Piano Software Raises $22 Million in Series B Round to Fund Growth

Last week, Piano Software, Inc., a content monetization platform for digital media companies, announced it has raised $22 million in Series B funding. The funding round was led by Updata Partners, an investment firm that provides growth capital to software and software-enabled companies. The infusion of capital will be used to support Piano's growth, specifically in research and development and client services and to expand into new markets. It may also be used for acquisitions, said Piano in a January 10 blog post.

Weekly Subscription News: Loyalty Programs, Porsches and Paywalls

This weeks subscription headlines loyalty program, Porsches and paywalls as well as transitions, testing and tools: Chargebee raises $14 million for subscription service tools, Porsche expands into four more cities, and The New York Times is testing a tighter paywall. Also, Nutanix is seeing success with its transition from hardware sales to software subscriptions, The Athletic is giving free content a go, and Vogue is hoping a new loyalty program will drive subscriptions.
The Yankee Candle Company has partnered with Ordergroove to create a new subscription box program.

Yankee Candle Partners with Ordergroove on Scented Subscription Boxes

The Yankee Candle Company has partnered with Ordergroove, a relationship commerce provider, to create a new subscription box program.
DoorDash Raises $3.4 Billion in IPO Wednesday

Food Delivery Service DoorDash Raises $3.4B in IPO

Food delivery service DoorDash went public on Wednesday, raising $3.4 billion in its first day of trading, far ahead of expectations.

Subscription-Economy Leaders Gravy, Paul Larsen Consulting, and Vindicia to Sponsor Subscription Show 2021

Subscription Insider is delighted to announce that leading subscription economy companies Gravy, Paul Larsen Consulting (PLC), and Vindicia will join Subscription Show 2021 as Gold Sponsors.

Bad Data Now Illegal in California

There's a new law in California that mandates that health plans maintain accurate provider directories. It's a serious piece of legislation; health plans are even empowered to withhold reimbursements from physicians and other healthcare providers if they don't cooperate in providing current data to the health plans. Subscription Insider Guide Russell Perkins looks into the challenges of maintaining commercial databases.
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McClatchy Reinvents Itself as a Digital-First Media Company:5 Takeaways for Subscription Companies

Nine months ago, The McClatchy Company began a much-needed redesign, amounting to a complete "rethink" and transformation of the 158-year old company into a digital success story.

How the New European Data Privacy Law Will Impact Subscription Companies

Europeans and the European government are taking data privacy very seriously. In fact, some are saying it is the most important change in data privacy regulation in the last 20 years. In May 2018, the two-year transition period for the European Unions new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) expires and the new data privacy law goes into effect. Any company doing business with European citizens, including subscription companies, will be impacted, regardless of where the company is located. Companies should start preparing now to comply with the laws and to avoid fines as large as 20 million for violation of the data privacy changes. Heres what you need to know.
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New Audience Development Tool Helps Newspapers Get Page Views and Money

There's a new audience development tool in town for publishers, particularly daily news sites -- paid discovery. Paid discovery is basically paid links at the bottom of an article or the side of page -- typically low-value real estate for ads, but great real estate for links since people who reach the bottom of the page are looking for what to do next. Services link Outbrain (for written content) and Taboola (for video content) let publishers…
Cloud services fuel Microsoft's revenue growth in FY21 Q2.

Microsoft Announces Windows 365, a Secure, Versatile Cloud-Based Operating System

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 365, a secure, versatile cloud-based operating system, available to businesses on Aug. 2, 2021.

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