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ApplyBoard makes its first acquisition by grabbing Panda Portal to train recruiters (BETAKIT)

ApplyBoard closed the deal earlier this month and renamed Panda Portal to TrainHub. With this purchase, the international student recruitment startup is expanding its ability to train educators and recruiters who, in turn, will attract more students to schools. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Thoma Bravo buys Anaplan for $10.7 billion (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LP has reached an agreement to buy Anaplan Inc. for $10.7 billion, the latest in a recent series of large leveraged buyouts.

Bigger rounds and US dollars fueled Canadian tech record in 2021 (BETAKIT)

According to’s annual technology report, Canadian startups have raised a total of $14 billion across 698 deals through 2021. This represents a 218% increase in investment dollars and a 31% increase in volume. transactions compared to 2020. CEO and founder of, Rob Darling, described 2021 as an “incredible year” for the Canadian tech sector.

How SiriusXM bought and ruined a beloved podcast network (THE VERGE)

SiriusXM got into podcasting with a $325 million deal – insiders say it’s a messy start.

BetaKit Live: How NFTs Could Change Music and Games on March 29 (BETAKIT)

On Tuesday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, BetaKit Patreon supporters have a front row seat to discover the impact of NFTs on the entertainment world, especially the music and gaming industries.

Astronomer ready for next mission after $213M Series C acquisition of Datakin (TECHCRUNCH)

The company began developing its modern data orchestration tools, powered by Apache Airflow, an open source platform for data engineering pipelines, which allows users to create, run and observe pipelines as code, and started piloting this project in 2018.

RoofBundle secures $500,000, construction stakeholder support to fuel launch of roofing software solution (BETAKIT)

For the past five years, Peters’ business, Peters Build, has focused on the roofing industry. “I just decided, look, we need to focus on something here, right?” Peters told BetaKit in an interview. “We can’t be everything to everyone.”

Uber strikes deal to list all NYC taxis on its app (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

The company has struck a deal to list all New York City taxis on its app, an alliance that could ease the ride-sharing giant’s driver shortage and temper high fares while directing more business to drivers in taxi, whose livelihoods have been affected by the emergence of the car. application sharing and the pandemic.

Google Unveils Second Cohort of Canadian Cloud Accelerator (BETAKIT)

Beginning April 11, the group will participate in a virtual bootcamp that will include cloud mentoring, technical project assistance, workshops on product design and customer acquisition, and leadership development for founders and leaders of cloud startups.

With new funding of US$150 million, Montreal’s is ready to take on Indeed worldwide (BETAKIT)

The past few years have been tumultuous for Montreal’s Founded in 2011, the job search platform had reached an inflection point in 2019: profitable, more or less bootstrapped, and global in scale – but still far behind market leader Indeed.

Cyber ​​startup Island reaches unicorn status 7 weeks after launch (CRUNCHBASE)

The company raised a Series B of $115 million at a valuation of $1.3 billion. The new round was led by Insight Partners, with participation from existing investors Stripes and Sequoia Capital. The company had just announced a $100 million Series A at the same time it was sneaking out on February 1.

Virtual Gurus closes $8.4M amid US demand for diversity-focused virtual assistants (BETAKIT)

Led by CEO Bobbie Racette, who is a Cree-Mixed and LGBTQ+ woman, Virtual Gurus is on a mission to disrupt the virtual assistant market through curated matches and a talent marketplace that focuses on employing people historically underrepresented.

RapidAPI Marketplace Raises $150M to Help Enterprises Bridge the Developer Gap (VENTURE BEAT)

API discovery and management platform RapidAPI has raised $150M in a Series D funding round as the booming API economy continues apace.

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