E-commerce startups in Latin America raised US$1.2B in 2022

E-commerce startups continue to raise Venture Capital in Latin America which amounted to $1.2B or 15% of total investments in the region for 2022.  It is second to only Fintech according to LAVCA. It makes sense as we have seen several great outcomes such as Mercado Libre ($65B market cap) and Vtex ($800M market cap) being public companies or Cornershop being acquired by UBER for over $3B.

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Apar Technologies boosts AI powered data analytics capabilities with strategic investment in BigTapp Analytics

June 8, 2023

Apar Technologies, a global software services and consulting company headquartered in Singapore, has announced its strategic investment in BigTapp Analytics, a Singapore-based data analytics services and solutions provider powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Apar Technologies said that this investment marks a significant milestone in Apar Technologies’ commitment to expanding its data analytics offerings for customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and the United States amongst others.

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Open finance platform Klavi targets expansion throughout Latin America starting in 2024

June 8, 2023

Klavi, a Brazilian SaaS platform that offers Open Finance solutions, is getting ready to land in other Latin American countries. The fintech platform has processed more than 450 million transactions and performed more than 4 million connections in more than 30 financial institutions, as well as bureaus, fintechs, and startups. In operation since early 2020, Klavi is capitalized to follow through with its plans. In August last year, it raised a Series A of US$15 million.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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