Salesforce Loves Canada and is Here to Stay

Posted by Rob Lewis

San Francisco-based Salesforce continued its Canadian startup shopping spree last week, scooping up Halifax-based GoInstant.

GoInstant marks the fourth time in just over two years that Salesforce has shelled out to acquire a Canadian startup. Salesforce started its Canadian exploration two years ago with the purchase of Sitemasher which is now known as Salesforce Sites.

During a roadshow through Toronto last month Salesforce execs told the local crowd that acquisitions made north of the border are here to stay. While the Sitemasher brand has been shelved, Salesforce is growing its presence in Vancouver and both Radian6 and Rypple are still based in Canada.

Salesforce's Canadian commitment is bucking the trend of homegrown startups no longer need to move stateside once acquired.

In fact, according to chairman Frank van Veenendaal, Salesforce is looking to entrench its roots even further in Canada by increasing its 1,000 staff here by 50 per cent within the next year.

Company:
Sitemasher Corporation
Website:
http://www.sitemasher.com/
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sitemasher provides a fully managed, hosted website solution that seamlessly integrates the website building environment, content management system (CMS), analytics, and search engine optimization (SEO)…all within a single platform. more

Company:
Radian6
Website:
http://radian6.com
Location:
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Radian6 provides the leading social media monitoring and engagement platform for marketing, communications and customer support professionals. The company’s new Engagement Console enables brands and agencies to monitor all forms of social media, with real-time results, and engage as a team through unique workflow features for tagging, classifying, and assigning of posts. Analysis widgets on the Radian6 dashboard... more

Company:
Rypple
Website:
http://www.rypple.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Long before Rypple, we started a software company called Workbrain. Workbrain helped huge companies schedule and pay people. Within a few years, we grew to over 650 people. Like every big company, we set up a "Performance Management" program. We thought that formal reviews would help us manage people and the business. They did. Sort of. Our process helped the company but not our people. It calculated bonuses and... more

Company:
GoInstant
Website:
http://www.goinstant.com
Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

GoInstant brings you, your customer and your product together within seconds, so you can focus on what's really important.For sales, GoInstant lets you put the prospect in front of your product faster than anything else. For Customer support, it means you can solve problems faster and make customers happier by turning a bad situation in to a positive one. GoInstant allows you to engage your customers on your... more

Company:
Salesforce.com
Website:
http://www.salesforce.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the Social Enterprise. Our trusted cloud platform and apps—including our flagship CRM solution—help employees collaborate easily and connect with customers like never before. And thanks to the cloud, all of it comes with low cost, low risk, and fast results. Our 100,000+ successful customers tell the story best. more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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