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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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BBVA brings info and payments to social and messaging networks

BBVA is embedding more deeply with social and messaging networks through a new bot that lets Spanish customers access financial information via Facebook and Telegram, and a tool for making payments from Whatsapp. (more…)

Banks, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 19, 2017

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Verse grabs $20.5M to take its p2p payments play beyond Europe

By Natasha Lomas for Techcrunch

Social payments app Verse has closed a $20.5 million Series B round of funding from its existing investors. The round is led by Spark Capital, with eVentures and Greycroft Partners also participating. It raised its Series A in October last year, when it took in $8.3M. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments

May 18, 2017

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Fintech unicorn Transferwise moves into the black

Fintech unicorn Transferwise says the company has reached operational profitability six years after launch. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, news, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 17, 2017

Global P2P mobile payments value set to grow by 40% in 2017

The value of global P2P mobile payments is set to increase 40% to $540 billion by end-2017, Juniper Research forecast.
Growth in the segment is predicted alongside a trend of increasing popularity of digital payment methods. The UK-based analyst company predicted the value of digital payments across the world would reach $3.9 trillion in 2017, an increase of 14% year-on-year. (more…)

p2p-payments

May 15, 2017

Lending Club Keeps Pushing Its Comeback

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Hotnews, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

May 9, 2017

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Goldman Sachs Celebrates First Retail Year and Its Online Deposit Platform

By PYMNTS

After a full year in service, Goldman Sachs Bank USA is celebrating its first full year in retail and its online deposit platform’s success. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, p2p-payments, Security

May 2, 2017

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WorldRemit partners Tigo Money for mobile transfers to El Salvador and Guatemala

Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit announced today it has partnered with Millicom’s subsidiaries Tigo Money to open up new remittance routes to El Salvador and Guatemala, enabling Salvadorans and Guatemalans abroad to send money transfers instantly to more than one and a half million Tigo Money users in those countries, directly from the WorldRemit app. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, Remittances

April 28, 2017

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Walmart launches mobile money sending platform

Three years ago this week, Walmart introduced its groundbreaking money transfer service, Walmart2Walmart Powered by Ria, with the goal of bringing customers dramatically lower costs and a simpler money transfer experience. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, Remittances

April 28, 2017

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TransferWise moves into Asia Pacific with opening of regional HQ in Singapore

By Jon Russel for Techcrunch

TransferWise, the billion-dollar valued startup that reduces the cost of cross-border payments, has taken a big step to globalizing its service after it opened an Asia Pacific office in Singapore. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, Remittances

April 27, 2017

Western Union Teams Up With Facebook Messenger For Global Money Transfers

By PYMNTS

Score another win for Facebook with Western Union’s latest announcement at the social media giant’s F8 annual developer conference. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, Remittances

April 20, 2017

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Zelle P2P network zooms past Venmo

The American bank-backed Zelle network processed 170 million person-to-person payments last year boasting an aggregate transaction volume of $55 billion, more than double that of PayPal-owned rival Venmo. (more…)

Banks, p2p-payments

April 19, 2017

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WhatsApp makes P2P payments play in India

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is advertising for a digital transaction lead with experience of UPI, Aadhaar and BHIM, in a move which is seen as the precursor to the launch of a peer-to-peer payments service in India. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p-payments

April 5, 2017

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Square reportedly seeks to buy social app Yik Yak

By John Adams for PS

Square is in talks to acquire Yik Yak, which operates location-based anonymous social network popular among college campuses, reports CNBC. (more…)

Deals, p2p-payments, Payment processors/providers/gateways, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

April 5, 2017

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Lending platform Bitbond and payments outfit BitPesa partner to boost financing for African SMEs

By Bitbond

Global SME lending platform Bitbond and African payment services provider BitPesa announced today that they are joining forces to improve access to financing for SMEs in Africa. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments

March 28, 2017

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Ayannah launches Juan Credit™, an AI-powered Credit Scoring Service for the Unbanked in Emerging Markets

Manila, Philippines – Press release

Ayannah, the leading provider of affordable and accessible digital financial services for emerging markets has partnered with Bayad Center, the bills payment subsidiary of Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electric utility to launch Juan Credit™, the first artificial intelligence-powered credit scoring system for the unbanked in emerging markets.  (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, Remittances

March 2, 2017

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The Startup That Wants To Build A Cashless Economy In The Philippines

By Casey Hynes for Forbes

Sixty-nine percent of Filipinos were underbanked as of 2015. But the country also has the fastest-growing smartphone market in ASEAN–not to mention that it’s home to the selfie capital of the world. The combination creates an interesting opportunity for fintech entrepreneurs, and Mark Vernon has taken advantage of it.  (more…)

Fintech news, p2p-payments, Philippines

February 28, 2017

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Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

By TechCrunch

Messaging app Viber is today announcing a new feature that taps into the bigger trend of messaging apps becoming multi-functional platforms, and also its ownership by e-commerce company Rakuten. Viber will start to present users with items for sale, inspired by your current chat, when you press a small shopping bag icon at the bottom of the screen and search for items.  (more…)

Fintech news, p2p-payments

February 23, 2017

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Airbnb finalizes deal to buy social payments startup Tilt

By  for TechCrunch

Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed. We reported on the acquisition talks last month, but now everything has been made official.

