Tagged: payments

Huge: Alipay & WeChat Payments Have Risen from $81 Billion in 2012 to $2.9 Trillion in 2016

The UN sponsored Better than Cash Alliance is out with an interesting report on Fintech and payments in China. The Alliance partners with governments, companies, and international organizations that are the key drivers behind the transition to make digital payments widely available around the globe…. Read More

Plastc Credit Card Replacement Tech Shuts Down, Considers Bankruptcy Filing

Another credit card replacement company has died. Plastc, a company that raised more than $5 million in 2014 on a presales campaign, posted a backers update stating the company has exhausted all of its options to raise funding it needs to continue. Plastc said it… Read More

Alibaba’s Ant Financial Increases Bid for MoneyGram

Dallas based MoneyGram (NASDAQ:MGI), a global provider of money transfer services, has become quite popular. This past January, Alibaba’s Ant Financial subsidiary announced it had offered the firm $13.25 per share to acquire the company. The two companies had entered into a definitive agreement to… Read More

Peppermint Innovation Provides Services for Unbanked Filipinos

Peppermint Innovation is a Fintech firm focused on the commercialisation of a mobile banking, payments and remittance technology, designed for banks and other institutions. The company’s vision is to provide mobile payments, money services, and remittances to anyone and to anywhere in the world. Founded… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

  Ant Financial Opens its VR Pay Service Platform to Xiaomi and Huawei. On March 31, Ant Financial, the finance arm of Alibaba Group Holdings, revealed its new payment service for virtual reality shopping at the Shenzhen Innovation Week. The VR Pay system will greatly… Read More

Pay with Your Shades: WaveShades Powers Contactless Payment Sunglasses, Partners with Visa

At South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, Visa unveiled contactless payment sunglasses.  The glasses incorporate the technology created by a “Sydney surfer startup founder” who is part of the Australian Fintech scene. Visa shared the WaveShades sunglasses at SXSW to an international audience. The back… Read More

Alibaba Continues its Push for Global Dominance with Stake in Paytm

Alibaba has been roaming the globe acquiring or investing digital businesses. The most recent investment lands in India – marking an important entrant for Jack Ma’s firm. According to multiple reports, Alibaba has led a funding round in Paytm, an Indian ecommerce and payments platform. A… Read More

UK Payment Systems Regulator Tackles Payment Scams

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has published draft “Terms of Reference” outlining how it intends to review whether the operators of CHAPS (Clearing House Automated Payment System) and Faster Payments Scheme (FPS), need to play an expanded role to reduce consumer harm caused by particular… Read More

Indiegogo Introduces New Payment Options Through Stripe Partnership

On Monday, Indiegogo introduced new payment options for its crowdfunding platform that will make it easier for backers to receive the support they needed. The funding portal revealed that, through its partnership with credit card vendor Stripe, it has begun to roll out Stripe payments… Read More

Singapore Has Just Published a Document on their Next Phase of Growth & Fintech /Alternative Finance Plays a Big Role

Singapore’s Committee on Future Economy (CFE) has identified seven strategies for Singapore’s next stage of growth in its report. Singapore has experienced an enviable period of economic growth and prosperity. The island city-state tmaintains one of the highest standards of living in the world. The… Read More

Singapore FinTech Association & Five Polytechnics Focus on Growing Fintech Talent

The Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) has signed MOUs with five polytechnics in efforts to grow and nurture talent in the industry, as well as to improve coordination between educators and fintech industry leaders.  The five entities are Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore… Read More

Grab Turns to Indonesia with $700M to Invest in Mobile & Payments

Singapore-based company Grab, self-described as “Southeast Asia’s Leading Ride-Hailing Platform”, is investing $700 million in Indonesia to make the country ASEAN’s most digital economy.  Grab’s project will focus on mobile fintech features in the country, and in particular, on mobile payment. According to the company, the… Read More

Payment Provider Klarna Purchases BillPay

Klarna, one of Europe’s leading payment providers, has acquired Berlin-based BillPay thus expanding its reach in Europe. BillPay operates in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Klarna works with 65,000 merchants to offer payment solutions to more than 45 million users in Europe and North America. BillPay was… Read More

China-New Zealand Payments Service Latipay Raises $3M

Latipay is an online payments service between China and New Zealand, and it has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Jubilee Capital Management, a Singaporean VC firm.  New Zealand VC firms Tuhua Fund and Zino Fund also participated, according to e27. The company intends to… Read More

FICCI Report Explores Promises and Challenges of FinTech in India

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) published a new report in January called “Leveraging the FinTech Opportunities in India” to highlight a number of topics, including digital payments, digital banking, blockchain, and online lending, to name a few. According to FICCI… Read More

Citi Report: Continue to Watch China & FinTech in 2017

Citi’s latest report, “Digital Disruption – Revisited: What FinTech VC Investments Tell Us About a Changing Industry”, explores the evolving fintech industry.  In exploring different regions around the world, the report concludes: China’s rapid digitalization and rise of the middle class — combined with declining… Read More

Fintech Investment in India Picks Up After Demonetization Move

Over 25 startups in the online lending space have rapidly emerged over the past two years, according to TechCircle analysis.  Despite signs that global fintech investment was slowing in 2016, VCCircle‘s analysis for 2017 suggests that such investment may pick up again. Arti Singh and… Read More

Capgemini: Fintech Disrupts Testing and Quality Assurance

Renu Rajani, Vice President of Capgemini, opined earlier this week that Fintech’s revolution this past year has disrupted trends in testing and quality assurance (QA).  The observation is based on findings further described in the firm’s latest fintech report, World FinTech Report 2017, which was published earlier… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Insurance Regulatory Commission Calls Halt to Online Insurance business of Foresea Life Insurance & Five Other Insurance Companies On the of 5th December, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) called a halt to the online insurance business of Foresea Life Insurance for irregularities and… Read More