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How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

By Mark Suster from UpFront Ventures for his blog

There’s a quick litmus-test conversation any early-stage VC will have with the founder and it’s one that you should be as prepared for as your elevator pitch. It goes something like this …

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Global trends, Influences FinTech

May 31, 2018

An Overview of Non-fungible Tokens

By Phil Glazer, Investing @ MGV. Previously @KKR_Co & @UCBerkeley

This piece will provide an overview of non-fungible tokens, including what they are, how they work, what they enable, and why they matter.

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Global trends, Influences FinTech

April 10, 2018

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Uber applies for e-money license

Ride hailing behemoth Uber has confirmed that it has applied to the Dutch central bank for an e-money license as it looks to broaden its range of consumer-facing services. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

March 29, 2018

Braintree Extend launches

By Braintree,

World-class commerce experiences are increasingly dependent upon partnerships. Whether it’s partnering with a payments service provider, a rewards platform, a content platform, a social platform, or even other merchants, the goal for many is the same: optimize the user experience and help drive growth for your business. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech, Payment processors/providers/gateways

March 28, 2018

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Monzo given go-ahead to ‘passport’ banking licence to Republic of Ireland

By Steve O’Hear for TC

Monzo, one of a number of “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has announced the first step in its plans for international expansion with news that is has regulatory approval to operate in the Republic of Ireland. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Mobile-first banks

February 14, 2018

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Content Discovery: Solving The Problem Of Information Overload

By Dmitriy Solodkiy, data scientist and blockchain evangelist at NVB

Cram them full of non-combustible data,

chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed,

 but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information.

 Then they’ll feel they’re thinking,

they’ll get a sense of motion without moving.

And they’ll be happy,

 because facts of that sort don’t change.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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Columns, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

January 18, 2018

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Crypto Finance applies for Swiss banking licence

Virtual currency investment firm Crypto Finance has closed a EUR13 million capital raise to fund an application for a Swiss banking licence. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

December 20, 2017

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Alibaba funds lending startup WeLab to help it break out of China

By Steven Millward for Tech in Asia

Lending startup WeLab is flush with cash today after announcing US$220 million in its latest funding round. It operates WeLend in Hong Kong and Wolaidai in mainland China. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Influences FinTech

November 13, 2017

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We are looking for a bank in the US to buy

Hello everyone!

If you are the owner of a small or medium-sized bank in the US and are ready to sell it completely (or partially) – write to me: Slava Solodkiy, slava@ariv.al. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

November 7, 2017

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Life.SREDA VC launches the BB Fund, a $200M blockchain fund

Singapore’s Life.SREDA VC launches a $200 million venture capital fund, named Based on Blockchain or BB Fund. The Fund will invest in fintech and blockchain companies by acquiring and holding equity and/or tokens.  The BB Fund is targeting a minimum of $50 million for the first closure in Q4 2017 from a limited number of accredited investors; with a hard cap of $200 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

October 31, 2017

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What I Learned From Reading Every Amazon Shareholders Letter

By Li Jiang for his blog, Angel investor + VC;

A new mentor of mine suggested I read Jeff Bezos’ Letter to Shareholders to refine my thoughts around building a career and a business.

So I read them all dating back to 1997 and here are my takeaways: (more…)

Columns, Influences FinTech

October 18, 2017

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Manifesto of the crypto/ICO-community

By Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA

Stop blaming blockchain/crypto/ICO community – better join&help us! (more…)

Columns, Influences FinTech

October 16, 2017

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Singapore is on the way to blockchain-based digital KYC

Igor Pesin, Life.SREDA VC

In “Identity is the New Money”, Dave Birch, a founding director of the specialist consultancy Consult Hyperion, lays out the extraordinary change in how we think about both identity and money that new technologies — especially mobile phones — are making possible. “We need intermediaries to manage, and money is one of them. If, however, technology gives us back that shared memory, then we don’t need intermediaries to enable transactions. It becomes what some people call a “reputation economy”.” And this reputation can be broken if we can’t create new tech advanced solutions to keep our personal data really safe. (more…)

Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Security

October 5, 2017

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The brand new fancy book about fintech

By Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA

Why you should hire an artist to build fintech bank?

