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  • Emergence’s Jason Green still sees plenty of opportunities for enterprise SaaS startups
    Jason Green, co-founder and partner at Emergence, has made some solid enterprise SaaS bets over the years, long before it was fashionable to do so. He invested early in companies like Box, ServiceMax, Yammer, SteelBrick and SuccessFactors. Just those companies alone would be a pretty good track record, but his firm also invested in Salesforce, Zoom, Veeva and Bill.com. One consistent thread runs through Emergence’s portfolio: They focus on the cloud and enterprise, a thesis that has paid off big time. What’s more, every one of those previously mentioned companies had a great founding team and successful exit via either IPO or acquisition. I spoke with Green in June about his investment performance with enterprise SaaS to get a sense of the secret of his long-term success. We also asked a few of those portfolio company CEOs about what it has been like to work with him over time.… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyTue, August 11, 2020
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  • How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years
    Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America In May 2020, Intel announced its purchase of Moovit, a mobility as a service (MaaS) solutions company known for an app that stitched together GPS, traffic, weather, crime and other factors to help mass transit riders reduce their travel times, along with time and worry. According to a release, Intel believes combining Moovit’s data repository with the autonomous vehicle solution stack for its Mobileye subsidiary will strengthen advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and help create a combined $230 billion… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyTue, August 11, 2020
    1 hour ago
  • Twitter now lets everyone limit replies to their Tweets
    Twitter may describe itself as the town square, but that doesn’t mean you have to talk to everyone walking past your seat at the cafe. Today, to increase the amount of “meaningful conversations” that take place on Twitter, and to help people weed out abuse and spam in their replies, the company announced that it is rolling out a new feature where users can limit who replies to their Tweets. After a brief run in beta, the feature is rolling out globally starting today to users of the iOS and Android apps, as well as twitter.com, Suzanne Xie noted in a blog post announcing the feature. TweetDeck is not yet supported, Twitter tells me. A small globe icon will start to appear at the bottom of your Tweet, and if you do nothing, everyone will still be able to reply — this is the default option. Or, you can tap… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyTue, August 11, 2020
    1 hour ago
  • Airbnb could file to go public this month
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Airbnb could file confidentially to go public as early as this month. The same report states that Airbnb could follow that filing with an IPO before year’s end. Morgan Stanley and Goldman are helping the former startup with its IPO process, the Journal writes. The news that Airbnb’s IPO could be back on caps a tumultuous year for the home-sharing unicorn, which promised in 2019 to go public in 2020. The company was widely tipped to be considering a direct listing before COVID-19 arrived, crashing the global travel market, and with it, Airbnb’s financial health. Airbnb declined to comment on its IPO plans. As travelers stayed home, the company was forced to sharply cut staff, and take on billions in capital at prices that compared to its late 2019-momentum looked rather expensive. But since those blows, Airbnb has began to make noise… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyTue, August 11, 2020
    1 hour ago
  • Valence, the site dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, raises $5.25...
    Valence, the Los Angeles-based online community dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, has raised $5.25 million in financing as it looks to continue to expand its network for Black professionals in all fields. The timing for the investment is critical as the country reckons with the implications and effects of systemic racism. In no field is the under-representation of Black professionals more deeply felt than the tech industry, where lack of diversity can have profound implications on products and services that are becoming increasingly central to large swaths of the economy. Problems with under-representation and underlying issues of systemic racism manifest in facial recognition technologies, social networking applications and decision-making software for lending and credit that are aspects of how American society functions. It’s with an eye toward technology and entrepreneurship that Valence raised its most recent round, according to a letter sent to the company’s users… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyTue, August 11, 2020
    1 hour ago
  • Accessing social groups through referrals
    Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps hire senior growth marketers and finds vetted growth agencies. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor Creating a robust churn-reversal system Use dynamic CTAs to close more B2B leads We’ve aggregated many of the world’s best growth marketers into one community. Twice a month, we ask them to share their most effective growth tactics, and we compile them into this Growth Report. This is how you stay up-to-date on growth marketing tactics — with advice that’s hard to find elsewhere. Our community consists of startup founders and heads of growth. You can participate by joining Demand Curve’s marketing training program or its Slack group. Without further ado, on to… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyTue, August 11, 2020
    1 hour ago
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