S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Party house problem


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BBTV closes IPO, completes buyout of RTL’s interest in company (BETAKIT)

BBTV Holdings, the holding company behind Vancouver-based media & technology company BroadbandTV, announced Wednesday morning it has closed its IPO on the TSX.

Ride-sharing company Facedrive faces questions as its shares whipsaw (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Short-sellers argue the firm’s market cap is out of line with revenue.

As Ottawa mulled regulations for tech giants, Facebook tried to recruit public servants (THE TORONTO STAR)

As the Canadian government mulled regulations for internet and tech giants, Facebook sought to recruit from within the federal public service for a high-paying policy job.

Airbnb fights its ‘party house problem’ (NEW YORK TIMES)

Noise. Damages. Safety questions. Airbnb is racing to address the risks posed by partying guests before it goes public.

Facebook, Uber reveal new initiatives in support of Black entrepreneurs (BETAKIT)

Facebook Canada and Uber Canada have both partnered with the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce on two new initiatives aimed to support Black entrepreneurs.

Pulumi raises $37.5M Series B for its cloud engineering platform (TECHCRUNCH)

Previous investors Madrona Venture Group and Tola Capital also participated in this round, which brings the total investment in the company to $57.5 million.

Takara Small shares what she learned exploring small-town tech (BETAKIT)

BetaKit spoke with Takara Small about her Tech Town podcast, innovation in Innisfil, and the ripple effects of COVID-19.

Will India’s Jio be the next tech giant? (FORTUNE)

Silicon Valley heavyweights like Facebook and Alphabet are betting on it to break through.

The messy politics of Nextdoor (VOX)

Want to see how polarized America is? Look no further than Nextdoor.

Today in funding: MESH/Diversity, Sollum Technologies, Heirlume, Nyoka (BETAKIT)

A number of Canadian startups have announced fresh funding to fuel their growth. Here’s the latest on who raised.

Joe Rogan’s podcast sparks tensions inside Spotify (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Spotify Technology SA’s $100 million bet on Joe Rogan has put the audiostreaming company in business with one of podcasting’s most popular — and polarizing — voices. Amid controversy, executives are standing by that voice.

BetaKit Live: Willful and The Canadian Shield explain how to survive and thrive in 2020 (BETAKIT)

Erin Bury, CEO of Willful, and Jeremy Hedges, President of The Canadian Shield join for a BetaKit Live conversation Wednesday, November 4.

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