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May, 2017
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Singapore start-up Sea opts for US listing

BY Jeevan Wasakar for Financial Times
HK and Singapore lose prized IPO despite efforts to attract tech companies

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Global trends, InspirAsia

May 24, 2017

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PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo

By PYMNTS

When developing a new business, it’s safe to say that there are a few things to consider before launching to the public. Aside from company name and intellectual property, new companies may also want to check into logos currently in use by other businesses. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends

May 24, 2017

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Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

By Jason Rowley for Techcrunch.com

Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, SME

May 24, 2017

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London-Based Robo-Advisor MortgageGym Closes £2M Seed Round

According to a company release, fintech startup MortgageGym secured £2 million in funding from its seed round. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, p2p/online lending

May 23, 2017

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Payoff Partners with Alliant Credit Union

Payoff has formed a partnership with Chicago-based Alliant Credit Union to help consumers eliminate high interest rate credit card debt. Includes all types of credit cards such as the ones made by cardzgroup.

Payoff is an online consumer lender that claims some pretty high profile investors including; Anthemis Group, Tencent, Mohamed El-Erian, and Joe Saunders, former Visa chief executive.   (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Global trends

May 23, 2017

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Paytm Launches Payments Bank To Serve The Underserved In India

By PYMNTS

Indian digital payments firm Paytm has officially launched a niche payments bank as part of its drive to double its customer base to 500 million over the next three years. (more…)

Banks, eWallets, InspirAsia

May 23, 2017

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Banks pour $107M into blockchain consortium R3

By Penny Crosman for American Banker

R3, the bank consortium that’s building a distributed ledger specifically for financial institutions, received its first wave of funding Tuesday morning — a cool $107 million from 40 of its backers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Hotnews

May 23, 2017

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BankThink Open banking is inevitable. Let’s rethink data security, too

By Kevin Paul Murphy for American Banker

The move to the digital marketplace is no longer aspirational but inevitable for the modern financial enterprise. It is now more accurate to describe a bank as a technology company. But the change in identity means banks must adjust the way they ensure the security of their enterprise. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

May 23, 2017

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Bank/fintech collaboration can take transaction banking to new heights

Bu Finextra

With banks and emerging technology companies bringing a raft of new innovations and business models to the industry, Claudio Camozzo and Jan Kupfer, global co-heads of Global Transaction Banking at UniCredit, argue that bank-fintech collaboration alongside a customer-focused approach is essential to seize – and maximise – the opportunities at hand. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Global trends

May 23, 2017

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To Understand the Future of the Financial Services Industry, We Must Look Beyond FinTech

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

While businesses are catching up with the rise of e-commerce and the mobile-first world, physical interfaces altogether are gradually falling into obsolescence. The year 2017 gives strong reasons to believe that working on the enhancement of the experience with any physical interface could be a wasteful attempt to better feed a horse instead of investing in a car (if we were to use Ford’s terms). (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 23, 2017

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TransferWise launches multi-currency business bank accounts

TransferWise is moving further into traditional banking territory, setting up a ‘borderless’ bank account for businesses that need a multi-currency account for trading in overseas markets. (more…)

Global trends, Remittances

May 23, 2017

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Poor business ethics, lack of innovation are key reasons for failure of startups in India: IBM study

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

Majority VCs surveyed believe that many Indian startups lack pioneering innovation and are prone to emulate already successful global ideas (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 22, 2017

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Russia’s Sberbank accepts JCB payment cards

By JCB International

JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the signing of a license agreement with Sberbank of Russia, the largest bank in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Central and Eastern Europe. (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

May 22, 2017

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Riskopy acquired by Coupa for data aggregation capability

By Coupa

Coupa Software, a leader in cloud-based spend management, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Riskopy, Inc. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Global trends

May 22, 2017

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Spending tops $20 trillion on global card networks in 2016 – Infographic

By Alex Rolfe for Payments Cards And Mobile blog

Global card purchase volume for goods and services, which excludes cash advances on credit cards and cash withdrawals on debit cards across the global card networks, grew by 5.8% to $20.606 trillion in 2016, according to The Nilson Report. (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Payment processors/providers/gateways

