September 20, 2019

Salesforce Ventures Invests $300 Million in WordPress Parent Automattic

Salesforce Ventures Invests $300 Million in WordPress Parent Automattic

Automattic

WordPress.com parent Automattic has raised a $300 million Series D with Salesforce Ventures as the sole investor. It’s a vote in favor of open source, freemium, and, according to the company, in “the future of work”. Raise you hand if you doubted that work had a future.

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Ziff Davis B2B Buys Spiceworks Tech Community

Business Wire

The future of publishing, on the other hand, is far from clear. But Ziff Davis has made the transition to digital media services. Its B2B arm just bought tech buyer community Spiceworks, which offers all sorts of ways to connect buyers with sellers.

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Twitter Expands Offline Marketing Spend

DigiDay

It may seem that Twitter’s core business is irresponsibly spreading fake news, but the company says “Twitter becoming more Twittery” really means being “conversational and fun”. Somehow this translates into spending on out of home media and experiences, according to DigiDay. So the real world seems to have a future as well.

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