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This Technology Bubble is Ready to Burst

By Christopher Mims for WSJ Venture Capital

When the dot-com bubble burst in early 2000, the fallout for publicly traded stocks was quick and severe. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 37% in the 10 weeks following its peak on March 10, 2000. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, news

May 3, 2016

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Silicon Valley Looks at Something New: Starting a Bank

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Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

May 3, 2016

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Fintech investments in Asia grew five-fold to $2.6b in Q1: report

By Meghna Rao for techinAsia

KPMG and CB Insights today released the Pulse of Fintech, a quarterly report on the state of fintech across the world. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

May 2, 2016

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Software Investments Skid 26% Lower

Venture capitalists slammed the brakes on taking stakes in software companies in the first quarter. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

May 2, 2016

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Craig Wright says he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, the father of Bitcoin

By Stan Shroeder for the Mashable

The real identity of elusive Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is reportedly Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 2, 2016

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Post-IPO Sellers, Hold Tight Until 2018

By Christopher Zinsli for WSJ Vecnture Capital

The two years after a venture-backed company goes public can transform a venture capitalist, who normally couldn’t care less about short-term stock fluctuations, into an eager stock watcher. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, news

May 2, 2016

Fintech Fundings: 114 Companies Raised $7.3 Billion in April

By Jim Bruene for Finovate

The month of April ended on busy note as 29 companies raised $427 million in the final week (ending April 29). That brought the total raised in April to $7.3 billion, which would have been a record year anytime before 2014. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

May 1, 2016

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Things That Go Bump In The Night: IEX, Bitcoin, And The Smart Money

From Seeking alpha

The two new transaction environments, IEX and Bitcoin, will turn the financial world on its head.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, news

May 1, 2016

Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch

If you’re willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch.

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Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 30, 2016

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What the Internet of Things Means for Car Companies

By Chris Neiger

In the Internet of Things (IoT), formerly unconnected devices are wirelessly linked to the Internet so that they can report and collect data or automate systems. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

April 30, 2016

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The Uberization of Banking

In this city’s crowded financial district you’ll find a Wells Fargo Bank branch with an antique stagecoach inside. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, news

April 30, 2016

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Why Fintech Is Different In Asia

By Falguni Desai for Forbes

The global fintech sector startup sector has received investments totaling $19 billion in 2015. According to CB Insights and a fintech report published by Citi, this is a tenfold increase from five years ago.  (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 30, 2016

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IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration

By Ingrid Lunden for Techcrunch

Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of (non Bitcoin) financial transactions to anything else that requires secure tracking. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 30, 2016

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Deloitte Uses Facebook to Build Warranties on Bitcoin Blockchain

ByMichael del Castillion for Coindesk

Deloitte has used Facebook’s recently released Messenger API to build an early version of a product capable of storing warranties on a blockchain and allowing users to buy insurance for items even after they’ve been purchased. (more…)

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

April 30, 2016

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Start-up bank Tandem is raising $1.4M by crowdfunding

By Arjun Kharpal for CNBC

British “challenger” bank Tandem is to kick off a £1 million ($1.46 million) crowdfunding drive in a bid to get more people involved in the start-up’s upcoming launch and attract customers. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, news

April 29, 2016

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Even in the promised land of digital money, cash will stay king for a long while yet

By Guillaume Lepecq for Quartz

If you talk to tech companies, telecom companies, and even some NGOs, they will tell you that the future of money in Africa is based on technology. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 28, 2016

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Western Union, Foxconn’s and Prudential’s Venture Arms Back Blockchain Firm Digital Currency Group

By Laura Shin for Forbes.com

The world of financial services — from companies to institutional and individual investors — continues to embrace digital currency and distributed ledger technology, and at a rapid pace. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 28, 2016

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Singapore Teams With Banks to Launch Venture Debt Fund

By GAURAV RAGHUVANSHI for WSJ Venture Capital
Singapore’s government has tied with local banks to launch a S$500 million fund ($371.9 million) to finance local high-growth startups, seeking to address the growth concerns of small local enterprises. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 28, 2016

Deals: Big-Data Startup Levyx Raises $5.4M

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 28, 2016

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Menlo Ventures Raises $250M Fund

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Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 28, 2016

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Elon Musk Supports His Business Empire With Unusual Financial Moves

Since October 2014, SolarCity Corp. has tried to lure individual investors to the solar-power business by pitching $214 million of what it calls “solar bonds” through the company’s website. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech, news

April 28, 2016

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Alibaba advances: How China is using fintech to take control of global trade

By Ian Allison for International Business Times

The global fintech ecosystem has been presented like the board game Risk, with banks, fintech startups, traditional IT providers and GAFA companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon), distributed at each corner slowly advancing. As apt as the Risk analogy is, it tends to miss out the most important geopolitical force on the board: China.

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Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 27, 2016

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25 Genuises Who are Creating the Future of Business

By Wired.com

SOON, SOFTWARE WILL know how you feel—and will use that data to sell you things. The gig economy will go global (but it’s not Uber-take-all). (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

April 27, 2016

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Deals: PayPal Leads $30M Investment in Robo Adviser Acorns

By Telis Demos for WSJ Venture Capital

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Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 27, 2016

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Deals: Indian digital payments company TranServ gets $15M to launch new financial products

By  for Techcrunch.com

TranServ, one of several companies digitizing payments in India, said today that it has secured a Series C of $15 million to develop new financial products. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 27, 2016

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Lending Startups Hone Their Focus

By Telis Demos for WSJ Venture Capital

Silicon Valley once threw money at startups that aimed to disrupt broad swaths of finance. Now it is rewarding those that have sharpened their focus. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

April 27, 2016

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The Road to a Round B Gets Harder

By Russ Garland for WSJ Venture Capital

With U.S. venture capital investment slowing down, companies at all stages of development could face trouble raising fresh capital. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 27, 2016

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DBS Bank Takes Stake in the ‘Siri for Banking,’ Kasisto

The Development Bank of Singapore Ltd. has taken a minority stake in Kasisto, a personal assistant that helps customers with their banking. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 27, 2016

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Deals: Analytics Platform SparkCognition Raises $6M Series B

Company: SparkCognition

Amount invested: $6 million (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 27, 2016