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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

182

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?

(more…)

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

171

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

182

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

115

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

113

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

123

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

843

TOP10 The Most Stupid Predictions (including Bitcoin)

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

Columns

October 16, 2017

114

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

170

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

108

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

155

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

Ayondo Pursues IPO After Reverse Takeover Deal Lapses

By Julie Muhn for Finovate

Here’s a quick update on our report a few weeks back that social trading company ayondowould not be undergoing a reverse takeover (RTO) IPO due to a lapsed bid from Singapore-based property developer, Starland Holdings. Today, ayondo has announced that, despite the bid falling through, it is determined to become the first fintech company to IPO on the Singapore Stock Exchange. (more…)

Fintech news

October 16, 2017

118

IBM uses blockchain to improve cross-border payments processing

IBM is leading a project that uses public blockchain technology to make international payments in developing countries more efficient and less expensive. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews

October 16, 2017

108

Monetary Authority of Singapore: DLT is a Natural Platform for Collaboration

Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the  Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), spoke about the intrinsic potential of Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) at the Global Blockchain Business Conference last week in India. Singapore is the leading Fintech hub in southeast Asia and is keen to maintain the title. Blockchain is a key element for the future of financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities

October 16, 2017

Amazon vs Alibaba: the R&D spending war

By Steven Millward for Tech in Asia

Alibaba this week announced a big push to do more research and development, ploughing US$15 billion into new innovation over the next three years. Here’s how that stacks up to what Amazon is already doing. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

October 16, 2017

189

Monte Carlo Simulations Of Inside And Outside Sales Teams In A SaaS Startup

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures,

Recently, a VP of sales told me about the way he views the dynamic between inside and outside sales. Inside sales is the drumbeat, a highly predictable sales organization whose consistency enables outside sales to swing for the fences. I never heard it expressed quite this way, but I do think there’s some truth to it. To prove it to myself, I ran a Monte Carlo simulation for hypothetical startup. (more…)

Fintech news

October 11, 2017

197

Blockchain Technology’s Applications in Banking is ‘Infinite’: Credit Suisse Banker James Disney

Credit Suisse bank’s global head of software investment banking, James Disney, addressed the applications of Blockchain technology in the banking industry saying, ‘sky is the limit.’ (more…)

Banks, Blockchain

October 11, 2017

196

JPMorgan and Temasek leed $100 million funding round for Bill.com

By Bill.com

Today Bill.com, the largest U.S. business payments network, announced it has secured $100 million in financing with the goal of finally eliminating all paper from business payments. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Payment processors/providers/gateways

October 11, 2017

169

Wells Fargo expands fintech banking team

By Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Corporate Banking announced today that it has expanded its financial technology banking team to better serve financial products and services companies that rely on new technology. Charles “Chuck” Silverman, a 25-year company veteran, has been named head of the expanded Financial Technology (FinTech) Group. (more…)

Banks

October 11, 2017

MarketInvoice Reports Record Invoice Demand During Q3: Proud to Support UK Businesses

By MarketInvoice

Business finance company MarketInvoice observed record quarterly demand for invoice finance from UK businesses in Q3 2017. £196.2m worth of invoices were funded in the quarter, of which £74.1m was funded in August alone – a record month for MarketInvoice, providing UK businesses with critical working capital. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Security

October 11, 2017

148

Temenos wins “material deal” with Santander’s Openbank

By Temenos

Further to the press release issued on 9th October 2017 announcing a global tier 1 bank had selected Temenos Core Banking, Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the software specialist for banking and finance, can today confirm that Openbank, the digital bank of Santander Group, has selected Temenos Core Banking to be implemented as Openbank’s new core banking solution for retail and SME banking across its global operations. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews

October 11, 2017

Marketplace Lender LoanBook Partners with Sage in Spain

LoanBook, a large SME marketplace lender based in Spain, has formed a new partnership with Sage, a market-leader in cloud accounting, payroll and payments software, to offer Sage’s Spanish customers a direct, in-product channel to alternative finance options. (more…)

Hotnews, p2p/online lending

October 11, 2017

157

Ripple: The Most (Demonstrably) Scalable Blockchain

This is a guest post by Mark Travis for high Scalability, Performance Engineer at Ripple.

Ripple’s XRP Ledger is a blockchain-based payment network that transfers funds between any type of currency within a few seconds with average transaction costs of a fraction of a penny. The core of this peer-to-peer network is an open source C++ application called rippled. Ripple’s goal is to supplant the world’s existing legacy payment networks. As such, scalability is a continuous goal. This document describes how the rippled team has integrated performance engineering into its development processes, and how this has contributed to throughput gains of over 1000%. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 11, 2017

Small business lending in Mexico gets a boost

By Jonathan Shieber for Techcrunch

Micro-lending and small business financing are a critical component of economic growth in around the world, and the need for access to low-cost capital is especially important in developing countries. (more…)

Global trends

October 9, 2017

202

ING invites aspiring entrepreneurs to ‘Test Your Idea’

ING in Poland has launched a new online tool which enables entrepreneurs to test out their business ideas with a target group of prospective users. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

October 9, 2017

182

BBVA passes 15 million mobile customers milestone

By BBVA

BBVA now has more than 15m mobile active customers across its global footprint, as its digital strategy continues to prove a success. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

October 9, 2017