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Latin American NFT marketplace Minteo raises $4.3M seed round

Minteo is targeting its beta version to be released next month. The platform should be fully live to the public by the beginning of 2023. Minteo plans to differentiate itself through its infrastructure and focus on working with local artists and brands. The capital will be used to build up the platform, get artists on board from Colombia and Mexico then over time expand into other Latin American countries.

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Persado Adds API to Generate Personalized Messages

October 6, 2022

Persado goes beyond “first” to call itself the “only” company to generate personalized marketing messages with a “transformer model fully connected and pre-trained on behavioral data.” They say this “selects the words that will drive action” in ways that other systems do not, and who am I to argue? (Learn about transformer models.) What’s new today is they’ve added an API to embed this magic in other vendors’ systems.

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Solvento, a fintech for carriers in Mexico, announced a $5M Seed Round

October 6, 2022

Solvento, the first fintech focused on the transportation sector in Mexico, announced a US$5 million capital raise. Solvento solves many financial needs for carriers: automating payments, invoice financing, and credit. By having those issues solved, they can focus on their operation and growth. The company, which has been in operation since 2021, revealed that it has accumulated $13 million in loans, which have gone to more than 4,000 carriers.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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