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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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Fintechs’ Goals Are Changing, VCs’ Appetite Is Not

By Penny Crosman for American Banker

Late last year, we wondered if the fast-growing fintech sector was overheating. At that time, we thought the answer was a qualified “yes”— that some companies were overvalued and there were signs of a bubble forming.

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Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 22, 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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New venture fund looks to bank on blockchain

By Anna Irrera for Financial news

Singapore-based venture capital firm Life.Sreda has joined forces with fintech expert Chris Skinner to launch a venture fund that will invest in blockchain startups. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

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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Vladislav Solodkiy for Money 20/20 – Fintech opportunities in Asia

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner of a Singapore-based Life.SREDA VC, was featured in TOP35 most influential fintech-persons in the world.

Fintech wave took place in the US alone. In Europe, there appeared a number of global and expensive companies, but the sector hadn’t become trendy in any country. Except for London, which is actively competing with New York for the title of the global fintech capital owing to the large PR-support from the government. While the PR-battle is being successful, the volume of investments and business are not comparable. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

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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Contactless soaring in popularity

Contactless now makes up one in five of all face to face card payments under £30, figures show after a five fold increase in their use by shoppers.

(more…)

Cashless, Global trends, Insurance

April 4, 2016

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Life.SREDA VC is in the Top 7 Most Active Fintech VCs Investors in Asia in 2015

In 2015, fintech funding in Asia hit a record of US$4.52 billion across 130 deals, a rise attributed to the 17 US$50 million+ investments into the likes of One97, Dianrong, and BankBazaar, according to a new report from CB Insights and KPMG. (more…)

Fintech news

April 1, 2016

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Money of the Future 2015/2016

15 Major Fintech Trends in 2015/2016

(more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 31, 2016

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“Uber moment” for financial industry

Serguei Netessine is Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD (Singapore campus), and Research Director of INSEAD-Wharton Alliance. He is angel investor, startup advisor, industry consultant and speaker on entrepreneurship and innovation. His recent book “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that will Define your Company” was published by Harvard Business Press in 2014. (more…)

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 24, 2016

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Life.SREDA demo day suggests continued fintech dynamism

By Shiwen Yup for DealStreetAsia

Singapore-based fintech venture capital firm Life.SREDA saw the pioneer cohort of its InspirAsia fintech accelerator hold their demo day in conjunction with the opening of their co-working space earlier this month. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 23, 2016

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Why fintech is the hottest place to be right now

by Life.SREDA

In APAC alone, fintech is already a multibillion dollar industry

Read our full research “Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB) (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 17, 2016

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Coworking spaces are on the rise — here’s why

By Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing partner of Life.SREDA

I remember, when I was first starting out, the whole concept of a coworking space seemed strange. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Singapore, SME

March 6, 2016

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Life.SREDA VC report: Venture Debt

Life.SREDA VC  is focused on financial, mobile and internet businesses shares their findings on things you need to know about venture debt. 

Read our full research “Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB)
(more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Hotnews, SME

March 5, 2016

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Life.SREDA VC opened a coworking & art gallery in the heart of Singapore.

By Yon Heong Tung,

Singapore-based fintech VC firm Life.SREDA has announced the launch of its new co-working space at the heartland of innovation in Singapore–Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, news, SME

March 1, 2016

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Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

By Anthony Ha for Techcrunch.com,

Lunch breaks! They’re great, right? But they can also turn into a huge time sink — I’ve definitely had moments where I’m frantically flagging down a waiter because everything’s taken longer than expected, leaving me to try to pay the check and get to my next meeting in just a few minutes. (more…)

Fintech news, Pre-order services, SME

February 28, 2016

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PH fintech firm Ayannah raising $3m capital

DealStreetAsia: Philippine financial technology (fintech) company Ayannah is in the process of raising $3 million in its Series A round led by 500 Startups and Life.SREDA, and other fintech tech investors have already participated in the financing round.

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Fintech news, news, Philippines

December 30, 2015

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Singapore based VC, Life.SREDA would like to invite Asian Fintech startups to join us at the biggest Fintech event...

Life.SREDA, a leading Singapore based Venture Capital fund would like to invite Asia based startups specialising in Fintech to join us at the holy grail of Fintech events, Money 20/20. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

October 20, 2015

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Mobile point of sale venture Softpay gets $1m Series A from fintech VC Life.SREDA

DealStreetAsia: Southeast Asian mobile point of sale (MPOS) venture SoftPay Mobile International, which is incorporated in Singapore but operates in Vietnam, has secured a $1-million Series A investment round led by Singapore-based fintech VC firm Life.SREDA, via their InspirAsia Accelerator. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Singapore

October 17, 2015

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Mobikon Raises Funding from Life.SREDA, Qualgro

E27.COMobikon, 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…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, news

October 8, 2015

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13 fintech services useful for SME

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

If you take a look at the news about fintech startups, you might get a feeling that all the new financial services are built for retail clients, but not for businesses. However, these are namely the entrepreneurs that may become drivers of fintech, especially in Asia.  (more…)

Columns, SME

August 5, 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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Singapore’s Fintech Startup Fastacash Raises US$15M in Series B

Fastacash, a Singapore-based fintech startup, yesterday announced a $15 million Series B funding round by Life.SREDA VC, Rising Dragon, UOB Venture Investments, and others. The company previously raised $8.5 million.

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Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, Singapore

July 14, 2015

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15 Southeast Asian Fintech Startups Worth Looking At

TECHINASIA: Vladislav Solodkiy, Life.SREDA VC: It has been almost 2 months since I relocated to Singapore. During this time I saw about 100 fintech projects at different stages. My last article was dedicated to 5 most promising mPOS-acquiring startups, and now I’d like to introduce 15 more projects. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news, Philippines, Singapore

July 5, 2015

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Marvelstone and Life.SREDA to Co-Invest in S.Korean and Asian Startups

ASIA Outlook: The MoU between Marvelstone and Life.SREDA will strengthen startup capacities across Asia in the finance and technology sectors (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Korea

July 3, 2015

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News From The Asian POS System Startups Hottab & StoreHub

TECHINASIA: It’s easy to spot the rapidly rising number of hotels and restaurants in Vietnam. But despite the industry’s noticeable growth, managing a hotel or chain restaurant still takes a lot of work and innovation. That’s where Hottab comes in. It’s a new Vietnamese startup that offers a new solution for point-of-sale (POS) management for F&B business. Hottab provides service tablets and a POS system for food and beverage (F&B) businesses. A cloud-based system connects all devices using Hottab. It includes an application installed on tablet devices that allows waiters to create new orders. It also enables customers to self-order at the table. (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore, Vietnam

June 27, 2015

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10 Reasons Why Singapore Is The Next Big City for fintech

TECHINASIA: When we decided to relocate the Life.SREDA fund from Russia, a number of countries – Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Singapore – invited us to move there and do business with them. Here are some reasons, according to my expertise, why Singapore is the best place in the world for financial innovation: (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

June 11, 2015

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VC Life.SREDA Gets Huawei Senior Exec On Board For Its InspirAsia Accelerator

TECHINASIA: Recently landed in Singapore, Russian venture capital Life.Sreda today announced it has hired Huawei’s former global head of operations and COO of cloud business Victor Chow as CEO of its InspirAsia startup accelerator. From his new position, he will be overseeing accelerator development and the launch of the acceleration program. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Singapore

May 21, 2015