S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Spying eyes


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Calgary’s Virtual Gurus launches virtual assistant app for Slack (BETAKIT)

Indigenous-led startup Virtual Gurus has introduced a new virtual assistant app for Slack that aims to help users delegate their to-do lists.

OpenText reports US$65.5-million loss, 10 per cent revenue spike in second quarter (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

The net loss in its second quarter was a 161 per cent drop from the $107.5 million net income it reported a year ago.

BookJane partners with Ontario Long Term Care Association to address province’s senior care staffing crisis (BETAKIT)

BookJane has partnered with Ontario Long Term Care Association to help long term care and senior living facilities find, schedule, and communicate with staff.

Amazon’s new CEO, Andy Jassy, can either help workers and sellers — or automate them away (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

One secret of Amazon’s ability to grow rapidly: software and algorithms that manage its millions of employees and marketplace sellers — technologies the executive knows well.

mCloud moving HQ to Calgary to bring energy efficiency solution closer to Alberta oil and gas industry (BETAKIT)

mCloud has struck a deal with Invest Alberta to move its headquarters from Vancouver to Calgary to manage Alberta’s oil and gas assets more efficiently.

Signal and Telegram downloads surge, passing Facebook chat tools (FORTUNE)

The growth in downloads for Signal has been especially pronounced, shooting from around 1.2 million a year ago to nearly 30 million by late January.

Georgian doubles down on Top Hat with $130 million USD investment as company swaps CEOs (BETAKIT)

The investment brings Georgian’s share to just below 50 percent majority ownership of the company. SEC filings reviewed by BetaKit confirm a new Georgian Alignment Fund I, which sources indicated participated in the funding.

There are spying eyes everywhere — and now they share a brain (WIRED)

Security cameras. License plate readers. Smartphone trackers. Drones. We’re being watched 24/7. What happens when all those data streams fuse into one?

COVID-fuelled growth sees EdTech startup Showbie raise $7.5 million CAD Series A extension (BETAKIT)

Edmonton-based e-learning platform Showbie has added $7.5 million CAD to its Series A, aiming to capitalize on accelerated adoption of new classroom tech.

Google closes internal Stadia studios, including one in Montreal (MOBILESYRUP)

Montreal-born games industry veteran Jade Raymond, who led Stadia Games and Entertainment, is also exiting the company.

Cavelo raises $1.3 million pre-seed as it looks to help companies regain control of their data (BETAKIT)

Cavelo, a Kitchener-Waterloo-based SaaS startup, has raised a $1.3 million pre-seed round of financing.

Dozens of current and former Dropbox employees allege gender discrimination (VENTUREBEAT)

In December 2020, a source familiar with the matter sent VentureBeat a document containing anonymous interviews with 16 current and former Dropbox employees who allege gender discrimination at the cloud computing company.

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