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Airtable said to be raising $100 million at nearly $1 billion valuation

According to a new report from Business Insider, cloud collaboration startup Airtable notable for its widely popular spreadsheet-database hybrid software is raising $100 million in new funding which could value the company at nearly $1 billion.

According to the report, Airtable which raised $52 million just 6 months ago might see Benchmark which missed out on its previous round invest in this one. Other existing investors including Slow Ventures, CRV, Freestyle Ventures and Caffeinated Capital are also probable to invest in this new round although things remain unclear for now.


Founded in 2013, Airtable has raised over $60 million in total and has grown to over 30,000 enterprise users including Shopify, Slack, Medium, Pinterest, BuzzFeed, Slack, Box and Target who have created more than 3 million databases on its platform.

The company was launched by alumni of Salesforce, Google and Stack Overflow with Howie Liu who previously sold his startup, CRM Etacts to Salesforce currently occu…
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SimpliSafe steps outside the home with the Video Doorbell Pro

Home security device manufacturer SimpliSafe has now made its first step outside the home with the launch of a Video Doorbell Pro device which enables users keep an eye out beyond the front door in crystal clear 1080p HD and with a super wide 162° diagonal field of view.

The Video Doorbell Pro's High Dynamic Range imaging (HDR) enables the camera to adjust to extremes of bright and dark light for output of a clear view of what's going on in the porch even in harsh sunlight. At night, Infrared vision is also available for clear view of what's going on for the user.




The new security camera designed in partnership with leading design firm IDEO comes with a dual-sensor motion distinct for SimpliSafe which makes use of a PIR sensor which detects human heat signature and an image classification sensor that detects human form for combination to produce a more accurate, less likely to false alert and a discerning vision.

It also provides two-way audio capabilities and a door chim…

Lyft said to select JPMorgan, Credit Suisse for next year IPO

On the heels of Uber's potential IPO valuation being reportedly pegged at $120 billion, It's competitor Lyft has now been said to have selected investment firms JPMorgan and Credit Suisse for its IPO scheduled to take place next year which could value the company at over $15 billion.

The Wall Street Journal reports of getting this info from a source which declined to be identified as Lyft IPO plans still remain private.

Earlier reports had stated of JPMorgan being the lead runner for a Lyft IPO after rivals Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs decided not to pursue the role out of loyalty to another big IPO hopeful and Lyft rival Uber.

As per the Wall Street Journal, Lyft's 3rd quarter revenues which are not made public grew to $563 million as compared to $300 million in the previous year although losses also grew to $254 million. Both Uber and Lyft have taken on huge losses even as revenues also grow heavily in relation to expansion and subsidizing costs.

Lyft which was laun…

Uber IPO proposals reportedly rout for $120 billion valuation

As per a new report from the Wall Street Journal, proposals by U.S. banks bidding to run the public offering of on-demand giant Uber are vouching on a $120 billion valuation for the company as it debuts on the public market.

This would be nearly $50 billion more than its current valuation even as it currently holds the position of the most valuable private tech startup. As per the WSJ report, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley which are said to be in top positions for roles in the IPO delivered the valuation proposals to the company.

Uber was valued at $72 billion from a most recent $500 million investment from Toyota which centered around a partnership on the development of autonomous technology. In preparation for an IPO, It has made key hires to fill positions in the company with a notable one being the appointment of financial industry veteran Nelson Chai for the CFO position after a very long search spanning several candidates.

A $120 billion valuation would be more than that of s…

Instacart raises $600 million at $7.6 billion valuation

Grocery delivery firm Instacart has raised $600 million in new funding led by D1 Capital Partners which values it at $7.6 billion and provides more capital for the San Francisco based company for further expansion in the North American region, marketing development and recruitment of world-class engineering and product development talent as per its statement.


Instacart which is accessible to over 70% of U.S. households and serve more than 15,000 grocery stores across 4,000 cities has now raised more than $1.6 billion in funding. The company currently counts a community of 50,000 shoppers and 600 full time employees in the North American region.

In addition to the U.S., Instacart operates in Canada and is accessible to over 50% of households in the region. The company has partnered with more than 300 retailers including Kroger, Sam's Club, Publix, ALDI, Loblaw and Walmart Canada which helps drive growth for its service.

"The U.S. is nearly a $1 trillion grocery market, and las…

The Surface Hub 2 scheduled to ship Q2 next year brings many enhanced features for the workplace

Late September, Microsoft first demonstrated the Surface Hub 2, the latest addition to the Surface Hub lineup built for customers who desire the original Surface Hub experience built in a lighter, thinner and more vibrant design along with enhanced features for digital collaboration.

