Software for Entrepreneurs

Updated: June 29, 2019

2018. Square acquired website builder Weebly

Square which is best known for its payment software will acquire Weebly for $365 million. Weebly offers easy-to-use website-building tools and is focused on serving small businesses and e-commerce companies. The company raised $35.7 million in funding Square says that by acquiring Weebly, it can create “one cohesive solution” for entrepreneurs looking to build an online and offline business. And because 40 percent of Weebly’s 625,000 paid subscribers are outside the U.S., the deal will help Square expand globally.

2017. Skype introduced Professional accounts

Skype announced the new account type - Professional Account - freelancers and online entrepreneurs, that give online lessons, tutoring and consulting. The Skype Professional Account desktop client, soon to be released in preview in the U.S., adds powerful new features to Skype to make doing your online business a whole lot easier. In addition to meeting with your clients as you have been on Skype, you can also book those meetings, accept payments, and keep notes—all in one place. Skype Professional Account gives you the power to do business from one app for free (during the preview). From French tutors to yoga instructors, you’ll be able to book lessons, accept payments, and give lessons all from one place, seamlessly. Plus, we’ve added an enhanced profile page to help improve your online presence and a dedicated website for your small business right in Skype. Your contacts will be able to see pertinent info like your hours and business offerings. All the features work together. For example, a payment request can be sent along with a booking.

2015. Call tracking provider Invoca plots IPO with new CEO

Invoca, a call marketing automation company, announced Thursday that it has hired Mark Woodward to lead the company as CEO in anticipation of a likely 2017 IPO. Woodward, an entrepreneur who has served as CEO for two other public companies, E2open and Serena Software, was appointed by the founder and current Chief Executive, Jason Spievak, to “drive the explosive growth” and scale of the business, as it moves towards “what it expects will be a 2017 IPO,” according to a press release. Invoca, a nearly eight-year-old company which gives marketers call analytics for inbound calls, has been in a period of pretty explosive growth over the past several years. The company, which has raised over $30 million in from funds like Accel, Upfront Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners, has seen SaaS revenue grow 100 percent year-over-year (and is on track to see it double again in 2016), all while driving “over $5 billion in revenue for its customers.”

2012. Yahoo! Small Business allows to monitor Social Web

Long time ago the Internet giant Yahoo! tried its hands in business-oriented projects. Remember, they even bought the collaboration star Zimbra. But then Yahoo! partnered with Microsoft and decided not to compete with the partner. And then Zimbra was sold to VMWare. But one business-oriented service still remains in the Yahoo! portfolio - Yahoo! Small Business, which allows small companies and entrepreneurs to easily create a website, email account and online store. During the recent years Yahoo! changed its executives, priorities and strategies and many services were closed. However, this service has survived for one simple reason - it's really demanded by customers and brings profit to the company. Moreover Yahoo! still finds resources for the further development of this service. Recently Yahoo! Small Business added a free marketing dashboard that allows to monitor Facebook, Twitter and other social networks (for online reputation management), analyze website metrics, submit your site to small business directories, conduct email campaigns. For example, the dashboard enables social media monitoring and provides recommendations on new listing opportunities, including on Yelp, Yahoo and others.

2010. GMail signatures for Internet Entrepreneurs

Almost a year ago GMail has become a full-fledged email-service for virtual businesses when it enabled users to send messages from GMail through any SMTP server, i.e. from any email-address (for example, now in your personal GMail inbox you can respond to customer emails and the customer will receive your answer from the corporate domain). However, one little issue prevented this feature of becoming usable - you could create only one signature for all email-accounts. And only a year later that issue was resolved. Now, you can create a separate signature for each email-account in GMail. Moreover, now you can format the signature in WYSIWYG-editor, add links and images to it. Sure that this feature will make Internet entrepreneurs happy.

2010. Zoho goes SMB 2.0

Zoho's Chief Evangelist, Raju Vegesna, in a brief interview to CloudAve shared his vision of Zoho strategy and the nearest plans of this SaaS provider. Of course, the most interesting is how Raju sees Zoho in future on the market where it competes with Google, Microsoft and Salesforce. In his opinion, Zoho will remain an independent company and will become the leading provider for small business. He even suggeted the term SMB 2.0 (opposed to Enterprise 2.0). The clear positioning Zoho on small business will enable them to compete with IT giants, that are primarily targeting large clients. After all, affordable price, suitable functionality and positive feedback from other users matter more for small business than the big vendor name. That's why Zoho, instead of spending millions on advertising, sales army and partner network, invests all the resources to the software development. Zoho has pretty big plans for the SMB market. Zoho is going not only provide each business with all the necessary (integrated) apps, but also connect small businesses into the network. They plan to not only enable companies to integrate their virtual offices and support joint projects and outsourcing, but also create a social network where entrepreneurs can find employees, partners and customers. As for the nearest Zoho plans, Raju promised that soon Zoho People will become a full-featured internal social network. In addition, we can expect online accounting service  based on Zoho Invoice. At the same time, Raju said that Zoho has no plans to develop social tools to link the virtual office with external social networks, and even Raji called Social CRM a bubble that will soon burst. On the other hand, it's very likely that Zoho will offer integration with the new Microsoft cloud offerings: Windows Azure and Office Web Apps.