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917Ventures in the News

917Ventures Launches Concati One-stop API Hub for Faster Time-to-market

One of our new tech ventures Concati is a onestop application programming interface API hub where developers can access highquality APIs to effortlessly enhance existing solutions and get to market faster Cover KV 2pnghttpswebsite917vprodstatics3apsoutheast1amazonawscomCover_KV_2_960592cf0cpng This suite of secure scalable and enterprisegrade APIs can be easily integrated into an organizations digital systems allowing companies to develop better products more quickly Users can cut their building costs and development time by one to two months Concati APIs work well with all major development languages Developers can simply use the technology they are most familiar with We are excited to introduce Concati to developers around the world for an elevated user experience among their customers Anyone creating a new web or mobile application can benefit from the flexibility and convenience that Concati provides The APIs are also relatively cheaper compared to their regional and international counterparts said Mikey Garrovillo Head of Product Technology and Data for 917Ventures With an easytouse API management platform businesses can explore and connect seamlessly Concati also offers reliable maintenance and aftersales support Available APIs include Address Service Centralized Logistics Consent Management Feedback Service Inventory Service Leaderboard and Missions Maintenance Service OTP Service Push Notifications Referral Service Scheduling Service Voucher Service and User Service You may sign up and create a Concati account on httpsconcaticomhttpsconcaticom Concati provides free 500 credits for developers to consume when they try out the APIs...

AdSpark an Essential Partner as Businesses Pivot to Digital

Awardwinning digital advertising agency AdSparkhttpsadsparkph has been helping businesses transition to an increasingly internet and datadriven world Its targeted digital marketing campaigns and solutions have allowed firms to understand and attend to customers specific needs as the pandemic has accelerated consumers shift to digital transactions and activities defaultconsumer2socialmediasharingjpghttpswebsite917vprodstatics3apsoutheast1amazonawscomdefault_consumer_2_social_media_sharing_b2a5627913jpg AdSpark has guided companies from various industries in effectively utilizing digital and mobile advertising campaigns to boost interest and awareness of their brands This has become even more vital as digital media consumption will continue to outpace traditional media according to a 2022 Global Media Outlook Report by UKbased international research data and analytics group YouGov The YouGov report stressed that in the last 12 months a higher proportion of all global consumers claimed to have increased their consumption of websitesapps social media and streaming video services than more traditional media such as TV or radio The media type showing the highest growth was online consumption of websitesapps with 42 of global consumers claiming to have increased consumption in the last 12 months the report added Gretchen Largoza AdSpark President and Chief Executive Officer explained that the AdTech agencys full suite of innovative and intuitive digital services helps its partners tell a unique story that sparks interest and positive conversations Being part of a digital solutions platform such as Globe allows us to leverage on customer intelligence tools and other communications assets to help brands reach out to customers and create human connections Largoza said AdSpark is part of 917Ventures the countrys largest corporate venture builder whollyowned by Globe It generated revenues of over 12 billion in 2021 32 higher than its fullyear 2021 revenues making it one of the largest ad agencies and companies in the Philippines today...

Kodego, JobStreet Address IT Skills, Jobs Mismatch in PH

Online tech bootcamp KodeGohttpskodegoph our latest spinoff at 917Ventures is partnering with one of Asias leading online employment marketplaces Jobstreet Philippines to help address the skills mismatch between job seekers and open company positions particularly in the field of Information Technology IT Through the popular recruitment platform hiring firms can easily source candidates from KodeGo for Web Development and Data Science KodeGo graduates are given a special tag so they are noticed faster JobStreet has always been a titan in the recruitment and job placement space so they are an ideal partner for KodeGo Through this collaboration we can give our bootcampers bright career opportunities and contribute to building a futureproof digital nation said Glenn Estrella Head of Portfolio Growth for 917Ventures We at Jobstreet Philippines remain committed to bringing new tools to help our local job seekers achieve their career goals This partnership with KodeGo will bring us closer to our mission to give a job to every Filipino which has been our focus since day one shared Philip Gioca Country Manager for Jobstreet Philippines KodeGo assists students in achieving their dream careers in IT much faster It fills the gap between open tech positions and the lack of technical skills among aspiring tech employees through an online tech bootcamp This accelerated and intensive study program allows students to learn how to become software engineers web developers and data scientists Once they graduate the students are matched with KodeGos partner companies With its marketdriven curricula and realworld projects KodeGo is confident that its graduates will be ready to take on whatever challenges they may face in their desired IT career KodeGo also offers a Study Now Pay Later program as part of its advocacy Students pay for the bootcamp only when they are hired KodeGo is one with Globe in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals particularly UN SDG No 4 ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all and UN SDG No 9 highlighting the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development It is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs ...

