S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Leveling up the cloud

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

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10 Montreal tech companies to watch in 2019 (BETAKIT)

This year, BetaKit reached out to the Montreal tech community, asking for recommendations on the companies we should be keeping an eye on.

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Why Adaptive Insights chose acquisition over IPO (BETAKIT)

Speaking to BetaKit ahead of his appearance at TechExit.io on April 10th in Vancouver, Rob Hull shared Adaptive Insights’ founding story, the company’s initial plans to IPO, and why it ultimately chose acquisition over going public.

Shopify among top ten Canadian companies 2019, according to LinkedIn (BETAKIT)

LinkedIn released its list of the ‘2019 LinkedIn Top Companies’ in Canada, and Shopify was the only Canadian tech company to make the cut.

Squelch secures $12M in funding (FINSMES)

Squelch, Inc., a Redwood City, CA-based provider of a customer experience optimization solution, has raised $12M in funding.

Red Points closes $38M Series C for its ‘antivirus’ SaaS for brands (TECHCRUNCH)

Existing investors Northzone, Mangrove, Eight Roads Ventures and Banco Sabadell also participated in the funding round which follows a $12M Series B last year.

The cloud’s level-up moment: three big trends in SaaS (FORBES)

It’s no surprise that SaaS has become the new development standard; the cloud has dramatically lowered costs to develop and distribute software while increasing user accessibility. So what’s next for SaaS?

Former Obama tech officer raises $3.7 million for blockchain SaaS startup (COINDESK)

Offchain Labs, a startup co-founded by a former Obama administration official, has raised a $3.7 million in seed funding.

Sharebee raises $400,000 (BETAKIT)

Sharebee has been called the ‘Airbnb of storage and parking.’ It offers an online platform that connects people with unused spaces with people looking for storage or parking.

How to handle dark data compliance risk at your company (TECHCRUNCH)

Slack and other consumer-grade productivity tools have been taking off in workplaces large and small — and data governance hasn’t caught up.

Salesforce backs a start-up that uses selfies and A.I. to verify your identity online (CNBC)

Identity verification start-up Onfido says it’s raised $50 million from investors including Salesforce and Microsoft.

Home buying and selling platform Perch raises $220M in debt and equity (TECHCRUNCH)

Perch, a home-buying and selling platform, has raised $220 million in a combination of equity ($20 million) to fund operations and debt ($200 million) to finance home purchasing.


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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