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Fintech Startup MissCallPay among the 4 promising innovations flagged off by RBI with launch of UPI 123Pay



MissCallPay Team

Mumbai based MissCallPay, a fintech startup that works through voice based payment system, has been included as one of the digital solutions on the UPI 123Pay platform for inclusive solutions aimed at feature phone users.

MissCallPay is one of the four players that RBI selected as digital solutions for the newly launched UPI 123Pay platform. The users using even a feature phone can access their bank account and perform routine transactions such as receiving & transferring funds, regular purchases, bill payments and others by giving a missed call on the number displayed at the merchant’s place.  The customers will receive an incoming call asking to authenticate the transaction by entering UPI Pin. The product is endorsed for its safety features and ability to work over non-smart phones, thus penetrating rural and semi-urban population.

Mitesh Thakker, Founder – MissCallPay said, “It gives us immense pleasure to be part of the launch of UPI 123Pay. I am thankful to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), for having faith in our innovation to transform rural Bharat into mainstream India, through seamless transactions and financial inclusion.” He added that in the year 2022, MissCallPay aims to serve at least 20 million people through strategic partnerships and process 100 million transactions monthly beginning 6 months from commercial operations.

The fintech product of MissCallPay is a digital payment service that does not need internet services to facilitate payments, and instead uses telecom’s most basic feature — cellular network —  to enable payments. This means that people with a basic, starter feature phone can also accept and initiate online payments. This not only helps feature/ button phone users but also helps non-tech savvy smart-phone users to use MissCallPay, and also offers a solution to security conscious smartphone users who keeps safety and security as the most important criterion for digital transactions.

As Thakker added, “MissCallPay’s mission is all about Making Payments Simple for digitally challenged billion users. We enable simple UPI based mobile payments over a feature phone, smartphone, and in near future over voice bots like Amazon Alexa, Ok-Google, User doesn’t need to be digitally literate and there is no need for hardware terminal POS or QR code or at times internet. Users transact in the local language, can make payments remotely. Proximity as required for swiping a card or scanning QR code is also not required here. 

While making payments simple, We also hope to make UPI 123Pay payments as one of the safest payment methods possible and have made payment process phishing and spoof proof, the safety and security will only help gain trust of digitally challenged Bharat population. And thus help the government realise the dream of digitally inclusive India.

MissCallPay reach out to more than 1 lakh small merchants across the country and in talks with other entities including banks. 

About MissCallPay

Established on 28th September 2017, MissCallPay (BRAND) is a fintech start-up based in Mumbai that aims to focus on financial inclusion and Digital payments among masses which is the primary priority of the government. This start-up aims to bring convenient solutions to the Bharat population and boost digital payments on feature phones which has not disrupted the industry. MissCallPay was sowed amidst the demonetization crisis that saw a huge leap in digital payment but left behind the rural & non-tech savvy population. 

The concept of MissCallPay is the brain-child of Mitesh Thakker who is a serial entrepreneur & Design Thinker. He has 21 years of experience in selling, marketing and building IT products and has 6 patents to his credit.

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$22.5M Seed Funding Announced by Web3 Infrastructure Firm Fortress Blockchain Technologies



.5M Seed Funding Announced by Web3 Infrastructure Firm Fortress Blockchain Technologies

Led by Ayon Capital, the Funding Enables Fortress to Build and Scale Its Financial, Regulatory and Technology Infrastructure for Web3 Innovators.

Fortress Blockchain Technologies today announced it has raised Seed funding of $22.5M led by Ayon Capital. The round also included Soaring Investment Management, Fortress’ founder Scott Purcell, and a few select super-angel investors. The capital supports Fortress’ team as it creates transformative B2B infrastructure for the Web3 industry.

Financial/Blockchain Technology firm, Fortress, raises $22.5M Seed Round in the Midst of Crypto Winter

With a team of 84 full-time product managers and software engineers, a key focus of this B2B FinTech/BlockTech infrastructure firm is the ongoing development of the Fortress technology initiatives for API-embeddable, user-friendly NFT and crypto wallets, API-driven and white-label minting engines for fungible and non-fungible tokens, and its proprietary core-system for financial and trust services.

In addition to engineering, Fortress has invested heavily in its regulatory initiatives. This has included hiring Albert Forkner, formerly the Banking Commissioner (WY) and Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors as the CEO of the firms wholly-owned subsidiary, Fortress Trust, and his successfully guiding the firm to achieving trust charter and building a complete financial services stack including asset custody, payments, compliance, trustee, crypto liquidity and other utilities needed by Web3 innovators.

Now hitting the “go to market” phase of the startup lifecycle, the funding is being deployed to build a world class sales team. Ryan Miller, previously head of sales at the multi-billion-dollar FinTech MX Technologies, has joined Fortress as its Chief Revenue Officer and is now building a team of enterprise sales veterans across a variety of industry verticals.

