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eBay Bolsters Machine Learning Capabilities With SalesPredict Acquisition

eBay announced it has agreed to acquire SalesPredict, an Israel-based predictive analytics company. SalesPredict is eBay’s latest acquisition intended to support its artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science efforts. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Upon the close of the transaction, some of SalesPredict’s employees will join eBay’s structured data organization, working from eBay’s Israeli Development Center in Netanya. SalesPredict Co-Founder and CEO Yaron Zakai-Or will serve as a Director of Product Management, Technology; and SalesPredict Co-Founder and CTO Kira Radinsky will become Director of Data Science & Chief Scientist, eBay Israel. Zakai-Or and eBay’s Abby Smith, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, would not comment on staffing levels at SalesPredict post-acquisition.

“The vision for SalesPredict is to mostly use it internally at eBay to improve the buyers’ and sellers’ experiences,” Zakai-Or said. He added that SalesPredict will not be sold “to new customers, but we’re committed to the success of our current customer base.”  

According to Smith, “Ebay has a major effort underway to better understand our inventory [and] our structured data process. This acquisition will help us have greater insights into the inventory. It will help us understand which inventory and product attributes we should emphasize,” she said.

Salesforce Acquires Machine Learning Startup MetaMind

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Salesforce has acquired MetaMind, a startup company that focuses on using natural language and image recognition technology in artificial intelligence. The announcement was made in a blog post written by MetaMind CEO Richard Socher, but financial details were not disclosed. MetaMind was launched in 2014 with $8 million in funding from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Khosla Ventures, a venture capital firm. 

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