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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
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
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
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
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
Artificial Intelligence: Acer Launches ebii, An AI-Driven Smartbike For City Commutes
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.
Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft To Weave AI Into Its Office Software
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
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
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
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
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
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.
FinTech: Stripe Raises $6.5B At A Heavily Truncated Valuation Of $50B
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
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.
FinTech: Lenovo and Tabit Tie-Up To Offer BNPL To Small Businesses In Canada
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.