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Salesforce is buying MapAnything, a startup that raised over $84 million

Posted on: May 24, 2019, in Blog

Salesforce announced today it’s buying another company built on its platform. This time it’s MapAnything, which, as the name implies, helps companies build location-based workflows, something that could come in handy for sales or service calls. The companies did not reveal the selling price, and Salesforce didn’t have anything to add beyond a brief press […]

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Twitter acqui-hires highlight-sharing app Highly

Posted on: May 23, 2019, in Blog

Quotes from articles are much more eye-catching than links on Twitter, so the social giant is scooping up the team behind highlight-sharing app Highly. This talent could help Twitter build its own version of Highly or develop other ways to excerpt the best content from websites and get it into the timeline. Twitter confirmed to […]

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Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing

Posted on: May 23, 2019, in Blog

Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then scrapped that name, his follow-up to Vine called Byte has finally sent out the first 100 invites to its closed beta. Byte will let […]

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HipChat founders launch Swoot, a social podcast app

Posted on: May 22, 2019, in Blog

Pete Curley and Garret Heaton, who previously co-founded team chat app HipChat and sold it to Atlassian, are officially launching their new product, Swoot, today. The app makes it easy for users to recommend podcasts and see what their friends are listening to. This might seem like a big leap from selling enterprise software — […]

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Working backwards to uncover key success factors

Posted on: May 22, 2019, in Blog

Ed Byrne

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Stripe acquires Touchtech, updates APIs to prep for strong customer authentication in Europe

Posted on: May 21, 2019, in Blog

Stripe, the payments powerhouse that is now valued at $22.5 billion, has made an acquisition to help it gear up for new regulations in Europe that will be rolled out later this year to improve security in online transactions. It has acquired Touchtech Payments, a startup out of Ireland that works with banks to help […]

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Google Cloud brings on 27-year SAP veteran as it doubles down on enterprise adoption

Posted on: May 21, 2019, in Blog

Thomas Kurian, the newly minted CEO of Google Cloud, used the company’s Cloud Next conference last week to lay out his vision for the future of Google’s cloud computing platform. That vision involves, in part, a hiring spree to give businesses that want to work with Google more people to talk to and get help […]

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How-to video maker Jumprope launches to leapfrog YouTube

Posted on: May 20, 2019, in Blog

Sick of pausing and rewinding YouTube tutorials to replay that tricky part? Jumprope is a new instructional social network offering a powerful how-to video slideshow creation tool. Jumprope helps people make step-by-step guides to cooking, beauty, crafts, parenting and more using voice-overed looping GIFs for each phase. And creators can export their whole lesson for […]

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Google starts rolling out better AMP URLs

Posted on: May 20, 2019, in Blog

Publishers don’t always love Google’s AMP pages, but readers surely appreciate their speed, and while publishers are loath to give Google more power, virtually every major site now supports this format. One AMP quirk that publisher’s definitely never liked is about to go away, though. Starting today, when you use Google Search and click on […]

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Facebook is discontinuing P2P payments in Messenger in the UK and France on June 15

Posted on: May 19, 2019, in Blog

Facebook is pulling away from its ambitions to provide peer-to-peer money transfers via Messenger in Europe. Today, the company announced that it would be discontinuing the service — which let individuals send money to each other — in the two countries in the region where it had rolled it out, the U.K. and France, on […]

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