Tech-Enable Governance Solutions Governance.com Secures €3 Million Through Latest Investment Round

Governance.com, a Luxembourg-based company that provides technology-enabled governance solutions, has secured €3 million through its latest investment round.  Founded in 2014, Governance.com helps regulated businesses achieve sustainable business success by understanding critical process information, enabling users to identify and deal with exceptions while recording every… Read More

Update: Honcho Extends Crowdcube Campaign; Now Nearing £875,000 in Funding

UK-based insurtech Honcho recently announced it has decided to extend its latest equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The funding round originally sought to raise £700,000 and is now nearing £875,000. The initiative has attracted 455 investors.  As previously reported, Honcho is a reverse-auction marketplace where… Read More

Democrats on House Financial Services Committee Forward Letter to GAO Inquiring About Alternative Data and Access to Credit

Democrat members of the House Financial Services Committee have sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) inquiring about the usage of alternative data by lenders and credit agencies. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Committee, Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Chair of the… Read More

Liquid Crypto Trading Platform Cancels Planned Sale of Telegram’s GRAM Tokens

Liquid, a cryptocurrency trading platform started by Blockstream, announced in a blog post January 10th that it has canceled plans to resell Telegram’s GRAM tokens through the platform. “The Gram Token Sale on Liquid has been canceled,” Liquid writes, “and all funds previously held in escrow by… Read More

Invesdor Raises €1.86 Million, Plans European Expansion

Invesdor Ltd has revealed a new funding round that closed at the end of 2019. According to a blog post, Invesdor raised €1.86 million from a “selected group of large scale investors,” current shareholders and some employees.  Invesdor explained that a total of €1.6 million… Read More

Shaun Djie: Co-founder at Digix, a Smart-Asset Firm Leveraging Blockchain to Manage Gold Investments, Reveals Keys Industry Trends

We recently caught up with Shaun Djie, co-founder and chief operating officer at Digix, one of the first “smart-asset” companies leveraging blockchain tech to account for the authentication and provenance of 99.99% investment-grade gold bullions. Shaun currently serves as a board member for Singapore’s IT… Read More

Ontario Securities Commission: If Sole Control of “CryptoAssets” Does Not Go to Customer, Trading Platforms Subject to Securities Laws

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has made a major announcement regarding the regulation of cryptocurrency and “cryptoasset” trading platforms in the country, one that could add significant operational costs in the near term. Under the guidance, unless they have obtained an exemption, cryptocurrency trading platforms in… Read More

Gemini Sets Up Firm, Nakamoto, to Insure Cryptocurrencies Custodied on Its Platform

Gemini, a compliance-oriented cryptocurrency trading platform owned by the Winklevoss brothers, has established an insurance company to insure cryptocurrencies it custodies on behalf of clients up to $200 million USD, according to a blog post. The new company, Nakamoto Ltd., will also sell insurance to… Read More

Crypto Trading Platform Binance “Phasing Out Services to Residents of Japan”

One of the world’s most famous cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance, will no longer be serving cryptocurrency speculators in Japan. Binance made the announcement on its Japanese language page. The announcement, according to an automated translation, reads: “Thank you for always patronizing Binance. Binance.com will be phasing… Read More

Australian Neo Lender Wisr Secures $33.5 Million Through Placement Round

Wiser (ASX: WZR), an Australia-based neo lending platform, announced on it has secured commitments to raise $33.5 million through a placement of approximately 181 million ordinary shares. According to Wisr, the placement was supposed and allocated to new and existing institutional investors. “The issue price… Read More


Visa-Plaid Acquisition: Sign of the Times

On January 13th, Visa (NYSE: V) announced it had purchased the Fintech Plaid as the old school credit card rails company seeks to boost its innovation cred. Visa paid a whopping $5.3 billion to acquire Plaid – a nice exit for early investors. Al Kelly,… Read More

New Hampshire Legislators Vote Down Law to Permit Tax Payments in Cryptocurrency

Legislators in New Hampshire have voted 17-1 against a bill that would have required the state treasurer, “to develop an implementation plan for the state to accept cryptocurrencies as payment for taxes and fees and allows state agencies to accept payment in cryptocurrencies after July 1,… Read More

After UK’s Exit from EU, Vilnius Set to Become Largest Center in the Bloc for Regulated Fintech Firms: Report

The Baltic region’s finance industry has been struggling and some of the area’s countries including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have reportedly been indirectly involved in money-laundering scandals that were allegedly orchestrated by large Nordic banks. However, Lithuania’s capital has been able to develop its local… Read More

Global Blue To Become Publicly Traded Company on NYSE Through Far Point Merger

Global Blue, a Switzerland-based technology and payments partner empowering global merchants to capture the growth of international shoppers, announced on Thursday it will become a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange through its merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: FPAC), a special… Read More

Goldman Sachs Promotes Marcus App, Explains Delay as Utility Not that High at First

Digital-only bank Marcus, part of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) was recently announced after a several year delay. The app is now available on the Apple App store with Google Play availability this spring. Marcus is the first digital-only bank to have a federal charter in the… Read More

Swedish Banking Group Northmill Appoints Mattias Hallgrim as New CMO

Northmill, a Fintech based in Sweden, announced on Wednesday it has appointed Mattias Hallgrim as its new CMO. According to Northmill, Hillgrim has more than 20 years of experience from a wide range of leading businesses such as Tradedoubler and Ticketmaster and most recently he… Read More

Chainalysis: Binance, Huobi, other Major Exchanges Used to Transfer $2.8 Billion in Bitcoin to Criminals in 2019

Chainalysis, a leading blockchain analytics and cybersecurity firm, revealed on January 15, 2020 that it had managed to trace $2.8 billion in Bitcoin (BTC) being transferred to criminals via cryptocurrency exchanges in 2019, with the vast majority of these transactions going through Binance and Huobi,… Read More

Update: Skinny Tonic’s Seedrs Round Set to Close With More Than £1.3 Million Raised

Skinny Tonic, a UK-based beverage brand, is set to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs this upcoming Friday (January 17th) with more than £1.3 million secured. The funding round has attracted nearly 500 Seedrs investors. As previously reported, Skinny Tonic claims to be the… Read More

Report: Japan Will Further Constrict Leveraged Trading of Cryptocurrencies, Down to 2X of Balances

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) plans to further reduce allowable limits on leveraged cryptocurrency bets, down from 4X of customer deposits to 2X. Japan’s Cabinet voted to greatly reduce leveraged crypto trades on local platforms last April. At that time, permitted leveraged trades were reduced… Read More

France-based Mobile Payments Firm Lydia Secures $44.6 Million in Funding from Tencent, Open CNP, XAnge, New Alpha

Lydia, a France-based mobile payments firm, has acquired €40 million (appr. $44.6 million) in funding via a Series B investment round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. Open CNP, XAnge and New Alpha also took part in the round. Established in 2013, the Lydia peer-to-peer… Read More

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