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Bitcoin has its own college football bowl game

Bitcoin invades college football! Last week the University of Central Florida played North Carolina State in the inaugural St....

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TradeBlock Welcomes Jeff Ward as Lead UI Enginee

Jeff's primary responsibility will be the optimization of human-computer interactions on the TradeBlock Professional platform. Jeff has...

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Early gamble in OnDeck pays off big for VC funds

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UBS turns to artificial intelligence to advise clients

UBS is tackling its big data problem and using some Silicon Valley tactics to do it. The Swiss bank launched a hackathon ("The...

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A day at Betterment's HQ

RIABiz provides some interesting insights on the culture, business model and growth strategies for the robo-advisor, Betterment. With...

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The list of fintech focused accelerators is growing

BankInnovation highlights 8 fintech focused accelerators and identifies what makes each one good, bad and different.

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Bitcoin falls even as some Russians turn to cryptocurrency

The recent slide of Russia's currency has led to a large spike in the Ruble-to-Bitcoin volume with the number of trades growing a...

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FinTech Collective featured on CBinsights

FinTech Collective was added to CBinsights' Periodic Table of Fintech. The table provides a great visulaziation of 178 companies,...

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KPMG's report on the 50 best fintech innovators of 2014

Good overview of the big brand name fintech startups of 2014. KPMG Australia, the Financial Services Council (FSC) and AWI ventures,...

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Charitweet lets anyone donate to charity with a tweet

Charitweet is a new platform that is facilitating small donations to any charity on Twitter. Twitter users simply create a new tweet...

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Mark your calendars for the top 10 fintech conferences of 2015

Get ready for an eventful 2015 in fintech. Here are the top 10 conferences in the industry from London, Las Vegas , Barcelona and Milan.

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The big thing you missed: a startup’s plan to end health insurance tyranny

Ali Diab, the founder of Collective Health, was stuck with huge medical bills after spending several weeks in the ICU - despite the...

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People increasingly going without health care, even when they have health insurance

More Americans are getting health insurance, but surprisingly, more are also spurning treatment. Thirty-four percent of Americans...

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Furor over move to aid big banks in funding bill

A $1.1 trillion spending bill passed the House on Thursday. The bill keeps the government moving for around another year. The bill...

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UBS Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Advise Clients

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Is LendingClub a financial company or a technology firm?

If LendingClub is primarily a technology company, then its projected valuation of $4.3 billion to $5 billion seems entirely plausible.

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An InsurancCompany Will Pay You to Use Your Fitness Tracker

How it works - Customers who buy health insurance through Oscar (available in NJ/NY), are given a free Misfit step tracker. The tracker...

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FinTech Collective Leverages Investor Network To Back Investment Networking Firm Openfolio

A good bit of publicity this week for FinTech Collective and Openfolio.

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Wealth Management and Newspapers - an unlikely pairing?

Wealth management is increasingly seen as a profitable new arena for non-wealth firms. Media companies in the UK that are known for...

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ICAP brings BrokerTec and EBS under one roof

Brokerage giant ICAP shook up its electronic-trading business this week with Gil Mandelzis being tapped to run the combined ICAP...

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MasterCard Opens A Financial Inclusion Lab in Africa

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with MasterCard to open a lab for financial inclusions in Nairobi, Kenya to...

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NACHA kind of moves on "same day" ACH

The Electronic Payments Association formally sought feedback on Same Day ACH. acknowledging that “In today’s environment, everyone...

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Snapchat poaches Credit Suisse's tech banker, Imran Khan

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Is fintech history rhyming again?

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The rise of the rich man's subprime

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Insurance investment managers hampered by aging, obsolete systems

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Gentleman hacker returns stolen bitcoins to Blockchain.info

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IEX wins one percent market share in quest to blunt speed trading

IEX, the dark pool led by Brad Katsuyama, reached one percent of the US stock market in November 2014. The company has also started...

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Virtu Financial to shelve IPO plans

Back in April, Virtu Financial postponed its IPO after a storm of negative press surrounded HFT firms.

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Citigroup to shutter LavaFlow stock trading venue

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Frequent but inefficient

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Uber adds an additional billion dollars to its coffers

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AvantCredit secures a $225 million Series D funding

AvantCredit, which offers installment loans and lines of credit to borrowers just below prime at higher interest than ordinary rates,...

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The Germans are coming to financial tech

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Wallaby Financial acquired by Bankrate

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iQuantifi announces million dollar angel investment

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LendingTree launches small biz loan marketplace

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Citi reveals award winners from Mobile Challenge

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Tumblr experiments with a 'Buy' button

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Apple Pay may be the gateway drug bitcoin needs

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Stripe Raises Another $70 Million

In under a year the Stripe team has pushed the company's valuation from $1.75 billion to $3.5 billion. With investors like Sequoia,...

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Why Node.js is facing a possible open-source schism

The Javascript community has been a buzz with criticism of Joyent, the benevolent dictator of Node.js. Five of the top seven...

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