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Mobile Payment Startup MyCheck Raises $5M From Santander’s Innoventures Fund

TECHCRUNCHMyCheck, another startup that wants to make it easy to pay your restaurant bill using your mobile phone, has closed a $5 million Series B. However, perhaps more noteworthy is the company’s new backer: the Spanish bank Santander via its recently launched Santander Innoventures Fund. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

March 29, 2015

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Bitcoin, investment opportunities & Asian prospects

DEALSTREETASIA: For all of its challenges, there are compelling reasons to evaluate Bitcoin, a relatively new FinTech innovation. In fact, it holds tremendous promise and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs interested in exploring the space. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

March 27, 2015

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Northwestern Mutual Buys Finance Startup LEARNVEST For $250M

FAST COMPANY: Alexa Von Tobel, whose startup LearnVest was featured on our list of the world’s Most Innovative Companies, has sold her company to Northwestern Mutual for $250 million, according to Fortune. Not bad for a personal-finance startup. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, PFM/PFP services

March 27, 2015

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LifePay Launched Internet Acquiring And Lending Services

LifePay has launched 2 new products in its line: online acquiring and SME-lending for working capital (in a month they are launching POS-lending – when entrepreneurs sell their goods and services on credit – this model is used by FinanceIt) (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

March 27, 2015

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Startup Pawnhero to represent PH in Echelon Asia Summit 2015

DEALSTREETASIA: Startup company Pawnhero will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming Echelon Asia Summit 2015, after winning the main award in the first-ever Echelon Top 100 Philippines Qualifiers. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

March 27, 2015

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Why I’m Getting 5% of my Salary Paid in Bitcoin

FAST COMPANY: An early adopter shares how he approached his employer about getting paid in virtual currency  (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

March 26, 2015

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A List of Venture Capital Firms in Singapore

TECHINASIAVenture capital firms have entered Singapore in droves, which means internet startups here can look forward to a wider variety of funding options. Here is a list of venture capital firms with a presence in Singapore that are actively investing in startups in the series A rounds and above. It includes funds that are supported by the Singapore government through the NRF TIS scheme and the ESVF initiative. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 26, 2015

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Advanced Merchant Payments Pulls in Undisclosed Amount of Funding

FINOVATE: Advanced Merchant Payments (AMP), a company that provides banks technology to offer loans to their small business customers, pulled in an undisclosed amount of funding today from Route 66 Ventures. The new installment is a follow-on round to the $5 million Series A round received in November 2014 from SBT Venture Capital. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, news

March 26, 2015

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Kabbage Expands to Australia in New White-Label Collaboration with Kikka Capital

FINOVATEKabbage has announced plans to move into the Australian market with a white-label offering of its small business lending technology. The launch in Australia represents Kabbage’s first foray into the Asia-Pacific region, having already been in operation in both the U.K. and the U.S. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

March 26, 2015

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Indiegogo Leads Investors To Hardware Gold

TECHCRUNCH: Angel investor Gil Penchina had partnered with Indiegogo to launch a new syndicate on AngelList dedicated to investing in successful campaigns. It launched yesterday and had $75k in capital committed in the first five hours. Total carry of syndicate per deal is 20%, it is expected to make 5+ investments per year with a value starting from $1000
(more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 26, 2015

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1337 Ventures teams up with Maybank in regional FinTech drive

E27.CO:  The initiative will start with a roadshow spanning four cities in April and culminate in a three-day idea validation bootcamp in Kuala Lumpur in June. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news

March 26, 2015

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Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

TECHCRUNCH: Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. (more…)

Fintech news, news, Pre-order services

March 26, 2015

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Singapore’s Zopim to power Facebook Messenger’s Business app

TECHINASIA: Facebook woke up the internet industry when it announced that its popular Messenger app, one of the world’s largest chat apps with 600 million active users, will open up to third-party developers. The move emulates the recipe that brought Asian chat apps Line and WeChat into prominence as platform businesses. Announced on the same day (though overshadowed) was the news about Businesses on Messenger, an upcoming feature on the app that allows users to chat with businesses on customer support matters. Singapore startup Zopim, acquired last year by customer support software company Zendesk for US$30 million, will power the feature. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 26, 2015

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Facebook Has Officially Declared It Wants To Own Every Single Thing You Do On The Internet

THE NEXT WEB: At Facebook’s F8 conference today, it unveiled a number of big new changes to its service that transforms Messenger into a platformexpands Facebook Video even further and offers deeper integrations than ever for developers. The changes are actually really cool and great news for developers — Facebook is finally turning Messenger into the hub for everything, like LINE and WeChat already did in Asia — but they also signal something much larger. (more…)

Fintech news, news

March 26, 2015

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Amazon’s New Unlimited Cloud Storage Is Absurdly Cheap

WIRED: The steady march towards cheaper cloud storage has just turned into a sprint. Rather than being merely competitive with leaders like Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud, Amazon has decided to undercut their pricing by more than half. In some cases, much, much more. (more…)

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

March 26, 2015

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Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

TECHCRUNCH: The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that. The accelerator program, called Seamless, targets early-stage hardware companies and gives them access to capital and, more importantly, experience in the field. Grand Rapid’s early-stage, venture capital fund Start Garden is behind the program and has enlisted the help of the region’s biggest companies.

