Cloosiv raises $1M to bring mobile ordering to every coffee shop


A few months back we took a look at Cloosiv, a company aiming to provide smaller coffee shops a mobile ordering solution that can compete with those of the mega coffee chains.

Today the Cloosiv team is announcing that they’ve raised a $1M seed round.

Most coffee shops want to be able to offer mobile ordering — but apps are tough to build and maintain, and users don’t want to install an app for a coffee shop they might only visit once or twice.

Instead, Cloosiv’s approach is to build one big network of coffee shops all under the same app roof. Open up Cloosiv, and up pops a list of nearby, Cloosiv-enabled shops. Tap into any of the shops, and you’ll get a mobile ordering experience not unlike what you’ll find at the huge name competitors — with things like order history, item customization, and tipping all incorporated. Cloosiv charges merchants a percentage off each order, with the percentage decreasing as order volume goes up.

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Cloosiv founder Tim Griffin tells me that investors in the round include Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Roger Dickey (Founder and former CEO of Gigster), Avichal Garg (former Facebook Director of Product Management), Ken Deeter, Brad Powers (CTO of Passport), and John Kim (co-founder of the chat API company SendBird).

Cloosiv currently has around 315 locations using the platform, and they’re expecting to pass 500 by the end of this year.

With mobile ordering making up at least 13% of Starbucks’ transactions in the US last year, this space is heating up. A competing platform out of Seattle, Joe Coffee, announced just a few months back that it had raised $750k with plans to expand its network to other major cities.

While Cloosiv merchants currently receive orders through the standalone Cloosiv app, the next step for the company is integrating orders into the point-of-sales apps many merchants are already using — like Clover, Micros, and Square. Griffin tells me a partnership with Square is already in the works, with integration into the Square point-of-sales app “close.”

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Tencent leads $10M A funding round in SenSat which digitises real-world locations

If you could digitize whole, real-world locations you’d automatically improve the planning for big infrastructure projects that require buildings, bridges tunnels and the like. Some $94 trillion in infrastructure investment is required by 2040 globally to sustain global growth predictions, yet infrastructure is one of the least digitized sectors in the global economy.

SenSat is a UK company using AI to create digital representations of real-world locations. It’s now raised a $10 million Series A funding round, led by Internet giant Tencent, with participation from Sistema Venture Capital.

SenSat creates ‘digital twins’ of locations. The result is an accurate, digital and up-to-date copy of the real world in a machine-readable format. This enables industries, such as infrastructure, to make more informed decisions about big projects. This improves safety, cost-efficiency, waste generation, project collaboration, and reduces the carbon generated in the project.

James Dean, Co-Founder and CEO of SenSat says: “SenSat has a simple but profound goal: to build the third platform, an intelligent eco-system that translates the real world into a version understandable to AI. This technology will help us to build a more sustainable future, using the wealth of new insight to help humans make better decisions.”

Pony Ma, CEO and Founder, Tencent added: “We believe the first stage of the internet, the consumer internet, is drawing to a close, and the second stage, the industrial internet, is kicking off. SenSat are really well-positioned to introduce mass digital automation to traditionally offline industries that have not yet partaken in the digital revolution.”

SenSat’s is Mapp platform allows Infrastructure companies to interact with their workplaces digitally by allowing digital automation to help them make better decisions with real-world data.

Mapp has more than 30 international infrastructure companies using it now. As part of a project with Murphy Group for the UK National Grid, SenSat digitized a 52 km underground transmission line as a part of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project, resulting in reducing time on site by 200%, it claims.

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SD Times news digest: New version of Visio JavaScript APIs available for public preview, WSO2’s API Manager 3.0, Updated Jama Connect Review Center

The new version of Visio JavaScript APIs, which are used to extend Visio for the web and to build mashup scenarios is now available for public preview.

The new version allows users to add custom HTML content on shapes and to show HTML content on various shape events.

The new release also offers the ability to disable a pan zoom window and set a default zoom level for diagrams.

The full list of features is available here.

WSO2 advances APIs and cloud deployments in API Manager 3.0
The open source WSO2 API Manager platform announced API Manager 3.0, which aims to advance API productization and cloud deployments.

New functionalities include API product creation with functionality for API product managers to combine related APIs into a single product, a native Kubernetes operator to simplify management and configuration in a cloud native environment and support for GraphQL APIs.

The full details on the new release are available here.

