Databricks, a provider of machine-learning and data-analytics software, has hired Salesforce veteran Andy Kofoid as its new sales chief in advance of an expected initial public offering in the coming months. Kofoid joined Salesforce in its 2013 acquisition of marketing automation company ExactTarget, where he was executive vice president and chief operating officer, and previously held sales...
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Chatbot Startup Character Seeks $250 Million, Testing Investor Appetite for AI
Character, an AI chatbot startup founded by two former Google researchers, has told investors it wants to raise as much as $250 million in new funding, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The pitch will test investors’ appetite for machine-learning startups as Microsoft’s multibillion-dollar deal with OpenAI casts a halo over the sector. A funding round of...
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