sales

  • Apttus scores $55M as it closes in on an IPO

    Apttus scores $55M as it closes in on an IPO

    Apttus, the unicorn quote-to-cash vendor built on the Salesforce platform, announced a $55 million round, which is likely its final private investment on the way to an IPO. While CEO Kirk Krappe wouldn’t definitively confirm the company was going public, he did say that today’s round was about gaining the confidence of future investors. “We decided we needed a certain amount… Read More

  • Gong, an AI-based language tool to help sales and customer service reps, nabs $20M

    Gong, an AI-based language tool to help sales and customer service reps, nabs $20M

    As artificial intelligence continues its spread into all aspects of computing, many believe that it will be the next big frontier in CRM. Today a startup called Gong.io underscores that trend: the Israeli startup, which has built a tool that uses natural language processing and machine learning to help train and suggest information to sales people and other customer service reps, has raised… Read More

  • Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon? Crunch Network

    Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon?

    Over the past few years we’ve seen Amazon testing new ways of getting groceries in consumers fridges, with Amazon Fresh, Amazon Fresh Pickup, drone delivery, and Amazon Go. As I look back with this acquisition, I can’t help to think, “Were they just preparing for this the whole time or did they realize they couldn’t do it alone?” Read More

  • Highspot raises $15 million to perfect your sales pitch

    Highspot raises $15 million to perfect your sales pitch

    Salespeople have a lot of things to sell and the latest technology can help them sell even more. Do you think you have the perfect pitch? Highspot will tell you if you’re wrong. Or at least that’s their pitch. Highspot’s software analyzes various communications with prospective clients, including presentations, case studies and training videos. Then it provides data about… Read More

  • Alabama-based Shipt raises $40 million to challenge dominant grocery delivery startups

    Alabama-based Shipt raises $40 million to challenge dominant grocery delivery startups

    Shipt, the Birmingham, Ala.-based online grocery delivery marketplace, has raised another $40 million in its quest to rise above its southeastern roots to become the dominant grocery delivery brand in the U.S. From its home southeast, Shipt is challenging companies like Instacart, Amazon, and Google with a strategy that had, to date, ignored many of the biggest coastal cities in the U.S. Read More

  • People.ai raises $7M to automate sales ops for the enterprise

    People.ai raises $7M to automate sales ops for the enterprise

    People.ai is a startup using AI to give sales managers a predictive playbook for the best way to close a deal. The company is announcing it has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Index Ventures and Shasta Ventures also participated in the round, alongside existing investors Y Combinator and SV Angel. Nakul Mandan, partner at Lightspeed, is also… Read More

  • Outreach raises $30 million pitching a tool sales teams can use to sell more and work less

    Outreach raises $30 million pitching a tool sales teams can use to sell more and work less

    Outreach, a software developer selling services that gives sales forces a needed prompt to more efficiently use their time and optimize sales, along with an organizational tool to manage their pitching process, has just raised $30 million with that very pitch. The company touts its ability to triple the volume of meetings and increase the sales pipeline for front-line sales… Read More

  • Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales

    Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales

    Just six months into its life, Growlabs, a startup using machine intelligence to support outbound sales teams, has raised a $2.2 million seed round. Growlabs helps businesses reduce their customer acquisition costs by enabling smalls sales teams to do more with less. Read More

  • Twitch to start selling video games as soon as this week [Updated]

    Twitch to start selling video games as soon as this week [Updated]

    Video game streaming site Twitch will soon begin selling PC games and other in-game content on its site, the company says. We understand the games may arrive as soon as tomorrow or later this week, though the exact timing is still in flux*. Already one of the top destinations for live streaming and fan engagement, it’s not surprising that Twitch would take the final step to become a… Read More

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