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Indonesian P2P lending platform Taralite raises US$6.3M, aims to build “world class” R&D team

Starting out as loan platform for personal life events such as weddings and Hajj pilgrimage, Taralite now focusses on providing working capital for small online businesses.

Jakarta-based P2P lending platform Taralite today announced that it has a raised a funding round from Japanese fintech conglomerate SBI Group. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 15, 2017

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What China Reveals About the Future of Shopping

By Boston Consulting Group (Chris Biggs, Amee Chande, Erica Matthews, Pierre Mercier, Angela Wang, Linda Zou)

Imagine being in the middle of Times Square, surrounded by flashing lights, fast-talking vendors, street performers, live music, noisy traffic jams, and endless other distractions. Now imagine you’re online and surrounded by the same energetic chaos. Welcome to China’s digital marketplace, where shopping is an adventure—a fire hose of rapidly changing content, offers, products, colors, and choices. For Western shoppers accustomed to simple, transactional online buying, it’s a culture shock. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 11, 2017

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Bitbond Gains $5.4 Million Debt Commitment and Undisclosed Equity Investment

By Julie Munh for Finovate

Peer-to-peer small business financing platform Bitbond announced today it has received a debt commitment from Obotritia Capital, which has agreed to fund $5.4 million worth of loans on its platform. Obotritia has also invested an undisclosed amount of equity in Bitbond, whose current funding now totals more than $2.14 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

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Snapchat hits a disappointing 166M daily users, growing only slightly faster

By Josh Constine for TechCrunch

Snap’s growth rate increased only slightly in Q1 2017 — a bad start to its first quarterly earnings report since going public. Snap hit 166 million daily active users at a growth rate of 5%, compared to the 158 million DAUs it had in Q4 when it hit a 3.2% growth rate. Snap’s year-over-year growth rate continued to slip, falling to 36% year-over-year from 48% in Q4. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

194

Westpac Banking Corporation Case Study

Westpac Banking Corporation, one of the world’s leading commercial banks, was looking to differentiate itself in a prosperous and already digital-heavy economy.

The bank deployed a digital banking solution from Fiserv initially in Australia – its home market-where 10 million consumers and nearly 1 million businesses manage their money through the bank. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

178

BNP Paribas to become startup bank for Parisian version of Silicon Valley

BNP Paribas is to locate its Plug and Play accelerator at Parisian startup campus Station F as part of a partnership programme that will see the bank become a first port of call to meet the financing needs of emerging technology firms at the site. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

189

N26 moves into savings market with Raisin API

Mobile-only banking platform N26 has partnered with Raisin to open access to savings accounts from banks across Europe. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

May 11, 2017

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Blockchain-based crowdfunder Waves joins Microsoft Azure

Waves, a Russian-made crowdfunding platform, is now available in the Microsoft cloud.

By expanding the capabilities of its Blockchain as a Service, Microsoft will enable millions of developers of blockchain solutions to quickly launch crowdfunding projects. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2017

KPMG acquires fintech matchmaking firm Matchi

KPMG is looking to cash in on the growing trend for bank/startup collaboration with the acquisition of fintech matchmaking platform Matchi. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 11, 2017

Kreditech raises €110M from Naspers’ PayU in strategic financing partnership

By Ingrid Lunden for Techcrunch

Kreditech, the German startup backed by Peter Thiel, Rakuten and the IFC that creates credit ratings and provides finance to people who may not otherwise have credit histories, has raised another round of funding from one of its strategic partners. PayU, the payments company owned by Naspers that is known by some as the “PayPal of emerging markets” — its business is mainly in providing payment services to online merchants — is investing €110 million ($120 million) in Kreditech. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 11, 2017

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How Lending Club Is Differentiating Itself From Other Online Lenders

By Omri Barzilay for Forbes

2016 has been a tough year for San Francisco-based Lending Club. Scott Sanborn, who took over as CEO and who’d served as the company’s COO prior, has taken drastic steps to get the company back on course. In less than a year, Sanborn cut and rehired 179 jobs and hired a new CFO, COO, general counsel and chief capital officer. In addition, the company launched a new auto refinance product and an investor mobile application, Lending Club Invest. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 11, 2017

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Former Citi Chairman and Asia Pacific CEO Shirish Apte invests in fintech startup Invoice Bazaar

by e27.com

Invoice Bazaar Supply Chain Finance platform connects large buyers with SME suppliers which enables them to avail early payment on their receivables (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, People of fintech

May 9, 2017

366

Blockchain and Supply Chain Finance: the missing link!

