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HubSpot Adds Artificial Intelligence from Motion AI and Human Intelligence from Scott Brinker

HubSpot announced its purchase of easy-to-use chatbot builder Motion AI, the firm’s third AI acquisition this year after Kemvi (intelligence extraction) and Evolve App (dating advice…yes, really). The inbound marketing company also announced that marketing technology uber-guru Scott Brinker will be joining as Vice President of Platform Ecosystem, where he will encourage partners to build products for the HubSpot platform. Related: Brinker’s old firm, ion interactive, was just purchased by ScribbleLive.

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SAP Buys Identity Management Vendor Gigya

September 25, 2017

SAP Hybris has purchased customer identity management vendor Gigya. TechCrunch reported the price was $350 million. Gigya lets consumers register and then manage their information centrally. This becomes increasingly important as GDPR and similar regulations outside the U.S. give consumers more legal power over how their data is used. As our friends at Equifax have recently demonstrated, consumers within the U.S. have pretty much no data rights whatsoever.

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Qubole Offers Autonomous Data Platform

September 21, 2017

Then again, why should creatives be the only people helped (or replaced) by robots? “Big data-as-a-service company” Qubole has created an autonomous data platform to do data extracts, loads, transformations, stream processing, machine learning, reporting, and ad hoc analysis. How you automate ad hoc is beyond me, but whatever. The core AI skills here are to automatically analyze data use, provide insights about it to human users, and create autonomous agents that take over routine activities.

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Retail Rocket Raises $24 Million and Buys Sailplay to Enter U.S. Market

July 6, 2022

Netherlands-based retention management platform Retail Rocket just raised a $24 Million Series A, and immediately spent some of it to buy Sailplay, a New York-based marketing automation vendor that will grow its U.S. presence.  Retail Rocket builds unified customer profiles in a module it charmingly calls Data Warehouse, and has other modules for AI-driven personalization, segmentation, and campaign management.  The company has more than 1,000 global clients across Europe and South America.

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