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VTEX makes acquisitions to add logistics and AI services to e-commerce platform

6 days ago

Contxto – Certainly startups in e-commerce are among the big winners of the coronavirus pandemic. Reliance on digital means to either buy or sell products meshed well with the circumstances of self-isolation. Brazilian VTEX, an e-commerce software developer, knows it’s at a critical time to grow and strengthen its foothold in the sector. To that […]

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Despite setbacks, SoftBank says it still has faith in its Latin American startups

6 days ago

Contxto – To say that 2020 has been a tough year for Japanese investor, SoftBank, is an understatement. Its first US$100 billion Vision Fund may very well be its last, as it acknowledged a US$18 billion loss for its recent fiscal year last Monday (18). The struggle for profitability, coupled with coronavirus has put some […]

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Ualá experiences massive growth—but even that has its drawbacks

1 week ago

Contxto – Argentine fintech Ualá has had a lot on its plate as of late, courtesy of Covid-19.  Ten months ago it hit a major milestone by dishing out one million of its pre-paid cards in Argentina. But this month, it announced it’s distributed over two million of these cards, mostly among users outside the […]

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SoftBank foresees the end of the food delivery showdown in Latin America

1 week ago

Contxto – For one SoftBank senior executive, there can only be one winner when it comes to food delivery services in Latin America. And it has investments on every front. Last Wednesday (13), during a webcast organized by digital broker XP Inc., Paulo Passoni —Managing Investment Partner of SoftBank’s Latin America Fund—was in (virtual) attendance. […]

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Mountain Nazca has left the building, sells stake in Kavak to SoftBank

4 weeks ago

Contxto – Mexico-based venture capital (VC) firm, Mountain Nazca, announced its exit from used car marketplace, Kavak. Yesterday (28), the VC stated in a press release that its stake in the startup was bought by SoftBank. Moreover, sources report that General Atlantic also bought some of the Mexican VC’s shares. Back in 2016, Mountain Nazca […]

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AlphaCredit’s latest SoftBank-led equity round worth over US$100 million is a done deal

4 weeks ago

Contxto – Lots of the cast of characters you’ve come to love and hate are back, but this time with some pretty good news. Mexico’s AlphaCredit, a fintech catering to underserved demographics, has officially closed an investment led by SoftBank. The Series B round was announced in earlier this year, but has just been confirmed […]

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More coronavirus-related layoffs in Brazil… This time it’s GetNinjas, Conta Azul, and Oyo

1 month ago

Contxto – Recessions are industry-agnostic things and job cuts continue for all sorts of startups across Latin America. In Brazil, marketplace GetNinjas, fintech Conta Azul, and Indian hospitality startup Oyo’s Brazilian offices have confirmed layoffs. Brazil hosts the region’s most robust startup ecosystem. So knowing how it’s evolving can offer a glimpse as to what […]

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Trust busted! Mexico’s anti-monopoly body fines WeWork and SoftBank US$138,000

1 month ago

Contxto – Like a crummy telenovela, Cofece—Mexico’s anti-trust institution—walked in to find that San Francisco-based, WeWork, and Japanese investor, SoftBank, were sharing a deeper relationship than it at first seemed—and for longer than it seemed. Turns out that, both declared that an undisclosed amount of stock had been purchased by the investor in the co-working […]

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Frubana slips US$25 million investment under pandemic’s nose

1 month ago

Contxto – Frubana has been rushed off its feet recently. Now it’s got the cash to super-charge its operation right when they need it the most.  In a minimalist press release stated simply that Frubana had: […] closed a US$25 million Series A led by GGV and Monashees and with participation from other funds such […]

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Rappi’s next step to become Latam’s super-app will depend on a smart launch with Arcus

1 month ago

Contxto – In its goal of becoming the Latin American super-app, Rappi has taken the next step. Of course, Covid-19 likely has fueled the development of its latest alliance. The SoftBank-backed, Colombian unicorn has allied with Arcus, the Fintech-as-a-Service created in the summer batch of Y Combinator from 2013. Powered by Arcus RappiPay is an […]

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