“The tokenization of information and assets via fungible and non-fungible tokens will transform the world” noted Scott Purcell, founder and CEO of Fortress, “and we look forward to helping Web3 innovators of all types, from Fortune 500 brands to FinTechs to next-generation startups with the financial, regulatory and technology infrastructure they need to build incredible businesses.”

“With our extensive investments in the crypto ecosystem we see first-hand the transformative effect that the blockchain is having, and will continue to have on every facet of society” said Rahul Pagidipati of Ayon Capital “and as a fund, our singular thesis is to only back world-class founders who have the vision and ability to execute, we are excited to back Scott, Kevin, George and their team on this venture.”

“Technological and societal paradigm shifts are ushering in Web3. Fortress is one of the critical building blocks for this next wave of the web,” said Soaring Investment Management director, Frank Zhang. “Fortress is positioning itself as the infrastructure partner of choice for celebrities, corporate brands, crypto exchanges, NFT marketplaces, real estate professionals, neo-banks, FinTechs, healthcare firms and others entering the space with their Web3 initiatives.”

The funding will enable Fortress to continue to write software, begin to extend its regulatory services globally, and build the sales and operational teams to support a wide variety of B2B customers across numerous industries.

About Fortress Blockchain Technologies

Fortress Blockchain Technologies is purpose-built to deliver financial, regulatory and technology infrastructure to the rapidly emerging Web3 space. The firm offers financial services including compliance, payments, custody, trustee-of-assets, escrow, crypto liquidity and other services, as well as a minting engine for fungible and non-fungible tokens along with an NFT and crypto wallet that is secure, user-friendly and can be embedded into third-party mobile and web applications. Fortress Trust Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortress Blockchain Technologies and is a full-retail Nevada-chartered financial institution.

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Holcim US Increases Aggregate Capabilities with Latest Acquisition



Holcim US Increases Aggregate Capabilities with Latest Acquisition
  • Acquisition expands footprint in Virginia, part of its Mid-Atlantic Region

Holcim US announced today it has acquired the sand and gravel operation of Basic Construction Company, LLC, in New Kent County, Virginia.

The transaction will add significant, strategically located, aggregate reserves for Holcim’s Mid-Atlantic Region along with 230 acres of land. The acquisition advances Holcim US’ goal to fuel growth through bolt-on acquisitions in mature markets in the aggregates business.

For more than 100 years the Basic Construction Company has worked in Eastern Virginia with a history of responsible operations and strong community roots.

“We’re excited to add this 230-acre strategic reserve, which will support our continued expansion in the Virginia market and begin a strong community engagement in New Kent County.” said Cedric Barthelemy, Head of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Holcim US.

The operations will be managed by Cedric Barthelemy, Head of Mid-Atlantic Region; Donnie Bostic, Area Manager, Southern Virginia; and Corey Johnson, General Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region.

About Holcim

Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim, Lafarge and Malarkey Roofing Products. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

In the United States, Holcim US, includes close to 350 sites in 43 states and employs 7,000 people. Our customers rely on us to help them design and build better communities with innovative solutions that deliver structural integrity and eco-efficiency.

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Global GRAB Technologies Acquires Innovo Security Works LLC, Product Lines



Global GRAB Technologies Acquires Innovo Security Works LLC, Product Lines

Global GRAB Technologies, a worldwide authority in Perimeter Security and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation products, solutions, and services, announced today it has acquired the product lines of Innovo Security Works LLC, of Knoxville, Tennessee, a leading manufacturer of security barriers, gates, fences and bollards, to include the assets of Crisp Barriers.

“Global GRAB’s product lines acquisition of Innovo Security Works LLC and Crisp Barriers immediately expands upon Global GRAB’s industry-leading proprietary products for government and commercial customers worldwide by providing a wide range of proven perimeter security products including drop arm gates and swing arm gates.” said Mark Horne, Executive Chairman of Global GRAB Technologies.

“Innovo Security Works and Crisp Barrier products will be fabricated and manufactured at Global GRAB’s headquarters” said Brian Cooper, President & COO. Cooper further stated, “Our highly trained Professional Services Team will service, support and install Innovo Security Works and Crisp Barrier products throughout the United States.”

Global GRAB’s award-winning and “less-than-lethal” Hostile Vehicle Mitigation and Perimeter Security innovations have been proven at hundreds of customers sites representing defense, military, key government agencies, airports, port authorities, petrochemical, data centers, financial institutions, entertainment & sport venues and at other mission critical sites throughout the United States and globally.

Based in Franklin, Tennessee, Global GRAB Technologies was recognized in October of 2019 by The Silicon Review as one of the “Best 50 Companies to Watch.” During 2019, Enterprise Security magazine designated Global GRAB as a “TOP Ten Security Physical Security Provider.”

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