The First Fintech Bank’s Arrival

You can buy for 9,99$ on Amazon or download for free on www.ariv.al. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

September 26, 2017

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ZhongAn launches insurtech concept to world

Investors excited about idea of merging insurance with big data and internet sales.
ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance begins trading in Hong Kong this week, launching into public markets a hot emerging asset: the insurance technology, or insurtech, company. The Shanghai-based group, which made a splash in China in 2014 selling quirky insurance products, raised $1.5bn last week, valuing the group at up to $10bn. (more…)

Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Insurance

September 25, 2017

Monzo Teams Up With Deliveroo For New “Split the Bill” Feature

Crowdcube success and fintech company Monzo announced it has teamed up with Deliveroo for a new feature, Split the Bill. Deliveroo designer, James Storer, revealed details about the new app feature:

“At Deliveroo, ‘split the bill’ is probably one of our most requested features, and it’s been on our roadmap since I joined the company over two years ago. In that time, we’ve done email surveys, phone interviews and multivariant tests to try and definitively prove its worth. We also ran a really cool user research session by inviting a group of friends to our research lab (set up to look like a living room) and asking them to relax, watch Netflix and play video games while placing an order. This let us observe their group ordering habits and see how they split the cost between themselves.”

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Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech, Mobile-first banks

September 13, 2017

Doing The Heavy Lifting

By Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures

Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner from their firm join the Board of the company. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

June 26, 2017

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Open banking rules to trigger new wave of challengers

Tech companies, retailers and price comparison websites could become major banking brands says Deloitte on the release of research which reveals that a significant number of consumers who already use mobile banking would be willing to share data with traditional retailers. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

June 20, 2017

Buyer Beware

 

By Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures for his blog

I got this question on Twitter yesterday:

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Columns, Influences FinTech

June 14, 2017

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Only banks that become ‘digital houses’ will survive forthcoming disruption – BBVA chief

By BBVA

BBVA chairman Francisco González says that banks need to shed their past and image as ‘incumbents’ and transform into new digital technology companies if they are to prosper in a banking environment dominated by technologically astute competitors. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

June 8, 2017

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There Is No Free Lunch

By Fred Wilson for AVC Blog

I am reminded time and time again that things that sound too good to be true almost always are. There really is no free lunch, in business or in life. (more…)

Columns, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

June 6, 2017

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Following is a beautiful and brilliant TED talk by Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU. It’s definitely worth 12 minutes of your life to watch.

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Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

June 6, 2017

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Open Banking: A FitBit Style of Change

By John Bertrand from SAP for Finextra

Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Hunter S. Thompson’s quote can easily be applied to Open Banking, which becomes mandatory in the UK starting 2018. Banking innovation lead by the regulator! (more…)

Banks, Columns, Global trends, Influences FinTech

June 5, 2017

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Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker is delivering her annual rapid-fire internet trends report right now at Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in California.

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Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, People of fintech

June 1, 2017

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Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS, is Re-appointed to the MAS Board of Directors

By Crowdfund Insider

Ravi Menon, current Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has been re-appointed to the MAS board of directors. His term on the Board has now been extended to June 1, 2019. (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, People of fintech

June 1, 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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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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Fintech unicorn TransferWise reaches profitability, planning ‘new financial services’

BY Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch.com

What’s more mythical than a unicorn? A unicorn that is profitable. Six years after launch, TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer startup, which was most recently valued at a reported $1.1 billion, has announced that it has finally reached profitability this calendar year and is “cash-generating”. (more…)

Global trends, Influences FinTech, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 25, 2017

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JD.com Leading The Way For Drone Delivery

By James Sands for Seeking Alpha

Summary

  • JD.com recently announced a drone delivery network to be implemented in the Shaanxi province in China.
  • The company reported very robust first quarter results for the first quarter of 2017; the stock price is up nearly 60 percent for the year.
  • If implementation of the drone delivery network is successful, it will be a major accomplishment for the newly established JD Logistics unit.

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Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

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