Tradeshift Acquires Cloud Integration Innovator Babelway

Business commerce platform Tradeshift has acquired cloud integration technology provider Babelway, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Financial details were not disclosed but Tradeshift says Babelway’s technology will now be offered as Tradeshift Link.

According to the buyer, Tradeshift Link will help the integration of disconnected systems used for B2B buying, paying, and selling, which is a “significant” challenge for companies building digital supply chains.

“We believe that B2B commerce should be connected, digital, and flexible. We’ve been partnering with Babelway for over six years and in that time have seen the massive value their technology provides for our users,” said Christian Lanng, CEO and founder of Tradeshift.

Tradeshift Link allows banks and third-party app providers to connect to the Tradeshift network to offer financial solutions such as financing and early payment services.

Small and medium-sized sellers, who “traditionally have smaller ERP systems and smaller teams, will benefit from Tradeshift Link because it allows them to work more easily with large Fortune 500 buyers”.

According to the Tradeshift, more than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries use it to process over $500 billion in transaction value.

As reported last month, the California-based company was reportedly in talks to purchase Basware. Tradeshift made the unsolicited takeover bid in October in a deal backed by China-based Ping An Insurance Group.

FinTech Futures contacted Tradeshift today (18 December) to enquire about the state of this deal – the firm says “no comment”.

Basware just referred us to their site (thanks, I have seen it). That says: “Basware confirms that it is in discussions with Tradeshift regarding a possible cash tender offer. Such further media reports contain speculation regarding the potential offer price level and certain other matters, including the status of financing and timing. Basware has not, among other things, received any confirmation that the financing for the Indicative Proposal is appropriately secured, and an announcement of a possible tender offer is not imminent.”

According to site, Tradeshift intention is to launch a recommended public tender offer of €48 per share in cash for the entire issued share capital of Basware on a fully diluted basis.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco, Tradeshift demonstrated its Instant Payments solution at FinovateEurope 2012. The company has raised $432 million in funding and includes Goldman Sachs, PSP Investments, H14, and American Express Ventures among its investors.

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Tradeshift Makes Bid to Buy Basware

While everyone is busy completing their online orders on Cyber Monday, supply chain innovation company Tradeshift is attempting a purchase of its own.

The California-based company is reportedly in talks to purchase Finnish software maker Basware. Tradeshift made the unsolicited takeover bid last month in a deal backed by China-based Ping An Insurance Group. The terms of the proposal, which is yet to be confirmed, are undisclosed.

As one of Tradeshift’s competitors, Basware provides networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing, and financing services. The company connects 1 million businesses in more than 100 countries across the globe. Some of its current customers include Heineken, McDonald’s, Toyota, and other large global brands. According to Bloomberg, if the deal goes through it could help Tradeshift compete with SAP and Oracle.

Tradeshift was founded in 2010 to provide a platform to digitize and manage business processes such as cashflow. At FinovateEurope 2012, Tradeshift demoed Instant Payments, which allows small businesses to receive payments instantly on the Tradeshift platform in exchange for a small interest rate.

Tradeshift’s business commerce platform connects more than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries. To date, the company has processed more than half a trillion dollars in transaction value. Tradeshift has raised $432 million, including its most recent $250 million round from Goldman Sachs this spring which vaulted the company’s valuation up to $1.1 billion. Earlier this year, the company collaborated with MakerDAO on a blockchain payments solution.

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Tradeshift Collaborates with MakerDAO on Blockchain Payments

Supply chain payments company Tradeshift has always aimed to help businesses get paid faster. Today, it’s doubling down on that mission by partnering with MakerDAO to leverage the blockchain to speed up payments.

MakerDAO is the creator of Dai, a decentralized stablecoin based on the Ethereum blockchain, as well as the Dai Credit System. Through the partnership, Tradeshift will leverage MakerDAO’s credit system to create a supply chain liquidity marketplace. The marketplace aims to serve businesses, which can leverage transactions and digital assets on the Tradeshift platform to create short-term financing models; developers, who can build apps for investors; and investors, who benefit the tokenization of assets such as invoices made available on new financial apps.

