Brian Korn on OCC FIntech Charter: Novel Attempt by Regulator to Adjust to Changing Times

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The concept of a Fintech Charter for emerging firms in the financial services industry has generated plenty of attention on Capitol Hill and with Fintech entrepreneurs. Originally pitched by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency towards the end of last year, a comment… Read More

Lloyds: Low Interest Rates & Fintech are the Most Important Trends that Will Shape Banking Over the Next 10 years

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Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive Officer Antonio Horta-Osorio made the statement that “low-interest rates and fintech are the most important trends that will shape banking over the next 10 years.” The pronouncement comes as Lloyds has been enduring… Read More

Voice of Reason: Mercatus Explains Need for Fintech Charter to Boost Innovation

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” ― Peter F. Drucker The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) rattled the cages of big finance and state regulators in proposing a possible “Fintech Charter” to license and regulate emerging… Read More

Funding Circle Stops Originating Loans in Spain

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Following big news of a $100 million funding round, Funding Circle has announced it will stop issuing new loans in Spain. The announcement was posted on the Spanish version site of the SME peer to peer lender noting that it has not offered new loans… Read More

Indiegogo Announces Crowdfunded Films Heading to Sundance & Slamdance 2017

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On Friday, global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that some of its funded success films are heading to this year’s Sundance and Slamdance festivals. The funding portal shared: “We’re all about starting the New Year off right here at Indiegogo, and that’s just what we’ve been… Read More

Shut Down: Kickstarter Suspends “Tinder For Adoption” Adoptly’s Campaign

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Just one week after launching its Kickstarter for its“Tinder for Child Adoption” app-based platform, the fundraising effort for California startup Adoptly was suspended on the crowdfunding giant’s platform. The app promises to move at the speed of modern life to connect those looking to start a family… Read More

New #FundedClub Member: MyShowcase Closes Successful Crowdcube Initiative

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On Friday, multi-brand, multichannel, personal beauty advisory service MyShowcase finished its equity crowdfunding run on Crowdcube and secured £1,036,170 from 396 investors. MyShowcase now offers a range of independent UK beauty brands. Stylists give advice and sell to customers via home showcases, 1-2-1 or through social media. Within the past two years,… Read More

Gaza Sky Geeks Crowdfunds to Launch Coding Academy

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Gaza Sky Geeks is running another crowdfunding campaign called “Power Up Gaza’s Geeks”.  There is just over a week left in the campaign, and the group is currently at $277,869 — or 292 percent of its original goal. Initially, Gaza Sky Geeks had a goal… Read More

Seedrs Alum Eventopedia Receives $120,000 Microsoft Scholarship

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Seedrs alum and online event planner community Eventopedia announced last week it was accepted into Microsoft’s BizSpark Plus program, which the platform stated offers a selected startups that are considered to have a high growth potential in their markets. The platform has notably been awarded… Read More


Crowdcube Joins Forces With All Response Media For Startup Competition TV Star

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On Thursday, Crowdcube announced it formed a partnership with UK’s customer acquisition media agency, All Response Media, to support competition for startups, TV Star.  According to Crowdcube, the two winners of the contest will receive a fully funded media and creative TV advertising campaign, which… Read More

Video Game Studio Team Gotham Seeks $64,000 on Fig For Latest Project “Solo”

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This week, video game studio Team Gotham launched a crowdfunding campaign on Fig to raise $64,000 for its latest gaming project, Solo, which is described as an exploration game in which a sailor is traveling through a vast archipelago, solving puzzles, and wondering about love. The game’s… Read More

Bricks Financial Receives FCA Authorization

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Peer-to-peer lending platform Bricks Financial has officially received authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). As previously reported, the online lender was founded in 2014 and is designed to build a community of investors to help those looking for development finance. The new direct lender was… Read More

FINRA Issues Report on Blockchain & Implications for Securities Industry

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FINRA has published a report (embedded below) on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and its implications for the securities industry. The publication is entitled; “Distributed Ledger Technology: Implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry.” FINRA, or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the self-regulatory organization… Read More

Swedish Food Startup Select Cook Seeks SEK500,000 Through FundedByMe Initiative For App Growth & Development

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Select Cook, a Swedish startup that connects food lovers through its smartphone app, has recently launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on FundedByMe to raise SEK500,000 as it continues its growth and expansion. The company notably offers an app for both eaters, who are looking for… Read More

Consumer Financial Data Rights Group Formed by Fintech Companies including Kabbage, Affirm & More

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 A group of fintech companies announced on Thursday they have come together to create the Consumer Financial Data Rights (CFDR) group. This organization will notably defend consumers’ access to their data and fuels innovation in the fintech industry. Founders of the CFDR group includes leaders from Affirm, Betterment,… Read More

Fintech Acquisition Corp. II Reveals Pricing of $153 Million IPO

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FinTech Acquisition Corp. II, a blank-check company that acquires or merges with one or more businesses or entities in the fintech industry, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15.3 million units at a price of $10 per unit, for gross proceeds to the… Read More

OTCQX Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

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OTC Markets’ OTCQX – or their best marketplace – is celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations. While OTC Markets’ lineage dates back to 1913, their “elite tier” of traded securities remains a pre-teen. Modeled after the London Stock Exchange’s successful AIM market, OTCQX was created… Read More