Identity platform provider Auth0 raises $103 million at a valuation of $1 billion

via Venture Beat 

Online data breaches are on the rise, and it’s no great mystery why. In a recent survey conducted by LastPass, 59% of respondents said they reused passwords across multiple accounts and more than half said they hadn’t changed their password in the past year. About 95% of cybersecurity breaches are attributable to human errors like these, in fact, and malicious hackers are taking full advantage: It’s estimated that there’s a cyberattack every 39 seconds on average.

Bellevue, Washington-based identity-as-a-service startup Auth0 intends to reverse the trend, and it’s raising capital as it acts on its plans. The six-year-old company today announced that it has secured $103 million in series E financing led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, K9 Ventures, Trinity Ventures, Meritech Capital, Telstra Ventures, and World Innovation Lab. The cash infusion values Auth0 at $1 billion, and it brings its total capital raised to about $210 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Security

May 20, 2019


Sources: Y Combinator’s growth fund to back challenger bank Monzo

via TechCrunch

Just five months after announcing £85 million in Series E funding, Monzo is already gearing up to raise additional funding, which would almost double its valuation.

As reported in the Sunday Times yesterday, the U.K. challenger bank is close to raising £100 million in further funding in a new round led by an unnamed U.S. investor. If the deal goes through, it will reportedly give Monzo a pre-money valuation of close to £2 billion, up from £1 billion in October.

Now TechCrunch has learned that the new U.S. backer is Y Combinator. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

April 8, 2019


Kong raises $43 million to expand its API automation platform

via VentureBeat 

Kong announced that it has closed a $43 million round of venture capital to extend the reach of its API automation service.

The San Francisco-based startup is riding the wave of microservices as companies rethink the way they develop applications for cloud-based computing. Kong says adoption of its platform accelerated in 2018 to reach more than 75 million downloads of its open source API platform and deals with 110 enterprise customers. (more…)

Deals, Open Source/ API

March 28, 2019


Singapore fintech startup Instarem closes $41M Series C for global growth

via TechCrunch

Singapore’s Instarem, a fintech startup that helps banks and consumers send money overseas at lower cost, has closed a $41 million Series C financing round to go after global expansion opportunities.

The four-year-old company announced a first close of $20 million last November, and it has now doubled that tally (and a little extra) thanks to an additional capital injection led by Vertex Ventures’ global growth fund and South Korea’ Atinum Investment. Crypto company Ripple, which has partnered with Instarem for its xRapid product, also took part in the round, Instarem CEO Prajit Nanu confirmed to TechCrunch, although he declined to reveal the precise amount invested. More broadly, the round means that Instarem has now raised $59.5 million from investors to date. (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia, Remittances, Singapore

March 19, 2019


Passbase is building a full-stack identity engine with privacy baked in

via TechCrunch

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600,000 in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins and EY, as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp.

The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup is building what it dubs an “identity engine” to simplify identity verification online.

Passbase offers a set of SDKs to developers to integrate into their service facial recognition, liveness detection, ID authenticity checks and ID information extraction, while also baking in privacy protections that allow individual users to control their own identity data. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Influences FinTech, Security

March 18, 2019

Money management app Emma announces $600K seed round

By Emma,

London-based Emma Technologies LTD is announcing the closure of a funding round led by Kima Ventures, one of the first investor in Transferwise, and Aglaè Ventures, the early stage fund of the Groupe Arnault, investor in Netflix and Airbnb. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news

July 12, 2018

Deeper Dive into the Dynamics of the Seed Market

By Tomasz Tunguz for his blog

Earlier this week, I wrote about the collapse in the number of seed investments. I received many questions about the data, all the same. Why is this happening? This is a deeper dive into the data. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

July 9, 2018

Nordea to acquire online banking arm of Norwegian insurer Gjensidige

Nordea is to acquire the online banking arm of Norwegian insurer Gjensidige for EUR578 million in cash. (more…)

Banks, Deals

July 2, 2018

Plastiq raises $27m

By Plastiq

Plastiq, the best way to pay your bills and business expenses by credit card, today announced it has raised $27 million in additional financing from Atlas Venture, Khosla Ventures and Top Tier Capital Partners. (more…)


May 18, 2018


LendingPoint scores $600m financing deal

By LendingPoint,

LendingPoint, the company working to revolutionize access to consumer credit, today announced it has closed an up to $600 million, committed credit facility arranged by Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners.

