Brazil’s Black Silicon Valley could be an epicenter of innovation in Latin America

Paulo Rogério Nunes Contributor Paulo is the co-founder of Vale do Dendê (Dende Valley) and AFAR Ventures, a global diversity and inclusion creative and consulting agency that identifies opportunities for multinational brands, corporations and investors in emerging markets. Tara Sabre Collier Contributor Tara Sabre Collier is an early-stage impact investor with more than 15 years […]

MessageBird, the ‘omnichannel platform-as-a-service,’ raises $200M Series C at $3B valuation

MessageBird, the Amsterdam-headquartered cloud communications company, has raised $200 million in Series C funding in a round led by Silicon Valley’s Spark Capital. The new investment gives 2011-founded MessageBird a whopping $3 billion valuation, and includes participation from Bonnier, Glynn Capital, LGT Lightstone, Longbow, Mousse Partners and NewView Capital. Existing investors Accel, Atomico and Y […]

Which neobanks will rise or fall?

Denis Barrier Contributor Share on Twitter Denis Barrier is co-founder and CEO of Cathay Innovation, a global venture capital firm investing across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Alex Lazarow Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Lazarow is an author, a global venture investor with Cathay Innovation and is an adjunct professor with the Middlebury Institute […]

Daily Crunch: Google commits $1B to pay publishers

Google is paying a lot of money for its news licensing program, Microsoft announces an affordable laptop and Facebook says it won’t accept ads casting doubts on the election. This is your Daily Crunch for October 1, 2020. The big story: Google commits $1B to pay publishers Specifically, CEO Sundar Pichai said today that the […]

Brands building for scale should look to hypercultural Latinx consumers

Ilse Calderon Contributor Share on Twitter Ilse Calderon is an investor at OVO Fund where she specializes in pre-seed investments across capital-efficient markets. Prior to OVO, Ilse spent a year at Silicon Valley Bank rotating across consumer and software teams. More posts by this contributor Investing in the hidden generation Kathleen Garcia-Manjarres Contributor Share on […]

Miami-based Marco Financial is launching a revenue-based lending service for Latin American SMEs

Marco Financial, a new Miami-based startup, is looking to take a piece of the roughly $350 billion trade finance market for Latin American exporters with its novel factoring services business.  Small and medium-sized businesses in Latin America can have trouble getting the financing they need to launch export operations to the U.S. and Marco said […]

The H-1B visa ban is creating nearshore business partnership opportunities

Andrés Vior Contributor Andrés Vior is the VP and country manager for Argentina at intive. A computer engineer who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), he is also a member of the Chamber of Software and Computer Services Companies of Argentina (CESSI). In June, President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending […]

Lana has launched in Latin America to be the one-stop shop for gig workers’ financial needs

Lana, a new startup based in Madrid, is looking to be the next big thing in Latin American fintech. Founded by serial entrepreneur Pablo Muniz, whose last business was backed by one of Spain’s largest financial services institutions, BBVA, Lana is looking to be the all-in-one financial services provider for Latin America’s gig economy workers. […]

How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In […]

Magnetis raises $11 million for its automated wealth management and brokerage service for Brazil

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