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Infographics: global fintech landscape

Want to see the global fintech landscape summed up in an easy on the eye and effortless to digest infographics? You have come to the right place – this excellent infographics has it all, from the hottest start-ups today and those to watch in 2016 to the most supportive countries and governments as well as top investors. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

August 4, 2016

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From Rwanda to the Dominican Republic: This is the big impact of microfinance

By Knowledge@Wharton

Microfinance is a powerful tool that can transform communities by lifting the poorest individuals out of poverty. David Simms, who has served in various leadership positions with the nonprofit Opportunity International for the past 30 years, understands the potential of microfinance. He’s seen its impact in more than two dozen countries, where his organization has leveraged the financial instruments to improve daily life. Simms is the former president and global chief development officer of Opportunity U.S. who recently founded Olive Tree Advisors, a consulting firm to nonprofits. He sat down with Tyler Wry, a management professor at Wharton, to share his insights on where the field is heading.

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Cashless, Global trends, Government activities

May 20, 2016

The ‘To-Die-For Customer Experience’ Starts with Tech

By Penny Crosman for Maerican Banker

For Manolo Sanchez, the chief executive of BBVA Compass, the future is about sharing technology and the basics of banking with fintech partners, and getting help from them in turn, without relinquishing customer relationships. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

May 18, 2016

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Up Rounds Aren’t As High

Venture-backed startups dread those down rounds — private financing that have slashed prices for startups such as Jawbone and DoorDash. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

May 9, 2016

Deals: Bango Buys BilltoMobile for Up to $3.75M

Mobile payments company Bango PLC said Monday it is buying BilltoMobile, the U.S.-based carrier billing services of Danal Inc., for up to $3.75 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

May 9, 2016

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Fintech doesn’t just disrupt banks, it makes them platforms

By Josh Constine for techcrunch.com

It’s easy to move your money between banks. What’s annoying is moving your apps. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 6, 2016

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Deals: Remittance startup Azimo raises $15M from Viber owner, e-commerce giant Rakuten

By Ingrid Lunden for techcrunch.com

Azimo was once in talks to be acquired by WhatsApp and Messenger owner Facebook. And while may not have gone anywhere, today it is announcing funding from another big tech company in possession of a major messaging app. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Remittances

May 5, 2016

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From BaaS and neobanks to FINTECH-BANK

By Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner of a Singapore-based Life.SREDA VC 

Fintech is currently undergoing a natural evolution stage. Previous three years were a «toothbrush» era: when you perform just one function, but better than anyone, and when you are irreplaceable and used every day. The long-awaited turning point came in 2015 when all services started merging with each other in some way. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

May 3, 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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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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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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China’s Venture-Capital Slowdown Is Less Obvious

By Scott Martin for WSJ Venture Capital

China’s wealthy are seeking places to park capital in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of cash for mainland China’s venture-backed companies. (more…)

China, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 27, 2016

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Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech Are Fueling a Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Andrew Quentson for Bitcoin Magazine 

Is a fourth industrial revolution underway? (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 26, 2016

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What’s next for personal financial services?

By Erin Shipley for Techcrunch.com

Already there has been a huge amount invested in fintech in 2016, with investors funding close to $9 billion in January and February alone. It is a sector of innovation that shows no signs of slowing down, with companies tackling every part of the financialinfrastructure, from savings and lending to credit and insurance to payments and money transfer.

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Banks, Cashless, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends

April 25, 2016

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For This Fintech Upstart, Small Is Beautiful

By Telis Demos for WSJ

Acorns Grow Inc. is banking on the idea that tiny investments are the future of Wall Street.

