S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Shopify’s Canadian investment

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BetaKit partners with Jobbio to fill Canada’s tech talent gap (BETAKIT)

Sources close to the company confirmed that because BetaKit loves you, it will offer one month of free service to help companies hire Canada’s top tech talent.

A Wise Man Leaves Facebook (NYTIMES)

Kevin Systrom, a founder of Instagram, wasn’t a “team player.” That was exactly what the company needed.

SaaS Masterclass digs deep into the realities of scaling (BETAKIT)

“When you raise money, you have committed to selling your company, whether you like it or not, because venture capitalists and investors want a return on their money.”

Chaos engineering service Gremlin raises $18M, launches new resiliency tools (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by Redpoint partner Tomasz Tunguz.

Shopify investing $500 million in new Toronto office (BETAKIT)

By 2022, Shopify said it will occupy 254,000 square feet at The Well office. The company has also launched a Dev Degree program with York University.

Google wants to answer the questions you haven’t even asked yet (BLOOMBERG)

A Facebook-like newsfeed populated with videos and articles the company thinks an individual user would find interesting will now show up on the Google home page just below the search bar on all mobile web browsers.

Marsh confirms IBM blockchain insurance partnership to include Salesforce (COINTELEGRAPH)

Marsh, which began working with IBM in April this year to develop the blockchain service, will now take advantage of IBM’s links with customer relationship management giant Salesforce.

Lift & Co reveals plans to launch cannabis rewards platform (BETAKIT)

It marks a shift to offering education surrounding the recreational consumption of the plant.

Google and Microsoft team up with Cloudflare to slash network costs in the cloud (SILICONANGLE)

The firms will pursue the effort under the banner of a group named the Bandwidth Alliance. Participating cloud providers will cut or waive the fees they charge on egress traffic that Cloudflare customers send from their platforms to other parts of the web, while the latter company will take over much of the network load.

How Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes beat imposter syndrome (BETAKIT)

“For all our bluster and braggadocio, deep down entrepreneurs can be very insecure.”

Salesforce partners with Apple to roll deeper into mobile enterprise markets (TECHCRUNCH)

For Apple, which is has been establishing partnerships with key enterprise brands for the last several years, the news is a another big step toward solidifying its enterprise strategy by involving the largest enterprise SaaS vendor in the world.

Salesforce and Amazon Web Services strike new data-sharing deal between multiple cloud products (GEEKWIRE)

The new links between the cloud services companies offer a more secure way to move Salesforce data around using AWS private networking services, as well as ways to use Salesforce events — such as entering a new customer deal into the system — to trigger AWS Lambda serverless computing functions.

Slack acquires email client Astro (BETAKIT)

With 28 employees at the company, the acquisition is Slack’s largest to date.


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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