HubSpot launches CMS Hub Starter to help companies build CRM-powered websites

Key Signals in Enterprise Software

Centre Setup and Expansion
HPE launches sales center of excellence in Egypt
HPE will build on and deepen its ongoing collaboration with local universities and research institutes in addition to the technology and entrepreneurship centers in Egypt to recruit graduates and develop local expertise and capabilities for the technology sector. Read More>>
HubSpot announces the launch of CMS Hub Starter
CMS Hub Starter is built on top of HubSpot’s CRM platform to help companies leverage their own data & create a better end-to-end customer experience. Read More>>
Fortinet opens technical assistance center in Sydney’s CBD
The center is designed to provide local support and clear escalation paths for local customers, as well as forming part of Fortinet’s follow-the-sun support globally. Read More>>

AtlasRTX partners with Instructure to provide AI-powered digital assistant, serving more than 30 million students
Millions of parents, teachers, and students who use Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), are supported autonomously with password and login issues, distance learning resources, Canvas Community questions, and frequently asked questions. Read More>>
FxPro partners with Currencycloud for new financial enterprise
The new venture is part of a new flexible and convenient e-money solution in the form of FxPro’s new business – BnkPro. Read More>>
Google Cloud, Workday forge strategic pact
Under the deal, Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), and Workday Adaptive Planning will run on Google Cloud. Read More>>
Telecom Argentina to offer IBM Cloud to business clients
The initiatives are focused on the modernization and cloudification of networks for spectrum auctions for 5G services, as well as the incorporation of products and services to help in the transformation of the B2B market. Read More>>
3M partners with Waystar on AI revenue capture
The automation is expected to improve reimbursement for 3M’s 6,000 client health systems and hospitals nationwide. Read More>>
Executive Movement
LogMeIn names Bill Robinson as Chief Revenue Officer
Bill will be responsible for unifying the customer journey, unlocking the potential of the portfolio, and helping to meet the company’s ambitious sales goals. Read More>>
HPE appoints Mohamed Wasfy as country manager for Egypt
With over 20 years of experience in Egypt’s technology business, Mohamed has led many national sales strategies and supervised major business transformation efforts for large enterprises in prior roles with Intercom Enterprise, Oracle, and IBM. Read More>>
New Singapore leader at Dell as industry veteran Eric Goh retires
Dell Technologies has appointed Andy Sim as new vice president and managing director of Singapore, replacing Eric Goh who is retiring from the role following more than ten years of service. Read More>>
CRM maker HubSpot appoints new CEO
Co-founder and CEO Brian Halligan has stepped down from his role and appointed Chief Customer Officer Yamini Rangan as his successor. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Finablr re-branded WizzFinancial; merged into leading payments group  
The deal creates the largest remittance services and currency exchange group in the MENA region and becomes the only operator with a direct presence in all six GCC countries. Read More>>
News Corp. to buy IHS Markit fuel data business for USD 1.15 Bn
The agreement marks the culmination of S&P Global and IHS Markit’s previously announced decision to explore a divestiture of these businesses and represents an important milestone on the path to regulatory approval for the merger between S&P Global and IHS Markit. Read More>>
Sophos extends its spending spree with Refactr
While Sophos says it will continue to develop and offer Refactr’s DevSecOps automation platform to existing customers, it will also embed its SOAR capabilities to its own managed threat response (MTR) and XDR solutions. Read More>>
Square, Inc.’s acquires Afterpay for USD 29 Bn
Afterpay, the pioneering global ‘buy now, pay later’ (BNPL) platform, will accelerate Square’s strategic priorities for its Seller and Cash App ecosystems. Read More>>
Nielsen and Meredith Corporation renew multi-year agreement for local TV audience measurement
Nielsen Scarborough will provide in-depth consumer behavior data on more than 2,000 categories about local shopping, product purchasing, lifestyle and media usage to give Meredith a complete view of the local market consumer. Read More>>
RBL Bank selects AWS to drive AI capabilities
Using ML allows analysts at RBL Bank to extract data and automate the handling of 2,500 documents per quarter. Read More>>

Key Signals in Consumer Software

Executive Movement
The Age of Learning Foundation appoints Mubuso Zamchiya as Managing Director
Zamchiya brings to his new role more than two decades of experience leading organizations and teams in global development and education. Read More>>
Amazon hires Facebook’s Remy Merriex as Prime Video Global Head of Creative Marketing
In the new role, he will oversee the development of global creative campaigns across the Prime Video brand, content and originals marketing. Read More>>
eBay appoints Alon Paster as new Head of Commercial Development for Global Emerging Markets 
In his role, he will head the company’s commercial development in global emerging markets covering 160 countries, including Israel, Russia, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Read More>>
Instacart taps another Facebook Veteran as part of shake-up
Carolyn Everson, 49, will serve as president and oversee a wide range of Instacart’s operations, including retail, advertising, business development, human resources, legal and partnerships. Read More>>

