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Global Insurtech Cover Genius Secures $10 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By King River Capital

Global insurtech company Cover Genius announced last week it secured $10 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by King River Capital with participation from Belfer Family, Jasper Tans, Regal Funds Management, and Marinya Capital. Founded in 2014, Cover Genius claims to… Read More

Between Profit and Impact: Inside The Mind of Millennial Investors

Investment has never seen anything like Millennials. This savvy, ethical and growing group consciously spend their money like no demographic before them. The impact of their dollar is just as important as the profit it generates – something investment has not been forced to consider… Read More

Fintech IMMO Investment Technologies Completes $79.3 Million Round, with $12.6 Million in Equity from Talis Capital, Others

IMMO Investment Technologies recently announced that it had completed a €72 million (appr. $79.3 million) funding round, with €11.5 million (appr. $12.6 million) in equity from Talis Capital, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Tom Stafford & Rahul Mehta of DST Global, and Mato Peric. IMMO Investment is… Read More

Bulgaria’s Third Largest Bank Fibank Partners Mastercard to Introduce Apple Pay Service

First Investment Bank (Fibank), the third-largest bank in Bulgaria, is teaming up with Mastercard to introduce the Apple Pay (NASDAQ:AAPL) service. Fibank customers who have a Mastercard credit or debit card can add it to their Apple Wallet in order conduct fast, secure, and private… Read More

Regtech: Wells Fargo and Dutch Financial Giant ING Lead Ascent’s $19.3 Million Round to Expand Company’s Compliance Solution

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, the fourth-largest bank in the US by total assets, and Dutch banking giant ING led a $19.3 million round in Chicago-based Regtech firm Ascent Ascent provides a cloud-based platform that helps financial services providers to keep their business operations compliant. The… Read More

Financial Giant Standard Chartered Joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)

Banking giant Standard Chartered has reportedly joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a global standards organization that outlines the specifications for developing large-scale, interoperable blockchain platforms. The EEA is planning to conduct further research and development (R&D) into the latest trends involving distributed ledger technology… Read More

Report: Head of Russia’s Central Bank Joins Chorus of Regulators Critical of Private Currencies Like Facebook’s Libra

Elvira Nabiullina, governor at the Bank of Russia since 2013, told the Russian parliament this week that she supports Fintech innovations but opposes private currencies like Facebook’s Libra because they pose a threat to financial stability. She also said she and the bank are monitoring… Read More

New Spin on Asset Management, DEXTF Raises US$460K in Seed Funding Round

DEXTF, or “Decentralized Traded Funds,” a Singapore-based startup has raised USD $460,000 in an oversubscribed seed funding round led by LuneX Ventures and SGInnovate, according to a release. The partners at London-based hedge fund CDAM also participated in the funding round along with other undisclosed… Read More

New Zealand’s Online Lending Platform Harmoney Raises $29.6 Million to Expand Company’s Operations

Auckland, New Zealand-based Harmoney, an online lending platform that connects borrowers with lenders, recently raised NZ$25 million ($15.8 million) through a Series C investment round led by two Australasia-based investors. Established in 2014, Harmoney has acquired funding from Australia-based private equity company Kirwood Capital and… Read More

Leading AI Consultancy Brainpool AI Raises Capital on Seedrs

A leading artificial intelligence (AI) consultancy, Brainpool AI is raising capital on Seedrs. The consultancy is seeking £120,001 for a 3.3% equity stake in the firm. The company has set a pre-money valuation of £3.5 million. As this moment, Brainpool AI has raised over half… Read More

EU: “No global stablecoin arrangement should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and addressed”

The Council of the European Union has posted a memo, or “draft joint statement,” regarding stablecoins – a hot policy topic these days due to Facebook’s attempt to launch a global, non-sovereign, cryptocurrency. When Facebook revealed the creation of Libra, and the executive body the… Read More

San Francisco-based AngelList Launches New India-Focused Venture Capital and Angel Fund

San Francisco-based AngelList, a platform facilitating online capital formation and job-seekers interested in working at startups, has launched a new India-focused venture capital and angel fund, according to a report in the Economic Times. The newly launched fund will allow individuals to raise relatively small… Read More

Report: P2P Lender Zopa Nears Launch of Digital Bank Offshoot in the United Kingdom

Zopa, a peer-to-peer (P2P) money lending platform that allows borrowers and lenders to deal directly with each other (cutting out the banks who serve as intermediaries), is nearing the launch of its new digital bank offshoot in the United Kingdom. The company will conduct a… Read More

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association Joins the International Digital Asset Exchange Association

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Digital Asset Exchange Association (IDAXA). This is the eighth national trade association in the sector to align with IDAXA. The goal is to provide a unified voice for… Read More

VP Product, Calibra Wallet: Facebook Cryptocurrency Will Take Decades to Implement

In comments likely designed to assuage regulator concerns, Kevin Weil, VP Product for Facebook’s Calibra cryptocurrency wallet program, told people attending the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon November 5th that Facebok’s proposed cryptocurrency network will take decades to implement: “This is not going to… Read More

Five Cryptocurrency Exchanges Now Registered to Operate in Finland

Five virtual currency service providers (VASPS) have now been authorized by Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) to provide cryptocurrency services in the region. The five firms must also comply with EU anti-money laundering laws and will be subject to inspection. As well, in announcing the registered… Read More

Singapore: 20 Finalists for the 2019 Global Fintech Hackcelerator Announced

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the 20 finalists for the Global Fintech Hackcelerator as part of the 2019 Singapore Fintech Festival x Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SFF x SWITCH). In a release, MAS said the finalists were selected from two… Read More

London-based Fintech GoCardless Partners TransferWise to Offer First Global Network for Recurring Payments Processing

London-based GoCardless, a Fintech firm that makes collecting payments by direct debit easy for everyone, has partnered with TransferWise, a cross-border money transfer service, in order to launch the first global network for processing recurring payments through bank debit. GoCardless’ recurring payments customers will be… Read More

DayTek Capital Plans Launch of “Product Disruptive” Digital Bank in Australia: Infinity

DayTek Capital says it expects to launch a new digital bank “Infinity” in Australia by mid-2020. The company describes the forthcomin bank as “product disruptive,” without providing too many details. Additionally, DayTek reports the Australian government is assisting with the Fintech getting established as Trade… Read More

Fintech Kreditech Says Break Even Cash Flow by 2020 as 2018 Loss Shrinks

German online lender Kreditech says the company is on track to “reach profitability in the near future,” as operating loss shrinks. Simultaneously, revenue and originations both declined. The Fintech claims significantly improved performance as a result of a new strategy that was implemented in 2018…. Read More

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