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Venture Capital: JMI Closes Oversubscribed Fund XI At $2.4B

March 21, 2023

JMI Equity has closed JMI Equity Fund XI and JMI XI Executive Fund with total commitments of $2.4 billion. The oversubscribed fund received strong support from new and existing investors, bringing JMI’s total capital commitments to more than $8bn since its founding in 1992.


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Alternative Investments/ESG: Fidelity Debuts Climate-Focused, Global Bond ETF In Europe

March 21, 2023

Fidelity International has launched a new fixed income ETF in Europe, targeting climate-conscious investors. The Fidelity Global Government Bond Climate Aware UCITS ETF is designed to provide exposure to a portfolio of local currency government bonds issued across the world while delivering an immediate reduction in the carbon emissions profile compared to similar market cap-weighted benchmarks.

FinTech: Users Can Now Receive Western Union Remittances Into Vietnam’s Highly Popular MoMo App

March 21, 2023

Western Union and MoMo have announced a collaboration enabling MoMo’s 31 million customers to receive Western Union money transfers through the MoMo app. This is the first time Western Union’s services have become available on a leading super app in Vietnam.

Artificial Intelligence: Accenture Snaps Up India-Headquartered Industrial AI Firm Flutura

March 21, 2023

Accenture (NYSE: ACN), a global professional services company, has announced its acquisition of Flutura, an industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company based in Bangalore, India. Flutura specializes in industrial data science services for manufacturers and other capital-intensive organizations.

Artificial Intelligence: Nuance And Microsoft Launch Clinical Document Application Powered By GPT-4

March 20, 2023

Nuance Communications, a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Company, has announced the launch of Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Express, a clinical documentation application that is the first to combine conversational and ambient artificial intelligence (AI) with OpenAI’s newest model, GPT-4. The solution is aimed at reducing administrative burden and empowering clinicians to spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork. DAX Express can create draft clinical notes for immediate clinical review and completion after each patient visit or

FinTech: Aeropostale Launches Brand Presence On the Metaverse

March 20, 2023

Fashion brand Aéropostale has partnered with MetaversePlus and Authentic Brands Group to create an immersive experience for its fans in the metaverse. The partnership will use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and virtual experiences to build community and offer members-only perks and promotions.

Artificial Intelligence: Acer Launches ebii, An AI-Driven Smartbike For City Commutes

March 20, 2023

Acer (TPE: 2353) has recently launched a new e-bike called the ebii, which features an innovative modular design and an intelligent vehicle control box powered by AI. The control box integrates the battery pack and control box into one unit, allowing for easy maintenance and upgrades, all while being eco-friendly with a smaller carbon footprint.

Venture Capital: Saudi Arabia’s Venture Arm To Invest $80M In Fintech VC Firms

March 20, 2023

Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC) has partnered with the Capital Market Authority (CMA) and the Financial Sector Development Program to launch a new investment program called “Investment in Fintech VC Funds”. The program aims to stimulate the establishment of venture capital funds in the financial technology (FinTech) sector. Around SR300 million ($80 million) has been earmarked from SVC’s investment portfolio for this new initiative, which was launched at the Financial Sector Conference 2023 in Riyadh.

Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft To Weave AI Into Its Office Software

March 17, 2023

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is enhancing its suite of productivity tools with artificial intelligence (AI) software, demonstrating an AI “co-pilot” for its Office software. The globally popular Office suite includes Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.

FinTech: PhonePe, India’s Highly Popular Payment Network, Raises $200M From Majority Owner Walmart

March 17, 2023

PhonePe, a fintech platform, has raised an additional $200 million in primary capital from Walmart (NYSE: WMT) at a pre-money valuation of $12 billion. The company is in the process of raising $1 billion following its move to domicile in India, and has raised $650 million from several global investors so far.

FinTech: E-Commerce Focused, Corporate Credit Card Issuer Parker Raises $157M

March 17, 2023

Parker, a charge card built specifically for e-commerce, has raised $157 million in total funding to support the growth of online brands. The card offers differentiated features such as limits based on business performance, rolling terms, emphasis on credit duration over rewards, and software tools to help business operators invest in their best projects.

Venture Capital: Farmland CO2 Remover Andes Lands $30M

March 17, 2023

Andes, a climate tech startup, has completed a $30 million Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to $38 million. The company uses beneficial microorganisms to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and convert them into minerals in the ground.

Digital Assets: Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Raises $16.3M For Two Private Crypto Funds

March 16, 2023

Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment has launched two new private crypto funds, raising over $16 million from investors. The funds, split between a domestic and a Cayman Islands-based version, are open-ended and available only to a small number of investors.

