Broadening education investments to full-stack solutions

More posts by this contributor College for the 21st century Hiring has gone Hollywood As an education investor, one of my favorite sayings is that education is the next industry to be disrupted...

In Canada’s cloud services market, venture investment opportunities abound

Canada will be home to a new venture capital fund that will invest in enterprise cloud startups. Its backer? Salesforce Ventures, the global investment arm of Salesforce, a leading cloud-hosted business...

Spiro raises $3M to build CRM tools for businesses that don’t like CRM

Spiro aims to sell CRM software to businesses that have been avoiding traditional CRM products. CEO Adam Honig told me that he and his co-founders Andy...

Gong, an AI-based language tool to help sales and customer service reps, nabs $20M

As artificial intelligence continues its spread into all aspects of computing, many believe that it will be the next big frontier in CRM. Today a...

Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal

Salesforce is on a steady climb toward a $10 billion revenue run rate. And while it’s not quite there yet, its recent, nearly $2.4 billion...

Index leads $5M Series A in Beamery’s ‘CRM for recruitment’

London-based Beamery has closed a $5 million Series A for its candidate relationship software. The round is led by Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Edenred...

Bizzabo gets $6.5M Series A to make organizing events easier

Bizzabo, a startup that wants to simplify the process of marketing events, has raised a Series A round of $6.5 million. This brings its total funding...

Artificial intelligence finds its way into business through sales

Artificial intelligence (AI) had a coming out party of sorts in 2016. Even though it has been in development for decades, this year, with the perfect combination of...

Tact grabs $15 million Series B to make CRM easier to use

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software was born with the best of intentions — to create a record of customer interactions. The problem, salespeople will tell you,...

The method in Salesforce’s M&A madness

 Salesforce has been on a shopping spree this year, spending in the neighborhood of $5-6 billion on 10 companies. That’s why it was interesting to hear company president, vice chairman and...

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to turn Toronto area into a model smart...

Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs, the Google parent’s company focused on smart city technologies, will build a “mix-use, complete community...