The Surface Hub 2 as per Microsoft stands as a culmination of years of listening to customers for better understanding of needs. Businesses need to modernize their workplaces and systems to keep up with a fast pacing world where fostering of a team-based collaborative culture and spaces geared at enhancing productivity and creativity are critical to business successes.



The Surface Hub 2 is split into 2, The Surface Hub 2S and the 2X which are scheduled for launch in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The 2S will enable customers deploy either an on-premise or hybrid environment while keeping the standardized software experiences on the original Surface Hub.

The 2S offers a new display and form factor but with t…

Twilio inks agreement to acquire SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

Cloud communications software provider Twilio has now reached a deal to acquire e-mail marketing company SendGrid in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. By deal close, each outstanding SendGrid stock will be exchanged for 0.485 shares of Twilio Class A common stock in what represents a 14% premium over the average exchange ratio for the ten calendar days ending today.

This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first half of next year. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are serving as exclusive financial advisors to Twilio and SendGrid respectively for this transaction.


“Increasingly, our customers are asking us to solve all of their strategic communications challenges - regardless of channel. Email is a vital communications channel for companies around the world, and so it was important to us to include this capability in our platform," Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson said in a statement.

"The two…

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign comes to the Nissan Crossing Exhibition event

An ultimate expression of the Nissan GT-R supercar will now be coming to the Nissan Crossing exhibition event holding in Tokyo's Ginza district starting from today. The prototype model combines the GT-R's legendary performance and bespoke Italian craftsmanship stemming from a collaboration with Turin-based Italdesign for creation of the model.


The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO and commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. After appearances in Europe and the U.S., it's now making a debut at the Nissan Crossing exhibition where it'll count as home until the 25th of November.



The custom vehicle is finished in special Liquid Kinetic Gray with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold accent and is fitted with an enhanced hand-built 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine which delivers an estimated 720 ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Nissan is considering a possibility of a 50-vehicle limited production run thanks to is ve…

Y Combinator backed Mexico based e-scooter startup Grin raises $45 million

Grin, another startup in the hot e-scooter space but focused on the Latin American region has raised $45 million in new funding as per a new SEC filing which indicates of about $45.65 million of equity sold out of a total of $46.4 million offered by the company which has previously raised over $20 million between July and September.

The company which counts backers including Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Shasta Ventures, Trinity  Ventures, Liquid 2 Ventures, M Ventures and Pi Campus has now raised nearly $73 million in total since its start.


Grin which offers use of its electric scooters starting from $15 currently operates in Mexico City only with plans to expand to other regions after just launching its service this year. The e-scooter scene is surely a hot space with the likes of Bird and Lime already becoming unicorns with hundreds of millions of dollars raised between them.

Both companies are also said to be seeking new funding at even loftier valuations as they take on expansion …

Gear up for the LEGO DC Super-Villains launch

In less than 24 hours, Gamers around the world are set to get their hands on the LEGO DC Super-Villains video game which is launching on the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch platforms. Already available for pre-order, the new release is bringing an all-new LEGO open-world adventure with an ability to play as a super villian while unleashing mischievious antics and wreaking havoc in an adventurous story written in collaboration with DC Comics.

Players get to play as Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, and other superheroes from the DC collection while battling opponents, solving puzzles, overcomig obstacles through menacing pranks and tactics learned in-game.


The story follows the “Justice Syndicate”, a new, strange group of wannabe heroes with unclear intentions who appear after the Justice League disappears with a leave of earth's protection to counterparts from a pararrel universe. Where it's Grafiiti Spraying walls or using Fear toxins to frighten characters in Gotham Di…

Zomato is getting a $210 million investment from Ant Financial

Zomato is getting another $210 million in funding from Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial as per a new filing disclosed by Info Edge which indicates of its stake in Zomato diluting from 30.91% to 27.68% as a result of a new investment from Alipay Singapore Holding or other affiliates of Ant Financial.

"We would like to bring to your knowledge that Zomato has signed a definitive agreement to undertake a primary fund raise of approximately $210 million from Alipay Singapore," The filing read.

According to estimates, Zomato is likely to be valued at $2 billion with this round which would represent a double from its current $1 billion valuation. Zomato's restaurant search and discovery service is currently available in 24 countries and counts 1.2 million restaurants, 18 million bookmarks and 10 million reviews on its platform.

Prior to this round, Zomato has raised over $400 million with notable backers including Sequoia Capital, Vy Capital, Temasek and Info Edge which made th…

Lime and Bird reportedly seeking more funding

Scooter startups and market leaders Lime and Bird are now said to be seeking more funding at higher valuations. Bloomberg reports of both companies taking on more investment with loftier valuations even after hundreds of millions already raised so far.

