Making sense of the lending industry’s rapid changes

By Mike Lobanov for Techcrunch

“A horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.” (more…)

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

April 18, 2016


Visa, Malaysian Islamic banking association on the lookout for best fintech startups in ASEAN

By Sainul Abudheen K for

The competition is open to residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam (more…)

Banks, Deals, Global trends, p2p-payments

April 18, 2016


The new-world insurance agent

By Peter Colis for Techcrunch

Silicon Valley is building the new-world insurance agent. My grandfather started selling insurance in the 1950s and insurance eventually granted him the American dream. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

April 17, 2016


PayPal Credit comes to the U.K. to let you buy now, pay later

By Killian Bell for Technobuffalo

PayPal Credit, the service that lets you buy items online and pay for them later, is now available in the United Kingdom. It takes just a minute to apply, and shoppers pay zero interest for four months on purchases over £150 (approx. $212). (more…)

Cashless, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends

April 17, 2016


MobiKwik to increase fintech play, aims profits by 2017

By Times of India

Plans to diversify revenue streams by offering financial products like loans and mutual funds


Deals, eWallets, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 17, 2016


Out-of-date apps put 3 million servers at risk of crypto ransomware infections

By Dan Goodin for Arstehnica

1,600 schools, governments, and aviation companies already backdoored.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 17, 2016


South African Startup to Fight Movie Piracy Using Bitcoin

By JP Buntinx for
Bitcoin and digital currency offer many different use cases, although a lot of them still have to be discovered and explored. Custos Media Technologies is looking at Bitcoin as a way to combat piracy, especially in the film industry.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 17, 2016


China’s Tencent seeks additional loan worth $2 billion: sources

By Reuters

China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd is seeking a loan of up to $2 billion, part of a flurry of fund-raising by the country’s Internet giants, two people involved in the financing told Thomson Reuters LPC, a loan-focused news service. (more…)

China, Global trends, InspirAsia, p2p-payments

April 15, 2016


AirBnB: No Bitcoin Plans After Industry Startup Acqui-Hire

By Pete Rizzo for Coindesk

Travel giant AirBnB has indicated it does not have any plans to incorporate bitcoin into its payment offerings following the acquisition of an unknown number of employees at social tipping startup ChangeCoin. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends

April 15, 2016


Mobile Payments Fraud: 10 Things Merchants Need To Know


Cashless, Global trends, p2p-payments

April 15, 2016


R3 Reveals 8 Areas of Focus for Blockchain Bank Trials

By Michael del Castillio fr Coindesk

A consortium of over 40 financial institutions around the world is currently working on at least eight different proofs-of-concept (PoCs) to show how distributed ledgers can be used to streamline a wide range of transactions on Wall Street – and make them easier to regulate. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 15, 2016


Startup ecosystems around the world are getting mature enough to create more billion dollar unicorns

By Venture beat

While Silicon Valley remains the center of innovation and startup activity in the globe, other geographical markets are developing startup ecosystems in varying degrees of maturity. Comparing these bubbles of startup activity, it’s clear that more globally successful companies are coming out of Israel compared to any other geographical region apart from Silicon Valley. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

April 14, 2016


3 trends driving the chatbot revolution

By David Temkin for Venture Beat

Facebook’s big announcement at its annual F8 Developer conference, was to make Messenger, its 900-million-user messaging app into a full-fledged platform that allows businesses to communicate with users via chatbots. On the surface, that sounds like a standard, if very ambitious, product announcement, taking an already successful product to the next level. But it’s a lot more than that, and it’s worth looking into the three intersecting trends rolled into this one announcement to understand why it’s a big deal, and why the the chatter around chatbots is everywhere. (more…)

Global trends

April 14, 2016


UK banks have yet to address the elephant in the room: Their current business model is unsustainable

By Bill Michael for CityAM, Bill Michael is global head of banking at KPMG

It was another tough year for UK banks in 2015, and the challenges look set to continue. Our high-street banks are at a vital juncture: they’ve survived the crisis and are now preparing for one of the biggest overhauls of UK banking we have ever known with the introduction of ring fencing. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

April 14, 2016


Mobile Payments to Continue Showing Strong Adoption Rate

By Polina Chernykh for Coinspeaker

With millions of users all over the world, the mobile payments technology is expected to significantly change and improve the way we pay for products and services.


Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments

April 14, 2016


This Former Regulator Is Now a Bitcoin Backer

By Reuters

He used to warn about cybersecurity. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 14, 2016


Blockchain will usher in the era of decentralised computing

By Bruce Pon For LSE Business Review

By now, you’ve heard of blockchain, the technology that underlies Bitcoin. Blockchains are a type of decentralisation technology that will fundamentally change the way our financial services, industries and government operate. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 14, 2016


New venture fund looks to bank on blockchain

By Anna Irrera for Financial news

Singapore-based venture capital firm Life.Sreda has joined forces with fintech expert Chris Skinner to launch a venture fund that will invest in blockchain startups. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 13, 2016


Singapore to Regulate Fintech Firms Only When They Pose Risk

By  and  for Bloomberg

Singapore will start to regulate its financial technology companies only when they grow to a sufficient size to pose risks to the wider financial system, the managing director of the country’s central bank said. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 13, 2016


PayPal Co-Founder’s Affirm Raises $100 Million To Reinvent Credit

By Leena Rao for Fortune

Affirm will use the funding to launch new services and for M&A. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, p2p-payments

April 13, 2016


The Wonderful Big Data Strategy At Royal Bank Of Scotland

By Bernard Mar for Forbes

RBS has developed a Big Data strategy which it calls “personology” in an attempt to reconnect with customers. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

April 13, 2016


Airbnb just acquired a team of bitcoin and blockchain experts

By Ian Kar for

Home-rental company Airbnb has “acqui-hired” the majority of the team behind ChangeCoin, a startup that runs a bitcoin-based micropayments service, according to four people with knowledge of the deal. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 13, 2016


Deals: Equity and debt crowdfunding platform FundedHere raises US$1.29M

By Sainul Abudheen K for

FundedHere allows registered investors to invest from as low as US$3,700 each in companies based in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines (more…)

Fintech news

April 13, 2016


What can chatbots do for ecommerce?

By Mike O’Brien for

Despite the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil, bots are a hot topic in digital marketing at the moment. How can they enhance ecommerce? (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 13, 2016


Investing with a new purpose

By Steve Schlafman from RRE Ventures (From his

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

April 13, 2016


Venture Catalysts invests in P2P lending platform LenDenClub

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

LenDen Club connects individual who wants to earn higher returns to those who want to borrow money with transparency and low cost


Fintech news

April 13, 2016


Climb Credit looks to transform student lending with a new business model based on graduate success

By Jonathan Shieber for

The U.S. is facing a crisis in higher education. (more…)

Fintech news

April 13, 2016

Mi Pay is Coming? Xiaomi Launches New Payment System With China Union Pay

China has the largest Smartphone market in the world, with 358 million people already paying for goods using their mobile device, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.   (more…)

Fintech news

April 13, 2016


Vestly lets you win cash for picking stocks

By Jordan Crook for

For some, the stock market can be a tricky and seemingly dangerous place. Even with apps like Robinhood, that make buying and selling stock super simple, users still have skin in the game. (more…)

Fintech news

April 12, 2016


Crowdfunder launches a VC fund for the crowd

By Haje Jan Kamps for

Angel investors who wish they could invest alongside top-shelf VCs like Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock and 500 Startups finally have an opportunity to do just that.Crowdfunder today announced the world’s first VC “Index Fund,” which enables smaller investors to get involved with much bigger deals while still being able to spread their investment risk. (more…)

Fintech news

April 12, 2016