apartment buildings is one the fastest-growing sectors in the country right now.Post-traumatic stress from the recent mortgage crisis and a younger generation less attached to home ownership is fast making renting the new American choice.In an era when consumer tech is saturated and unicorns are dying off by the day, real estate remains ripe for innovation.This has created the expectation for easier online interfaces on the professional side, as well — and made calling or faxing rental contracts and leasing information seem increasingly dated.Enter SaaS-based solutions.With some of the biggest names in venture capital, including our own lead investor, Trinity Ventures, doubling down, growth in 2016 is expected to be even steeper.
Asset tracking software builder is latest Internet of Things big buy for a telco giantJust as Uber is said to be putting £500m into a global mapping project, US telecoms firm Verizon is to pay $2.4bn for Fleetmatics, which builds software to track vehicle location, and usage data.It seems location is the big business driver in transport.In a press statement the company said:Verizon Communications Inc. and Fleetmatics Group PLC announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Fleetmatics, for $60.00 per share in cash – representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion."Fleetmatics is a market leader in North America -- and increasingly internationally -- and they've developed a wide-range of compelling SaaS-based products and solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses," said Andrés Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics.
PagerDuty is looking to save CEOs, sales types and Europeans from the tyranny of midnight pagers, under newly swiped CEO Jennifer Tejada.The firm s Saas-based alert platform has built a business, and arguably a cult following, amongst engineers and support bods, in part because its escalation rules mean they don t necessarily get tipped out of bed at the merest hint of a glitch.Tejada was previously CEO of Keynote Systems, and was chief strategy officer at Mincom, which means she qualifies as a Saas veteran - depending who you believe, the term was first used n 2001.She replaces Alex Solomon, one of PagerDuty s three cofounders.PagerDuty is growing its revenues at just shy of 100 per cent per annum, though as it is still private, it s not clear what that 100 per cent translates to in real dollars.Having an experienced CEO come in to look after the business challenges at this stage, while the founders concentrate on nurturing the product is hardly unprecedented.
News: The acquisition will enhance the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform.Google has acquired cloud commerce firm Orbitera in a bid to strengthen its cloud platform and offerings.Orbitera helps software vendors, service providers, and IT channel organisations sell and distribute cloud-ready solutions and services.The company was founded in 2011, and over 60,000 enterprise stacks have launched on the Orbitera SaaS-based cloud commerce platform.The platform allows multi-channel software delivery and commerce on cloud platforms.It makes it easier for enterprise and SMB customers to purchase, deploy, and manage software in the cloud.
Big Blue is ramping up its collaborations with a number of open source companies.IBM is aiming to simplify the movement of data, applications, and services across hybrid cloud with the launch of a cloud-ready system.The latest offerings will be; Power Systems for cloud, z Systems for cloud, and IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management and Protect.The Power Systems offering will be able to integrate with OpenStack cloud management and elastic consumption models and will offer the ability to move IT infrastructure to a local cloud.The second system will be z Systems for cloud with the IBM z Systems Operational Insights, dubbed a new SaaS-based offering that will provide analytic insights on cloud operations, the aim of which will be to increase levels of efficiency and application performance, the company said.Big Blue is also offering IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management which is aimed at driving operational and development agility and efficiency across both new and traditional applications.
Salesforce is more than a standalone company: It's also central to an eco-system of many smaller firms that feed utilities and functions into the SaaS-based CRM app.So when Salesforce announced Einstein—its application of artificial intelligence to all aspects of its CRM—some eco-system partners took note, and wondered what the future held for them.Among those partners is Five9, which provides customer support integrated with Salesforce's CRM.AI is an interesting technology.We want to participate here.Yet the technology may not be there yet.
SAN FRANCISCO– BUSINESS WIRE –November 2, 2016– Gigwalk, a leader in enterprise cloud for workforce management, today announced a milestone of reaching over one million Gigwalkers mobile-enabled independent contractors using its Cloud Market solution, making it the world s largest on-demand mobile workforce.Gigwalk s Cloud Market solution instantly connects businesses to a network of over one million Gigwalkers in North America who can provide immediate, actionable insights that help Gigwalk customers improve their sales and operations.In the past twelve months, Gigwalkers completed Gigs in over 7,500 cities and 13,000 postal codes across the United States and Canada.Gigwalk also announced enhancements to Gigwalk Enterprise Cloud, a SaaS-based, mobile-first workforce management application that enables organizations to simplify how they manage and execute work for internal and external workforces.Gigwalk continues to develop and expand the capabilities of its Enterprise Cloud for work execution for medium to large organizations to help improve productivity, reduce costs, and drive sales.Recent enhancements include the following: Gigwalk has a long and successful history in the on-demand economy with the Gigwalk Cloud Market app for crowdsourcing, as clearly demonstrated by our milestone of one million Gigwalkers, said David Hale, CEO of Gigwalk.