Jama Software updates Jama Connect Review Center
Development platform provider Jama Software announced updates for its Jama Connect Review Center that include improved review creation, a simplified review process and updates to electronic signatures in reviews.

“Our latest Review Center enhancements introduce a more unified and streamlined approach by reducing time spent on manual processes and in arduous meetings,” said Jama Software CEO, Scott Roth.

The full details on the new release are available here.

SwiftStack introduces Swiftstack 7 
SwiftStack announced performance and data storage and management enhancements to its data platform, SwiftStack 7.

“Right now, data is changing the world, applications can exist anywhere from the edge to the core data center to the cloud, and data management and control has been decoupled from core infrastructure,” said Joe Arnold, SwiftStack founder and chief product officer.

The updates include ultra-scale performance architecture, ProxyFS Edge and the 1space File Connector.

The details are available here.

New analytics updates in Actions on Google Console
Google announced analytics updates in Actions within Google Console, including multiple improvements for readability, and Active User Chart, which can now read daily, weekly and monthly labels.

New filter options apply only to charts that a user is viewing, and new retention metrics show how many users someone had in a week and how many returned each week for up to 5 weeks.

Improvements to conversation metrics include ‘Conversations,’ ‘Messages,’ ‘Avg Length’ and ‘Abort rate’ for easier comparison and visibility of trends over time.

The full list of improvements is available here.


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Challenger bank Bunq expands to all EU countries

Fintech startup Bunq is launching in 22 additional markets today. It is now going to be available in all European Union markets as well as Norway and Iceland. Overall, users can sign up in 30 countries.

In addition to today’s geographic expansion, the company is enabling Apple Pay and Google Pay support for Travel Card users in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Ireland.

Bunq wants to create a bank account that works better. Originally from the Netherlands, Bunq is already available in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Belgium.

In those countries, you can open a full-fledged bank accounts. You get your own IBAN and debit card for a monthly subscription fee.

More recently, Bunq also launched a (nearly) free tier called the Bunq Travel Card. The Travel Card is all about saving on banking fees. It isn’t a true bank account, it just complements your existing bank account.

When sign up to the Travel Card, you can top up an electronic wallet and then spend money using your Bunq Mastercard. The main advantage is that Bunq uses the standard Mastercard exchange rate but doesn’t add any markup fee. Most traditional banks charge you 2 or 3 percent for foreign transactions.

While Bunq doesn’t offer a credit line, the Travel Card is technically a credit card. It means that you can use it for hotel security deposits or car rentals just like a normal credit card. But Bunq still checks whether you have enough money on your Bunq account before processing a transaction.

Bunq is launching the Bunq Travel Card in 22 new countries, not the premium bank accounts. You can get a Travel Card for a one-time fee of €9.99 and there’s no monthly subscription fee.

Here’s the full list of new countries launching today: Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and non-EU countries Norway and Iceland.

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Industry Watch: Identifying, and winning, with unicorns

You’re working on a project that’s months late and millions over budget. Your developers move at a snail’s pace, being held up by unfilled requests server environments, authorizations to access needed data, and even to the codebase. You’re frustrated, your managers are mad and worried for their job security, and execs are jumping ship — either of their own volition, or pushed overboard.

What do you do?

In a delightful followup to his seminal work The Phoenix Project, author Gene Kim revisits the fictional car parts company that suffered from a payroll delivery failure and was wilting under the pressure to complete a digital transformation in his newest work, The Unicorn Project. Where the first book looked at the company’s efforts from the perspective of management, The Unicorn Project follows Maxine, a developer par excellence, who — after taking the fall as the “human error” in the payroll debacle — is reassigned to the Phoenix project, where she is greeted with everything described in this column’s opening paragraph.

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“The reason that really motivated me to write the book was, even if organizations did all the things that got prescribed in The Phoenix Project … there’s still this problem where there’s still all these invisible structures that are needed to make developers productive,” Kim told me in a recent interview. “One of the main reasons that I wanted to retell The Phoenix Project was to show the equally heroic journey that happened not from the Ops perspective but from the Dev perspective and show just how awful life is and how great it can be,” he added with a laugh.

The book is also a story of contrasts. Maxine “knows what awesome looks like,  but wherever she looks, she’s surrounded by mediocrity… not just mediocrity, but horrible,” Kim said. “No one can do builds, no one can do work by themselves, everything needs approvals, everything needs committees.”

