Collibra, which provides tools to manage, warehouse, store and analyse data troves, has raised $112.5M Series F funding, at valuation $2.3 billion. Collibra was originally a spin-out from Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium and today it works with some 450 enterprises and other large organizations. Customers include Adobe, Verizon (which owns TechCrunch), insurers AXA and a number of healthcare providers. Its products cover a range of services focused around company data, including tools to help customers comply with local data protection policies and store it securely, and tools (and plug-ins) to run analytics and more.
Facebook is releasing a standalone Messenger desktop app on macOS and Windows. The new app comes at a time when millions of people around the world are stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. The timing is right, too, as videoconferencing apps such as Zoom, Skype and others race to offer the best experience for all the folks working at home. It brings some obvious (albeit minor) advantages, like having Messenger in a window of its own and not having to track your browser tabs. Facebook's list of features for the standalone Messenger app doesn't differ much from the web-based Messenger experience. You still get free, unlimited group video calls, which sync across mobile and desktop platforms. And standalone apps are typically faster and more responsive than apps that run in your browser.
Online workspace startup Notion has raised $50 million in new funding on a $2 billion valuation. Founded in 2016, Notion offers an all-in-one workspace that includes support for notes, tasks, wikis and databases. Pitched as blending everyday work apps into one, the service is designed for task and project management. In the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Notion’s support for remote workers helped seal the round. The company is said to have seen record levels of new customer sign-ups in the last few weeks as much of the world is forced to work from home.Remote working has exploded in 2020 alongside COVID-19. Companies across the board that provide remote working tools have seen large boost in numbers.
Microsoft marketers apparently had nothing to do on quarantine and they decided to rename Office 365 to Microsoft 365. Starting April 21, all Office subscriptions will turn to Microsoft 365 subscriptions. But the pricing and functionality will remain the same. Changes the functionality will affect only personal plans - the personal version of Microsoft Teams will appear in them. This is a good opportunity for private entrepreneurs that use the personal version to collaborate with employees or other entrepreneurs. In future, Microsoft plans to justify the rebranding by adding non-office services, such as security systems, and, possibly, Windows operating system.
Slack introduced the biggest yet update aimed at easing the user experience, making it more of an accessible enterprise communications hub. The company has been trying to address the needs of the changing audience over the years by adding many new features, but admits that has resulted in some interface clutter. Today’s redesign is meant to address that. Among the new features, besides the overall cleaner look, many people will welcome the new ability to nest channels to organize them better in the Channel sidebar. As your channels proliferate, it becomes harder to navigate them all. Starting today, users can organize their channels into logical groupings with labels.
Assembled is coming out of stealth mode with a platform that’s built specifically to address the kinds of questions and issues that customer support teams encounter and — answered well — can help them work much better. The service to become the operating system for support teams. Most immediately, the company’s focus will be on agent performance. Out of the gate, Assembled is announcing $3.1 million in seed funding led by Stripe.
PandaDoc, a sales-focused document automation startup, announced a new web-based document production editor that allows sales teams to quickly generate proposals and contracts from design templates. The templates give a consistent and professional look to these documents, which might otherwise be produced in a word processor like Word or Google Docs. While customers are free to customize these any way they like, the templated approach means these businesses don’t require a designer to create quality-looking documents.
Synthesized, the U.K. startup that tries to reduce friction on preparing all the data that’s needed, to enable insurers to share data safely, complying with regulations, has now raised $2.8 million in a new round of funding. The more that happens, the more innovation can happen, such as insuring for a low-carbon economy, something that will become increasingly important. Synthesized’s ability to create multiple, balanced data sets in a flexible way gives organizations and their customers the confidence they need in deployed production systems, while also greatly speeding up the development process. Synthesized competes in various ways with products from Gretel AI, Snorkel, Tonic AI, Hazy and Mostly AI.