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[Industry News] Salesforce Introduces Einstein Artificial Intelligence; Einstein Vision Brings Advanced Image Recognition to the Platform

07 March 2017

Salesforce recently announced Einstein Vision, a set of powerful new APIs that allow developers of all skill levels to bring image recognition to CRM and build AI-powered apps faster. 

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[Media mention] PatSnap unveils its R&D center in Singapore to enhance its online platform

07 March 2017

PatSnap, an intellectual property (IP) startup which has its presence in Singapore, London, and China, has announced the launch of its new Research and Development center.

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[Media mention] PatSnap launches R&D center in Singapore to boost patent intelligence tech

07 March 2017

Intellectual property (IP) intelligence startup PatSnap is leveling up its Singapore presence with a new research and development center in 2017. The company first mentioned the center last November, when it raised an undisclosed amount of funding for its series C. Today it has made it official.

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[Industry News] 1 in 3 Retail E-Commerce Transactions Involves 2 or More Devices

06 March 2017

Almost one-third of e-commerce transactions made during Q4 2016 used 2 or more devices from the first website visit to purchase, reports Criteo [download page], which analyzed more than 3,300 global online retail businesses. Regardless of the device that was used to complete a purchase, roughly one-third of transactions involved two or more devices.

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[Media mention] ViSenze Sees Visual Search Growth In eCommerce

23 February 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly important for eCommerce companies, according to new data from ViSenze. AI technology startup ViSenze creates digital image search solutions built on deep learning and computer vision capabilities. Founded in Singapore in 2012, the company’s solutions are used today by major digital retailers such as Rakuten and ASOS to simplify product searching for some 250 million daily active users.

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[Media mention] New Data Shows Importance of Artificial Intelligence for Better Shopping Experiences

16 February 2017

NEW YORK - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ViSenze, the artificial intelligence company that develops breakthrough visual technology for e-commerce and digital businesses, today released data on the rising demand for visual search and discovery capabilities. In 2016, ViSenze processed over 350 million image queries on shopping platforms around the globe - a 250 percent increase over 2015. This means nearly one million queries a day were generated by shoppers on shopping platforms around the world.

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[Media mention] 10 Singapore tech startups to watch in 2017

30 January 2017

In an interview with Techseen, an investor had mentioned that the Singapore government is currently the largest supporter and enabler of the startup ecosystem. The country is rated No 1 globally in terms of ease of doing business, as well as No 1 in IP protection in Asia. The government is also the largest investor in the startup ecosystem as it provides numerous grants, direct and early stage fund investments through its National Research Foundation (NRF) (a department within the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore). With numerous startups progressively taking forward their businesses in Singapore, we bring you the 10 that you should watch in 2017.

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[Media mention] 5 deep learning startups to follow in 2017

1 January 2017

If artificial intelligence (AI) hadn’t hit the mainstream before, it did this year. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai came through with the best sound bite, saying that the world is going from being “mobile-first” to “AI-first.”

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[Media mention] Outlook 2017: Five Singapore start-ups to watch

30 December 2016

Start-ups come and go, but a rare few manage to raise funds, scale up and could eventually become household names. Economics Correspondent Chia Yan Min identifies five under-the-radar young firms that you could be hearing a lot more about in the coming year.

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[Media mention] Don't you look smart: 45 Artificial Intelligence startups targeting retail in one infographic

21 September 2016

AI isn't all self-driving cars and chess-playing computers; there's an emerging market for AI use in e-commerce. Find out more with this infographic showing the wide array of AI startups focused on retailers and e-commerce businesses.

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[Media mention] Top 20 Artificial Intelligence Companies

20 September 2016

Artificial intelligence companies are sprouting up all over, though AI itself is far from new. At its deepest sense, artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for a very long time — its intellectual roots are found in Greek mythology. To be sure, artificial intelligence has come a long way recently, with rapid advancements ranging from virtual assistants (such as Apple’s Siri) to fraud detection, this emerging tech now plays a part in everyday life.

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[Media mention] 15 Startups in Asia that caught our eye

18 September 2016

Here's Tech in Asia's newest round of the featured startups on their site this week. It includes ViSenze and Zebpay from Singapore, Notion Press from India, Zennya from the Philippines, and more.

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[Investment] ViSenze, the global leader for AI powered visual shopping, raises USD 10.5 million in Series B funding

15 September 2016

ViSenze, the Artificial Intelligence company that develops breakthrough visual technology for e-commerce and digital businesses, announced today that it has successfully completed a USD 10.5 million Series B round.The financing will be used to invest further in the company’s proprietary image recognition technology, expand headcount and grow its international offices.

