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Why Amazon’s Acquisition Of Whole Foods Matters For Startupland

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures for his blog

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is notable for many reasons. Of course, there’s the magnitude $13.7B. The second is the shockwaves reverberating through the grocery industry. Costco fell 10% and Kroger almost 25% on the news. Third, the acquisition underscores the importance of physical retail even to the largest American ecommerce giant. Those are all remarkable in their own right. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 20, 2017

110

UK Fintech Company PayBreak Secures 24.5 Million Investment Through Fundraising Round

By Samantha Hurst for Crowdfund Insider,

London-based fintech company, PayBreak, announced it raised £24.5 million during its latest fundraising round. According to the company, the round was supported by existing shareholders and saw new investors as well. Speaking about the round, managing director of PayBreak, Julia Throop stated: (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Global trends

June 20, 2017

Raising Tokens to Build a Company or an Ecosystem?

We need to keep thinking of new roles for the token. I’ve already outlined about 20 such roles in this previous post, Tokenomics: A Business Guide to Token Usage, Utility and Value. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

June 16, 2017

Fiserv to Acquire Monitise for $89 Million

By Julie Muhn for Finovate

Financial services company Fiserv has agreed to acquire U.K.-based Monitise for 2.9 pence per share, which equates to $89 million. (more…)

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

June 14, 2017

Fundbox Launches New Small Business Product “Direct Draw”

 

By

Fundbox, a cash flow optimization tool platform for small businesses, announced on Tuesday the launch of its new product, Direct Draw. According to the company, the Direct Draw product allows small businesses to easily apply for credit with just a business bank account, without requiring their personal credit to get started. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news

June 14, 2017

211

Former UBS innovation lead establishes cryptocurrency fund

By Cryopto Fund

Europe’s first diversified Cryptocurrency Fund Crypto Fund AG is launching the Cryptocurrency Fund, which will be based on the Cryptocurrency Index, investing in the most important cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, and other well-established cryptocurrencies. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

June 12, 2017

195

SoftBank buys Alphabet’s robotics businesses Boston Dynamics and Schaft

By Reuters,

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp said on Friday that a unit of the company will buy two firms that build walking robots from Alphabet Inc , which would add to the group’s growing artificial intelligence portfolio. (more…)

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

June 9, 2017

FinCompare receives €2.5 million in seed financing

By Deutsche Bourse

FinCompare from Berlin has completed its seed financing, collecting a total of €2.5 million. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

June 8, 2017

110

OurCrowd & National Australia Bank Form Significant Partnership

OurCrowd, one of the largest equity crowdfunding platforms in the world, has formed an interesting partnership with The National Bank of Australia (NAB). The crowdfunding platform will now provide NAB clients with direct access to early stage investments listed on the OurCrowd site.  This is a first of its kind relationship as OurCrowd will gain a new pipeline of investors and NAB will gain access to compelling, global investments.

The Australian government has been aggressively pursuing financial innovation and OurCrowd has been a leader from day one in the equity crowdfunding space. The collaboration appears to be a solid fit between the two entities. To date, OurCrowd has raised over $440 million from more than 20,000 investors around the world. Smaller (accredited) investors can participate alongside some of the biggest names in venture capital and angel investors. OurCrowd has had thirteen exits to date including two IPO’s and eleven acquisitions.

The announcement was made by OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved at the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Women Leaders Delegation in Israel. Executive General Manager NAB Private, Christine Yates, one of the delegates, described the collaboration as another example of NAB deepening its relationship with its clients and offering innovative solutions for a changing environment.

“We know that our clients are looking globally for investment opportunities, and OurCrowd is an established global platform which offers a full service end-to-end solution,” commented Yates. “Technology is changing the way we do business and this shows how banks need to think differently when it comes to servicing their clients. Our NAB clients will have access not available outside this collaboration.”

OurCrowd entered the Australian market in 2014 and has positioned itself as a leading provider to the local market of global alternative investment opportunities. Managing Director of OurCrowd Australia and Asia, Dan Bennett, said the collaboration provides NAB private clients a high quality globally focused product with particular scope in USA, Israel and Asia-Pacific.

