Software startup plans to add at least 250 jobs in Mass. after $300M funding round

A startup with dual headquarters offices in Somerville and Paris plans to add as many as 250 jobs in the Boston area now that it has landed $300 million in new equity funding.



a person posing for the camera: Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum


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Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum

Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum, whose firm creates and sells digital-marketplace software, said the roughly 300-person company is looking to add as many as 1,000 jobs over the next three years, including 250 in Greater Boston, in part due to the surge in revenue it is seeing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Permira Advisers was the lead investor, and was joined by existing Mirakl investors such as 83North, Bain Capital Ventures, Elaia Partners, and Felix Capital. Details of the transaction were not disclosed, but Mirakl said the latest funding round places the company’s valuation at more than $1.5 billion.

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Cybersecurity skills gap: How this startup aims to solve the talent crisis

In 2008, just a year after large-scale, state-sponsored cyberattacks on Estonia, NATO set up its Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, to strengthen its capabilities and improve cooperation and information-sharing among its members and partners.

Among the contractors who helped build a military-class cyber range for NATO’s cyber exercises, were IT-infrastructure and security specialists Jaanus Kink, Margus Ernits, and Taavi Must. A few years later, they decided to found a startup based on the experiences they had gained.

“We saw how useful cyber exercises are for defense teams. Once we realized that this kind of learning experience could help cyber teams around the world, we started to build RangeForce – a platform for hands-on training of cyber defenders and running cyber exercises at scale,” RangeForce CEO Must tells ZDNet.

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RangeForce provides cybersecurity training for companies of varying sizes,

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This Startup Pushes Technology Into Schools With Paper and Pen

(Bloomberg) — Millions of kids in the U.S. headed back to school this month and most of them will be spending at least part of their class time remotely, relying on computers, tablets and fast broadband to connect with teachers.

In thousands of schools across the U.S., though, teachers are using a small technology startup to preserve some of the more analog aspects of classwork during the pandemic. Bakpax Inc. makes a mobile app that kids can use to take a picture of homework completed using pencil and paper then upload to get instant grades and feedback. Some 50,000 teachers are using the tool, including in Europe and South Korea.



an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Bakpax App Can Read Your Kid's Chicken Scratch And Give It An A


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Bakpax App Can Read Your Kid’s Chicken Scratch And Give It An A

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“Paper is still the universal platform for learning,” said founder and Chief Executive Officer

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Virtual reality startup and Fujitsu bring immersive drug design software to Japanese market

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — San Diego–based virtual reality (VR) startup Nanome, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Fujitsu to bring their signature product—an immersive scientific design and collaboration platform—to the Japanese market. The software is already used by more than 15 of the top US-based biopharmaceutical companies.

Nanome became the first VR software company to launch an immersive real-time collaboration platform for scientific discovery in 2015. The software environment accelerates scientific decision making by allowing users to visualize, modify, and simulate biological and chemical compounds, facilitating effective communication of data and integrating with existing computational chemistry workflows.

“Our software enables the analysis of complicated structures in 3D space,” said Nanome COO Keita Funakawa. “It can help gain insights into data that were not accessible using 2D tools.”

Beginning this month, Fujitsu, a multinational information technology equipment and services company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan,

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Startup company founded by UB grads develops technology that streamlines process of detecting fevers

This thermal image was generated by Bifrost, a new technology that can detect the body temperatures of several people at once. (Image: Buffalo Automotion)

This thermal image was generated by Bifrost, a new technology that can detect the body temperatures of several people at once. (Image: Buffalo Automotion)

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Buffalo Automation adapted thermal-imaging technology it developed for self-driving boats to take temperatures of several people at once

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Buffalo Automation, a startup company with roots at the University at Buffalo, is setting a new course that could eventually help organizations around the world better navigate return-to-work plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary focus of the company, which was founded in 2015 by CEO Thiru Vikram and two fellow UB engineering undergraduates, has been to develop and implement AutoMate, an artificial intelligence (AI) system that enables ships and boats to essentially drive themselves. It uses thermal imaging to detect and steer around other vessels, buoys, swimmers, the shoreline and other non-water bodies during periods of

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Digital Skills Assessment startup Interview Mocha announces pre-series A funding of $600K | News

Investors include Girish Mathrubootham, CEO of Freshworks, Vaibhav Domkundwar of Better Capital, and Anand Chandrasekharan, former director at Facebook

PUNE, India, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SaaS-based digital skills assessment startup Interview Mocha today announced that it has secured $600,000 in pre-series A funding from a group of investors, including Freshworks CEO Girish Mathrubootham.

Interview Mocha has remained bootstrapped since its founding in 2015, and has revenues of more than $2 million ARR. The startup was founded by former IBM executives Amit Mishra and Sujit Karpe.

Other high-profile investors in the round include former Snapdeal CPO and Facebook Director Anand Chandrasekharan, and Vaibhav Domkundwar, CEO of Better Capital.

Girish Mathrubootham, CEO of Freshworks, said, “Amit and Sujit have built a solid team, and a product that customers love. The company is already profitable and has a big addressable market.”

“Talent leaders of global

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Start-up offers free online skill development courses for persons with disabilities

The aim is to empower people with disability to continue to live a dignified life, Khatri said.  (Representational image)

Persons with disability can learn new skill courses from the confines of their homes with an education tech start-up offering free of cost classes in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has permanently changed the working environments and arrangements, and the new order is here to stay even in the post COVID era. People with disabilities are no different and it is upon us as a society to take them along in the new age,” said DigiVidyapeeth Founder and Managing Director Pradeep Khatri.

Keeping this in mind, “we have kept 10 seats reserved for people with disability in each of our batch across all courses,” he said.

The aim is to empower people with disability to continue to live a dignified life, Khatri said.

DigiVidyapeeth is an online platform imparting skill

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YC startup SockSoho is using data science in a bid to become the “Uniqlo of India”

SockSoho co-founder Pritika Mehta with some of the company's socks
SockSoho co-founder Pritika Mehta with some of the company’s socks

SockSoho co-founder Pritika Mehta with some of the company’s socks

SockSoho is a direct-to-consumer brand that aspires to become the “Uniqlo of India.” The company launched sales ten months ago, starting with men’s socks, and recently completed Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 program. Founded by Pritika Mehta, a data scientist who has worked at companies including TripAdvisor, and growth marketer Simarpreet Singh, SockSoho now has more than 30,000 customers, and plans to launch into new menswear verticals soon.

Before launching SockSoho, Mehta and Singh worked together on MindBatteries, a technology and content IP provider whose corporate clients have included The Times of India, The Economic Times, Mercedes, Infosys, the World Economic Forum and Uber.

The two are relying on several factors for SockSoho’s growth: India’s position as one of the largest and fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the world and the company’s

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