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Nigerian Mobile Money Service and Ride-Hailing App OPay Raises $120 Million via Series B Round

OPay, a Nigeria-based mobile money service and ride-hailing app, revealed on November 18 that it had acquired $120 million in funding through a Series B investment round just months after it raised $50 million in a separate round. The African venture capital market has been… Read More

NYC FinTech Women’s Inspiring Fintech Females 2019 List

NYC FinTech Women has published its list of Inspiring Fintech Females 2019. NYC FinTech Women serves over 2,000 members through mentorship, sponsorship, and networking opportunities and publishes their annual list to recognize the achievements of women in financial technology. According to NYC FinTech Women, the… Read More

Nestlé and French Multinational Retailer Carrefour Apply Blockchain Technology to Infant Nutrition “for the First Time”

Switzerland-based Nestlé, a food and drink processing conglomerate, has teamed up with Carrefour, a French multinational retailer, in order to “apply blockchain technology to infant nutrition for the first time.” According to a recent press release: “After being the first to apply blockchain technology to… Read More

Crypto-Friendly Banking Service Provider Cashaa Introduces US Dollar Bank Accounts for Companies Dealing in Digital Assets

Cashaa, a cryptocurrency-friendly banking service provider, recently revealed that it’s introducing US dollar bank accounts for companies dealing in digital currencies. The new accounts are being offered through a partnership with Metropolitan Commercial Bank. Beginning on November 25, 2019, crypto-asset dealers and other high-risk business… Read More

Business Process as a Service Firm Avaloq Finalizes Acquisition of Derivatives Partners, a Financial Data Provider

Switzerland-based Avaloq, a company that offers a standardized Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) model to financial institutions and wealth management platforms, revealed recently that it has finalized its acquisition of Derivative Partners, which was first announced in July… Read More

Open Up Challenge Announces 15 Fintech Finalists Leveraging New Open Bank Rules

Nesta, in partnership with Open Banking Limited (OBL), has announced the Open Up 2020 Challenge finalists. According to Nesta, the 15 finalists were selected out of 107 entries. Many of these Fintechs are live and in the market already. This group of Fintechs will compete… Read More

Report: Paysend’s Analysis Reveals that Jordan Is the World’s Most Unequal Country for Financial Inclusion

A recent analysis performed by Paysend, a company that allows money transfers to any Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay cards and to regular bank accounts, has revealed the world’s top ten nations with the greatest gender divide for accessing modern financial services such as banking accounts and… Read More

Bank of Georgia Introduces AI-Enhanced Retail Banking Platform, mBank, to Provide Improved Digital Banking Experience

The Bank of Georgia has introduced an artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced retail banking platform, called mBank, in order to offer its clients an improved, innovative, and personalized online banking experience. mBank is a newly developed “smart’ personal finance management (PFM) software platform. It has been created… Read More

PayPal Stops Supporting Pornhub. Is This Crypto’s Seminal Moment?

Popular free pornography site PornHub has announced in a blog post that payments giant PayPal has stopped servicing payments to over 100 000 porn performers who sell extras through the site. According to PornHub: “We are all devastated by PayPal’s decision to stop payouts to… Read More

Holiday Gift Guide: Wefunder Shares List of Funded Companies that Offer Perfect Gifts

Wefunder is the largest Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) portal in the US. While having completed Reg D offerings in the past and the occasional Reg A+ offering, Wefunder is mainly a CF portal. A Wefunder spokesperson recently shared the below comment with Crowdfund Insider: “Wefunder… Read More

Blockchain Data Analytics Firm Messari Raises $4 Million via Round Led by Uncorked Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Others

Uncork Capital, a seed-stage VC firm, led a $4 million investment round for blockchain analytics company Messari. Coinbase Ventures, the venture capital arm of San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase, also took part in Messari’s latest funding round. Messari’s management confirmed on November 13 that it… Read More

Marriott International to use FreedomPay’s Global Commercial Platform Across Its Lodging Portfolio

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based FreedomPay, a global commerce solution developer, revealed on November 12 that it has teamed up with Marriott International in order to deploy the FreedomPay Commerce Platform across Marriott’s lodging portfolio. Marriott’s management says it intends to use FreedomPay’s platform in the US and… Read More

Police and Regulators Convening in Australia to Address “Globalization and Digitization of the Criminal Economy”

More than 200 delegates representing police forces and regulatory bodies in Australia, the US, Singapore, and New Zealand are convening Nov 13-15 in Brisbane at the 2019 National Proceeds of Crime Conference. Present in force will be staff from Australia’s Taxation Office, Securities and Investment Commission,… Read More

Beware the Tinder Cryptocurrency Seductress

A poster on Reddit is warning that “Asian Girls” on Tinder are engaging in sometimes month-long seductions to lure marks and their money to unreliable cryptocurrency projects. In the post titled, “PSA: Watch out for girls from Tinder who like fashion, hiking, investing and other… Read More

Fintech Worldwide Partners New York-based Molinari Media to Launch TheIMPACT Television and Social Media Network

Fintech Worldwide, a global innovation and events network that mainly focuses on Fintech, blockchain, and frontier technologies, announced on November 12 that it has teamed up with the New York-based Molinari Media, PBC in order to introduce TheIMPACT television and social media network. TheIMPACT will… Read More

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Demand for Small Dollar Business Loans is High But Key Sectors Struggle to Secure Bank Financing

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has published a presentation on Small Business Credit. The document indicates that small business optimism is near a 15 year high and demand for small-dollar loans (under $1 million) is robust yet these same small dollars loans have… Read More

French Crowdfunding Assocaition Appoints New Chairman

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France or FPF) has appointed Jérémie Benmoussa, co-founder of Fundimmo, as Chairman replacing Stéphanie Savel. Savel chaired FPF for 3 years. She was also President of the WiSEED platform. In May of 2019, Savel left to focus on other… Read More

Sara Hanks Comments on SEC Concept Release, Defends Reg A+, Advocates on Behalf of Companies in Need of Growth Capital

Last week, a meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) held a meeting. On the agenda was the topic of the SEC’s concept release on regulatory harmonization. The concept release was initiated in recognition of the current ecosystem of private… Read More

Report: Stripe CEO “Very Skeptical of Anyone…Adamant That Crypto’s Gonna Work”

CEO Patrick Collison of Stripe told Wired magazine last Friday that he’s, “very skeptical of anyone who’s adamant that crypto’s gonna work,” but said he thinks companies should experiment even if the chance of success seems slight. Collison reportedly made the comments while doing on… Read More

Cybersecurity Skills Platform Immersive Labs Raises $40 Million via Series B Round Led By Summit Partners, Goldman Sachs

Immersive Labs, a UK-founded cybersecurity skills platform, raised $40 million through a Series B investment round led by Summit Partners, a growth equity investor. New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs also took part in Immersive’s latest funding round. Established in 2017, the company noted that… Read More

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