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Brazilian Venture Capital and growth-stage investment firm focused on tech companies - SaaS and software -enabled services. Current portfolio companies: Argo, Britech, Cipher, Interplayers, Opentech, Navita, Tolife, Zenvia. Exits and past success: Chaordic, Datasul, Sonda/Procwork.
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Why EBANX sees big potential in its payment processing service in Uruguay
Contxto – Fintech EBANX launched operations in its ninth Latin American country, Uruguay, this week. Correspondingly, merchants there will now be able to process debit and credit cards through the startup’s system. EBANX was already handling payments in its native Brazil as well as Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. EBANX and potential […]
Could technology create a more sustainable and inclusive society?
Today’s Soapbox opinion was written by Bryan Bejarano, a consultant in communication, social impact, and creativity. Contxto – The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation and the adoption of new technologies by companies and individuals. The limits between the digital and the physical realm are increasingly blurred and, often, we are not aware of […]
Zenvia buys Sirena to ease communication between vendors and customers on WhatsApp
Contxto – Vendors will often bend over backward to appease a potential customer. However, it’s uncomfortable if that means using their personal networks, like their WhatsApp, to connect with those buyers. So to simplify things for sellers, digital communications startup Zenvia recently acquired Sirena for an undisclosed amount. As a result of the purchase, Brazilian […]
Sharp Shark raises seed round with NEM Ventures to fight online piracy
Contxto – We live in an era where it’s commonplace to “copy-paste” anything online without paying or crediting authors. It’s easy enough to do—but comes at a hard price for content creators. But Chilean Sharp Shark is honing in on perpetrators using blockchain tech and fresh funds. Yesterday (21), the startup announced it raised a […]
Peiky US$1.3M round to prove Latam is where to launch global tech solutions
Contxto – Peiky, a startup with its heart in Colombia (more on this later) has raised US$1.3 million in pre-series A bridge round financing. It proved to be a tricky feat to pull thanks to our old nemesis, Covid-19. The capital was raised in its entirety by angel investors. It will be used to advance […]
Forget Mexico! Evidence suggests Uber-Cornershop acquisition is happening now
Contxto – Sometimes silence speaks volumes, but this has not been the case when it comes to the Uber-Cornershop acquisition saga over the past few days. Since no official announcement has been made, one can but speculate about what is going on. But, as events unfold and the evidence stacks up, it is gradually becoming […]
The Ultimate Guide to Venture Capital in Brazil 2020
Contxto — The private equity sector has been progressing rapidly in Brazil. With economic stability firmly established, dropping interest rates, and low country risk, the local market is already an attractive option for venture capital in Brazil. However, storm clouds gather ahead. Brazil was going through rough economic waters even before the Covid-crisis. We shan’t […]
Cornershop’s latest partnership just sweetened the deal for Uber
Contxto – Retailers cannot deny that home deliveries are of the utmost need with self-isolation. And in Mexico, one major company is ever-jumping on this bandwagon, Cornershop. Soriana—a major supermarket chain—announced its products will be available for delivery via the Cornershop app today (2). This service will only apply for the Soriana stores found in […]
Forgot your wallet? You can always pay with your face
Contxto – Brazilian fintech Payface’s recent investment for R$3 million (US$572,000) bodes a promising trend in contactless payments. Investors included tech company BRQ Digital Solutions as well as Alvarez & Marsal’s Next A&M fund. The facial recognition startup will use the funds to expand its operations and will likely connect with more retailers that want […]
Chipax is the perfect example of how startups in Latin America are surviving Covid-19
Contxto – Software startup, Chipax, isn’t going to let a global pandemic stop it. This Chilean platform’s dealings with the circumstances brought on by the novel coronavirus only delayed its plans. Although like other scrappy startups, it’s adapted and is moving towards its goal to expand into Mexico in 2021. In this regard, it’s preparing […]