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March, 2015
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Net-A-Porter Merger Could Create “World’s Biggest Luxury Fashion Store”

FAST COMPANY: Two of the world’s best-known e-commerce sites for luxury clothing and accessories—London-based online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter and Italian e-commerce clothing company Yoox Group SpA—are merging to create a new monolithic e-retailer with an expected annual revenue of more than $1.4 billion. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 31, 2015

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Amazon Has Invented Tiny Plastic Buttons That Allow For Instant Product Ordering

THE VERGE: Amazon is rolling out new hardware today called the Dash button that promises to solve these scenarios. It’s a small physical button that you can stick wherever, and press when you want to order more of something. Need more diapers? Hit the diaper button. Need more toilet paper? Just hit the toilet paper button. Find yourself running low on mac and cheese, razor blades, Gatorade, or laundry detergent? There is now a button for each one of those things. The future where you can just be lazy and spend money with a push of a button from Amazon is here, and it’s very real. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 31, 2015

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E-Payments Company Tyro Opens Australia’s First FinTech Hub In Sydney

E27.CO:  Australian electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) provider Tyro Payments announced today that it has opened the country’s first first hub for financial technology startups in Sydney. According to Tyro, the Tyro FinTech Hub will offer co-working desks to FinTech startups and high growth companies, as well as spaces to host accelerators, conferences, hackathons, meetups and seminars.

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Fintech news, Global trends, news

March 31, 2015

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Alibaba Rival JD.com Launches Crowdfunding Site For Startups

TECHCRUNCH: China’s largest e-commerce companies are eager to leverage their millions of users and hoards of data for new projects. For example, Alibaba’s other businesses include healthcare management, financial services, and cloud data. Now JD.com, its smaller but still formidable rival, is branching out into crowdfunding for startups. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 31, 2015

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Singapore: A Fascinating Alternative To The Welfare State

FORBES.COM:  Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, died last week at age 91. Almost every obituary has remarked on the radical transition his leadership heralded. As John Fund wrote at National Review: “By embracing free trade, capital formation, vigorous meritocratic education, low taxes, and a reliable judicial system, Lee raised the per capita income of his country from $500 a year to some $52,000 a year today. That’s 50 percent higher than that of Britain, the colonial power that ruled Singapore for 150 years. Its average annual growth rate has averaged 7 percent since the 1970s”.

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InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 31, 2015

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2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report

Crowdsourcing.org: Global crowdfunding experienced accelerated growth in 2014, expanding by 167 percent to reach $16.2 billion raised, up from $6.1 billion in 2013. In 2015, the industry is set to more than double once again, on its way to raising $34.4 billion. These are the figures from Massolution’s highly anticipated 2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report, which was released today. Thanks to our sponsors, the first 50 copies of the report can be purchased at half price with the code FIRST50. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 31, 2015

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Apple and Alibaba Could Destroy The Banks

BUSINESS INSIDER: The world of payment technology may be a boring one for most people, but it’s difficult to avoid exposure to it. Whether paying for your morning coffee with contactless card, buying a new TV on eBay using PayPal or paying your rent through a mobile app payment systems are an ubiquitous part of modern life. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, news

March 31, 2015

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HOLAWHAT? MEET THE ALT-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INVENTED BY A PROGRAMMER AND USED BY ZAPPOS

FAST COMPANY: Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh offered his nearly 4,000 employees an ultimatum last week: accept Holacracy or leave. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 30, 2015

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Amazon’s new Home Services Section Lets You Order Anything From A Plumber To A Goat Herder

THE NEXT WEB: Amazon may be the go-to place to shop online for physical goods, but it’s not of much use when your sink is clogged and you need a plumber, or want to have your broken iPhone screen fixed. Fret no more, as the company now lets you order a professional to your home with the aptly named ‘Amazon Home Services’, accessible at Amazon.com/services. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 30, 2015

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Facebook Moves Into Its New Garden-Roofed Fantasyland

WIRED: The roof of the new Facebook building, about 70-feet up, offers a winding walk through nine acres of greenery. This walkway sits above the marshlands of Menlo Park, California, not the big city. But, Goler says, it feels a lot like the elevated railroad line that now serves as a park on the West Side of Manhattan. “It’s a half mile loop,” she says. “It gives space to think.” (more…)

Fintech news, news

March 30, 2015

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Influx of Russian Talent Offers a Boost to U.S. Tech Sector

THE STREET: For those whose job is to look out for the next Sergey Brin, interesting times could be ahead. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 30, 2015

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Singapore Venture Builder Hatcher Announces US$100M Venture Fund

E27.CO:  Singapore-based venture builder platform Hatcher has announced the launch of the Hatcher Fund, an early-stage venture fund with a target size of US$100 million.