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[Media mention] Elevating online shopping experiences through machine learning

5 September 2016

Image recognition technology has been used by e-commerce businesses to elevate customer experiences. ViSenze, one of the technology firms applying visual anaytics and machine learning, has provided customer personalization solutions for the industry.

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[Media mention] Artificial Intelligence: Shaking things up in e-commerce

27 August 2016

Inspired by the growing trend on how AI capabilities and applications are attempting to solve real-world issues that e-commerce businesses are facing, this infographice mentions AI features that can help companies build unparalleled competitiveness in the market.

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[Media mention] Singapore's startup scene a big draw for wannabe China entrepreneurs

1 July 2016

ViSenze CTO and Co-Founder Li Guangda, who came to Singapore and earned his PhD at NUS, shares with Channel News Asia his take on building his own startup rather than joining big companies.

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[Media mention] ViSenze: Changing how the world shops online with image search

6 June 2016

Touted as one of the most promising tech startups in Asia, ViSenze has bagged several top accolades to date for its enterprising and innovative work in the field of search technology. In this article by IE Singapore, Oliver Tan, CEO and Co-Founder of ViSenze, shares the secrets to its success.

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[Media mention] 'Shoppable Instagram' raises $1.6m seed round

19 May 2016

Goxip, an app that lets users follow celebrities and then helps identify the clothing and accessories they are wearing, has secured US$1.6m in its seed round. With money in the bank, the team enlisted the help of Singaporean startup ViSenze to help with the machine learning and image recognition that help powers Goxip's discovery mechanism.

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[Media mention] Ladies, break the gender stereotype in software engineering!

12 April 2016

The figures on female representation in engineering are clear and disconcerting. To explore and shed light on the topic of gender disparity in the field of software engineering, a number of software engineers in visual tech company ViSenze (both male and female) gave their inputs and spoke about their experiences in this male-dominated industry.

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[Media mention] What is deep learning and how is it useful?

1 April 2016

In this article published on Forbes, the writer explores the potential uses of deep learning for real-world applications. ViSenze, one of the companies that are doing interesting things with deep learning systems, develops commercial applications that use deep learning networks to power image recognition and tagging.

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[Media mention] Is this year the internet finally learns to see?

14 March 2016

The web has become increasingly visual, and tech has not fully kept up: the internet can read, but it can't see. In 2016, that will change. Oliver Tan, Co-Founder and CEO of ViSenze, covers the impressive strides and improvements in image recognition and visual search technology in this article.

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[Media mention] MasterCard invites APAC startups to join Start Path programme

11 March 2016

The MasterCard Start Path Global programme has seen success in the Asia Pacific region and is intensifying its search regionally as a continuing reminder of the innovation potential of the area. Currently, the program is working closely with startups such as Japan-based Moneytree and ViSenze from Singapore.

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[Media mention] Bloomberg and Samsung among the corporates betting big on AI startups

12 February 2016

VC-backed artificial intelligence startups, which have seen a sevenfold increase in funding since 2010, have also seen corporations take a greater interest. More than 45 corporations and corporate venture capital firms have invested in artificial intelligence startups since 2010. The venture captial arm of Japan's internet services company, Rakuten, invested in visual technology startup ViSenze and Seattle-based Algorithmia.

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[Media mention] Why Flipkart, Craftsvilla and others are banking big on image search

8 February 2016

More and more e-commerce and fashion sites are introducing visual or image search. Flipkart introduced the feature last year - powered by Singapore-based visual technology company ViSenze - and Abof, the online fashion portal of the Aditya Birla Group, moved into this territory recently. Online marketplace for ethnic products, Craftsvilla, and fashion e-portal Myntra are also working to get this feature in their apps soon.

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[Media mention] Rakuten Ventures launches $84M fund just for Japanese startups

28 January 2016

Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of one of Japan's largest Internet companies, has launched a 10 billion yen ($84 million) fund dedicated to the country's startups. Since its inception in 2013, Rakuten Ventures invested in startups from Singapore (such as ViSenze), South Korea, the United States, and India. ViSenze, whose clients include Flipkart, contributes to Rakuten Ventures' existing diverse portfolio in  deep and beneficial ways.

