News Hub: Unicorns and Robots

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A look back at the news, views and reviews of the week. Including a $3M investment in an Android for Robotics operating system, a deep dive into building addictive games, and some top content marketing advice, this News Hub is eclectic, but certainly interesting.

Slack hunting for $400M: valued at $7B

Crunchbase explains why the unicorn is hunting for money now, citing a cash-rich market and a hot trend for mega-rounds, and shows why it has such a big valuation.

Read more on Crunchbase

$3M for MOV.AI to build an operating system for robotics

Touted as an ‘Android for Robotics’, the new operating system from MOV.AI will standardise how developers, integrators and manufacturers build and code “autonomous intelligent collaborative robots.” If successful, the company will do for robotics what Android has done for apps. The seed round was led by Viola Ventures and NFX.

Read more on Techcrunch

Will Progressive Web Apps change the game for dev agencies?

Described as a “happy medium” between native apps and websites, PWAs mean that B2B customers benefit from the best of both worlds. They are also fast, secure and always up-to-date, according to author Pratik Dholakiya.

Read more on TNW

What makes Fortnite so addictive?

A dive into the world of Fornite, a game grossing over $1 billion, with more than 125 million players. This article breaks down why the game is so addictive and looks at the Trigger-Action-Reward-Investment process.

Read more on TNW

7 Barcelona events you shouldn’t miss!

Don’t miss this 7 top events in Barcelona this month. The line up includes Freedom X Fest, which is happening from Tuesday, 14th to Sunday, 19th August.

Read more on Barcelona Startup News

Finally, some content marketing tips

Search Engine Journal maps out how and why you can create and use surveys for content marketing in this actionable advice piece.

Read more on SEJ

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