The talks about tech bubble being burst are seemingly more real than ever. While the temperament in the SaaS ecosystem seems strong, we’re seeing the effects of the pandemic wearing off affecting SaaS stock prices, funding rounds, and more. The real implications of the drawdown can only be understood later, for now, let’s take a look at everything that’s worthy of your attention in the world of SaaS.
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News of the week
The world’s most valuable startup – Stripe – has introduced a feature dubbed Financial Connections. As the name indicates, it allows Stripe’s customers to directly connect with their customer’s bank accounts. This enables things like verifying accounts for payments or payouts, checking balances, etc. which could be used for underwriting risk for loans, tracking spending patterns, and more.
Customer engagement company Twilio announced its quarterly results, where it broke even with its $874.5million in revenue, which increased by 48% y-o-y. For the second quarter, the company expects revenue between $912 and $922million.
After explosive growth amidst the pandemic, tech companies are getting a reality check. E-commerce software Shopify’s share price tumbled by 14.7 percent to $413.64, which is a 70 percent decline this year. As per its quarterly results for Q1, Shopify’s revenue grew by 22 percent to $1.2billion.
The company also announced the acquisition of Deliverr, a delivery startup, for $2.billion.
Leading advertising holding company Publicis Groupe has announced the acquisition of Profitero, an e-commerce software company. Profitero offers software for e-commerce companies to help them compare prices with competitors, monitor product availability, and track customer ratings and reviews. The deal is pegged around $200million.
SaaS companies that got the funding this week
Cloud infrastructure access management startup Teleport has entered the unicorn territory with its $110million Series C investment. Led by Bessemer Venture Partners, the startup will be using the amount towards expanding its GTM motion globally along with investing in R&D.
With security becoming more important than ever, Tailscale, built atop WireGuard protocol, aims to make zero trust systems easy to implement. It has closed a $100million Series B funding round co-led by CRV and Insight Partners. The money will be utilized towards expanding the marketing and sales teams, as well as building additional product features.
Sentry, an application performance monitoring platform, has nabbed $90million in Series E funding. The round was co-led by Bond and Accel, and the company announced that its valuation has tripled to $3billion and it’ll be opening a new hub in Europe along with increasing its employee base.
Chile-based Xepelin aims to make B2B payments easier. It has received a $111million Series B investment led by Avenir and Kaszek. The amount raised will go towards expanding to more countries, hiring employees, and launching new products.
Software developer intelligence platform LinearB has gotten $50million funding as part of the Series B round. Led by Tribe Capital, the startup will be using the funding infusion for scaling its engineering team, accelerating its developer efficiency platform, and building out customer success, sales, and marketing teams.
With the proliferation of SaaS apps, it’s difficult for an organization to keep a track of the ones that are being used. Lumos – coming out of stealth – is aiming to solve that as it combines security functionality like role-based access control along with showing the spending reports. Lumos has raised $30million from the likes of A16z, Neo, Lachy Groom, and more.
Security compliance such as SOC 2 and ISO 27001 has become quite important for companies to reach out to more enterprise buyers. Kintent helps companies with the same with its Trust Cloud platform. It has now raised $18million in Series A funding from OpenView Partners.
While PLG is continuing to increase in popularity, most startups wonder how they can get their non-paying users to subscribe. Toplyne solves that by identifying promising leads and what kind of GTM strategies can work to entice them. It has closed a $15million Series A round led by Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital India.
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