Google buys 2 tech startups, Pointy and AppSheet, within the same 24 hours
Google has been on buying spree lately. With billions of dollars in war chest, Google announced the acquisition of two tech startups: Dublin’s Pointy, which helps brick-and-mortar retailers list their products online, and Seattle-based AppSheet, a tech startup that helps anyone create no-code applications. The company made the announcement within the same 24 hours. The amounts of deals were not disclosed. With the acquisition of AppSheet, Google Cloud will now gets no-code app development features.
Founded in 2012 by Brian Sabino and Praveen Seshadri, AppSheet is the intelligent no-code platform for business apps. It enables business users to leverage their business data and build powerful, code-free apps. The company connects with a range of data sources including spreadsheets on Google Drive, Office 365, Dropbox, and Box, relational databases like SQLServer, MySQL, Postgres, AWS Aurora, and Oracle, cloud SaaS services like Salesforce, Smartsheet, AirTable, and many more.
In a blog post, Praveen Seshadri wrote: “Today, I’m pleased to announce that AppSheet has been acquired by Google and will be joining the Google Cloud team. Before I explain why this is the right step, I want to be very clear that our customer-centric focus will not change. We have built relationships with you, in some cases over many years. I know many of you personally. We value these relationships deeply and we will continue to invest in, and broaden our relationships with you.”
Commenting on the acquisition, Amit Zavery, Google Cloud’s vice business application platform, said: “AppSheet complements Google Cloud’s strategy to reimagine the application development space with a platform that helps enterprises innovate with no-code development, workflow automation, application integration and API management as they modernize their business processes in the cloud”
In addition to AppSheet, Google also announced the acquisition of Pointy, a Dublin-based tech startup that develops a solution to help traditional retailers compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon. In a blog post, Google’s Senior Director, Local SMB Products, Peter Chane, said: “Today, we’re excited to share that we’ve entered into an agreement to acquire Pointy, a company based in Dublin, Ireland that has helped thousands of local retailers bring their product inventory online. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the coming weeks.”