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What I Learned From Reading Every Amazon Shareholders Letter

By Li Jiang for his blog, Angel investor + VC;

A new mentor of mine suggested I read Jeff Bezos’ Letter to Shareholders to refine my thoughts around building a career and a business.

So I read them all dating back to 1997 and here are my takeaways: (more…)

Columns, Influences FinTech

October 18, 2017

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To change how you use money, Open Banking must break banks

By Roland Manthorp for Wired

On January 13, 2018, the UK’s big banks will be forced to show startups their most precious data. But is Open Banking too revolutionary for its own good?

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Global trends, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

October 18, 2017

The scale of tech winners

By Benedict Evans from A16Z

We all know, I think, that there are now far more smartphones than PCs, and we all know that there are far more people online now than there used to be, and we also, I think, mostly know that big tech companies today are much bigger than the big tech companies of the past. It’s useful, though, to put some real numbers on that, and to get a sense of use how much the scale has changed, and what that means.

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends

October 18, 2017

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PayPal Partners with Kiva on Loans for Entrepreneurs

PayPal has partnered with Kiva to help provide loans to entrepreneurs. This is the second time PayPal and Kiva have empowered PayPal users to provide loans while receiving a Kiva credit. Last year the campaign say more than 10,000 PayPal customers and employees make loans to entrepreneurs around the world. This year, PayPal would like to see that number climb higher. (more…)

Hotnews, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways

October 18, 2017

Lenddo Forms New Partnership With EFL Team to Lead Financial Inclusion Revolution

By Samantha Hurst for Crowdfund Insider

Lenddo announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL). The companies also reported they are working together to provide a suite of credit scoring and identity verification products to more than 20 emerging markets. Lenders will be able to use the duo’s platform to provide individuals globally with unprecedented, affordable access to convenient financial products. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending

October 18, 2017

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Credit giant Experian leads $30M investment in India’s BankBazaar

By Jon Russel for Techcrunch

Indian credit marketplace BankBazaar has pulled in $30 million in fresh funding led by Experian, the London-headquartered credit giant with a £14 billion ($18 billion) market cap. (more…)

Fintech news

October 18, 2017

Monzo Announces New Abroad ATM Fee Amounts

By Samantha Hurst for Crowdfunding Insider

Just one month after asking its Community to decide on ATM fee pricing, challenger bank Monzo announced the new prices for abroad ATM fees. The company shared in a post on Tuesday: (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

October 18, 2017

Canadian Insurtech Covera Raises $1 Million During Seed Financing Round Led By Ferst Capital Partners

Covera Technologies Inc., a Canadian-based insurtech start-up that uses technology to find its customers optimal insurance rates every year, has raised $1 million through its seed financing round led by Ferst Capital Partners with participation from fintech angel investors. The latest funding round follows the company’s $500,000 pre-seed financing round and brings the total capital raised to $1.5 million.

Founded in 2016, Covera describes itself as a simple solution that pro-actively re-shops for insurance on the user’s behalf. The company stated: (more…)

Global trends, Insurance

October 18, 2017

Allset raises $5M to help restaurants deliver a more efficient dining experience

By Anthony Ha for TechCrunch

Allset has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Greycroft. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

October 18, 2017

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BlueVine Lands $130 Million in Debt Financing

By Julie Munh for Finovate

Alternative lending company BlueVine received a boost today, landing a $130 million round of debt funding. The company’s overall financing now totals $273 million, which is now comprised of $205 million in debt and $68 million in equity. (more…)

Fintech news

October 18, 2017

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TOP10 The Most Stupid Predictions (including Bitcoin)

By Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA (more…)

Columns

October 16, 2017

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Maybank’s Mobile Banking Sees 91% Increase in Transaction

By Vincent Fong for Fintech News Singapore

Maybank Berhad, Malaysia’s largest bank by assets has seen a 91% spike in transactions for its mobile banking during the first three quarters of 2017. (more…)

Fintech news

October 16, 2017

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Manifesto of the crypto/ICO-community

By Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA

Stop blaming blockchain/crypto/ICO community – better join&help us! (more…)

Columns, Influences FinTech

October 16, 2017

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Gibraltar: Does Statement on Initial Coin Offerings Include New Regulatory Framework?

On September 22, 2017, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) issued a Statement on Initial Coin Offerings (ICO).   With the GFSC Statement, Gibraltar joined a growing number of jurisdictions that have provided token sale guidance, including, among others, the United States, Canada,  Singapore,  Hong Kong and China. (more…)

Government activities, Hotnews

October 16, 2017

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10 Fast Growing FinTechs in Singapore

By FintechNews Singapore

IDC Financial Insights unveiled a list of 101 fast growing fintechs in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) from 10 major markets – ChinaAustralia and New ZealandSouth KoreaIndiaHong Kong, Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaPhilippines, and Thailand. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

October 16, 2017