Top Crypto and Blockchain Predictions for 2021 and Beyond – Part 2

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The blockchain and digital assets space is well-positioned for even more growth and adoption in 2021 by mainstream consumers and institutions. The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically accelerated the shift towards all-digital platforms and services because it’s no longer considered safe to visit physical business locations…. Read More

Overstock Converts Blockchain Subsidiary Medici Ventures to a Fund, Enlists VC Firm Pelion Venture Partners to Manage

Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) has migrated Medici Ventures to a limited partnership while enlisting Pelion Venture Partners to act as the general partner of the fund. Medici oversees a number of blockchain-focused ventures including tZero. Overstock will be a limited partner in the fund. Shares in Overstock… Read More

StartEngine Files for Reg A+ Loans Fund

StartEngine, a leading investment crowdfunding platform, has filed another Form 1-A indicating its intent to list a Reg A+ offering labeled StartEngine Loans Fund I LLC. The loan fund is described in the offering circular as follows: “StartEngine Loan Fund I LLC’s mission is to… Read More

Kenyan Insurtech Pula Raises $6 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By TLcom Capital

  Pula, a Kenya-based insurtech, has reportedly secured $6 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by Pan-African early-stage venture capital firm, TLcom Capital, with participation from nonprofit Women’s World Banking. Launched in 2015, Pula claims it is on a mission to reimagine agricultural… Read More

Paysend Appoints Alexander Nicolaus As New Chief People Officer

Paysend, a UK-based global payments platform, announced on Monday it has appointed Alexander Nicolaus as its new Chief People Officer. According to Paysend, Nicolaus has an “impressive” global and international career to date in Europe, China, and across Asia. He previously helped large corporates (Willis,… Read More

Wefunder Dominates Q4 Reg CF Offerings

Earlier this month, Wefunder, a leading securities crowdfunding platform, distributed a tweet highlighting Q4 performance in the Reg CF crowdfunding sector. According to the numbers generated by Kingscrowd, Wefunder dominated this sector of online capital formation. Now crowdfunding encompasses other exemptions, including Reg A+ and… Read More

DV01 Launches Auto Benchmark Datasets to Provide Investors With Transparency on Automotive Asset-Backed Securities

      dv01, a platform that connects online lenders and investors with data management, announced on Monday it has launched its Auto Benchmark Datasets to provide investors with transparency on automotive asset-backed securities.  According to dv01, the new benchmarks pull Reg AB data from… Read More

New Law Increases Anti-Money Laundering Efforts Including Digital Assets

The [William M. (Mac) Thornberry] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (HR 6395) was signed into law at the beginning of this month. While the title of the law is pretty accurate as the bulk of the legislation addresses defense issues, buried within… Read More

PeerStreet Unveils Investment Product “PeerStreet Pocket” to Allow Investors to Earn More Interest on Available Cash

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PeerStreet, a leading platform for investing in real estate backed loans, announced on Monday the launch of its new investment product, PeerStreet Pocket. According to PeerStreet, the PeerStreet Pocket product allows investors to earn more interest on their cash. PeerStreet also revealed that PeerStreet Pocket… Read More

DBS Announces Digitalized Audit Confirmation Solution for Both Corporate & SME Customers

  Southwestern Asian banking group DBS has reportedly launched a digitalized audit confirmation solution for both corporate and SME customers. According to various reports, the solution cuts down on the processing time for audit confirmation requests from compared seven-day industry norm to just under 24… Read More

U.S. Family Money App Goalsetter Scores $3.9 Million Through Seed Round; Included Investments From NBA’s Chris Paul & Kevin Durant

  Goalsetter, a U.S.-based family money app, has reportedly secured $3.9 million through its latest seed funding round. According to CNBC, the company saw investments from Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul through the round. As previously reported, Goalsetter describes itself as a… Read More



Varo Bank Unveils $100,000 Emergency Fund Giveaway

  Digital banking group Varo Bank announced on Monday the launch of Varo for Tomorrow, which is described as an emergency fund giveaway aimed to help Americans get started on their savings journey for 2021 and build durable financial resilience for years to come. The… Read More

Grayscale Commits $1 Million to Crypto Non-Profit Advocacy Group Coin Center

Grayscale, the creators of multiple publicly traded crypto funds, has committed $1 million to Coin Center – the well-known crypto non-profit and advocacy group. Additionally, Grayscale said it would top up this amount with another $1 million in matching funds through February 2021. The matching… Read More

Supplier Payments Fintech Melio Raises $110 Million at $1.3 Billion Valuation

Melio, founded by CEO Matan Bar, CTO Ilan Atias, and COO Ziv Paz, has raised $110 million at a valuation of $1.3 billion. Melio allows businesses to digitally pay their invoices for free using a bank transfer or debit cards.  The funding round was led… Read More

U.S. Auto Financing Fintech MotoRefi Announces $10 Million Through Series A-1 Round Led By Moderne Ventures

MotoRefi, an auto refinancing startup on a mission to help consumers save on their car loans, recently announced it secured $10 million through its Series A-1 funding round, which was led by Moderne Ventures. According to MotoRefi, the Series A-1 round follows its Series A round,… Read More

Dutch Crowdfunding Platform Lendahand Announces €5 million Debt Facility For Funding Societies to Support Southeast Asian Underserved SMEs

Lendahand, a Netherlands-based for-profit crowdfunding platform for impact investing, announced over the weekend that it has agreed to provide Singapore-based Funding Societies with an up to €5 million debt facility to invest in underserved SMEs, predominantly in Indonesia, but also including Singapore and Malaysia. Lendahand reported… Read More

Fintech Firms May have Significant Growth Opportunities in Africa due to Increasing Demand for Digital Services: Report

A recent study carried out by the Mastercard Economics Institute revealed that the Coronavirus crisis has presented Africa with significant growth opportunities for Fintech firms. The study has noted that the industry should, this year, play a key role in promoting greater financial inclusion in… Read More

SPACs: Nearly 300 Special Purpose Acquisition Companies are Currently Seeking Deals with $90B in Available Cash

The hottest or most trendy thing right now in the world of finance are SPACs or special purpose acquisition companies. Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal reportedly has one now, and so does former House Speaker Paul Ryan, and hedge-fund billionaire William Ackman. SPACs have become… Read More

European Real Estate Firm Vonovia Issues €20 Million Digital Bond on Stellar Blockchain with Assistance from Bitbond, firstwire

European real estate firm Vonovia has reportedly issued a €20 million digital bond on the Stellar blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) platform through a partnership with firstwire, a web-based marketplace for handling debt financing, and Bitbond, which is Germany’s tokenization and digital asset custody… Read More

Mastercard, Network Int. to Support MENA Region Digital Payments, as [email protected] Launches Inventory Monetization Platform for MENA Countries

Mastercard has partnered with UAE-headquartered PSP Network International in order to introduce a digital platform with the goal of promoting the adoption of virtual payments across the MENA region. With this new digital platform going live this month, Network International plans to help its customers… Read More

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