We are told that investors will be getting back about $12 million in cash, but the deal value is tens of millions of dollars higher if you include employee retention packages, which were paid for in cash and stock. Many of Tilt’s San Francisco employees including CEO James Beshara were asked to stay on board, but most of the remote team was not.

Airbnb is obtaining the Tilt assets and will keep the app operational, at least for now. But some sources are characterizing this as more of an acqui-hire, because Airbnb is spending most of the money on retaining the team.

While it’s better than shutting down, this was certainly not the dream outcome that Tilt investors had been hoping for when they invested over $60 million. Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel and other big Silicon Valley names including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian all made bets that Tilt would be a leader in mobile commerce.

Founded in 2012, Tilt was an early pioneer in peer-to-peer money transfers. It is geared more toward group payments than individual transactions, but in some ways competes with PayPal’s Venmo and Square Cash. It is also used for crowdfunding anything from “activities” to “causes,” which makes it an alternative to fast-growing GoFundMe.

The deal makes sense for Airbnb, because it is gaining top talent in the payments space, an area which could complement trip-booking. Airbnb has already built a big lodging business, but wants to expand its travel offerings. 

Airbnb’s VP of product, Joe Zadeh, has provided us with the following statement. “Airbnb and Tilt have a common vision for building community-oriented products that make it easy to bring people together. Tilt’s experience and expertise complement our ongoing efforts to transform the way people travel. By joining forces, we’ll reimagine how groups travel and enhance Trips, our new platform that brings together where you stay, what you do, and the people you meet all in one place.”

Airbnb, which has a valuation of $30 billion, has been using its clout to buy up smaller startups. They recently agreed to buy Luxury Retreats and in the past year have also acquired ChangeCoin and Trip4real. They’ve additionally been making investments in startups like Resy.

Airbnb itself is likely too expensive to be acquired, so there has been a lot of speculation about IPO possibilities. While this is an eventual goal of the company, we are hearing that they are unlikely to go public this year

First appeared at TechCrunch

Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments

February 23, 2017

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Now you can send money internationally through Facebook Messenger

By Mashable

Sending money on Facebook is finally international.  (more…)

Bots, Cashless, p2p-payments

February 23, 2017

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TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers

By  for VentureBeat

International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger. (more…)

Bots, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, Remittances

February 21, 2017

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial expands to Korea with $200M investment in Kakao Pay

By  for TechCrunch

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial is making yet another M&A deal. The firm is investing $200 million into a fintech project belonging to Kakao, the $5 billion firm that runs Korea’s dominant messaging service. (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

February 21, 2017

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Kevin the bot uses blockchain to offer insurance for P2P transactions

By Finextra

Madrid-based online reputation startup Traity has launched a chatbot that uses an “open blockchain balance sheet” to provide micro-insurance for people carrying out P2P transactions  (more…)

Blockchain, Bots, Fintech news, Insurance, p2p-payments

February 16, 2017

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From Asia to Africa: Why Wechat is a threat to Safaricom’s M-Pesa

By fabian lima for e27

M-Pesa changed the lives of underbanked Africans decades ago; Will Wechat Wallet drastically change the fintech landscape anew? (more…)

Analytics, eWallets, Fintech news, p2p-payments

February 9, 2017

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PayPal launches Slack bot for peer-to-peer payments

By  for VentureBeat

PayPal today launched its first bot for users of team messaging app Slack. The bot lets people send peer-to-peer (P2P) payments with the shortcode /paypal and a user’s Slack handle. Watch those keystrokes though: $10,000 can be sent in a single transaction, a PayPal spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

February 8, 2017

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PayPal outlook muted on mobile competition, currency trends

By The Business Times

PayPal Holdings Inc offered a subdued outlook on Thursday, as it faced unpredictable currency fluctuations and an increasingly competitive digital payments market. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, p2p-payments

January 29, 2017

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Making a Difference with FinTech – Three Examples

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

There is enough said about the scale of the FinTech industry, its inclusive agenda and massive surrounding ecosystem, but the real value of this industry is not in millions that are moving around in funding, expansion and acquisition deals. The value is measured in micro-processes, in the real, everyday difference FinTech startups make for small businesses and individuals. (more…)

Analytics, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, RegTech, SME

January 29, 2017

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The ‘Socialization’ of Financial Services

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Peer networks play an important role in delivering financial services nowadays, bringing the element of social into traditionally corporate-dominated industries. (more…)

About, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 23, 2017

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Alternative payments are a ‘victim’ of Brexit

By Kirsty Tull for PaymentsSource

As Brexit starts to pick up steam in the coming year, the the impact on banks and the payment processing industry remain to be seen and will likely be far reaching.

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Global trends, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

January 23, 2017

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Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

By  for TechCrunch

Some news today from Dwolla, the startup that competes with banks (but also works with them) to provide payments and money transfers with reduced fees by way of more efficient software. The company has raised another round of funding of $6.85 million, and at the same time it’s announcing the relaunch of its white-label API, which it is now calling Access API. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, Remittances

January 21, 2017