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African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30M backed by Jeff Bezos

African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises M backed by Jeff Bezos African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions — the personal VC fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Chipper Cash was founded in San Francisco in […]

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Finance and the digital divide: a conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya

Finance and the digital divide: a conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the Covid-19 pandemic. And all that has been as true in emerging markets as it has been for SMBs in the developed world. Tunde Kehinde has had a front-row […]

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Walmart expands drone delivery tests to Arkansas with new Zipline partnership

Walmart expands drone delivery tests to Arkansas with new Zipline partnership Walmart now has two tests for drone delivery running in the US. Early Monday morning the company announced a new drone delivery program with Zipline, a startup that made its name delivering medical supplies across Africa. The partnership with Zipline comes […]

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Thunes raises $60 million for cross-border payments in emerging markets

Thunes raises million for cross-border payments in emerging markets Thunes, a Singapore-based startup developing a cross-border payments network to make financial services more accessible in emerging markets, announced today it has raised a $60 million Series B. The round was led by Africa-focused firm Helios Investment Partners, with participation from Checkout.com, and […]

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Femtech poised for growth beyond fertility

Femtech poised for growth beyond fertility The market for female-focused health products (aka ‘femtech’) is set for growth via segmentation, per an analyst note from PitchBook which identifies opportunities for entrepreneurs to target a growing number of health issues that specifically affect women or affect women in a specific way — broadening […]

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Waymo’s Boris Sofman and TuSimple’s Xiaodi Hou to join us at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Waymo’s Boris Sofman and TuSimple’s Xiaodi Hou to join us at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 One of the areas of autonomous driving technology with the most potential to have a near-term and dramatic impact remains trucking: There’s a growing lack of drivers for long-haul routes, and highway trucking remains a relatively uncomplicated […]

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The tale of 2 challenger bank models

The tale of 2 challenger bank models Tilman Ehrbeck Contributor Share on Twitter Tilman Ehrbeck is managing partner at Flourish, based in Washington D.C. Anuradha Ramachandran Contributor Anuradha Ramachandran is a director at Flourish Ventures, focusing on investments in India. Ameya Updadhyay Contributor Share on Twitter Ameya Updadhyay is a venture partner […]

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TradeDepot adds $10 million to add financial services to its supply chain services for African SMBs

TradeDepot adds million to add financial services to its supply chain services for African SMBs Nigeria’s e-commerce startup TradeDepot, which connects international brands to small businesses in Africa, has raised $10 million in a new round of funding to expand its business into financial services and credit offerings for retailers. First launched […]

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Andela, which builds engineering teams tapping African talent, goes fully-remote and opens to the wider continent

Andela, which builds engineering teams tapping African talent, goes fully-remote and opens to the wider continent In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working has become the name of the game for knowledge workers in the tech industry. Today, a startup that was an early mover on the opportunity of that […]

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Could developing renewable energy micro-grids make Energicity Africa’s utility of the future?

Could developing renewable energy micro-grids make Energicity Africa’s utility of the future? When Nicole Poindexter left the energy efficiency focused startup, Opower a few months after the company’s public offering, she wasn’t sure what would come next. At the time, in 2014, the renewable energy movement in the US still faced considerable […]

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