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“The data captured on behalf of our merchants belongs to those merchants, it’s as simple as that.” – Shopify
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’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.
“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.
Skedule, which offers businesses tools to manage their mobile employees, including their schedules, raised the funding from M12, Microsoft’s venture fund.
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.
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.”
“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.
“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.”
The round was led by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Capital Women in Technology Venture Fund.