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Workona Launches Desktop For The Cloud; Raises $6 Million in Seed Funding

Workona has announced “the launch of their cloud desktop, a work management platform that allows users to access and manage resources across more than 75 popular cloud apps from a single unified system.”

The company recently completed “a $ 6 million seed funding round, led by K9 Ventures and August Capital, to accelerate its product development and user acquisition.”

Recognizing that “modern teams run on cloud software,” Workona is trying to bring the disparate pieces of a cloud-based workflow together in a productive, intuitive manner. Workona’s cloud-based desktop connects to the most popular cloud apps in use today, such as Amazon, Asana, Basecamp, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, Outlook, Zoom and more. Each app can be accessed and worked with inside Workona. Shared workspaces take collaboration up a notch, increasing productivity even more.

“So many people spend their days working in the cloud, but there was no platform to manage that work. That’s what Workona does,” said Quinn Morgan, Workona co-founder and CEO. “Previously, all of your cloud apps, projects, and documents were scattered across the web. Workona’s cloud desktop pulls them together into one powerful system.”

Having a central location to access different tools and platforms significantly increases a user’s efficiency.

“Workona is a force multiplier because it impacts every level of your work,” Morgan said. “Your apps and projects are at your fingertips, so every action you take is significantly faster.”

“Workona solves a problem that is staring us in the face, but we haven’t noticed it yet,” said Manu Kumar, Workona board member and K9 Ventures investor. “Microsoft and Apple used to put an enormous amount of engineering power into optimizing the desktop, but all that was forgotten when we transitioned to working in the browser. Workona has picked up where they left off by bringing the best features of a desktop to the cloud.”

The company says that early users come “from both startups and Fortune 500 companies, and include industry leaders like Twitter, Salesforce, Amazon, and NASA.” It’s a safe bet that list will continue to grow.

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Aviso Launches Version 2.0 of Its AI Guided Selling Platform

Sales tech company Aviso announced version 2.0 of its AI-powered guided selling platform during Dreamforce event.

The company’s CEO is Trevor Templar, the former VP of enterprise sales at Salesforce. Templar is taking a page from Salesforce’s playbook, trying to disrupt an industry and end its dependence on legacy CRM systems.

“Twenty years ago, Salesforce launched their famous ‘No Software’ campaign as a rallying cry for innovative sales technology. Twenty years later, the #NoCRM campaign urges companies to reimagine the sales experience once again with a focus on performance. #NoCRM makes good on what was promised by ‘No Software’ two decades ago through leveraging predictive artificial intelligence to bring sales teams more cost-effective, modern, and insightful software.”

Aviso uses a ‘less is more’ approach to help companies analyze data, prioritize opportunities and close more deals by providing AI-powered guidance, rather than relying on—and being bogged down by—traditional CRM.

“CRM is 25% of all enterprise software, but less than half of sales reps meet their quotas, and teams spend more time fluffing and wrangling data than closing deals,” says Templar. “Our customers are excited about our 2.0 platform to shift focus away from CRM databases to using AI guidance for the core business of selling and serving customers.”

Version 2.0 of Aviso’s uses a next generation core predictive framework, resulting in greater simplicity, flexibility and data generation up to 400% faster. The new platform is in beta with select customers, with a general release expected later this year.

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Google launches Site Kit plugin for WordPress

WordPress users can see data pulled from various Google products.



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New trade group Paid Search Association launches with exclusive PPC focus

Trusted education and career development will be two of its primary functions.



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SalesForce Launches Sustainability Cloud Ahead of Climate Week 2019

Climate change has been in the news, with people on both sides of the issue debating what should or shouldn’t be done. In the meantime, companies large and small are taking steps to minimize their own carbon footprint, with global sustainable investing (PDF) reaching $ 30 trillion in 2018, a 34 percent increase over the previous two years.

To aid in that endeavor, SalesForce has unveiled Sustainability Cloud ahead of Climate Week 2019. Sustainability Cloud is a product that helps businesses make informed decisions about their business operations, with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

The product is designed to give businesses a 360-degree view of their current environmental impact, as well as data-driven insights into the changes they can make. The platform—along with Salesforce Einstein Analytics—provides an easy way for businesses to track, analyze and report environmental data. This will enable companies to track KPIs over time, including renewable energy use, overall energy consumption and carbon emissions. This information can then be used for engagement with executives, investors and customers, as well as for regulatory and audit purposes.

In the company’s press release, Suzanne DiBianca, chief impact officer and EVP of corporate relations said: “At Salesforce, we’ve always believed business is the greatest platform for change. Addressing climate change with speed and at scale is critical to see a turning point by 2020. Businesses must work together to be the greatest force for climate transformation the world has ever seen.”

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Compass Launches Consumer Site With AI-Driven Recommendations, Says CEO

“We just launched a new consumer site that lets our agents collaborate with their clients,” says Compass founder and CEO Robert Reffkin. “It has features such as AI-driven recommendations exactly for the buyer. Based on everything that they’re searching it makes recommendations. It has another feature called Collections, which is a visual workplace. It allows the agent and their client to collaborate, discuss, and monitor the market in real-time.”

Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass, discusses their new AI-driven recommendations website and says that an “IPO is likely in their future” in an interview on CNBC:

Compass Launches Consumer Site With AI-Driven Recommendations

We’re building a platform to power all real estate decisions for advisors, sellers, and buyers. Agents come to grow their business, sellers come to sell their home for more money and less time, and buyers come to find the best listings. We just launched a new consumer site that lets our agents collaborate with their clients. It has features such as AI-driven recommendations exactly for the buyer. Based on everything that they’re searching it makes recommendations. It has another feature called Collections, which is a visual workplace. It allows the agent and their client to collaborate, discuss, and monitor the market in real-time.

There are technology companies that focus on agents but not the consumer and there are technology companies that focus on the consumer but not the agent. We’re unique in that we’re focusing on both and really allowing them to collaborate together. What makes us a technology company is we have scale effects, we have network effects, flywheel effects, we have defensible IP technology and are asset-light. Our core flywheel is really an inventory based flywheel where we hire agents that bring inventory. With our new site, we create a great buyer experience which brings more traffic for agents. Then we build tools for our sellers to sell their homes for more money and in less time which allows them to bring even more inventory.

An IPO Is Likely In Our Future

An IPO is likely in our future. But I don’t go to sleep at night thinking about an IPO. I go to sleep and I think about how we can help our agents grow their business and better serve their clients. I look at all the companies that go public (including WeWork) to take lessons from them on what you can or cannot do. Real estate is a very large segment of our global economy. I think it’s the largest. However, (unlike WeWork) we’re not a landlord, we’re a very different type of business. 

There’s excess inventory (in the New York market) on one hand but with low-interest rates, there has never been a low-interest-rate environment that hasn’t been good for real estate. So I think it’s a good time to be a buyer. Whether it’s the mansion tax, the transfer tax, or SALT, I think the real challenge there is the perception of taxes. When there’s a perception that taxes are going to increase that’s not good for real estate. Markets where there are a lot of software companies doing great such as Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Boulder, and Nashville (are hot for real estate) but in any market, there are buying opportunities. I think just have to find the right agent to help you identify those.

Compass Launches Consumer Site With AI-Driven Recommendations, Says CEO Robert Reffkin

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Christina Symes: Aussie Completes Elite Interior Design Course In Florence Then Launches ‘We Are Triibe’, One Of The Fastest Growing Design Firms In Australia

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Verizon is First in the World to Turn on 5G – Launches in 2 Cities – Starts Selling Moto 5G Phone, Says CEO

“It’s a great day for us to be first in the world with 5G smartphones and turning on the network,” says Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg. “We decided to turn it on today (8 days early). We are selling the Moto 5G phone. The z3 is in the stores. You can have a fantastic experience with the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network in these two cities (Minneapolis, Chicago areas) right now.”

Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon, announces the launch of 5G in two cities and the availability of the Moto 5G phone in an interview on CNBC:

Verizon is First in the World to Turn on 5G

The team has been working relentlessly to give our customers this fantastic experience in 5G and actually our test is going so well. Why wait when we have some good news for our customers. So we decided to turn it on today (8 days early). We are selling the Moto 5G phone. The z3 is in the stores. You can have a fantastic experience with the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network in these two cities (Minneapolis, Chicago areas) right now.

You’re going to see many more handsets with 5G coming out this year. We have announced two that we will have in the first half of the year. The Motorola, of course, is the one we are going with right now and we’re going to have a Samsung a little bit later in this quarter. That’s the two and then we have others coming in the second half. We’re going to see more 5G phones than probably were expected. We have at least a good relationship with all of those guys.

5G Rolling Out in Minneapolis and Chicago

When it comes to our rollout we are starting with these two cities right now. We’re going to do more than 30 markets this year and we’re working in all these markets right now. We’re going to turn them up as soon as they’re ready. Then we feel that we can give the experience that we want to give to our customers when it comes to 5G, meaning real 5G, and at the same time have the most reliable 4G network.

We think a lot about our customers and how we’re going to treat them. It’s a great day for us to be first in the world with 5G smartphones and turning on the network. I think that says a lot about the team that I have around me and the partners we have. We’re going to do a lot about education around it. Our stores have been trained now to explain what see you can do with it and, of course, we also talked about the ultra-wideband.

You’re Going to See So Much Innovation With 5G

We’re going to have speeds up to 1 gigabit per second compared to around of 50 megabits per second in 4G. It’s 20 times faster when you’re in the 5G zone. Of course, you can do so much with it at the same time. You’re going to have download speeds up to 300 megabits per second which means that it can take down things much quicker. The latencies will be some 30 milliseconds compared to 100 today.

And that’s just a start of 5G. What we saw in 4G was enormous innovation when you see these type of capabilities coming out on a network. You’re going to see so much innovation on 5G. I said it before. it’s not a small sort of evolution from 4G, it’s a quantum leap going to 5G from 4G. You’re going to see a lot of innovation and new applications coming on top of the 5G networks.

Verizon is First in the World to Turn on 5G, Says Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

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Bing Ads launches page feeds for easier Dynamic Search Ads management

Use page feeds to manage URL groupings for auto targets in DSA campaigns.



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SearchCap: Google launches Google Dataset Search, insider look at SMX East & more

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