Omar Faridi

Empty Mempools Coincide with Major Drop in Bitcoin Hashrate as Miners Migrate from China Following Stricter Regulations: Report

Cryptocurrency mining specialist Zack Voell notes that this month, Bitcoin mempools have been “emptying more frequently than usual” during the last 6 months. According to Voell, this short-term trend of empty mempools follows BTC’s price drop down to around $30,000 through the end of May… Read More

Edinburgh Fintech Aveni Acquires Investment to Support AI and Natural Language Processing Platform for Business Speech Analytics

Scottish Fintech firm Aveni has acquired a £1.1 million investment in order to establish an AI platform which is focused on supporting speech analytics for modern businesses. Aveni Detect reportedly uses the latest artificial intelligence and natural language processing (NLP) technologies in order to fully… Read More

BBVA Switzerland Adding BTC Trading Service for Private Clients Isn’t Good bec Banks’ Settlement Is Too Slow, Wall Street Veteran Argues

BBVA Switzerland has opened its Bitcoin trading service to all private banking customers. After six months of in-house testing with a certain group of users, BBVA Switzerland has decided to make its first digital asset trading and custody service accessible to all its private banking… Read More

UK’s P2P Lender Blend Network Explains how their Secondary Market Is Designed to Help Investors

The team at UK-based peer-to-peer lender Blend Network notes that many investors on their platform will know or are aware that they have a secondary market feature that lets lenders sell their loan parts “prior to the loan maturity.” The Blend Network team recently answered… Read More

Online Lender EstateGuru Reports that Estonia and Germany were its Most Active Markets in May 2021

The team at Estateguru, an online lending platform that offers retail investors the ability to back loans secured by property, reveals that it financed €16.8M worth of loans last month. As mentioned in EstateGuru‘s loan portfolio overview report, the most active markets were Estonia and… Read More

China Continues Bitcoin Mining Crackdown to Improve Capital Controls Enforcement, Enhance RMB Protections, Strength Digital Yuan Use-Case: Report

The team at BitOoda, a global digital asset financial technology and services platform offering risk management solutions, recently noted that the Bitcoin market is continuing its consolidation pattern. As mentioned in an update from BitOoda, $30,000 has “proved to be a support level for now.”… Read More

Singapore based Wealth Management Firm Endowus Appoints Wei Mei Tan as Chief Advisory Officer

Earlier this week, Singapore-headquartered digital wealth management service provider Endowus confirmed that it had appointed Wei Mei Tan as its Chief Advisory Officer. In her role at Endowus, Wei Mei will be expected to lead strategic initiatives in order to accelerate the company’s ongoing growth… Read More

Open Banking: Indonesian Fintech Brankas Exceeds 10M Monthly API Calls with Over 80 Network Partners

Indonesia-based Brankas, an Open Banking services provider, recently revealed that it has managed to exceed 10 million monthly API calls with more than 80 network partners. The Brankas platform currently operates in over six different countries and has teamed up with over 30 financial institutions… Read More

BaaS Fintech Unit Acquires $51M in Capital via Series B from Accel, Better Tomorrow Ventures, Others

After acquiring $51 million in capital through a Series B round led by Accel, Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) provider Unit has introduced a product that will allow firms to offer live bank accounts and issue payment cards within minutes. Better Tomorrow Ventures, Aleph, Flourish Ventures, and TLV… Read More

Indonesian Fintech Finantier, an Open Finance API Platform, Finalizes Seed Round from Global Founders Capital, East Ventures

Indonesia-based Finantier, an open finance API platform, has secured an undisclosed 7-figure sum through a seed round that was led by Global Founders Capital and East Ventures. Finantier’s latest investment round was oversubscribed. The capital was raised at a post-money valuation of over 20 times… Read More

Singapore’s UOB Leverages Marketnode’s Digital Issuance Platform to Issue SGD 600M Bond Offering, with SGD 1B Final Order Book

Singapore‘s United Overseas Bank (UOB), a multinational banking organization with branches mostly based in Southeast Asian countries, has reportedly used Marketnode’s digital asset issuance, depository and servicing platform to issue a new bond offering valued at SGD 600 million (appr. $446 million), with a final… Read More

Berlin’s Deposit Marketplace Raisin Is Expanding Business Operations into the US with MapleMark Bank Partnership

Berlin-headquartered deposit marketplace Raisin has officially launched its operations in the US by teaming up with its first partner bank. MapleMark Bank has reportedly become the first US-based banking institution to integrate Raisin’s Savings-as-a-Service software on its digital platform. By leveraging the technology, MapleMark customers… Read More

OceanDAO Launches 7th Round of Grants, valued at $224K, for Data Science, Developer, AI Research Projects

OceanDAO, a distributed autonomous organization supporting the Ocean Protocol, reveals that the 7th round is now open for submissions. More than $200,000 is being offered for Data Science, Developer, and AI Research projects according to a release shared with Crowdfund Insider. During its first six… Read More

Kraken Adds Solana (SOL), Serum (SRM) Trading, Staking Support for SOL Tokens with Up to 6.5% APY Also Available

Digital asset firm Kraken is pleased to confirm that they’re listing Solana (SOL) and Serum (SRM) along with staking support for Solana (SOL) “with up to 6.5% in yearly rewards.” As noted in the announcement from Kraken, deposits and withdrawals for SOL, SRM tokens are… Read More

Indian Insurtech RenewBuy Secures $45M via Series C led by Apis Growth Fund II

Gururam-headquartered Insurtech firm RenewBuy has acquired $45 million in capital through a Series C round that was led by Apis Growth Fund II, a private equity fund that’s overseen by UK-based Apis Partners LLP, a fund manager that focuses on growth-stage Fintechs. Haitong Securities served… Read More

AI enhanced Insurtech Tractable Acquires $60M via Series D Round led by Insight Partners, Georgian

Tractable, the AI firm assisting insurers with accident and disaster recovery, recently revealed that it has acquired $60 million through a Series D round that was led by Insight Partners and Georgian. Tractable’s latest investment round has now doubled the total raised by the firm… Read More

Cross-Border QR Payments Linkage Established by Bank Negara Malaysia and Bank of Thailand

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) recently revealed that they’ve introduced a cross-border QR payment linkage between the two countries. Under this linkage, both consumers and merchants residing in Malaysia and Thailand can make and receive instant, cross-border QR code payments…. Read More

Gemini Adds DeFi, Infrastructure Data Management Crypto Tokens: ALCX, ANKR, FTM, MIR, API3, DDX

The team at digital asset firm Gemini notes that they are adding trading support for a new set of decentralized finance (DeFi), infrastructure, and data management tokens. Gemini is adding Alchemix (ALCX), Ankr Network (ANKR), Fantom (FTM), Mirror Protocol (MIR), API3 (API3), and DerivaDAO (DDX)…. Read More

Dutch Banking Challenger Bunq to Acquire €160M in Capital at €1.65B Valuation, Deal Includes SME Lending Platform Purchase

Dutch banking challenger Bunq has reportedly committed to a €160 million round at a €1.65 billion valuation. Bunq will also be acquiring a small business lender as part of the transaction. Bunq’s latest investment round was joined by an unnamed UK-based private equity company. As… Read More

Fintech Shrap, Provider of Change Card and App for Replacing Coins, Launches Pilots in the UK

A newly launched change card and app developed to replace coins by Fintech firm Shrap has introduced its pilot program – with the first two testing initiatives currently underway in Rochford in Essex and Denny in Scotland as part of the United Kingdom’s Community Access… Read More

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