By Carlo de Meijer for Finextra

Whereas the focus on the use of blockchain long time has been on payments and securities, an important but still undervalued use case has been supply chain finance. But that is changing. The complexity and scale of existing supply chain finance solutions has posed major challenges in ensuring adequate funding and efficient operations.  According to some blockchain technology has the potential to be a game-changer for supply-chain finance.  Let’s have a look. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 9, 2017

Garena rebrands to Sea and raises $550 million more to focus on Indonesian e-commerce

By TechCrunch

Garena, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest tech startups, has picked up $550 million in new funding and changed its name. The Singapore-headquartered consumer Internet company told Bloomberg that it is now called Sea Ltd. to reflect is global expansion plans (and also because SEA is an acronym for Southeast Asia). Its new valuation was undisclosed. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 9, 2017

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Deutsche Bank backs pan-industry online identity platform

Deutsche Bank is teaming up with a host of major firms to set up a platform for online registration, e-identity and data services. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

May 9, 2017

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ING joins Digicash family

By ING

ING is joining the DIGICASH family with the launch of its ING DIGICASH app in Luxembourg. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

May 9, 2017

Singapore Uni to offer digital transformation module in partnership with Standard Chartered

By Standard Chardtered

National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing and Standard Chartered Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the co-development and co-delivery of a module on digital transformation. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 9, 2017

Alipay teams up with First Data to increase US presence

By Sheila Yu for TechNode

Alipay recently announced a partnership with America’s First Data Corp, in its latest efforts to expand its presence in overseas mobile payment market. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Payment processors/providers/gateways

May 9, 2017

Biometric Mobile Payments Set To Explode In 2017

Mobile payments using biometrics to authenticate the user is forecasted to reach close to $2 billion in 2017, up from $600 million last year, according to new data from Juniper Research. (more…)

Bots, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, Security

May 9, 2017

Omise joins hands with Alipay: E-commerce firms can now accept payments from Chinese buyers in Thailand

By e27

As per Tourism Authority Thailand, 9.8 million Chinese citizens are expected to visit Thailand in 2017, which accounts for up to 30 per cent of the US$75 billion spent by foreign tourists (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Payment processors/providers/gateways

May 9, 2017

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Jack Henry strikes partnership deal with First Data and PSCU

By Jack Henry

Jack Henry & Associates announced it has entered into a strategic services agreement with First Data (NYSE: FDC) – the global leader in payment technology and services solutions – and PSCU – the nation’s leading credit union service organization – to further expand the credit and debit card platform offered to financial institutions by its JHA Card Processing Solutions group. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

May 5, 2017

Sage confirms sale of US trading unit

By Sage

The Sage Group plc unaudited results for the six months ended 31 March 2017. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

May 5, 2017

176

Ping An Launches $1 Billion Fund to Invest in Financial, Health-Care Technology

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd. said Thursday it is launching a $1 billion fund to invest in financial and health-care technology globally, in a bid to further expand its business outside the domestic market. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 4, 2017

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Next Insurance raises $29 million for online platform that targets small businesses with tailored plans

By Paul Sawers for Venture Beat

Next Insurance, an online insurance platform that targets small to medium-sized businesses, has raised $29 million in a Series A round of funding led by Munich Re/HSB Ventures, Markel, and Nationwide, with participation from other existing investors. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, Insurance

May 4, 2017

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Facebook passes 1.94 billion monthly users, 1.28 billion that use it daily

By Ken Yeung for Venture Beat

Facebook ($FB) has released its first-quarter 2017 earnings and revealed that it’s inching ever so close to having 2 billion people worldwide use the social network. It now counts 1.94 billion monthly active users, an 18 percent increase from a year ago. And 1.28 billion people use the service daily, making up 66 percent of the monthly count. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

May 4, 2017

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Eight startups Rise up with Barclays

By Barclays

Barclays Bank is entering formal engagements with eight of the 11 startups to pass through its latest fifteen-week accelerator programme and spinning out an internal team as a separate company. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks, Global trends

May 4, 2017

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MarketInvoice joins UK FinTech Financial Crime Exchange

MarketInvoice, the world’s largest peer-to-peer online invoice finance marketplace, has joined the UK FinTech Financial Crime Exchange (FFE), a joint initiative by think tank RUSI and risk consultancy FINTRAIL, launched today. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Security

May 4, 2017

145

Online insurance firm Next Insurance raises $29 million

By  for TechEU

Israeli-founded online insurance company Next Insurance has raised $29 million from Munich Re/HSB Ventures with participation from Markel, and Nationwide. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, Insurance

May 4, 2017

RBS gives AI a helping hand with ‘hybrid bots’

The Royal Bank of Scotland is rolling out a customer service “hybrid bot” from vendor LivePerson that hands over to a human colleague if questions flummox its artificial intelligence. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Global trends, Hotnews

May 4, 2017