News from around the world – June 15

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A compilation of important news from the startup world:

5 Exciting Tech Startups That Will Make Your Life Easier
We love to feature companies that are thinking outside of the box with great ideas that truly make us want to spend our money for enhance practicality. Wynd, is a portable smart air purifier that constantly monitors the air around you, filtering out bacteria, pollen, dust and more to improve the air quality surrounding you. This device makes the list because it’s sophisticated no-nonsense approach in cleaning the air you breathe. lly, the one gadget that could potentially eliminate any frustrations you might have with getting your parents or grandparents up to the times with technology. Instead of buying tickets online for what you think will be great seats, why not get the Rukkus app which features Seat360 and see exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Major Labels, Streaming Services and Tech Companies Join Forces to Tackle Artist Royalty Issues
Major labels, streaming services, publishing companies, startups and artists have banded together for a new initiative coming out of Boston. Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) has announced a new initiative by the name of the Open Music Initiative (OMI) designed to simplify the ever-contentious issue of how “music creators and rights owners are identified and compensated” by using open source frameworks. A number of artists have publicly addressed the need for better regulations when it comes to royalties from online music streaming in recent years.

Logistics tech startup GoBolt gets pre-Series A funding from MCube8 
GoBolt, a logistics technology startup, has raised pre-Series A funding from startup incubator MCube8, a division of financial advisory firm MCube Capital. The Delhi-based startup, run by Camions Logistics Solutions Pvt. Ltd, will use the capital for business and technology development. GoBolt provides transportation solutions such as right vehicle selection, route/delivery planning, real time tracking, reliable documentation and control, and reduced transit time to its clients. It serves e-commerce, pharma, automobile, food processing companies, consumer goods makers and white goods manufacturers. Its clients include Philips, Cadbury, Panasonic, PepsiCo and Tupperware, amongst others. A bunch of tech startups have come up in the last one year, connecting last-mile logistics services providers with customers for inter-city transport.

Asian interest may foster ‘2nd-generation’ Israeli tech companies – VC investor
The burgeoning interest from China and India in Israeli technology presents Israeli start-ups with an opportunity to grow their business rather than seek out a quick exit, In 2015 Israeli high-tech exits — the term used when start-ups are either sold to other companies or their shares are issued on the stock exchange — generated proceeds of about $9 billion, the highest in the last three years, according to data compiled by the Tel Aviv-based IVC Research Center, which tracks the nation’s technology industry. India and Israel are strengthening their bilateral ties including in the field of innovation, while the amount of Chinese investment in Israeli companies and venture capital funds has surged to record highs.

Hacktiv8 Opens Coding Boot Camp Program in Jakarta
Hacktiv8, a Jakarta-based training company, is set to open its first intensive coding course aimed at creating job-ready web developers as part of the efforts to supply much-needed trained workers in one of Asia’s hotspots for tech-startups.  The RMKB Ventures-backed training company opened the registration period for its intensive 12-week, 11-hours a day coding course starting on Aug. 1, the company said in a statement on Monday (13/06). Hacktiv8 partnered up with well-known names in tech-startups industry such as Go-Jek, Tokopedia, and the Jakarta Globe’s sister company MatahariMall to provide its graduates with jobs right after graduation.

Tennis star Andy Murray has backed these 3 UK tech startups
Tennis star Andy Murray has invested in three more UK startups via crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Seedrs announced on Monday that the Olympic gold medal winner has put an undisclosed amount of money into cycle navigation app Beeline, pet monitoring app Dog Tracker Nano, and “beauty on demand” service blow LTD. Murray, who has been in a “strategic partnership” with Seedrs since June 2015, has now backed a total of 15 early stage companies through Seedrs, including these five that were announced in February 2016.

High Alpha Studio launches education-tech startup
Indianapolis-based High Alpha Studio LLC, a high-profile venture studio that was established a year ago to create and adopt enterprise software companies, on Monday announced that it conceived its first company. The startup is named ClearScholar Inc., and it makes student-engagement software for colleges and universities, a platform that students connect with via a smartphone app. CEO Jason Konesco, the former chief executive at Harrison College, said the idea is to create, for students, a primary digital destination for school information. Depending on what schools want, ClearScholar will either be a self-branded app that schools direct students to download, or a white-label app that displays the name of the school.

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