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12 years in, TechStars doubles down on corporate relationships – TechCrunch

12 years in, TechStars doubles down on corporate relationships – TechCrunch The goal of any accelerator is to back startups that are reaching exponential growth. Sometimes, though, the accelerator itself hits that inflection point. TechStars, which was founded in 2006, has expanded aggressively over the past twelve years. Once a …

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Twilio’s contact center products just got more analytical with Ytica acquisition – TechCrunch

Twilio’s contact center products just got more analytical with Ytica acquisition – TechCrunch Twilio, a company best known for supplying a communications APIs for developers has a product called Twilio Flex for building sophisticated customer service applications on top of Twilio’s APIs. Today, it announced it was acquiring Ytica (pronounced …

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Zendesk expands into CRM with Base acquisition – TechCrunch

Zendesk expands into CRM with Base acquisition – TechCrunch Zendesk has mostly confined itself to customer service scenarios, but it seems that’s not enough anymore. If you want to truly know the customer behind the interaction, you need a customer system of record to go with the customer service component. …

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Branch pairs up with TUNE to create a supersized marketing and measurement platform – TechCrunch

Branch pairs up with TUNE to create a supersized marketing and measurement platform – TechCrunch Branch announced today that it has acquired TUNE‘s attribution analytics team and business, a part of the SaaS platform that focuses on optimizing and accurately attributing ad spend. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  …

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LendingTree is the secret success story of fintech – TechCrunch

LendingTree is the secret success story of fintech – TechCrunch For all of the excitement centered around fintech over the past half-decade, most venture-backed fintech companies struggle to acclimate to public markets. LendingClub and OnDeck have plummeted since their late 2014 IPOs after several years of darling status in the …

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Benchmark and Tiger double down on going public – TechCrunch

Benchmark and Tiger double down on going public – TechCrunch In an ecosystem enthralled with private capital and delayed public debuts, Bill Gurley has been something of a maverick. The former dot-com equity analyst and long-time partner at Benchmark has pushed hard for companies to go public and “grow up,” …

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Thoma Bravo buys majority stake in Apttus in unexpected ending – TechCrunch

Thoma Bravo buys majority stake in Apttus in unexpected ending – TechCrunch Apttus, a quote-to-cash vendor built on top of the Salesforce platform that looked to be heading toward an IPO in recent years has taken a different tack, instead being acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo today. The …

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