Inside SaaS - September 30th, 2019 |

Inside SaaS (Sep 30th, 2019)

APPEALIE Awards / BiiLabs, SoftChef blockchain-based SaaS / State of Independent SaaS survey

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1. Slack, Zoom, Alteryx, Ceridian, SalesLoft were just some of the 15 selected as the overall winners of the 2019 APPEALIE SaaS Awards. In addition to industry leaders, smaller companies also won the recognition, like a marketing attribution platform CallRail. Winners were selected using Net Promoter Scores™,  customer responses to APPEALIE’s proprietary survey, UI/UX, recent product improvements, and more. - MAR TECH ADVISOR

2. Blockchain startup BiiLabs and IoT solutions provider SoftChef have launched a blockchain-based SaaS platform for machine-to-machine (M2M) encrypted IoT data. Called Benchy-Alfred, the SaaS facilitates secure and cost-efficient data exchange with machine-to-machine services in a range of industries. According to the two companies, users do not need advanced blockchain technology skills to use it. - DIGITIMES

3. MicroConf has launched a "first-of-its-kind" 40-question State of Independent SaaS survey. The goal is to equip SaaS founders with data on independent SaaS, 'capital efficient companies who self-fund or raise a small non-venture round and have aspirations of $1m-$30m ARR instead of the “unicorn or bust,"' so they can identify trends and make better decisions. "Once the data is in, we will analyze, number crunch, and turn into an epic report filled with benchmarks, growth rates, demographics, validation approaches, and more," MicroConf tweeted. You can take the survey here. - STARTUPS FOR THE REST OF US

4.  The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) announced it is looking for a provider to help move the 33,000 files in its current digital asset management system (DAMS) into a single SaaS and cloud-based service. DFAT says the SaaS DAMS version will be used to create, share, manage, and access existing and future images, documents, videos, audios, multimedia items, and other digital assets, many of which are currently located across various non-digital formats. Applications will be available until Oct. 28, with the contract starting Jan 1., 2020, and ending on June 30, 2021, with the option to extend it twice. - ZDNET

5. Sinch, a cloud communications for mobile customer engagement leader, has agreed to purchase myElefant. Sinch will acquire mElefant for roughly $20.2 million with the possibility of an additional cash earnout of up to roughly $3.3 million within two years depending upon whether or not certain gross profit targets are met. "With myElefant as a part of Sinch, we can offer our global customer base and established ecosystem partners a sophisticated software platform, with powerful real-time analytics, that offers a step-change in customer experience”, comments Oscar Werner, CEO of Sinch. - MARTECHSERIES

6. Enterprise cloud startup Astronomer, which helps organizations adopt leading open-source data workflow orchestration platform Apache Airflow, has raised $5.7 million in seed funding. The round was led by Sierra Ventures, with participation from Bain Capital Ventures, Refinery Ventures, Frontline Capital Ventures, CincyTech, Wireframe Ventures and Grand Ventures.  “Astronomer is creating a new multi-billion dollar developer-led category: Programmatic Data Integration Platform,” Sierra Ventures managing director Tim Guleri, who joined Astronomer 's Board of Directors. “I love big macro trends and innovative teams, and I found that in Astronomer. We look forward to working with their talented leadership team in its next phase of growth.” - TECH STARTUPS

7. HITRUST, a data protection standards development and certification organization, has introduced a number of updates in the latest major release of its information risk and compliance assessment SaaS platform. Some new changes include the ability to tailor assessments to fit with specific regulatory or control requirements. Other updates include a redesigned user interface, streamlined workflows, assessment sharing with third-parties through the HITRUST Assessment XChange, and much more. - HELPNET SECURITY

8. Amazon purchased customs broker INLT, which makes software for sellers to manage costs and customs clearance of cross-border shipments, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will make it easier for Amazon marketplace sellers to navigate customs clearance during international shipping. “INLT is a smart, nimble team that is helping companies simplify and lower the cost of importing goods into the U.S.,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with them to develop the next generation of solutions for their customers and Amazon selling partners.” - SUPPLY CHAIN DRIVE

9. Cloud service revenues are growing faster than cloud infrastructure spending, growing 24 percent in the past year, according to a Synergy Research Group report. Cloud infrastructure services earned more than $90 billion in revenue. Revenue for enterprise SaaS grew 27 percent, while IaaS and PaaS saw the highest growth rates at 44%. - CRN

10. Healthtech startup Nview Health has received $4.65 million from BIP Capital. The mental health startup offers a SaaS platform providing health practitioners with an online Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview assessment, allowing them to identify a number of disorders in patients through a web or mobile device. The funds will be used to “accelerate the expansion” of the tool into markets where “the need is great,” says CEO Jim Szyperski. “Additionally, the company is working with higher education institutions so they can better assess the mental health of both student athletes and the overall student population,” he adds. - HYPEPOTAMUS

Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Edited by Bobby Cherry, a senior editor at who also curates Inside Pittsburgh.

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