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July 6, 2023

Visa-Pismo Deal Ignites Fintech M&A Frenzy

A whirlwind week in fintech: Mega M&A, immigrant-focused startups, and Brex's startup support reignited

This week witnessed major M&A news as corporate spend management company Ramp acquired AI-powered customer support platform The deal, valued at $3.5 million, brings game-changing capabilities to Ramp's customer service, automating ticket responses with remarkable accuracy. The technical prowess of's team impressed Ramp co-founders, signaling a significant shift in their support operations.

In another groundbreaking move, Visa secures a blockbuster $1 billion acquisition of Brazilian fintech startup Pismo. The deal, rumored for months, reflects Visa's recognition of Pismo's exceptional growth and success in the payments infrastructure sector. With an impressive surge from 10 million to 80 million accounts in just a year, Pismo's transaction volumes also skyrocketed from under $1 billion monthly to a staggering $40 billion annually.

Although the purchase price fell below earlier rumors, the strategic value of the deal remains substantial. In addition to enhancing Visa's issuer processing capabilities, Pismo brings unique core banking expertise, allowing Visa to connect and support emerging payment rails like Pix in Brazil. This acquisition cements Visa's commitment to innovation and reinforces the thriving Latin American startup community.

These developments mark significant milestones in the tech and fintech landscapes, showcasing the transformative power of strategic partnerships and technological advancements.

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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