The People’s Node: An Open Letter to Libra

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The world stands at a crucial juncture when new DNA will be created that will form and influence our civilizations for generations to come, determining what our future looks like. The world is now in a position to build global public infrastructure. Who owns this… Read More

Amazon Pay VP Says Company Has No Plans to Partner on Libra or Develop Cryptocurrency without Clear Need

Patrick Gaulthier, vice president of Amazon Pay told attendees at Fortune’s Brainstorm Finance 2019 event earlier this month that retail giant has no immediate plans to involve itself with Facebook’s Libra coin venture or start an Amazon crypto. “It’s fresh, it’s speculative,” he said regarding Libra…. Read More

Overfunding: Renewable Energy Product Brand Deciwatt Quickly Surpasses £400,000 Funding Target on Seedrs

Deciwatt, a UK-based company that creates renewable energy products that allow users to make light and power, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs and has already passed its £400,000 funding target. The funding round has also attracted nearly 200 investors and is offering… Read More

Israeli Police Arrest Brothers Accused of Executing Billion Dollar Bitfinex Crypto Platform Hack

Two computer programmers in Israel, brothers Eli and Assaf Gigi, have been arrested in Jerusalem and accused of operating a sprawling phishing scam that helped them steal 120 000 bitcoins from the Bitfinex trading platform in 2016. According to Israeli crime reporting site Posta, “They… Read More

Update: Pavegen Set to Close Latest Crowdcube Round With Nearly £1.9 Million in Funding

UK-based tech platform Pavegen is set to close its latest equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube with nearly £1.9 million in funding. The campaign was launched last month and quickly secured its £950,000 funding target, Prior to launching the funding initiative, Pavegen raised £513,000, which is represented… Read More

Chatter: Digital Bank Varo Said to be Shutting Down Personal Loan Division as it Focuses on Becoming First US Fintech Bank

Varo Money, one of a handful of US-based digital challenger banks seeking to receive a bank charter from the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), is shutting down its consumer lending division, according to a reliable source. Multiple employees are said to be looking… Read More

As the Lines of Financial Services Blur, the UK Financial Conduct Authority is Doing a Consultation on a “Cross Sector Sandbox”

While it is a fact we all need bank-like services it is also true we do not necessarily need a traditional bank. The digitization of finance has liberated the masses from paper driven, brick and mortar operations to the bank of the iPhone (or Android… Read More

Starling Bank Announces New Collaboration With Direct Line Group to Allow Customers to Apply For Home Insurance Through In-App Marketplace

UK-based digital banking platform Starling Bank announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with Direct Line Group to allow current account customers to apply for home insurance directly through Starling’s in-app marketplace. According to Starling, the partnership will enable customers to securely connect… Read More

Honk Kong Monetary Authority Shares Update on Global Financial Innovation Network

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has posted a deck on GFin or the Global Financial Innovation Network. Hong Kong has emerged as a leading Fintech hub having embraced innovation in financial services. GFiN was launched by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) a bit… Read More

Crypto Trading Platform LedgerX Approved by CFTC as Designated Contract Market

LedgerX, a crypto trading platform that specializes in physically-settled digital currency derivatives, has been approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a designated contract market (DCM). DCMs are exchanges that may list for trading futures or option contracts based on all types of commodities and… Read More

India Neobank Platform Open Raises $30 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Tiger Global

Open, an India-based neobank platform, announced on Tuesday it secured $30 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by Tiger Global with participation from Tanglin Venture Partners Advisors and existing investors 3one4 Capital, Speedinvest,  BetterCapital AngelList Syndicate. Founded in 2016, Open claims to… Read More


Funding London Adds New Board Members

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Funding London CEO, Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, have announced the appointment of three new directors to the Funding London Board. Funding London was launched in 2004 to provide venture capital and debt capital to SMEs, on behalf of the Mayor… Read More

Bank, Credit Union, & Fintech Data Platform MX Secures $100 Million Through Latest Financing Round Led By Battery Venture Partners

MX, a data platform for banks, credit unions, and fintechs, announced on Tuesday it secured $100 million through its latest investment round, which was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from new investors H.I.G. Growth Partners, Point72 Ventures, Sorenson Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, and Cross… Read More

Freetrade Raises Over £2 Million During First Few Hours Crowdfunding on Crowdcube

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider previewed Freetrade’s crowdfunding round on Crowdcube. Today, the offer is live and out of private mode so we wanted to provide an update. As it stands now, Freetrade has easily topped its low-end hurdle of £1 million as it seeks to raise… Read More

UK Challenger Bank Monzo Secures £113 Million Through Latest Investment Round; Bringing Valuation to £2 Billion

UK-based challenger bank Monzo announced on Monday it secured £113 million through its latest investment, led by Y Combinator Continuity and Latitude. The round of funding reportedly brings the platform’s valuation to £2 billion.  The news about Monzo’s latest investment round comes just six months after the… Read More

Zopa Warns Consumers that 2/3 of Loan Applications Don’t Receive Advertised Interest Rate

Peer to peer lender and digital bank Zopa is out with note highlighting the fact that consumers too frequently do not receive the interest rate they expect when applying for a loan. In fact, Zopa states that an astounding two-thirds of loan applicants are offered… Read More

PINTEC Forms New Partnership With Bank of Ganzhou to Establish Fintech Research & Development Center

Chinese fintech Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (PINTEC) announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership Bank of Ganzhou to establish a new fintech research and development center.  PINTEC reported that through the partnership, it and Bank of Ganzhou will jointly establish a fintech research… Read More

Getting Real: Banking Technologists and Professor Debate Blockchain at Federal Reserve Atlanta

Banking technologists Martin Walker, Keith Pritchard and Professor David L Yermack debated the promise and realities of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies on a panel that opened the most recent Mapping the Financial Frontier Conference. The conference was held at Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta,… Read More

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Says Facebook’s Libra Coin Some Distance from Full Implementation on Compliance Side

Reserve Bank of Australia chief Philip Lowe told participants in a Q&A session June 20th that he does not expect Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency network to be fully implemented any time soon. “There’s a lot of water under the bridge before Facebook’s proposal becomes something… Read More

Report: So Far, Banking Partners Notably Absent in Facebook’s New Libra Cryptocurrency Program

Last week’s announcement of “Libra,” Facebook’s move into creating a cryptocurrency payments infrastructure to underpin its social network, was met with considerable fanfare and may have induced a rally in the price of Bitcoins. But several pundits on Yahoo have noted that so far, banks… Read More

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