By Rachel Boon for StraitsTimes,
SINGAPORE -Personal finance portal MoneySmart.sg will offer an OCBC Bank home loan for a limited period. (more…)
By Paul La Monica for CNN Money,
Visa, the credit card processing giant famous for that marketing slogan, disclosed in a SEC filing late Thursday that it now owns a 9.99% stake in the class A shares of Square, the mobile payments startup co-founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. (more…)
By LetsTalkPayments, Sofia,
As one may have noticed, the FinTech fever is spreading around the world at an outstanding pace. Tech companies, banks and players that are not even related sometimes are catching the rush to get involved with the most promising startups in fear of becoming irrelevant. (more…)
By Pankaj Mishra for techcrunch.com
Alibaba-backed Paytm, one of the bigger e-commerce startups competing against Amazon in India, is raising money again, just months after a reported $680 million round. Sources close to the company say that Paytm is now looking to raise $400 million by June to help with the launch of Paytm’s new payments business, Paytm Payment Bank. (more…)
By Oliwia Berdak for the Amrican Banker. Oliwia Berdak is a senior analyst at Forrester Research.
These days most banks seem to have an innovation lab, accelerator or a venture capital fund to encourage tech experimentation. But these corporate startup programs are driven by either hope, fear or a herd effect. That is, if their banking competitors have a vehicle to promote innovation, they need one too. (more…)
By Sarah Perez for Techcrunch.com,
Austin-based The Zebra, a startup that’s something of a “Kayak for auto insurance,” has been working to bring the process of shopping for insurance online, where consumers can more transparently compare quotes and understand how insurance companies determine rates. Now the company has raised an additional $17 million in Series A funding led by Ballast Point Ventures. (more…)
Impressive ecommerce growth spells nothing but good news to merchants, but it’s sometimes a headache for a lot of banks. That’s because if a merchant sells counterfeit goods, the bank gets swamped with complaints from consumers demanding their money back, or pays regulatory fines to intellectual property owners.
By Nadine Freischlad for Techcrunch.com
AlgoMerchant, a Singapore-based fintech company, has closed a S$1.3 million (roughly US$910,000) seed round led by East Ventures. The startup still operates in closed beta. It plans to use the funds to develop the product, accelerate user growth, and hire new people. (more…)
By J.T. Quigley for TechinAsia.com
Starting a new business is hard. Starting a new business in a different country can be even harder. Starting a new business in a different country that requires the vast majority of domestic financial institutions to support it is damn near impossible. (more…)
By James Vincent for the Verge.com,
Swatch has announced that it’s bringing contactless payments to its forthcoming Bellamy smartwatch in the US next year. The Swiss company, which is the largest watchmaker in the world by revenue, originally unveiled the analog Bellamy in China this October. (more…)
Jan 20 An investment group led by Malaysia’s state fund Khazanah Nasional has invested $160 million in Hong Kong-based financial technology start-up WeLab. (more…)
Paytm, the Indian mobile commerce company backed by Alibaba, announced today that it has acquired Shifu, a personal assistant app for smartphones. The value of the deal was not disclosed, but Paytm senior vice president Kiran Vasireddy confirmed that it is close to the $8 million.
Alibaba isn’t the only e-commerce service in China with a financial services arm capable of raising large amounts of external funding. While Alibaba’s Ant Financial raised an undisclosed round last summer at a colossal $45-$50 billion valuation, its rival e-commerce giant JD.com’s money-focused unit is also in the money after it took in RMB 6.65 billion (around $1.01 billion) from a clutch of high-profile investors. (more…)
By Sarah Perez for Techcrunch.com
Estimote, a beacon company whose small, wireless sensors and accompanying software provide indoor location technology to some of the largest retailers as well as 65 percent of the Fortune 100, has now closed on $10.7 million in Series A funding. The round will help the business scale to meet the needs of its current customer base, around half of which is retail, as well as fund R&D efforts related to what’s next. (more…)
By Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch.com,
Like Knip, FinanceFox is another startup founded in Switzerland that is moving the insurance brokerage process online. Its mobile app lets you manage of all your existing insurance and get advice regarding gaps in your coverage or ways to save money on your insurance requirements going forward. (more…)
Ping++ (2014, Shanghai) Payment processor that offers integrated mobile payment SDKs and comprehensive payment solutions for developers, has raised $10M in Series B funding led by China Broadband Capital and Shengjing Technology, with participation from Sequoia and Linear Ventures.