sales

  • Salesforce Ventures Leads $41M Apttus Investment

    Salesforce Ventures Leads $41M Apttus Investment

    Apttus, a company that helps customers manage the second half of the sales cycle involving quotes, contracts, and collecting the money, announced $41M in Series B funding today. The investment was led by Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of Salesforce.com. It’s worth noting that it’s the largest investment ever in a company that Salesforce wasn’t buying outright… Read More

  • Apple Sells A Super-Sized 74.5M iPhones In Q1 2015 Thanks To Super-Sized 6 And 6 Plus

    Apple Sells A Super-Sized 74.5M iPhones In Q1 2015 Thanks To Super-Sized 6 And 6 Plus

    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have helped Apple sell an astounding 74.5 million iPhones during the first quarter of the company’s fiscal 2015 year. That’s more iPhones than they’ve ever sold during a single quarter, up from the previous record of 51 million iPhone sales reported during the same time last year, and above the consensus estimate of around 67 million per Wall… Read More

  • Seismic Shakes, Rattles And Rolls With $20M In Funding

    Seismic Shakes, Rattles And Rolls With $20M In Funding

    Seismic, a company that helps sales and marketing departments create and manage their content, while ensuring they are always using the most current materials, landed $20M in Series B funding today. The round was led by JMI Equity with Series A investor Sigma West also participating. The $20M was a hefty raise over their $4.5M A round from August, 2013 and brought the total raised to-date… Read More

  • Amazon’s 2014 Holiday Sees Mobile Shopping Approach 60% Of Total Volume

    Amazon’s 2014 Holiday Sees Mobile Shopping Approach 60% Of Total Volume

    Amazon stuck with its mystery theme for this year’s holiday sales performance review, saying things like “record-breaking” and “record growth” without really talking about actual solid numbers or dollars. The company did reveal some stats that, even surrounded by an obscuring fog of relative terms, are worth paying attention to. The company signed up over 10… Read More

  • Datanyze Acquires LeadLedger, A Sales Tool That Tracks Tech Product Market Share

    Datanyze Acquires LeadLedger, A Sales Tool That Tracks Tech Product Market Share

    Sales startup Datanyze is announcing its first acquisition — it’s buying a similar service, LeadLedger. On a broad level, Datanyze and LeadLedger basically promise customers the same thing — they’re trying to help salespeople find new leads, particularly by tracking which websites are using competitors’ products, as well as overall market share. Read More

  • Immediately Is An Email App For Sales Reps That Tracks When Messages Are Read

    Immediately Is An Email App For Sales Reps That Tracks When Messages Are Read

    SquareOne, an email startup that launched its iOS app for organizing messages earlier this year, has now pivoted to become Immediately, an email app designed with the needs of sales reps in mind. The new app, which is currently live on the web and on iPhone, is an email client application offering features like reminders, templates, scheduling and Salesforce sync, as well as the ability to… Read More

  • Azalead Ends Cold Calls By Telling You Which Company Visited Your Site

    Azalead Ends Cold Calls By Telling You Which Company Visited Your Site

    Imagine how many people end up on your company’s website looking for more information about your B2B product and never call you. These visitors are incredibly useful leads for your sales team, but you just don’t know them. Meet Azalead, a French startup that tells you which company recently visited your website and sends you alerts in real time. Read More

  • Gold Dealer Drops Credit Card Payments For Bitcoin

    Gold Dealer Drops Credit Card Payments For Bitcoin

    The world of gold bullion sales is often peopled by the odd and interesting. Joseph Castillo is one of the latter. The owner of Agora Commodities, his company now only accepts Bitcoin for online sales, a move that has reduced fraud and improved his service. Castillo talked to Coindesk about his decision, saying that “What we had to do to protect ourselves against card fraud, we no… Read More

  • LinkedIn Launches A Standalone Sales Navigator To Help Users With “Social Selling”

    LinkedIn Launches A Standalone Sales Navigator To Help Users With “Social Selling”

    LinkedIn is fleshing out its tools for salesepople today with a new version of its Sales Navigator. The biggest difference — the Sales Navigator is now a standalone product, rather than an additional set of features on the main LinkedIn site. Vice President of Sales Solution Mike Derezin and Group Product Manager Sachin Rekhi walked me through the new product last week. The idea… Read More

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