Raisin, A Global Open Banking Forerunner

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Pan-European marketplace for savings products, Raisin has become the poster child of Fintech disruption as it managed to convince 75,000 investors to put more than €3 billion into savings accounts held at foreign banks. We spoke with Tamaz Georgadze, co-founder and CEO, who explained to… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Lauds Payment Task Force Report, Asks Congress to Move Forward (Faster)

Today the Faster Payments Task Force, created by the Federal Reserve, released its final report along with their recommendations on what needs to be accomplished to bring the US up to date in the payments space. Anybody engaged in the payments sector understands that the US… Read More

Swedish Fintech Firm Klarna Receives Strategic Equity Investment From Permira

Swedish Fintech company Klarna Bank announced on Friday it received a strategic equity investment from Permira, a global investment firm that advises funds and accounts with a total committed capital of circa €32 billion. According to Klarna, the investment partnership will acquire shares from existing… Read More

Online Financial Advisor Betterment Announces $70 Million Round of Funding

Independent online financial advisor, Betterment, announced on Friday a $70 million round of funding, which is described as an extension of the company’s Series E from last year. According to Betterment,  Swedish investment company Kinnevik led the round, extending its financing from last year. Previous investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Menlo… Read More

Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force Publishes Final Report

The Faster Payments Task Force is a group of payment industry stakeholders with representatives from across the payment ecosystem. The group involved over three hundred different stakeholders. The Federal Reserve assembled the task force to help identify and evaluate alternative approaches to implementing safe and… Read More

Digital Wealth Management Startup Flynt Receives Swiss Banking License

On Friday, digital wealth management FLYNT announced it obtained a banking-license from the FINMA and operates now under FLYNT Bank AG. The start-up stated: “The banking-license allows FLYNT the required independence to approach Wealth Management in new ways and using innovative technologies, thus enabling private and… Read More

Meet the Drapers! Republic Co-Hosts Pitch Event with Prominent VC Family, Accepting Applications Now

Republic, an investment crowdfunding platform founded by AngelList alumni, is collaborating with Sony Entertainment on a new series of pitch events involving the Draper family. And who are the Drapers, you may ask? The Drapers are California based VC’s with a pretty amazing track record…. Read More

Blackstone Looks to Acquire as Paysafe Picks Up Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions for $470 million

Global payment solution provider, Paysafe Group plc (LSE: PAYS.L), announced on Friday it has acquired Delta Card Services Inc., the holding company for Texas payment processor Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), for $470 million. According to Paysafe, MCPS is a data-focused full-service payment processor for merchants… Read More

Zopa Confirms: Has Lent £2.46 Billion Since Launching in March 2005

While revealing a “refresher” of its lending policies, UK-based peer-to-peer lender, Zopa, announced that as of July 20th it has lent £2.46 billion and is lending around £80m per month. “With the support of our customers, we have (as of 20 July 2017) lent £2.46bn… Read More

Fintech Firm investFeed to Kick Off Token Generation Event This Weekend

investFeed, a community-powered stock trading network, is set to commence its Token Generation Event (TGE) starting Sunday at 9 a.m. UTC. The fintech firm stated its ill conducts TGE for 15 days and a significant amount has already been committed from strategic investors. The company… Read More

Ron Suber Says P2P Lending is Daylight Banking (Not Shadow Finance)

Ron Suber, perhaps the most prominent global Fintech Ambassador and President Emeritus of Prosper Marketplace, is on an extended swing across Asia visiting various platforms and presenting at events. Visiting with CNBC Asia this week, Suber explained how important transparency is for online lending and… Read More


Crowdcube Co-Founder Luke Lang Shares His Insight on Start-Up Challenges & Entrepreneur Lifestyles

This week, Luke Lang sat down with his Crowdcube co-founder, Darren Westlake, to discuss start-up challenges and the entrepreneur lifestyle. The interview’s description reads: “Listen to Luke’s perspective about the challenges of starting a business in a new sector, in the tail end of a… Read More

Innovate Finance to Host Global Summit in London March 2018

Innovate Finance, the independent membership organization that represents the voice of Britain’s global fintech sector, is set to host its global summit in London on March 20th at the Guildhall. The event’s description reads: “Financial technology has evolved into a powerful global movement that has brought… Read More

CapitalRise Closes Largest Property Crowdfunding Round to Date at £1.35 Million

CapitalRise, a property crowdfunding platform that lets people invest in real estate for as little as £1000, has announced it has raised £.1.35 million for a luxury homes development in Hampshire. This is the platforms largest funding round to date. CapitalRise said their recently launched… Read More

Co-Investment Platform Fast Track VC Completes First Successful Deal For Swiss Biomedical Company Monarch Bioimplants

Fast Track, a global platform that enables accredited investors and funds to co-invest with technology startups, announced on Thursday the completion of its first successful deal, which raised €1.3 million for Swiss biomedical company, Monarch Bioimplants. According to Fast Track, Monarch Bioimplants has engineered a… Read More

Vincent Basulto Provides Perspective on OCC Fintech Charter Speech by Comptroller Keith Noreika

Yesterday, the acting Comptroller of the Currency, Keith Noreika, dove into one of the hottest debates the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has endured in years. Noreika expressed his support on the concept of creating a national Fintech Charter to allow nascent… Read More

Moe, Larry, & Curly Are Back!: Producers of “The Three Little Stooges” Seek Film Production Funds on MicroVentures/Indiegogo’s Equity Crowdfunding Platform

This week, Producer Earl M. Benjamin, Director Sean McNamara, and Writer Harris Goldberg have teamed up to launch a campaign on Indiegogo/MicroVenture’s equity crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the upcoming film The Three Little Stooges. According to the campaign, The Three Little Stooges will feature… Read More

Fig Success “Kingdoms and Castles” Now Available on Steam & GOG

Less than seven months after securing $108,767 from 1382 backers on crowdfunding platform Fig, Lion Shield’s video game Kingdom and Castles is now available on Steam and GoG. As previously reported, Kingdoms and Castles is notably inspired by the SimCity series, Banished, and Stronghold, is described as… Read More

Dark Screen Games Hits Fig to Raise Funds For New Indie Fighting Video Game “Bounty Battle”

Indie video game developer Dark Screen Games launched a crowdfunding campaign on Fig to raise $30,000 for its new game, Bounty Battle. According to the developer, up to four players compete against each other using characters from their favorite indie games across levels from their favorite indie… Read More