Omar Faridi

CBDCs: Iran Begins Pilot Launch of Crypto-Rial

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said this past Wednesday that it will “begin the pilot launch of crypto-rial as the bank’s digital currency as of Thursday.” The CBI has said that “the aim of designing the crypto-rial is to turn banknotes into a programmable… Read More

Everimpact, STACS to Bring Transparency to Carbon Credits Market

Everimpact are partnering with STACS, a Singapore-based ESG fintech “to provide banks and corporates involved in the carbon market with greater trust and transparency.” Their partnership will “promote data-backed carbon credits with end-to-end traceability.” In the first phase of the project, Everimpact’s Digital carbon tracking… Read More

Malaysia: CIMB Group Increases Sustainable Finance Target to RM60 Billion by 2024

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad strengthened its sustainability commitment by doubling its sustainable finance target to RM60 billion by 2024 “under the Group’s Green, Social, Sustainable Impact Products and Services (GSSIPS) Framework.” The increased target was announced during the opening of CIMB’s flagship The Cooler Earth… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Superapp Grab Appoints Suthen Thomas Paradatheth as Group CTO

Grab Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: GRAB), Southeast Asia’s superapp, announced that it has promoted Suthen Thomas Paradatheth to Group Chief Technology Officer (GCTO), “effective October 1, 2022.” As Grab’s GCTO, Suthen will be “responsible for driving Grab’s technology vision, strategy and execution across its Deliveries, Mobility,… Read More

Allianz Malaysia Joins Gobi Partners’ SuperSeed II Fund

Pan-Asian venture capital firm Gobi Partners announced the closing of its $10 million Gobi SuperSeed II (Gobi SSII) Fund “following the participation of Allianz Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Malaysia) as a Limited Partner (LP).” Other LPs backing the Gobi SSII Fund “are institutional investors Malaysia Venture… Read More

eToro Introduces ESG Scores as Many Retail Investors Consider ESG Before Buying Stocks

eToro, the social investing network, announced the introduction of ESG scores for over 2,700 stocks on its platform enabling its users “to consider environmental, social, and governance factors when building their portfolios.” Partnering with ESG Book, a global provider of ESG data and technology, eToro… Read More

Digital Collectibles: NFT Financials Falling in Q3 but On-Chain Metrics Remain Bullish, Report Claims

DappRadar, the global app store for decentralized applications, predicts in its new report on the state of the NFT market that “despite financials falling in Q3 that total sales are expected to grow by 6% by the end of the quarter.” Although the NFT market’s… Read More

Young Adults Putting Lives “On Hold” in Cost of Living Crisis, Starling Bank Survey Reveals

Three quarters of young adults (76%) plan “to make major sacrifices or put life events on hold due to the cost of living crisis,” according to a survey by Starling Bank. The research, which questioned 2,000 UK adults, compared age groups and asked about stresses… Read More

Allurity Acquires Aiuken to Establish European Cybersecurity Platform

Allurity has acquired Spanish multinational Aiuken, as “an important step in its journey to becoming Europe’s leading cybersecurity provider.” Aiuken brings an entire SOC platform “spanning three continents, as well as its Cloud Security and SOC-as-a-Service platforms.” This deal takes Allurity one step closer “to… Read More

Revolut Expands Crypto Offering, Launches Support for 29 Digital Tokens

Revolut, the global financial super app with more than 20 million customers worldwide,  announced that it has “expanded its crypto offering to launch 29 new tokens for US* users, via a new partnership with Apex Crypto.” Customers can now “buy and sell a total of… Read More

Funding Circle, Bayview Asset Management Announce Lending Partnership

Funding Circle (LSE: FCH), which claims to be the UK’s largest small business lending platform, and Bayview Asset Management, an investment management firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, announced a lending partnership that is “targeting the provision of £700m funding to small businesses over an 18… Read More

Coinbase Obtains Regulatory Approval in the Netherlands

The team at digital asset firm Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) reveals that they’ve registered with the Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank — DNB) as a crypto service provider. This registration will “allow Coinbase to offer our full suite of retail, institutional, and ecosystem products to customers… Read More

BoardClic, a Swedish SaaS B2B Platform for Mgmt Team Evaluations, Secures Funding

Swedish board evaluation platform BoardClic has raised €1.2 million “to boost next phase of international expansion.” BoardClic, a Swedish SaaS B2B platform for digital board and management team evaluations, has successfully acquired €1.2 million, according to an update shared with CI. The funding will be… Read More

128 Indian Startups Raise $995M+ VC Funding in August 2022: Report

Amid the funding winter, 128 Indian startups have managed to “raise $995.1 million in August 2022, which is a 9.7% growth compared to the previous month,” reveals GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Although the total VC funding… Read More

ParallelChain Secures $50M from GEM Digital to Fund Post-Launch Development

ParallelChain Lab, an enterprise-grade blockchain-as-a-service provider that combines high performance with censorship-resistant characteristics, announced it has secured a $50 million financing commitment from GEM Digital. This token subscription facility is “dedicated to funding ParallelChain’s continuous innovation and ecosystem growth following the launch of its mainnet… Read More

STEPN, a Web3 App Leveraging Tokenized Incentives, Reports Over 4M Users

STEPN, a Web3 lifestyle app that leverages tokenized incentives based on blockchain networks to encourage people to be active outdoors, recently celebrated its first anniversary amongst community members. Over the past year, the company “raised $5 million from investors, expanded to over 4.72 million users… Read More

Algorand, Artory Announce Art Collaborations

This month, Artory announced two major projects that deliver the benefits of the Algorand Blockchain to the traditional art market: the blockchain registration of Provenance Revealed: Galerie Steinitz in partnership with Christie’s and the launch of “a diversified and tokenized art fund which will secure… Read More

Video Commerce Platform CommentSold Launches POS Solution Built on Stripe Terminal

CommentSold, the  live video commerce solution enabling retail businesses to unlock sales growth through live selling, announced the launch of its point of sale (POS) system built on Stripe, a financial infrastructure platform for businesses. This addition to CommentSold’s suite of solutions for retailers “gives… Read More

Capchase, Sastrify to Help Firms Beat Downturn by Financing SaaS Subscriptions

Capchase, a provider of non-dilutive financing to SaaS companies, has announced a partnership with Sastrify, the global automated SaaS procurement platform, to offer a “Save Now, Pay Later” program to “high-growth” customers. This program will “enable Sastrify’s customers to extend their runways, cutting their SaaS… Read More

Payment Delays, Reconciliation Issues are Key Challenges Due to Supply Chain Disruptions: Accounts Payment (AP) Report

MineralTree, a Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) company and Accounts Payable (AP) and payment automation solution provider, recently released its seventh annual State of AP report. For the first time ever, MineralTree expanded its research “to include suppliers, reflecting the growing importance of vendor relationships to… Read More

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