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  1. Google opens Workspace to everyone

    Google today announced that it is making Workspace, the service formerly known as G Suite (and with a number of new capabilities), available to everyone, including consumers on free Google accounts. The core philosophy behind Workspace is to enable deeper collaboration between users. You can think of it as the same Google productivity apps you’re […]
  2. The fintech endgame: New supercompanies combine the best of software and financials

    A new and attractive hybrid category of company is emerging at the intersection of software and financial services, creating buzz in the investment and entrepreneurial communities.
  3. TestBox launches with $2.7M seed to make it easier to test software before buying

    When companies are considering buying a particular software service, they typically want to test it in their own environments, a process that can be surprisingly challenging. TestBox, a new startup, wants to change that by providing a fully working package with pre-populated data to give the team a way to test and collaborate on the […]
  4. Slintel scores $20M Series A as buyer intelligence tool gains traction

    One clear outcome of the pandemic was that it pushed more people to do their shopping online, and that was as true for B2B as it was for B2C. Knowing which of your B2B customers are most likely to convert puts any sales team ahead of the game. Slintel, a startup providing that kind of […]
  5. Payments giant Stripe launches Stripe Tax to integrate sales tax calculations for 30+ countries

    On the heels of acquiring sales tax specialist TaxJar in April, today Stripe is making another big move in the area of tax. The $95 billion payments behemoth is launching a new product called Stripe Tax, which will provide automatic, updated sales tax calculations (covering sales tax, VAT and GST) and related accounting services to […]
  6. Segment launches customer journey tool to build fine-grained personal experiences

    Twilio Segment announced a tool, which is available starting today, to help marketers create fine-grained customer journeys. Until now the company has enabled marketers to build buyer personas and broader audiences, but this enables users to have much greater control of their interactions with a customer. Company co-founder and CEO Peter Reinhardt says that marketers […]
  7. ChartHop raises $35M for its internal org chart and people analytics platform

    Human resources is generally a salient cornerstone of any organization, but digitization has democratized a lot of the work that goes into HR, and that’s meant more people in businesses interested in, and using, the kind of data that HR people build and typically manage. Today, a startup called ChartHop that’s built a platform to […]
  8. Carlyle acquires 1E.com, an endpoint and hybrid working specialist, in $270M deal

    Remote work was the order of the day for the past 16 months, but as we (fingers crossed) move out of the pandemic, it’s looking like a lot of people may move into a new era of hybrid work: less focus being present in offices to feel like you are getting things done, less time […]
  9. Sinch snaps up MessageMedia for $1.3B to compete with Twilio in business SMS services

    Sinch — the Swedish company that provides a suite of services for companies to build communications and specifically “customer engagement” into their services by way of APIs — has made yet another acquisition in its global march to scale up its business and compete more squarely with Twilio. The company today announced that it has […]
  10. Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum form joint venture to build a new full-stack quantum business

    Honeywell, which only recently announced its entry into the quantum computing race, and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQ), which focuses on building software for quantum computers, today announced that they are combining Honeywell’s Quantum Solutions (HQS) business with Cambridge Quantum in the form of a new joint venture. Honeywell has long partnered with CQ, and invested […]
  11. Network security startup ExtraHop skips and jumps to $900M exit

    Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners are buying a security solution that could be useful as more companies find themselves with some assets on-site and some in the cloud.
  12. Whatfix nabs $90M to help workers onboard and get the most out of their IT stacks

    “Digital transformation” has been on the mind of many an organization in the last year: the pandemic and the shift it’s brought to how we work are speeding up investments in new apps, infrastructure and work practices to improve productivity regardless of where we sit all day. Now, it looks like we’re on to the […]
  13. Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop is now Azure Virtual Desktop

    As remote work became the default for many companies during the pandemic, it’s maybe no surprise that services like Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop, which gives users access to a fully managed Windows 10 desktop experience from virtually anywhere, saw a lot of interest from large enterprises and a new crop of small businesses that suddenly […]
  14. Naspers co-leads $14.5M extension round in mobility startup WhereIsMyTransport

    Many people in emerging markets depend on informal public transport to move across cities. But while there are ride-hailing and bus-hailing applications in some of these cities, there’s a dire need for journey-planning apps to improve mobility for users and reduce the time they spend commuting. South African-founded startup WhereIsMyTransport is one such company filling […]
  15. Xometry is taking its excess manufacturing capacity business public

    Let's take a closer look at the S-1 filed by Xometry, a Maryland-based service that connects companies with manufacturers with excess production capacity around the world.
  16. Gong going gangbusters, grabs $250M Series E on $7.25B valuation

    Gong, the revenue intelligence startup, has been raising capital at a rapid pace, and today the company announced another $250 million on a $7.25 billion valuation, a number that triples its previous valuation from last summer. Franklin Templeton led today’s festivities with participation from Coatue, Salesforce Ventures, Sequoia, Thrive Capital and Tiger Global. The company […]
  17. With buyout, Cloudera hunts for relevance in a changing market

    When Cloudera announced its sale to a pair of private equity firms yesterday for $5.3 billion, along with a couple of acquisitions of its own, the company detailed a new path that could help it drive back toward relevance in the big data market. When the company launched in 2008, Hadoop was in its early […]
  18. Confluent’s IPO brings a high-growth, high-burn SaaS model to the public markets

    Confluent became the latest company to announce its intent to take the IPO route, officially filing its S-1 paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week. The company, which has raised over $455 million since it launched in 2014, was most recently valued at just over $4.5 billion when it raised $250 million […]
  19. Iterative raises $20M for its MLOps platform

    Iterative, an open-source startup that is building an enterprise AI platform to help companies operationalize their models, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A round led by 468 Capital and Mesosphere co-founder Florian Leibert. Previous investors True Ventures and Afore Capital also participated in this round, which brings the company’s total funding to […]
  20. Facebook opens its Messenger API for Instagram to all

    F8 Refresh, Facebook’s annual developer conference with a new twist — it’s more pared down than in years past, and virtual — is going to be kicking off later today, and ahead of that Facebook is unveiling some news: all businesses can now use the Messenger API to interact with users on Instagram. The feature […]
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