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InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 30, 2015

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Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

TECHCRUNCH: During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities for raising seed funding, beyond the ever-illusive Silicon Valley checkbook. There are going to be complications associated with making sense of what funding route is best for your company and product needs, but sometimes the answer will reside in a combination of options. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

March 30, 2015

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A Brief history of Bitcoin – And Where It’s Going Next

THE NEXT WEB: Since 2008, bitcoin adoption has been influenced by a diverse range of factors that have made it one of the most volatile currencies in the world. Yet, despite such volatility, more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions are taking place per day and the volume continues to grow due to the ‘permissionless innovation’ provided by bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

March 30, 2015

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Hong Kong Tycoon Li Ka-shing Ventures Deeper Into Tech

THE WALL STREET JOURNALWhen the venture-capital fund of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man, hosted a gathering of its portfolio companies in Shanghai last year, it broke the ice with a scavenger hunt. 

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China, InspirAsia, news

March 29, 2015

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Pebble Time’s $20M Kickstarter Campaign By The Numbers

TECHCRUNCH: Pebble went back to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help fund the Pebble Time, its second major hardware iteration. The company likely could’ve gone with a more traditional product launch, with a brief pre-order window or direct to market availability, but the campaign did break Kickstarter’s all-time records, netting over $20 million ($20,338,986 to be exact) from 78,741 backers, which is newsworthy over and above the actual product it’s selling. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 29, 2015

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The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

TECHCRUNCH: We’re approaching the third anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, an omnibus bill of far-reaching financial reforms that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. Containing seven titles, the legislation’s intent was, and is, to create cost-effective access to capital for companies of all sizes. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, news

March 29, 2015

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Mobile Payment Startup MyCheck Raises $5M From Santander’s Innoventures Fund

TECHCRUNCHMyCheck, another startup that wants to make it easy to pay your restaurant bill using your mobile phone, has closed a $5 million Series B. However, perhaps more noteworthy is the company’s new backer: the Spanish bank Santander via its recently launched Santander Innoventures Fund. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

March 29, 2015

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Bitcoin, investment opportunities & Asian prospects

DEALSTREETASIA: For all of its challenges, there are compelling reasons to evaluate Bitcoin, a relatively new FinTech innovation. In fact, it holds tremendous promise and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs interested in exploring the space. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

March 27, 2015

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Northwestern Mutual Buys Finance Startup LEARNVEST For $250M

FAST COMPANY: Alexa Von Tobel, whose startup LearnVest was featured on our list of the world’s Most Innovative Companies, has sold her company to Northwestern Mutual for $250 million, according to Fortune. Not bad for a personal-finance startup. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, PFM/PFP services

March 27, 2015

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Facebook And Internet.org Are Building Drones To Bring The Web To Remote Places

THE NEXT WEB: Facebook works with Internet.org to bring internet access to remote places and today announced that it’s building drones, satellites and lasers in Facebook’s Connectivity Lab to achieve that goal. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 27, 2015

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LifePay Launched Internet Acquiring And Lending Services

LifePay has launched 2 new products in its line: online acquiring and SME-lending for working capital (in a month they are launching POS-lending – when entrepreneurs sell their goods and services on credit – this model is used by FinanceIt) (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

March 27, 2015

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Startup Pawnhero to represent PH in Echelon Asia Summit 2015

DEALSTREETASIA: Startup company Pawnhero will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming Echelon Asia Summit 2015, after winning the main award in the first-ever Echelon Top 100 Philippines Qualifiers. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

March 27, 2015

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Why I’m Getting 5% of my Salary Paid in Bitcoin

FAST COMPANY: An early adopter shares how he approached his employer about getting paid in virtual currency  (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

March 26, 2015

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A List of Venture Capital Firms in Singapore

TECHINASIAVenture capital firms have entered Singapore in droves, which means internet startups here can look forward to a wider variety of funding options. Here is a list of venture capital firms with a presence in Singapore that are actively investing in startups in the series A rounds and above. It includes funds that are supported by the Singapore government through the NRF TIS scheme and the ESVF initiative. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 26, 2015

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Advanced Merchant Payments Pulls in Undisclosed Amount of Funding

FINOVATE: Advanced Merchant Payments (AMP), a company that provides banks technology to offer loans to their small business customers, pulled in an undisclosed amount of funding today from Route 66 Ventures. The new installment is a follow-on round to the $5 million Series A round received in November 2014 from SBT Venture Capital. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, news

March 26, 2015

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Kabbage Expands to Australia in New White-Label Collaboration with Kikka Capital

FINOVATEKabbage has announced plans to move into the Australian market with a white-label offering of its small business lending technology. The launch in Australia represents Kabbage’s first foray into the Asia-Pacific region, having already been in operation in both the U.K. and the U.S. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

March 26, 2015

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Indiegogo Leads Investors To Hardware Gold

TECHCRUNCH: Angel investor Gil Penchina had partnered with Indiegogo to launch a new syndicate on AngelList dedicated to investing in successful campaigns. It launched yesterday and had $75k in capital committed in the first five hours. Total carry of syndicate per deal is 20%, it is expected to make 5+ investments per year with a value starting from $1000
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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 26, 2015

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1337 Ventures teams up with Maybank in regional FinTech drive

E27.CO:  The initiative will start with a roadshow spanning four cities in April and culminate in a three-day idea validation bootcamp in Kuala Lumpur in June. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news

March 26, 2015

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Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

TECHCRUNCH: Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. (more…)

Fintech news, news, Pre-order services

March 26, 2015