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Report: Initial Coin Offerings have raised Over $2 Billion in 2017 as More VCs Invest

CBInsights is out with an interesting report on Blockchain and associated trends which tackles the booming Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market.  According to the report, ICOs have raised more than $2 billion in 2017 and the upward trajectory shows no signs of slowing as long… Read More

Fosun RZ Capital Expands Presence in Silicon Valley, Targets Fintech as an Investment Focus

  Fosun RZ Capital (formerly called Fosun Kinzon Capital) is a leading China based venture capital firm that is part of the Fosun Group which is based in Shanghai. Fosun Group, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, spent “billions” acquiring global companies… Read More

Ben Bernanke Thinks Bitcoin will Fail

Ben Bernanke, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve who toughed it out during the Great Recession, doesn’t thing too much about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. Speaking to a standing room only audience at the Ripple Swell conference in Toronto this week, Bernanke was… Read More

Legaltech is Hot: Seedrs forms Partnership with the Law Society

Seedrs has announced a new partnership with the Law Society. The agreement will allow the Law Society’s members to access early stage startups via the crowdfunding platform. Simultaneously,  promising Legaltech startups will have the support of the Law Society when they raise funding on the… Read More

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Publishes Primer on Cryptocurrencies

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has published primer on cryptocurrencies. The document was produced by LabCFTC, the section of the CFTC launched to promote responsible Fintech innovation and fair competition. The publication comes at a time when digital currencies have become extremely popular, especially… Read More

PayPal Partners with Kiva on Loans for Entrepreneurs

PayPal has partnered with Kiva to help provide loans to entrepreneurs. This is the second time PayPal and Kiva have empowered PayPal users to provide loans while receiving a Kiva credit. Last year the campaign say more than 10,000 PayPal customers and employees make loans… Read More

Homefans Easily Tops Crowdfunding Goal on Crowdcube

Homefans has closed its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube having raised £111,590 in 30 days. The company had a pre-money valuation of £589,000. According to the campaign page, 165 investors backed the young company. The startup  decided to launch an equity offer after taking more… Read More

Racefields RCX Debt Trading Platform Expands into Singapore

Manchester-based Racefields is reporting it has inked a partnership with an unnamed platform in Singapore to expand its debt trading platform RCX to the southeast Asian country. Through the partnership, any deals listed on the RCX platform that match the investment criteria of the funder… Read More

Coinme Skips the Presale and Goes Straight to the Public Initial Coin Offering for UpToken

Coinme kicked off its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) today minus the presale that has become typical of tokenized crypto sales.  UpToken  went on sale as a new crypto asset designed to accelerate the deployment of the largest crypto ATM network in the world. Coinme reports the ICO… Read More

Australia Appoints New ASIC Chair, FinTech Australia Welcomes Him Aboard

Today, the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, announced the appointment of James Shipton as the new Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).  A Goldman Sachs veteran, Shipton is currently leading a research center at Harvard Law School where he… Read More

LendingClub Adds Warehouse Credit Agreement to Finance Loans

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has filed an 8K with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating it has entered into a Warehouse Credit Agreement on October 10th with “certain lenders.” In connection with the Warehouse Agreement, “LendingClub Warehouse” also entered into a Security Agreement with the Administrative Agent… Read More

Ron Suber: We are in the Golden Age of Fintech

  Ron Suber has become one of the most recognizable voices in the global Fintech arena. Since officially departing the Fintech he helped to create, the former President of Prosper Marketplace has become an elder statesman for online lending and financial innovation in general. An… Read More

PeerStreet Hires Wall Street Veteran Louis Nees to Head Capital Markets,

PeerStreet, an online marketplace for real estate backed loans, has appointed Louis Nees as Head of Capital Markets. Nees is a Wall Street veteran with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Nees previously served as  SVP of Global Capital Markets for… Read More

European Venture Capital Declines in Q3 versus Prior Quarter

Dow Jones has just released its quarterly report on Venture Capital in Europe.  According to their tally, venture capital declined both in regards to funds raised and investment activity during the 3rd quarter. Both the number of funds and amount raised by European VC funds decreased… Read More

Streamr ICO Closes Early Having Raised CHF 30 Million

Streamr reports it has closed its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) early having raised CHF 30 million (USD $ 30.74M) from more than 1300 backers. Streamr had set a hard cap on the offer but it was originally scheduled to run until October 26th. The public… Read More

Global Debt Registry Reports $1.5 Billion in Loans Verified

Global Debt Registry (GDR), a Fintech firm that provides asset verification for institutional investors and warehouse lenders in the online lending market, has announced it has topped $1.5 billion in loans validated from leading online lenders. GDR says that has processed 100,000 online, unsecured consumer… Read More

Julian Assange Thanks US Government for Forcing Him to Invest in Bitcoin as Returns Top 5000%

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is holed up in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, is thanking the US government for boosting his investment returns. Assange shares in a tweet that the illegal banking blockade targeting Wikileaks compelled him to look elsewhere to… Read More

Fintech Supporter Marvelstone Pushes into AI with World’s Largest Artificial Intelligence Hub in Singapore

Marvelstone Group, the company behind the world’s largest Fintech hub – LATTICE80, is getting into Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a big way. Marvelstone has announced the creation of the “world’s largest AI Hub” based in Singapore. Marvelstone, based in Singapore, is a private investment group that… Read More

Chatbot SaaS Company BotSkill Crowdfunds on Britbots Following £250,000 Investment

London-based BotSkill, a Software as a Service (SaaS) chatbot firm, has secured a £250,000 investment led by the British Robotics Seed Fund (BRSF). Simultaneously, BotSkill has launched an investment crowdfunding campaign on Britbots Crowd. The offer on Britbots Crowd seeks £350,000 for an EIS eligible… Read More

StartEngine’s Self Crowdfunding Campaign is Live. Platform Valued at $65 Million

Equity crowdfunding platform StartEngine officially launched their self-crowdfunding round this past Friday. The securities offer seeks a maximum funding goal of $5 million using Reg A+. Both accredited and non-accredited investors may participate in the funding round. StartEngine, one of the larger full stack (Reg… Read More