May 22, 2017

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Euro Banking Association paper analyses cryptotechnologies in international payments

The Euro Banking Association has issued a new information paper looking into potential benefits and use cases of cryptotechnologies in the context of international payments and more specifically correspondent banking practices. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 22, 2017

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SoftBank Vision Fund Now Over $93 Billion

By Crowdfund Insider

The SoftBank Vision Fund announced its first major close yesterday with over U.S. $93 billion of committed capital. (more…)

Deals, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

May 22, 2017

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A new era for startup investing in Latin America

By Nathan Lustig for Techcrunch

Startups in Latin America are using creative solutions to address not just local but also global problems. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 22, 2017

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How AI is used to infer human emotion

By Nicole Tache for O’Reilly blog

Rana el Kaliouby is the co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an emotion measurement technology company that grew out of MIT’s Media Lab. Rana is giving a talk, The science and applications of the emerging field of artificial emotional intelligence, at the Artificial Intelligence Conference in New York City on June 28, 2017. We recently caught up with Rana to discuss the techniques, possibilities, and challenges around emotion AI today. Our conversation has been edited for clarity. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Global trends, Interviews

May 22, 2017

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Google CEO just announced that Android has 2 billion users

BY NICOLE GALLUCCI for Mashable

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, kicked off the company’s big event by making a huge (and somewhat surprising) announcement about Android usage — according to Pichai, there are now 2 billion active Android users worldwide.  (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 22, 2017

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BBVA brings info and payments to social and messaging networks

BBVA is embedding more deeply with social and messaging networks through a new bot that lets Spanish customers access financial information via Facebook and Telegram, and a tool for making payments from Whatsapp. (more…)

Banks, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 19, 2017

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SoftBank Backs Paytm with $1.6 Billion

By

Paytm has announced that SoftBank has invested in their parent company One97 Communications Limited. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Hotnews

May 19, 2017

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World Remit’s US Business is Growing 250% a Year

By CrowdFund Insider

WorldRemit, a digital money transfer platform, says business is booming. (more…)

Remittances

May 19, 2017

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LendingClub Increases Retail Investor Minimums

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has upped its minimum deposit to a minimum initial amount of $1,000 for all new retail investors making their first investment through Lending Club. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 19, 2017

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Chinese P2P Lender Dianrong Links with Maggie Ng to Launch Global Fintech Marketplace

By

Chinese P2P lender Dianrong announced a new technology agreement with Maggie Ng, a leading consumer banking executive in Asia Pacific, to launch a global fintech marketplace connecting Asian investors with high-quality, low-volatility and largely untapped asset classes, including U.S. consumer lending. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

May 19, 2017

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Sumitomo Mitsui rolls out messaging app bot

The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has developed an AI chatbot that will answer customer questions over Line, the popular Japanese messaging app. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 19, 2017

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Paytm to open new Payments Bank next week

Indian mobile wallet giant Paytm is to open its new Payments Bank on 23 March, joining telco Bharti Airtel as one of the first non-banks to take advantage of the Government’s relaxing of restrictions on bank licensing in an effort to boost financial exlusion. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 19, 2017

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Asian fintech: Expansion, expansion and yet more expansion

By the Fintech Times

Fintech is strong in Asia.

  • The region retains 40% of all global capital invested in the sector.
  • Six out of seven of the largest fintech companies worldwide come from Asia.
  • The biggest Asian hubs (Singapore, India and China) are becoming the centres of global fintech innovation and adoption.

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Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 18, 2017

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WeChat just launched a search engine. Baidu should worry.

By TIA

Chinese search giant Baidu has had it good. For years, the tech firm has enjoyed a near monopoly of the country’s multi-billion dollar search market. Domestic competitors Sogou and Easou trail behind, each with less than 10 percent market share. Google, its most threatening rival overseas, withdrew from China in 2010, citing hacks by the Chinese government. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

May 18, 2017