Cybersecurity startup Strike raises US$5.4M

Strike is a continuous penetration testing platform that seeks to expand access to cybersecurity in Latin America. Penetration tests are simulated cyberattacks to detect vulnerabilities. Strike proposes that companies get offensive security throughout the year for the same price they used to pay for a one-time checkup a couple of times in the same period. Strike combines automation with a network of ethical hackers working for the company.

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Malaysia’s Carsome set to list on Nasdaq with US$2B valuation

April 28, 2022

Malaysian used car marketplace Carsome is going public on New York’s Nasdaq and the Singapore Stock Exchange with a company valuation amounting to US$2 billion. Reports by financial news outlets familiar with the move have said that the company had already confidentially filed for the initial public offering (IPO) with Nasdaq earlier, with the target being US$400 million in funds raised.

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Morado, a Colombian startup aiming to digitize beauty salons, raises US$5M

April 28, 2022

Morado’s value proposition is offering to the owners of beauty salons, spas, and related establishments a Marketplace of supplies of all kinds (beauty products, uniforms, furniture) giving them credits, next-day delivery, and other digital stores’ related services. The company has said it will use this financing to expand its operation in Colombia, where it already has 60 employees, and expand into Mexico, where it plans to be operational by the end of this year.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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