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Fintech Quanto scores US$15M with Brazil’s largest banks

4 days ago

Contxto – The Brazilian Fintech Quanto just raised US $15 million with Itaú Unibanco and Bradesco: The two largest banks in Brazil. Not satisfied with bagging these major financial institutions when it comes to banking, Kaszek Ventures and Coatue—both VCs—also pitched some funds for this investment round.  While Itaú Unibanco’s contribution happened as a direct […]

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SoftBank’s Latin America fund will decide the future of fintech

1 week ago

Welcome to our new The Exclusive deep dive content about our Latin American ecosystem. We’re giving our registered newsletter users a sneak-peek of these soon-to-be paid for articles. Contxto—Politics, football, and Tesla’s current stock price all have one thing in common with SoftBank—Latin America’s largest foreign investor—; you should never mention them in conversation unless […]

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Used car platform Kavak hits US$1.15B valuation. First-ever unicorn from Mexico

3 weeks ago

Contxto – Used car platform Kavak announced it reached unicorn status yesterday (30). In an interview, the startup said it reached a US$1.15 billion valuation following an investment round it closed in September.  The startup didn’t share how much the invested totaled for, only that Greenoaks Capital led it. In terms of external funding the […]

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Ayenda sees recovery in hotel bookings as lockdowns relax in Colombia

4 weeks ago

Contxto – When hospitality startup Ayenda Hoteles closed US$8.7 million last October, it never imagined (nor did we) just how crucial that capital would be for its immediate future. The original plan was to use the funds to consolidate its presence in Peru, the second country in which the Colombian startup operates. However the Covid-19 […]

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Some big names are partnering with lending fintechs in Latin America

4 weeks ago

Contxto – Latin America is filled with fintechs who have eyes on the ground and tech to identify users and businesses that are eligible for a loan. That helps explain why some of the world’s biggest companies have been forging partnerships with these startups recently. Last Monday (21), Uber Eats announced that it will be […]

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FreshBooks acquires invoicing platform Facturama to grow in Mexico

4 weeks ago

Contxto – Toronto-based FreshBooks wants to consolidate its presence in one of Latin America’s biggest markets. Through its acquisition of Facturama, the accounting software company hopes to connect with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Mexico. The deal was announced on Tuesday (23) and the Facturama team—including its co-founders—will now work under the FreshBooks name. […]

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Brokerage platform Ideal raises US$18.4 million with Kaszek Ventures

1 month ago

Contxto – Brazil continues to be a hotbed of investments in investment startups. Today (21), Ideal, a brokerage platform announced it closed R$100 million (~US$18.4 million) in a Series A led by Kaszek Ventures.  It will use the funds to scale and connect its products with retailers. Ideal tailwinds Ideal isn’t a platform for individuals […]

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Fintech Quanto closes US$15 million to give open banking power to the people

1 month ago

Contxto – Brazil will begin rolling out its open banking regulations as of next November. And as the date rolls closer, more funding rounds for startups in open banking are being announced. Case in point is São Paulo-based fintech Quanto who this week disclosed it raised US$15 million. Itaú Bank and Bradesco led the investment […]

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Latin America’s startups are beating old and new Covid bureaucracy with legaltech

1 month ago

Contxto – If citizens in Latin America have a government-related issue to address, they have to jump through plenty of bureaucracy. To make matters worse, Covid-19 has put administrative offices in a fix. Social distancing means people can’t be cramped into waiting rooms as per their usual annoying protocol. In that sense, officials are sprinting […]

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A bit of light shined on rumored US$300 million Nubank round

1 month ago

Contxto – Dang nabbit Nubank. It’s hard to keep up with you lately.  Almost a week ago the Brazilian fintech published its financial results for the first half of 2020. Now news is leaking that it recently raised a large investment round—US$300 million to be exact. Am I shocked? Not at all.  This is something […]

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