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Naspers leads $5 million round in Coins

By Naspers

Coins, Southeast Asia’s leading blockchain-enabled mobile payments platform, announced today the closing of a $5 million fundraise led by Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division, bringing the total amount raised in its Series A to over US$9.4M. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 25, 2017

Fintech unicorn TransferWise reaches profitability, planning ‘new financial services’

BY Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch.com

What’s more mythical than a unicorn? A unicorn that is profitable. Six years after launch, TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer startup, which was most recently valued at a reported $1.1 billion, has announced that it has finally reached profitability this calendar year and is “cash-generating”. (more…)

Global trends, Influences FinTech, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 25, 2017

Indonesia’s second largest telco shuts down its ecommerce site

By Nadine Freischlad for Tech in Asia

It’s part of the telco’s shift in strategy away from launching new business units in-house. Instead, it’s collaborating with experienced partners and focusing on core strengths, he told Tech in Asia. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 25, 2017

IZettle launches order-and-pay app for independent cafes

By Izettle

Intelligentpos by iZettle, the leading provider of EPOS to the hospitality and retail industry, today launches Order & Pay, a mobile app that lets customers pre-order and pay for products prior to collection. (more…)

Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

May 25, 2017

Orchard: Consumer Unsecured Lending Down 44% from 2015 High but Increases from Previous Quarter

By JD Alois for Crowdfund Insider

Orchard is out with their quarterly report and it is pretty interesting. As most people in the online lending industry know, this sector of finance has been going through a bit of a transition in recent months. Orchard has direct access to origination volume to just about everyone so the numbers are pretty definitive. (more…)

Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 25, 2017

Wealthfront now helps users save up for their kids’ college tuition

By Ryan Lawler for Techcrunch

Robo-advisor Wealthfront originally came to market with a product to automate retirement savings, but over time has expanded to provide other financial tools. Today, the company is announcing a new product aimed at helping parents save for their children’s college education. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

May 25, 2017

JD.com Leading The Way For Drone Delivery

By James Sands for Seeking Alpha

Summary

  • JD.com recently announced a drone delivery network to be implemented in the Shaanxi province in China.
  • The company reported very robust first quarter results for the first quarter of 2017; the stock price is up nearly 60 percent for the year.
  • If implementation of the drone delivery network is successful, it will be a major accomplishment for the newly established JD Logistics unit.

(more…)

Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

May 25, 2017

We Are Witnessing Brilliant Example of Crowd Intelligence: Sasha Ivanov on ICOs

By Sasha Ivanoff for Cointelegraph

Since the beginning of 2017, we have seen a growth of the ICO market, with ICOs becoming more reckless. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 25, 2017

The Bustling IPO Market Of 2017

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures

Five months into 2017 nine venture-backed technology companies have gone public compared to 14 in 2016. Four consumer companies and five enterprise companies have popped on average 29% since their IPO pricing. Only two, Carvana, an online used car dealer, and Netshoes, a Brazilian ecommerce company have traded down from their IPO pricing. The other seven have demonstrated the broad public investor demand for new offerings. (more…)

Columns, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 24, 2017

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How hard is it to build a digital insurer?

By Artjom Kartaschow for his blog

At least 10 teams in Germany are currently trying to build a new fully digital insurer. Among them are for example the startup Ottonova from Munich or the Finleap Venture Element. Other young tech companies secretly work on their ventures. (more…)

Hotnews, Insurance

May 24, 2017

Waves Launches Euro Gateway

Waves Platform, a decentralized platform for launching crowdfunding campaigns and issuing digital assets, says it has launched its flagship Euro gateway. The Waves Platform completed its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in June 2016, garnering more than $16 million (30,000 BTC) and becoming one of the most successful blockchain projects in terms of crowdfunding investment. Waves is said to be the largest Blockchain project in Russia. (more…)

Blockchain, Hotnews

May 24, 2017

BBVA launches Open API marketplace

BBVA is making eight of its APIs commercially available to companies, startups, and developers worldwide, enabling the integration of customer banking data with third party products and services. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

May 24, 2017

India’s emerging as Asia’s next manufacturing hub. Singaporean firms welcome.

By Pearl Lee for Tech in Asia

On top of the Taj Mahal, India boasts other gems – Mumbai is the finance capital and Bangalore is said to be India’s Silicon Valley. Their steady growth has been led by fast-paced urbanization and high consumption. But the Indian government has plans to transform India’s economy and develop manufacturing capabilities to meet domestic and international demand. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 24, 2017

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

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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