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Ant Forest, a tree-planting mini program in the Alipay app that enables users to earn virtual points for making low-carbon lifestyle choices, today announced that it has helped over 600 million users plant more than 326 million trees since it launched in 2016, contributing to reforestation efforts in some of China’s most arid regions.
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Saxaul trees Ant Forest users helped plant in Alxa, Inner Mongolia (Photo: Business Wire)
“Going green has always been part of our calling, but we know that one company’s effort is far from enough. That is why we need to create an innovative open platform, where individuals, NGOs, and brands can work together to protect the environment through low-carbon lifestyle choices”, said Yijie Peng, President of Social Good and Green Development at Ant Group. “We are excited that over 100 brands have chosen to work with Ant Forest in offering low-carbon lifestyle incentives to users, and we look forward to working with even more partners in the future.”
When users make environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, such as paying utility bills online instead of asking for paper invoices, or taking public transportation to work instead of driving, the choices are counted and converted into virtual “green energy points” that accumulate to grow virtual “trees” in the Ant Forest mini program on Alipay.
After accumulating enough points, users can convert their virtual trees into real ones, which are then planted by Alipay and its philanthropic partners in areas that need reforesting. Ant Forest users can also donate their green energy points to help preserve wildlife diversity. To better protect biodiversity, Ant Forest has partnered with various environmental NGOs to provide shelter for over 1,500 species in 18 protected areas across 10 provinces in China.
Many businesses, including international brands like Starbucks, Timberland and Estée Lauder, have also set up their own virtual forests within the Alipay app, where fans of the brands can join their efforts to protect the environment. These fans can opt to donate a certain amount of their own green energy points to branded virtual forests, which are later converted into real trees planted in areas that need to be reforested. As of August 2021, users had donated green energy points to Estée Lauder, Timberland, and Starbucks’ branded virtual forests more than one billion times in total.
Currently, more than 100 brands including chain restaurants, home appliance makers and food delivery companies work with Ant Forest so that when customers make low-carbon lifestyle choices, such as choosing not to ask for disposable cutlery when ordering food or purchasing home appliances with high energy efficiency, they can earn green points. Users can then donate these points to plant trees or to support biodiversity in protected areas.
In 2019, Alipay Ant Forest was awarded the “UN Champions of the Earth” award – the United Nation’s highest environmental honor – for leveraging digital technology to inspire hundreds of millions of people to take greener actions in their daily lives. In the same year, Alipay Ant Forest also won the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award for using digital technologies to scale up climate action.
Alipay is the leading digital payment platform in China, serving hundreds of millions of users, and connecting them with merchants and partner financial institutions that offer inclusive financial services and digital daily life services such as food delivery, transport, entertainment, and healthcare.
Ant Group, the owner and operator of Alipay, has further introduced the global cross-border mobile payments and marketing solution Alipay+, which enables merchants, especially small and medium-sized businesses, to better serve consumers from all over the world by collaborating with global partners.
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Bitdeer Group’s Customer Obsession Approach Brings It to the World Top Player
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Bitdeer Group, the world’s leading digital asset mining service provider, earlier announced its plans to list on the NASDAQ through a merger with the publicly traded special purpose acquisition company Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp. The transaction values Bitdeer at an implied enterprise value of approximately $4 billion. It marks Bitdeer Group’s latest achievement on the group level and the success of its business lines that support the group’s thriving growth, which could not have been achieved without Bitdeer’s obsession with its customers that leads to the customer-centric approach throughout the years.
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Bitdeer Group’s Customer Obsession Approach Brings It to the World Top Player (Graphic: Business Wire)
The Iceberg of Success
What Bitdeer Group has achieved today is only the visible part of the tip of the iceberg. Over the past years, the group has made a number of strategically decisive moves that helped sharpen its competitive edge and consolidate its leading position in this fiercely competitive market. All of this originates from and is guided by a core concept: customer obsession – the philosophy that any innovations must be driven by what truly matters to customers. For Bitdeer Group, this revolves around three key areas: 1) value-adding service offerings and user-friendly functions, 2) a stable operating entity that abides by laws and mitigates risks, and 3) data privacy and security. To better meet these needs, the group has taken an agile approach in establishing and developing its business lines.
