Each week via our ‘Weekly Rundown’ segment, we highlight stories we thought were interesting, notable across business and technology. This week, we showcase stories on Salesforce, Trust, Tropic, and Glass.
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Story-1:: Salesforce Launches Salesforce+
Overview: Announcing Salesforce+, a New Streaming Service for Live Experiences and Original Content Series. Salesforce+ includes live experiences, original series, podcasts, and other programming. With engaging stories, thought leadership and expert advice, Salesforce+ will illuminate the future of technology in the digital-first, work anywhere world and inspire millions of Trailblazers to learn new skills, pursue new career opportunities, and drive change in the world.
- Leading Through Change
- The Inflection Point
- Boss Talks
- Simply Put
Why It Matters: text to go here
“The video streaming service could be a launch point for a broader content platform, where its partners are producing their own content and using Salesforce+ infrastructure to help them advertise to and cultivate their own customers.”
Story-2:: Salesforce Announces First Slack Integration
Overview: After about a year, Salesforce announces its first slack integration.
“We really want Slack to be the primary engagement surface for our users, their communications, their work, their workflows and the processes and the apps they support”
Why It Matters: Salesforce has been on an acquisition spending spree and it was only a matter of time until they started to integrate Slack. If you think about what Slack means, it is the modern meeting room, that if automated correctly will bring people together when they need to tackle a topic at hand.
Story-3:: Trust wants to give Smaller Business a Marketing Edge
Overview: Welcome to Trust, the first card + community designed to help your marketing investments make more money.
Why It Matters: Trust wants to give smaller businesses the same advantages that large enterprises have when marketing on digital and social media platforms. It came out of beta with $9 million in seed funding from Lerer Hippeau, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures, and Upper90.
Story-4:: Fall in love with procurement for the first time
Overview: Companies of all sizes—from startups to Fortune 500s—use Tropic to buy software, manage contracts, monitor usage and turn procurement into a competitive advantage.
“global spend on enterprise software is forecasted to reach $599 billion by the end of 2021”
Why It Matters: We are the Smartphone generation, we buy apps with a click of the button. Why shouldn’t we be able to procure enterprise software in that same manner? Software procurement is challenging, it is great to see companies helping individuals do some digging and research. The biggest area where there are still gaps are when you have to connect (integrate) systems and then design a supporting data model. So it will be interesting to see if Tropic can crack that code
Story-5:: Glass, then next Photo App?
Overview: Glass was built by Tom Watson and Stefan Borsje. For years, it felt like we didn’t have a home for our photography on the internet. We built Glass for you, but we also built Glass for us. Independent and proud. Glass is an independent company. We charge for our product. We haven’t taken any venture capital or outside funding. With your help, we’re building a sustainable home for photographers on the internet.
Why It Matters: These platforms always interest me. They are typically built from a creative lens and aim to address whatever the commercial version has long forgotten about. In this case, it would be Instagram and maybe SnapChat. But for a $4.95 a month fee, who is signing up, what does this become, your digitally calling card if you are a photographer or creative? From a business sense is the goal to just provide a service, is it to generate revenue or is it made to simply launch and get acquired? Will be interesting to see what shakes out here.
Link: Link: glass.photo/about