S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Hootsuite is buying customers

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Hootsuite raises $65 million from CIBC Innovation Banking(BETAKIT)

The financing will help Hootsuite expand its solution into industries like government and healthcare.

Airtable raises $52M to give non-coders tools to build complex software (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding comes from CRV and Caffeinated Capital, with participation from Freestyle Ventures and Slow Ventures.

Harbr raises $1.75 million to help construction companies predict their schedule (BETAKIT)

The startup announced the launch of its real-time construction scheduling product.

Salesforce targets Indian SMBs with Essentials, a suite of intelligent apps(YOURSTORY)

Salesforce says Essentials will future-proof businesses in the rapidly evolving digital environment, and allow them to work smarter, faster, and focus on customers.

Cloudflare is giving developers programmable access to the network edge with new service (TECHCRUNCH)

Cloudflare announced Cloudflare Workers, a service that enables developers to write code to execute directly at the edge of the Cloudflare network.

Uber to inform all Canadian drivers and passengers affected by 2016 privacy breach (BETAKIT)

Uber said that while the company disagrees with the privacy commissioner’s ruling, it will comply with the decision.

Zscaler’s shares soar as it raises $192M in 2018’s first major tech IPO(SILICONANGLE)

The activity on Zscaler could point to a bullish moment for security startups, and potentially public listings for tech companies in general — as well as some pent-up demand in a climate that has been somewhat dry for big tech IPOs after some notable flops.

Showpass receives undisclosed investment from BDC (BETAKIT)

Showpass’ platform allows its users to check out directly on their website, offer merchandise add-ons with tickets, and scan tickets at POS.

Dropbox sets IPO price range of $16 to $18 per share for possible $7 billion valuation (VENTUREBEAT)

Dropbox also revealed that it had sold $100 million worth of stock to Salesforce Ventures in a private transaction. Those shares will be sold at the final IPO price and will be subject to a lockup period.

Strix Leviathan raises $1.625M for its enterprise crypto trading platform (TECHCRUNCH)

The seed round was led by Joe Montana’s Liquid 2 Ventures. Other investors include Founders’ Co-op, Future Perfect Ventures and 9Mile Labs.

How quantitative research helped LogoDog increase their conversion rate by 240% (FIELDBLOOM)

No matter how well your organization runs, there will always be room for improvement in some way, shape, or form.


Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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