S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Netflix-like ambitions

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As Wattpad celebrates 10th birthday, CEO Allen Lau shares Netflix-like ambitions

We said Netflix. Lau countered with Disney. Aim high.

Voice of the North

SaaSBites: Andy Yang of 500px

A convo with Andy Yang, CEO of 500px, a global online photography community where users share and licence amazing photos. (sponsored)


Vision Critical founder Andrew Reid leaving executive team to found spinoff company

While VC Labs is technically independent, it will work closely with Vision Critical. Reid will be leaving the Vision Critical executive team, but will continue to be a significant shareholder and active board participant.


The cloud hit escape velocity in 2016, powering a SaaS buy-up

The most successful companies build great user-focused products and nail two types of virality: intra-company expansion and inter-company distribution.

Voice of the North

Recap: My experience at #INBOUND16

They had me at ‘smarketing’: the alignment of marketing and sales teams.


Toronto-based WhatRunsWhere acquired by Pathmatics

WRW targets small businesses and allows marketers to monitor their competition’s placements across the web and discover the most valuable sources of traffic.


Localmind: An ideal Acquihire

In my last post I talked about acquihires. For this post I thought I’d share the story of an actual acquihire by Airbnb in 2012.


Salesforce serves as training ground for SaaS startup execs

When startups go looking for executive talent, they want someone with some experience working for a successful organization. When it comes to the cloud, there is a dearth of expertise — with one notable exception — Salesforce.


Traction on Demand talks about balancing growth with ‘good business’

Founder and CEO Greg Malpass speaks to the complexities of building off the Salesforce ecosystem.

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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.