GCash Sees Rise in Democratized Fintech Access, Lending, Super Apps

With a population of over 600 million and financial technology fintech funding reaching US 35 billion last year Southeast Asia is becoming a top place for fintech attracting numerous entrepreneurs trying to fill in the gaps left behind by traditional financial institutions Winsley Bangit Chief Customer Officer of Mynt which operates the countrys top ewallet platform GCashhttpswwwgcashcom shared the trends he sees in the region This includes democratizing access to financial services via fintech especially in developing countries like the Philippines the rise of super apps and lending growth Bangit joined a diverse panel at the FinTech Fireside Asias webinar on Unlocking FinTech Opportunities in Southeast Asia The discussion dissected the latest trends and developments within the regions vibrant fintech ecosystem newsroompartnersgcashrisefintechaccesssocialmediathumbnailjpghttpswebsite917vprodstatics3apsoutheast1amazonawscomnewsroom_partners_gcash_rise_fintech_access_social_media_thumbnail_ca22fe2ab4jpg I think a lot of fintech will move into providing access to the unbanked and underserved Again thats where access is going to be more important both in providing democratized affordable solutions and delighting customers he said Bangit added that fintech is now a tool for greater financial inclusion Access to financial services may be currently unevenly distributed but fintech can serve as an equalizer and a key to bringing the whole region into a very different space in the near future Countries like the Philippines which suffers from very low bank penetration have the opportunity to leapfrog through democratized access GCash for instance was able to provide financial access and an inclusive digital lifestyle to more than 50 million Filipinos or 70 of the adult population many of whom are unbanked A super app like GCash is also becoming a trend as people shift online for their essentials Bangit said pureplay fintech and regional app players have evolved and expanded to become fintechled super apps that can provide multiple services from ecommerce and financial transactions to online communications Whats good about Southeast Asia is that there are a lot of categories ripe for digital disruption transportation logistics ecommerce retail etc And every day consumers are looking for the right solutions Bangit explained He added Because various formal and informal categories are underpenetrated with regards to digital services I believe Super Apps have a role to play in making things either accessible in one space or making transactions seamless across all categories Another trend in financial services that Bangit believes will lead growth in the region is consumer and business lending I think thats a very big space We see it being adopted not just by local players but also by players moving into the region he said Many people and micro businesses do not have proper documentation to get a credit score and uplift themselves With its vision of access and inclusive finance GCash has introduced various innovations in lending from installments Buy Now Pay Later BNPL solution personal loans merchant loans and shortterm credit Were trying to explore the range of how we could empower individuals and help make their dreams or goals come true We also want to empower businesses especially the small ones Bangit said So far GCash has tapped and digitized more than five million local businesses Although Southeast Asia is a mix of markets Bangit said the spotlight has begun to shine on developing countries not just the regions powerhouse Investors are already capturing such opportunities Theres a thriving startup scene in Indonesia and Vietnam And in a span of half a year the Philippines gave birth to two unicorns one of which is GCash I think that the appeal of other Southeast Asian markets is already there As fintech players we will continue defining the industry and creating a lasting impact I think thats where the genius and magic of fintech will be particularly in the region he said...

m360 Exec Maps Out Communication Landscape at CEO Summit

Faster digital adoption has led to a seismic shift in the way people communicate and consume information an executive of ApplicationtoPerson A2P messaging platform m360 said at a summit of business leaders held in April At the CEO Summit 2022 in Baguio City m360 COO Ramon Hirang led a discussion on the theme Generationless Digital Experience The Seismic Change in Leadership and Consumer Behavior There is no doubt that recent events have accelerated digital adoption and one of the seismic changes that support this behavior is the shift from digitalnatives only to generationless channel preferences he said at the summit referring to how the pandemic hastened the digital pivot across all fronts He cited how m360 can help businesses engage with their customers better as its services drive more people to their business and boost brand awareness through innovative business messaging solutions m360 one of the newest portfolio companies of Globes 917Ventures leverages various communication channels to simplify the process of reaching and acquiring customers and improve customer experience It went through its own digital transformation evolving from a brand that offers SMSfocused solutions to expanding its range of products to include other messaging channels Today the companys services allow hyperpersonalization to encourage greater engagement across generations of customers letting them choose the channels they most enjoy m360 can help you adapt and continue to respond to our customers everevolving needs and expectations by using customerdriven data to provide a custom experience for all ages Hirang said The CEO Summit held from April 3 to 6 2022 gathered top executives from companies across the country in discussions around the main theme 4IR Ready The Era of Digital Transformation To know more about m360 visit m360comphhttpsm360ph...

KROMA Brings ‘TraDigital’ Entertainment to Pinoy Audience

A new TraDigital company backed by the 917Ventures Retirement Fund is set to revolutionize the Philippine entertainment industry with the launch of KROMA Entertainment Inchttpswwwkromaph newsroompartnerskromatradigitalentertainmentsocialmediathumbnailjpghttpswebsite917vprodstatics3apsoutheast1amazonawscomnewsroom_partners_kroma_tradigital_entertainment_social_media_thumbnail_c1cf0e7bd8jpg KROMA brings together passionate content and experienced creators the best talent and innovative technology to produce fresh and engaging entertainment for the Filipino audience KROMA offers entertainment for all across screens and formats be it highquality films series TV shows music digital content or events We are excited to share KROMA with you Its a treasure trove of creative and innovative content thats relevant to our audiences featuring the countrys best creators and talents We are determined to forge a new path for entertainment says Ian Monsod CEO of Kroma Entertainment Inc Our vision is to become the leading TraDigital entertainment player in the Philippines in line with our goal of entertainment for all KROMAs brands offer a new entertainment experience converging to create a more engaging exciting and different experience for its clients and audiences While revamped LIVE MNL a rebrand of Globe Live still works on events and activations on ground online and in hybrid They are keeping the same standards that have made them a keepsake in the industry after successfully bringing to life events such as Its A Girl Thing ETO NA Musikal nAPO and the firstever Korean virtual fanmeet back in 2020 Likewise rebranded Globe Studios has spun off its businesses ANIMA continues to produce awardwinning and criticallyacclaimed films series and podcasts while SECRET MENU a fullservice production house creates branded content and television commercials KROMA likewise takes charge of the music label PARADISE RISING in partnership with international label 88Rising to champion Filipino talent on the global stage KROMAs videoondemand platform UPSTREAM has been home to the latest films series and events for Filipinos everywhere NYMA focuses on pushing talent growth across the companys network of partners and clients PIE a partnership with ABSCBN and BEAM digital television network and supported by 917Ventures is a multiplatform realtime interactive entertainment channel It provides memorable and rewarding experiences prizes and connections for and with Filipinos Rounding up the KROMA roster are Wonder a pop culture and style platform and FreebieMNL everyones destination for the latest news and deals on food and lifestyle ...