Challenger banks have been a trend in markets such as the UK in the last few years, but activity is ramping up in Asian markets like South Korea, Greater China and Southeast Asia, says James Lloyd, fintech and payments leader for Asia-Pacific at EY, in the recently published Citi GPS: Global Perspectives and Solutions report, titled “Bank X: The New New Bank”. (more…)
Cashfree, an India-based startup that specializes in making corporate banking services more accessible and easier to use, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round to double down on its banking services and build up its presence in Delhi and Bombay. Cashfree helps its customers connect their corporate banking services via a single interface and allows business intelligence that would take hours of manual work using corporate bank services. In the future Cashfree might emerge as a challenger bank.
Experian, the world leader in information services, is further expanding and investing in its innovation facility, Experian X Labs based in Singapore.
By Samburaj Das for CCN.LA
The world’s largest payments network is expanding its new technology center in India to focus on blockchain technology development for its global endeavors. (more…)
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Raghuram Rajan, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, questions the unconventional monetary policies central banks are pursuing and claims that pushing down interest rates results in people saving rather than spending. Rajan’s views echo those who criticize central bank policies, which have included restraining digital currencies. (more…)
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.
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…)
E27.CO: Mobikon, a customer engagement and marketing platform for restaurants with operations in various countries across Asia, has secured an undisclosed amount in funding from Life.SREDA, a Singapore-based fintech VC firm. Qualgro Investment Fund, an ASEAN VC firm focussed on technology, education, healthcare and logistics, also co-invested in the round. (more…)
Bloomberg: Bangladesh, home to the world’s second-largest mobile money company, is moving to consolidate the industry as it expands financial services to the rural poor. The central bank has proposed channeling all mobile transactions through bank-led companies with a minimum capital of 1B taka ($13M), said Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman. This would force smaller providers to merge and link up with banks. (more…)
E27: InnoVen Capital, a Mumbai-based venture debt fund which recently got acquired by Singapore government-backed Temasek Holdings for INR 300 crore (under $50M), is planning to expand its operations to Singapore, says a report by The Economic Times, citing its Managing Director Vinod Murali. (more…)
TECHINASIA: E-Marketer predicts that by 2018 there will be 200 million new smartphone users in emerging Asia. To put that into context, that’s more users than there are currently in the whole of U.S. The opportunity is huge for the developers of these apps, but also for brands to tap into their potential to participate in peer to peer conversation in an engaging and meaningful way. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: Lendingkart, a New Delhi-based platform for small businesses loans, has raised a Series A of $10 million from Saama Capital, Mayfield Fund, Shailesh Mehta, and Ashvin Chadha. Since launching a year ago, Lendingkart has processed loans from 50 cities and 17 states across India. It will use its new capital to expand into all towns and cities in India, improve its credit scoring technology, and hire more employees.
E27.CO: incub@TE, an incubator run by Tata Elxsi (part of the US$100 billion Tata Group), was launched in 2012 to nurture and support products- and service-oriented startups. This Bangalore-based incubator has now partnered with Get2Volume and AISB Holdings to provide cross-border programmes to early-stage ventures. Unlike other incubators, incub@TE forms a rather long-term association with its incubatees. e27 spoke to Rajesh Kumar, Vice President (Strategic Initiatives) at Tata Elxsi, to know more about the incubator. Read the full article
E27.CO: The Indian e-commerce market has found a new superhero — cashback. Move over discounts, cashback is the hottest new trend in business. Cashback is the newest trend to rock the entire Indian e-commerce game. Big players, emerging players, almost everybody in the e-commerce niche is embracing cashback culture, compelled by thick audience demand, surging market competition and latest funding rounds. It remains to be seen if the new fad stays strong in the long run or fizzes out in an industry that has been enveloped with deep discounting since its inception. Read the full article
TechInAsia: Indian women online shoppers in the age bracket of 18-24 are the most active and comprise of 52 % as compared to 20 percent between the age group of 25-34, 6% above the age of 34 and 2% less than the age of 18 years. On an average, most of the women prefer shopping online between 9 – 11 pm that too on Mondays and Fridays. Also, 80% women prefer Cash on Delivery payment option while only 20% opt for online transactions, said the survey. Read the full article
India will pass U.S. to become world’s second largest smartphone market by 2017: VentureBeat
India Now Uber’s Second Largest Market Following Expansion To 7 New Cities: TechCrunch
TechCrunch: BankBazaar, a startup that lets Indian consumers compare financial products online, has scored a $60 million Series C led by Amazon, with participation from Fidelity Growth Partners, Mousse Partners, and returning investors Sequoia Capital and Walden International. The platform aggregates information about online loans, credit cards, and fixed deposits from 23 financial institutions, which users can research and then apply for using its site or Android and iOS apps. BankBazaar says it gets four million unique visitors each month. For Amazon, its investment represents a chance to take a larger stake in the personal finance market. Read the full article
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E27.CO: GrabTaxi from Singapore is about to get US$200 million in fresh capital, pegging its valuation at US$1.5 billion. It quotes “a person familiar with the situation”, who has shared that the round is being led by US hedge fund Coatue Management LLC. The source also mentioned that existing investors SoftBank and Tiger Global Managementare also going to participate in the round. GrabTaxi’s last funding, a then record-breaking US$250 million round, happened just seven months ago in December 2014. Read the full article (more…)
MOBILEMAKERS: The Indian government published proposals to encourage greater take-up of electronic payments in a country where cash still rules.It suggested a range of measures, including tax benefits to merchants if at least half of their transactions are handled electronically. Consumers could also receive income tax rebates if a certain proportion of their spend is cashless. Another idea is for government itself to drop certain surcharges it levies for making card payments.Among the objectives are improving financial inclusion, reducing the risks for individuals of carrying cash, cutting the cost of managing cash in the economy, as well as making tax avoidance harder.
International Business Times: Paytm, which has recently forayed into online retailing business, is planning to bring in 1,00,000 sellers from Chinese e-tailer Alibaba’s online arm AliExpress to its platform from August. The Delhi-based company estimates its gross merchandise value (GMV) to increase by $1.5 billion from AliExpress businesses in the next six months. Paytm, originally a mobile payment services, has crossed $1.5 billion (about ₹9,600 crore) in GMV in the year ending April 2015. (more…)
FINEXTRA: India’s Axis Bank has launched a mobile payments service that lets users send money to each other through WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, email and phone contact lists. Developed with Singapore-based social payments vendor Fastacash, the Ping Pay app enables P2P fund transfers as well as mobile top-up through the National Payments Corporation of India’s Immediate Payments Service (IMPS).
E27.CO: Citrus Pay is a leading online checkout and payment solutions company in India. Headquartered in Mumbai, Citrus is backed by Sequoia Capital and Beenos Asia, a subsidiary of Japanese e-commerce and incubation company Netprice. As per a recent news report, PayPal Founder Pieter Thiel is rumoured to be planning to infuse US$25 million into the company as the fin-tech space is getting hot. (more…)