In The Phoenix Project, the protagonist, a character named Bill Palmer, was the VP of operations. The book looked at things, as Kim put it, from the bridge of a large ship, whereas The Unicorn Project is “a novel about the redshirts trapped in the engine room. I  think what I explore and posit in the book is that the daily work of developers is, if the future depends on developer productivity and software, then how daily work feels for that hands-on-keyboard developer. It’s probably one of the most important things that leaders should care about.”

Underlying the story are what Kim calls five ideals: Locality and simplicity; focus, flow and joy; improvement of daily work; psychological safety; and laser focus on the customer.  Organizations need to ensure developers are able to independently develop, deploy, test and create value for customers, and not require the entire company to do this, with meetings and approvals that can add delays for the business and negative feelings for the team. “When we have locality and simplicity, it leaves this sense of focus, flow and joy,” Kim explained, “where Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his amazing TED Talk, talked about flow, the sudden state of not joy, but like total immersion, and you lose yourself in the work, and even sense of self, this transcendent stage. There’s improvement of daily work being more important than daily work itself.” These five ideals, he said, are meant to describe the necessary conditions for a software organization “to really kick ass and win to the marketplace.”

However, in many organizations, the best developers work on features. In places like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft, 3 to 5 percent of the best developers are working to improve the developer experience. In other enterprises, the people responsible for elevating developer productivity — those who work on the builds, the CI pipelines and infrastructure improvement  — are usually some interns, or the developers not good enough to work on features. That, Kim said, is completely inverted. 

One of Kim’s goals with the book is try to define the qualities of leadership that organizations should model, and those qualities that should not be modeled. For example, Chris — the VP of development who shows up in The Phoenix Project and shows up much more prominently in The Unicorn Project— is actually quite a weak character. “He’s the one,” Kim said, “who says to Maxine, ‘Stay under the radar. Don’t rock the boat. We need a fall guy to take the blame for the payroll outage, and that’s you, Maxine.’ He’s the one who doesn’t want to put his neck on the line, to stick to the annual plans. He’s too frightened to be the leader of the rebellion, which is actually two levels down.”

That’s where Maxine thrives, reaching out to people within the development organization until she finds people willing to do what it takes to advance the work, without requiring meetings. She assembles a team of like-minded devs and IT pros whose goal is bigger than that of their siloed team or department. 

Kim’s hope with the book is that it might create some uncomfortable conversations about an individual’s role in the organization. “Am I really committed to the rebellion or am I against the rebellion,” he asked. “Am I one of the good guys, or one of the ones in the way?”

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SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Ghost

The open-source blogging CMS with a modern intuitive editor and built-in SEO features just reached version 3.0. Ghost 3.0 integrates publishing<>subscriptions, which allows anyone to build a recurring revenue subscription business. The tool is managed by the not-for-profit Ghost Foundation.

The developers of Ghost explained they embrace the JAMstack movement, which prefers to generate a static site and then bolster it with dynamic features, instead of making a dynamic app from the ground up. 

“This new architecture unlocks content management that is fundamentally built via APIs, webhooks and frameworks to generate robust modern websites. We’ve expanded everything Ghost can do in this space as a headless CMS, including detailed content APIs, admin APIs and custom integrations,” the Ghost team wrote in a blog post.

Ghost 3.0 enables continuous theme deployment with GitHub Actions, which makes it easier to continuously sync custom Ghost themes to a live production site with every new commit. 

For those looking to transition content from a WordPress site, the new release introduces a plugin that provides a single-button-download of your full WordPress content + image archive in a format which can be dragged and dropped into Ghost’s importer, according to the team.

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AWS IQ matches AWS customers with certified service providers

AWS has a lot going on, and it’s not always easy for customers to deal with the breadth of its service offerings on its own. Today, the company announced a new service called AWS IQ that is designed to connect customers with certified service providers.

“Today I would like to tell you about AWS IQ, a new service that will help you to engage with AWS Certified third party experts for project work,” AWS’s Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post introducing the new feature. This could involve training, support, managed services, professional services or consulting. All of the companies available to help have received associate, specialty or professional certification from AWS, according to the post.

You start by selecting the type of service you are looking for, such as training or professional services, then the tool walks you through the process of defining your needs, including providing a title, description and what you are willing to pay for these services. The service then connects the requestor with a set of providers that match the requirements. From there, the requestor can review expert profiles and compare the ratings and offerings in a kind of online marketplace.

