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Pequity, a compensation platform designed for more equitable pay, raises $19M

Diversity and inclusion have become central topics in the world of work. In the best considerations, improving them is a holistic effort, involving not just conceiving of products with this in mind, but hiring and managing talent in a diverse and inclusive way, too. A new startup called Pequity that has built a product to help with the latter of these areas, specifically in equitable compensation, has now raised some funding — a sign of the demand in the market, as well as how tech is being harn...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, HR, Compensation, Human Resources, Talent, Bay Area, Norwest, Knopp, Personnel, Diversity and Inclusion, Scribble Ventures


Salesforce, AWS announce extended partnership with further two-way integration

Salesforce and AWS represent the two most successful cloud companies in their respective categories. Over the last few years the two cloud giants have had an evolving partnership. Today they announced plans for a new set of integration capabilities to make it easier to share data and build applications that cross the two platforms. Patrick Stokes, EVP and GM for Platform at Salesforce, points out that the companies have worked together in the past to provide features like secure sharing between ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, SaaS, Gm, Aws, Salesforce, Stokes, Partnerships, Dreamforce, Thornton


Vantage raises $4M to help businesses understand their AWS costs

Vantage, a service that helps businesses analyze and reduce their AWS costs, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz. A number of angel investors, including Brianne Kimmel, Julia Lipton, Stephanie Friedman, Calvin French Owen, Ben and Moisey Uretsky, Mitch Wainer and Justin Gage, also participated in this round Vantage started out with a focus on making the AWS console a bit easier to use — and help businesses figure out what they are spending their ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Technology, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Tech, Information Technology, Computing, Machine Learning, Aws, Andreessen Horowitz, Cloudflare, Cloud Services, Amazon Web Services, Vmware


Memory.ai, the startup behind time-tracking app Timely, raises $14M to build more AI-based productivity apps

Time is your most valuable asset — as the saying goes — and today a startup called Memory.ai, which is building AI-based productivity tools to help you with your own time management, is announcing some funding to double down on its ambitions: it wants not only to help manage your time, but to, essentially, provide ways to use it better in the future. The startup, based out of Oslo, Norway, initially made its name with an app called Timely, a tool for people to track time spent doing different ta...
Tags: Apple, Google, Productivity, TC, Apps, Europe, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Time Management, Jira, Oslo, Concentric


What does Red Hat’s sale to IBM tell us about Couchbase’s valuation?

The IPO rush of 2021 continued this week with a fresh filing from NoSQL provider Couchbase. The company raised hundreds of millions while private, making its impending debut an important moment for a number of private investors, including venture capitalists. According to PitchBook data, Couchbase was last valued at a post-money valuation of $580 million when it raised $105 million in May 2020. The company — despite its expansive fundraising history — is not a unicorn heading into its debut to t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Ibm, Nosql, Red Hat, PitchBook, Couchbase, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure


DataRails books $25M more to build better financial reporting tools for SMBs

As enterprise startups continue to target interesting gaps in the market, we’re seeing increasingly sophisticated tools getting built for small and medium businesses — traditionally a tricky segment to sell to, too small for large enterprise tools, and too advanced in their needs for consumer products. In the latest development of that trend, an Israeli startup called DataRails has raised $25 million to continue building out a platform that lets SMBs using Excel to run financial planning and ana...
Tags: Europe, Enterprise, Finance, Funding, Tech, Excel, Financial Planning, Smbs, Cohen, SMEs, CPO, Vertex Ventures, Zeev Ventures, Oren Zeev, No Code, Yanai Oron


How to launch a successful RPA initiative

Kevin Buckley Contributor Share on Twitter With more than 25 years of experience as a technical and business consultant, Kevin Buckley helps organizations improve business efficiencies, reduce business costs and improve business outcomes through software automation. Robotic process automation (RPA) is rapidly moving beyond the early adoption phase across verticals. Automating just basic workflow processes has resulted in such ...
Tags: Column, Enterprise, Tech, Ap, Automation, Workflow, SaaS, RPA, Business Process Management, Robotic Process Automation, Business Process Automation, Kevin Buckley, EC Enterprise Applications, EC Column, EC How To


CEO Shishir Mehrotra and investor S. Somasegar reveal what sings in Coda’s pitch doc

