Fintech investments in Asia grew five-fold to $2.6b in Q1: report

By Meghna Rao for techinAsia

KPMG and CB Insights today released the Pulse of Fintech, a quarterly report on the state of fintech across the world. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

May 2, 2016


Software Investments Skid 26% Lower

Venture capitalists slammed the brakes on taking stakes in software companies in the first quarter. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

May 2, 2016


Mayfield Raises $525M For Two Funds


Deals, Fintech news

May 2, 2016


Sunstone Partners Closes First Fund at $300M

Sunstone Partners closed its first fund at $300 million, which is $100 million above target, the firm said. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news

May 2, 2016

Fintech Fundings: 114 Companies Raised $7.3 Billion in April

By Jim Bruene for Finovate

The month of April ended on busy note as 29 companies raised $427 million in the final week (ending April 29). That brought the total raised in April to $7.3 billion, which would have been a record year anytime before 2014. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

May 1, 2016


Start-up bank Tandem is raising $1.4M by crowdfunding

By Arjun Kharpal for CNBC

British “challenger” bank Tandem is to kick off a £1 million ($1.46 million) crowdfunding drive in a bid to get more people involved in the start-up’s upcoming launch and attract customers. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, news

April 29, 2016


Singapore Teams With Banks to Launch Venture Debt Fund

Singapore’s government has tied with local banks to launch a S$500 million fund ($371.9 million) to finance local high-growth startups, seeking to address the growth concerns of small local enterprises. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 28, 2016

Deals: Big-Data Startup Levyx Raises $5.4M

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 28, 2016


Menlo Ventures Raises $250M Fund


Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 28, 2016



Deals: PayPal Leads $30M Investment in Robo Adviser Acorns

By Telis Demos for WSJ Venture Capital


Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 27, 2016


Deals: Indian digital payments company TranServ gets $15M to launch new financial products

By  for

TranServ, one of several companies digitizing payments in India, said today that it has secured a Series C of $15 million to develop new financial products. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 27, 2016


The Road to a Round B Gets Harder

By Russ Garland for WSJ Venture Capital

With U.S. venture capital investment slowing down, companies at all stages of development could face trouble raising fresh capital. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 27, 2016


DBS Bank Takes Stake in the ‘Siri for Banking,’ Kasisto

The Development Bank of Singapore Ltd. has taken a minority stake in Kasisto, a personal assistant that helps customers with their banking. (more…)

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

April 27, 2016


Deals: Analytics Platform SparkCognition Raises $6M Series B

Company: SparkCognition

Amount invested: $6 million (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 27, 2016


Data Backup Company Storiant Shuts Down

Data backup company Storiant Corp. shut down in November and was liquidated under Massachusetts bankruptcy law, according to investor documents. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news

April 26, 2016


Alibaba’s Ant Financial Raises $4.5 Billion In World’s Largest Private Tech Investment Round

By Rahil Bhagat for Forbes Asia

Alibaba’s Ant Financial Services Group, one of the world’s largest online financial services companies, announced today that it has completed a US$ 4.5 billion Series B round of financing.


China, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 26, 2016


Deals: Lendix grabs $13.5 million to become a leading European P2P lending platform

By Romain Dillet for TechCrunch

Shortly after acquiring its competitor Finsquare, Lendix is back with more news. The French startup has just raised $13.5 million (€12 million) and now wants to become one of the leading European peer-to-peer lending platforms. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

April 26, 2016


For This Fintech Upstart, Small Is Beautiful

By Telis Demos for WSJ

Acorns Grow Inc. is banking on the idea that tiny investments are the future of Wall Street.


Banks, Deals, Global trends

April 25, 2016


A Chinese fintech behemoth is getting ready to go public

By Daniel Roberts for Yahoo News

Ant is a misnomer for one Chinese fintech company. (more…)

Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 22, 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


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


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


Investing with a new purpose

By Steve Schlafman from RRE Ventures (From his

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

April 13, 2016


Deals: Luka, with $4.42 million in Series A, releases AI-powered chat bots

By Jordan Crook for Techcrunch

Just in time for the chat bot craze, Startup Battlefield alum Luka is enhancing its AI-powered messaging service with a variety of smart bots to help users get whatever they desire. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Is Regulation Coming to Online and Marketplace Lending?

By Mark Prosser for Forbes

The rapid growth of alternative and marketplace lenders is often attributed to the fact that they don’t face the same strict regulations as banks. But could that change soon? In the last nine months, regulatory tremors have rippled through the online lending space. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 12, 2016


Tim Draper has raised $190 million for his newest venture fund

By Connie Loizos for

In late 2013, Tim Draper left the decades-old firm he’d co-founded, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, but he suggested he might be back some day. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, news

April 12, 2016


Rakuten Ventures injects extra $100m into global startup fund

By Steven Millward for techinAsia

Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of the Japan-based ecommerce titan, today announced it’s doubling its Global Investment Fund to US$200 million. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Alibaba pours a total of $1B into Southeast Asia e-commerce platform Lazada

By Catherine Shu for

Alibaba just took a big step in its Southeast Asian expansion journey. The company said today that it has pumped a total investment of about $1 billion into Lazada, in a deal that makes it the e-commerce platform’s controlling shareholder. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016