Omar Faridi

Bahrain and Saudi Capital of Riyadh Named as Top Fintech Ecosystems to Watch Closely: Report

The Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh were recently chosen as the top Fintech ecosystems to watch closely, according to a report from research organization Startup Genome. The researchers at Startup Genome analyzed the economies and deal activities of several different countries…. Read More

National Payments Corporation of India to Issue its Equity Shares to Fintechs and Payment System Providers

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbrella organization for handling retail payments and settlement systems in India, has decided to issue an additional 4.63% of its equity shares to 19 new investors. These investors now also include Fintech firms and payment system providers…. Read More

Copenhagen’s Danske Bank has Laid Off 257 Workers as it Adapts to Structural Changes in Financial Sector

Copenhagen-based Danske Bank (CPH: DANSKE), a major retail bank with more than 5 million retail customers, recently laid off 257 workers and finalized voluntary redundancy terms with another 261 employees as part of the banking service provider’s 2-year strategic overhaul of operations. The recently announced… Read More

TransferWise Competitor PagoFX from Santander Bank to Provide Cross-Border Payments Services in Belgium

Banco Santander S.A. (Santander Group) (BME:SAN), the world’s 16th-largest banking institution and financial services company based in Madrid, introduced PagoFX, its international payments application for UK customers, in April 2020. Santander’s TransferWise competitor PagoFX is now set to expand its coverage into Belgium. There will… Read More

Waves Protocol Team Partners MADANA to Leverage Benefits of Confidential Computing when Working with Blockchain Oracles

The developers of the Waves protocol and MADANA are teaming up so that they can leverage the benefits of “confidential” computing when working with blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based Oracles and while engaging in inter-chain communication. Through the partnership, Waves and MADANA have agreed… Read More

BTCPay Server Expands its Ability to Bring Bitcoin’s Values to Digital Commerce with Shopify Integration

BTCPay Server, a self-hosted, open-source digital currency payment processor that claims to be secure, private, “censorship-resistant” and free to use, recently expanded its ability to bring Bitcoin’s (BTC) values to global digital commerce with a Shopify integration The BTCPay Server team, which is one of… Read More

Tel Aviv based Fintech Firm Fuse.io’s Native FUSE Token Now Listed on Leading Non-Custodial Exchange 1inch

The developers at Fuse.io, a Tel Aviv based Fintech firm that aims to leverage (decentralized finance) DeFi infrastructure to create a platform for entrepreneurs that allows them to turn “communities into economies,” have revealed that the platform’s native FUSE token has been listed on the… Read More

Fintech Firm Stripe Is Investing like An Early-Stage VC Company with 22 Investments in Startups, Industry Professional Confirms

Blockchain and Fintech advisor Efi Pylarinou notes that Stripe has been actively investing in many different startups — 22 and growing. Pylarinou writes in a blog post that Stripe is currently in the spotlight as the Fintech firm is ranked quite high based on several… Read More

German Insurtech Getsafe Teams Up with GoCompare as it Prepares to Firmly Establish Operations in the UK

Germany-based digital insurance firm Getsafe has teamed up with GoCompare as it prepares to firmly establish its presence in the UK markets. Getsafe launched operations in the UK in February 2020 and it’s now planning to make app-based insurance services more accessible to UK residents…. Read More

Chinese Fintechs Must Realize that their Products can Subject Consumers to Financial Risk, Analyst Says following Sector-Wide Crackdown

Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s plans to establish Fintech companies like Ant Group and launch IPOs in China were recently put on hold when the country’s regulators decided to make updates to regulatory requirements. As reported recently, Daniel Zhang, Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA), noted… Read More

SoftBank backed Challenger Bank OakNorth Claims it’s been Lending to UK SMEs at Record Levels During COVID

SoftBank-backed Fintech firm OakNorth claims that it has been issuing loans at record levels following the COVID-19 outbreak. Established in 2015, OakNorth was recently valued at $2.8 billion and has managed to achieve profitability. This is not too common for many of the firms or… Read More

Payments Platform Stripe Is Reportedly Planning to Raise Additional Funds to Reach $70-$100 Billion Valuation

Fintech firm Stripe is reportedly planning an investment round so that its payment platform and business can be valued significantly higher than the $36 billion valuation it received during its last funding round. According to Bloomberg (which cited sources familiar with the matter), Stripe could… Read More

Online SME Lender October Teams Up with French Firm ENGIE to Develop Engagement Platform for Employees

ENGIE, a French service firm listed on the stock exchange, will be working with online SME lender October to develop an engagement platform based on “the financial participation of employees in internal projects.” According to the October team, the financial platform, i-DEAL, was introduced in… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Kraken to Donate $150,000 to Brink, an R&D Center for Bitcoin Developers

US-based crypto exchange Kraken has reportedly agreed to donate $150,000 to Brink, which is a research and development (R&D) center that’s focused on educating the “next generation” of Bitcoin developers. Established by Chaincode Labs developer John Newbery and Bitcoin Optech contributor Mike Schmidt, Brink aims… Read More

DeFi Tokens, Altcoins Underperformed as Bitcoin (BTC) Pushed to $19,500, while Ethereum 2.0 Launch Set for December 1: Report

Ahead of the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 upgrade, ETH has been experiencing “significant momentum,” according to a report from OKCoin. The digital asset exchange notes that during the past week, the Ethereum price surged 30% to a high of over $600, but it has corrected sharply… Read More

TransferWise Customers in Indonesia Can Now Send Remittance Payments to 80 Different Countries

Fintech firm TransferWise recently announced that Indonesians and ex-pat workers will now be able to send money from Indonesia to 80 different countries, which includes Australia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, China (Alipay) — and across Europe as well. TransferWise users are now able to send… Read More

Chainalysis Explains Why Authorities Must Look Beyond Direct Counterparties to Understand Risks Associated with Crypto Addresses

Chainalysis, a leading blockchain research firm, says that the best way to assess or determine the risk of a virtual currency address or group of associated addresses (e.g., like a wallet) is to analyze all the other addresses with which it has conducted transactions. According… Read More

Fintech Firm Sleek Secures $4 Million in Capital to Develop Products for Corporate Services Sector

Fintech firm Sleek has reportedly acquired $4 million in VC funding in order to develop products for the corporate services sector. Sleek’s investment round was led by SEEDS Capital, the investment division of Enterprise Singapore. Other individuals and organizations also took part in the round… Read More

Fintech Platforms in Indonesia to Support Expected Rise in Investments, especially from Young Investors following COVID Outbreak

The Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) has noted that Fintech platforms are expected to support the rise in the number of Indonesia’s retail investors in the foreseeable future, especially as the country’s younger consumers begin to seriously explore investment options after the COVID-19 outbreak. As… Read More

Recent Bitcoin (BTC) Price Consolidation Might have Helped XRP Surge 80%, Ethereum (ETH) Also Up 25% in 72 Hours: Report

Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, is approaching its all-time of nearly $20,000 which it set back in December 2017 during the historic crypto market bull run. Bitcoin peaked at $18,950 this past week, and has begun to move higher toward its new year-to-date highs at… Read More

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