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m360 Expands Reach To 227 Global Destinations Via 700 Network Operators

Webbased multichannel messaging platform m360httpsm360ph continues to establish its global presence by enabling outbound international apptoperson A2P messages to 227 destinations worldwide The company has already grown its partner network operators to 700 expanding its reach from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe Ramon Hirang m360 Chief Executive Officer said they aim to democratize business messaging and open up telco messaging assets to the world m360 strives to improve its global presence for businesses to reach their customers on channels they are familiar with or prefer to use We partner with mobile network operators worldwide so we can help our clients deliver superb customer experiences through meaningful conversations and boost their revenues in the process Hirang said Through the m360 messaging platform businesses in the Philippines can send SMS practically anywhere they want This allows enterprises to reach a wider audience for better brand awareness customer service and sales both locally and abroad Due to heightened incidents of smishing or fraudulent activities via SMS m360s branded sender ID ensures that messages only come from official and legitimate sources for safe secure and reliable SMS delivery The easytouse messaging platform covers all aspects of the SMS wholesale business including overthetop media services such as Viber for Business Facebook Messenger and other digital messaging solutions m360 is the largest A2P messaging company in the Philippines delivering bestinclass digital messaging products that amplify customer experience and seamless communications It boasts of infrastructure that supports communications worldwide with international inbound and outbound messaging capabilities ...

m360 Reaches 160% Budget Achievement in H1 2022

Webbased multichannel messaging platform m360httpsm360ph continues to soar as it achieved 160 percent of its budget in the first half of the year on the back of a steady rise in direct customer base The robust performance was achieved as its direct customer base soared 33 percent to 1295 clients m360 delivered a strong set of results and our growth momentum is building We are on track in realizing our vision to be the messaging company that creates the largest connection point between companies and customers in Southeast Asia said Ramon Hirang m360 Chief Operating Officer m360 delivers bestinclass digital apptoperson A2P messaging products that amplify customer experience and seamless communications It covers all aspects of messaging including SMS and overthetop communication services such as Viber for Business Facebook Messenger and soon WhatsApp Business RCS and other digital messaging channels It now enables premium A2P inbound messaging via Globes network allowing Globe customers to receive messages from international or premium brands through the approved and legal route Likewise m360 allows businesses in the Philippines to send SMS to more than 230 mobile network operators in over 190 countries worldwide This empowers enterprises with multichannel solutions that can reach a wider audience to help them improve brand awareness and customer service and increase sales locally and abroad in any channel their customers prefer m360 also continues to ramp up its fraud detection capability making it a safe secure and reliable partner for SMS delivery m360 Inc is a portfolio company under AdSpark Holdings and 917Ventures the countrys biggest corporate venture builder whollyowned by Globe...

Rappit Celebrates Launch With Merchant Partners, Showcases Competitive Edge as a Grocery App

