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UK: A Record £14.9 Billion Invested in Private Companies in First 6 months of 2022, Fintech Leads the Charge

As COVID lingered and the economy stumbled due to rapidly rising prices and geopolitical strife, investment in private UK firms continued unabated, hitting a record amount of £14.9 billion during the first half of 2022. These investments were led by the burgeoning Fintech sector that… Read More

Inflation Reduction Act: “Bill Does Nothing to Ease Inflation” While Super Sizing the IRS

Criticism from various corners of the political ring continues to lament the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act – legislation that even supporters are describing as a climate bill and not doing much to mitigate inflation. SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan has issued… Read More

Proptech CubiCasa Introduces Scanning Option to Make Digital Floor Plans Standard in the US

CubiCasa, a real estate software firm with head offices in Oulu, Finland, will now be providing a free floor plan option for its mobile floor plan scanning technology in the United States, “available on the App Store and Google Play Store.” Thanks to recent advances… Read More

Jarvo, which Provides Remote Teams Access to Local Workspaces, Secures £342,183 via Seedrs

Jarvo, which provides remote teams access to local workspaces in other people’s homes, has secured 179% (£359,332  ) of its £200,002 target from 313 investors (at the time of writing) through its crowdfunding campaign carried out via Seedrs (with 25 days left in the sale)…. Read More

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Opposes Inflation Reduction Act Due to Negative Impact on Small Businesses

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has publicly posted a letter criticizing the Inflation Reduction Act that was approved by the US Senate in a party-line vote. While the name claims to reduce inflation, some analysts have stated there is nothing or very… Read More

Capital One Executive Meghan Welch Joins Fintech Plaid

Fintech firm Plaid recently announced that financial services industry veteran Meghan Welch has joined as the firm’s very first Chief People Officer. Plaid has “grown to 1,200+ employees to support the mainstreaming of fintech.” Meghan’s over 20 years of professional experience at Capital One, “most… Read More

ING Tests Out Carbon Tracking App from Fintech Cogo

ING will be trialing a carbon footprint tracking app offered by Fintech firm Cogo with 350,000 mobile clients. The Footprint Insight feature is being made available to clients who currently use the bank’s Insight function, which groups their income and expenditure by spending category. Footprint… Read More

CME Group to Introduce Euro-denominated Bitcoin, Ethereum Futures

CME Group, which claims to be the world’s leading derivatives marketplace, announced its plans to further expand its cryptocurrency derivatives offering “with the introduction of Bitcoin Euro and Ether Euro futures on August 29, pending regulatory review.” Designed to match their U.S. dollar-denominated counterparts, Bitcoin… Read More

Talon Cyber Security Finalizes $100M Series A to Enhance Security for the Future of Work

Talon Cyber Security, the “secure” enterprise browser provider, recently announced $100 million in Series A funding, led by Evolution Equity Partners, “with participation from Ballistic Ventures, CrowdStrike’s Falcon Fund, Merlin Ventures, SYN Ventures and previous investors CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO George Kurtz, Lightspeed Venture Partners,… Read More

Digital Assets, DeFi: ShapeShift to Support Transactions via Avalanche Network

App.shapeshift.com is reportedly becoming a one-stop shop for “all things DeFi.” From being able to connect to our app with 200+ wallets (including Metamask, WalletConnect, and xDefi), to having the ability to buy and sell with the industry’s leading on and off ramps一now, it is… Read More

Fintech ZEBEDEE Integrates “Programmable Money” into Internet-based Apps

ZEBEDEE, which claims to be the leading Fintech and next-gen payment processor for the gaming industry, announced the launch of an integration allowing any business “to implement ‘Log in with ZBD’ and instantly grant users the ability to move money to and from different online… Read More

Thoma Bravo to Acquire Ping Identity for $2.8B

Ping Identity (NYSE: PING), provider of the Intelligent Identity solution for the enterprise, today announced that it has “entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo, a software investment firm, for $28.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at an Enterprise… Read More

Binance Co-Founder Yi He to Lead $7.5B VC Unit

Binance, which claims to be the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem behind the largest cryptocurrency exchange, recently announced the appointment of its Co-Founder Yi He “as the new head of its venture capital (VC) arm and incubator, Binance Labs.” Binance CEO CZ (Changpeng Zhao) stated: “As… Read More

Bitcoin focused MicroStrategy Announces Separation of Chairman, CEO Roles, Second Q2 2022 Financial Results

MicroStrategy Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), which claims to be the largest independent publicly-traded business intelligence company, announced that, as of August 8, 2022, Michael Saylor will “assume the new role of Executive Chairman” and Phong Le, the Company’s President, will also serve as the Company’s new… Read More

Neobanking Fintech Avant Teams Up with Major League Soccer (MLS)

As Major League Soccer (MLS) nears the mid-way mark of its exciting 27th season, MLS and Avant, a credit-first neobank that gives consumers access to the financial solutions they “deserve,” announced “a multi-year partnership.” Kevin Chin, Head of Business Development & Partnerships at Avant, said:… Read More

DocuSign Partners with UK’s ID Firm OneID

OneID, the UK-headquartered identity tech firm that makes it simpler for consumers to prove who they are online or in an all-digital environment, recently announced that it has teamed up with DocuSign in order to offer government-certified ID verification to the firm’s electronic signature solution,… Read More

Global Fintech Wise Enhances Professional Team with Appointment of Isabel Naidoo

Wise (LSE:WISE), the international tech firm focused on creating the best way to move funds across the globe, recently announced the appointment of Isabel Naidoo as Chief People Officer. Naidoo joins Wise, one of Glassdoor’s best places to work in the United Kingdom, with considerable… Read More

Digital Asset Trading Network Apifiny Releases Apifiny Algo V1.1 with Quant Library

Apifiny, the global cross-exchange digital asset trading network, recently announced the release of Apifiny Algo V1.1, an advanced crypto trading library in C++ “for High-Frequency Trading (HFT) and latency-sensitive traders.” This solution fully “supports futures trading, paper trading through Binance testnet, and has added Coinbase… Read More

DTCC, SIFMA, ICI Move Closer to T+1 Settlement

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Investment Company Institute (ICI) have published a “playbook” on T+1 settlement. The T+1 Securities Settlement Industry Implementation Playbook outlines the approach to identifying the implementation activities, timelines, dependencies, and… Read More

SEC Publishes Report on Small Business Forum

This past week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 41st annual Small Business Forum report, an effort to help guide the Commission on important issues facing small businesses and access to capital in the USA. While the SEC focuses most of its attention… Read More