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Real Estate Tech Funding Tops $429M Across 102 Deals in 2013

The convergence of commercial real estate and new technologies has spawned a throng of new startups tackling the real estate tech space

2013 saw venture investors deploy over $429M across 102 deals to private tech companies hoping to disrupt the multi-billion dollar...…

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The Data Companies Wish They Had

We are seeing an increasing number of start-ups focusing on the power of data in Financial Services. We've already made investments in...

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Can the Bloomberg terminal be toppled?

More fintech startups are looking to attack Bloomberg's dominant position.

...over the years, the terminal has seen its fair share of would be disruptors come and go. Every now and then, a new wave of financial...…

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Get paid to do your homework

A new app named StudyPact gives students financial prizes for completing a set amount of work each week, with penalties for missed...

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Reonomy Lands $3.7M From SoftBank To Tame The Wild West Of Commercial Real Estate Data

Very proud today - FinTech Collective's first public mention in the Tech press.. Now GO REONOMY GO!

New York’s commercial real estate industry is about as close as you can get to the Wild West these days. Investors and lenders are...…

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Heckyl...from India to London

No hecklers heckling Heckyl, a real-time big data platform for traders, who purports a broad userbase in India and is heading to London.

They lead a team of 15 people and, in December, Heckyl raised $3.5 million from venture firms IDG Ventures and Seedfund Advisors. Its...…

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Singapore regulates Bitcoin

3 ingredients required for broad acceptance?

1. regulatory framework, i.e. rules

2. liquidity, i.e. pension fund/money market $

3. a...

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the Race to Digital Advice is On...

SigFig claims to pass $200B in assets tracked, charging just $10/month, providing 15-minute account setup, and automatic rebalancing.

Assuming the above tracked assets represent 4,000,000 users at $50,000 each (which is likely larger than the average investor’s...…

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The enormous valuations for tech companies has everyone wondering if we are in a bubble?

Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures draws interesting conclusions on the relationship between interest rates and valuation multiples.

It is the combination of these two factors, which are really just one factor (cheap money/low rates), that is the root cause of the...…

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Shark sensor gives new meaning to 'fintech'

Fintech is not always about financial services sometimes it is all about captain planet

We have shown this system works in captive sharks, but now we need to deploy these devices in wild sharks and recover them once they are...…

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Do you want to invest in the next Steve Jobs?

New investment platforms allow investors to finance individuals in return for a percentage of their future earnings.

The stated goal of Upstart is to connect bright, ambitious young people with wealthy individuals who want to invest in their futures —...…

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Making mobile payments easier

Payment firms Billeo and Danal have solved one of the problems that stands in the way of mobile commerce. They’ve found a way to automate...

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FinTech 50 2014 - the DueDil take

Wonga accounts for £309m of the combined £408.3m turnover of UK FinTech.

The combined turnover of UK firms among the FinTech 50* is a stonking £408.3m. While many don’t (yet) file accounts, the ones that do...…

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Coinbase and Overstock.com: $1M in transactions since January

After all the shit that has gone down over the last couple of weeks in the world of Bitcoin.. Here is some positive (and interesting) news..

In January, we announced a partnership with Overstock.com which makes it possible for consumers to purchase items on Overstock.com using...…

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Coin: The good and the bad with a combined physical payment card

This card has become all the rage after a strong facebook campaign, but there are many kinks still left to be resolved.

Recently, Coin announced its entry in the digital wallet market place. Coin promises to manufacture a battery-powered, credit card-sized...…

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NYC at the intersection of commercial real estate and technology

The commercial real estate industry is positioned to be the next industry disrupted by the advancements in big data.

... four real-estate startups—View the Space Inc., Honest Buildings Inc., Floored Inc. and Hightower—have received a total of more than...…

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On the wings of Eagles

Notable: no venture investors, pre-money valuation was in the mid-teens when we looked at it, on low hundreds of K's of revenue.

I like...

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P2P lending is growing interernationality

The Economist breaks down P2P lending, providing a good analysis of the benefits, concerns and regulations in the industry.

Peer-to-peer lending is growing fast in many countries. In Britain, loan volumes are doubling every six months. They have just passed the...…

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Fortress Investment Group Invests in Bitcoin

This means that the public companies can invest in bitcoin.

“For all intents and purposes, this is the first public company to report ownership of bitcoin,” said Gil Luria, managing director or...…

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Bitcoin Humor

Comic strip explains bitcoin

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SquareCash - quietly building a loyal following

...elegant, simple and fast - takes probably 15 seconds to send someone money.

It’s rare that any new product or service quickly and simply makes our financial lives a whole lot easier. It’s rarer still that the...…

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Micro-donations from a donors' daily spending

A new platform from Changefolio allows donors to setup donations based on their spending habits.

Those signing up for Changefolio are able to link their account to their online banking and then set their own rules according to how...…

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Square Considers Giving Capital to Businesses

No brainer really as the data they have on each small business would allow for a pretty efficient underwriting process

Square is moving further beyond the swipe. The payments company has begun testing a way to give Square merchants thousands of dollars...…

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Mount Gox to Close NYC Exchange to Open

New bitcoin exchange aimed at reducing bitcoin's price volatility.

SecondMarket is spinning out its Bitcoin activities into a stand-alone company that eventually will include a New York-based exchange for...…

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Goldman Sachs Takes On Bitcoin

Goldman releases a report on Bitcoin..

"We are currently in the first innings of a shift to natively digital transactions"

Oppotunity: Positioning investments in the companies striving to provide value-add services around cryptocurrencies will be key to...…

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Banking Startup Simple Acquired For $117M by BBVA

Not quite Whatsapp, but a nice little FinTech earner for those involved..

Banking startup Simple has been acquired, the company announced today. The acquiring company, BBVA, is a 150-year old financial services...…

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Look to Beirut for startup capital?

FED, SEC fumble small business as Beirut banks fund startups

Maybe it is time for a page from another central bank’s playbook? How about one from Lebanon’s Central Bank? Circular 331 permits our...…

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Why all content marketers should be shot.

As we build out our own blog here at FinTech Collective I have found the wise words of Dominic (a fellow Welshman) really helpful ;-)

All you need to know Here’s all you need to know about content. Everything else? Ignore it. Do not pay any attention to anything...…

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Debt as a new financing options for startups and small businesses

Debt is cheaper than equity, but many young business don't have access to affordable debt until now.

Those looking to grow need to fuel that growth. At some point this requires cash. The choice is whether to fuel growth out of the cash...…

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Industry Matters

Which startups are more likely to secure Series A financing?

Search, transportation, finance and analytics startups have the best rates of Series A financing. On the other hand, startups in the...…

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Crowdsurfing the finovation wave

Is Finovate really showcasing 'grazing edge' innovation these days or only the companies that can (or want to) pay $7.5k to pitch their...

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Should traditional banks worry about new service providers?

Telecom service providers, the U.S. Postal Service and others are starting to offer traditional banking products.

The wireless carrier T-Mobile announced in late January that it would offer a simple suite of a cheque account, bill-payment service and...…

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Russian angel investment grew 4x in 2013

A list of the top 15 Angels in Russia - Maybe we should meet them?

Tapping into a wide variety of open information sources, the partners found in their report that Russian business angel investors had put...…

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Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?

A great Sunday afternoon read on Silk Road, its founder (now "living" in Brooklyn) and Bitcoin

Today, Mr. Ulbricht awaits trial in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

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Finovate Europe 2014

Another Finovate Europe is in the books. Here are some of the trends and highlights captured by Benjamin Ensor from Forrester research....

More people are focusing on the small business opportunity. There were far more companies proposing to help small businesses manage their...…

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