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Microsoft is asking start-ups to dance with it into the new year

In a rare Microsoft investment in China, it even funded an AI butler start-up, reports Tech in Asia

Sumit Chakraberty 

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is throwing the kitchen sink at artificial intelligence – and so are Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and For Microsoft, this is neither a fad nor a new vertical: the tech giant believes has reached an inflection point and will soon become integral to every company’s business.

Bala Girisaballa, who took over as CEO of the accelerator in Bangalore four months ago, likens it to the start of the dotcom era. "Time was when dotcom was a strategy – a slap on to your business model, not an integral part. Today, it’s bizarre to ask if you’re a dotcom."

Bala thinks will one day be just as ubiquitous. We will no longer have a category like start-ups because every company will have

The theme manifests itself in multiple ways at It’s building an open-source natural language processing platform called Luis.that start-ups can plug into. And it recently got into an alliance with Google, Facebook, Amazon, and to create a range of open source libraries and frameworks that start-ups can use.

Microsoft thinks AI's time is here and it wants start-ups to join the party

More than half the start-ups in the latest batch of start-ups at Microsoft’s Bangalore accelerator are into or data analytics. Bala believes the analytics start-ups will also adopt the self-learning mode at some point.

Earlier this month, Ventures – the tech giant’s VC arm – also announced a new fund for start-ups as well as investment in Element AI, an incubator in Montreal co-founded by deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio. It even funded an butler in China – a rare investment by into a Chinese start-up.
This article was published on Tech In Asia. You can read it here.

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Microsoft is asking start-ups to dance with it into the new year

In a rare Microsoft investment in China, it even funded an AI butler start-up, reports Tech in Asia

In a rare Microsoft investment in China, it even funded an AI butler start-up, reports Tech in Asia
is throwing the kitchen sink at artificial intelligence – and so are Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and For Microsoft, this is neither a fad nor a new vertical: the tech giant believes has reached an inflection point and will soon become integral to every company’s business.

Bala Girisaballa, who took over as CEO of the accelerator in Bangalore four months ago, likens it to the start of the dotcom era. "Time was when dotcom was a strategy – a slap on to your business model, not an integral part. Today, it’s bizarre to ask if you’re a dotcom."

Bala thinks will one day be just as ubiquitous. We will no longer have a category like start-ups because every company will have

The theme manifests itself in multiple ways at It’s building an open-source natural language processing platform called Luis.that start-ups can plug into. And it recently got into an alliance with Google, Facebook, Amazon, and to create a range of open source libraries and frameworks that start-ups can use.

Microsoft thinks AI's time is here and it wants start-ups to join the party

More than half the start-ups in the latest batch of start-ups at Microsoft’s Bangalore accelerator are into or data analytics. Bala believes the analytics start-ups will also adopt the self-learning mode at some point.

Earlier this month, Ventures – the tech giant’s VC arm – also announced a new fund for start-ups as well as investment in Element AI, an incubator in Montreal co-founded by deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio. It even funded an butler in China – a rare investment by into a Chinese start-up.
This article was published on Tech In Asia. You can read it here.

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Microsoft is asking start-ups to dance with it into the new year

In a rare Microsoft investment in China, it even funded an AI butler start-up, reports Tech in Asia

is throwing the kitchen sink at artificial intelligence – and so are Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and For Microsoft, this is neither a fad nor a new vertical: the tech giant believes has reached an inflection point and will soon become integral to every company’s business.

Bala Girisaballa, who took over as CEO of the accelerator in Bangalore four months ago, likens it to the start of the dotcom era. "Time was when dotcom was a strategy – a slap on to your business model, not an integral part. Today, it’s bizarre to ask if you’re a dotcom."

Bala thinks will one day be just as ubiquitous. We will no longer have a category like start-ups because every company will have

The theme manifests itself in multiple ways at It’s building an open-source natural language processing platform called Luis.that start-ups can plug into. And it recently got into an alliance with Google, Facebook, Amazon, and to create a range of open source libraries and frameworks that start-ups can use.

Microsoft thinks AI's time is here and it wants start-ups to join the party

More than half the start-ups in the latest batch of start-ups at Microsoft’s Bangalore accelerator are into or data analytics. Bala believes the analytics start-ups will also adopt the self-learning mode at some point.

Earlier this month, Ventures – the tech giant’s VC arm – also announced a new fund for start-ups as well as investment in Element AI, an incubator in Montreal co-founded by deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio. It even funded an butler in China – a rare investment by into a Chinese start-up.
This article was published on Tech In Asia. You can read it here.

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