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Shopify receives petition with 200,000 signatures to drop Breitbart(BETAKIT)
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.
An inspired team starts with a winning attitude(VOICEOFTHENORTH)
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.
Montreal-based Dialogue raises $4 million, announces Ontario expansion(BETAKIT)
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.
3 tricks to marketing unsexy products: Tips from industry leaders in SaaS(ENTREPRENUER)
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.
LinkedIn CMO Shannon Stubo joins Vidyard board of directors(BETAKIT)
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.
VATBox raises $20M(PEHUB)
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.
Microsoft, Salesforce dominating SaaS market, report finds(LIGHTREADING)
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.
Dozr guarantees rental revenue to offset equipment purchase costs(BETAKIT)
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.
Chennai based PipeCandy raises $1.1M seed funding from IDG, Axilor, and more(INC42)
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.
Avoiding the worst case scenario: How to make sure your SaaS data is secure(TALKINCLOUD)
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.
StatX raises $2.5 million for app that notifies you when your business changes(VENTUREBEAT)
Investors include Signia Venture Partners, Inventus Capital Partners, and XSeed Capital.
Stripe launches service allowing Canadian businesses to process payments in 130 currencies(BETAKIT)
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.