5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

November 15

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1. 

JÜSTO, MEXICO’S FIRST ONLINE SUPERMARKET, RAISES $10M SEED FROM GLOBAL INVESTORS

  • Customers can buy their groceries directly from the website or via the app and Jüsto delivers the order to the customer’s location of choice
  • While other entities such as Walmart, for example, deliver groceries in Mexico, Jüsto prides itself on working directly with fresh produce suppliers
  • Mexican startups in particular raised a total of $310 million in venture funding in the first half of 2019…compared to $75 million in the first half of 2018

2. 

SYDNEY STARTUP USES AI TO IMPROVE IVF SUCCESS RATE

  • help doctors evaluate which embryo candidate has the best chance of implantation into the patient
  • IVY deep learning model analyzes the full five-day video feed from an embryoscope, helping it surpass the performance of AI tools that provide insights based on still images
  • trained its deep learning models on a dataset from Virtus Health including more than 10,000 human embryos from eight IVF labs across four countries

3.  

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS SERVING DORM DELIVERY MUNCHIES ON CAMPUS

  • University of Houston has become the latest college campus to offer food delivery via autonomous ground robots
  • Starship’s delivery robots have traveled tens of thousands of miles in over 100 cities around the world
  • Once the robot arrives, the user receives an alert, and they can meet the robot and unlock it through the app

4. 

THE ESPORTS ECOSYSTEM: THE KEY PLAYERS AND TRENDS DRIVING THE RED-HOT, FAST-GROWING ESPORTS SPACE THAT’S ON TRACK TO SURPASS $1.5 BILLION BY 2023

  • Investments are up to $4.5 billion in 2018 from just $490 million the year before, a staggering YoY growth rate of 837%
  • projections put the esports ecosystem on track to surpass $1 billion in revenue for the first time this year
  • One of the fastest-rising regions is Latin America, which is expected to hit $18 million in esports revenue in 2019 before skyrocketing to $42 million by 2023

5. 

PREDICTIONS 2020: AUTOMATION STRIKE TEAMS AND SERVICES RISE TO FEND OFF A PARADOX

  • Tasks ranging from posting account ledgers to calculating HR benefits will be replaced by RPA
  • In between traditional IT and domain experts, unique strike teams are coming up in enterprises to address islands of automation
  • These teams, manned by roles such as robot architects and automation jump-starters, will standardize automation portfolios and accelerate user journey mapping