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Fintech news, Influences FinTech, news

March 26, 2015

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Indian fin-tech startup Artoo gets US$500K funding

E27.CO: Bangalore-based Artoo IT Solutions, a startup that offers customer relationship management solution to banks and financial institutions, has secured US$500,000 in funding from seed-stage investor Accion Venture Labs and Rianta Capital Zurich’s impact investment unit Artha Initiative. The startup will use the capital to enhance its product functionality, build team and scale operations globally. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, news

March 26, 2015

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Alt Credit Score Startup, Aire, Raises $1.1 Million

FINOVATE: London-based Aire.io, the startup that is democratizing credit scores for people with thin or no credit files announced a $1.1 million round of funding today. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news

March 25, 2015

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Kickstarter Gives Project Pages A Beautiful Facelift

FAST COMPANY: Since 2009, the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has nurtured great ideas. But once a project reaches its funding goal, it can get lost in the mix, and its Kickstarter page becomes a shell of its former self. Spotlight, launching today, is Kickstarter’s attempt to extend the life of a project beyond the funding stage. It gives the creators of successful projects a way to shape their story and image the way any company might market an important new product. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 25, 2015

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Google Will Reportedly Let You Pay Bills In Gmail Later This Year

THE NEXT WEB: Pretty much everyone gets their bills by email nowadays, but what if you could pay right from your inbox too? Google is apparently working on that, according to a report by Recode. The tool is currently dubbed Pony Express. It’s likely that won’t end up being the final name, but we can hope. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

March 25, 2015

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ShopKeep Buys Payment Revolution, Adds Payment Processing To Its Point Of Sale Solution

TECHCRUNCH: ShopKeep (cash-register & mPOS) bought payment processor company Payment Revolution and is going to add payment processing to its current POS offer

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Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

March 25, 2015

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Yuri Milner’s Unparalleled Global Tech Gold-Mining Machine

FORBES: How a Russian investor Yuri Milner established his “gold-mining machine” (firm DST) and why he believes that the future belongs to Asia. China lifted Milner up from ranked 35 to 20 in the Forbes ranking of the best investors. Investments in Alibaba and smartphone vendor Xiaomi opened Yuri Milner’s way to the Forbes’ top 20 investors. In the past year the entrepreneur preferred China to the US.

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Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

March 25, 2015

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Google Working on Project to Let You Receive and Pay Bills Directly Inside Gmail

RE/CODE: Google’s mission to organize the world’s information is now targeting your physical mailbox. The company is currently working on a project that will allow Gmail users to more easily receive bills in their email inbox instead of their mailbox. Called Pony Express, the service also is designed to let people pay their bills within Gmail, rather than having to go to a telecom or utility company’s website to complete a payment. (more…)

Fintech news, news

March 24, 2015

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Roman Abramovich Leads Investment in Israel’s iAngels

GLOBES: iAngels has developed a model for investment of small amounts in start-ups, based on experienced investors. Russian billionaire and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich continues to invest in Israeli start-ups: through Millhouse Capital, his investment company, he has led a $2.25 million investment in iAngels, a company started by entrepreneurs Mor Assia and Shelly Hod-Moyal. They founded iAngels in early 2014, and developed a model for investment of small amounts in startups, based on experienced investors. The company raised several hundred thousand dollars in the past, with the new investment making a total of $2.6 million raised by the company to date.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, news

March 24, 2015

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Motif Investing Partners with Pacific Life to Offer Cause-Based Investing

FINOVATE: Online thematic investment brokerage Motif Investing has teamed up with Pacific Life to provide millennial investors with an opportunity to invest in the social causes they care most about. Four new motifs will be offered, each including stocks from major U.S. companies that have made significant contributions to charities and foundations focused on issues ranging from education and human rights to fighting poverty and cancer. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 24, 2015

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Lendio Raises $20 Million in New Funding to Help Finance Small Businesses

FINOVATE: Runa Capital has announced its participation in a $20.5M funding round of the American SME-lending platform Lednio. The round included participation by some large VCs, namely, Napier Park Financial Partners and Blumberg Capital. Lendio plans to use the capital to develop its SME-lending product, marketing and to expand its partnership program. According to the company’s representatives, it’s the third venture round for Lendio. The company has raised a total of $31M since 2011. Runa Capital joined the pool of its investors in 2013.

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Deals, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

March 24, 2015

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How Apple Pay Exposes Security Flaws In Banking

THE NEXT WEB: With Apple Pay coming out, it seems as if there is a whole new technology that has just been released. In reality, NFC payments have been around for a while, but Apple is the platform that has enough user adoption that will actually result in mass adoption. Thus far, we have seen just the start, with further tech such as the Apple Watch supplementing further growth. (more…)

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

March 24, 2015

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Stripe Launches Major API Update To Help On-Demand Startups Go Global

THE NEXT WEB: Stripe, the payment company that’s quietly building the best way to pay people online, hastoday launched a major API update to its Connect API. The new API builds on what the company learnt from modern “platform” companies such as Instacart, Shyp and Lyft, that employ many ‘sellers’ to get their work done. (more…)

Fintech news, news

March 24, 2015

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OpenTable For Android Now Lets You Pay For Meals From Your Phone

VENTUREBEAT: Android users can now pick up the check for dinner with a little extra panache. Restaurant booking app OpenTable has long promised a mobile payments option, and today it’s coming to Android users.

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Fintech news, news, Pre-order services

March 24, 2015