As per the report, Lime is in discussions of a valuation of $3.3 billion or higher and has expressed optimism about getting a deal done even if it stands unclear if investor appetite fits this price.

Bird is also reported to have scheduled talks with investors for more fundraising at higher valuation. Both Lime and Bird are currently valued at $1.1 billion and $2 billion as per Cb Insights and both stand as major leaders in the scooter market as of current.

Lime is also notably in the midst of a battle with the city of San Francisco which it accuses of denying it a permit to operate its scooters in retaliation to complaints by city residents of scooters littering pedestrian walkways. Lime lost the court bid after seeking to temporarily…

The new Orion Series Desktops will come with new 9th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors for powerful gaming experiences

The new Predator Orion 9000 and 5000 gaming desktops from Acer are set to come with the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors which deliver up to 8 cores and 16 threads as announced by Acer recently which enables for powerful gaming experiences for the upcoming desktops.

The Predator Orion series gaming desktops stand as performance PCs designed for the serious to hardcore gamer. The Orion 5000 stands a gaming powerhouse for users who desire an outstanding gaming rig while the 9000 stands as a machine aimed for the most demanding users with additional top-of-the-line NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs bundled for this model.


Featuring up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processors and planned support also for the new Intel Core X-series processors, The Orion 9000 is built to be a gaming powerhouse with many high-end features including a black and silver chassis which gives it a spacecraft-like casing, customizable ARGB (Addressable RGB) lighting bars and RGB LED fans and a side window which s…

Ubtech's UnicornBot Kit brings a new sense of magic and wonder to creating with robots

Ubtech, The Chinese robotics unicorn valued at $5 billion from a previous round and known for its state-of-the-art consumer robots has now outed another product aimed delight girls and boys of age 8 and up with a new sense of magic involved in creating with robots in form of a unicorn.

Precisely, It's geared for inspiring and boosting interest for girls in STEM fields. As per research from the Education Commission of the States, Jobs in STEM fields are expected to grow more than 10% by 2027 while girls’ interest in STEM activities plunges by age 15.




One reason cited by experts is a common perception of STEM activities not aligning with many girls’ interests or creativity as per Microsoft Research. The new UnicornBot from Ubtech is built to address that with magical design and powerful features which is aimed at capturing the female imagination too.

“Kids gravitate to STEM toys because technology makes learning feel fun and empowering without being forced,” John Rhee, senior vice …

HP's Premium Chromebook x360 14 is its thinnest Chromebook convertible device yet

HP recently launched the Chromebook x360 14, It's thinnest Chromebook convertible device yet which offers a gorgeous, premium design and elegance with its 3D stamped metal keyboard deck and a diamond-cut trim on the touchpad among other features.

With the new Chromebook x360, Consumers are getting versatility in how a Chrome OS device can be used with a good scenario for both productivity and entertainment. An easy-to-use, speedy, stable and computing experience is offered with the new device which features 8th Gen Intel Core i3 and i5 processors for enhanced performance, up to 64 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of DDR4 for multitasking with ease.


It outputs up to 14 hours of battery life for long use by the user who will get to take on a vast range of both productive and entertaining tasks. For custom tuning of its dual speakers, HP worked closely with audio partner Bang & Olufsen for crafting of an authentic listening experience.

For an optimal viewing experience, the device fea…

The 2nd Edition of the HP Sprocket portable printer is savvier and more social

The second edition of HP's Sprocker portable, pocket-sized photo printer unveiled recently makes it much more clever and social with new features including new design and colors, enhanced print quality, shared experiences, social printing and even augmented reality.

Multiple friends can make use of the new Sprocket simultaneously with everybody able to print from the device using 3 simple steps; connect, select and print. It features LED light which flashes different color for prints from each phone for identification of whose photo is printing.


Four new colors; Luna Pearl, Noir, Blush and Lilac are now available for the Sprocket with this 2nd Edition which also feature enhanced image quality for printing of sharper photos with more visible detail and deeper colors.

Users can now also create a shared photo album for events through the Sprocket app which enables for a more social experience. It also features a blend of the digital and physical with users able to check out the pict…

The near production all-new Ford Ranger will deliver best-in-class payload, gas torque and towing capability

The all-new Ford Ranger with lots of high-performance features including 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, a towing capability of 7,500 pounds and 310 lb.-ft. of torque is now set for production start scheduled to kick off later this year at Ford’s Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

The new mid-size truck is built to deliver best-in-class payload, gas torque and towing capability as indicated by its features listed in the first paragraph. Its 1,860 pounds of maximum payload enables for carriage of a whole lot of gear while its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine beats the V6 gasoline engines coming from conventional mid-size trucks.


