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BetaKit

Shopify receives petition with 200,000 signatures to drop Breitbart

Despite an open letter by CEO Tobi Lütke defending Shopify's decision to power Breitbart’s store, the calls for Shopify to remove the web-based media outlet from its customer base have not stopped.


Voice of the North

An inspired team starts with a winning attitude

The basis of a successful team is a winning attitude. Eli Fathi, CEO of MindBridge.ai, explains how leaders can spread a “can-do” attitude to their team.


BetaKit

Montreal-based Dialogue raises $4 million, announces Ontario expansion

The investment in Dialogue, which allows employers to offer employees access to healthcare through mobile, was led by Diagram. It also included BDC Capital and Hacking Health Accelerator.


Entrepreneur

3 tricks to marketing unsexy products: Tips from industry leaders in SaaS

When it comes to marketing functional but not particularly exciting products, there is no point trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes with buzzwords and sparkle; rather share how it makes their life better.


BetaKit

LinkedIn CMO Shannon Stubo joins Vidyard board of directors

Vidyard CEO Michael Litt said that the addition of Stubo to the board will guide the company as it scales its operations and emphasizes its tool as a storytelling platform.


PE Hub Network

VATBox raises $20M

The Israel-based company, which provides data-driven VAT recovery and governance solutions to companies, raised the $20 million from Target Global Fund, Viola Private Equity, and other private investors.


Light Reading

Microsoft, Salesforce dominating SaaS market, report finds

While Salesforce has helped define the SaaS market for years with its CRM offerings, it’s actually Microsoft that is now dominating the market, according to a report by the Synergy Research Group.


BetaKit

Dozr guarantees rental revenue to offset equipment purchase costs

Users buying equipment through Dozr will get up to five years of off-season rental revenue, which the company says can cover a significant portion of the initial cost of equipment.


Inc 42

Chennai based PipeCandy raises $1.1M seed funding from IDG, Axilor, and more

The startup plans to use the funds to deeply verticalise its analytical models and to build tools that make sales representatives follow best practices effortlessly.


Talkin' Cloud

Avoiding the worst case scenario: How to make sure your SaaS data is secure

If you’re thinking about using SaaS as a solution for your IT needs, here are three potential problems you might face and tips on how to avoid them.


VentureBeat

StatX raises $2.5 million for app that notifies you when your business changes

Investors include Signia Venture Partners, Inventus Capital Partners, and XSeed Capital.


BetaKit

Stripe launches service allowing Canadian businesses to process payments in 130 currencies

It’s only been six months since the rollout of Stripe Instant Payouts this past September, but Canadian businesses using the platform just got another upgrade.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.