ATB Financial rolls out world's first full-featured virtual banking assistant on Facebook Messenger

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Today ATB Financial officially launches a virtual banking assistant to the company's nearly 700,000 personal banking customers, working with FinTech to make access to secure, day-to-day personal banking as easy as initiating a conversation in Facebook Messenger.

Payso/ secures $3M venture capital financing - Private Capital Journal

Payso Inc., dba, a provider of AI-powered virtual assistant built for banking and personal finance, has secured a $3 million round of financing led by Yaletown Partners, Flying Fish Partners, and John Livingston, former CEO and Chairman of Absolute Software (TSX: ABT) with participation of an angel syndicate comprised of senior technology and banking executives.

2017 Disney Accelerator Demo Day Showcases Innovators in Technology

The fourth annual Disney Accelerator Demo Day provided a glimpse into the future of media and entertainment, as 11 companies from a range of areas such as esports, location-based entertainment, robotics, media production and distribution, messaging commerce, and real-time entertainment presented their businesses to investors, Disney executives and other industry leaders.

New WSU regent Heather Redman sets sights on boosting research capabilities

Washington State University's newest regent is a Seattle lawyer and venture capitalist with decades of experience in the tech and power industries. Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Heather Redman to the 10-member board that governs the state's second-largest university. Redman replaces Laura Jennings, a former Microsoft executive who had served on the board since 2005.

Element Data acquires Philadelphia startup's 'emotional analytics platform'

Fast-growing Element Data has acquired the technology assets and patent of BehaviorMatrix, a Philadelphia startup that specializes in understanding the emotional responses audiences have to brands. The "emotional analytics platform" will support the development of Element Data's Decision Insights Computing Engine (DICE), which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help people make decisions based on a broad range of criteria.

Tomorrow looks to make it easier to draw up plans for a will and life insurance

Talking about filling out a will and setting up life insurance is probably one of the more sensitive subjects you'll tackle as you get older - but Dave Hanley says it's something that a lot of people end up dodging altogether.

ReplyYes is now MessageYes!

Today we officially changed our company name and logo from ReplyYes to MessageYes. Why? Well, smartphones and messaging have fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Every day more than 100 billion messages are sent - via SMS text messaging, using Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and WeChat.

Tech leaders differ over Amazon's future in Seattle and the logic behind 'HQ2'

Amazon's splashy announcement that it plans to build a second North American headquarters has stirred debate across the nation, and that includes the upper echelon of Seattle's tech scene. During a panel about venture capital at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference, a meeting in Seattle this week meant to further connections between tech and civic leaders in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., the topic of Amazon's big announcement came up.

Ad Lightning lands investment from Verizon and joins mobile giant's new media tech accelerator

Ad Lightning is on a roll. The Seattle startup was just named to the inaugural class of Verizon Ventures' new "Media Tech Venture Studio," which accepted eight startups that will receive a $100,000 investment and spend three months working out of a co-working space in New York City.

4 Life Insurance Startups Asking Millennials To Face Their Mortality | Fast Company

Nineteen million Americans are interested in buying life insurance, but have gotten stuck somewhere in the process. Clunky forms, fine-print PDFs, inconvenient medical exams, seemingly high costs-the list of headaches is long and frustrating. Perhaps as a result, the individual life insurance market has been roughly flat in the U.S.

PNW deal flow - the first six months - Geoff Harris - Medium

Flying Fish has been actively operating as a VC for six months now. For the last three, all three GPs have been full-time so the pace has accelerated. We have been simultaneously running the fund and raising the fund. This is a challenge to say the least.