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Twilio Buys Messaging Platform Zipwhip for $850 Million

Cloud-based communications platform Twilio is buying toll-free messaging platform Zipwhip to expand its multi-channel message delivery capabilities.  Price is $850 million in cash and stock.  Growth of multi-channel cloud platforms is one of the trends we’ve been watching.  You’ll recall that Twilio bought the Segment CDP last year for $3.2 billion.

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Explorium Raises $75 Million and Finds 51% of Companies Buy Anonymized Individual Data

May 19, 2021

Explorium clearly isn’t a CDP but it also gathers data in its own way. Specifically, it analyzes predictive models and searches its library for external data sources that could help the models work better. They just raised a $75 million Series C. They also released an interesting survey on external data acquisition: 62% use external demographics data and 51% collect anonymized individual data.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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