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We find crowdfunding news from around the world and share it with you here. Some content is translated by our rather worldly in-house staff.

Ambitious Cryptocurrency Mine Opens in Armenia

Local news agency Arka has announced that a large crypto mining facility has opened in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. The facility, the country’s first, currently hosts 3000 machines mining Bitcoins and ether, but will one day host 120 000 machines, its creators believe. According… Read More

H2 Ventures & KPMG Fintech Announces 2018 Fintech100

KPMG Fintech, along with fintech investment firm H2, announced on Tuesday the release of the 2018 Fintech100, which highlights dynamic fintech firms around the world that are “transforming” the financial industry. The list includes fintechs from a range of industries, including digital payments, lending, insurtech,… Read More

Tandem’s Matt Ford Discusses the Journey Card, New In-App Features & 1M Highlights

It’s been an exciting week for UK fintecher Tandem. The platform launched its second credit product, Journey Credit Card, introduced auto-saving rules and the ability block card purchases in real time sans a formal cancelation process. Tandem has said that it is planning a growing range of in-app features that offer… Read More

Intergovernmental Financial Regulator Calls For Urgent Harmonized Action Against Misuse of Cryptocurrencies

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a Paris-based inter-governmental body “representing most major financial centres in all parts of the globe” and tasked with establishing anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-terrorist financing (CFT) standards worldwide has stated in an October 19th release: “There is an urgent need for… Read More

Bank Alternative Neat Receives USD $3 Million in VC Funding

Hong Kong based Fintech Neat has received USD $3 million in funding led by China-based VC firm Linear Capital. Neat is a bank alternative and claims to already have customers in more than 100 countries, delivering a fully digital alternative to a traditional bank account. Neat… Read More

Brazil’s Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange Fires 20 Employees

Mercado Bitcoin, Brazil’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume and registered customers fired “at least” 20 employees at the start of last week, Portal do Bitcoin reports. Four employees spoke to the publication on the condition of anonymity. They said executives were fired on Monday, and… Read More

Report Confirms that Goldman Will Move Into Wealth Management for the Masses

As we predicted just yesterday, Goldman Sachs will move into the wealth management space, according to a note by CNBC. The additional service was alluded to in the most recent Goldman earnings call which took place last week. The new financial advisor service will most… Read More

Why Big Brands are Playing to the Funding Crowd

Boutique hotel trailblazer Mr & Mrs Smith had no regrets when it checked into the crowdfunding world and saw its £1 million investment target exceeded within the first day. The company, which has built a global membership of 1.5 million since husband-and-wife team Tamara and James Lohan launched… Read More

MAS Reports Investors Attending the Singapore FinTech Festival will Dedicate USD $12 Billion to ASEAN Firms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reporting that investors attending the Singapore FinTech Festival have committed to investing $12 billion into ASEAN firms over the next two years. The 380 investors plan to dedicate USD $6.2 billion over the next year and an additional… Read More

Darknet Drug Market Admin “Oxymonster” Sentenced to 20 Years, Forfeits $700 000 in Crypto

Gal Vallerius, a dual French-Israeli citizen from the Brittany region of France, was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to, “conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money,” court documents indicate. Mr Vallerius,… Read More

European Tokenized Security Platform DESICO Plans Own STO

DESICO, a platform designed issue and trade tokenized securities that says it is in full compliance with the law, will issue its own security token offering (STO). The “DESI” tokens will be issued under EU law as DESICO is based in both Paris and Vilnius. DESICO… Read More

LATTICE80 Plans New Fintech Hub in Hong Kong

LATTICE80, a Fintech Hub that migrated its headquarters from Singapore to London, reports it will open a new Fintech Hub in Hong Kong. Supported by the Marvelstone Group, LATTICE80 seeks to connect Fintech Startups, Financial Institutions & Corporates, Government Institutions and the Public to build… Read More

Goldman Sachs’ Digital Bank Marcus Rapidly Gains UK Consumer Accounts

Last week, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) shared their 3rd quarter earnings report. Buried within the report was an update on Marcus, the digital bank and online lender that recently crossed the Atlantic setting up a beachhead in Europe by opening up in the UK in late September…. Read More

ABN AMRO Partners With Samsung SDS & Port of Rotterdam to Launch Container Logistics Blockchain Pilot

ABN AMRO announced on Friday it has teamed up with Port of Rotterdam and Samsung’s logistics and IT division, Samsung SDS, to launch a new container logistics blockchain pilot. According to the Dutch bank, this pilot will seek to use blockchain technology to build a platform for… Read More

Is Regulation Killing The Blockchain? How Blockchain Can Adapt to New Laws While Sticking to its Original Principles

The blockchain has revolutionized a number of industries, but none so much as the financial sector. From equity crowdfunding platforms which allow users to buy shares in projects with tokens, to startups raising funds through initial coin offerings (ICOs), to token exchanges where users can… Read More

EY: Initial Coin Offerings from 2017 Sink as 86% are Below ICO Listing Price

Those high-flying initial coin offerings (ICOs) that launched in 2017 have lost their luster, according to a report by EY. The global consultancy firm has recently published a report that states in the first half of 2018, 86% of the leading ICOs that listed on… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Xiaomi Eyes Consumer Financing and B2B Lending in India Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi plans to enter the consumer finance and business-to-business (B2B) loan market in India. Xiaomi has followed the Indian company law and established a non-bank financial institution “Xiaomi Financial Services India” to apply… Read More

French P2P Lending Pioneer Unilend Shuts Down

French peer to peer lender Unilend has gone into receivership. The P2P lender announced the news to all of its customers in a recent email. Founded in 2013 by Nicolas Lesur and François Prioux, Unilend pioneered P2P lending in France. It started operating, before crowdfunding… Read More

Rwanda Says it Will Use Blockchain to Track “Conflict Metal” Tantalum

Rwandan government minister and CEO of the Rwandan Mining, Petroleum and Gas Board, Francis Gatare, says he has struck a deal with enterprise-blockchain developer Circulor to start tracking the country’s tantalum supply using Circulor’s version of Hyperledger Fabric. According to Gatare: “Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas… Read More

European Regulation Is on the Way, Crypto Exchanges Had Best Be Prepared

The European Union does not need to seek out any problems for the moment, with the highly publicized ‘divorce’ from the UK taking place in the full media spotlight, but it’s easy to forget that, as things stand, the EU is also taking its approach… Read More

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