Fresh from $6.5M Round, NYC Fintech EquityZen CEO Atish Davda Discusses Investment Access and Liquidity for All

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EquityZen, a New York-based Fintech firm that operates a secondary marketplace for company-approved transactions in pre-IPO stock, has a mission: to improve the way startup employees are paid by unlocking the value of their equity compensation in a way that benefits all key players, including the… Read More

MyEtherWallet Clone App Breaches Apple App Store Vetting Process

The excitement surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has driven a huge surge in popular interest in Apps that allow individuals to purchase, or sell, digital currencies. This week, something rare happened as an imposter App reportedly managed to evade Apple’s stringent vetting process to post… Read More

Overfunding: Snaptrip Achieves £900,000 Funding Target & Now Nearing £1.2 Million Through Seedrs Campaign

SnapTrip, a marketplace for people to discover the best last-minute self-catered holiday deals in the UK, has secured its initial £900,000 funding target and is now nearing £1.2 million from nearly 100 investors through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Founded in 2014, SnapTrip offers users a… Read More

Nude, an App to Hide Your Naughty Photos, is Crowdfunding on Microventures / Indiegogo

The “sexiest App ever” has launched a Reg CF crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo / Microventures. Aptly named Nude, is an App where you can safely stow your naughty photos. We have all read about, or viewed, naked pictures of celebrities and others that have been… Read More

Singapore Blockchain Startup VeriME Announces Partnership With WeShop & Moin

VeriME, a Singapore-based blockchain decentralized digital identity verification platform, announced on Friday it has formed a partnership with cross-border retail import-buy facilitation brand WeShop to provide secure customer verification and authentication services. According to VeriME, the new partnership comes after the platform completed its deal… Read More

Chinese Takeaway Zing Zing Returns to Crowdcube & Quickly Secures £500,000 Funding Target

Just a little over a year and a half after securing more than £1.5 million through its first equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, Chinese takeaway Zing Zing has returned the funding portal and quickly secured its initial £500,000 funding target from more than 200 investors. … Read More

Hyperwallet Partners with Amazon in Australia

Hyperwallet, a global payment platform, has formed a partnership with Amazon to be able to receive disbursements from sales on Amazon’s new Australian marketplace. Hyperwallet said it will now support international seller disbursements from Amazon with its multi-currency payout solution that enables Amazon Marketplace sellers… Read More

Mintos, an Online Marketplace for Loans, Adds First Russian Loan Originator to Platform.

The Mintos marketplace for loans has added its first Russia based loan originator: EcoFinance. The online lender offers investments in unsecured personal loans issued in Russia under its CreditPlus brand. Mintos reports that EcoFinance loans on its marketplace will initially be listed in Euros with… Read More

First Full Day of Trading in Bitcoin Futures on CBOE

Today is the first full day of trading for Bitcoin futures on the CBOE.  Trading under the symbol XBT, contracts actually began last night (Sunday, December 10th) and represents a milestone event in the legitimization of the worlds most popular cryptocurrency. Bitcoin futures allow market participants… Read More

SoFi Completes $769 Million Student Loan Securitization; Brings Total ABS Issuance to $6.9 Billion in 2017

On Friday, online lending platform SoFi announced that it has closed its $769 million SoFi Private Student Loan notes (SoFi 2017-F). The lender revealed that the closing marked its 12th ABS transaction this year and brings the total amount of ABS issuance to $6.9 billion. SoFi reported… Read More

SelfKey Digital Identity Firm Tops $5 Million in Private Pre-sales, Public Pre-Sale ICO Kicks Off on December 15th

SelfKey, a “self sovereign identity” firm, has just completed a pre-sale of KEY tokens raising $5 million. Now SelfKey is preparing to launch its public Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on December 15th. The token sale has a hard cap of US$21.78 million. The SelfKey white… Read More


P2P Lender CrowdProperty Closes Pre-Series A Funding Round on Seedrs

CrowdProperty, a property peer to peer lender, has closed its pre-series A equity crowdfunding round at £907,467 or 150% of the funding target. The campaign listed on Seedrs attracted 509 investors investing an average of £1,783. CrowdProperty offered a 9.23% ownership stake in the company… Read More

LATTICE80 Forms New Partnership with Lithuania Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

LATTICE80 and Lithuania’s Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) have parnered up on startup incubation. The largest Fintech hub in the world will help Lithuania accelerate growth of Fintech including AI, Blockchain and Cyber security. partner on startup incubation MITA was established on in… Read More

Report: France to Allow Blockchain Tech for Securities Transfers

Lost among the national mourning for French icon Johnny Hallyday was the news that France will allow Blockchain technology to be utilized to transfer certain securities. According to a report in Les Echos, distributed ledger technology has been presented to the Council of Ministers and… Read More

Bank Branches No More: RBS Keeps Shuttering Bricks & Mortar Locations as Digital Banking Revolution Continues

On December 1st, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announced it would close 62 RBS branches and 197 NatWest branches. The shuttering of these bank branches is not unique to RBS and is indicative of the global Fintech revolution. This is not the first time… Read More

Coinbase: Bitcoin Price Increase Creates Stress on Our Systems

Coinbase had probably its biggest week ever as the price of Bitcoin shot through the roof last week. While the price of Bitcoin has settled down a bit at around $16,000 (for now), the the rapid rise of BTC was joined by extreme volatility as… Read More

Investment Platform InvestorConnect Launches Equity Crowdfunding Round on Invesdor

Investment platform InvestorConnected has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Invesdor, seeking to raise a maximum of £350,000. Founded in 2010, InvestorConnected describes itself as a website that provides a global platform where entrepreneurs are able to pitch their businesses or projects to a broad range of… Read More

Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service LaundryHeap Seeks £850,000 Through Seedrs Funding Round

LaundryHeap, a UK-based laundry and dry cleaning service with same day collection and delivery within 24 hours, is now seeking £850,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The company, which described itself as the “Uber for Laundry,” stated in London and has already expanded… Read More

KPMG Report: Fintech is Key for Hong Kong Banking as 2018 will see Mainstream Adoption

KPMG published a report on the Hong Kong banking industry this past week and Fintech plays a prominent role in the theme of the document. Hong Kong has been a prominent financial center since almost the beginning of time but in the Fintech race –… Read More