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Autodesk Completes Acquisition of Cloud-Based PLM and PDM Provider Upchain

Today I am thrilled to share the news that we have completed our acquisition of Upchain, a provider of instant-on, cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM) solutions. The addition of Upchain to the Autodesk portfolio accelerates our mission to deliver the next-generation software platform for design and manufacturing and creates more value for customers by removing collaboration…
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Assent Clients Achieve Critical European Sustainability Milestone

Supply chain data management firm Assent Compliance first to complete successful automated data submission to the European Union SCIP database. OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 26, 2020 - Assent Compliance is the first supply chain data management firm to successfully complete an automated data submission to the European Union (EU)'s new SCIP database on behalf of a customer. The EU's Waste Framework Directive, along…
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Managing and growing your business in a challenging macro environment – Podcast

EPISODE DETAILS / TRANSCRIPT EPISODE SUMMARY Tony van Marken knows what it takes to climb a financial mountain, so how are successful start-ups managing under COVID-19? EPISODE NOTES Tony van Marken knows what it takes to climb a financial mountain, so how are successful start-ups managing under COVID-19? The managing partner of First Ascent Ventures explains why not all technology companies are…
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AI STARTUP RUBIKLOUD TO BE ACQUIRED BY OTTAWA-BASED KINAXIS FOR $81.4 MILLION CAD

OTTAWA, ON, June 15, 2020 - Kinaxis® Inc. (TSX: KXS), the authority in driving agility for fast, confident decision-making in an unpredictable world, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Toronto-based Rubikloud, a disruptive, emerging provider of AI solutions that automate supply chain prescriptive analytics and decision-making in the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. Globally-recognized retailers and CPG manufacturers in the…
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Announcing our partnership with JPMorgan Chase

We are excited to announce our partnership with JPMorgan Chase, which is now offering Sensibill’s receipt capture and management solution through the Chase Mobile app! With the Chase Mobile Banking app, everyday banking customers can manage home office expenses, submit proof of purchase for insurance claims, track their spending at a granular level, and much more. Chase has created a…
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Upchain ranks as #2 in top list of PLM systems based on customer satisfaction

According to the G2 website: "A product's satisfaction score is calculated by a proprietary algorithm that factors in real-user satisfaction ratings from review data. Software buyers can compare products according to their satisfaction scores to streamline the buying process and quickly identify the best products based on the experiences of their peers." The company outperformed incumbents such as Oracle (#7), SAP (#11)…
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ScribbleLive acquired by Brazil based Rock Content

Brazilian content marketing startup Rock Content has announced the purchase of US sector player ScribbleLive, creating one of the largest companies in the segment in the Americas. The buyout, announced exclusively to Forbes, is the continuation of the company's international expansion, which began in 2017 with the launch of operations in Mexico. With the addition of ScribbleLive (SL), which has…
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Digital receipt player Sensibill raises $31.5m

Sensibill, a Toronto-based AI-powered digital receipt startup targeting freelancers and small business owners, has raised US$31.5 million in a Series B funding round joined by National Bank of Canada. The round, led by AI-focused venture fund Radical Ventures, and joined by Information Venture Partners and First Ascent Ventures, brings Sensibill's total financing to $46.5 million. Founded in 2013, Sensibill works…
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BusinessWire partners with IR provider Q4

SAN FRANCISCO: Business Wire has partnered with investor relations cloud platform Q4. The exclusive partnership is combining Business Wire’s distribution and newswire services with Q4’s communications and intelligence platforms, according to a statement from the companies. "Business Wire and Q4 have known each other for a long time," said Richard DeLeo, COO at Business Wire. "We’re both preferred providers to…
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Q4 announces new IR Success Platform

New York and Toronto - February 21, 2019 – Q4 Inc., a leading global provider of cloud-based investor relations solutions, announced today the launch of its “IR Success Platform.” The platform combines Q4’s market-leading IR product suite, with a new white-glove customer experience model that partners with IROs to help them achieve both their tactical and strategic objectives, from daily…