The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2018

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Last year, I boldly predicted 10 Fintech movements that will take place as Earth makes another perfect rotation around our Sun. It’s always fun to look back and see how wrong I was, so let’s stump the chump! Here are my original predictions. Let’s score… Read More

Worthy Peer Capital Moves forward with Reg A+ Offer to Bring a Liquid Peer-Debt Product to Market Providing 5% Money Market Alternative

Worthy Peer Capital, a subsidiary of Worthy Finance, has received regulatory approval to raise funding under Reg A+. The crowdfunding round will be used to bring a new liquid peer-debt product to the entire investing ecosystem. Everyone knows that rates on Money Market accounts suck. But… Read More

Overfunding: Orders & Payment App Zapaygo Investments Surpasses £500,000 Funding Target on Crowdcube

Zapaygo Investments, a UK-based ordering and payment mobile app, has successfully surpassed its initial equity crowdfunding campaign’s £500,000 funding target on Crowdcube. The company launched the funding round earlier month and has so far attracted more than 160 investors. Founded in 2015, Zapaygo is described as a… Read More

Insurtech Software Provider Guidewire Teams Up With Plug and Play to Advance P&C Insurance Innovation & Collaboration

Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers, announced on Thursday it has teamed up with global startup program and venture fund Plug and Play to advance P&C insurance innovation and collaboration.Guidewire notably joins Plug and Play’s platform as… Read More

Advertising Platform Pingvalue Readies for €30M-Goal ICO on Chaineum

Pingvalue plans an upcoming ICO with a €30M target conducted for developing its blockchain-based advertising services. Chaineum, a French ICO Boutique founded by Laurent Leloup, is leading this ICO. Following the recent successful ICO conducted by Domraider, Chaineum is leading this offering with a pre-ICO opening… Read More

Real Estate Marketplace Roofstock Hits $1 Billion in Transactions & Upsized Series Funding Round to $42 Million

On Thursday, real estate marketplace Roofstock announced it has surpassed $1 billion in property transactions since the launching of its marketplace in 2016. The online lender also revealed it has upsized its Series C funding round to $42 million, which represents a 20% increase over the initial… Read More

Applied Blockchain Secures Funding from Shell Trading International & Calibrate: Ready, Set, Grow!

Applied Blockchain Ltd, a London-based blockchain start-up, has secured its first funding round with investments from Shell Trading International Ltd and Calibrate Partners LLP for minority stakes in the company, its first entry into the energy industry. The initial funding for an undisclosed amount will be used… Read More

ThinCats Supports £1 Million Employee Buy-Out at Scottish IT Business Network ROI

Network ROI, a Midlothian-based IT firm, announced on Thursday it completed an employee buy-out after receiving £1 million in funding from alternative finance specialist ThinCats. Founded in 2003 by Sean Elliot, Network ROI’s initial focus was to provide IT support to companies in Scotland. The company… Read More

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Security Platform Ledger Celebrates Draper Esprit-Led $75M Series B Round

French cryptocurrency and blockchain security company Ledger nabbed a $75 million (EUR 61 million) Series B round, led by Draper Esprit. The investment funds will enable the company to scale up its operations as demand for its security products increases. While the round was led by… Read More

London Food Hub Mercate Metropolitano Surges Past £400,000 Funding Goal Through Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs

Mercate Metropolitano, a London-based food hub, has achieved its crowdfunding campaign’ initial £400,000 funding goal on equity platform Seedrs. Mercate Metropolitano is described as a new, sustainable and inclusive food hub with the allure of a farmers’ market. The hub revealed: “Mercato Metropolitano represents a revival… Read More

Blockchain Firm GECKO Governance Secures $1 Million Investment from COSIMO Ventures

GECKO Governance, a regtech blockchain solution based in Ireland, announced on Thursday it secured $1 million in seed investment financing from COSIMO Ventures. Founded in 2015, GECKO describes itself as a suite of blockchain-integrated products that allows fund managers and banks to schedule all end-to-end… Read More


Is Amazon Getting into Insurance? Insurtech Firm Lemonade says Amazon is Poaching their Employees

Is Amazon getting into insurance? This is a rhetorical question with a definitive yes. The only outstanding question is when. In a recent Facebook post, prominent Insurtech firm Lemonade complained about Amazon poaching their employees. Shai Wininger, Lemonade co-founder and “Chief Lemonade Maker,” said he… Read More

The Rise Fund & Warburg Pincus Lead $45 Million Series B Funding for Challenger Bank Varo

Varo Money, a digital challenger bank, has closed a $45 million Series B funding round led by existing investor Warburg Pincus and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by private equity firm TPG. Varo said that 30 other investors participated in the round… Read More

CoAssets Signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement With EC Technology & Innovation

CoAssets Limited (ASX: CA8), an online crowdfunding platform based in Singapore, announced on Thursday it has signed a strategic cooperate agreement with EC Technology & Innovations Limited (ECTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shaing Economy International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII).  According to CoAssets, Sharing Economy International is currently… Read More

Massachusetts Securities Division Takes Enforcement Action Against Caviar ICO, based in Cayman

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Securities Division has filed an administrative complaint against Kirill Bensonoff and Caviar, a Cayman Island company. Bensonoff is said to own a home in Brookline, Massachusetts and is described as attempting to avoid US securities laws by operating out… Read More

Cointopia: A Fully Compliant Initial Coin Offering Platform Launched by Big Crypto Names

There is a rapid push to standardize and professionalize the initial coin offering (ICO) market. As competition heats up, you no longer can add Blockchain to your name and expect immediate token success. You need to have a reputable team in place and you need… Read More

London Theatre App Stagedoor Closes Seedrs Round With Nearly £350,000 Secured

Stagedoor, a London-based theatre app startup, successfully secured nearly £350,000 over the course of its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, greatly surpassing its original funding target of £200,000. The company revealed that its community of 20,000 users contributed enormously to the success of this campaign, investing… Read More

Update: Health-Tech Marketplace Doctaly Set to Close Crowdcube Round With More Than £700,000 in Funding

With its equity crowdfunding campaign set to close this weekend on Crowdcube, health-tech marketplace Doctaly will complete the funding round with more than £700,000 from over 975 investors. The campaign was launched last month and quickly secured its initial £500,000 funding target. As previously reported,… Read More

Changes at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Acting Director Mulvaney Calls for Review

The passing of the baton from former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray to acting Director Mick Mulvaney was rife with confusion and questions all driven by parochial politics. In a snub to the President’s prerogative of appointing a new Director, Cordray decided to… Read More

AngelList Announces Syndicates For India

Earlier this week, AngelList announced the launch of Syndicates for India, which is described as a new way for investors in India to invest alongside experienced angels and VC funds that invest in the country’s tech industry. AngelList stated: “Syndicates are a private single-deal investment… Read More

London Fintech Curve Announces Full Consumer Launch

Curve, a London-based fintech company that’s software allows customers to link their bank cards to one Mastercard, has recently announced its full consumer launch. As previously reported, Curve was founded in 2015 and proclaims itself to be the next generation of payments after the “humble” bank card…. Read More