As Tradeshift Co-Founder Gert Sylvest described, it was previously difficult for trade receivables to leverage the blockchain, since the market has tight margins that do not allow for the volatile fluctuations that come with settlement in digital currencies. The difference in the Dai Credit System, Sylvest explained, is that it is “a transparent and stable token that allows anyone to represent real-world currency settlements on the blockchain.”

The Dai maintains stability because it is an open smart contract platform that allows anyone to issue Dai against their assets, which are held as collateral. When users want to retrieve their collateral, they return the Dai currency they issued, plus a fee based on how much time they used it for. This removes the need for users to blindly trust a third party. MakerDAO’s video explains a bit more in-depth:

Rune Christensen, CEO of MakerDAO said that this partnership “proves the potential of the blockchain to level the economic playing field for businesses of all sizes around the globe.” He added that the collaboration offers “new options for investors by creating an entirely new class of investment vehicles with vetted risk, based on real world assets.”

Founded in 2010, Tradeshift helps business’ buyers and suppliers digitize and collaborate on their transactions using any supply chain app. At FinovateEurope 2012, Tradeshift demoed Instant Payments, which allows small businesses to receive payments instantly on the Tradeshift platform in exchange for a small interest rate.

The company’s business commerce platform connects more than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries. To date, the California-based company has processed more than half a trillion dollars in transaction value. Tradeshift has raised $432 million, including its most recent $250 million round from Goldman Sachs this spring which vaulted the company’s valuation up to $1.1 billion.

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Tradeshift Raises $250 Million in Round Led by Goldman Sachs

Fintech has a brand new unicorn.

Supply chain financing innovator Tradeshift has locked in $250 million in new capital courtesy of a just-completed Series E round. The investment was led by Goldman Sachs and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, and featured participation from HSBC, H14, Bullhound, and a new venture firm founded by Tradeshift founders called Gray Swan.

“We are very happy with this validation of our vision,” Christian Lanng, Tradeshift founder and CEO said. “We have always believed that the future of supply chains is 100% digital and that connecting trade is the first step to a digitally connected economy. This investment will enable us to continue our rapid growth and consolidate our leadership position. We welcome Goldman Sachs and PSP Investments as our newest investors and look forward to their valuable contributions as we enter our next growth phase.”

The latest round of funding takes Tradeshift’s total capital to more than $400 million and gives the San Francisco-based firm a valuation of $1.1 billion.

Working with more than 1.5 billion businesses in 190 countries around the world, Tradeshift enables supply chain payments and marketplaces, supporting trade finance alternatives, spend and receivables management, lending and payments, as well as private marketplaces. Tradeshift has helped free the $9 trillion in capital locked in online payments and was referred to in the November 2017 Forrester report on the Vendor Landscape: B2B Business Networks as the company whose technology “cause(s) other PO/invoice network vendors to change strategy.”

Tradeshift demonstrated the Instant Payments feature of its platform at FinovateEurope 2012. Instant Payments enables SMEs to receive instant payment for invoices approved through the platform, giving businesses access to lower interest rates compared to other funding opportunities. The solution also helps relieve pressure on cash flow due to late payments and extended payment terms.

Recently recognized with Best B2B Payments Platform honors from the FinTech Breakthrough Awards, Tradeshift launched Tradeshift Pay in May which combines supply chain payments and financing and blockchain-based early payments into a single solution. In March, the company partnered with Canon Business Process Services in a deal that enabled Canon customers to leverage Tradeshift’s platform to improve their supply chain, including source-to-pay processes.

The company began the year with the launch of Tradeshift Frontiers, an innovation lab and incubator geared toward helping bring the benefits of new technologies like AI and distributed ledgers to the world of supply chain management and global trade. Tradeshift was founded in 2010.