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China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Goes Public in Hong Kong On September 26th, Bitmain, a Beijing-based Bitcoin mining giant, finally disclosed its IPO prospectus to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. CICC will serve as the sole sponsor. According to the prospectus, Bitmain’s net… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

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Beijing Launches Internet Court, Accepting and Hearing Cases of Online Lending On September 9, Beijing unveiled its Internet court. The court, located in Fengtai District, mainly accepts cases regarding the Internet and intellectual property rights, including disputes caused by online loans, online shopping contracts, and… Read More

SoftBank Vision Fund to Invest $100 Million Into Chinese Online Insurer ZhongAn

SoftBank’s Vision Fund is reportedly looking to invest $100 million into Chinese insurtech startup, ZhongAn. The upcoming investment comes just weeks after ZhongAn announced the launch of its new its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, ZhongAn Technology Intelligent Open Platform for Insurers. ZhongAn, which was launched by Ant Financial,… Read More

SoftBank & Yahoo Japan JV Collaborates With India’s Paytm to Launch Japanese Barcode-Based Smartphone Payments Service “PayPay”

PayPay Corporation, a joint venture created by SoftBank Corp. and Yahoo Japan Corporation, announced on Monday it will launch “PayPay” smartphone payment services using barcodes (QR code) this upcoming fall. PayPay Corporation reported it will team up with India’s largest digital payment company Paytm, a… Read More

SoftBank Reveals Third Round SoftBank Innovation Program Winners

SoftBank Corp. announced on Thursday results for the third round of 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 reported it will tie up with eight companies… Read More

Softbank Partners With CloudMinds Technology For Authentication Solution of Blockchain-Based Security Platform

SoftBank Corp. announced on Wednesday it has teamed up with CloudMinds Technology for the development of an authentication solution based on blockchain. The two companies reported that they have developed the new solution by combining CloudMinds’ blockchain-based authentication with the mobile carrier’s authentication platform. According… Read More

Largest Funding Round for P2P Platform in Southeast Asia: Funding Societies Raises $25 Million

Singapore based Funding Societies has closed a USD $25 million Series B funding round. The peer to peer lending platform said the oversubscribed offer was led by Softbank Ventures Korea. Additionally, Funding Societies said it has received expanded credit facilities from banks and other financial… Read More

Oh the Agony! 150 of 165 Invited Investors Did Not Respond to Uber Investment Offer in 2010

Hindsight is usually 20-20. And there are times when maybe you just want to close your eyes and go back in time. Below is an interesting tweet back that shares some interesting information from the early days of AngelList and Uber, when the ride sharing… Read More

Insurtech Lemonade Raises $120 Million in Round led by SoftBank

Prominent Insurtech firm Lemonade is having a pleasant Holiday season following the announcement they have raised $120 million to fuel platform growth. The funding round was led by SoftBank, a group that has been highly active in the Fintech sector. Valuation was rumored to be… Read More

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

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