And that’s really it for Google+

June 05, 2020 at 07:39PM Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind Currents is more akin to whatContinue reading “And that’s really it for Google+”

Slack’s new integration deal with AWS could also be about tweaking Microsoft

June 05, 2020 at 01:24PM Slack and Amazon announced a big integration late yesterday afternoon. As part of the deal, Slack will use Amazon Chime for its call feature, while reiterating its commitment to use AWS as its preferred cloud provider to run its infrastructure. At the same time, AWS has agreed to use SlackContinue reading “Slack’s new integration deal with AWS could also be about tweaking Microsoft”

SaaS earnings rise as pandemic pushes companies more rapidly to the cloud

June 04, 2020 at 05:42PM As the pandemic surged and companies moved from offices to working at home, they needed tools to ensure the continuity of their business operations. SaaS companies have always been focused on allowing work from anywhere there’s access to a computer and internet connection, and while the economy is reeling fromContinue reading “SaaS earnings rise as pandemic pushes companies more rapidly to the cloud”

Sourcing software provider Keelvar raises $18M from Elephant and Mosaic

June 04, 2020 at 02:31PM It was perhaps not until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the planet that most of us had ever heard or uttered the phrase “supply chain”. But in a global economy that had become drunk and lazy on ‘just in time ordering’ and similar, the threat to supply chains of things like,Continue reading “Sourcing software provider Keelvar raises $18M from Elephant and Mosaic”

Searchable.ai nabs additional $4M seed to continue building AI-driven search

June 04, 2020 at 02:00PM Searchable.ai is an early-stage startup in the alpha phase of testing its initial product, but it has an idea compelling enough to attract investment, even during a pandemic. Today the company announced an additional $4 million in seed capital to continue building its AI-driven search solution. Susquehanna International Group andContinue reading “Searchable.ai nabs additional $4M seed to continue building AI-driven search”

Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M

June 04, 2020 at 12:25PM A lot of the attention in medical technology today has been focused on tools and innovations that might help the world better fight the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Today comes news of another startup that is taking on some funding for a disruptive innovation that has the potential to makeContinue reading “Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M”

Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps

June 04, 2020 at 09:32AM Automation is the name of the game in enterprise IT at the moment: we now have a plethora of solutions on the market to speed up your workflow, simplify a process, and perform more repetitive tasks without humans getting involved. Now, a startup that is helping non-technical people get moreContinue reading “Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps”

NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools

June 03, 2020 at 09:58PM When Spotinst rebranded to Spot in March, it seemed big changes were afoot for the startup, which originally helped companies find and manage cheap infrastructure known as spot instances (hence its original name). We had no idea how big at the time. Today, NetApp announced plans to acquire the startup.Continue reading “NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools”

Daily Crunch: Zoom reports spectacular growth

June 03, 2020 at 05:32PM Zoom’s latest earnings report was even better than expected, SoftBank announces a new fund to invest in founders of color and Google pulls a trending app that targets apps from China. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 3, 2020. 1. Remote work helps Zoom grow 169% in one year, postingContinue reading “Daily Crunch: Zoom reports spectacular growth”

Watchful is a mobile product intelligence startup that surfaces unreleased features

June 03, 2020 at 02:00PM Meet Watchful, a Tel Aviv-based startup coming out of stealth that wants to help you learn more about what your competitors are doing when it comes to mobile app development. The company tries to identify features that are being tested before getting rolled out to everyone, giving you an advantageContinue reading “Watchful is a mobile product intelligence startup that surfaces unreleased features”

Remote work helps Zoom grow 169% in one year, posting $328.2M in Q1 revenue

June 02, 2020 at 09:23PM Today after the bell, video-chat service Zoom reported its Q1 earnings. The company disclosed that it generated $328.2 million in revenue, up 169% compared to the year-ago period. The company also reported $0.20 per-share in adjusted profit during the three-month period. Analysts, as averaged by Yahoo Finance, expected Zoom toContinue reading “Remote work helps Zoom grow 169% in one year, posting $328.2M in Q1 revenue”

Pitch deck teardown: The making of Atlassian’s 2015 roadshow presentation

June 02, 2020 at 07:53PM In 2015, Atlassian was preparing to go public, but it was not your typical company in so many ways. For starters, it was founded in Australia, it had two co-founder co-CEOs, and it offered collaboration tools centered on software development. That meant that the company leaders really needed to workContinue reading “Pitch deck teardown: The making of Atlassian’s 2015 roadshow presentation”

Atlassian launches new DevOps features

June 02, 2020 at 05:00PM Atlassian today launched a slew of DevOps-centric updates to a variety of its services, ranging from Bitbucket Cloud and Pipelines to Jira and others. While it’s quite a grabbag of announcements, the overall idea behind them is to make it easier for teams to collaborate across functions as companies adoptContinue reading “Atlassian launches new DevOps features”

Is Zoom the next Android, or the next BlackBerry?

