Inside SaaS - August 9th, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (Aug 9th, 2019)

Sports highlight reel platform / Sperm storage kit startup / Podcast paywall tools

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1. AI-powered sports highlight reel platform WSC Sports has raised $23 million in Series C funding. Founded in 2011, Tel Aviv-based WSC Sports employs technology that analyzes video coverage of sporting events, identifying the biggest highlights in the game, which it then edits into short-form clips. The latest round brings the company’s total funding to $39 million and comes after a year of steady growth for WSC Sports, which says that it has doubled its customer base and revenue year-over-year for the last three years. WSC Sports now boasts more than 100 employees worldwide and has offices in New York and Sydney. The board of directors at WSC Sports includes former NBA commissioner David Stern and John Kosner, a former vice president of digital media at ESPN. -- THE WRAP

2. Sperm storage kit startup Dadi has raised $5 million in an extended seed funding round. The New York-based company, which sends D2C fertility tests and sperm storage kits, launched in January with a $2 million seed round. Co-founder and CEO Tom Smith says Dadi aims to educate consumers about male reproductive health through its accessible family planning solution. “Society at large doesn’t understand the subject of fertility,” Smith told TechCrunch. “People see it as a female issue.” Since launching, Dadi claims to have supplied thousands of customers across all continental U.S. states with its products, which cost a total of $199.98 for a sperm testing kit and one year of sperm storage. Dispute the lack of public education on the subject, Dadi joins an increasingly crowded field, which includes rivals Legacy. -- TECH STARTUPS

3. No-code web development platform Webflow has raised $72 million in Series A funding after narrowly missing bankruptcy. After nearly calling it quits just last month, Webflow has closed an unusually large Series A round led by venture capital firm Accel, having previously raised only $2.9 million since inception in 2012. The large Series A round is attributed to the maturity of Webflow's business, which has been profitable for two years and counts 47,000 business customers. Webflow provides a platform that enables everyone to create websites and apps, and the company is now valued at between $350 million and $400 million. -- FORBES

4. Mobility analytics startup Teralytics has raised $17.5 million in Series D funding for its proprietary AI software. The Zurich-based startup provides analytics from telecom network data to help mobility providers, which use the software to address congestion, traffic safety and crowded public transportation issues. Launched in 2012, the company claims to be building the world’s first intelligent mobility operating system, which is based on a proprietary AI-driven platform. The latest funding round comes on the heels of an expansion period, with the company now operating in more than 10 countries. "Teralytics now plans to expand its reach further to cover over a billion of journeys and become a global marketplace for mobility insights," the company said on a post. -- SMART CITIES WORLD

5. Automated accounting platform ScaleFactor has raised $60 million in Series C funding following a recent round in January. The Austin-based company has now attracted a total of $100 million in the past year for its intelligent finance and accounting software platform, which can be integrated with Salesforce, PayPal, Gusto and more. Founded in 2014, ScaleFactor aims to add more products to its platform to continue streamlining back-office tasks for bookkeeping, payroll and other financial and business processes. -- CROWDFUND INSIDER

6. Zendesk has launched integration between WhatsApp and its customer service toolkit. The announcement comes three months after Zendesk acquired omnichannel messaging platform Smooch, which was an early participant in the WhatsApp Business API program. “The WhatsApp Business API Connector is now fully integrated into Zendesk support. It will allow any Zendesk support customer to be up and running with a new WhatsApp number quicker than ever before, allowing them to connect to the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users worldwide, communicating with them on their channel of choice,” Smooch co-founder and CEO Warren Levitan explained. WhatsApp is extremely popular in Asia, Europe and Latin America, where many use it as a primary channel for communication. -- TECH CRUNCH

7. Mailchimp co-founder and CEO Ben Chestnut said he almost killed the monkey brand because it was "not serious enough." In an interview with The Drum, Chesnut recalls that after Mailchimp turned from an after-work hobby project into a legitimate business in 2007, there were discussions about rebranding that never materialized. Much to his surprise, his growing team at the time fought back. "They just about had a revolt," he remembers. "They said, ‘the chimp is why we joined…that personality and the fun,’” Mailchimp recently launched an all-in-one marketing platform in May, as well as a new original programming site in June. -- THE DRUM

8. Podcast-paywall profile platform Glow has raised $2.3 million in seed round funding led by rap artist Nas and venture-capital firm GreycroftThe Seattle-based startup aims to help podcasters monetize their media business through a platform that offers tools to let them generate subscription-based revenue from listeners. Instead of depending on advertising, Glow's tools attract listeners willing to pay subscription fees. Glow started testing the product with the startup-focused podcast Acquired, which is now bringing in $35,000 in subscription fees through Glow's platform. -- TECH CRUNCH

9. AI healthcare startups raised a record of $864 million in funding for the second quarter, according to a report from CB Insights. The deal-making period beat the previous quarterly high by about $100 million and was led by financing rounds for Tempus, which uses AI to analyze clinical and molecular data. AI-powered pathology startup PathAI also raised a $60 million round during the same period. --  MEDTECH DIVE

10. Salesforce continues this year's acquisition binge by buying field service company ClickSoftware for $1.35 billion. The deal comes just days after Salesforce closed its biggest deal ever, finalizing the purchase of Tableau for $15.3 billion. ClickSoftware, which serves companies such as Bosch and Vodafone, is expected to help Salesforce compete with Microsoft, which acquired field service software company FieldOne in 2015. -- CNBC

This newsletter is written and curated by Justin Calderón. Justin is based out of Barcelona, Spain, and has covered technology and SaaS news for a variety of publications, including the BBC and Newsweek. Follow him on Twitter at @justinfuyun

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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