ZipRecruiter and Facebook team up to connect job seekers to digital marketing jobs
Job seekers who receive credentials through Facebook Blueprint—Facebook’s platform offering online learning courses, training programs, and certifications related to digital marketing—can take advantage of a new ZipRecruiter-powered website to find their next great opportunity. Read More>> and Nielsen collaborate to enhance advertising creative data analysis
By combining efforts, and Nielsen strive to bring clients closer with their audiences by offering a solution for data-driven advertising decisions. Read More>>
Spotify ties Nielsen demos to audience measurement on podcasts
The tool is available to a network of 20,000-plus podcast publishers that host and monetize their shows through Megaphone, the podcasting platform Spotify acquired for USD 235 Mn in November. Read More>>
WeWork and Cushman & Wakefield are forming USD 150 Mn partnership
The merger, expected to value WeWork at USD 9 Bn including debt, will cap off the firm’s effort to reconstruct its balance sheet following the high-profile collapse of its planned initial public offering in late 2019. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
Byju’s acquires AR startup Whodat  
Whodat’s AR platform facilitates immersive experiences that spontaneously spot users’ environments without employing physical markers to overlay 3D content. Read More>>
Dallas cryptocurrency startup Zabo acquired by Coinbase
Zabo’s mission is to build new tools to bring cryptocurrency into mainstream financial services. Read More>>
LinkedIn acquires tutorial video app Jumprope as it looks to expand its creator tools
In a post on LinkedIn, Jumprope CEO Jake Poses has announced that the Jumprope team will now be working exclusively on LinkedIn tools, with a view to building its creator products.. Read More>>
Zomato incorporates subsidiary Zomato Payments to offer payment gateway services
The incorporation of Zomato Payments has come at a time when the food delivery giant recently launched the Zomato Pro Plus membership for select users. Read More>>
Didi ‘considers’ data deal with state-backed company
A plan being discussed could give Westone access to Didi’s servers to track its collection, transfer and usage of data, Reuters said. Read More>>
Amazon signs deal for NVIDIA Drive autonomous trucks
The deal will see the creation of at least 1,000 autonomous trucks equipped with the NVIDIA Drive self-driving system. Read More>>
Byju’s to buy Vedantu for a deal of USD 600- USD 700 Mn
Vedantu provides individual and group classes across K-12 and test preparation segments. More than 1.5 lakh students study live every month on the platform and over 40 million users access free content, tests, doubts, videos on Vedantu’s platform and its Youtube channel. Read More>>

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

  • The software industry is transforming the publishing sector by offering digital adaptive learning solutions, state-of-the-art adaptive and interactive content, and providing a virtual learning experience. 

  • Many libraries are increasingly adopting 3D Printers and other new hands-on experimentation technologies so that people can experiment with basic technology, conduct research, and create prototypes of new products, merging practical experience with theoretical knowledge from libraries 

  • Free Wi-Fi, OTT Streaming Devices, and Digital Newspaper Subscriptions are some of the new-age digital services being additionally offered by libraries to attract larger audiences, especially those from lower-income backgrounds 

Use Cases: 

  • Pearson acquired industry-leading digital learning technology from smart sparrow to enhance its capabilities in adaptive learning that help to accelerate its Global Learning Platform 

  • TCS is engaging with McGraw Hill by providing IT consulting services like Client interaction, impact analysis and estimation 

  • McGraw Hill extends its partnership with clever to provide seamless access to digital learning tools to millions of K-12 students 

  • KCLS(King County Library System) partnered with to build conversational AI solutions to enhance library services and resources for visitors 

  • Public Libraries in Dubai, in cooperation with the Dubai Civil Aviation, are testing drones to enable branch-to-branch deliveries of books to enhance the operational efficiency

Latest Reports Published in Draup

McGraw Hill Account Intelligence Report: McGraw Hill acquired Triad Interactive to improve and implement support services for customers and Kidaptive, an adaptive learning platform to develop smarter and lighter student-centered solutions that will power even more personalized learning experiences. Read More>>
Nasdaq Account Intelligence Report: Nasdaq continues to invest in index and analytics, ESG-focused solutions, and anti-financial crime solutions by enabling emerging technologies, such as cloud-enabled trading and clearing and machine learning applications. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Manufacturing software company Tulip raises USD 100 Mn to give factory workers cloud-based tools 
Tulip’s software is designed to increase the productivity of factory teams, similarly to what workflow software from Salesforce and Atlassian have done for sales and engineering. It offers manufacturers an app library, with some 100 templates that users can customize for their own needs. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – finleap connect 
Total Funding – USD 24.85  Mn
About: finleap connect addresses the fragmented open banking landscape with a “full-stack” platform. It enables partners to access financial transactions, enrich the transactions with data & analytics tools, and ultimately deliver seamless digitized financial services to customers. Read More>>
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