Coda entered the market with an ambitious, but simple, mission. Since launching in 2014, it has seemingly forged a path to realizing its vision with $140 million in funding and 25,000 teams across the globe using the platform. Coda is simple in that its focus is on the document, one of the oldest content formats/tools on the internet, and indeed in the history of software. Its ambition lies in the fact that there are massive incumbents in this space, like Google and Microsoft. Co-founder and CEO...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Mehrotra, Seattle, S Somasegar, Microsoft Co, Coda, Somasegar, Madrona, ECL, Shishir Mehrotra


Transform launches with $24.5M in funding for a tool to query and build metrics out of data troves

The biggest tech companies have put a lot of time and money into building tools and platforms for their data science teams and those who work with them to glean insights and metrics out of the masses of data that their companies produce: how a company is performing, how a new feature is working, when something is broken, or when something might be selling well (and why) are all things you can figure out if you know how to read the data. Now, three alums that worked with data in the world of big ...
Tags: Facebook, Enterprise, Developer, Big Data, Funding, Tech, Airbnb, Big Data Analytics, Metrics, Redpoint Ventures, Index Ventures, Transform, Looker, Yang, Minerva, Handel


Gusto makes first acquisition, buying Ardius to expand into R&D tax credits

Free money from the government sounds like winning the lottery, but the reality is that most tech startups and even local retail businesses and restaurants can potentially qualify for tax credits related to research and development in the United States. Those credits, which is what helps tech giants keep their tax rates to near zero, are hard for smaller companies to receive because of extensive documentation requirements and potential audit costs. So a number of startups have been launched to s...
Tags: Enterprise, La, Government, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, HR, United States, SaaS, M&a, R&D, Tax Credit, PPP, Gusto, Reeves, San Francisco Denver


Google announces EPYC-based Tau virtual machines for Cloud

Google this morning announced the launch of Tau, a new family of virtual machines built on AMD’s third-gen EPYC processor. According to the company, the new x86-compatible system offers a 42% price-performance boost over standard VMs. Google notably first started utilizing AMD EPYC processors for Cloud back in 2017, while Amazon Cloud’s offerings date back to 2018. Google claims the Tau family “leapfrogs” existing cloud VMs. The systems come in a variety of configurations, ranging up to 60vCPUs ...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Hardware, Enterprise, Tech, Amd, Google Google, Tau, Google Cloud, Amazon Cloud, EPYC, Virtual Machine, AMD Epyc, Thomas Kurian, Nick Tornow


Neo4j raises Neo$325m as graph-based data analysis takes hold in enterprise

Databases run the world, but database products are often some of the most mature and venerable software in the modern tech stack. Designers will pixel push, frontend engineers will add clicks to make it more difficult to drop out of a soporific Zoom call, but few companies are ever willing to rip out their database storage engine. Too much risk, and almost no return. So it’s exceptional when a new database offering breaks through the barriers and redefines the enterprise. Neo4j, which offers a g...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Developer, Singapore, Funding, Tech, First, Suez Canal, APAC, Tom Hulme, Neo4j, DTCP, Eifrem, Emil Eifrem


Novo, a neobank for SMBs, banks $41M

Small businesses have traditionally been underserved when it comes to IT — they are too big and have too many requirements that can’t be met by consumer products, yet are much too small to afford, implement or thoroughly need apps and other IT build for larger enterprises. But when it comes to neobanks, it feels like there is no shortage of options for the SMB market, nor venture funding being invested to help them grow. In the latest development, Novo, a neobank that has built a service targeti...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Enterprise, Finance, Funding, Tech, Banking, Peter Thiel, Miami, Valar Ventures, Smbs, Bbva, Novo, PNC, Rangel, SMEs


Google opens Workspace to everyone

Google today announced that it is making Workspace, the service formerly known as G Suite (and with a number of new capabilities), available to everyone, including consumers on free Google accounts. The core philosophy behind Workspace is to enable deeper collaboration between users. You can think of it as the same Google productivity apps you’re already familiar with (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat, etc.), but with a new wrapper around it and deeper integrations betwee...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Japan, Enterprise, Tech, Google Google, Javier Soltero, Soltero, Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Virtru, Erika Trautman, Google Chat, Google Workspace, G Suite Workspace, U S Canada Mexico Australia Brazil


Miami and Space - the new battlegrounds for tech's top egos

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Miami techies bristle at Silicon Valley "saviors"Palantir's TikTok astro-momThe most promising startups of 2021 Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to David Bowie's "Starman." This week: Tech egos are clashing, from the shores of Miami to...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Space, Science, Enterprise, Microsoft, Softbank, America, Newsletter, Trends, Virgin Galactic, David Bowie, Venture Capital, Richard Branson, Miami, Silicon Valley


