Tagged: perspective

Building the E-commerce Infrastructure for Small Businesses to Thrive in Latin America

The World Bank estimates there are up to 445 million micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world. In Latin America, nearly 90% of all businesses fall into this category. However, many of these businesses operate informally due to a lack of market information… Read More

Wyoming’s Digital Asset Strategy Should Inspire Scotland to Emulate its Success: Report

This past week Kraken, a leading US-based digital asset exchange, was approved by the state of Wyoming for a bank charter. The first of its kind in the state, the Special Purpose Depository Institution (SPDI) means that Kraken Financial will operate pretty much just like… Read More

New Report Says Reg CF is a Success, Highlights Funding by Congressional District: Creates Policy Opportunity for COVID Recovery

A new report pertaining to Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) says the Jumpstart Our Businesses Startup Act (JOBS Act) securities exemption is creating economic success for small business owners in need of growth capital. The report outlines Reg CF utilization by Congressional District – highlighting the… Read More

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey Says Bitcoin Falls Short in Payments but Stablecoins May be Useful

Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, spoke at the Brookings Institue in the US this week and he tackled a hot topic: cryptocurrencies. More specifically, Bailey spoke about the efficacy, or lack of, when using certain digital assets in payment transactions. Bailey… Read More

SEC Adopts Massive Changes To “Accredited Investor” Definition

Its official, the “accredited investor” definition, which has not changed significantly since its enactment almost 40 years ago, has been massively upgraded. On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final amendments to the “accredited investor” definition which fundamentally change and broaden… Read More

Broadening the Reach of Financial Literacy Through Hyper-Personalization

How might hyper-personalization improve your products? Behavioral economics is the field of study which acknowledges that people are irrational beings; as explained by economist Richard Thaler in his book, Misbehaving, humans don’t behave the same way as theoretical decision-makers he calls ‘Econs’, who always make… Read More

It’s Time for the Definition of an Accredited Investor to Change and Allow Greater Access to Individual Investors

Later this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will update the definition of an Accredited Investor – a rule that has been in place for decades. An open meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The current rule allows individuals… Read More

The Top 5 Considerations with Investment Crowdfunding

In recent years, equity (or investment-based) crowdfunding has been a popular alternative source of funding for early and later-stage companies. This is due to the increasing availability of capital and willingness of the general public to invest in innovative companies, the potential efficiency gains for… Read More

Perspective: Why Shark Tank Sucks and Crowdfunding Rocks

A shark is never your friend, even if he or she happens to be carrying big bags of money. After all, sharks eat people.  They do this literally in the ocean and figuratively in shark tank competitions. Best case: they invest in your deal at… Read More

Underserved Small Businesses Have Been Dramatically Impacted by COVID, Improvements to Crowdfunding Can Help

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met to discuss how capital markets are serving underrepresented segments of entrepreneurship and small businesses. As we all know, every early-stage firm needs to have access to capital to thrive… Read More

Shares in Overstock are Going Gangbusters and That’s Good for tZero, Meanwhile tZero ATS Reports Best Month Yet

Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) has recently seen its shares rocket from all-time lows to all-time highs. Earlier today, Overstock hit a new 52 week high of over $98/share. Overstock started the year in the single digits at $7, dipping to just over two bucks a share as… Read More

OnDeck Pairs with Enova: Fintech Consolidation Expected to Continue

Earlier this week, OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) announced it was being acquired. For months, there had been rumors circulating that OnDeck had put itself up for sale. During Q1, OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow said during its earnings call that OnDeck was working with its board of directors… Read More

OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved: Smart venture capitalists and other investors know that downturns often become the best venture vintages

OurCrowd is one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the world. Based in Israel but investing globally, OurCrowd reports over $1.5 billion in committed capital and a growing number of institutional investors. Since platform launch, OurCrowd has had over 35 exits including high profile… Read More

Fintech Entrepreneurs Should Focus on Emerging Markets which have Significantly Increased their Share of Global GDP

A recent blog post notes that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there’s been a significant acceleration in digital banks and P2P wallet activity volume (during the first half of 2020). The blog states that the impact of the Coronavirus crisis has “disproportionately” affected the world’s… Read More

World Economic Forum: Fintech has been able to lower transaction and service costs and reach populations otherwise unable to participate in the formal financial system

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a highly influential global organization that engages with top political leaders, business executives and other prominent members of global society to demonstrate that combined with integrity and high standards of governance, entrepreneurship is in the global public interest. Among… Read More

Railsbank CEO Calls on Regulators to Step Up Safeguarding of e-Money Firms Following Wirecard Collapse

The Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) scandal has rocked the Fintech world as the once high flying firm that was a member of the DAX filed for bankruptcy following the revelation of a €1.9 billion in missing funds. Regulators, elected officials as well as Fintech industry insiders have… Read More

Fintech Insider Says Online Lenders are Struggling Due to US Government Programs Supporting Businesses During COVID-19

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on layoffs at OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) – an SME focused online lender. Like many online lenders, COVID-19 has hit this sector of Fintech hard. Looking for additional insight into the challenges the industry CI reached out to an industry insider for their perspective… Read More

Renaud Laplanche Plans Upgrade Banking, Comments on Fintech’s Performance During COVID-19 Challenge

Upgrade is a consumer online lender and emerging digital bank that recently announced a significant funding round that gave the Fintech a $1 billion valuation. Founded by Renaud Laplanche, this is the second Fintech he has founded that moved into the unicorn realm the first… Read More

UK Stamp Duty Cut by HM Treasury, CEO of Assetz Capital Stuart Law Comments on Move

In a speech today entitled “Plan for Jobs” by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, he announced the elimination of the Stamp Duty at a certain threshold in a move to improve the UK housing market. The Chancellor explained: “… to catalyse the housing… Read More

Insurtech: Getsafe CEO Christian Wiens Comments on Lemonade IPO, European Insurance Market

Last week, well-known Insurtech Lemonade (NYSE:LMND) launched an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares listed at $29 but quickly moved higher closing over $60/share – a significant move. Today, Lemonade traded at around $80 a share giving the young firm… Read More

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