Artificial Intelligence: Adept AI Raises $350M For AI That Does Your Bidding

March 16, 2023

Adept, a one-year-old startup founded by three AI experts, has raised $350 million as part of its Series B to develop an AI assistant that can turn text commands into sets of actions. This would hopefully enable a future where an engineer can ask an AI assistant draw up the construction plan of a house and stand by as it executes on the command.

Venture Capital: Indian Eyewear Startup Lenskart Lands $500M Funding From The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

March 16, 2023

Indian eyewear retailer, Lenskart, has secured a $500 million investment from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) to help scale its offerings and expand to international markets. This investment extends last year’s round and includes some secondary share purchases from early backers of Lenskart, which brings its total amount raised to $1.5 billion.

FinTech: Stripe Raises $6.5B At A Heavily Truncated Valuation Of $50B

March 16, 2023

Payment processor Stripe raised $6.5 billion in a non-dilutive Series I financing round, valuing the company at $50 billion, down almost 50% from the record valuation of $95 billion in garnered in a 2021 funding.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Amundi Rolls Out Climate-Change Focused ETFs In Europe

March 15, 2023

Amundi has introduced two new funds to its lineup of ETFs designed to combat climate change. These funds are focused on small-cap equity markets in Europe and the developed Pacific region. The Amundi MSCI Pacific ESG Climate Net Zero Ambition CTB UCITS ETF and Amundi MSCI Europe Small Cap ESG Climate Net Zero Ambition CTB UCITS ETF have been added to the Deutsche Börse Xetra in euros.

Venture Capital: Square And Social Change Fund United Launch Accelerator For Black and Latino Entrepreneurs

March 15, 2023

On March 14, Square (NYSE: SQ) and the Social Change Fund United jointly announced the launch of an accelerator program aimed at supporting Black and Latino entrepreneurs. The program, called “Forward,” offers mentorship, coaching, and funding to early-stage businesses.

FinTech: Lenovo and Tabit Tie-Up To Offer BNPL To Small Businesses In Canada

March 15, 2023

Lenovo (HKG: 0992) has partnered with Tabit, Canada’s first B2B Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) solution available at Point-of-Sale, to offer their business customers financing options of up to 12 months, including a 30-day interest-free option. This partnership will help small businesses access immediate and fully automated financing at the point of sale, relieving cash flow pressure while benefiting from attractive payment terms and a seamless customer experience.

Artificial Intelligence: OpenAI Announces GPT-4

March 15, 2023

OpenAI, backed by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), has announced the release of its latest AI model, GPT-4, which is capable of generating content in response to both text and image prompts, a capability described as “multimodal.”

Alternative Investments/ESG: BNP Paribas Debuts Two New ESG-Focused Fixed Income ETFs

March 14, 2023

BNP Paribas Asset Management has launched two new ESG-oriented fixed income ETFs, each with an expense ratio of 0.15%. The BNP Paribas Easy JPM ESG EMU Government Bond IG 1-3Y ETF tracks the JP Morgan ESG EMU Government Bond IG 1-3 Year Index, while the BNP Paribas Easy Euro Aggregate Bond SRI Fossil Free ETF is linked to the Bloomberg MSCI Euro Aggregate ex Fossil Fuel SRI Select Index.

Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft Reportedly Lays Off Its AI Ethics Team

March 14, 2023

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has reportedly laid off its entire ethics and society team that was tasked for the ethical and responsible development of its artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The layoffs are part of a recent restructuring that affected almost 10,000 employees, and come as the company makes a determined effort to successfully integrate AI into its market-laggard Bing search engine, according to a report attributed to Platformer.

FinTech: Indonesian Fintech Broom, Which Finances Auto Dealers, Nabs US$10M

March 14, 2023

Indonesian automotive SME solutions startup Broom has secured $10m in a pre-Series A funding round led by Openspace Ventures, with participation from MUFG Innovation Partners, BRI Ventures and existing investors AC Ventures and Quona Capital.

Venture Capital: Y Combinator Warns Of Catastrophic Implications From SVB Collapse, Itself Lays Off 20% Of Staff

March 14, 2023

Y Combinator, the storied startup accelerator, has petitioned the US government to intervene on behalf of 10,000 small businesses and startups with accounts at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) who may be unable to pay employees in the next 30 days due to the bank’s insolvency.

Digital Assets: Federal Support Action For Resolving SVB And Signature Bank Crises

March 13, 2023

The US Government has taken swift action to stem the economic backlash from the failures of Silvergate Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, and Signature Bank. While Silvergate and Signature were both crypto-focused banks, Silicon Valley was the go-to bank for the venture capital industry. Silvergate, however, voluntarily chose to down shutters. A statement from the Department of Treasury detailed a concerted strategy to protect depositors at SVB and Signature.