S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Gig’d out

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Information Venture Partners adds former Georgian investor Jane Podbelskaya as it continues to expand team (BETAKIT)

Information Venture Partners has appointed Jane Podbelskaya as principal, as the venture firm has continued to grow its investing team in recent months.


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Apple faces U.K. antitrust investigation into App Store (BNN BLOOMBERG)

U.K. antitrust authorities opened a probe into Apple Inc’s app payment rules, adding to a slew of global probes examining the control the iPhone maker holds over app developers.

theScore closes US IPO, raising $186 million USD (BETAKIT)

The dual Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Nasdaq-listed company sold 6.9 million Class A Shares at a price of $27 per share in its US IPO.

Trudeau urged to launch investigation into PornHub’s parent company in Montreal (NATIONAL POST)

More than 100 survivors of sexual exploitation accuse MindGeek of violating child protection laws and sharing intimate images without consent.

Amid rise in remote work, Dooly announces $25.5 million CAD to scale sales enablement platform (BETAKIT)

Dooly touts itself as “the fastest way” to update Salesforce, take notes, and manage deals for sales professionals.

Gig companies fear a worker shortage, despite a recession (WIRED)

The pandemic sapped demand for rides from Uber and Lyft, and government aid has cushioned the blow for workers. Execs are feeling the strain.

After a year of rapid growth, Athennian extends Series A round by $7 million (BETAKIT)

CEO Adrian Camara said Athennian is approaching 200 customers and was able to triple its revenue over 2020.

Google’s anti-tracking move is good for privacy, and even better for Google (FAST COMPANY)

Since it’s big players like Google that have all the targeting data, smaller ones will have a hard time competing without cookie data.

Infosys expanding to Calgary as it looks to double Canadian workforce to 4,000 employees (BETAKIT)

Hoping to double its Canadian presence over the next three years to 4,000, the company currently has Canadian offices in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver, where it employs 2,000 people.

Hackers are finding ways to hide inside Apple’s walled garden (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

The iPhone’s locked-down approach to security is spreading, but advanced hackers have found that higher barriers are great for avoiding capture.

Twitter to ramp up Canadian presence, hire at least 24 engineers in Toronto (BETAKIT)

Twitter has announced plans to launch a new engineering hub in Canada and hire at least 24 engineers in Toronto.

Microsoft’s US$10B Pentagon deal at risk amid Amazon fight (BNN BLOOMBERG)

Microsoft Corp. is in danger of losing a contract to provide US$10 billion of cloud computing services to the Pentagon, a deal the government has threatened to scrap altogether after years of legal squabbling.

An incomplete list of Canadian tech events, programs, and organizations supporting women’s initiatives (BETAKIT)

For International Women’s Day, a collection of the numerous Canadian tech events, programs, and organizations seeking to support women’s initiatives – plus a look at how International Women’s Day events have made the pivot to online this year.

Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

Content coordinator, social media smartypants, wordsmith, Human Workflow™. Exists primarily on coffee, cat pictures, German dance metal, and pro wrestling. I will fight for your right to the Oxford comma.

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