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BetaKit

Real Matters files to go public on the Toronto Stock Exchange

The last Canadian tech company to go public was Shopify in May 2015.


Yahoo Finance

SOCi raises $8.5 million to deliver social media management at scale

The round was co-led by technology funds Vertical Venture Partners and Grayhawk Capital.


BetaKit

Now an international company, Dax Dasilva explains why Lightspeed is committed to Canada

“We’re at a stage where companies are now starting to reach scale,” said Dasilva. “You’re seeing lots of exciting companies that don’t need to move to the Valley to be market leaders.”


VC Circle

SaaS startup Squad raises $2.1M from Blume Ventures, others

Squad, which offers a workflow automation platform, raised the funds from early-stage investor Blume Ventures.


IT Finance

The impact of SaaS on insurance

For Stuart Blyth, direrctor at SilverBridge, the current drive towards digitalisation is an ideal opportunity for insurers to adopt a cloud-based approach to their systems.


BetaKit

Scholastic acquires Charlottetown-based Ooka Island

Ooka Island beginnings stretch back to 1960. It now has 95 books, and over 80 hours of personalized learning available on iOS and Android devices.


Entrepreneur

3 tips for maximizing Software-as-a-Service growth

Many companies that sell SaaS applications can struggle with driving adoption and expanding their reach. Here are three tips for capturing more revenue in today’s fiercely competitive SaaS market.


BetaKit

LANDR partners with ASCAP to provide unlimited mastering to 600,000 composers

ASCAP members will receive LANDR’s basic subscription and one HD WAV per month at no charge.


TechCrunch

Qwilr, which turns boring business documents into attractive websites, raises $1.5M

Qwilr’s new financing is provided by Germany’s Point Nine, a VC firm that specializes in SaaS businesses.


Forbes

6 ways to integrate social proof in your SaaS marketing strategy

Growing subscribers who make a long-term commitment to your software platform is key to marketing. Here are 6 of the countless possibilities for your SaaS marketing plan, along with examples of companies doing it right.


ZDNet

Qualtrics raises $180 million on $2.5 billion valuation

Qualtrics, an online survey research platform, raised $180 million in new venture funding by Insight Venture Partners and Accel, with participation from Sequoia Capital.



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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.