Jessica Pham

GiveCampus CEO Kestrel Linder on Crowdfunding to Advance the Quality, Affordability & Accessibility of Education

Crowdfund Insider had a chance to chat with GiveCampus CEO Kestrel Linder about the company’s crowdfunding (aka “social fundraising”) platform for educational institutions, its successes in 2016, and its plans for 2017. Linder explained that his career started in international relations, but has taken an… Read More

P2P Bitcoin Marketplace Remitano Expanding Globally

Vietnam-based peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace platform Remitano is continuing its global expansion into the English-speaking market. Remitano is already operating in the U.S., Australia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. Cryptocoins News reported that CEO and Co-Founder Dung Huynh who is also the company’s Lead Product… Read More

Startup Grind 2017: Fintech is the Future

Two-day conference Startup Grind earlier this week set in Redwood City, California at the Fox Theater boasted “5,000 founders and investors, more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions, and over 50 exhibiting startups”.  The ability to pull back from all of the pitches and decipher key messages… Read More

Jean-Sébastien Drolet, RealStarter on Making Real Estate Investments Accessible

Crowdfund Insider had the opportunity to interview the co-founder of Canadian real estate crowdfunding platform, RealStarter. Jean-Sébastien Drolet is a Université Laval graduate who is leveraging his legal training in his work in the real estate market, along with co-founder and programmer Do Nguyen and real estate… Read More

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