Omar Faridi

Global Fintech GoCardless Appoints Alexandra Chiaramonti as its GM for Southern Europe

GoCardless, a global Fintech in account-to-account payments, has reportedly appointed Alexandra Chiaramonti as its GM of Southern Europe. Chiaramonti will be responsible for leading GoCardless‘ ongoing growth in the region by continuing to recruit new talent in order to strengthen the firm’s presence in its… Read More

William Callahan, Director of Government and Strategic Affairs at Blockchain Intelligence Group, Says Money Launderers Benefit from Volatility

William Callahan, Director of Government & Strategic Affairs at Blockchain Intelligence Group,  has noted that Tether CTO and General Counsel had made an appearance live on CNBC last week. William has asked us whether we think the U.S. Department of Justice was watching this “slow… Read More

Fintech Sila, an API Platform Offering Payment Infrastructure as a Service, Acquires $13M via Series A led by Revolution Venture

Sila, an API platform that offers payment infrastructure as a service while ensuring regulatory compliance, has acquired $13 million in capital through a Series A round that was by Revolution Venture. Sila‘s latest investment round was joined by Madrona Venture Group, Oregon Venture Fund, Mucker… Read More

Insurtech Lemonade CEO Daniel Schreiber Shares Insights About their Unique Business Model

Daniel Schreiber, CEO at Insurtech Lemonade (NYSE:LMND), reveals that it’s now their 5th year in a row of givebacks. It’s actually grown 4000% across those years, Daniel notes, while adding that it has been growing quite steeply this year compared to 2020’s 100%+ growth. He… Read More

Negative Sentiment Continues to “Plague” Digital Assets, but Multi-Asset Is “Bucking the Trend,” CoinShares Reports

James Butterfill, Investment Strategist at London-based CoinShares, a digital asset manager focused on expanding access to the cryptocurrency ecosystem while serving as a “trusted partner” for its clients, notes in a blog post published on Monday (July 26) that for the week ending July 26,… Read More

Coinbase Appoints Former Google Distinguished Engineer and Ex- Dropbox CTO Bharat Mediratta as Fellow

Bharat Mediratta has reportedly joined digital assets firm Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) as Fellow. The former Google Distinguished Engineer and Dropbox CTO and SVP aims to bring his deep technical expertise to Coinbase, according to the announcement. As noted by Coinbase: “Today, we’re excited to welcome Bharat… Read More

Fernando Martinelli: Balancer Co-Founder Says DeFi Is Going to Be the Rails of Every Financial Application in Next 10-20 Years

We recently connected with Fernando Martinelli, the Co-founder and CEO at Balancer Labs, which supports the ongoing development of Balancer, an automated portfolio manager and digital asset liquidity provider. As covered in May 2021, Balancer Version 2.0, the “most flexible” and efficient automated market maker… Read More

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to Use Mastercard Open Banking Merchant Payment Solution to Launch PayFrom Bank

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking will be utilizing Mastercard’s Open Banking merchant payment solution to launch PayFrom Bank. The solution allows people to carry out online payments directly from their bank accounts, giving customers more choice over “how they pay” while providing merchants with “instant settlement… Read More

European BaaS Platform Solarisbank AG Secures €190M via Oversubscribed Series D, Firm Now Valued at €1.4B

Solarisbank AG, which claims to be Europe’s leading Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform, reveals that it has acquired EUR 190 million in an “oversubscribed” Series D round, valuing the firm at EUR 1.4 billion. The company’s investment round has been led by Decisive Capital Management, along with… Read More

Assetz Capital Says it’s Focused on Improving Lending Criteria based on Changing Costs of Building Projects

The team at Assetz Capital, a marketplace lending platform originating secured loans, says it’s no secret that there’s been an “unprecedented construction material shortage this year,” in the United Kingdom and few would have “forecast the near-perfect storm that has swept through the sector.” The… Read More

UK Digital Bank Starling Acquires Buy-to-Let Specialist Mortgage Lender, Fleet Mortgages

UK-based digital bank Starling has confirmed the acquisition of specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Fleet Mortgages as part of a £50 million cash and share deal. Fleet Mortgages, based in Hampshire, focuses on offering mortgages to professional and semi-professional buy-to-let landlords, “only via mortgage adviser distribution… Read More

B2B Payments Fintech Nium Secures $200M via Series D led by Riverwood Capital, Advised by FT Partners

Nium, an established B2B payments platform, reveals that they’ve acquired $200+ million through a Series D round that was led by Riverwood Capital – a U.S.-based “high-growth” technology investor. Temasek, Visa, Vertex Ventures, Atinum Group of Funds, Beacon Venture Capital, Rocket Capital Investment, and various… Read More

DeFi and Blockchain-focused ETF Filed by Goldman Sachs, Will Support Digitization of Finance

Giant Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) has reportedly submitted an application with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that could provide exposure decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain initiatives to public firms. Although there are not too many… Read More

Bitcoin and Blockchain focused Blockstream Introduces Latest Lightning Network Service, Greenlight

The team at Blockstream, which claims to be the global leader in Bitcoin and blockchain tech, notes that they’re pleased to introduce Greenlight, which is their latest Lightning Network (LN) service. Blockstream, which aims to make financial markets more efficient by reducing reliance on trust… Read More

Neobanks are Making Inroads in the United Arab Emirates with Fintech Adoption Rising in MENA: Report

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranked first among the Arab nations in FinxAr. As covered, the Arab Monetary Fund introduced the Index of Modern Financial Technologies in the Arab countries (called the FinxAr). The index aims to provide insights on the ongoing developments in the… Read More

AIA Malaysia to Acquire Minority Stake in TNG Digital, Owner of Touch n’ Go Digital Wallet

AIA Malaysia reveals that it will be acquiring a minority stake in TNG Digital, which is the owner of Touch ‘n Go digital wallet. This deal will reportedly be a key part of a long-term strategic partnership. The Edge reported that this transaction should make… Read More

Xero, a Cloud Accounting Software Solution for SMEs, Extends Partnership with UOB to Better Serve Small Businesses

Xero, a Cloud-powered accounting software application for SMBs, reveals that it has expanded its existing collaboration with UOB (SGX: U11) in order to provide companies with free access to the UOB Start Digital (for those that qualify). This offer will be available via the platform… Read More

Decentralized Lending Protocol C.R.E.A.M Finance to Offer Euro backed Tether Tokens, EURt

C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralized lending protocol, has revealed that it will be “the first” protocol in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space to provide a Euro-backed stablecoin in, “with the addition of Tether tokens pegged to the euro (EURt).” Paolo Ardoino, CTO at Tether Operations Limited,… Read More

Pakistani Online Payments Fintech SadaPay Appoints Muhammad Khalil as Head of Internal Audit

Pakistani online payments Fintech SadaPay reveals that they’ve welcomed Muhammad Khalil who’s joining them as their new Head of Internal Audit. As noted in an update from SadaPay, Khalil brings audit experience from “some of Pakistan’s leading corporates” including U Microfinance Bank, Wi-Tribe as well… Read More

Digital Lending Software Fintech Blend Is Now a Publicly Listed Firm on New York Stock Exchange

Digital lending software provider Blend (NYSE:BLND) has listed its shares on the NYSE after submitting its registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), earlier this year, in order to go public. The Fintech said will now focus on accelerating its ability to… Read More

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