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Lessons Learned from 20 Years at the Leading Edge of SaaS

 

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures for his blog

Over the weekend, I read Tien Tzuo’s book, Subscribed. Tien is the founder and CEO of Zuora, and former CSO/CMO at Salesforce, where he started in 1999. He has been working in SaaS for nearly 20 years. He’s a thought leader in the world of subscriptions, and I learned a tremendous amount from his book. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends

July 13, 2018

Machine Learning is Fun! Part 4: Modern Face Recognition with Deep Learning

By Adam Geitgey for his Medium Blog

Update: This article is part of a series. Check out the full series: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7 and Part 8!

You can also read this article in 普通话Русский한국어PortuguêsTiếng Việtor Italiano.

Have you noticed that Facebook has developed an uncanny ability to recognize your friends in your photographs? In the old days, Facebook used to make you to tag your friends in photos by clicking on them and typing in their name. Now as soon as you upload a photo, Facebook tags everyone for you like magic:

Facebook automatically tags people in your photos that you have tagged before. I’m not sure if this is helpful or creepy!
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AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Global trends

July 13, 2018

The Four Major Things Missing in The Blockchain Industry

Infrastructure suggestions on everything from UX to Interoperability to Digital Reserves to Stablecoins

By Wesley Graham and Robert Greenfield for their Medium Blog

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

July 13, 2018

Intel’s Toxic Culture

by Jean-Louis Gassée for his blog at Medium

Who wants to be Intel’s new CEO? The job description should include the impossible task of undoing a company culture that allowed itself to miss the mobile revolution because it thought it couldn’t afford to participate.

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Columns, Fintech news, Global trends

July 12, 2018

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Barclays opens tech campus in New Jersey

By Barclays,

Barclays today announces the opening of a new campus in Whippany, New Jersey. The state-of-the-art complex is a flagship site of Barclays’ global location strategy, which is designed to enhance the firm’s flexibility and resiliency through the establishment of regional campuses. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

July 11, 2018

Toast Notches $115M In Series D Round

To drive investment in R&D, recruiting and expansion, Toast announced on Tuesday (July 10) that it has raised $115 million in Series D funding. The funding round, which was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., values the restaurant management platform company at $1.4 billion, the company said in an announcement.

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Fintech news, Global trends

July 10, 2018

Deeper Dive into the Dynamics of the Seed Market

By Tomasz Tunguz for his blog

Earlier this week, I wrote about the collapse in the number of seed investments. I received many questions about the data, all the same. Why is this happening? This is a deeper dive into the data. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

July 9, 2018

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TransferWise opens in Hong Kong

By InvestHK,

Leading London-based fintech company TransferWise announced today (6 July 2018) the official launch of its international money transfer platform in Hong Kong, giving it a major foothold in Asia as part of the company’s ongoing international expansion. (more…)

Global trends, Remittances

July 9, 2018

Equifax partners with consents.online for Open Banking

Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, has formed a strategic alliance with consents.online, a digital consent management and AISP accredited Open Banking platform which for the first time allows UK consumers and small businesses to manage the sharing of their financial information. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

July 9, 2018

Azimo Adds 10 Countries for Nordic Users

For international remittance platform Azimo, the world just became a bit more flat. That’s because the U.K.-based company recently expanded its services to allow customers to send money to 10 more countries.

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Fintech news, Global trends

July 9, 2018

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How to Raise Money via IDOs: Initial DICE Offerings

Sponsored post

Over the past couple of years, as cryptocurrencies gained momentum, they rapidly gained the public eye. Although a promising run-up, cryptocurrencies are almost never perceived beyond volatile assets. While blockchain is a revolutionary technology, cryptocurrencies and in particular the ICO funding method suffer from multiple inefficiencies, like exorbitant fundraising costs. Similar is the case with traditional fundraising platforms such as IPO or debt instruments. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 9, 2018

Tokenised funds to reshape PE/VC fundraising

Initial coin offers (ICOs) and the emergence of tokenised funds — represented by the issue of equity tokens — are set to reshape the dynamics of how private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) fund managers raise capital, bringing greater transparency and democratisation to the fund management space. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 6, 2018

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HSBC highlights the six new banking careers of the future

HSBC is preparing for the ongoing revolution in banking, highlighting six new types of jobs that will be necessary to forge a career in a digitally-enabled financial services industry. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

July 6, 2018

Paysend closes $20 million funding round

Paysend, the business targeting a global payments revolution, has closed a $20 million funding round, led by investment firm MARCorp Financial. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

July 4, 2018

Cryptocurrency Regulation Update (July 2018)

By Phil Glazer for his blog,

This piece is part of a monthly series covering regulatory updates related to cryptocurrencies (here are the updates from AprilMay, and June). Although prices have continued to fall over the past month, recent statements from regulators have been positive, particularly comments from the SEC clarifying that Ethereum is not a security. This piece provides important regulatory updates since the June piece, broken down by developments in the United States and the rest of the world.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 2, 2018

Why the Structure of Andreessen Horowitz’s New $300 Million Crypto Fund Matters

Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has led the venture capital firm's crypto investments to date. Dixon is spearheading the firm's new $300 million fund, called a16z crypto, alongside a new general partner, Kathryn Haun (not pictured).
Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has led the venture capital firm’s crypto investments to date. Dixon is spearheading the firm’s new $300 million fund, called a16z crypto, alongside a new general partner, Kathryn Haun (not pictured).