“We are excited about this venture with one of Australia’s leading Private Banks and sharing the very best of global technology investment with their deeply valued clients,” he said.

NAB is a top 30 global bank and Australia’s leading business bank and employs over 34,000 people. NAB serves individuals and business customers ranging from small and medium enterprises through to Australia’s largest institutions. Outside of Australia, NAB also supports businesses across New Zealand, Asia, the UK and the US to link with the Australian market.

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals

June 6, 2017

116

Claim your chance for free access to Taobao Crowdfunding for your hardware startup

By Manny Lee for TechNode

TechCrunch Shenzhen is working with Taobao Crowdfunding to help startups find a smoother way to the market. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

132

First Data to acquire CardConnect for $750 million

First Data has agreed to acquire smaller payments processing company CardConnect in a deal worth around $750 million, the companies said on Tuesday. (more…)

Deals, Payment processors/providers/gateways

June 1, 2017

322

Alibaba To Lead $1B Investment in Ele.me

Alibaba, China’s largest eCommerce company, and Ant Financial, its financial services arm, are gearing up to invest $1 billion or more in Ele.me, the Chinese food delivery service. (more…)

Deals, eWallets, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 29, 2017

187

Sberbank moves into e-medicine sector

by Sberbank

Sberbank announces closing a transaction to purchase a controlling stake in DocDoc.ru, the leading company on the Russian e-medicine market. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Hotnews

May 26, 2017

206

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

183

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

227

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

184

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

135

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

157

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

378

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

257

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

169

Facebook just got hit with a $122 million fine over WhatsApp

By MD for Fast Company

The €110 million fine was levied by the European Commission over Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. The EC said Facebook had provided “incorrect or misleading information” when it said it wouldn’t be able to link the profiles of users on WhatsApp and Facebook. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 18, 2017

211

Verse grabs $20.5M to take its p2p payments play beyond Europe

By Natasha Lomas for Techcrunch

Social payments app Verse has closed a $20.5 million Series B round of funding from its existing investors. The round is led by Spark Capital, with eVentures and Greycroft Partners also participating. It raised its Series A in October last year, when it took in $8.3M. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments

May 18, 2017

150

SoFi moves into wealth management

By SoFi

Today, SoFi announced the general availability of SoFi Wealth, the first low-cost online wealth management platform to combine an easy-to-use online and mobile interface with unlimited access to live, licensed financial advisors, giving people the guidance they need to understand, define, and then work toward achieving their investing goals. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

May 17, 2017

151

Online Lender Earnest Said to Be For Sale

According to a report by Bloomberg,Earnest is up for sale. The San Francisco based online lender is said to have an asking price of $100 million. Founded in 2013, Crunchbase reports Earnest has raised over $99 million not including an undisclosed sum in a VC round in January 2016 and $200 million of debt financing.

(more…)

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

May 17, 2017

Moni Raises $3m in Funding

Moni, a Buenos Aires, Argentina-based fintech platform, raised $3m in funding. (more…)

Deals

May 16, 2017

OpenInvest Raises $3.25m in Seed Funding

OpenInvest, a San Francisco, CA-based social impact investing platform for retail investors, raised $3.25m in seed funding. (more…)

Deals

May 16, 2017

Singaporean fintech startup 4xLabs secures $1.5m for global expansion

By Jack Ellis for TIA

Singapore-based 4xLabs closed a pre-series A round worth US$1.5 million, it announced today. (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia

May 16, 2017

232

Alibaba Invests In Its First Fintech Company In Hong Kong

As reported by Forbes today, Alibaba has invested in online invoice exchange marketplace Qupital, marking the Chinese e-commerce giant’s first foray into fintech investment in Hong Kong. Qupital raised a total of $2 million in its seed round. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, eWallets, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 16, 2017

111

Chinese Celebrity-Backed Fintech Firm QuantGroup Considering US IPO

Fintech company QuantGroup, which was founded by several notable Chinese movie stars, is considering a US IPO, according to an article published in Bloomberg last week. The firm is looking to raise an estimated $200 million according to unnamed sources. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 16, 2017