Dubas on the Leafs’ inconsistencies: “I’m not going to bulls–t and tell you I have a magical solution”

Kyle Dubas had a quiet day before the trade deadline passed on Monday, but the Maple Leafs’ general manager didn’t go quietly into the late February night. Certainly not at a news conference at Scotiabank Arena an hour after the National Hockey League trade window closed, with only some minor-league deals completed by the Leafs. There was the official announcement of the signing of defenceman Jake Muzzin to a four-year contract with an annual average value of $5.265 million US, but Dubas had more on his mind. No wonder, considering the position the Leafs find themselves in with 19 games remaining, clinging to third place in the Atlantic Division and the likelihood that if a playoff spot is clinched, it won’t happen until the final week of the regular season. This isn’t where the Leafs envisioned themselves when the 2019-20 season started, and though they have been improved since Sheldon Keefe took over from Mike Babcock as coach in November, the team plays with an inconsistency that Dubas — who used the words “Jekyll and Hyde” — can’t quite wrap his head around. “The truthful answer is we don’t know (why the Leafs don’t deliver the best versions of themselves more often),” Duba...

Evisort, a San Mateo, CA-based artificial intelligence-powered contract intelligence system, closed a $15m Series A funding.

Evisort, a San Mateo, CA-based artificial intelligence-powered contract intelligence system, closed a $15m Series A funding. The round was led by Vertex Ventures and M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, with participation from Amity Ventures and Serra Ventures. The company intends to use the new funds to grow its team, expand product offerings, enhance the customer experience, and launch a new research and development office in Montreal, Quebec. Evisort anticipates hiring 10 technical team members for the Montreal office. Founded in 2016 by Harvard Law and MIT researchers and led by Jerry Ting, CEO and co-founder, Evisort provides a proprietary AI solution that can read and understand the meaning in legal documents like sales contracts and vendor paperwork. The solution allows businesses to automate the work of reviewing, assessing, approving, and tracking any legal documents that define a business action or relationships, such as contracts, statements of work, invoices, purchase orders, and SLA or rebate tables. It reads and visualizes 50 plus key data points, such as payment tables and contract expiration dates, and key legal clauses, allowing teams to focus on strategic decision m...

Pendo scores $100M Series E investment on $1 billion valuation

Pendo, the late-stage startup that helps companies understand how customers are interacting with their apps, announced a $100 million Series E investment today on a valuation of $1 billion. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures . Also participating were new investors General Atlantic and Tiger Global, and existing investors Battery Ventures, Meritech Capital, FirstMark, Geodesic Capital and Cross Creek. Pendo has now raised $206 million, according to the company. Company CEO and co-founder Todd Olson says that one of the reasons they need so much money is they are defining a market, and the potential is quite large. “Honestly, we need to help realize the total market opportunity. I think what’s exciting about what we’ve seen in six years is that this problem of improving digital experiences is something that’s becoming top of mind for all businesses,” Olson said. The company integrates with customer apps, capturing user behavior and feeding data back to product teams to help prioritize features and improve the user experience. In addition, the product provides ways to help those users either by walking them through different features, pointing out updates and new features or p...