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SoftBank Launches Third SoftBank Innovation Program

Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. announced on Monday it has launched the third round for its SoftBank Innovation Program, which is a program that seeks a wide range of innovative solutions and technologies from around the world to consider for commercialization. SoftBank stated that the innovation program aims… Read More

Kabbage is Raising $161 Million [u]

Online SME lender Kabbage is raising $161 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Fintech firm filed the Form D last week indicating it had already received $80,573,040 with the same amount remaining to be raised. Kabbage announced in early… Read More

SoftBank Invests $250 Million in Equity in Kabbage: Largest Ever for SME Online Lender

Kabbage is out with some big news. SoftBank has committed $250 million in an equity investment into the online lender. This is a significant statement on the belief that Kabbage is on the right trajectory when it comes to the competitive online lending market. SoftBank… Read More

3 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

This article highlights three takeaways for Fintech firms from Mary Meeker’s 355-page-long report: 1) The Internet’s center of gravity shifts to Asia; 2) The biggest get bigger; 3) Fintechs must use gamification to improve customer engagement. Since 2001, Mary Meeker, a Partner at venture capital… Read More

SoftBank Vision Fund Now Over $93 Billion

The SoftBank Vision Fund announced its first major close yesterday with over U.S. $93 billion of committed capital. In addition to SoftBank Group Corp (SBG) and the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as previously announced, investors also include the Mubadala Investment… Read More

SoftBank Backs Paytm with $1.6 Billion

Paytm has announced that SoftBank has invested in their parent company One97 Communications Limited. The $1.6 billion commitment is said to be the single largest funding round from a single investor in India. Crowdfund Insider reported this past week that Paytm was discussing an investment… Read More

Indian Mobile Wallet Paytm Acquires FreeCharge, in Talks with SoftBank

Paytm is now in talks with SoftBank to raise up to $1.9 billion in fresh funding, hiking its value to a cool $8 billion or more, according to multiple new sources. Paytm counts over 218 million wallet users; last month alone Paytm clocked 255 million transactions.  Founded… Read More

MobiKwik Reaches for Unicorn Status, Set to Raise Funding from BlackRock

One billion dollars. MobiKwik is set to raise funds from investors including BlackRock Inc. which will value the innovative Indian Fintech company at about $1 billion, according to Bloomberg. Headquartered in Gurgaon, MobiKwik offers a mobile phone based payment system. Customers add money to an online wallet that… Read More

SoftBank & Trump: $50 Billion & 50K Jobs. Will this Boost Fintech?

In a grand mashup of investment and politics, President-elect Donald Trump and Tokyo-based SoftBank Group Corp.‘s CEO Masayoshi Son announced their plan this week to create 50,000 new jobs in the U.S. via a $50 billion investment namely in startups. Deal Street Asia reported that the… Read More

Fintech Moved Mainstream: Reflections on 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, here are some highlights from WWF, the wonderful world of fintech. And what a year it’s been!  At the close of last year, the world watched Lending Club’s astounding IPO. By this November, the firm surpassed $13B from borrowers since its 2006 launch. During… Read More

SoFi Raises $1 Billion from SoftBank. Largest Financing Round Ever in Fintech

Online lender SoFi has just closed on a Series E funding round in the amount of $1 billion.  Led by SoftBank, SoFi has claimed the “largest single financing round in the Fintech space” ever. SoFi has now raised approximately $1.42 billion in equity. The marketplace… Read More

Four Crowdfunding sites Competing on “The Pitch”

Season 2 of “The Pitch” has just started and four crowdfunding sites are in the mix.  Seed&Spark which has been making waves in the Independent Film scene; Funderverse – which is getting ready to launch their first niche crowdfunding vertical site ExplorationFunder;  FundingCommunity connects small businesses with… Read More