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The API Economy

By Grady Kidder

SaaS adoption has proliferated across nearly every industry vertical and business function to the point where it is now nearly ubiquitous throughout the economy. This has created multiple market opportunities for businesses utilizing an “API-first” strategy, whereby they offer new products or services via API that complement existing SaaS applications or they use API technology to break down data silos and connect what would otherwise be disparate data sets. A handful of first-movers have capitalized on a subset of these opportunities in both products & services (e.g., Twilio in voice & text, Stripe in payments) and data aggregation (e.g., MuleSoft for enterprises, Plaid for FinTech / financial institutions). We believe this dynamic is still in its early days and that there will be many future opportunities for growth investors with strong SaaS experience to partner with these businesses.

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Built In Chicago | 100 Best Places to Work in Chicago

Catalyst portfolio company Envoy Global was ranked among the best places to work in Chicago. Envoy is a global immigration services provider offering the only enterprise immigration management platform that makes it seamless for companies to hire and manage an international workforce by combining expert legal representation — for both inbound and outbound immigration — and proprietary technology.

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Built In Chicago | How investments in culture and people keep the Fusion Risk Management team tightly knit

Catalyst-backed Fusion Risk Management is built on a philosophy that teamwork and transparency is what drives success — it’s what shapes the company culture and serves as a basis for its cutting-edge software. Built In Chicago spoke with three team members to learn more about what makes Fusion’s culture special and how it supports their work.

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HR Technologist | Jobvite Bags Brandon Hall Group’s 2018 Excellence in Technology Awards

Catalyst portfolio company Jobvite earned Brandon Hall Group’s 2018 Excellence in Technology Awards gold category honors. Awarded for its recruiting and candidate management software, the accolades highlight Jobvite’s continued success in developing a full-cycle, candidate-centric recruiting software platform that helps companies engage candidates with meaningful experiences from first look to the first day.

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