Enterprise 2.0 News

15.06.2021
Elisity, a self-styled innovator that provides behavior-based enterprise cybersecurity, has raised $26 million in Series A funding. The platform looks to help organizations transition from legacy access approaches to zero trust, a security model based on maintaining strict access controls and not trusting anyone — even employees — by default, across their entire digital footprint. This enables organizations to adopt a “work-from-anywhere” model, according to the company, which notes that most companies today continue to rely on security and policies based on physical location or low-level networking constructs, such as VLAN, IP and MAC addresses, and VPNs.
15.06.2021
With the gig economy came the need for ID verification, thus startups like OnFido (raised $188.8 million) appeared, alongside several others. But this sector is by no means ‘done’ yet. Now, OCR Labs, which emerged from Australia, has announced a €12.5M. OCR Labs says its technology uses “five proprietary technologies in one solution, including identity document optical character recognition (OCR), document fraud assessment, liveness detection, video fraud assessment, and face matching”. This supports AML and KYC regulations. No one wants to spend hours trying to prove who they are, whether it’s for a job or for a bank account, and we also want to know we’re protected against identity theft and fraud. Digital ID verification has a key role to play, but this year we’ve also seen the limitations if hybrid models are used. People are a barrier and a risk, but fully automated technology can have a huge impact on many industries and privacy. OCR Labs is built to be secure, frictionless and fast, and capable of recognizing ID documents the world over.
15.06.2021
French startup Upflow has raised a $15 million Series A round. The company wants to help you chase late payments. It optimizes how you collect payments from your customers in order to improve your cash-cycle. Upflow acts as the central repository to see all your invoices, track payments, communicate with your team and send reminders. But Upflow doesn’t want to replace your existing tools. Instead, the company has built integrations with popular business tools that you’re already using. For instance, you can connect your Upflow account with QuickBooks, Xero, Netsuite, Chargebee and Stripe Billing. You can charge your clients from your existing invoicing platform. Upflow imports your invoices, clients and payments. When Upflow notices a late payment, you receive a notification and can start sending automated or personalized emails.
14.06.2021
Zoho has introduced the free plan of Zoho Books, designed to meet the accounting needs of small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Zoho Books’ free plan aims to transform the finance workspace of small businesses by providing a modern cloud accounting platform to replace traditional or spreadsheet accounting, eliminate the risk of data loss, and reduce manual effort and errors. The free plan will help you go paperless, automate your accounting tasks, and take your accounting wherever you go. With this free plan, you can create, customize and send up to 1,000 invoices per year, collect payments online or offline, and automate your payment reminders. You will also be able to upload expense receipts and monitor expenses by category to stay within your budget. With the client portal enabled, your customers will be able to view their outstanding invoices, comment on transactions, pay you online, and leave reviews.
14.06.2021
Google Workspace — the company's suite of business tools previously known as Google Suite — is now free, and available to everyone. Making the switch to Workspace will give users a more integrated experience. They'll get smart suggestions in emails, and be able to show a document in a Google Meet call with one click. Central to this new experience is Google Chat (formerly Hangouts), which is now available for everyone and can be turned on in Gmail's settings. With Chat, you'll be able to create group chat experiences, which are currently called Rooms but will be "evolved" to Spaces over the summer. Spaces will bring several new features, including in-line topic threading, presence indicators, custom statuses, expressive reactions, and a collapsible view, all of which sounds a lot like Slack, only integrated inside of Gmail. Finally, Google also launched Google Workspace Individual ($9.99), which is a new subscription option for individual small business owners. It has several premium features on top of Google Workspace, such as smart booking services, personalized email marketing, and pro video meetings.
11.06.2021
Fresha — a multipurpose commerce tool for independent wellness and beauty businesses such as hair, nail and skin salons, yoga instructors and more, based first and foremost around a completely free subscription platform for those businesses to schedule bookings from customers — has picked up $100 million. Fresha’s current range of services include a free-to-use platform for booking appointments; free software for managing accounts; a payments service that includes both a physical point of sale and digital interface; and a wider marketplace both to provide goods to the businesses (B2B); and for the businesses to sell goods to customers (B2C).
11.06.2021
Productivity analytics startup Time is Ltd. that wants to be the Google Analytics for company time, has raised a $5.6 million. We are all familiar with inefficient meetings, pestering notifications chat, video conferencing tools and the deluge of emails. Time is Ltd. says it plans to address this by acquiring insights and data platforms such as Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, Zoom, Webex, MS Teams, Slack and more. The data and insights gathered would then help managers to understand and take a new approach to measure productivity, engagement and collaboration, the startup says.
10.06.2021
Slintel, a startup showing which of your B2B customers are most likely to convert, has raised $20M Series A. What Slintel does as a product is mining buyer insights. It alllows to understand where the buyers are in their journey, what their pain points are, what products they use, what they need and when they need it. Having understood all of this to create a 360 degree view of the buyer you can provide these insights to sales and marketing teams to help them sell better

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