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Indian FinTech Investments Decline in 2016

By CryptoCoins News

A new report has found that India’s investments in FinTech dropped significantly in 2016 from 2015, indicating what impact a lack of mega-deals can have on a country even though actual deals in India remained steady over the same period. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India

February 23, 2017

German fintech software firm Bexio raises €7 million

By TechEU

The German startup Bexio, a provider of cloud-based software for SMEs, has raised €7 million. The funding comes from Swisscom Ventures and existing investors Redalpine Venture Partners AG and Armada Investment AG.  (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

February 23, 2017

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Airbnb finalizes deal to buy social payments startup Tilt

By  for TechCrunch

Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed. We reported on the acquisition talks last month, but now everything has been made official.

We are told that investors will be getting back about $12 million in cash, but the deal value is tens of millions of dollars higher if you include employee retention packages, which were paid for in cash and stock. Many of Tilt’s San Francisco employees including CEO James Beshara were asked to stay on board, but most of the remote team was not.

Airbnb is obtaining the Tilt assets and will keep the app operational, at least for now. But some sources are characterizing this as more of an acqui-hire, because Airbnb is spending most of the money on retaining the team.

While it’s better than shutting down, this was certainly not the dream outcome that Tilt investors had been hoping for when they invested over $60 million. Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel and other big Silicon Valley names including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian all made bets that Tilt would be a leader in mobile commerce.

Founded in 2012, Tilt was an early pioneer in peer-to-peer money transfers. It is geared more toward group payments than individual transactions, but in some ways competes with PayPal’s Venmo and Square Cash. It is also used for crowdfunding anything from “activities” to “causes,” which makes it an alternative to fast-growing GoFundMe.

The deal makes sense for Airbnb, because it is gaining top talent in the payments space, an area which could complement trip-booking. Airbnb has already built a big lodging business, but wants to expand its travel offerings. 

Airbnb’s VP of product, Joe Zadeh, has provided us with the following statement. “Airbnb and Tilt have a common vision for building community-oriented products that make it easy to bring people together. Tilt’s experience and expertise complement our ongoing efforts to transform the way people travel. By joining forces, we’ll reimagine how groups travel and enhance Trips, our new platform that brings together where you stay, what you do, and the people you meet all in one place.”

Airbnb, which has a valuation of $30 billion, has been using its clout to buy up smaller startups. They recently agreed to buy Luxury Retreats and in the past year have also acquired ChangeCoin and Trip4real. They’ve additionally been making investments in startups like Resy.

Airbnb itself is likely too expensive to be acquired, so there has been a lot of speculation about IPO possibilities. While this is an eventual goal of the company, we are hearing that they are unlikely to go public this year

First appeared at TechCrunch

Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments

February 23, 2017

Austin startup data.world brings in $19 million to build out ‘social network for data people’

By Lori Hawkins for 512Tech

Austin startup data.world came out of stealth mode last July to tell its story.

The company, founded by a team of Austin tech veterans, revealed it was building a social network geared toward helping data scientists connect and share collections of data.

At that point, data.world was already armed with $14 million in Series A funding. Today, the company will announce that it has raised an additional $19 million.

The deal was led by family investment group of Chicago entrepreneur Pat Ryan, and includes capital from Chicago Ventures, Hunt Technology Ventures, LiveOak Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures, among others.

Also investing is a group of prominent angel investors including John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods; Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods; Kip Tindell, co-founder and chairman of The Container Store and Arthur Patterson, co-founder of Accel Partners and former director of the National Venture Capital Association.

The new money will be used to fund the company’s goal of building the most collaborative and abundant data resource available, said Brett Hurt, data.world CEO and co-founder.

“Amazing things happen when people join forces and use data to answer questions, solve problems and rise to solve our most urgent societal challenges together,” said Hurt, who founded Bazaarvoice in 2005 and has invested in a number of Austin startups.

“Closing this second funding round so close to our first, and with most of it still in the bank, is a validation of the opportunity in front of us and the progress we’ve made since our preview launch in July.”

The challenge data.world is tackling is the fragmentation of data. There are 18 million open data sets, but they are often stored in different places, aren’t machine-readable and take considerable time to understand and analyze.

Also at issue: There is often a duplication of efforts as different people work on the same or similar data sets but aren’t able to connect because they aren’t aware of each others’ work.

Data.world wants to solve those problems by building a platform that is part social networking site and part data aggregator. The company wants to become the central repository for open data sets, and also make it easier to find, understand and analyze the data.

