CEO Christin Friedrich CEO Discusses Pivot at Innovestment, Pan-European Crowdfunding Changes & Challenges in Germany by JD Alois

CEO Christin Friedrich CEO Discusses Pivot at Innovestment, Pan-European Crowdfunding Changes & Challenges in Germany

Christin Friedrich is CEO and majority shareholder of Innovestment, an alternative financing platform founded in 2012 that is focused on the long-term sustainable impact for SMEs based in Germany. She is also chairwoman of the board of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), the association that… Read More

Digital Assets Firm Gemini Reports that $1 Billion in Loans have been Originated via Gemini Earn

US-based digital assets firm Gemini reports that their clients are now “collectively earning interest” on over $1 billion worth of loans that have been originated via Gemini Earn. The company reveals that they’ve reached this milestone just 2 months after the introduction of Gemini Earn… Read More

CEO of British Patient Capital Laments Lack of Tech Firm Listings on Exchanges

Judith Hartley, CEO of British Patient Capital, believes the UK can do better in providing access to capital for younger tech firms. More specifically, as firms grow there is a need to facilitate funding sufficient to take a company to a point that it may… Read More

Women Entrepreneurs Reveal how they Launched Small Businesses During Pandemic, Supported by Digital Payments with PayPal

The Research and Insights team at PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) notes that when the COVID-19 pandemic began, Jennifer Vaughan started noticing a visible change in her business’s customer base. Usually, Jennifer’s “high-end” paper store, Mulberry Paper and More, had been appealing to professional artists. However, Jennifer… Read More

Meltem Demirors from CoinShares Explains why their Company Invested in Bitcoin Mining Firm MintGreen

Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer at European digital asset manager CoinShares, recently revealed that she’s excited to share that CoinShares Ventures has made a strategic  investment in MintGreen, a CleanTech firm that uses Bitcoin or BTC mining to monetize heat generation. Demirors explains that MintGreen… Read More

Finland’s Payment Services Provider Enfuce Secures €7M via Series B from Tencent, Maki.vc

Finland’s payment services provider Enfuce has secured €7 million in capital through a Series-B funding round. Enfuce has received €5 million in funding from Tencent. Another €2 million that was part of the investment round came from previous investor Maki. Prior investment has been supported… Read More

Elizabeth Stark from Lightning Labs Reveals how her Firm Is Developing Second Layer Scalability Solutions for Bitcoin

Crypto exchange OKCoin confirms that they recently became one of the first digital asset trading platforms to implement the Lightning Network (LN), which is a layer-two scaling solution enabling the faster and more efficient transfer of BTC. OKCoin has awarded a new grant to Bitcoin… Read More

Patient Capital: UK Institutional Investors are Missing Out on Value Created by UK High-Growth Companies

Judith Hartley, CEO of British Patient Capital, has distributed feedback on the just-published British Business Bank Small Business Finance Markets Report. Hartley believes that while unicorns are an indicator of success that many firms never achieve unicorn status yet still deliver strong returns. Hartley says… Read More

Digital Collectibles: Rachel Mayer from Circle Pay Explains how Company’s Payments and Treasury Infrastructure Supports NFT Marketplaces

Rachel Mayer, VP at CirclePay, notes that as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) rise in popularity, the operators or managers of NFT marketplaces and storefronts will be needing to remove entry barriers for their users. Mayer points out that more consumers in and outside of the crypto… Read More

TrueAccord, Creator of Debt Payments Negotiation Software, Reveals it Hired 146 Professionals in 2020, Appoints New Chief People Officer

Kansas-based TrueAccord, a Fintech firm that has created special software that allows financial institutions to negotiate debt payments with borrowers, announced earlier this month that they welcomed Courtney Graham, former Chief People Officer of Four Winds Interactive, to their team. Courtney Graham has been appointed… Read More

London based SETL, a Transaction Settlement Firm, Hires Former Ripple Exec Marjan Delatinne as New Head of Payments

London-headquartered SETL, a settlement and payments infrastructure provider, has reportedly hired Marjan Delatinne to serve on its executive management team as the company’s Head of Payments. Marjan will be responsible for further expanding SETL’s payments business, and also its market infrastructure and asset management products…. Read More

Fintech Australia Chair Simone Joyce Says Banks are “Risk Averse,” Suggests that Better Policies Are Needed to Support Fintechs

Rebecca Schot-Guppy, CEO at FinTech Australia, says that her organization thinks that Australia is on the right path in terms of financial technology adoption and its overall approach to developing its economy. Rebecca, whose comments came during the Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory… Read More

European Online Lending Marketplace Mintos Reveals that Many More Women Investors Joined Platform in 2020

Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Mintos reveals that women now help make up 15% of the total number of investors on their platform, with a 43% year-over-year (YoY) growth during 2020. Mintos noted in a blog post that in total, women on the platform have managed to… Read More

Zoe Adamovicz, CEO at Neufund, Reveals how Blockchain or DLT enabled Crowdfunding Platforms can Streamline Investment Process

Zoe Adamovicz, CEO and Co-founder of Neufund, recently explained how a blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-powered fundraising platform actually works. Neufnd was established in 2016 and its main value proposition involves democratizing access to funding for  entrepreneurs and also to make it more convenient… Read More

Nina Stoyanova from Bulgarian National Bank Says Digital Technologies have Improved the Financial Services and Payments Sector

Nina Stoyanova, Deputy Governor and Head of the Banking Department of the Bulgarian National Bank, has noted that digital technologies have significantly changed the financial services provision business, and the payment sector is “the leader in this trend.” Stoyanova notes that the overall speed of… Read More

Fintech Veteran and Crypto Thought-Leader Diana Biggs Joins Switzerland’s Valour, which Helps Investors Acquire Digital Assets

Crypto pioneer and early Bitcoin thought-leader Diana Biggs has reportedly decided to join Switzerland-headquartered firm  which allows investors to easily acquire digital assets through their banking provider or brokerage firms.  Biggs will lead the company’s expansion, following the recent launch of Bitcoin Zero, Valour’s Bitcoin… Read More

UK’s Prime Property Lending Platform CapitalRise has Reportedly Completed £6.7 Million Facility for Holborn Office Conversion

CapitalRise, a UK-based prime property lending platform, has reportedly advanced a £6.7 million loan to local property developer Elleric. The loan was provided for the acquisition and development of an office building into eight luxury residential apartments located at Breams Buildings in Holborn (in central… Read More

Personal Finance Survey Reveals that 67% of Individuals Trust Robots More than Humans to Manage their Investments

We’ve been trusting robots to manage money more than we “trust” ourselves, according to a recent study from Oracle and personal finance specialist Farnoosh Torabi. The global survey of over 9,000 individuals across 14 different countries revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has “increased finance-related stress… Read More

Astia Introduces $100M Early-Stage Venture Fund to Address Gender Disparities in Funding Space

Astia has introduced a $100 million early-stage venture fund in order to address gender disparities in the funding space.  The Astia Fund is supported by a major investment from payments giant Mastercard. Astia is an organization that’s focused on “redefining” or transforming the current venture… Read More

Jemma Xu, General Partner at Fintech RedBlock, Says MERJ Is at Forefront of Digital Securities Space, Companies Form New Partnership

Last week, the “next-generation” securities exchange MERJ had revealed that they would be collaborating with the team at RedBlock Capital, which aims to focus on promoting the adoption of digital securities in major jurisdictions. Both companies are pioneers in the digital securities sector, and both… Read More

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