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Hong Kong’s Tofupay Wants To Make Online Payments Easy

E27.CO: The startup aims to make transactions simpler by offering easy multi-currency management.  Tofupay is one of the 11 teams chosen to join the blueprint accelerator programme. This international team of five will be working on their not-so-stinky idea, Tofupay, an alternative service to make online payments and transactions easier and more economical.

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Fintech news, Hong Kong, InspirAsia

March 7, 2015

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Why We Started Abra

RRE: US startup Abra has launched its mobile app for remittances (available on iPhone and Android), which bypasses the middle men by using the blockchain and a network of “human ATMs” (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments, Remittances

March 5, 2015

Fidor Eyeing Expansion to the US: What it Could Mean for Bitcoin

Fidor

DIGITAL CURRENCY MAGNATES: Fidor is not your ordinary bank. You can actually sign into your account through Facebook Connect. They have offered a savings account with an interest rate determined by the number of Like’s awarded on the company’s Facebook page. Customers can interact in the Fidor online community with each other and even support staff, should they have inquiries. They also offer P2P loans through crowdfunding and P2P betting. So it’s only natural that they’ll take a liking to P2P currencies. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

March 5, 2015

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Genius Who Built A Nuclear Fusion Reactor At 17 Takes On The Payments Industry

FAST COMPANY: Thiago Olson, a 25-year-old founder and CEO of payment company Stratos, is now the focus of attention of the American media because his company has released a plastic card that can replace all bank cards in your wallet. However, Olson is no stranger to media attention: he built a nuclear reactor in his house at age 17.
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eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

March 4, 2015

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New Connected Credit Card Aims To Succeed Where Coin Failed

WIREDRemeber Coin, the credit card-sized gizmo that promised to streamline your wallet by consolidating all your other, actual credit cards? It raked in approximately a gazillion dollars in pre-orders when it debuted in November 2013, only to become another certified crowdfunding debacle, beset by delays and acrimony. Buyers were initially told it would ship summer 2014; the vast majority are still waiting. If nothing else, the saga proved that there is interest in a wallet-slimming wonder card. Now, those interested have another option to consider. Stratos is more or less the same concept as Coin, just with a slicker design and one other key advantage: Its creators claim it’s actually ready to ship. The question is whether or not it will be relevant once the payment world starts the shift to chip-enhanced cards this fall.

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eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

March 3, 2015

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The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

TECHCRUNCH: Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. (more…)

Fintech news, Influences FinTech, news

March 3, 2015

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PayPal Buys Paydiant, The Mobile Wallet Behind CurrentC, To Raise Its Game v. Google + Apple

TECHCRUNCH:  PayPal, the payments service with 162 million users preparing to separate from e-commerce giant eBay later this year, is announcing an acquisition today to help build out its mobile business targeting physical merchants, and sharpen its focus in competition with other tech payment hopefuls like Apple and Google. It is buying Paydiant, a startup out of Boston that makes mobile wallet technology. That technology, in turn, powers payment apps for large business like Subway, Harris Teeter supermarkets, Capital One bank, and — perhaps most notably — MCX, a merchant-owned network that is developing a payment app called CurrentC.

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Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

March 2, 2015

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How KakaoTalk’s Billionaire Creator Ignited A Global Messaging War

FORBES: How KakaoTalk’s founder ignited a global messaging war. Kim Beom-Su, the son of a factory worker and a hotel maid, has become a billionaire by building a technological empire. Why is it difficult to grow outside of South Korea?

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Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Korea, news

March 2, 2015

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Fast Company included KickStarter in the list of 50 most innovative companies.

