Omar Faridi

UK’s Federation of Small Businesses Says Next Budget Must be “Most Pro-Business Ever” to Combat Negative Effects of First Recession in 11 Years

The next or upcoming UK Budget will have to be the “most pro-business ever” so that it can counter the negative impact of the recession, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), a member-led, non-profit and non-party organization that represents SMBs. The United Kingdom… Read More

BitGo CEO Recommends Allocating 3% of Portfolios to Bitcoin, as Nasdaq Listed Firm Acquires $250 Million in BTC as its “Primary Reserve Asset”

Mike Belshe, the CEO at BitGo, a Palo Alto, California-based digital asset trust and security firm offering a multi-signature Bitcoin (BTC) wallet service, recently noted that many companies are now going out of business due to challenges related to COVID-19. Belshe points out that there… Read More

Open Banking Offers Accurate, Reliable Picture of Borrower’s Financial Situation, According to P2P Lending Industry Executive

The COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated the digital lending sector’s adoption of Open Banking policies and related technology, according to industry participants. The data-sharing initiative, which requires that banks share “anonymized” customer data with qualified third-parties (after obtaining consent from the owners of the financial data),… Read More

Nasdaq Listed Fintech Fiserv to Offer Payments and Financial Services Tech Solutions to India’s Federal Bank

India-based Federal Bank (NSE: FEDERALBNK), an established private sector bank, has selected Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a multinational provider of payments and financial services tech solutions, to support the digitization of the bank’s end-to‑end card issuance and processing cycle. Fiserv will also assist with the… Read More

Remote Working Fintech Deel Is Launching Operations Across Europe, will Help with Compliance, Payroll, Taxes

Many individuals and businesses across the globe have been forced to make major lifestyle changes, including working from home, due to the contagious COVID-19 outbreak. San Francisco-based Fintech firm Deel, which plans to improve the work from home process by offering an easy-to-use online platform,… Read More

BBVA owned Finnish Fintech Holvi to Exit UK Market Only 6 Months After Launch due to Brexit, COVID-19 Challenges

BBVA-backed Fintech firm Holvi, which provides bank accounts to sole traders and SMBs, is reportedly preparing to exit the UK market only six months after establishing operations inthe country. Holvi’s management noted that Brexit and the COVID-19 outbreak has made it challenging to maintain its… Read More

UK Proptech Habito, a Digital Mortgage Firm, Acquires £35 Million in Capital via Series C with Backing from Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group

UK-based Habito, an online mortgage firm, has secured £35 million in capital through a Series C investment round. Habito provides several services that are focused on taking the pain out of buying a new home or property. The company’s services include its own mortgage products,… Read More

Algorand (ALGO), VeChain (VET), Kava, Synthetix (SNX) Perpetual Contracts Launch on Crypto Derivatives Platform, Delta Exchange

Delta Exchange, a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform that’s not regulated in any jurisdiction, revealed on August 13, 2020 that it is introducing perpetual swaps for Algorand (ALGO), VeChain (VET), Kava (KAVA), and Synthetix Network Token (SNX). The contracts will allow digital asset investors to trade… Read More

CBDCs: China’s Virtual Yuan or Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) System to be Introduced in Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area

China’s virtual yuan (CBDC), which is also referred to as digital currency electronic payment (DCEP), will reportedly be introduced for testing in Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area within the next few weeks. The Greater Bay Area is a megapolis that includes nine major cities (Guangzhou,… Read More

Fintech Sector Participants in Indonesia Reveal that Millennials are Only Saving 10% of Income due to Low Financial Literacy

Fintech industry participants in Indonesia have noted that the nation’s residents have been slow when it comes to adopting the latest technologies in the finance sector. This may be due to relatively lower levels of financial literacy in the country, according to researchers and analysts…. Read More

Southeast Asian Fintech TrueMoney Partners Singapore Cross-Border Payment Provider Thunes to Expand Remittance Services

TrueMoney, a Southeast Asian Fintech firm, has teamed up with Singapore-based Thunes, a cross-border payment company, in order to expand its remittance services. Through the partnership, TrueMoney customers will be able to accept remittance payments from anywhere in the world via Thunes’ international partner network,… Read More

India’s Digital Lending Fintech RevFin Partners with EVI Technologies to Offer Financing to E-Rickshaw Users

RevFin, a digital lending Fintech startup, has teamed up with EVI Technologies in order to finance E-Rickshaw and E-Two wheelers in India. The funding will also go toward supporting swappable battery solutions offered by EVI Technologies. The initiative will mainly cover Indian states like Delhi-NCR,… Read More

Jameson Lopp from Casa discusses Whether Chinese Miners are Still a Perceived Threat to Bitcoin (BTC)

Jameson Lopp, the CTO at Casa, a Bitcoin focused security company, notes that since the industrialization of BTC mining began in 2015, there have been concerns regarding the concentration of hashpower within Chinese borders. Hashpower is the computing power needed to secure the Bitcoin network,… Read More

South Korean City of Seongnam to Expand Blockchain based Contactless Payments Platform by Introducing Digital Gift Certificates

The South Korean city of Seongnam is reportedly planning to expand its blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-enabled payment platform by introducing digital gift certificates. The city’s DLT based payments platform will be accessible via a mobile app, called Chak. The app has been developed… Read More

Decentralized or Non-Custodial Crypto Exchange Aggregator 1inch Secures $2.8 Million in Capital via Round Led by Binance Labs

Decentralized or non-custodial crypto exchange (DEX) aggregator 1inch.exchange has reportedly secured $2.8 million in capital via an external investment round that was led by Binance Labs. FTX, Galaxy Digital, Dragonfly Capital, and several other investors also took part in the 1inch’s round. Loi Luu, the… Read More

Coinbase Claims Batching Bitcoin (BTC) Transactions Helped Customers Save 75% on their Cryptocurrency Trades

San Francisco based crypto exchange Coinbase recently revealed how batching payments has benefited its customers, and also helped improve its internal operations. In March 2020, Coinbase announced that it had introduced Bitcoin (BTC) transaction batching. The exchange claims: “Since launching, we have batched 100% of… Read More

Seattle and San Francisco Fintech Routable Secures $12 Million in Capital via Series A with Backing from Y Combinator, Others

Routable, a Fintech firm that began operations in Seattle, has reportedly come out of stealth mode and confirmed it has secured $12 million in capital through a Series A investment round. Routable’s backers include Y Combinator, Founders’ Co-Op, Lee Fixel, Box Group, Liquid 2 Ventures,… Read More

Fintech Firm Vitesse, which Supports Real-time Cross-Border Payments, Acquires £6.6 Million in Capital via Series A Round

London-based Fintech firm Vitesse, which enables real-time cross-border payments, revealed on August 11, 2020 that it has secured £6.6 million in capital through a Series A investment  round. The firm’s funding round was led by Octopus Ventures. Existing shareholders Hoxton Ventures and several other angel… Read More

Telos, the Second-Most Active Blockchain, Reveals that Social Network APPICS Decided to Move from Steem to its Network

Telos, one of the most active blockchain networks in terms of transactions per second (according to Blocktivity, but not necessarily the best or only metric for assessing performance), has revealed that social network APPICS will be moving its platform from Steem to Telos. As mentioned… Read More

COVID-19 Speeds Up Digital Transformation: TSB Bank Phasing Out Cashier Roles, Valencia in Spain to Stop Taking Cash, will Support Digital Payments, Tickets

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to major changes in how businesses are now operating, globally. UK-based TSB Bank is reportedly planning to phase out 929 cashier roles which are supporting its physical branch network. The bank said it’s making the changes due to COVID, which… Read More

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