By Yulia Chernova for WSJ Venture Capital
Financial technology startups, which are highly susceptible to broader economic turbulence, have hit a downdraft in venture capital funding. (more…)
By Mike Lobanov for Techcrunch
“A horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.” (more…)
New technology has fuelled the growth of alternative lenders which offer both higher yields to investors and faster, cheaper, more convenient loans for borrowers than traditional banks. Private investors are continuing to plow hundreds of millions of dollars into alternative-lending startups at valuations of more than $1 billion.
By Ingrid Lunden for techcrunch.com
Kreditech — the German startup that offers loans and other financial services to consumers who have little or no credit history by using some 20,000 data points online to assess their suitability — has added another $11 million (€10 million) to its Series C round of funding. (more…)
For centuries, banking has remained fundamentally unchanged. For the first time in banking, the online marketplace makes it possible for a third party to match idle supply and demand. As a result, lenders and borrowers can now find one another and agree to terms – all without the involvement of retail banks or credit card companies.
By Hariett Green for City AM,
The Asia-Pacific alternative finance market grew 323 per cent last year, to $102.8bn. China was responsible for 99 per cent of that, with four-fold growth to $101.7bn in 2015. (more…)
TechCrunch: China Rapid Finance, which claims to be the country’s largest online consumer lending marketplace, has closed a $35 million Series C round led by Broadline Capital. The round pegs the company’s pre-money valuation of $1 billion. China Rapid Finance is reportedly gearing up for an initial public offering in the U.S. (more…)
Bloomberg: As more Chinese jumped into the market in the hope of instant wealth, peer-to-peer websites offering loans for stock investing have mushroomed. They are among a multitude of sources of leverage outside of traditional margin financing that threaten to complicate any efforts to prevent an unruly reversal of China’s stock market boom, which is already faltering. (more…)
RE/CODE: Having dabbled in online slideshows and fertility tracking, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin has swung fully back to his online money roots. Affirm, the online lender where Levchin is co-founder and CEO, has now raised $275 million. The “vast majority” of the round is debt that the company expects to lend out to its customers, an average of $400 at a time. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: Online lending platform Avant has acquired ReadyForZero, a Y Combinator-backed startup that helps consumers better manage their personal debit and credit using online financial software, the companies are announcing this morning. Financial terms are not being disclosed, but Chicago-based Avant had plenty of funds to play around with, having raised$334 million in equity capital, in addition to nearly a billion in debt.