S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Shifting benchmarks

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Top Hat launches free version of platform as universities move to online learning (BETAKIT)

Top Hat launching a free version of its platform to help professors whose work is being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Changing SaaS startup benchmarks in the COVID-19 era (TECHCRUNCH)

The performance metrics were designed to bucket SaaS startups into quality cohorts based on their performance, giving founders and other investors a measuring stick for startup results.

Give-a-Seat adapts charity platform to promote Quebec products during COVID-19 (BETAKIT)

Montréal-based Give-a-Seat, a charity startup that sells tickets to local events, is adapting its platform to promote local products during COVID-19.


The funding will primarily be used for hiring across teams — including in software engineering, customer success and sales — SingleOps President Taylor Gould said.

Today in funding: Provision Analytics, Ackroo, MergeBase, Obie.ai (BETAKIT)

Four Canadian startups have announced fresh funding rounds to fuel their growth. Here’s the latest on who raised.

Vida Health raises $25M, Particle Health brings in $12M and more digital health funding (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

Also: Dascena closes $50 million for diagnostic algorithms; Scopio Labs collects $16 million Series B to expand digital microscopy business.

Foodora to close operations in Canada, citing highly saturated market (BETAKIT)

Foodora in Canada said it has been unable to reach a sustainable level of profitability in Canada and cannot continue operations.

Platypus raises €2.3 million to help companies reduce staff turnover (EU STARTUPS)

The company will use the investment to accelerate its early-stage growth and customer traction.

Bus.com taps Maxie Lafleur as CEO as startup modifies offering during COVID-19 (BETAKIT)

Montreal-based Bus.com, which has created an online platform for bus rentals, has appointed Maxie Lafleur as the startup’s chief executive officer.

Equity Shot: 1% is the new “growth” (TECHCRUNCH)

The gist is that big corp SaaS did fine in Q1, but there are varying levels of concern regarding the future.

Minister Joly says details on RDA funding expected soon, discusses federal support of tech sector (BETAKIT)

BetaKit spoke with Minister of Economic Development Mélanie Joly about how the new capital for RDAs will affect the tech sector amid COVID.

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