S|W: The SaaS Weekly – How Salesforce paved the way for SaaS

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Mailchimp’s Shopify integration removed, with both parties citing data and privacy concerns

“The data captured on behalf of our merchants belongs to those merchants, it’s as simple as that.” – Shopify

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What Carol Leaman learned from scaling a company and selling it to Google

Speaking to BetaKit ahead of her appearance at TechExit.io on April 10th in Vancouver, the serial CEO shared her lessons learned from leading multiple companies, and reflected on starting, growing, and eventually exiting PostRank.

Evolv Technologies raises $10 million to automate web A/B testing with AI (VENTUREBEAT)

Evolv’s Ascend software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform enables companies to test multiple iterations of a web page at once, leveraging machine learning algorithms to identify each one’s most promising elements — those that convert most consistently.

This Toronto startup’s warning about school admissions fraud fell on deaf ears for years (BETAKIT)

“Once we started looking into [fraud], it was like Pandora’s Box. We realized it was a huge industry,” says Kira Talent co-founder and CEO, Emilie Cushman, about the companies attempts to solve university and college admissions fraud.

Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service (TECHCRUNCH)

Skedule, which offers businesses tools to manage their mobile employees, including their schedules, raised the funding from M12, Microsoft’s venture fund.

Guesty raises $35 million to help property managers oversee all their rentals on Airbnb and more (VENTUREBEAT)

The funding was led by Viola Growth, with participation from TLV Partners, Magma Ventures, Vertex Ventures, Journey Ventures, Kingfisher Investment Advisors, and La Maison Compagnie d’Investissement.

KashFlow founder Duane Jackson has launched Staffology, a payroll SaaS and API (TECHCRUNCH)

The white-label option is proving attractive to challenger banks looking at how our product can help them compete in the SME market and to HR SaaS vendors who hope it’ll make their own offerings more attractive.”

How Harley Finkelstein went from lawyer to COO of Shopify (BETAKIT)

“I got this weird confidence when I was really young that entrepreneurship was something I could do,” says Harley Finkelstein, about his journey to becoming Shopify’s COO.

How Salesforce paved the way for the SaaS platform approach (TECHCRUNCH)

“When we think of enterprise SaaS companies today, just about every startup in the space aspires to be a platform. But when Salesforce launched Force.com, the company’s Platform as a Service, in 2007, there wasn’t any model.”

Construction software company Bridgit raises $6.2 million CAD Series A (BETAKIT)

The round was led by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Capital Women in Technology Venture Fund.


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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