As more and more people rely on online platforms for their everyday needs the countrys newest player in the online grocery space seeks to offer its partner merchants a competitive edge Rappithttpsrappitphs rebranding from Purego was announced at a recent Merchant Event at the Grand Hyatt in BGC Taguig City which gathered wellknown consumer brands such as Nestl San Miguel Group Century Pacific Food Inc and Universal Robina Corporation among others RappitCelebratesLaunchsocialmediathumbnailjpghttpswebsite917vprodcmsassetsbuckets3apsoutheast1amazonawscomRappit_Celebrates_Launch_social_media_thumbnail_0832a2c53ajpg The event was graced by 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat and Head of Growth and Programs Natasha Bautista Puregolds Senior Manager and Rappits Director Jenny Jacintos Rappit CEO Cindy Toh and the Rappit management team Rappits launch showcased partnership opportunities and its competitive advantage as an online grocery app which leverages Globes expertise in technology and Puregolds experience in the world of retail We are keen on listening to our customers need for a better and more sulit shopping experience and we remain fast and adaptable in addressing their concerns So it then came naturally to marry the strengths of 917Ventures and Puregold said Bautista Puregold has actually been a longstanding partner of Globe In fact a lot of Globes distribution points are within Puregold stores Thank you to our brand partners for their support to Puregold and we are looking forward to collaborating with our new exciting venture Rappit said Jacintos Formerly PureGo Rappit is a collaboration between Globes whollyowned corporate venture builder 917Ventures and leading hypermarket chain Puregold It was born out of the urgent need to digitize the local grocery industry during the pandemic At its recent rebrand Rappit also unveiled the newest and coolest mascot in town Max the Rabbit which is up for collaborations On top of this it offers disruptive content such as efforts on Instagram Reels and TikTok posts in collaboration with partner influencers Rappit aims to bring premium quality groceries at affordable prices It also provides stellar user experience customization and rewards app users with exclusive perks and freebies We make sure that we put our customers first as we give them great groceries and beyond through our new and improved user shopping experience from the brand image new app experience features curated assortments and improved fulfillment capabilities said Toh With Rappit shoppers will get more personalized service with a userfriendly navigation experience that will make online shopping feel like second nature Using Rappit also promises to be more fun with app users able to shop from a mix of shopping categories ...

Renowned PH Tech Leaders Join KodeGo’s Board of Advisors

Renowned leaders in the local technology industry have joined the Board of Advisors of KodeGohttpskodegoph the web development educational boot camp of Globes 917Ventures The five new board members provide a wide range of talent and experience to help KodeGo shape the future of edutech in the Philippines and uplift the lives of millions of Filipinos First on the list is former Department of Information and Communications Technology DICT Undersecretary Monchito Mon Ibrahim He brings over 45 years of leadership experience in technology and development in the private and public sectors He is currently VP for External Affairs of the UP System Information Technology Foundation and VPTrustee of the Analytics Association of the Philippines AAP Another seasoned IT business leader is Jerry Bongco Head of Enterprise at Amazon Web Services AWS He spent 11 years at Microsoft where he became the country director for the Consumer and Devices Business Division He has also taken management roles in Sun Microsystems Lucent Technologies and Crayon Also a great addition to the roster is Jonathan JDL de Luzuriaga President of the Philippine Software Industry Association PSIA and CEO of Spring Valley Tech Corp He previously led the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines Compos Mentis Inc and ADEC Innovations software development Meanwhile Joan Penaflorida is the president of Yondu Inc also a Globe Group company Yondu is a topnotch IT solutions company providing cloud services and software development among other innovative technology solutions for Philippine businesses Her skills include management and organizational leadership business development strategic partnerships and scaling earlystage startups Rounding up the list is Jack Madrid President and CEO of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines IBPAP the flagship association of the ITBPM industry Some of his notable senior leadership roles include establishing Yahoos brand and operations in the Philippines Country Manager for eCommerce marketplace leader Multiplycom Managing Director of MTV Asia Managing Director of the Ayala Corporation and Director of Dell International Services Jack was also Board Director of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines IMMAP and Cofounder of the Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines DCOM We are proud and honored to have these remarkable people on our Board of Advisors at KodeGo With each of them being experts in their respective fields we are looking forward to how their guidance and mentorship will make KodeGo grow as a company and help us continually redefine the edutech industry said Fam Alonto Venture Builder at 917Ventures KodeGo is one of the business ideas taken in by 917Ventures under its Velocity program for promising ventures KodeGo helps students new graduates and career shifters become certified IT professionals and get hired in as fast as 12 weeks through its online bootcamps with zero upfront fees It also plans to offer other tech and nontech courses in the future...