SaaS based company offers accounting software and mobile applications.Edinburgh fintech firm FreeAgent made a successful debut on the London Stock Exchange.The accounting software provider raised £10.7 million in what was the first ever UK initial public offering on an equity crowdfunded company.The company, which provides cloud-based Software-as-a-Service accounting software and mobile applications that are designed for UK micro-businesses, achieved a market capitalisation of £34 million.FreeAgent is the latest company to join the now 300 plus strong list of technology companies that are quoted on the London Stock Exchange, highlighting the UK s ability to create, fund and support high growth companies in the sector, the LSE said.FreeAgent joins companies such as Worldpay, which was £2.48bn in the largest fintech IPO of 2015 and second largest IPO on London in the last decade.
Transcriptic, a biotechnology startup that s setting out to reinvent how biological research is carried out, has raised $13.4 million in a new round of funding led by Data Collective, with participation from new investors Digital Science and WuXi AppTec.Other existing investors also contributed to the round, including AME Cloud Ventures.Founded out of Menlo Park in 2012, Transcriptic s SaaS-based offering serves as an automated remote lab that lets researchers conduct their experiments from their web browser and receive their results via email.The crux of the problem that Transcriptic is trying to fix is this: Lab work can be tedious, costly, and error-prone — and many research labs actually outsource or partner with other more established research facilities to gain access to equipment that they need.This to-ing and fro-ing can cause significant delays in terms of getting results, and it can also be an expensive way to operate.Where collaboration is involved, experiments also have to be designed in tandem, meaning that the nature of an experiment has to be altered to meet the needs of the partner.With that in mind, Transcriptic has been building a scalable, modern science-as-a-service platform that uses machine learning to expedite research.Scientists stipulate what they want, and Transcriptic carries out the experiment through its own in-house workcells.This essentially negates the need for researchers to buy and maintain expensive equipment, while letting them conduct experiments they d otherwise be unable to do independently.Transcriptic had raised around $14 million before now, and this latest round represents a continuation of its $8.5 million Series A round from early 2015.
A10 Networks, which currently specialises in applications networking and security, believes it can help your applications development and delivery come to terms with new concepts like DevOps.In July last year A10 bought Appcito, a provider of SaaS-based, multi-cloud ADC solution utilizing microservice and container architectures, and incorporated it into its Lightening brand of networking products."These days it is the business that is leading IT and IT has to adapt to that which is all about how applications are developed and delivered and consumed."Hughes believes A10 can differentiate itself from other suppliers as it is "not just taking an application and putting it in a managed datacentre somewhere and calling that its cloud offering".That means there is "a lot of focus around things like microservices and containers," he said."These days, organisations are asking themselves questions like, 'Do I take advantage of a public managed service and then try and integrate it with my private datacentre or cloud in some kind of hybrid solution, one that helps me to reach my agility objectives through some kind of scalability, or elasticity?'"
AI is changing the world and and sales is no exception.Juliana Crispo from Startup Sales Bootcamp teamed up with SaaS based call recording & analytics company Gong.io to deliver 3 interesting findings to help increase your close rate based off an analysis of over 72,326 sales calls.
Austin Startup Aims to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Manufacturers and Disrupt Multi-Billion Dollar Inventory Optimization Market AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 17, 2017– LeanDNA, a market leader in SaaS-based actionable intelligence analytics and project execution for lean factories, today announced the closing of a $4.5 million Series A funding round led by Austin-based Next Coast Ventures.The capital influx follows up on LeanDNA’s seed round of funding led by Rony Kahan, co-founder of Indeed.LeanDNA will use the Series A funds to aggressively expand its sales and marketing efforts, broaden product development and continue investing in its customer experience program.“LeanDNA is well-positioned to become the dominant solution for actionable inventory management insights,” said Mike Smerklo, Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures.“As the market continues to shift towards a lean, AI-optimized manufacturing model to reduce costs and improve quality and efficiency, LeanDNA provides data-driven insights that integrate into procurement and reporting workflows with astounding results.It is a powerful industry solution that we will scale to its full potential.” Despite costly Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) investments, manufacturers today are struggling to identify actionable insights related to specific supply chain challenges.
Everyone should be saving for retirement, but not everyone has an employer that offers a 401(k) plan.Guideline wants to change that, and the company has raised $15 million to grow its base of small business customers making retirement more attainable for employees.Founded in 2015, Guideline wants to make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to offer 401(k) retirement accounts.It does this with a SaaS-based offering that includes a small $500 fee for setup and monthly charges based on the number of employees that participate.Unlike legacy 401(k) providers, Guideline doesn’t make its money off a percentage of its assets under management.This was a key insight founder Kevin Busque had in building the business.
