New Rewards Platform Launches to Support Women

  Women You Should Fund is a female founder crowdfunding platform with the goal of supporting women entrepreneurs. The rewards-based platform has been founded by Jen Jones and Cynthia Hornig – both seriel entrepreneurs.Women You Should Fund expects to deliver a valuable advantage in the… Read More

Ron Suber Named Strategic Advisor for Juvo

Juvo, a mobile Identity Scoring platform, has appointed Ron Suber, president of Prosper Marketplace, as strategic advisor to the company. Suber is a high profile investor in Fintech companies and is also investor in Juvo. The company said Suber’s prolific presence in Fintech and industry… Read More

Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council Publishes Report on Blockchain

As part of a broader initiative to encourage Fintech innovation, the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong has published a report on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Blockchain. Recently, we shared a report on Fintech in which the FSDC chastised officials for not moving… Read More

iintoo Officially Enters the Online US Real Estate Investing Marketplace

iintoo has announced it has launched in the U.S. to allow accredited investors  the ability to invest in high-yield  real estate projects. Starting at $25,000, iintoo will offer ownership shares in projects vetted and made available by the company. Management expects to deliver double-digit, annual… Read More

SoftBank Backs Paytm with $1.6 Billion

Paytm has announced that SoftBank has invested in their parent company One97 Communications Limited. The $1.6 billion commitment is said to be the single largest funding round from a single investor in India. Crowdfund Insider reported this past week that Paytm was discussing an investment… Read More

New Record & Update: In April Money360 Closed $45M in Real Estate Marketplace Loans

M0ney360, a leading commercial real estate marketplace lending platform, closed more than $45 million in loans in April, bringing the company’s total production to over $250 million in closed loans, with an expected $500 million in transactions by year-end. Money360’s recent loan closings span properties… Read More

Into the Black: TransferWise Celebrates Operational Profitability

UK Fintech TransferWise has reached operational profitability six years after launch, according to a release. The Estonia-founded, London-based currency exchange startup indicated that it is currently amassing £8 million a month in revenue and is on target to reach £100 million for 2017. “To have hit… Read More

Aligned! ESADE BAN Partners with Crowdcube Spain for Startup Coinvestment

ESADE BAN, the business angels network of Barcelona business school ESADE Alumni, has partnered with the online investment platform Crowdcube Spain to enable coinvestment in startups and growing businesses in Spain. Under this agreement, the entire ESADE community (including alumni, students, faculty, recent graduates and staff)… Read More

Brief: Boston’s Eastern Bank Spins Off Online Lending Platform Numerated

Boston-based Eastern Bank has spun off an online loan platform for small businesses that was developed by its innovation lab into an independent company that has already raised $9 million in funding. Numerated Growth Technologies consists of a platform that allows banks to make loans in… Read More

SWIFT & Dow Jones Risk & Compliance Publish RegTech Report (Infographic)

A large majority (75%) of anti-money laundering (AML) professionals believe the current geopolitical landscape presents new risks and challenges for preventing financial crime at their organisations, according to a joint survey by SWIFT and Dow Jones Risk & Compliance. To address these risks, more than half… Read More


Hong Kong Report on Status of Fintech

Hong Kong has been sizing up the Fintech sector of finance for awhile now. But while Hong Kong is a regional financial powerhouse, when it comes to Fintech innovation they have ceded ground to Singapore.  Yet authorities recognize that Fintech has the potential to deliver… Read More

2017 Benzinga Fintech Award Winners

Last week, Benzinga held its annual Fintech Awards event in Manhattan. The proceedings prior to the actual award presentations included some well known names from both traditional and alternative finance alongside a series of three minute pitch sessions. At the event, representatives from a wide range… Read More

FINRA CEO on Change: “We must avoid incrementalism or convenient compromises when bold action is required”

At the annual FINRA Conference in Washington, DC, this week FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook took the stage to talk about change.  In a speech entitled A Changing Industry – A Changing Industry, Cook reflected on his initiative to build a better FINRA.  In… Read More

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Launches Major Fintech Initiative: LabCFTC

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will embark on a “major Fintech initiative” with the creation of LabCFTC. The venture was launched to promote responsible Fintech innovation and to encourage competition in the markets the CFTC oversees. “Simply put, LabCFTC is intended to help… Read More

Growth Capital Ventures Says it is Ready to Power the Northern Powerhouse

Growth Capital Ventures (GCV) says it is ready to help fuel early stage companies in the North with a £57.5 million investment fund. GCV said it is working with Maven Capital Partners to help fund promising businesses. In late 2016, Maven invested £1.1 million in… Read More

SoFi Gets Bigger with SoFi Wealth Providing Unlimited Access to Living, Breathing, Financial Advisors

As expected, SoFi has announced wide availability of SoFi Wealth. The financial advisory platform is described as a low-cost online wealth management platform that combines an online and mobile interface with unlimited access to live, licensed financial advisors. SoFi, an iconoclastic Fintech Unicorn, is combining… Read More

Insurtech Report: Hype or the Next Fintech Frontier?

Oliver Wyman is out with a report on the emerging Insurtech sector. Oliver Wyman is a global management consultancy operating in 30 different countries. For this specific report, they partnered with Policen Direkt Group in Germany, an insurance technology firm. The authors believe that the… Read More

LendingHome Hires New CFO. Also Receives Fannie Mae Approval to Expand Home Loans

LendingHome says it is ready to ratchet up platform growth. The marketplace lending platform that finances residential mortgages has made two announcements today. First, the online lender has announced that former Nationstar Mortgage CFO, Robert Stiles, has been appointed to become LendingHome’s CFO. Simultaneously, LendingHome… Read More