S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Slack eats up chat losers

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Slack acquiring Atlassian’s HipChat (BETAKIT)

Slack is acquiring Atlassian’s HipChat and Stride chat collaboration service, and moving its users to the Slack platform.

Google brings its search technology to the enterprise (TECHCRUNCH)

“We are essentially taking all of Google expertise in search and are applying it to your enterprise content,” Google said.

3 small marketing changes to make a big difference in your SaaS business (ENTREPRENEUR)

These basic adjustments can help draw more customers and revenue.

Google Cloud’s partnership network begins paying dividends (TECHCRUNCH)

The company sees SaaS as a key area for growth and its new partnership program willprovide access to more Google personnel and marketing funding to help encourage more interaction with SaaS partners on the Google Cloud platform.

Shopify’s first physical space opening in Los Angeles (BETAKIT)

The new space will act as a hub providing merchants with in-person support.

SaaS activity alerts can mitigate manual misconfigurations (E27)

TradeGecko offers a platform for SMBs to automate and reduce workflow inefficiencies, through integrating front-end e-commerce and POS software with back-end accounting and shipping software.

Unbounce brings on former Bench VP as CRO (BETAKIT)

Bochicchio will work on Unbounce’s customer retention and revenue growth. Unbounce said Bochicchio’s experience will help the company create new revenue streams across its core channels.

Xage secures $12 million Series A for IoT security solution on blockchain (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by March Capital Partners, with participation from GE Ventures, City Light Capital, and NexStar Partners.

Rubrik launches Radar SaaS platform for recovery from ransomware (CHANNELDAILYNEWS)

Polaris Radar uses machine learning to give organizations a deep understanding of how a ransomware attack impacted their critical applications and perform some damage control.

SaaS startup VTION raises funding from AngelList India and foreign angel investors (INC42)

VTION, which focuses on media consumption measurement techniques and audio analytics, plans to use the funding to expand its product line in the Indian market and abroad.

Customer identity platform LoginRadius raises $17 million Series A with Microsoft (BETAKIT)

The funding was led by Microsoft’s venture fund M12 and ForgePoint Capital.


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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