S|W: The SaaS Weekly – So you bought a TunnelBear

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Toronto-based TunnelBear acquired by McAfee(BETAKIT)

McAfee said that combining TunnelBear’s secure network with an intuitive interface helps keep customers’ data secure on public Wi-Fi, and web browsing private from advertisers with the ability to block intrusive ads.

Atom Tickets raises $60M Series C for its movie booking app (TECHCRUNCH)

An app that combines online movie ticket booking with social features, Atom Tickets has raised more than $125 million to date.

With aggressive hiring plans, Wattpad doubles down on the Asian market (BETAKIT)

“Tencent, pretty much all the operations are inside China, and for us we are pretty much everywhere except for China.”

Three crucial things SaaS companies need to remember about their SEO(FORBES)

No matter the size, when it comes to SEO, there are a few things that most SaaS companies seem to forget and that the really successful ones usually remember.

Degreed gets $42M to help build a tool to help employees learn the right skills (TECHCRUNCH)

Degreed said it has raised $42 million in a venture financing round co-led by Owl Ventures and Jump Capital, with Founders Circle Capital and existing investors participating.

Poka raises $10 million to be the messaging platform for factories (BETAKIT)

Poka’s mobile and web app is targeted to factories, allowing employees to capture and share critical information in real-time on the factory floor.

Snyk raises $7M to secure usage of open-source software for developers(SILICONANGLE)

The Series A round for the three-year-old startup was led by Boldstart Ventures and Canaan Partners and included Heavybit, FundFire, Peter McKay, and others.

#DisruptMining announces Acoustic Zoom as winner of potential $1 million contract (BETAKIT)

Out of four finalists, Acoustic Zoom took the top prize for building a platform that offers ultra high-frequency 3D drill hole seismic imaging. Targeted to the mineral exploration industry, Acoustic Zoom maps complex geological formations deep within the earth’s micro-structure.

Dropbox and Salesforce commit to deeper strategic partnership (CLOUD)

In the first integration, Dropbox will be combined with Salesforce’s Commerce Cloud and Marketing Cloud. A retail client, for instance, could create a Dropbox folder for product images or creative briefs while still working in Salesforce Commerce Cloud. The second integration will see Dropbox integrate with Quip, the productivity software suite.

Carsome raises $19M for its used-car sales platform in Southeast Asia (TECHCRUNCH)

Carsome had raised just over $8 million previously, but recent news developments including SoftBank’s Vision Fund investment in Germany’s Auto1, and deals in China from Alibaba, Tencent and Didi Chuxing have helped put his industry on the map for investors.


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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