FAST COMPANY: Kickstarter may have kickstarted the crowdfunding movement, but it did so with arbitrary and capricious rules that embraced some projects while refusing to host others, and limited its own growth. But the company underwent a leadership change in late 2013, and last year reengineered itself as an integral part of the startup hardware boom. It saw two companies that started on its platform, Oculus and SmartThings, get acquired by Facebook and Samsung, for $2 billion and $200 million respectively. And it neared in on $1.5 billion in money pledged to projects.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

March 1, 2015

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Apple Pay Coming To Europe ‘By The End Of The Year’

WIRED UK: Tim Cook has told an employee at Apple Store Kurfürstendamm in Berlin that Apple Pay will be in Europe by the end of the year, and that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, according to a report in French by Igen.fr. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

February 26, 2015

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Bitchcoin: A New Crytpocurrency For Buying Art And Invest In The Artists

WIRED: When you buy art, you typically get something physical in return: A print, a painting, a sculpture. And that piece of art, depending upon who created it and what happens after you bought it, can become very valuable down the line. Or not. But here’s an interesting idea: What would happen if you were to invest in the artist instead of the art? That’s a question Sarah Meyohas, a young photographer from Yale’s MFA program, hopes to answer with her latest project. Meyohas, working with Brooklyn’s Where gallery, created BitchCoin, a new cryptocurrency. Like bitcoin, BitchCoin is virtual and “mine-able,” but has just one purpose: to buy Meyohas’ art.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 24, 2015

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IFTTT’s New Apps Offer A Button For Triggering Other Apps

WIRED: Perhaps you’re one of the many thousands of people who’ve automated some small part of their digital existence with  IFTTT. Maybe you’ve instructed it to post your Instagram shots to Twitter, or to text message you whenever someone in your city puts an acoustic guitar for sale on Craigslist.

Until now, these “recipes” have been dependent on something else happening. If this, then that. But with its new trio of apps, IFTTT wants to let you start taking action yourself. (more…)

Fintech news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

February 19, 2015

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This App Wants You To Borrow Money From Friends, Not Banks

WIREDLong ago, your parents probably gave you some advice: never borrow money from a friend. More importantly: never let your friends borrow from you. If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that mixing money and friendship rarely ends in anything other than blood and tears.

Skylar Woodward wants you to forget all about that. Woodward is the CEO of Puddle, a recently-launched service that lets you borrow money from your social network instead of through traditional avenues like banks and credit cards. Explained in brief: Throw money into a digital pot and you can take out five times as much as you’ve put in when you need it. So for example, say you throw $10 into your Puddle; that automatically gives you a credit line of $50 that you can dip into whenever you need.  $100 turns into $500 and $500 into $2,500. You can choose to pay off the borrowed monthly installments over either three or six months. No interest beyond a set fee for every month you’re paying back (this incentivizes early repayment Puddle says). Sound crazy? It’s really not. (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 12, 2015

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CommonBond Goes From Disruptor to Player

CRAINSNEWYORK: What if there were a $1 trillion-plus market so riven with inefficiencies and overburdened with regulation that even the most powerful companies inside it had grown eager to partner with the startups seeking to disrupt it? Welcome to the world of student loans.

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Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 5, 2015

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Maybank partners Maxis to introduce mPOS service for SMEs

THE ASIAN BANKER: Maybank has partnered with Maxis Berhad to launch the Maybank mPOS service which enables SMEs to leverage the benefits of wireless payment mobility for business growth. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

January 27, 2015

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The Payments Industry Explained: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem

Business Insider: The payments industry had a huge year in 2014 and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. On the one hand tech giants like Amazon and Apple released new products that affirmed their long-term payments ambitions (Apple Pay and Amazon Local Register). On the other hand startups such as Stripe and ShopKeep continued to carve out market share, challenging older players like PayPal and VeriFone. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, news

January 27, 2015

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Payment Data Systems buys Akimbo of San Antonio for $3M

SiliconHills: Payment Data Systems, an online payments company, announced Tuesday it has acquired Akimbo Financial for $3M. Payment Data Systems is buying the company with common stock in 2 tranches with up to $300,000 in cash if any liabilities are assumed. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

December 16, 2014