AWS IQ start screen

You start by selecting the type of service you want to engage

Swami Sivasubramanian, vice president at AWS, says they wanted to offer a way for customers and service providers to get together. “We built AWS IQ to serve as a bridge between our customers and experts, enabling them to get to work on new projects faster and easier, and removing many of the hassles and roadblocks that both groups usually encounter when dealing with project-based work,” he said in a statement.

The company sees this as a particularly valuable tool for small and medium-sized vendors, which might lack the expertise to find help with AWS services. The end result is that everyone should win. Customers get direct access to this community of experts, and the experts can more easily connect with potential customers to build their AWS consulting practice.

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Daily Crunch: Facebook faces VR challenges

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.

1. Not all is predictable on Facebook’s social Horizon

Last week, Facebook unveiled Horizon, a massively multiplayer VR world that’s scheduled to launch in 2020. This might seem to play to Facebook’s software strengths, but Lucas Matney argues that the social networking giant may not actually have much of an advantage against smaller game studios.

For example, the team at Against Gravity has already built a network inside VR called Rec Room that’s been maturing over the past few years, with rich environments and toolsets for multiplayer interactions. (Extra Crunch membership required.)

2. Spotify now lets you add podcasts to playlists

Users can create their own custom playlists of their favorite podcasts, or even those that combine music and audio — similar to Spotify’s newly launched playlist “Your Daily Drive.”

3. Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems

The EcoFlow Delta is a new battery generator available on Kickstarter with incredible features claimed. Most are true, some are not.

4. YouTube TV is now available on Fire TV devices

Earlier this year, Google and Amazon reached an agreement to bring their streaming video apps to each other’s platforms. The YouTube app launched on Fire TV in July, and now Google is adding its live TV streaming service.

5. Amboss, the knowledge platform for medical professionals, scores €30M Series B

Launched in 2014 as a study platform for medical students, Amboss has since evolved to offer what it claims is the “most comprehensive and technologically-advanced” knowledge platform for medical professionals.

6. Learn everything you can about mobility at Disrupt SF

We’re bringing some of the industry’s leaders onstage at Disrupt SF — including Bird founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden, Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun and Zoox CEO Aicha Evans.

7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts

The latest episode of Equity kicks off with the reemergence of the much-criticized startup Bodega, which is now known as Stockwell and has raised a total of $45 million in funding. Meanwhile, Original Content reviews “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” on Netflix.

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OMG to develop new AI standards

The international standards organization Object Management Group (OMG) announced that it has begun working on defining artificial intelligence standards. These standards will be designed to help “accelerate and improve the creation of useful AI applications,” OMG explained. 

“When a technology area reaches a certain degree of maturity, standards enable innovation, rather than impede it,” said Richard Soley, chairman and chief executive officer for OMG. “With defined AI standards, organizations won’t have to constantly worry about the plumbing of a system or reinvent platform techniques and tools.”

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In a whitepaper released by OMG called “Artificial Intelligence and OMG Standards,” the company stated that problems have arisen from a lack of standards, such as opaque deep learning algorithms, stalled progress in the robotics industry, and the inability to use useful tools like Google’s new dataset search capability and the W3C’s data catalog vocabulary. 

OMG believes it is uniquely positioned to develop new standards because it has spent the last 30 years doing work on standards.

To develop AI standards, the group will first develop an AI reference model that would allow them to categorize cross-domain vs. domain-specific capabilities, platforms, and tools. Once that reference model is agreed upon, organizations such as AI suppliers, users, and government entities can decide which part of the model their initiatives will address. 

Then OMG will create an Artificial Intelligence Platform Task Force (AIPTF). The AIPTF will work on promoting the adoption of these standards. One of the goals of the AIPTF is to free AI technology suppliers and end users from interoperability and interchange limitations, which would allow them to instead focus on developing advanced AI applications.

The group will also continue working with existing external liaisons and collaborations, in addition to forming new partnerships. In addition, it will put out a call for participation and hold AI forums. The final step in standards creation will be to create an AI Standards Council, which would be responsible for advocacy, education and marketing, demonstrations, liaison, and certification. 

“AI has matured and its successful application can be enhanced by the development and adoption of standards. OMG has the capability and motivation to successfully expand its activities in this domain. We encourage the AI community—across all domains and regions—to get involved in this effort by contacting us, participating in our AI-related activities and events, and joining OMG to take an active role,” OMG wrote in the whitepaper.

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