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IT Leaders’ Top 15 Takeaways From 2021

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Every year has its twists and turns, but 2021 — like its predecessor — was filled with more than the usual number of memorable events and seismic changes, from inflation and supply chain issues to the Great Resignation and the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

So, after another turbulent year, we asked a handful of CIOs to look back at what the past 12 months have taught them. Here they give their top takeaways from 2021.

1. Unpredictability and constant change are the new norm

Kathy Kay, CIO, Principal Financial Group

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Kathy Kay, CIO at Principal Financial Group, suspects many people will look back at their January 2021 expectations for the year and realize how off they were. “How we thought the year was going to end is much different than how it’s actually ending,” she says.

Given that fact, Kay says she and other CIOs must always be ready for change. She acknowledges that the need for this trait isn’t new, but it became increasingly critical during the past year that was as unpredictable as the year prior.

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Moroccan B2B ECommerce Platform Chari Nets Funding on $100M Valuation

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Morocco-based B2B eCommerce and FinTech startup Chari could see a valuation of $100 million after a new bridge round of funding, TechCrunch reported Thursday (Jan. 20).

Chari functions as a mobile app, allowing traditional proximity store owners in Morocco to order products and have them delivered.

The company is trying to get more into the FinTech space after closing a bridge round which was led by the Saudi Arabia-based venture capital fund Khwarizmi Ventures, AirAngels (Airbnb Alumni Investors) and Afri Mobility, the venture capital arm of AKWA Group.

“Chari will use the money from this bridge round to test the BNPL services with its existing customers,” said Ismael Belkhayat, Chari’s CEO. “Upon successful results, Chari will acquire a local credit company to enable shop owners to lend money to their end users and further grow their business.”

Chari works with over half of the proximity stores in Casablanca, and has expanded into Tunisia. Last August, the company also acquired Karny, a mobile credit book application.

The Karny acquisition gave Chari more data on the loans given by grocery stores to customers, letting it credit assess unbanked shop owners and determine the best payment terms.

Chari was also a participant in the startup investor and incubator Y Combinator S21 batch and raised $5 million in late 2021. PYMNTS writes that Karny’s services help convenience stores use smartphones to manage credit arrangements with customers.

See also: Morocco’s eCommerce Startup Chari.ma Acquires Mobile Credit Book App

The company has around 15,000 convenience store customers. According to Y Combinator’s website, Chari “is an eCommerce and FinTech app for traditional retailers in North Africa allowing them to order any consumer goods they sell and get delivered for free in less than 24 hours.”

Chari also works as a financial services provider for retailers, offering micro-credit facilities.

PYMNTS also reported on Chari’s fundraising last year, writing that it could help the company expand into French-speaking Africa.

Related: Moroccan B2B eCommerce Firm Chari Raises $5M 

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Hudson Swafford Breaks From Pack Late to Win the American Express

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Hudson Swafford went eagle-birdie at the 16th and 17th holes to cap a busy final round and win The American Express on Sunday in La Quinta, Calif.

Swafford’s eagle, nine birdies and three bogeys added up to an 8-under 64 that catapulted him to victory after starting the day three strokes off theleaders. At 23-under 265, Swafford beat Tom Hoge (68 Sunday) by two shots.

Brian Harman also shot a 64 earlier in the day to se

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Is Putin Following in Steps of Peter the Great

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Three hundred and forty kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, lies the city of Poltava.

At its heart is a semi-circular square with a cast-iron column and nearly two dozen eighteenth-century Swedish cannons captured in the 1709 Battle of Poltava, a decisive encounter in the Great Northern War, waged between Russia’s Peter the Great and Sweden’s Charles XII for supremacy in eastern Europe.

Russia’s

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