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[Media mention] Visual search start-ups are getting vital in e-commerce

27 January 2016

Visual search start-ups help companies enable their users to discover products online, based on photos of objects in the real world. With e-commerce booming in India, Singapore-based ViSenze, whose visual search offering is used by companies like Flipkart, helps their users with product browsing and discovery.

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[Media mention] Search and you will find

25 January 2016

Singapore-based start-up ViSenze has devised a solution through its visual search and recognition technology that understands objects to find the best matching products on online shopping websites. Its technology takes away the hassle of keyword guessing to solve this difficult real world problem for e-commerce shoppers.

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[Media mention] The story behind the attractive images of Flipkart’s catalogue

15 January 2016

A leading e-commerce platform in India, Flipkart uses bright, colorful images to personalize a customer experience. Consumers no longe have to go through hundreds of images to find exactly what they want. Just upload a picture of the product and it will be retrieved from the Flipkart's database, thanks to visual technology provider ViSenze.

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[Product update] Visual search just got smarter: Introducing our Automatic Object Recognition feature

12 January 2016

The visual search experience has gotten even more streamlined, intuitive and easier. With our newly launched Automatic Object Recognition feature, end users no longer have to crop an image query to focus on an item within the image, or manually select the product category in which to search.

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[Interview] GuangDa Li, Co-Founder and CTO - ViSenze on enabling search without keywords

4 January 2016

ViSenze Co-Founder and CTO GuangDa Li shares his entrepreneurial journey and experience in building ViSenze from the ground up in this interview.

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[Customer announcement] ViSenze partners with online jewelry store BlueStone to launch visual search on platform

23 December 2015

BlueStone, a jewelry e-commerce platform based in Bangalore, has rolled out the Find Similar function on their webstore, powered by ViSenze visual technology, to improve product discovery experiences for their users.

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[Interview] Google Cloud Vision API and its impact on the image recognition industry

4 December 2015

Following Google's launch of its Cloud Vision API, Kaptur magazine interviews Guangda Li, Co-Founder and CTO at ViSenze, to find out more about its effects on the image recognition industry.

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[Award] ViSenze takes Gold Award at the 4th ASEAN ICT Awards 2015

3 December 2015

ViSenze, a pioneer in visual search and image recognition technology, took the coveted Gold Award (Private Sector category) at the ASEAN ICT Awards (AICTA) 2015 ceremony held on 26 November 2015 in Danang city, Vietnam.

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[Media mention] Speech by Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of Trade & Industry, at the launch of TechSG

26 November 2015

At the launch of TechSG, Parl Sec Low Yen Ling spoke about entrepreneurship in Singapore, building a vibrant ecosystem, and creating opportunities for Singapore start-ups to collaborate with MNCs - specifically mentioning the joint collaboration between ViSenze and Rakuten Taiwan.

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[Business expansion] ViSenze announces strategic expansion into the US with new office and key hires

25 November 2015

ViSenze, a leading machine intelligence company offering visual search and image recognition solutions, has established a presence in San Francisco and made key appointments on both the East and West coasts to lead sales and customer service efforts in North America.

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[Media mention] Retailer gets help from start-ups to manage sales and inventory

4 November 2015

This initiative is part of a DBS Bank program that connects small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups with experts in various fields. ViSenze has been challenged to come up with a solution for Chateau de Sable, a fast-growing Singapore children's clothing label that has problems with inventory and data management.

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[Award] ViSenze Chief Scientist wins prestigious ACM SIGMM Award

30 October 2015

The prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is given in recognition of Prof. Chua Tat-Seng's pioneering contributions to the field.

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[Event] I am Guangda, CTO of ViSenze, Ask Me Anything

29 October 2015

Our CTO and Co-Founder, Guangda, hosted a Reddit AMA session on deep learning and computer vision for developing visual search and image recognition technology.

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[Interview] Lost and Founded Series - Oliver Tan

22 October 2015

In this interview with DBS BusinessClass for their Lost & Founded: Untold Entrepreneur Stories, Oliver Tan, Co-Founder and CEO of ViSenze, believes that it doesn't matter if you're a predator or the prey, you just got to keep running.

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[Customer announcement] ViSenze partners with social shopping platform Comb to launch visual search on mobile app

10 October 2015

Comb, a social shopping platform curated by a global community, started rolling out mobile visual search powered by ViSenze to improve product search and discovery experiences on their mobile app.

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[Award] ViSenze wins Most Promising Startup Award at Emerging Enterprise 2015

25 September 2015

With heavy R&D in machine intelligence and new business milestones like acquiring e-commerce giant Flipkart as customer and launching automated product tagging, ViSenze was awarded Most Promising Startup at the Emerging Enterprise 2015 Gala Dinner held in Singapore.

