Even though Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has not confirmed the acquisition of Baarzo, it sounds like it is a done deal. Baarzo is a video search engine that helps users find specific moments in a video like slam dunks in basketball clips or home runs in baseball. Google could possibly use Baarzo’s technology to enhance search in YouTube. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt was apparently impressed with a demo of the technology at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Baarzo’s search technology analyzes the video content and recognizes hundreds of thousands of objects along with millions of faces. Baarzo was part of Stanford’s StartX accelerator.
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Dr. Andrei Linde is a principal architect of cosmic inflation theory from the 1980s. After several decades went by, there wasn’t any experimental confirmation that his theory was correct… until this week. Linde found his theory confirmation to be unexpected and pleasant. The video above was posted on Monday and it features Stanford University assistant professor Dr. Chao-Lin Kuo going to Linde’s home to tell him the news. Dr. Kuo explained to Linde that new research gave “smoking gun evidence” to support Dr. Linde’s inflation theory. Champagne was popped to celebrate.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has announced that they are partnering withStanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to work on autonomous car project. The MIT team will look at how a car can predict the actions of pedestrians and cars around them.
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Amprius is a company that builds high-capacity lithium-ion batteries that has raised $30 million in Series C funding led by SAIF Partners, a private equity company in China. Amprius’ previous investors also participated including Trident Capital, VantagePoint Capital Partners, IPV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Stanford University. Amprius will be using the funding to commercialize their existing batteries.
Kidaptive is an education gaming company that went through Zynga’s New Schools accelerator Co.Lab. Kidaptive has raised $10.1 million in Series B funding. Formation 8 led this round of funding. Menlo Ventures and Stanford University’s StartX accelerator also participated in this round. Kidaptive’s first app Leo’s Pad has interactive stories to test the kids and gives parents data about their educational growth. Kidaptive will be using the new funding to finance 25 animated episodes for Leo’s Pad.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has won the Entrepreneurial Company of the Year (ENCORE) award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford has awarded ENCORE for the last 36 years. The award was given to Musk on October 2nd. Above is a video of the award being given to Musk.
Stanford University, the Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and StartX has announced a three-year partnership in the form of a $1.2 million yearly grant to support entrepreneurial education and Stanford entrepreneurs. In a note to Pulse 2.0, StartX reported that this $3.6 million grant is called the Stanford-StartX Fund.
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As we all know, Stanford University is known for having a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem. Stanford alumni is known for starting amazing companies like Google, Trader Joe’s, Dolby Labs, Yahoo!, Netflix, Electronic Arts, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Wipro, IDEO, Instagram, PayPal, etc. It only makes sense that a business development accelerator program launched at the school. StartX is a non-profit organization that spun out of Stanford and has helped accelerate the development of some of Stanford’s best entrepreneurs with a range of ideas from bio-tech to enterprise software. Members of the StartX program include undergrads, professors, and post-docs. This past week, Stanford hosted the Demo Day for their Summer 2013 startup class.