Top B2B News, Christmas Eve 2020 edition

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Angels appoint a new archangel. Of course, we’re talking about angel investors. The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) has appointed Mary Long-Irwin as Chair of the Board. Long-Irwin brings extensive experience to the role after supporting the early-stage innovation ecosystem in Northern Ontario. The move has brought tidings of new energy mobilizing angel activity and increased access to capital for entrepreneurs across Canada.   

 

More info about NACO: https://builtbyangels.com/

 

Unto OneLogin a disruptor came. OneLogin has appointed industry disruptor Damon Dean as its new Chief Product Officer. Dean moves from Flexport. The identity and access management (IAM) provider also promoted Matt Hurley to the role of Chief Revenue Officer.

 

Press release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/onelogin-expands-its-c-suite-with-key-executive-hires-301196394.html

Preaching to the choir of trends was stretched as an analogy as Syncapay continued the tradition of fintech and B2B payment systems mergers established in recent weeks. daVinci Payments and North Lane Technologies will now operate as a suite of fintech solutions under the Syncapay umbrella.

More info: https://www.davincipayments.com/faqs/

And the blockchain drummer kept time with the fintech merger trends. Netherlands based blockchain companies LTO Network and VIDT Datalink have already worked together on delivering digital certificates, securing sensor data and providing file authentication for companies as diverse as IBM,  AmSpec, NEN, and Airbus.

Press release: https://blog.ltonetwork.com/lto-network-and-vidt-datalink-merge-to-become-the-front-to-back-b2b-blockchain-solution-2/

Camels and donkeys also moved autonomously, so it was just a matter of time before robotics and AI got in on the transportation game. To cap off a year of commercial transportation and logistics activities, NURO and Ike have merged to realize “the potential of self-driving technology in years rather than decades.” The two companies share an interest in making that happen by focusing on moving goods before people. 

Announcement: https://medium.com/nuro/welcome-ike-40ecf7a2734a

 

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Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott is the Managing Editor of B2BNN. Her technology and business journalism has appeared in the Technology Review, the Globe and Mail, Canada Computes, the Vancouver Sun and the Bay Street Bull. She is the author of the short story collections Love from Planet Wine Cooler and Dry Stories. Links to recently published pieces can be found at www.katebaggott.com