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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 in 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

Marketplace Lending Platform Avant Closes $139M Asset-Backed Securitization Led by Jefferies; Secures $200M Credit Facility Led by J.P. Morgan & Credit Suisse

Marketplace lending platform, Avant, announced on Thursday that two newly secured transactions totaling $339 million in debt financing. These recently minted deals bring Avant’s funding total to $1.1 billion in debt financing, $334 million in equity financing and $400 million raised through the Avant Institutional… Read More

Al Goldstein, CEO Of Avant, Talks ‘Underbanked’ Middle-Class Consumers And The Future Of Avant

  At the helm of Avant, a Chicago-based consumer loan program named to Forbes’ 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies, is founder and CEO Al Goldstein. A serial entrepreneur in technology, consumer services and real estate, Al co-founded Avant with John Sun, now the… Read More

WE’VE Links with Crowdfunder for Social Good(s): Campaigns for Translucent Global Supply Chain

  WE’VE, a startup that connects consumers conscious design, enables anyone to design collaboratively with makers. Transparency is shared via artisans’ step by step “making” videos.  Having recently launched its Crowdfunder campaign, WE’VE has quickly secured $65K of its $300K goal for the convertible note.  Investors include from… Read More

Peter Thiel Introduces The 2014 Class of Thiel Fellows

Peter Thiel introduced the 2014 class of new Thiel fellows on Thursday. The fourth set of young entrepreneurs to be award Thiel Fellowships, the fellows will receive support to bring their innovative scientific and technical projects to life, learn entrepreneurship from the group up, and… Read More

Super PAC Created to “End All SuperPACs” Launches Phase 2 after Meeting 1st Crowdfunding Goal

Big Names Provide Matching Funds to Fix Badly Broken Congress. Political MayDay PAC hit their initial goal of crowdfunding $1 million two weeks ahead of schedule.  Now the social campaign has launched the next phase of its effort by targeting their next fundraising goa of… Read More

Misfit Wearables Spent $20,000 Making Their Crowdfunding Pitch Video

Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu recently spoke at Seattle Pacific University, and as a part of his visit he sat down and was interviewed about his experience in running Misfit Wearables. He shares revelations including the fact that Misfit had VC backing before they launched… Read More

Oculus VR Raises $16 Million Series A

Oculus VR has raised $16 million in a round with contributions from Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, Founders Fund and Formation 8. Spark Capital and Matrix Partners led the round. Spark founder Santo Politi and Matrix partner Antonio Rodriguez both acquire seats on Oculus’s Board of… Read More

Teen wins fellowship to build site, skip college

ARMONK, N.Y. — The $100,000 Thiel Foundation fellowship James Schuler just won allows young entrepreneurs to drop out of college to pursue their business ideas — except he never got there in the first place. Before graduating from Byram Hills High School in Armonk, N.Y., last year,… Read More

Pave Working With UnCollege To Rethink How Young People Learn

UnCollege is the brainchild of Dale J. Stephens, a young entrepreneur and Thiel Fellowship alumnus whose aim is to debunk the commonly accepted assumption that college is the only way  to prosperity. UnCollege has teamed up with crowdfunding platform Pave in order to help their… Read More

Future of the Exit, Post CrowdFunding

In April 2013, CrowdFunding is not yet legal in America. In the upcoming years, it will become so. This posts reflects on changes we may anticipate once this change occurs. Mercantile capitalism has led us to great wealth creation. It has also led us to… Read More

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