917Ventures Partners with Venture Capital Firm 500 Global for Startup Acceleration

With Mynthttpswwwmyntxyz as the Philippines first double unicorn that is managing the countrys leading ewallet GCashhttpswwwgcashcom and KonsultaMDhttpskonsultamd as the largest telehealth company in the country with over 25 million users Globes venture builder is poised to become a unicorn factory for its innovations focused on promoting inclusion for all and democratizing necessities such as financial and health services With a total of 12 portfolio companies and more ventures in the pipeline 917Ventures remains to be the Philippines largest corporate venture builder that generates startups from concept and development to growth and expansion To further cement its path to accelerating startups 917Ventures has partnered with worldwide venture capital firm 500 Globalhttps500co to develop and scale 917Ventures portfolio companies and ventures unlocking more opportunities for growth beyond the Philippines and Southeast Asia 917 500 2 smallpnghttpswebsite917vprodcmsassetsbuckets3apsoutheast1amazonawscom917_500_2_small_bddf142329png 500 Global is a leading venture capital firm with 27 billion in assets under management that invests across stages It has backed more than 2700 companies in 81 countries including 49 unicorns such as Grab Canva Twilio Bukalapak GitLab and Udemy Through this partnership 500 Global aims to support 917Ventures in accelerating startups with exciting potential in the Philippines Up to 11 startups were selected to participate in an ongoing 10week accelerator program with an emphasis on supporting founders in their postcommercialization efforts to unlock the next stage of growth and scale The program is designed to leverage 917Ventures existing innovation knowledge assets capacity and desired outcomes and will mimic the accelerator experience that startups often go through in Silicon Valley 917Ventures startups from different verticals ecommerce fintech marketplace data edutech B2B SaaS and media and entertainment will participate in the accelerator program which will serve as an avenue for them to further explore their strengths and identify more opportunities for growth Im very optimistic about this new opportunity with 500 Global We are committed to constantly uplifting Filipino lives and maintaining our reputation as the largest and leading venture builder that provides inclusive and accessible digital solutions in the Philippines and beyond With this program our strong portfolio of startups will only become the powerhouses they are meant to be thanks to the new perspective that 500 Global will bring said Vince Yamat Managing Director for 917Ventures Ee Ling Lim Executive Director of Market Launch for 500 Global meanwhile said We are thrilled to partner with 917Ventures to help accelerate and grow tomorrows leading companies Through this accelerator program with 917Ventures we hope to empower their future leaders to put innovation into action by creating innovative products and services that can improve lives and drive economic growth The accelerator program which started on October 25 2022 will run for 10 weeks until the demo day on January 18 2023...

GCash Goes Hyperlocal To Expand Reach, Empower People in Countryside

GCashhttpswwwgcashcom the countrys leading mobile wallet is focusing on hyper localization and partnerships with local government units LGUs to extend financial services to the countryside as part of its vision towards financial inclusion for all GCashgoeshyperlocaltoexpandreachempowerpeopleincountrysidesocialmediathumbnailjpghttpswebsite917vprodcmsassetsbuckets3apsoutheast1amazonawscomG_Cash_goes_hyperlocal_to_expand_reach_empower_people_in_countryside_social_media_thumbnail_c5ef54bd5ejpg By using local dialects and employing more localized marketing activities GCash makes it easier for consumers to understand and embrace various financial offerings that previously were not available to them such as sending and receiving money savings insurance investment and lending said Martha Sazon President and CEO of GCash These efforts would allow even tricycle drivers wet market vendors and local traders to accept GCash payments and avail of other financial services GCash also gives sarisari store owners additional livelihood opportunities with GCash Pera Outlet by turning them into digital community hubs Our plan is to go to the provinces and provide these services to the underserved We want to transform their lives the way we have done in the metros Sazon said GCash recently launched GCash Jr for kids 17 and below who have a GCashverified parent GCash is the countrys top financial app with around 69 million users and 52 million merchants and social sellers Through GCash customers can easily purchase prepaid airtime pay bills nationwide send and receive money anywhere in the Philippines even to other bank accounts purchase from partner merchants and social sellers and get access to savings credit insurance and invest money all at the convenience of their smartphones ...