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Banks, Deals, Global trends

April 25, 2016

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The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears

By Alex Chuang for Techcrunch

Last year was a big year for unicorns. According to Venture Beat, there are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175 billion in funding and $1.3 trillion in valuation. In 2015 alone there were 81new entrants crowned as the legendary beast. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

April 24, 2016

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Banks and fintech in 2025: An unlikely alliance

By  for Techcrunch

Banking as we know it is in the midst of its first fundamental remaking in centuries. What’s driving this transformation? Two major shifts: our transition to interacting with money digitally instead of physically, which opened finances to tech disruption, and a tech wave that has changed the way consumers define ease and convenience. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

April 20, 2016

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150 best fintech journalists you should follow

By Life.SREDA VC team

Singapore – March  26, 2016 – Fintech is on the rise, there are no two ways about that.

In 2015, global investment into fintech was nearly $25 billion, the largest of any vertical in tech. In 2016, this amount is expected to skyrocket as an increased proliferation of smart devices combines with a greater demand for online services such as e-commerce. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

April 19, 2016

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Forget Melbourne v Sydney, Australian fintech must take a global view

By Simon Lee for Financial Review

In 1901 there was such a massive spat between Sydneysiders and Melburnians over which city should be capital of the newly federated Australia that a whole new city (and territory) was formed.

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Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

April 18, 2016

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Singapore to Regulate Fintech Firms Only When They Pose Risk

By  and  for Bloomberg

Singapore will start to regulate its financial technology companies only when they grow to a sufficient size to pose risks to the wider financial system, the managing director of the country’s central bank said. (more…)

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

April 13, 2016

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Beware of fintech’s pivot east

By Nancy Hulgrave for CNBC

Ever since former Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins declared an “Uber moment” for banks, the powers that be from the Square Mile to Canary Wharf have rushed to defend themselves against a herd of ambitious Unicorns.

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

April 12, 2016

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Big banks shift fintech strategy

By Jon Marino for CNBC

Wall Street is looking for M&A or partners, and fewer investments, as fintech funding grows. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016

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India’s Audacious Plan to Bring Digital Banking to 1.2 Billion People

By Saritha Rai for Bloomberg Business

A biometrics-backed ID system will make it easier for everyone—from rural villagers to urban dwellers—to ditch cash.

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Analytics, Cashless, Global trends, Government activities, India, InspirAsia

April 11, 2016

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From Wall Street Banking, a New Wave of Fintech Investors

By Liz Moyer for the New York Times

Finance is where they built their careers. Now some of banking’s former stars are pouring millions of dollars — and in some cases staking their careers — into new technologies that are shaking up everything from lending to payments to investing. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Global trends

April 7, 2016

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Fintech’s $138 billion opportunity

By Ryan Falvey for Techcrunch.com

Fintech is in the midst of a golden age of investment and innovation. According to KPMG and CB Insights, investments in fintech startups doubled between 2014 and 2015, to $14 billion. However, comparatively little of this money has been focused on the $138 billion market opportunity to disrupt alternative financial services in the United States. This lack of focus is damaging America’s financial health. So why hasn’t fintech done more to meet this vast market need? (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 7, 2016

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What’s trending in the IoT space

By Bernard Moon for techcrunch.com

Our team has been active as investors in theInternet of Things and hardware space over the past two years. We have read pitches from hundreds of companies, met with dozens, read hundreds of research reports and spoken with various experts. We have invested in six IoT/hardware companies from our global seed fund and seven from our startup accelerator. (more…)

Global trends

April 5, 2016

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RobinHood’s chief executive on the importance of design in fintech

By Harry Stebbings for Techcrunch.com

RobinHood, the no-fee stock trading mobile phone app, was able to attract 1 million people to their waiting list before a product was even launched.

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Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016

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Could fintech make travelling safer?

Written by Ramón Martín, Global Head, Merchant Sales and Solutions, Visa Inc

Travel is an increasingly important driver of global economic growth. International tourism has grown faster than global GDP for the past several years, and is expected to continue on a positive trajectory.

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Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 31, 2016

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The UK’s online financial marketplaces attracted $253m in VC money last year

By Helen Cahil for City AM

Financial marketplaces – crowdfunding platforms and other fintech sites – have proven irresistible to the City, it turns out, after figures released today showed venture capital funding for the sector has shot up five-fold in the last two years. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

March 31, 2016