S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Wattpad around the world

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Wattpad partners with India’s largest media company to expand presence in the region (BETAKIT)

“The market in India is really going digital, so we see a great opportunity to increase our community of writers and readers,” Wattpad’s country manager for India told BetaKit.

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What Carol Leaman learned from scaling a company and selling it to Google (BETAKIT)

Speaking to BetaKit ahead of her appearance at TechExit.io on April 10th in Vancouver, the serial CEO shared her lessons learned from leading multiple companies, and reflected on starting, growing, and eventually exiting PostRank.

Time is Ltd. uses data from Slack and other cloud software to help companies improve productivity(TECHCRUNCH)

Time is Ltd., which offers “productivity software analytics” to help companies gain insights from employees’ use of Slack, Office 365, G Suite and other enterprise software, raised the funding from Mike Chalfen, with participation form Accel.

DocuSign expanding Canadian presence, announces headquarters in Toronto (BETAKIT)

The office will house sales, marketing, and services teams to support the company’s customers and growth in the region.

Tetrate raises $12.5 million to manage microservices with open source software (VENTUREBEAT)

Tetrate, which develops an app management platform for hybrid and multicloud environments, raised the funding from Dell Technologies Capital, with participation from 8VC, Intel Capital, Rain Capital, and Samsung Next.

Sketch, maker of popular design tools, just landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round (TECHCRUNCH)

With sales and marketing so thoroughly optimized at this point — and companies wondering how else to trounce the competition — there’s now a race afoot for numerous startups looking to become the Salesforce of design.

Irish taxi software company secures Téo Taxi’s former R&D team, opens Montreal office (BETAKIT)

“Montreal was an attractive base to support our expansion into North America, proving itself as a hub for R&D in tech mobility.”

Madrona makes another healthcare bet, leads $5M round in clinical software startup Ovation.io (GEEKWIRE)

Seattle firm Stagedot0, Borealis Ventures, Nat Turner, Zach Weinberg, and David Shaw also participated in the round.

Halifax online hairdressing platform, Cribcut, secures $1 million pre-seed funding (BETAKIT)

“Cribcut has done for hair stylists what Uber has done for the average car owner,” claims Cribcut CEO, David Howe.

Bengaluru-based Whatfix raises Series B funding of Rs 92 Cr (YOURSTORY)

Whatfix plans to use the capital to create digital adoption category leadership in the enterprise application software market and continue its expansion into the global markets. The company will also grow its R&D, marketing, and sales teams in the US and India.

Vancouver-based BasicGov receives $2 million investment (BETAKIT)

“The team has done a great job of building much needed, efficient, and focused government solution,” says Greg Smith, CIO of TIMIA.


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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