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RemotePass Secures $5.5M Series A Funding, Led By 212VC

The company will use the funds to drive market expansion, improve its already award-winning app, and unlock a new phase of product innovation.

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RemotePass, a platform aiding companies in remote workforce management, has acquired $5.5 million in a recent Series A funding round.

The round was spearheaded by 212 VC, with contributors from the US, Europe, and the Middle East, such as Endeavor Catalyst, Oraseya Capital, Khwarizmi Ventures, Flyer One Ventures, Access Bridge Ventures, A15, and Swiss Founders Fund. With the cash injection, RemotePass’s total raised funds now exceed $10 million, adding to previous investments from BECO Capital, Wamda Capital, Plug & Play, and Flat6Labs.

“Witnessing RemotePass’s remarkable product growth and stellar customer service since early 2023 solidified our belief in their visionary team & business model [which] positions them as game-changers in the UAE & KSA, hubs poised for global dominance,” said Ali Hikmet Karabey, Managing Director for lead investor 212 VC.

Established by Kamal Reggad and Karim Nadi, RemotePass caters to various sectors and clients, ranging from startups to major corporations like Spotify, Logitech, and Paymentology. The platform facilitates onboarding, management, and workforce payment in countries where companies lack local legal representation. RemotePass also allows the hiring of full-time employees and contractors across 150+ nations.

“Our platform helps democratize access to global opportunities, leveling the playing field for skilled individuals and enabling them to compete in a global job marketplace. This funding fuels our mission to empower countless lives and help global teams succeed,” explained Kamal Reggad, CEO and Co-Founder of RemotePass.

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Amidst the evolving global remote work trend, RemotePass has positioned itself as a leader, notably making significant gains in the MENA region. The platform is accompanied by a comprehensive “super app” delivering financial services and tailored benefits for remote workers, including varied payout options, a USD debit card, and access to premium health insurance.

Initially conceived in 2019 as a SaaS platform for business travel, RemotePass’s founders, being remote work advocates, transitioned to address the challenges of remote team management, particularly in emerging markets. The pivot, catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic, enabled substantial growth for the company, with a remarkable 35% month-over-month increase in the first two years, predominantly propelled by client referrals.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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