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As Investments Cool, Do Startups Miss Out?

The massive slide in investments for software startups — down 26% in the first quarter — shows just how much investors move in a herd. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

May 6, 2016

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Why banks are wooing African startups

by Tom Jackson for the Next Web

“This time around, traditional bank-to-bank competition is not the issue. This new wave of competition is coming from both nimble, innovative, cloud- and mobile-first startups as well as the major technology players largely unencumbered by policy and regulation.” (more…)

Cashless, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 20, 2016

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Investing with a new purpose

By Steve Schlafman from RRE Ventures (From his medium.com)
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Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

April 13, 2016

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Rakuten Ventures injects extra $100m into global startup fund

By Steven Millward for techinAsia

Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of the Japan-based ecommerce titan, today announced it’s doubling its Global Investment Fund to US$200 million. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016

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Deals: Robo-advisor Betterment raises $100m

By Finextra.com

Betterment has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik which values the American robo-advisor at $700 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

March 30, 2016

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Here’s why fintech companies are opting to stay private: funding just hit a record

By Julie Verhage for Bloomberg.com

Record number of deals for fintech in 2015. Some fintech companies that have recently entered the public market have had a tough time of late. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

March 9, 2016

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12 rules of investing like Yuri Milner

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

Many thanks to Oleg Tinkov for introducing me to Yuri Milner, and Leonid Soloviev for connecting me with John Lindfors and Tom Stafford. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 11, 2015

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Meet The 8 Startups Chosen For Life.SREDA’s Fintech Programme

E27: Meet the first 8 startups chosen for InspirAsia – Life.SREDA’s fintech post-accelerating programme: Softpay (Vietnam), Mobikon (Singapore), Rev (Malaysia), StoreHub (Malaysia), HotTab (Vietnam), Ayannah (Philippines), HomePay (Singapore), TIDE (Malaysia). Singapore-based fintech venture capital firm, Life.SREDA, has announced eight startups selected for its InspirAsia accelerator programme. Each startup that joins the VC fund’s 30-180-day pre-series A accelerator programme, which kicks off in September, will receive between $50,000 and $500,000 in funding, depending on the stage of the startup, in return for 5% to 15% equity, besides $250,000 in support services. At the end of the programme, the fund can decide on additional funding or bridge fundraising from other VCs from its network. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 29, 2015

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Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Drive Future

TechCrunch: What is the greatest question ever asked?” poses Yuri Milner, layering smoked salmon atop toast. My palms are sweating. As if the meeting at the Ritz Carlton with one of the most powerful men in the world (for which I was slightly late) wasn’t intimidating enough, the wait for him to join me – during which the hotel staff informed me of his preferred booth – had me more rattled than I’ve ever been for a briefing. “Mr. Milner doesn’t mind that you’re in a T-shirt,” the waiter said to me as I waited. “He cares about what’s up there,” pointing to my head. (more…)

Influences FinTech

July 20, 2015

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Snapchat Is Raising Money From Alibaba at a $15 Billion Valuation

BLOOMBERG: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to invest in Snapchat Inc., the mobile application for sending disappearing photos, at a valuation of $15 billion, people familiar with the situation said. China’s biggest e-commerce company intends to invest $200 million, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

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China, Deals

March 12, 2015