Joint-effort and Achievement from Multiple Business Lines
As one of the business lines under Bitdeer Group and a highly trusted sharing service platform for digital assets mining, Bitdeer was first launched in December 2018. Bitdeer provided exactly what customers were desperately seeking – a simpler and more accessible approach and channel to acquire cryptocurrencies – at a time when the barrier to entry for crypto mining was a major deterring factor for individual crypto miners and enthusiasts. Alongside the evolving market trends, Bitdeer has diversified its portfolio of offerings by adding state-of-the-art cryptocurrencies and altcoins. Different service modes (Classic and Accelerator) have also been created in response to users’ varying needs. The platform is also localized in 9 languages to provide greater convenience and access to the global community.
Mining Datacenter, another major business line under Bitdeer Group, has recently celebrated its achievement in adopting clean and renewable energy, which is a result of its determination to grow responsibly and awareness of environmental impacts arising from the mining operation. This is a pioneering breakthrough in the industry to develop professional and standardized mining facilities, which are capable of operating at optimal levels under various climate conditions and linking up with a range of power supplies supported by the group’s proprietary innovations. It has significantly improved stability and lowered risks associated with electricity supply, so as to provide users with reliability and stability.
The boom of the industry on a global scale brings with it both challenges and opportunities. The Outlook of Bitdeer Group remains promising given its customer-centric approach which drives constant innovation and optimization of its products and services. No matter how Bitdeer Group evolves in the future, the mindset of ‘customer obsession’ will always come first and be at its core.
About Bitdeer Group
Bitdeer Group is the world’s leading digital asset mining service provider. It was founded by Jihan Wu, Co-Founder of Bitmain and Matrixport, with venture investment from Sequoia Capital, IDG, and other well-known investment groups in the blockchain space. Headquartered in Singapore, Bitdeer Group currently operates in the United States and Europe. The Group has three business lines — Bitdeer, Mining Datacenter, and Minerplus — demonstrating the dedication and expertise in becoming the world’s most reliable digital asset mining service provider.
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Mavenir Announces Commercial Availability of 4G Open RAN-based Outdoor Small Cell
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Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, announced today the commercial availability of its 4G Open RAN small cell for outdoor deployments, expanding the MAVair radio and access portfolio of small cells to meet Communications Service Providers’ (CSPs) growing need for enhanced network capacity and coverage. The solution had already been tested and deployed in commercial operation with a Tier 1 European CSP.
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Mavenir’s 4G Open RAN Small Cell for Outdoor deployments. (Photo: Business Wire)
Mavenir’s outdoor small cell (O410) is a customer driven product, that addresses a need for outdoor small cells supporting both distributed and centralized Open RAN architectures. The solution is built on Mavenir’s modular hardware architecture and highly scalable, cloud-native software platforms, the underlying principles which enabled an expedited time-to-market with full architectural and deployment flexibility. Mavenir’s expanded small cells solutions, present a future proof way of building networks that ensures interoperability, vendor competition, element security and reduced operating costs across the RAN. Mavenir’s MAVair Open RAN small cells are market-proven, carrier grade solutions, that are easy to deploy, fully automated, software upgradable, highly scalable and adaptable.
The outdoor small cell supports both Split 2 and S1 interfaces and can be configured remotely for full deployment flexibility and upgradability, especially effective in areas where coverage and capacity from the CSPs macro is not available, is not economically viable, or faces zoning issues, etc. Ideal deployments include rural and remote locations, sites which are constrained by size, power, backhaul, and planning restrictions. The solution is plug and play, with zero-touch provisioning and installation, powered with Power over Ethernet (PoE) and offers interfaces with the same Open RAN CU as the macro network, and with common management with macro.
“By leveraging our modular hardware architecture and cloud-native scalable software, Mavenir is capable of delivering new products in an agile fashion which integrate and work seamlessly with other network components deployed by CSPs. This 4G outdoor small cell is the precursor for a completely new line of 4G and 5G Open RAN-based small cell products with integrated DU, as well as Multi RAT radio access solutions in general,” said Mavenir’s Aniruddho Basu, SVP and GM of Emerging Business.
With the release of the 4G outdoor small cell, Mavenir now has a complete offering of Multi-G (2G/3G/4G/5G), software upgradable, Open RAN-based small cells enabling CSPs to enhance their network capacity and coverage beyond in-building use cases.
Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry’s only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. www.mavenir.com
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Payhawk Raises $112 Million in the Second Largest Series B in Central and Eastern Europe
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Only seven months after closing its $20m Series A financing round, Payhawk announces its Series B of $112m all equity round led by US investor Greenoaks, who previously invested in high-growth companies like Checkout.com, Robinhood, Stripe and Brex
This is the second largest ever Series B for a B2B company in the CEE region after UiPath, and is the largest and fastest Series B in the spend management space across Europe
All existing investors, including QED Investors, Earlybird Digital East and Eleven Ventures are participating in the round
Payhawk currently serves companies in 27 countries with its company cards and spend management platform across Europe and will continue its global expansion with aims to open offices in the US, Netherlands, France, Australia and Singapore
The fintech will use the new funds to accelerate its product roadmap with the launch of a credit card in Q1 2022, and low-cost cross-border transfers as an alternative to SWIFT payments
Payhawk, the payments and expense solution with offices in London, Sofia, Berlin and Barcelona, has raised $112 million just three years after its inception, valuing the company at $570m. The Series B round is led by the San Francisco-based investor Greenoaks, who has a strong track record of investing in high-growth technology companies such as Gorillas, Robinhood, Stripe and Brex. All existing investors, including QED Investors, Earlybird Digital East and Eleven Ventures are participating in the round.
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Description: Hristo Borisov CEO left, Boyko Karadzhov CTO centre, Konstantin Djengozov CFO. (Photo: Business Wire)
Currently, finance teams are still bound to a high amount of manual work as they are using multiple disconnected tools for cards, payments, invoices and expense management. Payhawk reduces the amount of manual work by combining those key elements in one platform and therefore acting as a one-stop-shop for finance teams.
With high-growth companies, in particular, looking to digitise financial processes, Payhawk emerges as the leading platform for large SMEs and enterprise customers, especially those multinationals who have multiple offices worldwide.
In 2021, Payhawk introduced 3% cashback on all payments, new enterprise features, free bill payments, and support for Apple Pay and Google Pay in 30 countries. Since its Series A round, transaction volume through the platform has increased by 663% and continues to grow at 45%+ month-on-month in October. Its customer base consists of a mix of scale-ups and corporates in 27 countries across Europe, including A.T.U, Luxair, Flink, Viking Life and Wagestream.
In 2022, Payhawk will continue its expansion by aiming to open offices in the U.S., the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore, enabling the company to further expand its product offering by introducing credit cards and allowing smarter and cheaper cross-border transactions on top of its invoice management system.
These expansion and product build plans will run in tandem with growing the marketing and sales team in Payhawk’s key markets of the UK, Germany, Spain and Benelux. To further boost its enterprise focus, the company has appointed Paul Albert as SVP Global Sales, who will lead direct sales, partnerships and customer success.
Patrick Backhouse, a Partner of Greenoaks, said, “Ask any business owner, and they’ll tell you that managing corporate spend is among the most frustrating parts of running a company. It requires significant manual work that consumes employee time and introduces substantial room for error. Payhawk turns a fragmented process into a seamless one, providing a single place to manage the entire spending lifecycle from company cards to expenses and bill payments to invoices. We’ve been thrilled to see how fast they’ve grown, already serving a truly global customer base that’s attracted by powerful and delightful software. We think that painful expense reports and bill payments should be a thing of the past, and we are excited to partner with Payhawk on the way to getting there.”
Hristo Borisov, CEO and Founder at Payhawk, said, “Managing company cards, especially reports, bill payments, and invoices is currently a disconnected experience bridged by finance teams through a lot of manual work. We are building enterprise software running on global payments infrastructure that automates all spend processes. Our strong product background and engineering team allows us to move at break-neck speed. This, in turn, will enable global enterprises and fast-growing technology companies to transform how they manage their company spending, and improve efficiencies while unlocking employee time to be better spent elsewhere”
Payhawk is a financial platform that combines expense management, payments and invoice management in one solution and therefore works as a one-stop-shop for finance teams. Its customer base consists of a mix of fast-growing and mature multinational companies like LuxAir, Lotto24, Viking Life, Gtmhub, Flink, MacPaw and By Miles. Payhawk is also leading the digital transformation agenda of companies like A.T.U in Germany, where the product has replaced cash with company cards at more than 550 branches. The fintech is headquartered in London and was founded in 2018 by Hristo Borisov, Boyko Karadzhov and Konstantin Dzhengozov and is supported by renowned investors such as Greenoaks, QED Investors, Earlybird Digital East and Eleven Ventures.
Founded in 2012, Greenoaks is a global investment firm that makes concentrated, long-term investments in technology-enabled businesses around the world. At Greenoaks, we believe a small handful of companies define each generation. Our sole mission is to identify these companies early in their life cycles and partner with their founders for decades. We’ve led investments in companies such as Discord, Brex, and Rippling in the US; Deliveroo and Checkout in Europe; Coupang in South Korea; and Kavak in Latin America.
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