Fintech startup Forward grabs $16M to take on Stripe, lead future of integrated payments

After Brandon Lloyd sold his second company, Bypass, a payments and point-of-sale software company for sports and entertainment, to Fiserv in 2020, he dove more into the payments industry and realized something: Software companies were getting a raw deal from the payments provider industry. “Companies like Stripe originally built that platform for an online merchant…

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Microsoft’s Copilot is now on Telegram

Microsoft’s Copilot, a generative AI-powered tool that can generate text as well as answer specific questions, is now available as an in-app chatbot on Telegram, the instant messaging app.  Currently in beta, Copilot for Telegram allows you to talk with the AI chatbot as if you’re having a normal, one-on-one conversation with a friend. It…

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YoLa Fresh, a GrubMarket for Morocco, digs up $7M to connect farmers with food sellers

The fresh produce supply chain in Africa and emerging markets is faced with a daily list of cascading challenges. They include everything from environmental and labor issues to logistical problems, food waste, and poor demand-supply synchronization. These various issues affect stakeholders differently: Farmers struggle with sales while retailers struggle to negotiate effectively. Several agtech startups…

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