Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Connect IT APAC returns with Layne Beachley as the keynote speaker

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Kaseya, the provider of unified IT management and security software for managed service providers (MSPs) and SMBs, announced that Sydney is back in business! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Connect IT Asia-Pacific returns, July 19-21, 2022 for its annual IT conference at the Hyatt Regency Sydney located next to Darling Harbour in the CBD. World-famous professional surfer Layne Beachley AO will headline the Connect IT Asia-Pacific event. Beachley, a beloved Aussie, will inspire attendees with her presentation on sustaining success, overcoming challenges and maintaining a winning mindset.

MYPINPAD and SmartPesa merge to spur mobile payments acceptance

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MYPINPAD, a company in mobile-based payments acceptance and digital authentication solutions, and SmartPesa, a provider of payments and agency banking solutions, have agreed to merge. The combined entity will operate under the MYPINPAD brand.

Global tech consultancy company Thoughtworks to expand to Vietnam

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Thoughtworks, a global tech consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering to drive digital innovation, today announced plans to expand its business to Vietnam. Thoughtworks will create jobs, develop local talent and build thought leadership on digital transformation, cloud, platforms, data and AI and customer experience, product and design.

KAUST spins-in five top startups to bring new tech to Saudi Arabia

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has wrapped up 'Destination Deep Tech,' a Saudi-first program that spins in top global startups to the Kingdom to develop deep tech innovations. The startups - CeEntek, Hopu, Insignes-Labs, Pasqal, and Proteinea - will experience the three-month program due to their tech expansion into the MENA region.

Baker Tilly International appoints Francesca Lagerberg as Global CEO

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Baker Tilly International is delighted to announce the appointment of Francesca Lagerberg as its Chief Executive Officer of the global organisation. Francesca Lagerberg brings to Baker Tilly more than 25 years of experience in professional services, most recently as global leader with a mid-tier network, specialising in cross-border and international business support.

Global Processing Services appoints Cameron Cox as its inaugural CTO

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Global Processing Services (GPS), a payment tech platform, announced the appointment of Cameron Cox as Chief Transformation Officer (CTO). In this newly created role, Cameron will shape GPS’ strategic integrated payments business initiatives to capture new international growth opportunities. Based in London, Cameron sits on GPS’ global executive committee.

Fashinza appoints Sumit Saxena as President of Revenue and Strategy

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Fashinza, the AI-driven B2B marketplace and real-time global supply chain platform for fashion brands and retailers, announced the appointment of Sumit Saxena as the company’s first President of Revenue and Strategy. The appointment comes after a USD $100M Series B announcement and business growth of 10x crossing $150 million in annualized GMV run rate.

Hintsa Performance raises €5.1m to expand its holistic wellbeing solutions

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Hintsa Performance, a high-performance coaching and wellbeing company, has raised €5.1 millions in new funding from notable investors, including ex-Unilever CEO Paul Polman, K5 Global, The Late Late Show host James Corden, and Charles Plowden, former joint senior partner of Baillie Gifford & Co, who will be the incoming Chair of the Board at Hintsa.

Tuotuo Digital raises tens of millions of Yuan in latest round of financing

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Tuotuo Digital, a cross-border fintech, has completed a new round financing of tens of millions of CNY, which was invested by Dewu Capital. Proceeds from this funding round will be mainly used to accelerate the building of its capacity on cross-border B2B payment risk control and develop its underlying tech to further serve the payment and financial technology needs of cross-border transactions of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

SiteMinder to acquire top hotel guest engagement solutions GuestJoy

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SiteMinder, the open hotel commerce platform, announced it will acquire industry acclaimed hotel guest engagement suite GuestJoy, a cloud-based app that allows hoteliers to automate personalised, direct, contactless guest communications before, during and after their stay.