Higo raises $ 23 million for its B2B payments platform #DaNews

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Elon Musk is the richest person in the world again, replacing Jeff Bezos

“I will send a giant statue of the digit ‘2’ to Jeff Bezos, along with a silver medal.” Elon Musk responded to the news.

According to Forbes and Bloomberg listings, Musk’s fortune is $ 201.7 billion and $ 213 billion, respectively, while Bezos’s is $ 192.2 billion and $ 197 billion.

Source: Morning Brew

Amazon announced its first home robot

Amazon announced its first home robot: Astro, a kind of robot dog focused on functioning as a companion, lookout, and home communication device powered by artificial intelligence.

According to the Astro company, it will have four central pillars.

Home control
Caring for loved ones, especially older adults
Connect with Ring systems
Access to all Alexa services

“During development, we realized that giving Astro a personality would make regular interactions more enjoyable. We use feedback from hundreds of internal reviewers and also draw inspiration from principles of film, television, games, and animation to develop a personality that makes Astro unique. Astro uses its digital eyes on its rotating screen, body movements and expressive tones to communicate. ”

Source: Forbes

Accel, Tiger and Stripe COO backs Mexico City-based Higo as it raises $ 23 million for its B2B payments platform

Higo aims to transform B2B payments for SMEs in Latin America. It was founded by Rodolfo Corcuera, Juan José Fernández, and Daniel Tamayo to automate processes and provide cash flow visibility, especially for small businesses. According to INEGI data, “informal” companies represent around 23% of Mexico’s GDP.

Six months after raising $ 3.3 million, Higo announced this week that it has raised $ 23 million in a Series A round led by Accel.

Accel’s Amit Kumar notes that the Palo Alto-based firm has been “very active” investing in LatAm, and that Higo represents its largest Series A investment in the region. Accel believes there is a significant opportunity in Latin America “to build the next generation of fintech rails.”

Source: TechCrunch

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