It's towing capability of 7,500 pounds makes it a good assist and a potential favorite for getting campers to their sites, boats to the slip and other forms of towing movement.

“Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” says Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, R…

Toyota's new Hybrid Skatepark also caters for those with physical impairments

Late last month, Toyota opened doors to a Hybrid Skatepark built in partnership with Rome's Bunker (BNKR) Skatepark which caters for fun for both those with and without physical impairments and adaptive issues.

The new accessible wheel park which counts as a very unique one brings together both adaptive and non-adaptive wheeled action sports into a single facility. Whether sitting or standing or on two wheels or four, Both can make use of the skatepark for showcase of sports skills while enjoying the fun with others.


The new initiative in inspired from Toyota's Start Your Impossible campaign which highlights real-life mobility stories of Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as everyday athletes in their everyday journeys. Toyota kicked this off earlier this year in honor of its shift from a car company to a full mobility company and also in line with its eight-year worldwide partnership with The International Olympic and Paralympic Committees.

The Hybrid Skatepark hosts a …

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Nissan outs its most intelligent pickup idea, The Navara Dark Sky Concept

At the on-going vastly attended Hannover Motor Show, Nissan has outed a new concept featuring unconventional and groundbreaking features in form of the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept which highlights the company's growing versatility in the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) space.

The Navara Dark Sky Concept developed in the U.K in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) is endowed with an advanced version of Nissan’s ProPILOT driver assistance technology while reflecting an aptness to power and tow a mobile astronomy laboratory as illustrated by the pictures.


Functioning as a mobile astronomy lab facilitated with a world-leading, observatory-class telescope on a denoted off-road trailer, The Dark Sky concept stands as a unique offering for customers while spotlighting a latest incorporation of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility feature for for upgraded safety.

“The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering o…

The new BMW GS and RT motorbikes bundles the passion for travel in a new dimension of engine power

The BMW Motorrad GS and RT models has stood for powerful and reliable propulsion for the past 35 years in relation to taking on long-distance journeys with desirable convenience and comfort, BMW has outed to new additions to the lineup dubbed the  R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT respectively packed with many high-end features including an advanced boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam technology making a game-changer for performance, efficiency and culture.

The ShiftCam Technology packed for the 2 new motorbikes enables for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side leading to more power across the engine's entire speed range, optimized fuel consumption and emission levels, increased refinement and running smoothness.


Another technical change to the engine is a camshaft drive now taken care of by a toothed chain as compared with a roller chain in previous models for better optimization, It also features twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.

Two riding modes…

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign comes to the Nissan Crossing Exhibition event

An ultimate expression of the Nissan GT-R supercar will now be coming to the Nissan Crossing exhibition event holding in Tokyo's Ginza district starting from today. The prototype model combines the GT-R's legendary performance and bespoke Italian craftsmanship stemming from a collaboration with Turin-based Italdesign for creation of the model.


The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO and commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. After appearances in Europe and the U.S., it's now making a debut at the Nissan Crossing exhibition where it'll count as home until the 25th of November.



The custom vehicle is finished in special Liquid Kinetic Gray with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold accent and is fitted with an enhanced hand-built 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine which delivers an estimated 720 ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Nissan is considering a possibility of a 50-vehicle limited production run thanks to is ve…

Grocery Delivery And Pickup From Whole Foods gets to more cities

Earlier this week, Amazon launched delivery of of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through the Prime Now service in the cities of Annapolis, Cleveland, Louisville, North and Central New Jersey and Pittsburgh as well as new areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prime Members in these cities are now able to shop four thousands of items including fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items. This service is now available in 53 cities with plans for continued expansion across the U.S.





In addition to this, curbside grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market has also expanded to 3 new cities; Dayton, Louisville and Omaha. This service which launched in August is now available in 8 cities with plans for continued expansion in place also.

Prime members can place orders via the Prime Now app and choose the pickup option at checkout to make use of this service. Customers can choose free pickup in as little as an hour on orders of…

The new Orion Series Desktops will come with new 9th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors for powerful gaming experiences

The new Predator Orion 9000 and 5000 gaming desktops from Acer are set to come with the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors which deliver up to 8 cores and 16 threads as announced by Acer recently which enables for powerful gaming experiences for the upcoming desktops.

The Predator Orion series gaming desktops stand as performance PCs designed for the serious to hardcore gamer. The Orion 5000 stands a gaming powerhouse for users who desire an outstanding gaming rig while the 9000 stands as a machine aimed for the most demanding users with additional top-of-the-line NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs bundled for this model.


