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Galileo Appoints Former PayPal Exec Archie Puri As New Chief Product Officer

U.S. fintech Galileo announced on  Wednesday it has appointed Archana (Archie) Puri as its new Chief Product Officer. According to Galileo, Puri has more than 20 years of experience in technology products with a “strong domain” context in payments.  Prior to joining Galileo, Puri spent… Read More

Robinhood CEO Shares on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”: Most of Our Customers Are Into “Buy and Hold” Investing (Video)

  Vlad Tenev, the CEO of modern trading platform Robinhood, sat down with Andrew Ross Sorkin to discuss how he thinks markets will be affected post the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion notably happened amid retail investors piling into equities at a rapid rate in the… Read More

Crazy Town: GameStop Rockets Higher, Pundits Blame Reddit, Short Sellers Close Out

A week ago, GameStop (NYSE:GME) was trading at around $37/share. Today, GameStop is trading at around $277  $334 a share – jumping by over 80%  120% today alone. If you thought the ICO rave was crazy, think again. More mundane traditionally regulated markets may be… Read More

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds Crowdfunding as a New Word

Squeezed somewhere between “cancel culture” and “gig worker” the term crowdfunding has been added to the august Merriam-Webster dictionary. Although crowdfunding has been in use for more than a decade (unlike cancel culture which is more recent), it appears that the etymologists at Merriam-Webster have… Read More

European Fintech Startup Nomo, a Business Management Solution Provider for SMEs, Acquires €2.5 Million Investment

Banco Sabadell (BME:SAB), a Spanish multinational financial services company headquartered in Alicante and Barcelona, Spain, has reportedly invested €2.5 million in Nomo, an inhouse incubated initiative that spun out from the banking institution. The startup offers various business management tools for SMEs and sole traders…. Read More

FinTech Scotland & FinTech Wales Releases Proposal to Increase Research and Innovation to Drive Fintech Development Acceleration Across the UK

  FinTech Scotland and FinTech Wales announced on Tuesday have released a report proposing increased Research and Innovation (R&I) to drive acceleration in fintech development across the UK, nationally and regionally to support growth and new jobs. The report, entitled “Research and Innovation for UK FinTech” jointly authored… Read More

U.S. Fintech MPOWER Financing Secures $25 Million Investment From Tilden Park Capital Management to Increase Educational Access For International & DACA Students

  MPOWER Financing, a U.S.-based fintech platform for educational loans to international and DACA students, announced on Tuesday it received a $25 million investment from Tiden Park Capital Management. The latest investment comes less than a year after MPOWER raised $9 million. As previously reported, … Read More

Germany’s Digital-Only Banking Platform N26 Appoints New CFO as Maximilian Tayenthal to Serve as co-CEO

Digital-only banking platform N26 has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer as Maximilian Tayenthal becomes the Fintech firm’s co-CEO. Dr. Jan Kemper is N26’s latest executive hire. Berlin-headquartered neobank N26 confirmed that it promoted company co-founder Maximilian Tayenthal to serve as co-CEO along with current… Read More

Dr. Janet Yellen Becomes First Woman US Secretary of the Treasury

Dr. Janet Yellen was unanimously voted out of committee the Senate Finance Committee on January 22nd and approved by the Senate today in a vote of 84 for the nomination and 15 against (and one not voting). In being approved, Yellen became the first female… Read More

Paysend Appoints Alexander Nicolaus As New Chief People Officer

Paysend, a UK-based global payments platform, announced on Monday it has appointed Alexander Nicolaus as its new Chief People Officer. According to Paysend, Nicolaus has an “impressive” global and international career to date in Europe, China, and across Asia. He previously helped large corporates (Willis,… Read More

DV01 Launches Auto Benchmark Datasets to Provide Investors With Transparency on Automotive Asset-Backed Securities

        dv01, a platform that connects online lenders and investors with data management, announced on Monday it has launched its Auto Benchmark Datasets to provide investors with transparency on automotive asset-backed securities.  According to dv01, the new benchmarks pull Reg AB data… Read More

Dutch Crowdfunding Platform Lendahand Announces €5 million Debt Facility For Funding Societies to Support Southeast Asian Underserved SMEs

Lendahand, a Netherlands-based for-profit crowdfunding platform for impact investing, announced over the weekend that it has agreed to provide Singapore-based Funding Societies with an up to €5 million debt facility to invest in underserved SMEs, predominantly in Indonesia, but also including Singapore and Malaysia. Lendahand reported… Read More

Fintech Firms May have Significant Growth Opportunities in Africa due to Increasing Demand for Digital Services: Report

A recent study carried out by the Mastercard Economics Institute revealed that the Coronavirus crisis has presented Africa with significant growth opportunities for Fintech firms. The study has noted that the industry should, this year, play a key role in promoting greater financial inclusion in… Read More

Mastercard, Network Int. to Support MENA Region Digital Payments, as [email protected] Launches Inventory Monetization Platform for MENA Countries

Mastercard has partnered with UAE-headquartered PSP Network International in order to introduce a digital platform with the goal of promoting the adoption of virtual payments across the MENA region. With this new digital platform going live this month, Network International plans to help its customers… Read More

UK’s P2P Property Lending Platform Blend Network Hires Chloe Stidston-Lewis As Company Continues to Expand Operations

UK-based Blend Network, a peer to peer (P2P) property lending platform, has revealed that they’re expanding their team of professionals.  Blend Network’s management confirmed that they’re pleased to announce that Chloe Stidston-Lewis has now joined their lending team as a lending associate. Chloe has reportedly… Read More

Contactless Payments in the UK are On the Rise with 90% of In-Store Transactions Settled with Touch-Free Options

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the increased adoption of contactless payments as one of the preferred ways to settle transactions in the United Kingdom, now representing around 90% or 9 in 10 of all eligible card transfers (as of 2020). The most significant milestone… Read More

UK Startup MoneyTurtle to Formalize Fundraising Process for SMEs with Smart Technology, Streamlining Early-Stage Business Operations

It’s never that simple or easy to borrow funds from friends or family members, however, that’s actually the uncomfortable reality for many small business owners globally who are often funded by their families or relatives. MoneyTurtle is offering a service that’s meant to formalize this… Read More

Berlin’s Elinvar, a Fintech that Assists Wealth Managers with Digitizing their Business, Secures €25 Million in Capital

Berlin-headquartered Elinvar, a Fintech firm that aims to assist wealth managers and private banks with digitizing their business processes, has secured €25 million in capital. Elinvar’s platform outsources key processes such as client relationship management, digital onboarding, onsite advisory services, investment management, reporting, invoicing, online… Read More

70% of Hedge Fund Managers are Now Hosting At Least Part of their IT and Fintech Platforms in the Cloud: Survey

Enfusion, an established provider of global investment management software and fund services that’s focused on “automating and simplifying full front-to-back office functionality with one vendor,” notes that as funds continue to grow, many patch together tech solutions, adding new functionality or capabilities as they become… Read More

Citi Unveils New Suite of Intelligent Execution Algorithms for Global Listed Derivatives

Citi announced on Thursday it has launched a new suite of intelligent execution algorithms for global listed derivatives. These algorithms have been specifically engineered for the futures markets and are available across all major exchanges in the North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions. According… Read More

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