With this new deal, LendingPoint has secured up to $1.1 billion of senior credit financing in less than one year. In September 2017, the company announced it had secured an up to $500 million committed credit facility, also arranged by Guggenheim Securities.

“The sizes, advance rates and interest rates of our credit facilities are a testament to our portfolio’s outstanding performance to date,” said Tom Burnside, co-founder and CEO of LendingPoint.

“This blended interest rate on this most recent facility is exceptionally low — LIBOR plus 467 basis points – and the advance rate is 90%, underscoring that our lenders’ believe that our credit-first, balance-sheet business model works. When we started LendingPoint, we knew that by successfully solving lending for people with credit scores between 580 to 700 – those we call ‘NearPrime’ – we would maintain strong capital markets support. This new Guggenheim facility and its pricing confirms that we’re succeeding.”

LendingPoint uses dozens of APIs to gather thousands of data points on each applicant. It has developed proprietary risk models that allow the company to get a more complete financial picture of the customer and approve more people who otherwise may have been overlooked by traditional FICO results. While the company lends to individuals across the credit-score spectrum, from 580 to 850, it focuses on NearPrime borrowers. LendingPoint processed more than 850,000 applications arising from borrowers requesting more than $9.2 billion in loans during the first quarter of 2018.

The funding announced today is the latest development in LendingPoint’s business that signals its rapid growth, which this financing will continue to fuel. In January 2018, LendingPoint announced it had acquired a point-of-sale (POS) lender’s technology platform. This platform formed the basis of LendingPoint Merchant Solutions, which LendingPoint unveiled in March to provide retailers and service providers — from orthodontists to car mechanics – POS financing.

“Our goal is to make LendingPoint a win-win-win business, meaning we align the interests of all our stakeholders: our borrowers, our merchants and our investors,” said Burnside. “Our portfolio delivers consistent results, and we’re providing loan products to many deserving yet underserved Americans, setting them on a more successful financial path.”

In addition to serving as sole structuring advisor on this credit facility, Guggenheim Securities also served as sole bookrunner. CBIZ MHM is the Administrative Agent. U.S. Bank National Association is the Note Agent and Paying Agent.

LendingPoint’s direct to consumer online loans range from $2,000 to $26,500 with terms of 24 to 48 months. Its point-of-sale loans range from $500 to $15,000, with terms from 12 to 60 months. Since it issued its first loan in 2015, LendingPoint has originated more than 50,000 loans totaling in excess of $500 million.

Deals, Fintech news

May 18, 2018

Banco BNI Partners with Lendrock on Auto Finance

Banco BNI Europa, a digital challenger bank based in Portugal, has partnered with Lendrock in Spain to provide financing to consumers looking to buy a car. Banco BNI said it will invest up to €15 million on this online financing platform that specializes in near prime consumer auto financing. (more…)

Banks, Deals

May 14, 2018

Investment Analysis of Waves

The Waves Platform was founded by Sasha Ivanov, a Russian physicist. Here is some further background on the founder:

Sasha Ivanov graduated from Moscow State University in 2001, having studied in the Theoretical Physics faculty. He undertook further study at Leipzig University in Germany, and took an early interest in electronic currencies. From 2008–09 he was involved in programming bots to trade on the international forex markets, making use of artificial neural networks, later working on trading operations and neural network trading systems for banks. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news

May 7, 2018

Cisco is acquiring business intelligence startup Accompany for $270M


Cisco  just announced an agreement to acquire Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies.


Deals, Fintech news

May 2, 2018


Square to buy website builder Weebly

By Square

Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Weebly. Square will pay a mix of cash and stock of approximately $365 million, which includes Square restricted stock units for Weebly’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing. (more…)

Deals, Hotnews

April 29, 2018

Meniga Receives $3.7 Million to Fuel International Rollout

By Julie Munn,


Digital banking and marketing startup Meniga announced it received a $3.7 million (€3 million) investment from Nordic bank Swedbank. This brings the company’s total funding to $27.1 million since it was founded in 2009. (more…)

Banks, Deals

April 29, 2018

CoAssets Enters Into Sale & Purchase Agreement to Sell Interest in Fintech Pte Ltd.

CoAssets Limited (ASX: CA8), an online crowdfunding platform based in Singapore, announced it has entered into a conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) to sell the 21.6% interest that it currently owns in Fintech Pte Ltd (FPL) as well as a further 5.4% interest to be acquired within the next month (27% in total) to Atlas Culture Entertainment & Media Investment Limited (ACEMIL).