Featuring up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processors and planned support also for the new Intel Core X-series processors, The Orion 9000 is built to be a gaming powerhouse with many high-end features including a black and silver chassis which gives it a spacecraft-like casing, customizable ARGB (Addressable RGB) lighting bars and RGB LED fans and a side window which s…

This Kickstarter project is promising an All-in-One wireless charger dock for all your devices

A Kickstarter project which has surpassed its funding goals by over 1,200% is promising to customers an All-in-One wireless charger dock for all their devices wherever and whenever along a with smart power bank and zip-&-go travel kit for convenient use.

Dubbed the MagDock, It's built for charging up to 3 devices at once with a convenient stand that dispenses with the mess of cables and the limited USB sockets you may have near you.


Devices compatible with the MagDock include the The Apple Watch, the new AirPods, all iPhone lineups beginning from the 8 version, Samsung S7 edge,  S8, Note 8, S9, Note 9 and all other Qi compatible devices.

It features an innovative Twist and Dock feature which offers more flexibility during charging and can also be used during charging with its twisting angles and turns providing for more suitable usage.






It's also built with an Auto-Align Magnetic Design feature which makes it embedded with magnets whilst not interfering with the wireless c…

HP's Premium Chromebook x360 14 is its thinnest Chromebook convertible device yet

HP recently launched the Chromebook x360 14, It's thinnest Chromebook convertible device yet which offers a gorgeous, premium design and elegance with its 3D stamped metal keyboard deck and a diamond-cut trim on the touchpad among other features.

With the new Chromebook x360, Consumers are getting versatility in how a Chrome OS device can be used with a good scenario for both productivity and entertainment. An easy-to-use, speedy, stable and computing experience is offered with the new device which features 8th Gen Intel Core i3 and i5 processors for enhanced performance, up to 64 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of DDR4 for multitasking with ease.


It outputs up to 14 hours of battery life for long use by the user who will get to take on a vast range of both productive and entertaining tasks. For custom tuning of its dual speakers, HP worked closely with audio partner Bang & Olufsen for crafting of an authentic listening experience.

For an optimal viewing experience, the device fea…

Lyft said to select JPMorgan, Credit Suisse for next year IPO

On the heels of Uber's potential IPO valuation being reportedly pegged at $120 billion, It's competitor Lyft has now been said to have selected investment firms JPMorgan and Credit Suisse for its IPO scheduled to take place next year which could value the company at over $15 billion.

The Wall Street Journal reports of getting this info from a source which declined to be identified as Lyft IPO plans still remain private.

Earlier reports had stated of JPMorgan being the lead runner for a Lyft IPO after rivals Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs decided not to pursue the role out of loyalty to another big IPO hopeful and Lyft rival Uber.

As per the Wall Street Journal, Lyft's 3rd quarter revenues which are not made public grew to $563 million as compared to $300 million in the previous year although losses also grew to $254 million. Both Uber and Lyft have taken on huge losses even as revenues also grow heavily in relation to expansion and subsidizing costs.

Lyft which was laun…

The 2nd Edition of the HP Sprocket portable printer is savvier and more social

The second edition of HP's Sprocker portable, pocket-sized photo printer unveiled recently makes it much more clever and social with new features including new design and colors, enhanced print quality, shared experiences, social printing and even augmented reality.

Multiple friends can make use of the new Sprocket simultaneously with everybody able to print from the device using 3 simple steps; connect, select and print. It features LED light which flashes different color for prints from each phone for identification of whose photo is printing.


Four new colors; Luna Pearl, Noir, Blush and Lilac are now available for the Sprocket with this 2nd Edition which also feature enhanced image quality for printing of sharper photos with more visible detail and deeper colors.

Users can now also create a shared photo album for events through the Sprocket app which enables for a more social experience. It also features a blend of the digital and physical with users able to check out the pict…

Snowflake Computing gets $450 million round at $3.5 billion valuation

Snowflake Computing, The cloud storage startup led by former Microsoft executive Bob Muglia has now raised $450 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital with a more than double for its valuation to $3.5 billion as compared with $1.5 billion when it raised $263 million 9 months ago.

Along with Sequoia, Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures who are existing investors also participated in this round  also with new investor Meritech Capital.

Snowflake has now raised $923 million in total since inception. Snowflake is described as the only data warehouse built for the cloud and has already gained over 1,000 enterprise customers for its service including the likes of DoorDash, Netgear, Netflix, Office Depot, Ebates and Yamaha.

The company will be gearing this funding towards execution of new strategies which include growth of its sales teams, expansion of its engineering team, expans…