Category: Latin

Latin America roundup: Neobanks raise $205M+; Softbank backs VTEX
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Latin America roundup: Neobanks raise $205M+; Softbank backs VTEX

Argentina’s Ualá became the most recent Latin American fintech to receive a growth-stage funding ($150 million) from Asian investors, Tencent and Softbank.  This marks Tencent’s second round of investment in Ualá, the first coming in April 2019. Tencent also invested $180M in Brazil’s leading neobank, Nubank in 2018. With Ualá, Tencent and Softbank will join a…

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Latin America Roundup: Uber acquires Cornershop, Softbank invests in Buser and Olist
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Latin America Roundup: Uber acquires Cornershop, Softbank invests in Buser and Olist

Sophia Wood is a principal at Magma Partners, a Latin America-focused seed-stage VC firm with offices in Latin America, Asia and the U.S. Sophia is also the co-founder of LatAm List, an English-language Latin American tech news source. More posts by this contributor Brazil continued to churn out unicorns this month, with Curitiba-based Ebanx becoming…

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Latin America Roundup: Softbank bets on Brazillian unicorns and Konfio raises $250M for lending plans
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Latin America Roundup: Softbank bets on Brazillian unicorns and Konfio raises $250M for lending plans

Sophia Wood is a Principal at Magma Partners, a Latin America-focused seed-stage VC firm with offices in Latin America, Asia, and the U.S. Sophia is also the co-founder of LatAm List, an English language Latin American tech news source. SoftBank did not let up the flow of capital to Brazil this month, staying busy despite…

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In Latin America, the business of trolling threatens Twitter’s disruptive power
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In Latin America, the business of trolling threatens Twitter’s disruptive power

Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo Contributor Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a former Google and Twitter manager and current CEO of Céntrico Digital, a Latin American-based digital agency. More posts by this contributor In 2012, the emblematic podcast This American Life did a special on politics in Afghanistan. They noted that in order to be a politician in Afghanistan, one…

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