Tagged: apple

FIN Opposes Elements of CHOICE Act: Do Not Repeal Debit Reforms

Last week Financial Innovation Now (FIN), an alliance of companies which includes Fintech behemoths innovator Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal, spoke out against language used in the Financial CHOICE Act that would repeal debit swipe fee reform. In a letter penned by FIN Executive Director Brian… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Submits Recommendations to Senators Crapo & Brown as to How to Boost the Economy

Financial Innovation Now (FIN) has submitted their recommendations to Senators Crapo and Brown, the Chair and Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, as to how best to improve Economic Growth. The proposals follow a public request by the two Senators asking members of the public… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Tells CFPB to Examine, Not Regulate, Consumer Access to Digital Financial Records

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), launched an inquiry into consumers seeking access to their financial records.  At the time of the announcement, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated; “Consumers should be able to use their financial records and account information and securely share access in… Read More

Crowdfunding & Fintech Predictions for 2017

Last year due to time constraints I was unable to publish my list of Crowdfunding/Fintech predictions for 2016. This year I am back once again, for better or worse, peering deep into my crystal ball with a list of prognostications for the coming year. The… Read More

Online Funding Platform PrimaryBid Unveils New Smartphone App

PrimaryBid, an online funding platform that enables investors to gain access to placings of AIM-listed companies, announced on Monday the launch of its first mobile app, which is now available for both iOS and Android devices. The website revealed that extension of its service on… Read More

Australian Government Eyeing Big Banks to Prevent Blockchain Monopolization

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), an independent arm of the Australian government that aims to regulate competition in the market and uphold national consumer law, has been closely eyeing four big banks to prevent attempts of monopolizing the blockchain industry in fintech. The banks… Read More

Financial Innovation Now: Big Tech Educates Policy Makers on Benefits of Fintech

Apple, Google, Amazon, PayPal & Intuit Provide the Firepower Behind Fintech Advocacy Group Financial Innovation Now. Back in the fall of 2015, an announcement was made regarding the creation of a new public policy coalition representing some of the largest names in tech: Apple, Google,… Read More

Apple, Google, Amazon: Current Regulatory Requirements Protect Incumbents from Fintech Competitors

In November of 2015, a group of well-known tech names banded together to create a new lobbying entity to lobby Capitol Hill on Fintech and financial regulations. Financial Innovation Now is a unique alliance of Apple, Google, Amazon, Intuit and Paypal joining in one specific… Read More

Kickstarter Becomes One of Sixteen Companies to File Amicus Brief in Support of Apple’s Privacy Case

On Thursday, Kickstarter announced it has filed an amicus brief with sixteen other companies to support Apple in its fight to protect the privacy and security of its millions of customers. Following the devastating shooting in San Bernardino last December, a federal court ordered the technology giant… Read More

PUGZ Creators Fail to Receive Apple MFI Approval; Announces Delivery Delay

Earlier this summer, Swedish startup PUGZ took to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise funds for its new wireless earbuds. Described as “world’s first” wireless earphones that  allow users to charge them through smartphones, the key differentiator in PUGZ earphones UX is the company’s patented self-guiding… Read More

Apple Watch Problem? No Worries Says Pebble Watch Founder Eric Migicovsky (Video)

Is the Pebble Watch feeling the Apple smartwatch pain?  Not so, explains Pebble Watch founder Eric Migicovsky. In a brief interview with CNBC, Migicovsky explains that Apple has brought a “ton of attention” to the wearable tech sector. He states Pebble has experienced “no material… Read More

Apple, Google, Amazon Band Together to Lobby DC on Future Financial Services

The Future of Banking is Online. Tech Titans Want to Lead the Way as Financial Innovation Now Coalition Announced. All financial services are being turned upside down as the relevance of brick and mortar locations and surly customer service representatives is diminishing.  Big tech, including… Read More

Calling All Wine Lovers: Wotwine? Seeks £400,000 on Seedrs to Develop New App That Finds the Perfect Bottle For You

This week, UK-based Wotwine? launched an equity crowdfunding on Seedrs to raise £400,000 for its iPhone and Android app that will help customers find wine at the best price. Wotwine?, which consists of eight Masters of Wine along with Sommeliers, winemakers, retailers and wine educators, is hoping… Read More

State of Washington Addresses Reg A+, Tier 2 Filing Rules

In a somewhat controversial regulatory approach, the state of Washington, Department of Financial Institutions, has indicated its interest in requiring issuers to file with the state when utilizing Tier 2 of Regulation A+.  The new exemption which preempts State Blue-Sky law and raises the investor… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: HyperLink Steel Band for Apple Watch, NeuroGum & SmartHalo for Your Bike

I happen to have an Apple Watch and I am slowly figuring out which features suit my daily routine the best.  I gave up wearing a traditional watch years ago as my iPhone quickly became my time keeper of choice (just like everyone else). But… Read More

Nebia Shower Scores Over $1.3M in Two Days on Kickstarter

Just two days after launching its Kickstarter campaign, Nebia has successfully surpassed over $1.3 million thanks to 3,800 backers. The Nebia Shower is a showerhead that you can install yourself.  The system claims to create a shower like you have “never experienced before.” The company explained its engineering hardware:… Read More

Apple Watch Competitor Olio Raises $10 Million Series A, Launches New Collection of Premium Connected Watches

Olio Devices has closed a $10 million Series A funding round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).  The new funding comes after raising a solid $4 million in an earlier round that helped to create the company founded by an Apple veteran. Olio launched a series… Read More

Smart Piano & Light Keyboard “The ONE” Quickly Gains Over $135,000 First Week on Indiegogo

Giving musicians a new type of instrument to play, creators of the Apple MFi-certified smart piano, The ONE has teamed up with marketing agency, Agency 2.0, to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The ONE is self-dubbed as “the fastest and most affordable way to learn pop songs… Read More