Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Hubspot Launches a Venture Fund
Blog Post 

The marketing software company announced that it’s launching HubSpot Ventures, a $30 million fund that looks to invest in companies that align with HubSpot’s mission to “help millions of organizations grow better.”

The fund is dedicated to Software-as-a-Service type companies, who are looking to raise Seed, Series A, or Series B rounds.

In addition to funds and other perks, companies will have “access to personalized coaching and benchmarking from senior leaders and subject matter experts at HubSpot”.

Walmart Launches a New eCommerce Website in Japan
Press Release

The multinational retailer announced that it’s has teamed up with Rakuten, a Japanese eCommerce company, to launch a Walmart eCommerce store in Japan called the ”Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store.”

The store will be accessible through Rakuten’s Ichiba internet shopping mall.

The new store looks to provide a new shopping experience to the Japanese market and will combine Walmart’s international expertise in US-branded goods with Rakuten’s strength in online commerce.

Hertz Introduces a Biometrics Service to Speed up the Rental Process
Press Release

The car rental company announced “the launch of Hertz Fast Lane powered by CLEAR – a new service that uses biometrics to drastically speed up the car rental process and get travelers through the exit gate and on the road in 30 seconds or less.”

With the new service, customers will be able to “verify their identity and rental reservation with just a look or tap of their finger.”

The service will be available in more than 40 airports and venues across the United States.