Enterprise 2.0 News

23.11.2021
As more companies adopt low-code/no-code tools to build their line-of-business applications, it’s maybe no surprise that we are now seeing a new crop of services in this ecosystem that focus on keeping these tools secure. These include Tel Aviv-based Zenity, which is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $5 million seed funding round. Zenity argues that as employees start building their own applications and adopt tools like robotic process automation (RPA), this new class of applications also opens up new avenues for potential breaches and ransomware attacks.
22.11.2021
Ericsson, an international networking company, decided it needed a dose of modernization and acquired cloud communications company Vonage in a $6.2 billion deal. With Vonage, Ericsson is getting a more modern approach to communications that includes a cloud contact center, communications APIs (like Twilio’s) and a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) solution. The company believes that it can build on its 4G and 5G networking technology by taking advantage of the key pieces of the Vonage family. Specifically, Ericsson is focused on Vonage’s communications APIs, which it believes will enable it to tap into a network of developers across the world building applications based on 4G and 5G technology.
19.11.2021
Workday is to acquire VNDLY, a startup that helps companies manage external workforce personnel for $510 million. Workday helps companies manage finance and human resources tasks, and VNDLY fits nicely into the latter category providing them with software to manage contractors, a service that should come in handy at a time where it’s increasingly difficult to fill full time job openings. Bringing the two companies together means that customers can manage internal and external workers from the same interface, saving HR personnel from switching context based on worker type. In addition, customers will be able to plan for workforce needs, regardless of the type, while managing internal and external compliance and risk requirements related to this type of worker.
18.11.2021
Cybersecurity platform Expel, which specializes in threat detection and response, today announced that it has raised a $140.3 million Series E. Expel offers what is essentially a managed security service for cloud applications, infrastructure, networks and endpoints, with its own analysts monitoring a company’s network 24×7 (and performing remediation if necessary), as well as a preemptive threat hunting service for on-premises and cloud environments. By building what the company calls an “automation-forward” system, its systems are able to quickly react to potential issues.
18.11.2021
Nigerian startup Kippa, attempting to improve the life cycle of these small businesses with its finance management app, has raised $3.2 million in pre-seed funding. Kippa works as a simple app where small business owners can keep track of their daily income and expense transactions, create invoices and receipts, manage inventory and generally monitor how their businesses ebb and flow over time. One of the app’s most important features, according to the company, is that it helps merchants keep track of debtors and send automated reminders to them. The company claims that merchants who use Kippa this way “recover debts 3x faster.”
18.11.2021
Brands are always looking for new ways to get in front of potential customers, but though influencer marketing has grown, it’s still not so easy for brands to find the right person. Carro, a startup, that builds a cross-store selling and influencer commerce platform that is used by more than 7 million influencers and 30,000 brands, has raised $20 million of Series B funding. Carro can be installed from the Shopify App store and enables brand partnerships to sell each other’s products without having to purchase inventory or manage logistics and returns. It also has a feature for brands to discover influencers who already love their products so they can build and maintain a relationship.
18.11.2021
Practice ignition, an Australia-based client engagement and commerce platform for professional service businesses, has raised $50M Series C. Practice Ignition is on an ambitious path to reshape the professional services industry that does business with its customers through its all-in-one client engagement and commerce solution. Its platform integrates digital proposals, payments and automated workflows via leading business apps such as Gusto, Xero, QuickBooks and Zapier to streamline service-based commerce.
17.11.2021
Digital payments gateways, on the other hand, have a unique use case, particularly when they can help people use their basic bank accounts to make payments. Ozow is one such player. Coming off a year of exponential growth, it has raised a $48 million Series B to provide more alternative payment solutions to its millions of merchants and consumers. Ozow automates the payment process. All merchants need to have is a bank account and a “smart-enabled device” to receive payments. Ozow’s clients include leading enterprise companies, such as MTN, Vodacom, Shoprite Group, Takealot and Uber. Ozow is free for individual users. Merchants can also use the payments gateway for free in the first 12 months, or up to $65,000 in processing value per month.

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