Day: September 1, 2020

Cosmose, a platform that analyzes foot traffic in physical stores, gets $15 million Series A – TechCrunch

Cosmose tracks foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores to help predict customer behavior, providing data that is increasingly important as companies try to weather COVID-19’s economic impact. Today the startup announced it has raised a $15 million Series A. The round was by Tiga Investments, with participation from returning investors OTB Ventures and TDJ Pitango, who co-led Cosmose’s seed round last year.

The company said its valuation is now more than $100 million. Most of the stores it currently serves are in China and Japan, and its clients include companies like Walmart, Marriott, Samsung, and LVMH.

As companies try to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, founder and chief executive officer Miron Mironiuk said Cosmose’s platform has helped clients make decisions about when to reopen stores and what kind of inventory to stock, and how to increase revenue.

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Essential back-to-school gear and supplies

Back-to-school shopping is definitely different this year, and students are looking for something to make them stand out in a year that’s been anything but ordinary.

It’s a new type of school year for students around the country, with a variety of hybrid and NTI learning environments taking the place of full time, in-person classrooms. Despite the change in how students are learning this year, they’ll still appreciate some cool back-to-school gear.

Whether your favorite student is in K-8, high school or college, there’s something useful for them in this carefully curated list.

Apex Pro TKL Keyboard

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This top-of-the-line keyboard keeps selling out because it’s so popular. It has adjustable mechanical switches for customizable per-key sensitivity and an OLED smart display for information straight from games and apps. It will make both the student and gamer happy with it’s supreme functionality. $179.99

Razer Pro Click Wireless Mouse

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Gainsight and SV Academy partner to create customer success program for underrepresented communities

With sponsors like Box and Boomi, the CS YOU Program offers training and placement in entry-level customer success associate roles.

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Diversity in the tech industry has been a hotly debated issue this year and one organization is trying to change things with a new program designed to train people in a burgeoning customer success field.

With investment from Insight Partners, customer success management platform Gainsight partnered with nonprofit SVAcademy for the CSYou program, which is designed to create opportunities in customer success, one of the most in-demand careers in technology, per LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Job’s Report.

Robin Garcia-Amaya, vice president and head of philanthropy at Gainsight, said in an interview that just 1% of customer success manager positions are held by Black people right now and 6% come from Latino communities. With CSYou, Garcia-Amaya said the companies are trying to tackle inequality and eliminate disparities

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