The fintech endgame: New supercompanies combine the best of software and financials

Shiran Shalev Contributor Share on Twitter Shiran Shalev is a principal at Battery Ventures, where he focuses primarily on software and consumer investments, including fintech. More posts by this contributor Why Breach Detection Is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg is a vice president at Battery Ventures. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Column, Enterprise, Finance, Insurance, Tech, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Financial Services, Fintech, Shopify, Battery Ventures, Customer Service Software, Shiran Shalev, Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg


TestBox launches with $2.7M seed to make it easier to test software before buying

When companies are considering buying a particular software service, they typically want to test it in their own environments, a process that can be surprisingly challenging. TestBox, a new startup, wants to change that by providing a fully working package with pre-populated data to give the team a way to test and collaborate on the product before making a buying decision. Today the company announced it was making the product widely available and a $2.7 million seed round from SignalFire and Fir...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Holland, Software Testing, Bain, Peter Holland, SignalFire, GPT, Firstminute Capital, Recent Funding, TestBox, Sam Senior, Zendesk Hubspot, CRM Martech


Slintel scores $20M Series A as buyer intelligence tool gains traction

One clear outcome of the pandemic was pushing more people to do their shopping online, and that was as true for B2B as it was for B2C. Knowing which of your B2B customers are most likely to convert puts any sales team ahead of the game. Slintel, a startup providing that kind of data, announced a $20 million Series A today. The company has attracted some big-name investors with GGV leading the round and Accel, Sequoia and Stellaris also participating. The investment brings the total raised to ove...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, India, Funding, Sales, Artificial Intelligence, B2b, Stellaris, GGV, Recent Funding, Accel Sequoia, Slintel, Deepak Anchala, Anchala


Democrats plan to take on big tech with 5 major antitrust bills aimed at making it easier to weaken monopolies

ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images/Rich Fury/Getty Images/Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage/Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images House Democrats plan to introduce five bills aimed at weakening big tech monopolies, Politico reported. The bills would let regulators block mergers between rivals and unwind past ones, and bar some anticompetitive practices. The bills reflect recommendations from the House's landmark antitrust investigation and report last year. See more stories on Insider&...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Enterprise, Congress, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Legislation, Pennsylvania, Democrats, House


Segment launches customer journey tool to build fine-grained personal experiences

Twilio Segment announced a tool, which is available starting today, to help marketers create fine-grained customer journeys. Until now the company has enabled marketers to build buyer personas and broader audiences, but this enables users to have much greater control of their interactions with a customer. Company co-founder and CEO Peter Reinhardt says that marketers have been craving the ability to build more customized customer journeys and this tool gives them that. “It’s basically taking the...
Tags: Enterprise, Marketing, Tech, Customer Experience, Twilio, Segment, Reinhardt, Peter Reinhardt


Carlyle acquires 1E.com, an endpoint and hybrid working specialist, in $270M deal

Remote work was the order of the day for the past 16 months, but as we (fingers crossed) move out of the pandemic, it’s looking like a lot of people may move into a new era of hybrid work: less focus being present in offices to feel like you are getting things done, less time commuting, and more time to be productive. To help better address that opportunity, a company called 1e, which builds solutions for companies to enable hybrid working along with managing the wider space of endpoint manageme...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Europe, London, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Remote Work, M&a, Private Equity, Nomad, Carlyle, The Carlyle Group, Fernando Chueca, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners CETP, AT T Nestle, Mark Blackburn


ChartHop raises $35M for its internal org chart and people analytics platform

Human resources is generally a salient cornerstone of any organization, but digitization has democratized a lot of the work that goes into HR, and that’s meant more people in businesses interested in, and using, the kind of data that HR people build and typically manage. Today, a startup called ChartHop that’s built a platform to cater to that trend is announcing $35 million in funding on the heels of strong growth. The Series B is being led by Andreessen Horowitz, a past backer, with Elad Gil a...
Tags: TC, New York, Enterprise, Labor, Funding, Tech, HR, Andreessen Horowitz, Human Resources, White, Cowboy Ventures, Ian, Ian White, People Management, Personnel, Elad Gil


Sinch snaps up MessageMedia for $1.3B to compete with Twilio in business SMS services

