After raising US$200M, Habi, a Colombian proptech, achieves unicorn status

Habi, a startup that emerged in 2019 to digitize the process of buying and selling homes in Colombia, this week became Colombia’s second unicorn. The startup’s model is two-sided. For those who want to sell properties, Habi buys them expeditiously, within 10 days. And to those looking to buy, Habi offers real estate, helping them obtain a mortgage loan. The company operates in more than 15 cities in Colombia and Mexico.

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Spot2 raises $4.2M to speed up commercial real estate leasing in Mexico

May 19, 2022

Spot2, a Mexican brokerage startup, announced a $4.2 million seed round led by Streamline Ventures. HOF Capital, Acrew Capital, H20 funds, and angel investors. Spot2 was founded in 2021. It holds the promise of enabling commercial real estate identification, validation, and lease closing in six times less time than usual. The proptech developed technology based on an algorithm that offers solutions to connect brands with available commercial spaces successfully.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

September 28, 2023

Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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