China: WeiyangX Fintech Review by Xu Gao

Milestone: Canadian Fintech iCASH Surpasses $100 Million in Consumer Loans Funded

iCASH, a Canada-based fintech platform, announced on Thursday after three years of lending operations, it has surpassed $100 million in consumer loans. Launched in 2016, iCASH stated it is focused on helping Canadian consumers “address their cash flow needs” by paying more attention to their… Read More

Switzerland’s Numbrs Secures $40 Million Through Latest Investment Round; Named Fintech Unicorn After Being Valued At More Than $1 Billion

Numbrs, a Switzerland-based fintech, announced this week it has secured $40 million through latest investment round. With the latest round of funding, the company is now valued at more than $1 billion and has been dubbed a Swiss Fintech Unicorn. Numbrs describes itself as a… Read More

Fintech Emma Says Some Banks are Not Meeting Open Banking Rules

Beginning September 14, 2019, European Union rules regarding “Strong Customer Authentication” (SCA), part of PSD2, kick in. These rules, which also impact the UK, involve the way in which banks or payment services providers verify their customers’ identity and validate specific payment instructions. Mandated API… Read More

Loan Origination AI Platform Blooma Secures $2.75 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led By Floodgate

Blooma, a U.S.-based loan origination AI platform, announced earlier this week it secured $2.75 million through its seed funding round, which was led by Floodgate with participation from Abstract Ventures, Crescent Ridge Partners and Serra Ventures. Blooma reported that it launched its first production module… Read More

Financial Planning Startup Grove Joins Robo Advisor Wealthfront’s Platform

Robo advisor Wealthfront announced on Thursday that financial planning startup, Grove, has joined its platform. Wealthfront reported that Grove was founded in 2015 with a mission to mission to empower users to make “great decisions” about their money through a combination of human advisors and… Read More

Revolut Boosts Executive Leadership with New Hires from Traditional Banking

Digital bank Revolut has added to its executive team with several new hires harkening from traditional finance. According to Revolut, the Fintech bank has hired Philip Doyle as Director of Financial Crime Risk, Wolfgang Bardorf as Treasurer and Stefan Wille as Deputy Chief Financial Officer…. Read More

Consumer Lending App Tala Secures $110 Million Through Series D Funding Round Led By RPS Ventures

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Tala, a U.S.-based consumer lending app in emerging markets, announced this week it secured $110 million through its Series D funding round, which was led by RPS Ventures, with participation from GGV Capital and previous investors including IVP, Revolution Growth, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective VC, ThomVest… Read More

Plug and Play Welcomes 123 Startups Selected For Fall 2019 Batches

Global innovation platform Plug and Play announced on Thursday it has selected 123 startups to participate in their Fall 2019 accelerator batches. The selected companies will take part in a three month program revolving around the Brand & Retail, Cybersecurity, Energy & Sustainability, Fintech, Food & Beverage, New Materials & Packaging,… Read More

Old Banks Continue to Invest in Fintech Led by Goldman Sachs, Citi & JP Morgan Chase

Old finance continues to leverage one of its most valuable assets: lots of money. While traditional banks may struggle to innovate and adapt they continue to do what they do best which is to spend money on emerging tech to hedge against a sectorial shift…. Read More

N26 Moves Out of Beta & Fully Launches to U.S. Consumers

Less than a month after it opened its platform in the U.S., digital-only banking group N26 announced it has made its mobile banking app available to U.S. consumers nationwide. Starting today, U.S. residents may now download the app and apply for an N26 account and… Read More

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