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[Customer announcement] ViSenze partners with Lazada to bring visual search technology to consumer marketplace app

20 August 2015

Founded by Rocket Internet in 2011 with the goal of being "the of Southeast Asia", Lazada started rolling out visual search, powered by ViSenze on its mobile app. Lazada also uses ViSenze's image recognition technology to carry out attribute extration and product tagging.

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[Event] ViSenze at eTail East: Transforming retail with innovation

13 August 2015

We at ViSenze are excited to be able to contribute to conversations on technological innovations that can greatly improve the retail experience for consumers, how to personalize the customer journey, online marketing and many more at eTail East, held in Boston from 10-13 August 2015.

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[Customer announcement] ViSenze partners with Flipkart to bring image search to mobile shoppers in India

2 July 2015

India's largest online marketplace, Flipkart, started rolling out image search on its mobile app to revolutionize the shopping experience, using ViSenze technology for visual search and image recognition.

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[Product update] ViSenze opens up free trial and demo to the public

1 July 2015

ViSenze now allows public access to its visual search technology via free trial accounts and its demo page. Anyone can sign up for an account to test and asses the technology on their own image database.

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[Media mention] Making visual search a fashionable way to look for products

25 June 2015

ViSenze CEO and Co-Founder Oliver Tan demonstrates and explains how visual search works better, faster, and is more efficient than using keywords while looking for fashionwear online.

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[Event] ViSenze's Chief Scientist gives keynote speech at ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval

25 June 2015

In a keynote speech that took place at the ACM Internationl Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 2015) in Shanghai earlier on this year, one of our Co-Founders, Professor Chua Tat-Seng, shared his thoughts on using multimedia retrieval to tackle real-life problems.

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[Event] ViSenze's CEO Oliver Tan shares his thoughts on e-commerce in SEA at Echelon 2015

16 June 2015

At the Echelon Asia Summit 2015, tech leaders spoke on a panel exploring the evolution of e-commerce, the opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asia, key trends and innovations and much more.

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[Event] ViSenze participates in CommunicAsia 2015, conducts "The Dress Challenge" experiment

2 June 2015

Besides presenting our visual technological solutions that will propel Singapore towards its Smart National goal, we challenged visitors to find a dress using keywords search vs. visual search during this event.

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[Interview] 10 Questions to a founder: ViSenze

11 May 2015

By answering two questions – what is in the image and where can I buy it- Singapore-based ViSenze, a spin-off company of the National University of Singapore, wants to add value to shoppers. While not the only company trailblazing in that space, it is certainly one of the most interesting and promising.

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[Event] ViSenze showcases innovative visual technology at InnovFest Unbound 2015

29 April 2015

InnovFest Unbound is Asia's most exciting innovation conference connecting entrepreneurs and influencers from Asia with their global counterparts. The two day innovation festival connects brands and global corporations with disruptive technology and creative insights to fuel innovation and growth.

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[Media mention] ViSenze named amongst Singapore's 20 hottest startups 2015 by Singapore Business Review

20 March 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, Singapore Business Review brings you 20 of the city's hottest startups worth watching over the next months. ViSenze, among others, have made this list.

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[Event] ViSenze with other cool startups at SXSW 2015, showcasing Singapore's best innovations

12 March 2015

ViSenze is one of the thirteen quality, innovation-driven Singapore-based tech start-ups that Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), the venture capital arm of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), is leading to represent Singapore at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Trade Show in Austin, Texas from 15-18 March this year.

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[Event] ViSenze contributes API in the Smart Nation Hackathon Event

12 March 2015

ViSenze is excited to be opening up our APIs at the Smart Nation API coLAB, organized jointly by Padang & Co and DEXTRA.

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[Media mention] Singapore startups stretching their wings in the US

9 March 2015

Singapore startups looking for a place to call their home while still having the opportunity to venture into the US market can do so now at the Blk 71 San Francisco. ViSenze leads the way by setting up a base in the Bay Area in the next few months.

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[Media mention] A milestone year for Singapore's ViSenze

28 November 2014

It’s turning out to be a good year for ViSenze, a visual recognition solutions startup founded in Singapore as a technology spin-off from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012.

