Canadian startup news of the week (11/10/19)


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Top Stories of the Week

Ryan Holmes steps down as CEO of Hootsuite(BETAKIT)

In a resignation announcement on Twitter, Holmes said he will continue to act as the company’s executive chairman.

Planswell CEO attributes company downfall to “social media storm” in investor email(BETAKIT)

An email to Planswell investors obtained by BetaKit sheds new light on the recent demise of the Toronto-based FinTech startup.

Looka lays off 80 percent of staff as failed rebrand from Logojoy cut revenue in half(BETAKIT)

Looka has confirmed the layoffs to BetaKit. The startup has been pared down to a team of just eight, with a total of 32 employees laid off.

Coveo raises $227 million CAD to pursue "aggressive" growth in AI e-commerce market(BETAKIT)

“We like to think of ourselves as an Olympic stallion, meaning that we’re a real company with real revenue, real customers.”

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Must Reads

Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes shares 13 guerrilla networking hacks ‘that actually work’(BETAKIT)

“Real networking between two people unfolds over years, or entire careers, and is deeply reciprocal.”

How I chose an accelerator for my startup(BETAKIT)

“[Accelerators] aren’t a silver bullet … they are a helping hand that can help you level up.”

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