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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

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India: Moving a Billion People into Digital Finance

By Elliot Maras, article first appeared in CCN: Bitcoin, Blockchain, FinTech, & Cryptocurrency News

CCN: Digital finance has great potential to improve life for consumers and merchants in India. But the lack of familiarity has impeded digital money’s growth in the country. This lack of awareness exists despite India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national mission for financial inclusion. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Global trends, Government activities, India, Mobile payments/banking, SME

February 15, 2016

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Deals: Personal finance website partners OCBC to offer home loan with a rate of 1.63%

By Rachel Boon for StraitsTimes,

SINGAPORE -Personal finance portal MoneySmart.sg will offer an OCBC Bank home loan for a limited period. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Japan, Mobile-first banks, SME

February 12, 2016

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How Alibaba is helping Paytm think differently about ecommerce in India

By Meghna Rao for TechinAsia.com

Paytm has had a unique approach to ecommerce in India. Originally launched as a site for mobile phone top-ups in 2010, the name is an abbreviation for “pay through mobile”. It soon pivoted to become an online wallet and, four years later, it launched an ecommerce site. (more…)

Cashless, China, eWallets, Fintech news, InspirAsia, SME

February 11, 2016

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Fintech Is Just Getting Started

By Alan Carlisle for Techcrunch.com,

In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, SME

February 10, 2016

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PayPal hopes to cash in on millennials’ love of Venmo

By Trey Williams for Market watch,

Since rolling out to the public in 2012, Venmo has been a peer-to-peer payment app. Millennials have taken to it as a way to send money and emoji to friends for meals, event tickets, bills, etc.

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eWallets, Fintech news, news, SME

January 24, 2016

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ZestFinance Expands Parental Leave To Six Months Paid Time Off For Primary Caregivers

By Megan Rose Dickey for Techcrunch.com,

ZestFinance, a data-driven underwriting and credit analysis platform, is implementing an expanded parental leave policy. Now, ZestFinance is offering employees six months of paid time off for primary caregivers, three months of paid time off for secondary caregivers, and the option for primary caregivers to work part-time for an additional six months without losing any benefits coverage. (more…)

Fintech news, SME

January 22, 2016

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India’s Modi Launches $1.5 Billion Fund for Startups

By Reuters,

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a number of initiatives on Saturday to support the country’s start-ups, including a 100 billion rupee ($1.5 billion) fund and a string of tax breaks for both the companies and their investors. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Government activities, India, news, SME

January 16, 2016

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Deals: Euclid Analytics Raises $20M Series C To Track Consumer Behavior In Retail Stores

By Catherine Shu for Techcrunch.com

Euclid Analytics plans to help more companies track customer behavior in their retail stores after raising a $20 million Series C. The funding will be used to acquire clients, add new employees, and build Euclid’s location analytics platform. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

January 14, 2016

Kabbage Vs. OnDeck: Which is Best for Your Small Business?

By Rieva Lesonsky for Fundera Ledger,

If you’re a small business owner trying to secure a small business loan, the good news is you have more options available to you than ever before. In fact, sometimes you might feel as if you have so many choices, it’s hard to determine the best source of financing. In this article, I’ll try to help out by taking a closer look at two very popular alternative financing sources, Kabbage and OnDeck, and when it comes to Kabbage vs. OnDeck, how they differ.  (more…)

Fintech news, SME

January 9, 2016

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Deals: Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, raises $50M ‘opportunistic round,’ boasts 25,000 customers

By Ken Yeung for Venture Beat 

Gusto, the payroll and benefits service provider formerly known as ZenPayroll, has raised over $50 million in what its CEO calls an “opportunistic insider round.” The company also disclosed that it now counts more than 25,000 businesses in the U.S as customers, or 0.5 percent of all U.S. employers. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

January 2, 2016

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13 fintech services useful for SME

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

If you take a look at the news about fintech startups, you might get a feeling that all the new financial services are built for retail clients, but not for businesses. However, these are namely the entrepreneurs that may become drivers of fintech, especially in Asia.  (more…)

Columns, SME

August 5, 2015