Stripe announced a new flagship office opening in Latin America as part of a continued global expansion campaign. The Mexico City location is the newest of several offices around the world as Stripe invests into increasing e-commerce growth and mobile payment usage in Latin America. Internet shoppers in Latin America are expected to increase to 155 million by the end of 2019, an increase of 23% over the last three years. Recently valued at $22.5 billion, Stripe plans to build a strong engineering team in the Latin America office to capitalize on the regions nearly 500 million internet users.
Elsewhere in the world of SaaS, Salesforce announced it will acquire workforce management software firm ClickSoftware in a $1.35 billion cash and stock deal. ClickSoftware will improve Salesforce’s own Field Service Lightning product, as well as bolster its Service Cloud, according to Salesforce Service Cloud unit General Manager Bill Patterson. Salesforce has made a series of expensive SaaS acquisitions over the past year, including MuleSoft (March’18, $6.5 billion) and Tableau (June’19, $15 billion in stock), as part of a strategy to expand upon and strengthen its offerings.
The e-commerce space saw Pinterest recently announce the addition of a personalized “shopping hub” to the social media platform. This new feature will be displayed at the top of user newsfeeds and will include recommendations for products sourced form organic retailer Product Pins and Catalog Feeds. This e-commerce feature follows the company’s second ever quarterly earnings report, which showed a 62% increase in earnings with $261 million in revenue for the second quarter of 2019. Monthly active users have reached 300 million, a 30% increase year-on-year.
Digital marketing news this week saw Google announce a bug which removed its ability to index new content being published, as well as disruptions with the URL Inspection tool within Search Console. The issue is “impacting some sites” per Google Webmasters, however newest content from major outlets including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times were not being displayed, indicating widespread outages. For SEO experts and publishers analyzing page performance, Google recommends checking back on analytics once the issues have been resolved.
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In events news this week, Founder Thomas Smale will be attending SaaSStock Local in San Francisco on August 21 to join other leading founders in a discussion around Churnbusting and how to overcome roadblocks to growth in business. Later in the month on August 29th Thomas will be attending SaaStr Scale in San Francisco. If you will be attending and want to connect, feel free to reply to this email to set up a meeting.
Continue reading below for more on Stripe’s continued global expansion, Pinterest’s new personalized shopping hub plus a bonus story on the Huawei ban.
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In the News…
Stripe Opens New Office in Latin America
Stripe recently announced the addition of a new flagship office in Mexico City. The online payment mogul which has taken Silicon Valley by storm is expanding into Latin America where promising business expansion lies ahead. With an untapped pool of local talent in the region, Stripe will be hiring for a variety of roles, specifically engineering.
As the first office in the region, Stripe plans to gain an understanding of how to develop global technology products. To name a few, Platzi, Rappi, Cornershop, Urbvan, and Parafuzo are Latin American tech companies Stripe is already working with.
Stripe currently has offices in 34 countries around the world including new openings in Estonia, Poland, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Malaysia just this year. With the number of internet users growing to upwards of 500 million in Latin American, Stripe is well equipped to “lean into global commerce,” as stated by Stripe’s Chief Business Officer who is originally from Honduras, Billy Alvarado.
Trump Administration Introduces Ban on Huawei Equipment and Services
Washington announced a ban on Wednesday prohibiting American government agencies from purchasing telecom equipment and services directly from select telecom companies in China. On the list of banned companies is Huawei, the world leader in telecom network gear. Slated to take effect on August 13, the rule will be added to the National Defense Authorization Act which passed last year.
A broader ban scheduled to go into effect in 2020, is leaving government contractors questioning what the changes will mean for their business. A spokesman for the office of Management and Budget stated they will comply with Congress on the introduction of prohibition of Chinese telecom and video surveillance equipment in order to protect the U.S. from foreign adversaries.
Pinterest Rolls Out Personalized Shopping Hub with New E-commerce Layer
According to a recent statement from Pinterest, the social network is rolling out new features to expand users’ ability to buy online through the platform. Pinterest’s recently reported 300 million monthly users can now access a personalized shopping hub with pins from retailer catalogs feeds. With a 30% increase in users since last year, online shoppers on Pinterest can easily browse brands like Target, Birdies Slippers, Joybird, The Tie Bar, and Parachute.
In addition to posting advertisements, retailers can now reach users on a personalized level. Ads posted on Pinterest see a return 2x higher that ads posted on other social media platforms. Founder and CEO of Parachute, Ariel Kaye, made a statement stating Pinterest is a “natural destination to connect with our growing community.” The latest additions will be an asset for retailers to meet the increasing demands of e-commerce shoppers.