TechCrunch: Adaptive Insights, a fast-growing startup that sells cloud-based services to finance and other management teams to model a company’s performance and other business intelligence, today is announcing that it has raised $75 million in funding — a Series G investment that brings the total raised by the company to $176 million. (more…)
TechInAsia: Mobile payment methods like Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s Tenpay account for a huge portion of China’s online transactions. But do these new payment methods have the same kind of traction on offline shops and restaurants? Chinese tech news site Techweb recently conducted a survey of 1,607 businesses on a busy pedestrian street in Wuhan to find out. (more…)
E27.CO: South Korean restaurant discovery app MangoPlate has announced today that it has secured US$6.1 million from venture investment group of Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Ventures, as well as SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital, a venture capital firm established by Yahoo!JAPAN. This marks YJ Capital’s first investment in a Korean company. (more…)
TechCrunch: Mobile payment startup Square has been gradually building out the products it offers to small businesses to position itself as a one-stop shop for their various front-of-house and back-office needs. Today sees the latest development on that theme: the company has launched Square Payroll, software for businesses to pay and track taxes and other costs for both hourly and salaried employees. The product, initially available only in California, is priced at $20 per month, with $5 per employee on top of that. (more…)
TECHINASIA: It’s easy to spot the rapidly rising number of hotels and restaurants in Vietnam. But despite the industry’s noticeable growth, managing a hotel or chain restaurant still takes a lot of work and innovation. That’s where Hottab comes in. It’s a new Vietnamese startup that offers a new solution for point-of-sale (POS) management for F&B business. Hottab provides service tablets and a POS system for food and beverage (F&B) businesses. A cloud-based system connects all devices using Hottab. It includes an application installed on tablet devices that allows waiters to create new orders. It also enables customers to self-order at the table. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: PayNearMe is a financial services startup that has managed to fly under the radar of the tech-savvy. That’s largely because the six-year-old company is focused on the roughly 25 percent of people in the U.S. who don’t have bank accounts to pay for things like rent and utilities and online purchases. In fact, its customers largely interface with PayNearMe’s brand when they’re at a 7-Eleven or Family Dollar or Ace Cash Express store, all of which have partnered with PayNearMe to transform customers’ cash into payments. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: Telegram is poised to come out with Apple Watch support and, as I hinted, a brand new Bot platform (this will be in Telegram 3.0 for iOS). If you want you can also get a preview here. Pavel Durov of VK.com fame, recently explained to me how the Bot API and platform will allow third-party developers to create Bots which are simply Telegram accounts operated by software sporting A.I.-like features. (more…)
MEDIUM: It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker. I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what technology can do to the cinematic storytelling. What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen.
TECHCRUNCH: PayPal teamed up with Uber back in 2013 to offer the U.S. taxi-hailing service’s customers additional payment options. The world has changed a lot in those 18 months — Uber is now present in over 300 cities with China set to soon become its largest market — so, with that in mind, PayPal and Uber have extended their partnership to cover an additional 9 countries worldwide. (more…)
Business Insider: Atom Bank, the online-only challenger bank, just won a banking licence to operate in the UK and plans to launch later this year. Unlike traditional banks — and even some challengers — Atom Bank won’t have any branches or even a website initially, operating purely though a mobile app. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: One of the biggest issues with online marketplaces is that buyers and sellers rarely know or trust one another, which often leads to disputes between the two parties. PromisePay aims to fix this issue by providing marketplaces with a payment platform to manage the entire transaction. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: The rush of funding for fintech startups continues. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Credit Karma — a platform that provides credit scores to users but also serves as a portal for people to search and apply for various financial services like loans, credit cards and insurance — has raised a round of funding of $175 million on a valuation of $3.5 billion. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: Currency Cloud, a UK-based provider of cross-border money transferring services that are in turn used by a number of money transfer and payments businesses, has landed an $18 million round of funding. The Series C round — which brings the total raised by the company since 2012 to $36 million — is notable not only because it underscores progress for the company, but also because of who is doing the investing. (more…)
MOBILEMAKERS: The Indian government published proposals to encourage greater take-up of electronic payments in a country where cash still rules.It suggested a range of measures, including tax benefits to merchants if at least half of their transactions are handled electronically. Consumers could also receive income tax rebates if a certain proportion of their spend is cashless. Another idea is for government itself to drop certain surcharges it levies for making card payments.Among the objectives are improving financial inclusion, reducing the risks for individuals of carrying cash, cutting the cost of managing cash in the economy, as well as making tax avoidance harder.
TechInAsia: Vladislav Solodkiy, Life.SREDA VC: Last week Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square, the world’s third largest fin-tech company by market capitalisation, also took a role of iCEO at Twitter. On top of that, a new wave of rumours about the company to go public by the end of this year hit the media. What do the Asian markets have to offer in respond to this? (more…)