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Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Announces 86 New Members Including Toyota, Merck, and Deloitte

The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA) has announced the addition of over 86 new members to the group. The EEA is an alliance of fortune 500 companies, startups, academics, and technology vendors with a shared goal: to build and develop Ethereum with a clear roadmap for… Read More

Menlo Ventures Closes $450 Million Fund that Will Invest in Fintech & More

Menlo Ventures announced the closing of Menlo Ventures XIV last week, a $450 million fund dedicated to investing primarily in early-stage consumer, enterprise and “frontier technologies”. The funding brings the firm’s total capital to more than $5 billion under management. Menlo management said their current… Read More

Online Lending Association Opposes California Legislation to Cap Interest Rates

The Online Lenders Alliance (OLA) has sent a letter to the California Assembly Apparitions Committee stating their “strong opposition” to AB 784.  This bill, if enacted into law, will set a rate cap for consumer loans between $300 and $5000.  OLA states this legislation has… Read More

Smart Dubai: Implementing Blockchain Across the City, Emirates NBD on Board

Dubai’s pioneering government-backed initiative to implement blockchain technology across the city is now into its third month, and the pilot schemes continue to roll out. The move aims  to secure the city’s reputation as a leading Middle Eastern business center. This month Dubai’s largest bank, Emirates… Read More

Irish P2P Lender Linked Finance Receives FCA Authorization, Ready for UK Expansion

Linked Finance, an Irish P2P lending platform, has received full authorization by the UK Financial Conduct Authority which will enable the platform to actuate growth into the UK market, according to multiple Irish news sources. In late April, the Ireland government announced a Public Consultation on the Regulation… Read More

Defying Brexit Gloom: UK Online Lender WiseAlpha Exceeds £627K During Second Crowdcube Run

WiseAlpha, a UK online lending platform that gives everyday investors access to high yield institutional bond and loan investments, has raised over £627,000 on its Crowdcube return in just 7 days, coming in at 125% over its original target. More than 433 investors have invested in return… Read More

Singapore-based Blockchain VeChain Joins PwC’s Incubation Program

Singapore-based blockchain service provider VeChain S.E.A, a subsidiary of the leading blockchain technology company in China, BitSE, is proud to announce it will join PwC’s incubation program. PwC and BitSE held a signing ceremony on Monday in Hong Kong with Raymund Chao, PwC Greater China Chairman,… Read More

UK P2P Lender RateSetter Announces Joanna Wright as New CRO

Peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter has appointed Joanna Wright as Chief Risk Officer. Wright joins RateSetter from GE Capital where she was Chief Risk Officer for GE Capital Bank in the UK, leading a team of over 200 risk professionals with responsibility for prudential and enterprise risks… Read More

Numeraire: A Hedge Fund Cryptocurrency Designed to Promote Collaboration

A year ago, Numerai premiered itself as a “new kind of hedge fund built by a network of data scientists.” Unlike a traditional fund that makes trades based on human decision, Numerai lets anonymous programmers write open source trading algorithms based on data provided by Numerai…. Read More

Scammer Allegedly Files Fake SEC Document in Plot to Make Money Off of Fitbit Options

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges agains Robert W. Murray, a mechanical engineer from Virginia. Murray allegedly cooked up a bogus regulator filing in an attempt to manipulate the share price of Fitbit. In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the… Read More

NextGen Crowdfunding: Title III, Reg CF Crowdfunding Exceeds $37 Million in Investments

NextGen Crowdfunding is out with some data on the status of Title III Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF. NextGen has a tracking application that follows all past and active Reg CF offers. According to their numbers, over $37 million has been raised since the securities… Read More

Mobile Fintecher LevelUp Dials Up $50M Financing, JP Morgan Chase & U.S. Boston Capital Lead Round

LevelUp, a Boston-based mobile app fintech firm, has secured $50 million in finance from long-term investors JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Boston Capital and from newcomer CentroCredit Bank, bringing the total raised by the startup so far to just over $85M, according to CNBC. LevelUp aims to… Read More

Brief: Mobile Payment Platform Verse Pockets $20.5M in Series B Funding

Mobile payment platform Verse closed a $20.5 million Series B round of funding led by Spark Capital, according to multiple news sources. eVentures and Greycroft Partners also participated in the round whose funds will be added to the $8.3M in Series A funding secured last October. The Barcelona/ San Francisco-… Read More

Chinese P2P Lender Dianrong Links with Maggie Ng to Launch Global Fintech Marketplace

Chinese P2P lender Dianrong announced a new technology agreement with Maggie Ng, a leading consumer banking executive in Asia Pacific, to launch a global fintech marketplace connecting Asian investors with high-quality, low-volatility and largely untapped asset classes, including U.S. consumer lending. Founded in 2012, Dianrong originates… Read More

Growing Reg Influence in MENA Fintech: Abu Dhabi Global Market Joins R3 Consortium

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, has joined R3 as a new member of its international consortium. ADGM is the first regulatory body in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be part of the R3 consortium, comprising over… Read More

Paytm Payments Bank Limited to Launch Next Week

Paytm is launching a bank. The news was published in advance of the announcement that SoftBank had invested $1.6 billion into Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications Limited. The SoftBank investment may have been incentivized due to the fact the Reserve Bank of India had approved the… Read More

Ethereum Quickly Catching Up to Bitcoin’s Transaction Volume

According to an article published on Trustnodes today, Ethereum is now handling almost half the transaction volume of Bitcoin. That might not sound impressive but you have to consider the fact that Ethereum launched less than 2 years ago whereas Bitcoin is over 9 years old…. Read More

New Record & Update: In April Money360 Closed $45M in Real Estate Marketplace Loans

M0ney360, a leading commercial real estate marketplace lending platform, closed more than $45 million in loans in April, bringing the company’s total production to over $250 million in closed loans, with an expected $500 million in transactions by year-end. Money360’s recent loan closings span properties… Read More

Into the Black: TransferWise Celebrates Operational Profitability

UK Fintech TransferWise has reached operational profitability six years after launch, according to a release. The Estonia-founded, London-based currency exchange startup indicated that it is currently amassing £8 million a month in revenue and is on target to reach £100 million for 2017. “To have hit… Read More