Inside SaaS - January 29th, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (Jan 29th, 2019)

Dropbox Acquires HelloSign / Slack Going Public? / Shopify Studios

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1. Dropbox announced it is acquiring e-signature company HelloSign for $230 million by the end of the first quarter. HelloSign will continue operating independent of Dropbox, but some of the company's software will be integrated within Dropbox. Dropbox recently introduced "Extensions" which allowed third-party software like HelloSign's e-signature software to be integrated within Dropbox, but HelloSign's digital workflow product was a major selling point in Dropbox's decision to acquire. —TECH CRUNCH 

2. If Slack decides to go public, there's a chance its software could undergo some serious changes — some not for the best. One benefit of Slack's non-public status is the lack of incentive for short-term revenue or mass user growth — an element that could change with shareholder pressure. Slack is reportedly planning to sell shares in a direct bidding sometime this year, which could result in a fundamental shift in Slack's perception as an independent software company. —THE CONVERSATION 

3.  3.  E-commerce company Shopify is hiring the production companies behind shows like True Detective, Mr. Robot, and Queer Eye to create documentaries. To spearhead that project, Shopify launched the Shopify Studios division in collaboration with Anonymous Content, Spoke Studios, and Saville Productions. The division will produce documentaries focused on entrepreneurs and small businesses — presumably as a method of showcasing Shopify's services. —FAST COMPANY 

4. GitHub says court-ordered requests for user data doubled last year, and gag orders have become more frequent, preventing the company from disclosing the release of data to affected parties. The Microsoft-owned web-hosting company said it received 112 requests for user data in 2018, which mostly came in the form of subpoenas. Due to the increased amount of gag orders put into place when information is requested, GitHub said it was only able to notify nine percent of users whose data was turned over last year. —ZD NET   

5. The Los Angeles Metro system is integrating Salesforce's customer relationship management system into its payment system. —TECH TARGET 

6. Amazon Web Services is releasing a backup services for businesses that utilizes the company's cloud storage. —E WEEK 

7. Microsoft's Team's workplace chat software was released as a direct competitor to the omnipresent Slack — here's how the two stand up to each other, courtesy of CIO. —CIO 

8. Cisco announced plans to integrate its application centric infrastructure with existing cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. —ZDNET 

9. Amazon is releasing the code for its SageMaker Neo machine-learning product as part of its apparent new openness to open-source. —GEEKWIRE 

10. Cisco CMO Karen Walker discussed the lessons she learned from the company's "Bridge to Possible" initiative. —FORBES 

Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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