June 02, 2020 at 12:18AM Gaurav Jain Contributor Share on Twitter Gaurav Jain is one of the founders of Afore Capital, a $47 million fund focused on pre-seed. He was also an early product manager for Android. More posts by this contributor The pre-seed diligence framework How To Be A VC Without Any Capital InContinue reading “Is Zoom the next Android, or the next BlackBerry?”

Salesforce names Vlocity founder David Schmaier CEO of new Salesforce Industries division

June 01, 2020 at 09:05PM When Salesforce announced it was acquiring Vlocity for $1.33 billion in February, it was a deal that made sense for both companies. Today, the company announced that the deal has closed and Vlocity CEO David Schmaier has been named CEO of a new division called Salesforce Industries. Vlocity has builtContinue reading “Salesforce names Vlocity founder David Schmaier CEO of new Salesforce Industries division”

India’s richest man built a telecom operator everyone wants a piece of

June 01, 2020 at 06:52PM As investors’ appetites sour in the midst of a pandemic, a three-and-a-half-year-old Indian firm has secured $10.3 billion in a month from Facebook and four U.S.-headquartered private equity firms. The major deals for Reliance Jio Platforms have sparked a sudden interest among analysts, executives and readers at a time whenContinue reading “India’s richest man built a telecom operator everyone wants a piece of”

Equinix is buying 13 data centers from Bell Canada for $750M

June 01, 2020 at 03:01PM Equinix, the data center company, has the distinction of recently recording its 69th straight positive quarter. One way that it has achieved that kind of revenue consistency is through strategic acquisitions. Today, the company announced that it’s purchasing 13 data centers from Bell Canada for $750 million, greatly expanding itsContinue reading “Equinix is buying 13 data centers from Bell Canada for $750M”

Bonusly, the platform for employee recognition, raises $9 million Series A

June 01, 2020 at 01:11PM Bonusly, a platform that involves the entire organization in recognizing employees and rewarding them, closed on a $9 million Series A financing round led by Access Venture Partners. Next Frontier Capital, Operator Partners, and existing investor FirstMark Capital also participated in the round. Bonusly launched in 2013 when cofounder andContinue reading “Bonusly, the platform for employee recognition, raises $9 million Series A”

Aaron Levie: ‘We have way too many manual processes in businesses’

May 29, 2020 at 08:03PM Box CEO Aaron Levie has been working to change the software world for 15 years, but the pandemic has accelerated the move to cloud services much faster than anyone imagined. As he pointed out yesterday in an Extra Crunch Live interview, who would have thought three months ago that businessesContinue reading “Aaron Levie: ‘We have way too many manual processes in businesses’”

Salesforce stock is taking a hit today after lighter guidance in yesterday’s earning’s report

May 29, 2020 at 07:28PM In spite of a positive quarter with record revenue that beat analyst estimates, Salesforce stock was taking a hit today because of lighter guidance. Wall Street is a tough audience. The stock was down $8.29/share or 4.58% as of 2:15 pm ET. The guidance, which was a projection for nextContinue reading “Salesforce stock is taking a hit today after lighter guidance in yesterday’s earning’s report”

How startups can leverage elastic services for cost optimization

May 29, 2020 at 03:18PM Joey Lei Contributor Share on Twitter Joey Lei is director of service management at Synoptek, a global systems integrator and managed services provider. Prior to joining Synoptek, he was a lead product manager for Dell EMC’s Data Protection Division and was a founding product manager for Dell EMC PowerProtect DataContinue reading “How startups can leverage elastic services for cost optimization”

Cisco to acquire internet monitoring solution ThousandEyes

May 29, 2020 at 01:30PM When Cisco bought AppDynamics in 2017 for $3.7 billion just before the IPO, the company sent a clear signal it wanted to move beyond its pure network hardware roots into the software monitoring side of the equation. Yesterday afternoon the company announced it intends to buy another monitoring company, thisContinue reading “Cisco to acquire internet monitoring solution ThousandEyes”

Mirantis releases its first major update to Docker Enterprise

May 28, 2020 at 05:12PM In a surprise move, Mirantis acquired Docker’s Enterprise platform business at the end of last year and while Docker itself is refocusing on developers, Mirantis kept the Docker Enterprise name and product. Today, Mirantis is rolling out its first major update to Docker Enterprise with the release of version 3.1.Continue reading “Mirantis releases its first major update to Docker Enterprise”