or land a better job.

People want to be productive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though many are working from home, they still see the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel. And, they want to conserve money. The data provider SEMrush’s Google searches revealed some remarkable results. 

Searches and results include:

  • Free online education,+247% 
  • Online business marketing courses, +54%
  • Free SEO course, +52%, 
  • Online marketing courses, +49%
  • Online business courses, +49%

SEE: COVID-19: A guide and checklist for restarting your business (TechRepublic Premium)

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No-cost tech education

The ever-changing tech world is a popular arena in which to explore courses, with education outlets that offer free online tech classes

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Bot or Not invites you to tell bot from human and asks if undercover bots are a problem

Far from just being an internet diversion, the Mozilla-funded project makes users question whether bots can distort truth, erode privacy, and deceive the public.

Bot or Not, winner of a Mozilla Creative Media Award, is inviting everyone on the internet to give it a playthrough to see if they can distinguish between a bot and another human being.

The Bot or Not web app is simple, has a minimal interface, and presents its users with a simple premise: Chat with someone for three minutes and try to determine if they’re a bot or another human using the app. 

SEE: Managing AI and ML in the enterprise 2020: Tech leaders increase project development and implementation (TechRepublic Premium)

A single game of Bot or Not is divided into several rounds: A free chat where you can talk about anything you want, and some alternating question and answer in which one user asks

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