It seems like forever ago when I wrote about traditional venture capitalists and their role in the brave new world of cryptocurrency. It’s only been eight months, but a lot has changed.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

July 2, 2018

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JPMorgan Chase begins nationwide roll-out of mobile-only bank

JPMorgan Chase is taking its mobile-only banking offshoot Finn nationwide following its debut in St. Louis in October. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 29, 2018

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PayPal Checkout adds smart payment buttons

At PayPal, we’re building solutions for global commerce to help consumers and businesses seamlessly connect across all contexts. (more…)

Global trends

June 29, 2018

SigFig Raises $50 Million in Series E

Automated wealth management advisory specialist SigFig has raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by General Atlantic. The Series E round also featured the participation of existing investors UBS, Eaton Vance Corporation, DCM Ventures, New York Life, Nyca Partners, and Bain Capital Ventures. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

June 25, 2018

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Fintech friends: Monzo partners with TransferWise for international payments

By Steve O’Hear for techCrunch,

“So what’s going on here then?” I ask. “Two good friends just got even better [friends],” replies TransferWise co-founder Kristo Käärmann laughing, while Monzoco-founder Tom Blomfield, who is also on the video call, smiles approvingly. “Sorry for spoiling your news,” I tell the pair, who I’m interviewing ahead of an announcement today that the two companies are working together. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 25, 2018

Revolut Now Offers an App Store for Business Banking

Revolut, a digital only bank that says it is signing up over 120 businesses per day, has launched a new services for their business customers – Revolut Connect. This new feature is described as an “App store” for businesses to help provide easier access to digital tools. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

June 25, 2018

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SoFi Launches Bank Like Service: SoFi Money

It is a truism that we need bank like services but we really don’t need banks. The portfolio of services offered by a traditional analog bank sometimes feel cobbled together. Difficult to manage and expensive to use. Current accounts is an excellent example. For some insidious reason, banks tend to charge consumers silly fees to lend out their money. Most consumers just accept it because that’s just the way it is. But innovative Fintechs are changing this paradigm. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

June 21, 2018

KeyBank Acquires Digital Lending Platform For Small Businesses Bolstr

On Wednesday, KeyBank announced it has acquired digital lending platform for small businesses Bolstr. According to Key, the fintech software, which is expected to be implemented later this year, will enable the banking group to provide faster and easier access both to SBA loans and to traditional capital for business owners. The acquisition comes just after the OCC recently called on banks to issue more SME loans.  (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

June 21, 2018

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Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video can be accessed through Amazon prime membership, You can get access to thousands of shows, including TV shows, original shows, documentaries etc., You can also rent or buy from a huge collection of movies and TV shows using the app with attractive discounts from amazon coupons. (more…)

Global trends

June 21, 2018

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InstaReM launches in the UK

By Instarem

InstaReM, Southeast Asia’s leading digital cross-border money transfer service provider, has now launched in Europe with its ‘front of house’ operations headquartered in London. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

June 19, 2018

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Korean payments app Toss raises $40m

Viva Republica, Korea’s foremost fintech startup and maker of financial services app Toss, announced today that it has completed a $40 million round of funding from GIC and Sequoia China, bringing the company’s total amount of funding raised to $116 million. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Payment processors/providers/gateways

June 19, 2018

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Micro-lending case study: Mynt

FinTech Futures talks to Philippine fintech, Mynt, about the business case and technology behind its current micro-lending efforts and where it is planning to head with other financial services, leveraging the customers and data of its majority shareholder, the country’s largest telco. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, PFM/PFP services

June 12, 2018

Fabrick launches to create Open Banking ecosystem

Within the framework of Money 20/20, Europe’s premier event dedicated to Fintech innovators and visionaries, Fabrick is born, the collaborative evolution of Open Banking, conceptualised to help design the future of the sector, leveraging on the new paradigms forged by technological innovation. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

June 7, 2018

India and Singapore sign fintech MoU amidst ongoing joint projects

India and Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a joint working group (JWG) to strengthen cooperation in financial innovation between the two countries. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities

June 7, 2018

Banco BNI Europa in lendtech project with Alterest

Banco BNI Europa, a Portugal-based digital bank, has partnered with Alterest, a European loan data and intelligence platform, “to streamline investment analytics and risk management between the bank and its credit originating partners”. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

June 7, 2018