The 30-person company is set up as a “public benefit corporation,” which is a specific type of corporation that allows public benefit to be a charter purpose in addition to the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profit for shareholders.

In data.world’s case, it lets the company’s board focus on its mission of making data easier to find and use, rather than putting profit or shareholder value first.

Several examples of data collaboration projects that have launched on data.world include:

– The White House Opportunity Project, which improves data discovery and fosters collaboration with data from 11 federal agencies and 12 cities.

– The Anti-Defamation League, which has created an open data workspace to help understand and combat the rise of hate crimes.

– CIA Crest Archive, which has independently collected, formatted and published metadata on 930,000 newly-released declassified CIA documents, representing about 12 million pages.

“People put these data sets out there because they want people to work with them in a way that creates breakthrough innovation or change in policy or the alleviation of poverty,” Hurt said. “People are talking about everything from how to solve cancer to the intelligence of dogs by breed.”

Most users won’t pay anything to user the platform. Data.world is generating revenue by charging companies or organizations for the ability to have private accounts that allow them to keep their data secret, while letting employees access and share it.

“We already are seeing a lot of people use data.world in private,” Hurt said. “We don’t know what they’re doing, because they don’t tell us.”

First appeared at 512Tech

Analytics, Deals

February 23, 2017

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Ayannah launches an AI-powered Credit Scoring Service for the Unbanked

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Ayannah, a provider of affordable and accessible digital financial services for emerging markets, has partnered with Bayad Center, the bills payment subsidiary of Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electric utility to launch Juan Credit™, the first artificial intelligence-powered credit scoring system for the unbanked in emerging markets. (more…)

Credit scoring, Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, Philippines, Remittances

February 21, 2017

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TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers

By  for VentureBeat

International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger. (more…)

Bots, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, Remittances

February 21, 2017

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial expands to Korea with $200M investment in Kakao Pay

By  for TechCrunch

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial is making yet another M&A deal. The firm is investing $200 million into a fintech project belonging to Kakao, the $5 billion firm that runs Korea’s dominant messaging service. (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

February 21, 2017

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Global fintech funding plunges in 2016 but expected to regain momentum in 2017

By Finextra

Funding for fintech companies around the world plummeted in 2016, with American and European firms experiencing a particularly sharp drop in investment, according to a report from KPMG and CB Insights which nevertheless predicts a bumper 2017. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Marketing Report

February 21, 2017

Barcelona’s ID Finance raises $50 million in debt funding to expand fintech to developing countries

By VentureBeat

ID Finance, a fintech startup the relocated from Russia to Barcelona, has raised $50 million in debt from a consortium of banks as it seeks to expand across Latin America. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Deals

February 20, 2017

Alibaba’s Ant Financial extends global reach with first investment in the Philippines

By TechCrunch

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial has again extended its global reach after it completed its maiden investment in the Philippines. (more…)

China, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Philippines

February 20, 2017

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China activity drove US$5.4 billion in Asia fintech funding in 2016

By e27

Asia’s fintech funding was level with US$5.5 million raised in the US fintech industry

Fintech startups in Asia raised a record US$5.4 billion from 165 deals in 2016, driven largely by large investments in China, according to a new report from CB Insights. A whopping US$4.6 billion of total funding came from just 46 deals in China. (more…)

China, Deals, Marketing Report

February 20, 2017

Monzo, a UK digital-only bank, is closing in on new funding led by U.S.-based Thrive Capital

By TechCrunch

Monzo, one of a number of new digital only or so-called ‘challenger’ banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, is closing in on new Series C funding, which could be announced as early as this week. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

February 20, 2017

Trend: Germany Can Soon Beat the UK in Terms of Fintech Investment

By The CoinTelegraph

New figures show Germany could soon overtake the UK in fintech venture capital investment as London struggles to maintain its dominance. According to reports from the German firm Barkow Consulting, while the UK was 50 percent ahead of Germany in 2016, the gap is closing rapidly. UK investment has since declined 34 percent, while Germany’s has risen by 38 percent, which could soon lead to the two economies trading places. (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Fintech news

February 20, 2017

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The March Of Financial Services Giants Into Bitcoin And Blockchain Startups In One Chart

By CB Insights

From American Express to Goldman Sachs to Deloitte, major firms across the financial services landscape have made investments in bitcoin and blockchain startups. And the financial services investments have continued into 2017. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Marketing Report

February 20, 2017

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Is Paytm merging with Snapdeal?

