Championing French Fintech & Fintech Education: An Interview with Anaïs Raoux

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Individual Fintech startups can’t disrupt financial services. It takes an ecosystem to do so. We spoke in Paris with Anaïs Raoux, the Managing Director of the industry association France Fintech about how the association helps build an effective ecosystem for French Fintechs ‒ tackling issues… Read More

The European Crowdfunding Network Schedules General Assembly for June 21st

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) has scheduled its Assembly of Members to take place on June 21, 2017. The gathering will be held at the ECN offices in Brussels. All ECN members are invited to stand for and vote on the ECN Board of Directors. The Board… Read More

ZrCoin Claims $3.7 Million Raised in ICO

Moscow based ZrCoin says it has raised $3.7 Million with the support of over 1,500 participants via an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on the Waves Blockchain Platform. ZrCoin reports the money was raised during a two week crowdfunding campaign earlier this month The funding was… Read More

CEO of Assetz Capital Stuart Law Criticizes UK Government’s Approach to Boost Housing Market

The UK housing market has struggled for years as high demand has challenged supply. The markets have reacted naturally by driving housing costs up. Home buyers and renters have struggled to keep up. London has become one of the most expensive property markets in the… Read More

Global Messaging App Kik Set to Launch Its Own Cryptocoin

Instant messaging app Kik is currently developing its own cryptocurrency which it will soon offer for sale to the public, according to an article on CoinDesk. WeChat of the West Dubbed the “WeChat of the West”, Kik was founded in 2009 by a group of… Read More

Singapore Marketplace Lender Capital Match Facilitates S$40M+ in Cumulative Origination

Capital Match announced that it has facilitated over S$40 million in cumulative origination since the start of its operations in 2015. The company claims itself as the largest pure marketplace platform in Singapore and greater Southeast Asia offering invoice financing and secured lending products. Accredited… Read More

46,326+ Supporters Making a Positive Impact on JustGiving/British Red Cross’ Manchester Campaign

Shortly after the terrorist attack, The Manchester Evening News partnered with the British Red Cross to launch a donations campaign on JustGiving to raise £2 million to support the families of the victims killed and wounded in the tragic Manchester Arena attack. The campaign has… Read More

Brief: Prosper CFO Usama Ashraf Comments on Closing First Securitization from PMIT 2017-1

As expected, Prosper, the SF-based marketplace lending platform for consumer loans, announced the closing of the first securitization from the Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust, Series 2017-1, “PMIT 2017-1.” “We are very pleased with the execution of this transaction, which was not only upsized based on… Read More

Investing in Food’s Future: Vita Mojo Surpasses £2.1M on Crowdcube

Hungry for an investment or just plain hungry?  Vita Mojo provides a solution to both! Vita Mojo, a quickly-growing UK restaurant chain and software company that is backed by the €6B global caterer Elior, is on a mission “to make food personal.” With industry leaders already on… Read More

BFT-SMaRt Consensus Protocol Co-Creator Dr. Alysson Bessani & Yale ProfZhong Shao Join Symbiont’s Advisory Board

Dr. Alysson Bessani, the co-creator of the Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus protocol BFT-SMaRt, has joined Symbiont’s advisory board. Developed in 2014, BFT-SMaRt was designed to address deficiencies in other BFT protocols such as PBFT. Assembly, Symbiont’s decentralized log component, is based on the BFT-SMaRt consensus protocol,… Read More


Secured P2P Lender Silver Bullion Reports Topping S$30 Million in Loans

Silver Bullion reports it has now facilitated S$30 million in peer to peer loans secured by precious metals like gold and silver. The Singapore-based platform expects to pay out S$1 million in interest as the loans mature. Lenders are receiving an average return of 3.83%… Read More

Earnest Prices $175 Million Securitization Rated by DBRS

Online lender Earnest has closed $175 million in refinanced student loans. The offering received a AA rating on the senior notes by DBRS which is one notch below the highest attainable rating of AAA. Earnest said the transaction was oversubscribed by 3X and traded at… Read More

Michigan Looks to Expand Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

Michigan enacted an intrastate investment crowdfunding exemption back in 2013 with broad bipartisan support. But legislators are looking to expand the reach of the current rule by updating the law. According to the Michigan House Republicans, State Representative Bronna Kahle’s new legislation (HB 4305) will broaden… Read More

Facebook Expands Donations Based Crowdfunding

Facebook is ratcheting up the competition with JustGiving and GoFundMe with its own donations-based crowdfunding vertical. According to information posted on the Facebook press page, the social media platform is adding two new categories: Community and Sports. Now users in the US can raise money… Read More

SE Asia Blockchain Mobile Payments Platform Coins Raises $5 Million from Naspers

Coins, a Philippines-based blockchain mobile payments platform that services Southeast Asia, announced it had secured US $5 million in funding from Naspers, according to an article on Techcrunch. Naspers, which is based in South Africa, is one of the world’s largest investors in tech. The… Read More

Zopa to Launch Innovative Finance ISA in June. Other Investment Options Updated

Zopa has announced that it will launch its Innovative Finance ISAs or IFSA in June pending HMRC approval. Zopa believes demand for the new ISA will be high and said it will give priority access to existing customers. In advance of the IFISA, Zopa is… Read More

Go TRIBE! Nearing £1.4M with 15 Days Remaining on Crowdcube Campaign

With 15 days remaining on its Crowdcube equity crowdfunding campaign, the UK-based sports nutrition brand TRIBE, has raised nearly £1.4M with the confidence of over 1558 investors for 20.28% equity offered.  Funding from the campaign will be used to help aid product development (more info due in late 2017), improve… Read More