SaaS weekly roundup #23: API management startup Postman is the latest unicorn, Snowflake files for an IPO and more

Here’s everything that you need to know about the happenings in the world of SaaS in the past week

As the week is ending, we have gotten a ton of news, fundraising announcements, and more for you to unpack in the always-buzzing world of SaaS. So without wasting any more time, let’s get going.

News of the week

Adobe Q2 a mixed bag as revenue falls short of estimates

Adobe is the latest company to announce its quarterly results, and it mentioned that the subscription revenue increased to $2.87billion. Out of this, Creative Cloud accounted for $1.87billion, Document Cloud’s revenue was $360million totaling up to $2.23billion, whereas the Digital Experience Segment’s revenue was $826million.

Cloud data firm Snowflake confidentially files for IPO

It was just in February that cloud data platform Snowflake raised $479million at a valuation of $12.4billion. Now as per a report, the California-based company has filed for its initial public offering with SEC.

Acceleprise announces 26 SaaS startups from its trio of accelerators

Accelprise, a startup accelerator focusing specifically on the SaaS vertical, has announced its latest cohort of 26 companies. Its three accelerators are set up in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto, and includes startups like BurnRate, OneBar, and Touchbase, among others.

MongoDB stitching the cloud and edge together

Database management software MongoDB recently held its online conference, where it made a bunch of announcements. It also disclosed that its cloud service, Atlas, comprises 42 percent of the overall business. For enhancing it further, it has introduced features such as automated archiving, an “autopilot” feature that can recommend changes to the underlying schema, and more. In the new MongoDB 4.4, users will find better query capabilities.

SaaS companies that got the funding this week

Postman’s Series C funding and the future of APIs

API management software Postman is the latest unicorn from India as it has raised Series C funding worth $150million. The round was led by Insight Partners and gives it a valuation of $2billion. Today, over 11million developers and 500,000 companies use the company’s API platform. The funding will be used to expand further and hiring.

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Yugabyte raises $30million for its cloud-native distributed SQL database

Yugabyte, an open-source cloud management platform, has garnered $30million Series B funding. Led by 8VC, the round will help the company meet the increasing demand for its database, Yugabyte DB, which supports both SQL and NoSQL capabilities.

Kahoot raises $28M for its user-generated educational gaming platform, now valued at $1.4billion

With online learning becoming commonplace amidst the ongoing crisis, gamification software Kahoot is also seeing a surge in its usage. To keep up with the growth, it has gotten $28million, along with raising $62million in secondary shares.

Nexus Venture Partners leads $18million Series A in

Enterprise automation software has closed an $18million Series A funding round. Nexus Venture Partners led the funding, and the company will be using the investment to expand further as well as upskill the workforce who have lost their jobs due to automation through its foundation dubbed Paanini.

Concourse Labs raises $15.2million in Series A funding led by ForgePoint Capital

With everything related to cloud growing at a fast clip, its governance is equally important. That’s what Concourse Labs, which came out of stealth recently aims to do. To accelerate its product development, marketing efforts, and more, it has received $15.2million funding.

Spike raises $8million to make your email look like a chat app

Spike is aiming to modernize emails by making them look like chats itself. But that’s not all, it also turns emails into task management apps, note creation, and more. Along with the launch, the startup also announced its $8million Series A funding, which was led by Insight Partners.

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