Microsoft takes on Twilio, Google launches a work-tracking tool and Mirakl raises $300 million. Microsoft announced today that it's ready to compete with Twilio by launching a set of features that allow developers to add voice and video calling, chat, text messages and old-school telephony to their apps. “Azure Communication Services is built natively on top a global, reliable cloud — Azure," wrote Microsoft's Scott Van Vliet.
With the world's 10 biggest tech titans already among its customers, clearly, this newly public SaaS business is doing something right.
Palantir Technologies, the data-mining firm that serves the U.S. government and large enterprise clients, plans to go public in late September. Palantir was co-founded by Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who previously co-founded PayPal, along with Thiel's Stanford classmate Alex Karp and three other investors. Thiel is currently the company's chairman and Karp is its CEO.