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[Award] ViSenze wins prestigious National Infocomm Award 2014

24 November 2014

ViSenze is named a winner for the Category of Most Innovative Infocomm Product/Solution for its visual search technology, which is evaluated based on the product's innovativeness, use of advanced technology, ease of use, market presence, business impact and relevance to Singapore's Smart Nation vision.

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[Award] ViSenze wins 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Global Award

24 November 2014

ViSenze has been selected as a winner for Red Herring 2014 Top 100 Global award, a prestigious recognition honoring the year's most audacious and far-reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs from across the globe.

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[Award] ViSenze's CTO Li Guangda makes EmTech Singapore's 10 Innovators Under 35 regional list

19 November 2014

Our CTO Guangda has been chosen as one of the Top 10 outstanding innovators in the region for EmTech Singapore's Innovators under 35 regional list.

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[Event] Techventure 2014: Shopping for the next big idea

17 November 2014

ViSenze participated alongside 120 other exhibitors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Chile, Thailand and the US to showcase their innovations at Techventure 2014.

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[Event] Disrupt: Entrepreneurship a brutal journey indeed

25 September 2014

ViSenze CEO and Co-Founder Oliver Tan was part of the panel discussion organized by Digital News Asia (DNA) and the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM). “Entrepreneurship is a brutal business,” he said at the panel which had as its theme 'Meet the Disruptors.'

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[Event] Innovate Forum highlights technology, entrepreneurship

17 September 2014

Technology and entrepreneurship took centre stage at the Innovate Forums yesterday. One of the speakers featured was the CEO of Singapore-based ViSenze, Oliver Tan, who provided insights on his company’s cloud-based visual search tool which can add image recognition features for e-commerce and contextual advertising.

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[Award] ViSenze wins 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award

29 August 2014

ViSenze is gaining rapid international recognition by winning a place on the 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award, a prestigious list honoring the year's most promising private technology ventures from Asia.

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[Interview] NUS School of Computing: Interview with Li Guangda, CTO of ViSenze

1 April 2014

Li Guangda, who hails from the coastal city of Tianjin in northern China, completed his PhD at the NUS School of Computing in 2011. He is now the Chief Technology Officer at ViSenze, a start-up he co-founded with Professor Chua Tat-Seng.

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[Media mention] Startups and big firms lift innovation tie-ups

19 March 2014

Just last year, Spring Singapore launched its Partnerships for Capability Transformation (Pact) program to facilitate collaborations between LOs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - startups included. Since the launch, over 160 partnerships have been formed, including the partnership between ViSenze and Rakuten Taiwan.

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[Media mention] 21 startups in Asia that caught our eye

23 February 2014

Tech in Asia shares their newest round of featured startups for the week. Companies to watch out for include ViSenze from Singapore, Mercari ;from Japan, Hike from India, and SplitMedia Labs from Hong Kong.

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[Investment] ViSenze announces US$3.5 million Series A funding

19 February 2014

ViSence today announced it has closed US$3.5 million Series A round of financing led by Rakuten Ventures, with participation from new investors Walden International and UOB Venture Management.

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[Media mention] Picture this: Search online without keywords

6 December 2013

Ever passed a well-dressed person on the street and wished you could buy a similar outfit? ViSenze can help you do just that. The tech company, set up in August last year, has developed visual search technology that is able to match images with similar-looking pictures online.

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[Media mention] ViSenze's mission is to make sense of the visual web

15 November 2013

ViSenze - a startup sprung from the NExT Research Centre, a collaboration between the National University of Singapore and Tsinghua University of China, is seeking to help both users and businesses make sense of an increasingly visual online world.

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[Event] ViSenze showcases intelligent visual technology at Samsung Annual Suwon Technology Exhibition 2013

28 October 2013

ViSenze was invited by Samsung Electronics to showcase its award-winning visual recognition and search technology at the Samsung Annual Suwon Technology Exhibition 2013.

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[Award] ViSenze wins Emerging Technology Award

14 October 2013

National University of Singapore (NUS) spin-off company, ViSenze, was presented with the Silver Award in the category of Emerging Technology at the SiTF 2013 Awards Ceremony and ICT Industry Gala Dinner held on 10 October 2013.

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[Customer annoucement] ViSenze, a NUS spin-off company, partners internet giant Rakuten to create visual search driven e-commerce in Taiwan

3 July 2013

ViSenze today announced that it has partnered with Taiwan Rakuten Ichiba, Inc., a subsidiary of Rakuten Group to launch a state-of-the-art visual fashion search and recognition service on Rakuten's social and shopping sites in Taiwan.

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