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

Paytm and Snapdeal, two behemoths in the online retail segment, reportedly had merger talks in January this year (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India

February 19, 2017

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Jack Ma’s Ant Financial makes first investment in the Philippines

By TechInAsia

Just over three months after Ant Financial first made a move into Southeast Asia with an investment in Thailand, the Chinese web giant has taken a stake in a fintech company in the Philippines. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Philippines

February 18, 2017

New $100m fund allows institutional investors to invest in VC-backed startups

By Tech in Asia

A trust fund that provides growth-stage startups a new way of raising money has launched in Singapore. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Singapore

February 16, 2017

Temenos Buys Fintech Companies for APAC Growth

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Swiss listed banking tech giant Temenos is making a big play for the APAC market after gaining massive ground on global software kingpins like Oracle in other regions, and has just signed an agreement to acquire ASX-listed fintech Rubik Financial in a AU$68 million takeover bid at $0.1667 per share. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia

February 16, 2017

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PayPal moves into bill payments with TIO acquisition

By Finextra

PayPal is looking to steal a march on financial services firms in the underbanked bill payment space by acquiring North American processor TIO for $233 million. (more…)

Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

February 16, 2017

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Payments software for businesses gets funding from VC arm of Indonesia’s largest bank

By  for TechInAsia

Indonesian startup Moka announced today it’s raised a $2m round of financing led by Mandiri Capital. Existing investors Convergence Ventures, East Ventures, Fenox, and Northstar Group also participated. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Indonesia, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

February 16, 2017

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Japan’s 3 Megabanks Have All Invested in Japan’s Biggest Bitcoin Exchange

By CryptoCoins News

Less than a year after raising ¥3 billion ($27 million) in a record funding round by a bitcoin and Fintech company in Japan, Tokyo-based bitFlyer now sees all three of Japan’s ‘mega-banks’ as investors in the bitcoin exchange. (more…)

Banks, China, Deals, Fintech news

February 14, 2017

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Grab is buying Indonesian payment firm Kudo in its first major acquisition

By  for TechCrunch

Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab is in the process of buying up Indonesia-based online payment startup Kudo in its first major acquisition. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Indonesia, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

February 14, 2017

Mint Payments completes $6 million placement

By Finextra

Payments technology solutions provider Mint Payments (ASX: MNW) (Mint or the Company) has successfully completed a placement of new shares to drive its aggressive expansion into South East Asia’s evolving payments landscape. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

February 11, 2017

Cybersecurity Focused VC Firm Trident Capital Cybersecurity Closes First Fund, at $300M

By FinSMEs

San Mateo, CA-based cybersecurity focused venture capital firm Trident Capital Cybersecurity (TCC) closed its first fund, at $300m. (more…)

Deals, Security

February 9, 2017

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Ant Financial is raising US$3B in debt to fund M&A deals: Bloomberg

First By Yon Heong Tung appeared at e27

The news comes right on the heels of its first acquisition in a US-listed company, Moneygram (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

February 9, 2017

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The Most Anticipated Chinese Fintech IPOs of 2017

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Greater China’s IPO market is set to continue to lead the way in 2017 fueled by listings of fintech giants including Ant Financial and Lufax, according to a report by CNBC. (more…)

About, China, Deals, Fintech news

February 8, 2017

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Rakuten, JAFCO co-invest in Japanese fintech startup FOLIO’s US$16M Series A

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

FOLIO, a startup offering an online security brokerage service in Japan, has announced that it has raised 1.8 billion yen (approximately US$16 million) in Series A round from a slew of investors, including JAFCO, Monex Ventures, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, and Rakuten Fintech Fund. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan, Wealth management

February 8, 2017

Thomson Reuters to Acquire Avox and Clarient

By LTP

Thomson Reuters has signed agreements to acquire Avox Limited and Clarient Global LLC. The businesses run by Avox and Clarient will be integrated into Thomson Reuters’ portfolio of risk management, compliance and reference data offerings after the closing of the deal, which is expected to take place by the end of first quarter. The financial aspects of the deal were not revealed. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

February 8, 2017

Singapore’s CXA raises $25 million to develop its health-focused insurance brokerage

By  for TechCrunch

CXA, a Singapore-based startup insurance brokerage — if such a thing can exist — has scooped up $25 million to expand its service that provide policies with a focus on wellness across Asia. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Insurance, Singapore

February 8, 2017

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Where are the Best Fintech Startup Opportunities?

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Financial technology has been one of the main priorities for development in Singapore, with the sector receiving a lot of governmental support. This has encouraged both domestic growth and attracted some of the biggest technology companies in the world to open fintech labs in the city-state. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

February 6, 2017