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Blispay, the financing program for SMBs, raises $12.75M in seed funding

By Jordan Crook for techcrunch.com

Big box retailers like Best Buy and Target have all kinds of financing card programs for their customers. But smaller and medium-sized merchants have no way to give their customers the same kind of financing plans. (more…)

SME

March 31, 2016

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P2B-, SME- online loans and Factoring

New technology has fuelled the growth of alternative lenders which offer both higher yields to investors and faster, cheaper, more convenient loans for borrowers than traditional banks. Private investors are continuing to plow hundreds of millions of dollars into alternative-lending startups at valuations of more than $1 billion.

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Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, SME

March 29, 2016

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Fintech fot SMEs: Payroll, Accounting, etc.

If you take a look at all the news about fintech startups, you might get a feeling that the new financial services are built for retail clients and not for businesses. However, these are the entrepreneurs who may become drivers of fintech. We should clarify what exactly do we mean by ‘SME’.

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Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, SME

March 25, 2016

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Africa’s Largest Online Marketplace Bidorbuy Adds Bitcoin Payments

To eliminate the financial security issues a lot of African e-commerce users have suffered from, Bidorbuy, Africa’s largest online market, began accepting Bitcoin payments March 3. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, SME

March 23, 2016

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Crowdfunding: Invesntors and Charity

Global crowdfunding experienced accelerated growth in 2014, expanding by 167% to reach $16.2 billion raised, up from $6.1 billion in 2013. 

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, SME

March 21, 2016

Could Australia be a serious fintech innovator?

By James Eyers for the Financial Review,

Australia’s transition to an innovative, technologically savvy economy and how corporate leaders are coping with the forces of disruption will be a major issue debated at The Australian Financial Review Business Summit this week.

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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, news, SME

March 14, 2016

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Startupbootcamp unveils new Singapore cohort

By Startupbootcamp FinTech,

Startupbootcamp FinTech, accelerator focused on financial innovation, has announced the 10 international startups selected to join its Singapore program. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, SME

March 14, 2016

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Fintech role in retail revolution

Key findings from the industries of POS, tablet – based cash registers and pre-order services

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Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Pre-order services, SME

March 12, 2016

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21 Inc Launches Bitcoin micropayments marketplace

By Pete Rizzo for coindesk.com

Bitcoin startup 21 Inc has launched the 21 Micropayments Marketplace, a new offering that enables the creation of apps that allow buyers and sellers to trade digital goods for bitcoin. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, SME

March 12, 2016

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Life.SREDA VC report: mPOS-acquiring as ecosystem for SME-clients

Key findings from the industry of mPOS (mobile point of sale). 

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Analytics, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

March 10, 2016

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Here’s why fintech companies are opting to stay private: funding just hit a record

By Julie Verhage for Bloomberg.com

Record number of deals for fintech in 2015. Some fintech companies that have recently entered the public market have had a tough time of late. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

March 9, 2016

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The broken world of mobile payments and how to fix it

By John Rampton for techcrunch.com

It’s being predicted that by the end of this year, mobile payment transactions in the U.S. will grow 210 percent. Despite this impressive gain, it turns out that not everyone is taking advantage of mobile payments. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, SME

March 7, 2016

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Google and Accel see huge potential for Indian SaaS startups

By Malavika Velayanikal for TechinAsia.com

Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) products are seeing hyper growth as small and medium businesses (SMBs) take to them in a big way. And Indian SaaS startups are well-placed to capitalize on it, says a joint report by Google and Accel Partners released today. (more…)

Fintech news, India, SME

March 6, 2016

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Coworking spaces are on the rise — here’s why

By Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing partner of Life.SREDA

I remember, when I was first starting out, the whole concept of a coworking space seemed strange. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Singapore, SME

March 6, 2016

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Life.SREDA VC report: Venture Debt

Life.SREDA VC  is focused on financial, mobile and internet businesses shares their findings on things you need to know about venture debt. 

