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The sharing economy: Change of course or going back to take flight?
This week we had our Morning Coffee with Marcelo de Fuentes, Founder and General Director in Fundary Contxto – Prioritising access to the use of a commodity over owning it. It’s one of the big trends that studies from Euromonitor and Ernst & Young have seen make new generations distinctive and which are changing the […]
Minka raises US$3 million to develop fintech infrastructure in Latam
Contxto – Colombia-based Minka announced it’s raised US$3 million in an investment round led by FinTech Collective. Among other contributors there’s Colle Capital Partners, the Collaborative Fund, Mastercard, and multinational firm Carvajal Tecnología y Servicios. The fintech will use the seed funding to hire developers, as well as administrative and commercial staff. Minka also intends […]
In-depth with Pierpaolo Barbieri, the CEO and Founder of Ualá
Contxto– If you haven’t heard about our podcast En Contxto, I have to be honest with you, I’m very disappointed. However, this is not about me, but about you and how you can’t miss the enlightening interview we had about a month ago with Pierpaolo Barbieri, the Founder of Argentine fintech, Ualá. With an empathetic […]
Classpass acquires fitness startups, Clickypass and MuvPass
Contxto – That’s right, Gympass isn’t the only fitness industry contestant on its way to snatch a major part of the Latin American market. Now, there’s a good-looking contender ready to compete in the industry after some attractive acquisitions in Chile and Argentina: ClassPass. However, the fitness clash will not be head-on. This is due […]
Top 11 startups in Chile to keep track of in 2020
Contxto – “Small but spicy”, says a famous turn of phrase. And so, it is fitting that a little while after my last post about my go-to choices for Mexican startups to keep an eye on, here’s my take on startups in Chile—the spiciest medium-sized player on the Latam innovation and technology scene. Indeed, these […]
Company builder Rubik Ventures enters Colombia with US$20 million
Contxto – Rubik Ventures has officially reached Colombia and this venture capital (VC) firm has US$20 million to begin startup building in this Latin American country. Moreover, it’s looking for entrepreneurs to join its program as well as investment partners to raise an additional US$30 million in equity. Likewise, to help them in their new […]
Design thinking platform, MURAL, gets US$23 million in Series A
Contxto – MURAL—a web interface solution partially from Argentina (more on that later)—has announced that it has secured US$23 million in a Series A round led by Radian Capital. Other venture capitalists that participated include Gradient Ventures—Google’s AI-focused venture group—, and Endeavor Catalyst. The company’s Argentinean co-founder and CEO, Mariano Suarez-Battan, now plans to board […]
Colombian, Rebus Technology raises, US$415,000 investment for event algorithm
Contxto – The Colombian startup, Rebus Technology, raised an investment last week for US$415,000. In the round, Angel Ventures, Magma Partners, Enlaces, Quake Capital, Avalancha Ventures as well as various angels from Latin America participated. According to its press release, Rebus Technology will use 70 percent of the investment to expand its operations in Mexico. […]
Fintech Nubank acqui-hires Plataformatec and its team of engineers
Contxto – Traditional Brazilian banks are scurrying to acquire fintechs and stay relevant in the digital era. But neobanks and challenger banks are also looking into making purchases of their own, and the latest to do so is Nubank. This week, the fintech announced it had acquired its first company, Plataformatec. Nubank wanted this Brazilian […]
Chile’s OK to Shop, the application for finding the right food in a supermarket
Contxto – Are you really gonna eat that? A Chilean entrepreneur wants to ensure consumers are certain that the food they buy at their local supermarket matches their dietary needs. For this reason, he’s developed OK to Shop. This mobile application displays a product’s ingredients, certifications, among other useful bits of information. That way, consumers […]