Three months into the year, and it seems that the SaaS industry doesn’t want to catch a breath. Week after week, we’re seeing big news, significant fund-raising activities, notable mergers and acquisitions, and much more. That’s why, it’s important to understand the major trends with SaaS weekly roundup. So, without further ado, let’s begin.
News of the week
Squarespace, a leading website builder software, has announced the acquisition of the Chicago-based Tock. The company provides technology for online reservations, takeout, and more for service-based businesses such as restaurants and hospitality.
Networking giant Cisco is jumping on the “as a service” bandwagon. The company has announced Cisco Plus that offers flexible subscription options to customers. Its users would be able to subscribe to compute, networking, and storage hardware.
Moveworks, a company that offers chatbot platform for the IT support for employees, is now aiming to help the organization with all sorts of issues. It has introduced a new communications tool to allow the Moveworks bot to communicate with employees directly.
Omnichannel cloud communications platform MessageBird has announced the acquisition of 24sessions, a video-based customer engagement platform. The terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed, but it’s evident that MessageBird now has a lot of options for interactions with customers.
HighRadius offers a AI-powered fintech software and has raised $300million Series C funding. Led by D1 Capital and Tiger Global, the round values the startup at $3.1billion, triple of its valuation in January 2020.
We’re seeing more and more companies harnessing the potential of AI. Uniphore uses artificial intelligence for improving phone-based customer support. With its latest Series D funding of $140million, the company would be expanding to video calls.
Netherlands-based Hotmart offers a cloud platform for creators to let them build, run, manage, and grow digital businesses. It has closed a $130million Series C funding round led by TCV. It’ll be using the amount for product innovation and international expansion, including some M&A opportunities.
Even traditional industries are opting for SaaS-based distribution. Capitolis provides a software for investment and merchant banks to eliminate, move or create trading positions. The New York-based company will be utilizing a part of its $90million Series C funding for product development and expand its team.
Israeli startup Zoomin offers the ability to organize all sorts of data like user guides, knowledge articles and community discussions in one place for a company. It has received a $52million Series C funding led by General Atlantic.
Streaming data integration startup Striim has nabbed a $50million funding. Led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity, the company would be putting the money to scale its offerings for cloud integration, edge processing, and streaming analytics.
Productiv is a SaaS management platform to help companies manage the ever-expanding suite of SaaS software. It has announced a Series C funding round of $45million led by IVP, taking its total funding to $73million.
SaaS data management platform Rivery has received $16million financing. The startup launched in 2019, and helps companies for their organizational data through ingestion, transformation, and orchestration of data processes. The round was led by Entree Capital, and also saw the participation of existing investor State of Mind Ventures (SOMV).
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