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India: Axis Bank in talks to buy digital payment platform FreeCharge

Axis Bank has emerged as the frontrunner to buy Snapdeal-owned mobile wallet FreeCharge, according to a report in The Economic Times citing three people aware of the development. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 10, 2017

475

Stripe inks global partnerships with China’s Alipay, WeChat Pay

By Anna Irrera for Deal Street Asia

Silicon Valley startup Stripe has partnered with digital payment providers Alipay and WeChat Pay to enable merchants using its platform globally to accept payments from hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Payment processors/providers/gateways, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

July 10, 2017

393

Ayondo opens for business in Spain

By Ayondo

Financial technology group ayondo has launched business in Spain with offices in Barcelona and Madrid, marking the group’s development of the third core retail distribution market after Germany and the United Kingdom. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 4, 2017

517

Singapore startup Instarem raises $13m to take remittance business away from banks

By  for Tech in Asia

Cross-border remittances amounted to a whopping US$575 billion last year – the bulk of it going to developing countries as migrant family members sent money home or companies sent payments to workers abroad. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Remittances

July 4, 2017

516

Online lending platform gets $3m from Vertex to make a play for Indonesia

By Jack Ellis for Tech in Asia

Singapore-based fintech startup Validus Capital has received US$3 million in funding from venture capital firm Vertex Ventures along with an additional US$600,000 from angel investors, it announced today. (more…)

Deals, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 3, 2017

323

RealtyMogul Preps for MogulREIT II, MogulREIT I Has Raised $15.5 Million

By JD Alois for CWI

RealtyMogul.com has filed a new Form 1-A indicating its intent to launch a second MogulREIT using the Reg A+ securities exemption. MogulREIT II intends on raising up to $50 million to invest in multi-family residences targeting a millenial consumer, according to the current Offering Circular. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, InspirAsia

July 3, 2017

266

Indian banks failing to grasp the opportunities from demonetisation

Despite the impetus provided by demonetisation, Indian banks remain way behind the curve in tempting customers away from the bank branch to digital channels. (more…)

Deals, Hotnews, InspirAsia

July 3, 2017

730

China Quietly Tests Digital Hybrid Currency

In a move that is no surprise to industry experts, China has begun testing its own digital currency for interbank transfers. Recent speeches by national bank insiders along with some publications have indicated the direction the Chinese would like to take.  (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 26, 2017

515

India’s MobiKwik is raising new funding at $1B valuation to battle payment rival Paytm

By John Russel for TechCrunch

With high-profile investments from Alibaba and SoftBank fueling an impressive growth story since demonetization last year, you could be forgiven for thinking that Paytm has India’s payments market sewn up. But at least one company will agree to differ on that. (more…)

eWallets, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 15, 2017

585

Regtech Poised To Take Off In Southeast Asia

By Fintech News. SG

Regtech is earning regulatory endorsement all around the world, including in Asia-Pacific, where initiatives in locations such as Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia are being launched to address compliance and regulatory challenges more efficiently. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, RegTech

June 15, 2017

462

Brief: Indian P2P Lender LoanMeet Secures Seed Funding from Chinese Investors

Increasingly cross national investment in fintech is becoming the norm.  As an example, today Bengaluru-based P2P lender lender LoanMeet has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Chinese entrepreneur-turned-investors Cao Yibin and Huang Wei, along with KrazyBee.com co-founder and CEO Madhusudan E, according to multiple new sources. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

June 12, 2017

450

OurCrowd Sets Up Tech Incubator in Israel with the Backing of Motorola, Reliance Industries & Yissum

OurCrowd, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, has partnered with Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), Reliance Industries (NSE: Reliance) and Yissum Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to operate an “innovation technology incubator” that will support the growth of early stage startups in Jerusalem. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 9, 2017

389

Nigeria moves trade to the cloud with Misys and Interswitch

By Interswitch

With calls for a diversification and deepening of the Nigerian trade sector to offer options for varied investor tastes and boosting of the economy, Thursday, June 1 2017 witnessed the launch of a Digital Cloud-hosted Trade Solution for the Nigerian Market called Misys Fusion Banking Trade Innovation Software. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

451

Claim your chance for free access to Taobao Crowdfunding for your hardware startup

By Manny Lee for TechNode

TechCrunch Shenzhen is working with Taobao Crowdfunding to help startups find a smoother way to the market. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

568

OCBC BANK LAUNCHES CASHLESS QR CODE PAYMENTS WITH ITS FIRST STANDALONE MOBILE PAYMENTS APP

OCBC Press release,

The popular OCBC Pay Anyone e-payment services – which includes a new QR code cashless payment service – are consolidated into a standalone mobile app for our customers’ convenience (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 5, 2017

539

TOP100: Final Call for Applications for Echelon Asia Summit TOP100 Startup Programme!

Promoted event by e27.com

e27 ‘s spotlight pitching competition, TOP100 Powered by Echelon Connect, is looking for 100 of the most promising pre Series A startups in the Asia Pacific region. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

June 1, 2017

492

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

877

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

654

Opportunities for Fintech Startups in Singapore

The “American Dream” was one of those overused buzzwords until a few decades ago. (more…)

InspirAsia

May 30, 2017

700

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

491

Singapore Marketplace Lender Capital Match Facilitates S$40M+ in Cumulative Origination

Capital Match announced that it has facilitated over S$40 million in cumulative origination since the start of its operations in 2015. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

May 26, 2017

486

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

568

Indonesia’s second largest telco shuts down its ecommerce site

By Nadine Freischlad for Tech in Asia

It’s part of the telco’s shift in strategy away from launching new business units in-house. Instead, it’s collaborating with experienced partners and focusing on core strengths, he told Tech in Asia. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 25, 2017

420

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.

(more…)

Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

May 25, 2017

431

India’s emerging as Asia’s next manufacturing hub. Singaporean firms welcome.

By Pearl Lee for Tech in Asia

On top of the Taj Mahal, India boasts other gems – Mumbai is the finance capital and Bangalore is said to be India’s Silicon Valley. Their steady growth has been led by fast-paced urbanization and high consumption. But the Indian government has plans to transform India’s economy and develop manufacturing capabilities to meet domestic and international demand. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 24, 2017

354

Singapore start-up Sea opts for US listing

BY Jeevan Wasakar for Financial Times
HK and Singapore lose prized IPO despite efforts to attract tech companies

(more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 24, 2017

436

Paytm Launches Payments Bank To Serve The Underserved In India

By PYMNTS

Indian digital payments firm Paytm has officially launched a niche payments bank as part of its drive to double its customer base to 500 million over the next three years. (more…)

Banks, eWallets, InspirAsia

May 23, 2017

397

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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Poor business ethics, lack of innovation are key reasons for failure of startups in India: IBM study

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

Majority VCs surveyed believe that many Indian startups lack pioneering innovation and are prone to emulate already successful global ideas (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia

May 22, 2017