S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Shopify targets Square

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Shopify announces self-designed PoS card reader to grab US customers from Square(BETAKIT)

The product will only be available in the US, Shopify’s biggest market.

Microsoft aims to simplify enterprise IoT deployments with SaaS offering, analytics tools(TECHREPUBLIC)

Microsoft’s IoT Central solution could be appealing to businesses that want to pursue digital transformation, but don’t have the cloud or networking expertise to fully do so.

Montreal-based SweetIQ acquired by Gannett media company(BETAKIT)

The acquisition is supposed to help one of Gannett’s companies, California-based ReachLocal, expand its suite of products targeting small and medium-sized businesses.

Zivver raises €3m in VC funding(FINSMES)

Netherlands-based Zivver, which provides software for organisations and private individuals to email, chat, and share files in a secure environment, raised the funds from henQ, with participation from existing investors.

Bridging the data fragmentation gap left by SaaS and the cloud(CLOUDCOMPUTING)

SaaS may be effective in its purest form, but when it comes to the tracking of trusted, actionable data, it’s quite simply failing, even exacerbating data fragmentation through its ‘access anywhere’ ethos.

Sapho gets $14M more to make legacy software more useful with ‘micro apps’(TECHCRUNCH)

Sapho, which offers a platform that lets you build “micro apps” for legacy software packages, raised the funds from previous investor Caffeinated Capital, with participation from new investor Felicis Ventures.

Tasktop raises $11.3 million Series A to ramp up sales of team collaboration platform(BETAKIT)

Tasktop’s funding round was led by Austin, Texas-based AVX Partners, with participation from existing investors Austin Ventures and Vancouver-based Yaletown Venture Partners.

How to become your customers’ secret weapon(FORBES)

In the B2B space, if can position your offering to help your customers sell more, your chances of getting more business will go north.

Shopify hopes “tens of millions” will use new Shopify Pay within a year(BETAKIT)

Launching globally, the new Shopify Pay lets customers save their shipping and credit card information to reduce the amount of time it takes to purchase with Shopify Merchants.

Figure 1, a knowledge-sharing app for doctors, launches sponsored content(TECHCRUNCH)

The Toronto- and New York-based startup revealed how it has begun to generate revenue, namely adding sponsored content and polls to its platform.

500px partners with Format to offer portfolio websites to photographers(BETAKIT)

The new integration is available through 500px’s recently launched Pro+ plan, which allows users to create a Format portfolio website that comes with features like an online store and client proofing tools.

Ticketing startup SeatGeek acquires software company TopTix for $56 million(FORTUNE)

SeatGeek, a marketplace for third-party sports, concert, and theater tickets, financed the purchase by raising $57 million in a Series D funding led by Glynn Capital, with participation from other investors.

Forestry.io closes first seed round in Canada with AngelList Syndicate(BETAKIT)

Forestry.io’s $744,000 funding round included an AngelList Syndicate led by Silicon Valley investor Gil Penchina.


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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