Aim is to give developers a way to package apps in a consistent way.Automation company Chef has launched a new SaaS-based service for packaging apps that is said to give developers complete control over the containerised application lifecycle.Habitat Builder from Chef is billed as the “fastest way to package apps simply and consistently for deployment and management across flexible cloud-native architecture,” such as those across on-premises and in the cloud as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry.The tech will mean that developers won’t need to commit to a particular export format or runtime – until the applications are deployed.Whilst Habitat also offers languages such as Node’js, Java, and Ruby on Rails, and it automatically detects what language tooling will be used for building an artefact for the app.“While the application portability benefits of containers are widely recognised, lack of consistency in packaging and orchestration across the application lifecycle has, in many cases, limited the success of their deployment at scale, even when using cloud-native architectures,” said Stephen Elliot, Programme Vice President at IDC.
New Team Contact Manager Unifies a Company’s Business Contacts into Single, Shared Relationship System of RecordSANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 8, 2017–Nimble today launched Nimble Contact, an easy-to-use contact relationship manager for individuals and teams.It simplifies relationship management by unifying company contacts from Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, Gmail and iCloud; social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; and more than 80 SaaS-based sales, CRM, marketing, customer service and accounting applications into a single system of record.Nimble CEO Jon Ferrara, previously founder of GoldMine, the company that pioneered Contact Management and CRM, believes that both Contact Management and CRM are broken.He created Nimble Contact because it’s difficult to cultivate relationships amidst the chaos of people’s de facto contact platforms, business apps and social platforms.
AI-driven media analytics firm Blackwood Seven has shut its London office after just a year of operation as it enters a period of corporate restructuring.The agency said it was closing is UK operation as it moves away from media implementation and goes all in with its SaaS-based AI platform that is designed to increase transparency around marketing spends.A statement from the agency read: “Our UK vision was never to be a traditional media agency, but to offer advertisers direct access to advanced AI-based comms planning.”Nick Fox, partner of Atomic London and Bob Wootton, former director of ISBA, will stay on the books as UK advisors.Meanwhile Henrik Busch, company co-founder and managing director, will handle the agency's UK business.It is believed that the three members of the London office, including Elliot Parkus, UK managing director, are to leave – although discussions are ongoing.
Digital ad platform AdAsia Holdings announced today (11 January) it is reorganising, a move that will see the company come under a new holding company called AnyMind Group.At a press conference in its Thailand office this afternoon, the company unveiled the new logo of AnyMind Group and business structure, which will see AdAsia’s data-driven influencer marketing service, CastingAsia, become a standalone business.AdAsia and CastingAsia will also be joined by a new human resource technology company call TalentMind, which uses an AI-driven recruitment optimisation platform and will be launched in four phases.It aims to help companies find the candidate who best fits with hiring requirements and organisational culture.“TalentMind is our first venture outside of marketing and advertising technology, and the establishment of AnyMind Group signals our intention to scale and innovate across industries through SaaS-based solutions,” said Kosuke Sogo, co-founder and chief executive of AnyMind Group.“The name AnyMind was derived from our focus on intelligent solutions and our scalability into any industry.
Hang around at Google for a few years and then launch your next venture, of course.That’s exactly what Stackdriver founders Dan Belcher and Izzy Azeri did after they sold their cloud systems monitoring business to Google back in May, 2014.The internet giant didn’t waste time in leveraging its purchase, and it went on to launch the newly branded Google Stackdriver in early 2016.This incarnation served as a monitoring and diagnostics tool for applications stored on the Google Cloud Platform and, interestingly, Amazon Web Services (AWS).In January 2017, Belcher and Azeri left their product management roles at Google to form Mabl, a SaaS-based automated software testing tool that uses machine learning to find bugs, JavaScript errors, broken links, latency, visual regressions, and more.The Boston-based startup raised $10 million shortly after it was founded last year, in a series A round from Charles River Ventures and Amplify Partners, though Mabl only announced this funding today.
Capillary Technologies, an India-based startup that helps e-commerce businesses manage their marketing and customer engagement, has pulled in $20 million in fresh funding from existing investors Warburg Pincus and Sequoia.The company said it plans to use the capital to develop its products and R, including a new focus on the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space where it works with brands directly on marketing and e-commerce.Nearly two-thirds of the money will go towards developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, it added.Capillary Technologies offers a range of Saas-based services targeted at large retailers that include consumer behavior tracking, engagement, mobile commerce and loyalty programs.The startup said it has worked with over 25,000 stores, including 300 “marquee brands” such as KFC, Walmart and Samsung inside India and beyond.The company has 11 offices across India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, China and South Africa.
SDN-based security, automated database cloning and multi-cloud spending controlNutanix has moved into SaaS-based compliance, Acropolis SDN-based security and PaaS-based automated database operations with its new Beam, Flow and Era products.Beam technology is based on the acquired Minjar Botmetric service, a SaaS multi-cloud governance platform to manage spending, security and regulatory compliance across nearly any cloud platform.Flow, based on the acquisition of Netsil, is software-defined networking (SDN) providing app-centric security to protect against internal and external threats not detected by perimeter-oriented security products.It is a multi-cloud technology, integrated into Nutanix's Acropolis software and provides real-time application visibility and discovery technology.Network visualization – showing performance and availability per application