Sunday, September 25, 2022

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.

Confluent hires former Rubrik and MongoDB executive as SVP APAC

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Confluent, Inc., the data streaming platform to set data in motion, announced the hire of Kamal Brar as Senior Vice President for APAC. Brar brings two decades of strategic leadership experience in the enterprise tech sector, having led the successful expansion of both large-scale companies and startups, from Oracle and IBM to MongoDB and most recently, Rubrik.

Soccer fans reject taking the knee gesture as it doesn’t combat racism

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English Premier League players will no longer routinely take a knee before matches; a decision that coincides with a new paper co-authored by a University of South Australia academic that shows 65% of English soccer fans now oppose the anti-racism gesture.

upGrad acquires corporate training solutions company Centum Learning

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upGrad, Asia’s largest higher edtech company announces the 100% acquisition of corporate training solutions leader Centum Learning (Centum) in a share swap deal. With this transaction, Bharti Enterprises Limited and its affiliates (together “BEL”) are joining upGrad’s cap table. Centum is expected to clock a revenue of ~USD 21 Mn (INR 170 crores) in FY23.