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October, 2018
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Nubank is now worth $4 billion after Tencent’s $180 million investment

nubank

Via TechCrunch

Nubank, the Brazilian financial services company, has raised $180 million from the Chinese internet giant, Tencent.

Tencent has long been interested in financial services startups, and with its $90 million direct investment and another $90 million investment in the secondary market, the company now has access to what is arguably the largest digital banking company in the world.

With the $4 billion valuation, it also makes Nubank one of the most highly valued privately held startups in Latin America.

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Banks, Fintech news

October 19, 2018

How the 22-year-old founders of Brex built a billion dollar business in less than 2 years

Brex co-founders Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi

Another successful business at 22: this fintech startup led by young Brazilian founders Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi, reached a $1.1 billion valuation.

Focusing on a huge problem entrepreneurs inevitably face – access to credit – Brex provides startups with corporate credit cards without a personal guarantee or deposit. The service offers a 10x higher credit limit than the market average and simple expense tracking for the whole team.

Public only since June 2018, the startup has already reached support of market giants such as PayPal founders Peter Thiel and Max Levchin and the former chief executive officer of Visa Carl Pascarella. 

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Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Fintech news, SME

October 16, 2018

Banking on Millennials: Balancing Branch Preferences And Digital Expectations

Via The Financial Brand 

Knowing what’s really important to consumers is critical to acquisition, retention and cross-selling in the banking industry. But Millennial stereotypes frequently fool financial marketers, muddling their marketing strategies with faulty assumptions. Turns out they love branches just as much as Gen X and Baby Boomers. And all generations share one thing in common: They expect more, particularly in digital channels.

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Analytics, Banks, Global trends

October 13, 2018

“Fintech unicorn” WB21 faces securities fraud enforcement action from SEC

Michael Gastauer, CEO of WB21 digital bank, is facing a lawsuit for selling $165 million worth of fraudulent microcap stocks.

On October 2nd, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed a lawsuit against Michael Gastauer and Roger Knox for “intentionally defrauding investors by secretly dumping large quantities of stock.”

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Banks, Fintech news, Hotnews

October 11, 2018

SEC Takes Unprecedented Enforcement Actions Against Two Cryptocurrency Firms

Article by Michael S. Dicke and Alexis I. Caloza

Over the past year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ramped up its scrutiny of cryptocurrencies and other digital token offerings. On Sept. 11, 2018, the SEC escalated its crackdown when it announced a pair of settled enforcement actions against non-issuers participating in the offer and sale of cryptocurrencies it deemed unregistered securities. As with prior cryptocurrency cases, the SEC charged the defendants with offering or selling securities without filing a registration statement or having a valid exemption from registration. However, these cases mark the SEC’s first cryptocurrency enforcement actions against non-issuers for failing to register as broker-dealers and investment companies. As such, they highlight the SEC’s continuing efforts to bring the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies within a regulated framework, including by targeting third parties who facilitate the purchase and sale of such assets.

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Fintech news, Global trends

October 4, 2018

Arival meets Revolut at Japan’s largest fintech summit

On September 26, Jeremy Berger presented Arival Bank at Fin/Sum2018, held in Tokyo. Arival was selected as one of the top 30 startups to pitch in front of executives from 500 Startups, SBI, MUFG, and other leading investment & financial institutions.

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Banks, SME

October 2, 2018