S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Canada’s SaaS for social good

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Breather reportedly lays off staff across North America(BETAKIT)

Breather reportedly laid off a number of its staff on Thursday, possibly accounting for 11 percent of the company’s overall workforce.


Digital For Good Summit gets real about the need for charities to adopt transformation(BETAKIT)

The Digital For Good Summit provided a clear message to charities regarding digital transformation: start small or start big, but you need to start.

To measure sales efficiency, SaaS startups should use the 4×2(TECHCRUNCH)

Once you’ve found product/market fit, scaling a SaaS business is all about honing go-to-market efficiency.

Shopify merchants generate $2.9 billion USD in sales over Black Friday, Cyber Monday(BETAKIT)

Shopify has released data collected on its merchants’ weekend sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, revealing over $2.9 billion in sales worldwide.

The evolution of the SaaS industry(TECHRADAR)

Global SaaS is estimated to be worth $130 billion by 2020.

Benevity is taking its corporate social responsibility platform mobile(BETAKIT)

Benevity, the Calgary-based tech company that has become a global leader for its corporate social responsibility platform, is moving into the mobile app market.

Uncapped raises £10M to offer ‘revenue-based’ finance to growing businesses(TECHCRUNCH)

Uncapped says it will enable founders to access working capital between £10,000 and £1 million for a flat fee of 6%.

Shift closes $1 million CAD seed round, appoints first CEO(BETAKIT)

Victoria-based startup Shift has officially closed $1 million CAD in seed funding for its workplace productivity desktop app.

Kustomer raises $60 million to automate repetitive customer service processes(VENTUREBEAT)

CEO Birnbaum said the infusion will bolster Kustomer’s global expansion as it continues to invest “heavily” in product development.

Vision Critical appoints new CEO, moves headquarters to Toronto(BETAKIT)

Vancouver-founded customer experience management startup Vision Critical has announced it is replacing its CEO and is moving its headquarters to Toronto.

Design may be the next entrepreneurial gold rush(TECHCRUNCH)

With the shift in the way designers fit into organizations and the way design fits into business overall, the design ecosystem is following the same path blazed by enterprise SaaS companies in recent years.

Bridgit opens first satellite office, looks to tap into Toronto’s talent pool(BETAKIT)

Bridgit, a startup developing technology software technology for the construction industry, has officially opened its satellite office location in Toronto.

Cannabis software startup Leaf Trade raises $4.5M(BIZJOURNALS)

Leaf Trade, a Chicago startup that’s building enterprise software for cannabis dispensaries and growers, raised new financing as it works to bring its platform to more states.

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