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Mobile money provides boost to Kenyan farmers

Ditching cash in favour of mobile payments for loan repayments provides huge benefits to Kenyan farmers, reducing costs, uncertainty, inefficiency and insecurity, a new UN study shows. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 1, 2017

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LendingClub Files Presentation in Advance of Annual Shareholders Meeting

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has filed a new form with the SEC (DEF 14A) in advance of the annual shareholders meeting which is scheduled to take place on June 6, 2017. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

June 1, 2017

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The other big risk in auto lending

By John Reosti for American Banker,

GrandSouth Bancorp’s woes could be warning sign for banks that lend to auto dealers. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

June 1, 2017

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Inside BBVA’s Open API Marketplace

Earlier this week, BBVA launched its API Market, making eight of its APIs commercially available. The launch comes after the Spanish bank worked for more than a year with developers and businesses to determine the optimal delivery for the APIs. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews

May 30, 2017

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UK payments market: Contactless cards set to overtake cash in 2018

By Alex Rolfe

Rapid growth in the use of contactless cards means cash will be overtaken as Britain’s most frequently used payment method by the end of 2018, according to a new report. This latest forecast still does not herald the demise of cash – even in ten years’ time it is still expected to make up 21% of all payments. (more…)

Cashless, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

May 30, 2017

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Regulation tech challenges and opportunities

By Igor Pesin, partner at Life.SREDA

Regulation tech has become famous in 2016 and financial services industries and governments are looking eagerly at 2017. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews

May 30, 2017

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Not even wrong – ways to dismiss technology

By Benedict Evans from A16Z for his blog

There’s a story told of the theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli that a friend showed him the paper of a young physicist that he suspected was not very good but on which he wanted Pauli’s views. Pauli remarked sadly “It is not even wrong”. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews

May 29, 2017

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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

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M-Pesa Mobile Banking To Cover More Of Africa

Millions more smartphone users in Africa will now have access to basic banking services like borrowing and saving as the popular mobile financial service platform M-Pesa expands to cover more countries. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

May 29, 2017

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Intuit founder Scott Cook built a US$35B company. This is what he knows about when to listen to criticism

With US$2B+ in assets and investment portfolio that includes eBay, Amazon, and Snapchat, Intuit founder Scott Cook explains their secret (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Interviews

May 29, 2017

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Worldpay creates VR payments prototype

Worldpay is experimenting with the use of virtual reality to provide genuine card transactions for users immersed in a computer-generated environment. (more…)

Hotnews, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Payment systems

May 26, 2017

650

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

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Two of Life.SREDA’s partners are in the top 7 fintech Influencers in Singapore

Slava Solodkiy, managing partner at Life.SRDA, and Igor Pesin, partner and CEO at BaaS.is, are featured in the top 7 most influential Fintech minds in Singapore.  (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 26, 2017

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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

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Orchard: Consumer Unsecured Lending Down 44% from 2015 High but Increases from Previous Quarter

By JD Alois for Crowdfund Insider

Orchard is out with their quarterly report and it is pretty interesting. As most people in the online lending industry know, this sector of finance has been going through a bit of a transition in recent months. Orchard has direct access to origination volume to just about everyone so the numbers are pretty definitive. (more…)

Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 25, 2017

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The Bustling IPO Market Of 2017

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures

Five months into 2017 nine venture-backed technology companies have gone public compared to 14 in 2016. Four consumer companies and five enterprise companies have popped on average 29% since their IPO pricing. Only two, Carvana, an online used car dealer, and Netshoes, a Brazilian ecommerce company have traded down from their IPO pricing. The other seven have demonstrated the broad public investor demand for new offerings. (more…)

Columns, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 24, 2017

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How hard is it to build a digital insurer?

By Artjom Kartaschow for his blog

At least 10 teams in Germany are currently trying to build a new fully digital insurer. Among them are for example the startup Ottonova from Munich or the Finleap Venture Element. Other young tech companies secretly work on their ventures. (more…)

Hotnews, Insurance

May 24, 2017

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Waves Launches Euro Gateway

Waves Platform, a decentralized platform for launching crowdfunding campaigns and issuing digital assets, says it has launched its flagship Euro gateway. The Waves Platform completed its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in June 2016, garnering more than $16 million (30,000 BTC) and becoming one of the most successful blockchain projects in terms of crowdfunding investment. Waves is said to be the largest Blockchain project in Russia. (more…)

Blockchain, Hotnews

May 24, 2017

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BBVA launches Open API marketplace

BBVA is making eight of its APIs commercially available to companies, startups, and developers worldwide, enabling the integration of customer banking data with third party products and services. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

May 24, 2017

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Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

By Jason Rowley for Techcrunch.com

Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, SME

May 24, 2017

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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

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BankThink Open banking is inevitable. Let’s rethink data security, too

By Kevin Paul Murphy for American Banker

The move to the digital marketplace is no longer aspirational but inevitable for the modern financial enterprise. It is now more accurate to describe a bank as a technology company. But the change in identity means banks must adjust the way they ensure the security of their enterprise. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

May 23, 2017

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To Understand the Future of the Financial Services Industry, We Must Look Beyond FinTech

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

While businesses are catching up with the rise of e-commerce and the mobile-first world, physical interfaces altogether are gradually falling into obsolescence. The year 2017 gives strong reasons to believe that working on the enhancement of the experience with any physical interface could be a wasteful attempt to better feed a horse instead of investing in a car (if we were to use Ford’s terms). (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 23, 2017

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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

458

A new era for startup investing in Latin America

By Nathan Lustig for Techcrunch

Startups in Latin America are using creative solutions to address not just local but also global problems. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 22, 2017

506

Google CEO just announced that Android has 2 billion users

BY NICOLE GALLUCCI for Mashable

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, kicked off the company’s big event by making a huge (and somewhat surprising) announcement about Android usage — according to Pichai, there are now 2 billion active Android users worldwide.  (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 22, 2017

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SoftBank Backs Paytm with $1.6 Billion

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Paytm has announced that SoftBank has invested in their parent company One97 Communications Limited. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Hotnews

May 19, 2017

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LendingClub Increases Retail Investor Minimums

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has upped its minimum deposit to a minimum initial amount of $1,000 for all new retail investors making their first investment through Lending Club. (more…)

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

May 19, 2017

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Chinese P2P Lender Dianrong Links with Maggie Ng to Launch Global Fintech Marketplace

By

Chinese P2P lender Dianrong announced a new technology agreement with Maggie Ng, a leading consumer banking executive in Asia Pacific, to launch a global fintech marketplace connecting Asian investors with high-quality, low-volatility and largely untapped asset classes, including U.S. consumer lending. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

May 19, 2017