Enterprise 2.0 News

22.04.2021
Online collaborative design service Figma has launched FigJam - a whiteboarding tool. Not only does FigJam give designers a place to come up with ideas together, but it also gives nondesigners a place to participate in the brainstorm. FigJam functionality includes sticky notes, emojis and drawing tools, as well as shapes, pre-built lines and connectors, stamps and cursor chats. As expected, FigJam works with Figma so components or other design objects breathed into life on FigJam can easily be moved into Figma. Figma is also introducing voice chat into all of its products. That means users who are designing alongside one another in Figma or brainstorming in FigJam don’t need to hop into a separate Zoom call or Google Meet, but can just toggle on chat in Figma to use audio.
22.04.2021
Google released a major update to its video-meeting service Google Meet, which brings several user interface tweaks for desktop users, as well as quite a bit of new functionality, including multipinning so that you can highlight multiple feeds instead of just one, as well as new AI-driven video capabilities for light adjustments, autozoom and a new Data Saver feature that limits data usage on slower mobile networks. For presenters who don’t want to see themselves on the screen, Meet now also lets you minimize or completely hide your own video feed — and if you really want to glance into your own eyes, you can also pin your feed to the rest of the grid.
15.04.2021
Chili Piper, which has a sophisticated SaaS appointment scheduling platform for sales teams, has raised a $33 million B round. Chili Piper’s software for B2B revenue teams is designed to convert leads into attended meetings. Sales teams can also use it to book demos, increase inbound conversion rates, eliminate manual lead routing and streamline critical processes around meetings. It’s used by Intuit, Twilio, Forrester, Spotify and Gong. Chili Piper has a number of different tools for businesses to schedule and calendar accountments, but its key USP is in its use by “inbound SDR Sales Development Representatives (SDR)”, who are responsible for qualifying inbound sales leads. It’s particularly useful in scheduling calls when customers hit websites and ask for a salesperson to call them back.
15.04.2021
Pico, a startup that helps online creators and media companies make money and manage their customer data has raised $6.5 million in new funding. Pico helps creators with their two biggest problems — “how to make money more easily and how to get to know your audience better” — while also giving them control over their two most important assets, namely “your brand and the relationship to your audience.” The company provides a long list of different tools, including landing pages, pop-ups to collect email addresses, paid newsletters, subscription paywalls, tiered membership programs, recurring and one-time donations and video revenue tools. With version 2.0, the company says it’s bringing all these features together with a unified data structure, so that customers can see “who is paying for what content and where they came from” in one dashboard.
15.04.2021
There’s no shortage of data-driven sales management tools in the market. Naturally, startup Atrium says it does a far better job of empowering sales managers to improve their team’s performance. How? By giving them easy, digestible, real-time insights into who on their team is outperforming, who is on track to reach his or her goals and who is losing momentum and in what areas so that potential issues don’t spiral into major problems. Atrium says it provides automated root-cause analytics via anomaly detection with additional filters to uncover why someone’s performance may be peaking or dipping. Consider: If someone is doing particularly well, other team members might want to emulate the behaviors that are fueling that success.
15.04.2021
Autodesk, the company best known for its CAD and 3D modeling tools, has acquired Upchain, a startup that offers a cloud-based product life cycle management (PLM) service. The central idea behind the service was that existing life cycle management solutions, which are meant to help businesses take new products from inception to production and collaborate with their supply chain in the process, were cumbersome and geared toward large multi-national enterprises. Upchain’s focus is on small and mid-sized companies and promises to be more affordable and usable than other solutions. Its customer base spans a wide range of industries, ranging from textiles and apparel to automotive, aerospace, industrial machines, transportation and entertainment.
14.04.2021
Wire, the end-to-end encrypted messaging app and service, has raised a $21M. While Wire started as a consumer app, it never managed to attract hundreds of millions of customers like other messaging apps. So now the company focuses on large customers, such as big corporations and government customers with a ton of potential users. Five G7 governments are currently using Wire. Right now, Wire has 1,800 customers. In addition to working on Messaging Layer Security (MLS), Wire has been focused on improving conference calls and real-time interactions. The company believes messaging apps and real-time collaboration apps are slowly converging. And the startup wants to offer a service that works well across various scenarios.
14.04.2021
Slice, a startup that helps independent pizzerias build an online business, has raised another $40 million in Series D funding. Slice has built a mobile app and website for ordering from local pizzerias, but it also provides tools so they can build their own websites, run marketing campaigns, improve their search engine optimization and more. Slice only charges those pizzerias a fixed $2.25 per order, and last fall it even removed the fee for orders under $10.

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