  Sinch — the Swedish company that provides a suite of services for companies to build communications and specifically “customer engagement” into their services by way of APIs — has made yet another acquisition in its global march to scale up its business and compete more squarely with Twilio. The company today announced that it has acquired MessageMedia, a provider of SMS and other messaging services for businesses to manage customer relations, user authentication, alerts and more. The acquisit...
Tags: Mobile, Europe, Sweden, Enterprise, Messaging, India, Softbank, Tech, Sms, Mms, New Zealand, M&a, Sap, Twilio, Melbourne Australia, EBITDA


Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum form joint venture to build a new full-stack quantum business

Honeywell, which only recently announced its entry into the quantum computing race, and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQ), which focuses on building software for quantum computers, today announced that they are combining Honeywell’s Quantum Solutions (HQS) business with Cambridge Quantum in the form of a new joint venture. Honeywell has long partnered with CQ and invested in the company last year, too. The idea here is to combine Honeywell’s hardware expertise with CQ’s software focus to build wh...
Tags: TC, Technology, Enterprise, Tech, Ceo, President, Ibm, Cqc, Chairman, Operating System, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Honeywell, Ilyas Khan, Adamczyk, Darius Adamczyk


Network security startup ExtraHop skips and jumps to $900M exit

Last year, Seattle-based network security startup ExtraHop was riding high, quickly approaching $100 million in ARR and even making noises about a possible IPO in 2021. But there will be no IPO, at least for now, as the company announced this morning it has been acquired by a pair of private equity firms for $900 million. The firms, Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners, are buying a security solution that provides controls across a hybrid environment, something that could ...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, M&a, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Fireeye, Seattle, Bain Capital, Bain, Exit, McAfee, Rothstein


Whatfix nabs $90M to help workers onboard and get the most out of their IT stacks

“Digital transformation” has been on the mind of many an organization in the last year: the pandemic and the shift it’s brought to how we work are speeding up investments in new apps, infrastructure and work practices to improve productivity regardless of where we sit all day. Now, it looks like we’re on to the next stage of that journey: actually figuring out how to adopt and run with all that new tech. In a sign of the times, today a startup called Whatfix — which has built a platform that hel...
Tags: Europe, Enterprise, Softbank, Funding, Digital, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, San Jose, Bangalore, Digital Assistants, Cisco Investments, Kumar, Bausch Lomb, Chatbots, SoftBank Investment Advisers, WhatFix


The FBI recovered a huge chunk of the Colonial Pipeline ransom by secretly gaining access to Darkside's bitcoin wallet password

The FBI managed to gain access to the "private key" of a bitcoin wallet that the hacking group Darkside used to collect its ransom payments. Budrul Chukrut/Getty Images The DOJ seized $2.3 million of the ransom that Colonial Pipeline paid to hacking group Darkside. The FBI tracked the payments to a bitcoin wallet, for which it happened to have the password. This let the FBI legally seize the money and cut off Darkside's access to its ransom money. See more stories on Insider's busi...
Tags: Energy, Politics, News, Enterprise, Finance, Trends, Ransomware, Fbi, Bitcoin, United States, Cyberattack, Hacking, Monaco, Department Of Justice, Cryptocurrencies, Doj


A 'bulldog' who 'cuts through the bulls---': Here's how insiders describe early Robinhood investor Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis This Week in Startups YouTube channel Jason Calacanis has had several incarnations during his more than two decades in tech, making waves as a publisher, a blogger and an entrepreneur. Today, he's living his latest, and seemingly most successful, life as a startup investor. He was among the first VC investors in Uber, Calm and Robinhood, among others, and he runs the boot-camp-like Launch "accelerator" to help startups founders make it to the big leagues.And, almost ever...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Trends, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Tripadvisor, Robinhood, Jason, Jason Calacanis, Calacanis, Brian Alvey, Tech Insider, Jeremy Redman, Jason Calacanis This Week in Startups YouTube, Sheri Atwood, Christy Liu


Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop is now Azure Virtual Desktop

As remote work became the default for many companies during the pandemic, it’s maybe no surprise that services like Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop, which gives users access to a fully managed Windows 10 desktop experience from virtually anywhere, saw a lot of interest from large enterprises and a new crop of small businesses that suddenly had to find ways to better support their remote workers. That’s pretty much what Microsoft saw, too, which had originally targeted Windows Virtual Desktop...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Kam, Azure Virtual Desktop


Twitter dips its toes in the pay-to-play waters

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Twitter wants your money;Oracle's feared cloud boss;What it's really like working with angel investor Jason Calacanis. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to The Toasters' "Weekend in LA" This week: Twitter dips its toes in the pay-to...
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