Enterprise 2.0 News

22.09.2022
Remofirst, a SaaS offering that allows companies to hire people in more than 150 countries without having to set up their own entities, has raised $14.1M. By serving as an Employer of Record, Remofirst operates that entity to hire workers on behalf of businesses and handle everything to do with hiring a person in a company. That includes managing payroll, taxes, employment, compliance and providing work equipment as well as helping businesses come up with competitive compensation plans and offering health, dental and vision insurance. On paper, an employee signs an employment contract with Remofirst’s local entity versus with the actual hire. That makes up about 90% of the startup’s business. It does offer contractor solutions, which makes up the remainder of its business and currently is free of charge, although that may change soon. Remofirst charges businesses a monthly fee starting at $199
22.09.2022
DataGuard is a Munich-based startup that has leaned into the SaaS-based business model to provide privacy, information security and other data protection as a series of on-demand, cloud-based “as-a-service” tools to small and medium-sized businesses, and today it’s announcing that it has secured $61 million in a Series B round. DataGuard provides a range of tools across privacy, information security and compliance that can assess the different ways that data is being used by an organization. It analyzes this data to determine whether a company is compliant with various certifications (for example, GDPR, CCPA, ISO 27001, TISAX or SOC 2); and if not, what it needs to do to become compliant.
20.09.2022
LibreOffice, the popular open source document processing suite, has begun charging users who download the software through the Mac App Store a one-time fee of $8.99. It’s an unexpected step for The Document Foundation (TDF) — the organization behind LibreOffice — which since its inception has made all versions of LibreOffice available at no charge. Italo Vignoli, head of marketing and public relations at LibreOffice, said that the change was reflective of a “new marketing strategy” where TDF will focus on releasing free, community versions of LibreOffice while “ecosystem companies” develop “value-added” releases targeted at enterprise customers. The LibreOffice client on the Mac App Store falls into this latter category because it’s not based on the same source code as the base LibreOffice project
16.09.2022
Graphic design platform Canva has unveiled its new collaborative word processing tool Docs. Canva Docs aims to stylishly take on white-collar stalwarts such as Google Docs. Like its competitors, Canva Docs will allow multiple users to collaborate on the same document at once, so you'll be able to anxiously watch your editor mark up your article in real time. Canva Docs also has spell check and supports languages other than English, including ones that use non-Latin characters. However, the most significant features distinguishing Canva Docs link back to the company's emphasis on visual design. The word processor will offer a selection of format templates for users to choose from, and Canva's Docs to Decks feature will be able to automatically reformat a document into a presentation for you. You'll be able to edit it afterwards of course, but it should take care of a lot of the work for you. Canva Docs will also allow users to embed other Canva projects into their documents, such as presentations, videos, and even digital whiteboards.
15.09.2022
Adobe has announced that it would acquire Figma for $20 billion. Design and prototyping, for individuals and teams, executed in a very streamlined and modern, cloud-based environment, are Figma’s product strengths, and it’s amassed some 4 million users to date. Adobe meanwhile has been building and acquiring a number of businesses in the wider world of digital creation, and that has taken it not just into the larger and more general reaches of design but also marketing and other areas adjacent to design in the longer creation chain. Adobe’s DNA is in design, though, and it has built out iconic products in areas like imaging (such as Photoshop), fonts, illustration, video and 3D and more. The idea now will be to create a seamless connection between these and Figma, essentially building it out as the native platform to bring them all together. Adobe, of course, already had something like this, in the form of AdobeXD.
15.09.2022
Sigmoid, a startup helping firms comb through their data and derive better insights from it, has raised $12 million. Sigmoid offers analytics and AI solutions to companies around the globe. Firms operating in consumers goods and financial services categories are some of Sigmoid’s largest customers. Sigmoid sees traditional players including Accenture, Infosys and Cognizant as some of its key competitors in the market. Nonetheless, it believes that its mix of people, process and technology make it a different entity altogether.
15.09.2022
Kojo, a startup that aims to help construction companies manage their materials supply chains “seamlessly,” has raised $39 million in a Series C. Recently Kojo has expanded from serving just one construction trade — electrical — to eight, including mechanical, concrete, drywall, roofing, flooring, site preparation and self-perform general contractors. Put simply, the startup’s mission is to help its clients cut back on the amount of waste they produce on projects, and thus spend far less on materials. In other words, it provides software to help contractors get the best price for the materials they use in construction projects so they save a lot more money, move faster and have less waste.
15.09.2022
Groundcover, a performance monitoring platform for cloud apps, has raised $20 million in a Series A. Giant companies have been leading the APM sector, yet due to growing data volumes and intricate technology stacks, the cost has risen and these solutions have become hard to integrate and demanding to maintain … Groundcover is on a mission to reinvent the cloud-native application monitoring domain. It uses a technology called eBPF (Extended Berkeley Packet Filter) to provide observability — allowing it to trace events across networks, infrastructure, services and apps. eBPF was developed to let programs run inside isolated virtual machines, but it can also be leveraged to record observability data without requiring intensive installation. Groundcover rivals like Pixie, too, have applied it to this use case.

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