Investment Platforms and Marketplaces

Online investment marketplaces including peer to peer lending, investment crowdfunding, security token platforms and more.

Binance to Launch NFT Market in June

Zhao Changpeng

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, announced a forthcoming NFT market to launch this coming June. NFTs or non-fungible tokens have boomed in recent months. While in existence for years, the advent of the sale of a work of digital art by Beeple for over… Read More

BlockFi Drops Interest Rates Paid on Certain Digital Assets, Starting May 1

BlockFi, a fast-growing digital asset platform, has notified users that interest rates paid to lenders will decline beginning May 1, 2021. In a tweet, BlockFi stated: rates and tiers for Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Chainlink (LINK), Litecoin (LTC), and PAX Gold (PAXG) are changing.  … Read More

P2P Lender Bondora Reports Positive Portfolio Performance, Shares Updates on Finland, Estonia, Spain Markets

European peer-to-peer lending platform Bondora recently shared details regarding its 2020 portfolio performance. The Bondora team notes that after remaining quite steady at 17.4% for two straight months, the 2020 return rate for originations increased “ever so slightly to 17.5% in March.” The P2P lender… Read More

UK’s P2P Lender Blend Network Shares Updates on Property Market, Reports Being on Track for Strong Performance in April

UK-based Blend Network, an online P2P lender, reveals that the average UK house prices “grew by 5.7% year-on-year in March.” Blend Network added in its latest property market report that activity has slowed down from December 2020’s 6-year high growth of 7.3% year-on-year. But price… Read More

DeFi Assets Dego Finance (DEGO), Mirror Protocol (MIR), Liquidity USD (LUSD) Listed on Poloniex

Digital asset exchange Poloniex revealed on April 25, 2021, that it’s pleased to welcome Dego Finance (DEGO) to its DeFi Innovation Zone. DEGO has reportedly joined over 100 other DeFi assets on Poloniex. Starting now (as of April 25), wallets are open and clients may… Read More

Milestone: Lendio Surpasses 213,000 PPP Loans; Totaling to Nearly $10 Billion

  Online lending platform Lendio recently announced it has facilitated more than 213,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan approvals, totaling $9.8 billion. According to Lendio, the PPP re-opened in January 2021 with new rules implemented by Congress intended to equitize access to relief funding for minority-owned… Read More

European Marketplace Lender Mintos Reports E-Cash Loans Suspended from Primary and Secondary Markets

Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Mintos revealed, earlier this week, that the lending firm E-Cash has informed them of its intentions to “wind down” the business. The Mintos team noted that E-Cash is currently in the process of “working out the details” of how it plans to… Read More

Lithuanian Financing Platform Debitum Reports that Recent Deposits were Not Converting Well into Investments

Lithuania-based Debitum, which offers borderless small business financing, reveals that March 2021 was a “challenging” month for the platform but the team still reportedly managed to achieve several key milestones. Debitum writes in a blog post update that at the end of March 2021, the… Read More

European Online Lender October to Issue Instant €15-€30K Loans with New Credit Scoring Model, Kea

European online lender  October says its always looking for and finding ways to empower businesses by simplifying and “democratizing” their funding. Since 2014, October has been helping SMEs in five different countries, becoming one of the leading small business lending platforms in Europe. October confirms… Read More

Digital Asset Firm Coinbase Introduces Project 10 Percent, which will Build “A Culture of Repeatable Innovation” at the Company

Digital assets firm Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) is introducing Project 10 Percent: “Building a culture of repeatable innovation at Coinbase.” Surojit Chatterjee, Chief Product Officer, noted that innovation is “a lot like exercise,” because you need to “approach it with discipline, or you can easily fall out… Read More

As Interest in Crypto Grows, Robinhood Hires New COO to Lead Digital Asset Charge

Digital investment platform Robinhood has selected Christine Brown to lead Robinhood Crypto as Chief Operating Officer, according to a statement by the company. Brown is expected to oversee all of Robinhood’s crypto operations and compliance. Currently an employee at Robinhood, Brown is expected to keep… Read More

Coinbase Pro Adds New Order Books for Basic Attention Token (BAT), Cardano (ADA), Decentraland (MANA), USDC

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Coinbase Pro will be adding support for new order books for several major digital assets including the Basic Attention Token (BAT), Cardano (ADA), Decentraland (MANA) and USDC (USDC). As noted in a blog post by the digital assets firm, the… Read More

Binance.US Hires Former OCC Chief Brian Brooks as New CEO

Binance.US, an offshoot of Binance – the largest crypto exchange in the world, has hired the former Comptroller of the Currency, Brian Brooks, as its new Chief Executive Officer. In a strategic coup, Brooks will now be leading Binance.US, a top ten crypto exchange, in… Read More

Formerly Rich Uncles, Modiv Looks to Redefine Real Estate Investing for Individual Investors

Modiv, formerly operating as Rich Uncles, is seeking to open up real estate investing for smaller investors with unlisted REITS. Recently, the company announced the filing of a registration statement for Modiv Acquisition Corp. or “MAC SPAC” – looking to gain entry into the hot… Read More

P2P Lender Folk2Folk Reports Strong Start for IFISA

Folk2Folk, a peer-to-peer lender serving UK SMEs, is reporting a big start to the new tax year for its Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). According to the company, the first week of the new 2021/22 tax year saw a 200% increase in ISA inflows compared to… Read More

Commercial Cannabis Financing Lender Bespoke Financial Raises $8 Million through Series A Funding Round Led By Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital & Sweat Equity Ventures

  Bespoke Financial, a U.S.-based fintech that provides debt financing to cannabis companies, announced on Tuesday it raised $8 million through its Series A funding round, bringing the company’s total funding to date to over $28 million. According to Bespoke, the investment round was led… Read More

BTC Lightning Network is Now Live on OKEx

Crypto exchange OKEx says the BTC Lightning Network is now live on its website. By utilizing Lightening, OKEx will be able to facilitate much faster and cheaper BTC transfers. OKEx users are now able to use the Lightning Network for both BTC deposits and withdrawals…. Read More

Hybrid Investment Platform Upper90 Secures $55 Million in Equity Funding Focused on E-Commerce Companies

Upper90, a U.S.-based hybrid investment platform, recently announced it raised $55 million in equity funds, which are dedicated to e-commerce businesses. According to Upper90, the new fund will invest equity in approximately 15 e-commerce companies with an emphasis on businesses that are acting as digital franchisors… Read More

Online Student Loan Lender Earnest Appoints David Green as New CEO

    U.S.-based online student loan lender Earnest announced on Friday it has appointed David Green as its new CEO, as Susan Ehrlich, the company’s CEO since 2018, steps down to retire. The lending platform reported that Green has held many roles with the company over the… Read More

Y Combinator Alum Pranos.ai Aims to Secure $600K via Wefunder, Company Focuses on Converting Car Windows to High-Def Displays

Pranos.ai, a Y Combinator alumni, aims to raise $600,000 via Wefunder, a leading funding portal in the Reg CF offering sector. Pranos.ai is focused on converting car windows into “high-definition displays.” David Valverde, Founder & CEO at Pranos and Founder of Community for Global Innovation… Read More

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