Jessica Pham

PayPal, Singapore Management University Team Up for Fintech Scholarship

PayPal and Singapore Management University (SMU) have teamed up to establish a fintech scholarship that is worth S$180,000 (over $125,000). The investment is focused on building the talent pool in Singapore for the fintech sector. Six undergraduates at SMU’s School of Information Systems (SIS) will each… Read More

Finacle, LTP Report Predicts Large Adoption of Blockchain by 2020

Infosys Finacle and Let’s Talk Payments (LTP) released a report earlier this month called, “Blockchain Technology: From Hype to Reality”.  The companies highlight the following findings: “The study polled over 100 senior financial services leaders at more than 75 organizations across the world and revealed that: 50%… Read More

Philippines: Central Bank Will Regulate Bitcoin, Virtual Currencies

The central bank in the Philippines laid down regulations last week for virtual currencies, including bitcoin. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) was prompted by the surge in the number of money transfers across borders.  More specifically, the financial body is looking to mitigate risks, such as… Read More

Crowdfund Research Founder Jake Fisher: There’s a Need to Educate Investors

Crowdfund Insider interviewed Jake Fisher to discuss his new startup, Crowdfund Research, which launched earlier this month. What can you find on their page? “Our mission is to provide crowdfunding investors with the same level of research a VC fund would perform. We do this by… Read More

Myanmar Implements UnionPay Chip Cards in Continued Banking Modernization

While the Western world and other parts of Asia surge forward with fintech innovations, from blockchain technology to digital banking features and services, Myanmar celebrates other banking development wins as the country continues to modernize. Earlier this week, Enterprise Innovation reported that Myanmar — formerly known… Read More

CEO Tarlochan Garcha: Kuflink Aims to Be UK Market’s Leading P2P Brand

Crowdfund Insider had a chance to interview CEO of Kuflink Tarlochan Garcha to learn more about his company’s platform. Garcha has over 17 years of experience working with two global banks– Barclays and NatWest.  He has worked with companies at all stages:  from inception to start-up and… Read More

Singapore FinTech Association & Five Polytechnics Focus on Growing Fintech Talent

The Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) has signed MOUs with five polytechnics in efforts to grow and nurture talent in the industry, as well as to improve coordination between educators and fintech industry leaders.  The five entities are Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore… Read More

Candidate for Hong Kong Chief Executive Crowdfunds Over $583K

John Tsang, a former Financial Secretary of Hong Kong who has had a long government career, declared last month that he is running for Chief Executive of Hong Kong.  His crowdfunding campaign launched five days ago on FringeBacker, and he has raised thus far HK$4,519,604 (approximately $583,000)… Read More

The Detroit Comeback: Century Partners to Launch $535K Fundraise on Rabble

Rabble is launching its first project within Q1 — a $535,000 fundraise for Century Partners, which seeks to revitalize housing and communities in Detroit, Michigan.  The funds that Century Partners raises will be used to purchase and renovate abandoned homes in efforts to bring new life… Read More

Grab Turns to Indonesia with $700M to Invest in Mobile & Payments

Singapore-based company Grab, self-described as “Southeast Asia’s Leading Ride-Hailing Platform”, is investing $700 million in Indonesia to make the country ASEAN’s most digital economy.  Grab’s project will focus on mobile fintech features in the country, and in particular, on mobile payment. According to the company, the… Read More

Australia: Can Government & Industry Come Together to Advance FinTech Security?

In a follow-up to Australia’s National Fintech Cyber Security Summit in May 2016, Data61 published a new report called “Startup Secrets: How Australia Can Create New Businesses with Fintech and Cyber Security Industry Collaboration”.  The report highlights how the government and private sector can invest… Read More

China-New Zealand Payments Service Latipay Raises $3M

Latipay is an online payments service between China and New Zealand, and it has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Jubilee Capital Management, a Singaporean VC firm.  New Zealand VC firms Tuhua Fund and Zino Fund also participated, according to e27. The company intends to… Read More

FICCI Report Explores Promises and Challenges of FinTech in India

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) published a new report in January called “Leveraging the FinTech Opportunities in India” to highlight a number of topics, including digital payments, digital banking, blockchain, and online lending, to name a few. According to FICCI… Read More

IMF & Dubai to Host FinTech Seminar at World Government Summit

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is partnering with Dubai’s Ministry of Finance to co-host a fintech seminar during the 5th World Government Summit that will take place in Dubai between February 12-14, 2017.  Blockchain technology will be a key discussion point during this panel —… Read More

Bank Central Asia of Indonesia Invests $15M in Fintech

Indonesia’s largest private bank, Bank Central Asia (BCA), is investing 200 billion rupiah (approximately $15 million) in fintech, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.  The BCA acquired Central Capital Ventura, which will invest in fintech companies that are deemed most beneficial to BCA’s financial service… Read More

Citi Report: Continue to Watch China & FinTech in 2017

Citi’s latest report, “Digital Disruption – Revisited: What FinTech VC Investments Tell Us About a Changing Industry”, explores the evolving fintech industry.  In exploring different regions around the world, the report concludes: China’s rapid digitalization and rise of the middle class — combined with declining… Read More

Software, Hardware & Humans: Knightscope Seeks $20M on SeedInvest

It has been two weeks since Knightscope announced its “mini-IPO” Reg A+ equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest where the company is seeking to raise $20 million.  Based in Mountain View, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the startup says that it is currently worth $80 million…. Read More