April 29, 2018

Spotify’s Direct Listing

By Sonali De Rycker & Sameer Gandhi from Accel Partners,

We’d like to offer our congratulations to Daniel Ek, Martin Lorentzon and the entire Spotify team on today’s ground-breaking NYSE listing. Much has already been written about the company’s unconventional path to the public markets, and it does not surprise us that Spotify’s journey has been so unorthodox. Since we first invested almost seven years ago, Daniel and the team have consistently demonstrated a willingness to take the road less traveled in their persistence to realize their vision for the global music industry. This originality and conviction have consistently enabled the company to stand out in a market cluttered with giants, upstarts, and spectacularly failed endeavors. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news

April 23, 2018


Icici Bank launches digital application form for opening current accounts

By ICICI Bank,

ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, announced the launch of a digital application facility on smartphones and tablets, that enables bank officials to open current accounts of self-employed individuals and businesses swiftly in just a few hours, in comparison to an industry average of a few days. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Hotnews

April 20, 2018


iZettle sets up e-commerce marketplace for small traders; Qapital raises $30 million

Swedish mPOS outfit iZettle has launched an e-commerce marketplace for small business owners to sell their wares online. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 20, 2018


Latest Fintech Funding Deals In Singapore

n 2017, Singapore hit US$229.1 million of fintech funding, a record mainly attributed to two of Asia’s ten biggest deals taking place in the city-state in the fourth quarter. The deals are the acquisition of Paynear Solutions by e-commerce startup GoSwiff for US$100 million, and global asset management fintech player Smartkarma’s US$13.5 million Series B funding round. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 16, 2018


Kabbage Quiet as Rumors Grow Over Potential Orchard Acquisition

Bloomberg and other sources are reporting that small business lender Kabbage will acquirelending platform Orchard. The firm, which boasts the support of former Citigroup and Morgan Stanley bosses Vikram Pandit and John Mack, provides information on the marketplace lending industry to Wall Street companies. No terms have been made available and neither Kabbage nor Orchard Platform Markets have commented on the potential acquisition. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

April 16, 2018

Da Vinci Capital invests in Russia’s Global Fintech Solutions


Global Fintech Solutions (GFS), a fintech platform aimed at transferring leading global technologies into emerging markets, raised a new funding round from several funds under the management of Da Vinci Capital and from its the portfolio group, ITI Funds. Investment group Prytek was a co-investor in the investment round. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

April 13, 2018


Fidor’s New Partnership Takes Aim at Financial Inclusion

Digital banking services company Fidor has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to expand digital banking services in Africa and Latin America. (more…)

Deals, Mobile-first banks

April 12, 2018

JPMorgan Invests in UK Fintech AccessFintech Through Series A Funding Round

AccessFintech, a UK-based fintech firm, announced on Tuesday that JPMorgan has invested in the company through its Series A funding round. AccessFintech also revealed it has joined JPMorgan’s exclusive In-Residence program, which is described as a program designed to assist emerging fintech companies that are looking to solve real-world industry problems and deploy their solutions at an enterprise level. (more…)

Banks, Deals

April 11, 2018


Softbank and Alibaba invest $445m in Paytm ecommerce unit

The ecommerce arm of Indian fintech giant Paytm has raised $445 million from Japan’s Softbank and China’s Alibaba. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

April 4, 2018


500 Startups takes strategic investment from Abu Dhabi Financial Group

500 Startups,  the U.S.-headquartered VC firm hit by scandal last year after co-founder Dave McClure resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct, has announced an unconventional deal that sees Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) take a stake in its parent company. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2018


HSBC to offer Paypal as global disbursement option for corporate clients

PayPal’s strategy of making deals with big banks is bearing fruit, as HSBC becomes the latest to add the payment method to its global disbursement service for corporate customers. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 2, 2018


AI startup vPhrase wins Temenos Innovation Jam Hong Kong

By Temenos,

Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking software company, announces that the audience of the Innovation Jam in Hong Kong has voted vPhrase the winner of the fintech competition. (more…)

Banks, Deals

April 2, 2018


RBS to acquire book-keeping software firm FreeAgent

Royal Bank of Scotland is to acquire UK accounting software vendor FreeAgent in a deal that values the firm at £53 million. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

March 29, 2018


Ally Financial Set to Open New Innovation Hub in North Carolina

Private equity firm Silver Lake is buying a $500 million stake in personal finance technology outfit Credit Karma from existing investors. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

March 29, 2018