Top VC deals: Chinese AI robots land $150 million; a high school esports league picks up a major league backer

Top VC deals: Chinese AI robots land $150 million; a high school esports league picks up a major league backer

Autodesk Autodesk president and CEO Andrew Anagnost. Autodesk this week agreed to buy construction software company PlanGrid for $875 million. The San Francisco-based start-up previously raised $69 million in funding from investors including YCombinator, Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital. PlanGrid enables real-time construction tracking for contractors and and architects. Autodesk “makes software for people who make things.” Start-ups Beijing-based robotics company Geek+ completed a $150 million Series B round from backers including Warburg Pincus, Volcanics Venture and Vertex Ventures. The company develops artificial intelligence and robotics technology for supply chain…

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Experts Share How to Close Deals Faster and Get Paid Quicker

Experts Share How to Close Deals Faster and Get Paid Quicker

As a small business, simplifying each interaction with your customers, partners and vendors goes a long way to making the process more efficient and enjoyable. A recent webinar titled, “Make it Rain Money: Close Deals Faster and Speed Up Collections” provides some great insights into how you can make this happen. The webinar was moderated by Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends. Guests included Alice Bredin, President of Bredin Incorporated, and Jeff Perry, Vice President of Commercial Sales, SMB at DocuSign. The research covered in the webinar was conducted by Bredin…

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Mi Fan Festival Set for Wednesday; Xiaomi Mi 5, New Accessories, Deals on Offer

Mi Fan Festival Set for Wednesday; Xiaomi Mi 5, New Accessories, Deals on Offer

Xiaomi announced its Mi Fan Festival on Wednesday in India. The Chinese company said that there will be new devices up for sale on the company’s website on Wednesday from 8am to 10pm IST. Alongside, the company has announced new accessories, which will first go on sale from Wednesday as well – these include the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank, Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro, and LED Light Enhanced Blue. To recall, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be going on sale on Wednesday in a flash sale model as well. The company…

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