S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Taking on Salesforce

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Coconut Software names Mark Ramsay as first Chief Revenue Officer (BETAKIT)

Ramsay was formerly CRO at Toronto-based EventMobi, and has held leadership roles at companies like CNW (Cision), Solarsoft (Epicor), Eloqua (Oracle), and Datamirror (IBM).

Intercom raises $125 million to take on Salesforce (TECHCRUNCH)

The Series D funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins, with participation from Google Ventures.

RoundTrip, an on-demand medical transport startup, raises $1.9 million in seed financing (RICHMOND)

The company received the fundingfrom Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Abell Foundation, Brown Advisory, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Evichat wins $40,000 top prize at Legal Innovation Zone’s AI Challenge (BETAKIT)

Over the past four months, six teams have been spending four months in the Legal Innovation Zone leading up to the final pitch.

The rise of in-house cryptocurrencies and their utility for SaaS platforms (VENTUREBEAT)

As cryptocurrency and blockchain projects continue to arise and flourish, it is becoming more common for such companies to create their own cryptocurrencies to facilitate faster and more secure exchanges of value or information within their platforms.

Kloudless raises $6M for its integrations solution (TECHCRUNCH)

The Series A round was led by Aspect Ventures, with participation by Bow Capital, Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund, Heavybit, and Ajay Shah.

Quebec has plans to implement sales tax on tech giants like Netflix, reports suggest (BETAKIT)

Should these provisions work their way into Quebec’s 2018 budget, then the province will be in a position contrary to that espoused by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

GoDaddy to move most of its infrastructure to AWS, not including domain management for its 75M domains (TECHCRUNCH)

WS said that GoDaddy is now migrating “the majority” of its infrastructure to AWS in a multi-year deal that will also see AWS becoming a partner in selling on some products of GoDaddy’s — namely Managed WordPress and GoCentral for managing domains and building and running websites.

How many SaaS software subscriptions does a founder need? (FORBES)

“When you are first starting up, it is natural to want to get your ducks in a row. Setting up your business, your bank account, filing for IP on your special sauce gets crossed off the list, and then you start pitching your wares. The challenge in that ‘hurry up and wait for revenue’ stage is not spending your revenue before it comes in by subscribing to software you don’t need.”

Salesforce introduces Integration Cloud on heels of MuleSoft acquisition (TECHCRUNCH)

The Integration Cloud includes tools that let users bring together a complete picture of a customer from Salesforce tools, and enable brands to build customized experiences.

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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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