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Analytics, Fintech news, Hotnews, SME

March 5, 2016

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Square Makes Small Business Push For Growth Ahead Of Earnings

By Ryan Mac for Forbes,

Following Square’s initial public offering in November, the company’s executives hung up a new sign at San Francisco headquarters to remind employees of their mission. Located just through the doors of Square’s main entrance, the white block letters set against a similarly colored backdrop broadcasts one of CEO Jack Dorsey’s highest principles: “Economic Empowerment.” (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

March 3, 2016

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Why China’s fintech will change how the world thinks about banking

By Zennon Kapron for Forbes

With digitalization and FinTech high on the banking agenda, the disruption of financial services looks like a given. The question, however, is where will the real change come from. Will it be blockchain, real-time settlement, the highly competitive payment space, crowdfunding, or P2P lending? (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, news, SME

March 2, 2016

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Life.SREDA VC opened a coworking & art gallery in the heart of Singapore.

By Yon Heong Tung,

Singapore-based fintech VC firm Life.SREDA has announced the launch of its new co-working space at the heartland of innovation in Singapore–Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, news, SME

March 1, 2016

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Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

By Anthony Ha for Techcrunch.com,

Lunch breaks! They’re great, right? But they can also turn into a huge time sink — I’ve definitely had moments where I’m frantically flagging down a waiter because everything’s taken longer than expected, leaving me to try to pay the check and get to my next meeting in just a few minutes. (more…)

Fintech news, Pre-order services, SME

February 28, 2016

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Amazon invades India

By Vivienne Walt for Fortune magazine,

How Jeff Bezos aims to conquer the next “trillion-dollar market.” The inside story. (more…)

Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking, SME

February 26, 2016

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Taiwanese restaurant POS startup raises $5.6m, has 1,000+ paying customers

By Terence Lee for Techcrunch.com,

Street food heaven Taiwan is getting a tech upgrade, courtesy of Taiwanese startup iChef. It has cooked up an iPad-based restaurant point-of-sales (POS) system which has been scoring customers. 1,080 restaurants are using its product, each paying on average US$80 a month (that’s a monthly revenue of US$86,400). (more…)

Pre-order services, SME

February 25, 2016

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Deals: Latvia’s Mintos scores €2M investment for P2P loans marketplace

By Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch.com

Latvia’s , a fintech startup that operates a p2p loans marketplace to let investors invest in various loans from a growing number of loan originators, has raised €2 million in seed funding. Backing comes from Riga-based VC Skillion Ventures. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

February 23, 2016

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World Bank: how Vietnam can become a modern, industrialized nation in 20 years

By World Bank Press release,

Gov’t-World Bank Group joint report recommends reforms to foster private sector competitiveness, promote social inclusion and build modern institutions.

Fintech news, Government activities, SME, Vietnam

February 23, 2016

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Only 22% of India’s VC-funded early-stage startups expect to turn profitable in the next year

By  for techinasia.com

What’s up with India’s startup ecosystem? According to data released in InnoVen Capital’s “India Startup Outlook Report,” only 22 percent of VC-funded early-stage startups expected to turn profitable in the next year, probably because the intention of getting investor money is to trade profitability for growth.

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Analytics, Fintech news, India, SME

February 23, 2016

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5 reasons Apple Pay won’t succeed in China

By Steven Millward for TechinAsia.com

Apple Pay launched in China today, as Tech in Asia reported this morning. It’s not going to be an easy ride for Apple, since Chinese consumers are already used to online payments and in-store cashless transactions on their phones through WeChat and Alipay.

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Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, news, SME

February 19, 2016

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25 FinTech Startups That Expanded Globally Despite Regulations & Other Problems

Borderless innovation is a broad topic, which includes global expansion, global networking, cross-country laws, global business opportunities and partnerships and a lot more. A few FinTech startups have been successful in global expansion.

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Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, news, SME

February 19, 2016

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A 32-year-old CEO who sold her startup for more than $250 million reveals her one piece of advice for...

By Portia Crowe for Business Insider,

Alexa von Tobel is a startup founder, a New York Times best-selling author, and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. (more…)

Fintech news, PFM/PFP services, SME

February 18, 2016

Blockchains Predicted to Power the Internet of Things

By Philip Ryan for Bank Innovation,

You might be using a blockchain to order detergent within the next few years. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, eWallets, Global trends, SME

February 17, 2016

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Deals: Indian online renting platform RentSher gets $300,000 seed from a group of angels

The Economic Times:  RentSher – set up by IIT Delhi and Oxford University alumni – is a marketplace for rental products has raised more than $300,000 in seed funding, according to a top executive of the company.

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Deals, Fintech news, India, news, SME

February 15, 2016