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Daily funding roundup – January 20th, 2020

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OnPay raised $6M; Samya.AI landed $6M; Canalyst secured $15.3M; Soft Robotics picks up $23M

Caspar: Caspar is a tech digital therapy platform app aimed at helping health care providers better communicate with patients before, during, and after a hospital stay. Caspar has raised €5.3 million in Series A funding led by Ananda Impact Ventures, with participation from earlier backers Atlantic Labs, Think.Health Ventures and German entrepreneur Helmut Nanz. Read more

OnPay: OnPay developed a SaaS-based payroll software. OnPay has raised $6 million in funding from numerous, unnamed, individual investors. Read more

Samya.AI: Samya.AI is a SaaS company focused on helping CPG companies increase their revenue growth. Samya.AI has raised $6 million in seed funding led by Sequoia India, with participation from numerous individual investors. Read more

Canalyst: Canalyst is selling equity research to capital markets. Canalyst has raised $15.3 million in Series B funding led by an undisclosed investor, with participation from ScaleUP Ventures and earlier backers, including Vanedge Capital. Read more

Soft Robotics: Soft Robotics is a robotics company that designs and builds soft robotic gripping systems. Soft Robotics has raised $23 million in Series B funding. Earlier backers Calibrate Ventures and Material Impact led the round, joined by FANUC Corp. earlier backers Honeywell, Hyperplane, Scale, Tekfen Ventures, and Yamaha. Read more

Sono Motors: Sono Motors is a solar-powered electric car company. Sono Motors says it has raised $55.42 in one of Europe’s largest crowdfunding campaigns to date. Read more

Scoutbee: Scoutbee’s software aims to help procurement professionals. Scoutbee has raised $60 million in Series B funding. Atomico led the new financing, with participation from Lakestar and Siemens-backed venture firm Next47. Read more

If you are interested in being included in our funding roundup, submit your press release or blog post about your financing round to kristin@vator.tv. If you want a longer write-up, please do give us a couple of days heads up. If you’d like to be included in our Today’s Entrepreneur column, please send me your Vator profile.

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Videoconferencing’s Moment

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I am going to spend much of today in my Zoom room participating in several meetings around the country and around the world.

If you look at Zoom’s stock price over the last month, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, you will see that the market thinks that I am not the only one who will be doing that.

The combination of limiting travel due to Coronavirus fears and the desire to lower carbon footprints tells me that we may have reached videoconferencing’s moment.

Maybe attending a meeting in person is a thing of that past and video’ing in is our future. If so, we may look back at this winter of 2020 as the moment that happened.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AVc/~3/8t0bdXDoMZo/

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We’ve Doubled The Capacity For Most Workshops At Annual

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SaaStr Annual 2020 is almost here!!  March 10-11-12!!  Woo-hoo!!

One new element that has proven super popular is a new dedicated wing of just workshops.  We’ve taken over the attached Marriot and turned all of its conference rooms into workshops.  Many of them almost instantly filled to capacity.

So, we’ve reconfigured the space from rounds to chairs to essentially double capacity for most workshops.  If you saw that a workshop was full, check back into reg now and/or later this week and it likely will be open now.

Published on February 23, 2020

Source: https://www.saastr.com/were-doubled-the-capacity-for-most-workshops-at-annual/

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A Preview of SaaStr Europa 2020: 3,000+ in Paris 17-18 June

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We’re heads-down for the biggest, best SaaStr Annual ever!  But right after that, we’re gearing up for the 3rd SaaStrEuropa.com in Paris, 17-18 June.

If you’re thinking of attending or attending again, a few highlights:

  • We’re back at the stunning Maison de la Mutualite, right in the heart of the Left Bank again.   Same great location as in the recap of last year in the video above.
  • Tracking to 3,000+ attendees … so it’ll be packed.  We’ll see where we really end up on attendance, but right now we’re already tracking to almost 2x (!) of last year!  Whatever it is, it will be significantly bigger than last year … and packed.  This is realistically as many as we can possibly fit in this venue.
  • Far more attendees — but same sponsor pricing through March.  If you want to sponsor, do it now.  Even though we’ll be a lot bigger, we’re holding the same sponsor pricing through early March.  This is called deflation!  So sponsor now 🙂
  • More workshops, more braindates, more mentorship.  We’ll add over a dozen new workshops on scaling, even more braindates and mentorship sessions last year, and more VC sessions.  We’re basically adding almost an additional stage each day (3x), so there will be even more to do.
  • 50% of our speakers are slotted, but if you want to speak — apply now.  It is not too late.  Scroll to the bottom here.  We are mainly looking for underrepresented founders, unicorns, and high brand start-ups, but we’re open to a lot of things.  Just apply soon, like really soon!
  • Tickets are still really cheap until March 1.  Not as cheap as a few months ago, but really cheap.
  • Champagne, jazz, parties, and more.  Like last year.  But even better.

If you haven’t been to SaaStr Europa — it’s just really fun.  3,000 folks over 2 days is just enough to meet tons of people, but not so many you get overwhelmed.  Term sheets are easier.  Meeting a top unicorn CEO is easier.  But it’s big enough there’s always tons to do.

Join us if you can!  In Paris!!

Published on February 21, 2020

Source: https://www.saastr.com/an-early-look-at-saastr-europa-2020-in-paris-tracking-to-3000-in-paris-17-18-june/

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