Tagged: peter thiel

Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Rents Twenty Thousand Feet of Silicon Valley Office Space

Following recent reports that it has established capacious bitcoin mining farms in Washington State and Quebec, the Beijing-based Bitcoin mining giant Bitmain is now renting offices in a Silicon Valley office tower called Riverpark Towers, CCN reports. Bitmain will occupy the last available vacancy in… Read More

Peter Thiel & Bitmain Invest in EOS Creator Block.one

Block.one, the creator of the EOSIO (EOS) blockchain protocol, announced on Monday that venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel has invested in the company, along with other notable investors, Bitmain, Louis Bacon, and Alan Howard. According to Block.one, the investment round follows an earlier round… Read More

Four Young “Blockchain” Developers Receive Prestigious Thiel Followship Awards

Every year, the foundation started by tech billionaire Peter Thiel gives away a total of $2 million dollars to 20 outstanding young and promising technology entrepreneurs, “young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in the classroom.” The money is granted in… Read More

Go Figure: Mike Cagney Raises $50M Easily, Despite Quitting SoFi Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Mike Cagney, the former SoFi CEO, raises $50M for Figure, his new fintech venture focused on home equity lending, reported Bloomberg. Cagney left Sofi late last year as the platform was upended with legal challenges regarding accusations of allowing a “sexually charged corporate culture that condones… Read More

Is Bitcoin a Comparable Gamble to Student Debt?

News that young students are using part of their student loans to invest in crypto markets has caused a flurry of response across news platforms and social media since the story was first reported March 22nd. A yes/no survey by The Student Loan Report found… Read More

Following Kickstarter Failure, Gawker Receives Bid From Peter Thiel

Just days after former Gawker employees closed their failed crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the former news website received a bit from billionaire, Peter Thiel, who reportedly caused its demise a couple years ago. As previously reported, Gawker was forced to shut down after Hogan sued… Read More

New York Fintech Petal Raises $13 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

Petal, a credit card startup pioneering “Cashflow Underwriting” as an alternative to traditional credit scoring, announced on Wednesday it raised $13 million through Series A financing round, which was led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. Founded in 2016, the fintech company is looking to build a… Read More

Report: Peter Thiel Makes Big Bitcoin Bet

Peter Thiel, via his Founders Fund, has apparently made an sizable bet on the rising value of Bitcoin.  According to a report in WSJ, Thiel gambled on BTC some time ago buying up to $20 million worth of the cryptocurrency. That investment has since grown… Read More

Former Gawker Employees Launch Kickstarter to Purchase Website

Just a little over a year after Nick Denton’s Gawker ceased all operations, a group of former employees of the popular website has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $500,000 in order to purchase Gawker through auction. Gawker shut down after Hulk Hogan sued the website… Read More

Insurtech Startup Coya Secures $10 Million During Seed Funding Round Led By Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

German-based insurtech start-up Coya has reportedly secured $10 million during its latest seed funding round, which was led by Peter Thiel’s fund Valar Ventures with participation from e.ventures and La Famiglia. According to Business Insider, Coya was founded by two veterans of German lender Kreditech and former Vienna Insurance… Read More

Operating System for Wealth Managers Addepar Raises $140 Million

Last week it was announced that fintech wealth management platform Addepar had raised $140 million in its Series D round of funding. The funding round was led by Valor Equity Partners, 8VC and investment manager Harald McPike. Operating System for Wealth Managers Based in Mountain… Read More

Charlotte Fintech Firm AvidXchange Announces Partnership with Mastercard and Capital Raise of $300M

Charlotte-based fintech firm AvidXchange, which provides accounts payable and automated payment solutions to midsize businesses, announced a strategic partnership with Mastercard along with a separate capital raise of $300 million. Both the strategic partnership with Mastercard and the capital raise of $300 million will go towards the… Read More

Kreditech Russia Receives MFC Status from Central Bank of Russia

Kreditech Group subsidiary, LLC MFC  Kreditech Russia, received the status of a Microfinance Company (MFC) from the Central Bank of Russia. A new federal law in Russia aims to make the microfinance market transparent and understandable and requires MFC status for all alternative lending companies operating in… Read More

Survey: Top Reasons Angels Invest? Management Team, Followed by ROI

A new survey published today provides evidence that Angel investors are “not just in it for the money.” Propel(x), a San Francisco-based online investment platform, collaborated with Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs, MIT Alumni Angels of Northern California and Innovation Node Los Angeles (part of the… Read More

#LenditUSA Bigger than Ever as Online Lending Begins to Mature

  LenditUSA 2016 was bigger than ever. If you look back just three years the venue and the organizers have scaled what was once a relatively small gathering of 375 industry participants in 2013 to one that is truly a global event with over 3,500… Read More

Peter Thiel to Deliver Keynote Address at LendIt USA 2016

On Tuesday, organizers of LendIt USA 2016 announced that Paypal’s co-founder and first outside investor in Facebook, Peter Thiel, is set to deliver the keynote address at the forthcoming event. LendIt is considered the largest conference series dedicated to connecting the global online lending community. The… Read More

Peter Thiel Backs German Fintech Startup Deposit Solutions

Peter Thiel, Paypal’s co-founder and first outside investor in Facebook, has reportedly made an investment Deposit Solutions GmbH, which is considered the first open architecture platform for retail deposits in Europe. Since its establishment in 2011, Deposit Solutions has already mediated deposits in excess of… Read More

TransferWise’s Future of Finance Report Shows How Americans Incorporate Fintech into Daily Life

Nearly one third of Americans will be using a technology company for financial services such as loans, mortgages and payments in five years, reports global P2P platform TransferWise Almost one third of Americans are likely to be using a technology provider and not a bank for… Read More

Backed by Peter Thiel, German Number26 Smartphone Bank Expands across Europe: Withdraw Money Everywhere

  German smartphone bank Number26 will expand across Europe, opening its mobile-only account to consumers in France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, and Spain, according to a release. The expansion brings the total number of countries where Number26 is active to eight, following its initial launch in Germany… Read More

Harmoney Adds Prominent Names to Advisory Board

Harmoney, the first peer to peer lender to launch in New Zealand, has added some big names to its advisory board.  Accord to a release published by the P2P site, Jon Barlow, founder of Eaglewood Capital and Phin Upham of Thiel Capital have signed up… Read More