S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Canadian Lyft-off

The SaaS Weekly is a weekly newsletter covering major SaaS news from Canada and around the globe.

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BetaKit

Aaron Zifkin departs Airbnb to become Lyft’s Canadian managing director

Zifkin will oversee Lyft’s operations and growth nationally, beginning in the greater Toronto area (which just launched).


IT

Product-market fit: A founder’s key takeaways from SaaS North

Advolv founder Ashley Beattie shares lessons learned from SaaS North.


TechCrunch

Paddle, the software sales platform founded by a Thiel Fellow, raises $12.5 million

Paddle’s platform tackles the problem whereby software developers typically need to piece together systems from multiple different suppliers in order to sell their wares online. Instead, Paddle consolidates all of these tools into a single offering.


BetaKit

Shopify, PointClickCare among Glassdoor’s top 25 best places to work in Canada

Shopify placed third on the list, dropping two places from its first place spot last year. PointClickCare — which raised $111 million early this year — was ranked 15th on the list.


Venture Beat

With IoT, any company can enter the SaaS market

The real upheaval that IoT will have is by transforming all types of companies into SaaS companies.


TechTarget

Pivotal has something for everyone in the latest Cloud Foundry Platform release

At its S1P developer conference in San Francisco, the company announced a huge upgrade to its Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform, which includes support for serverless computing, containers, and a new app store.


BetaKit

Microsoft Ventures invests in SaaS ‘Active Strategy Management’ startup Workboard

Workboard helps companies see through their strategic plans by using analytics and artificial intelligence on a cloud-based platform called Active Strategy Management. It works across mobile apps and features a Slack bot.


TechCrunch

Predictive marketing startup Leadspace raises $21 million

Leadspace develops and sells a service that helps businesses generate new leads and optimize business-facing marketing efforts. It lists Microsoft, Marketo, HP Enterprise, and Brocade as customers.


TechCrunch

SaaS strength helps drive Oracle’s Q2 results

Oracle reported a strong performance from its Cloud Services division. In addition, Software Licenses and Services segment revenues were also up after a lackluster performance in fiscal 2017.


BetaKit

Create more value than you capture: An oral history of Toronto product development

BetaKit’s first #longform piece explores the evolution of Toronto tech over the last 15 years.



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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.