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Startup Financial Services Companies Raising Significant Sums

A Crunchbase blog post that highlights (using their database) some of the more significant venture rounds in FinTech.

Since the beginning of 2013, venture investors committed over $800 million in new funding to develop businesses providing new investment,...…

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Thomson, Fidelity to Create 'Sandbox' for Fintech Startups

Great news David Jegen - one of our lovely co-investors!! Well done for starting to stitch this together..

“Fintech entrepreneurs have a unique problem, which is the high cost of data to help them build applications,” said David Jegen, managing...…

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Whither the mobile wallet?

700 mobile payments start-ups on Angel List, ISIS adding 20,000 new customers per day in April, Apple rumours of NFC in the next iPhone.....

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Barclays introduces digital experts

7,000 "Digital Eagles".....oh dear! The twitter-sphere disagrees with me and thinks they are FAB...

Barclays has announced a new scheme that places 7,000 experts, known as 'Digital Eagles', in branches to take questions and offer advice...…

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How Wal-Mart and Google could steal young customers from traditional banks

We've blogged a lot about this, but there are some good charts and some easy to digest stats in this well writen Washington Post article.

It used to be that the JPMorgans of the world only worried about losing customers to Wells Fargo or Bank of America. But that universe of...…

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Modi's To-Do List: Priorities For A New India

Forbes notes that Financial Services reform makes it onto Modi's to-do-list..

Other challenges include a proposed change to the act that governs the Reserve Bank of India , which would, among other things, remove...…

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Google’s Brin Wants to Ban Patent Trolls

Having been sued by a patent troll I couldn't agree more with Mr. Brin..

Google co-founder Sergey Brin took square aim at the shortcomings of U.S. patent law during his onstage interview at the Code Conference,...…

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Intuit buys Check for $360 million

"Intuit said Tuesday morning that it had acquired Check, a company that makes a mobile app that lets its customers track and pay for all...

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Not too big to jail

A big financial firm pleads guilty to a criminal charge and lives to tell the tale.. The prevailing wisdom has been that no financial...

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Indiegogo Pulls In Additional Investment From Max Levchin, Sir Richard Branson And Others

This week saw more celebs pile into a platform that, along with kickstarter, is helping to educate the broader population about crowdfunding

Following a massive $40 million Series B, Indiegogo has just announced it has secured additional investments from Sir Richard Branson,...…

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On the Wings of Eagles

Eaglewood Capital was the first leveraged fund in the P2P space and the first to securitize P2P loans.

UK-based $18B Manager, Marshall...

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UK Alternative Finance Market 2013

Liam Collins of Nesta, Richard Swart from the University of California and Bryan Zhang from the University of Cambridge pulled together a

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Peer To Peer Lending Marketplace Prosper Raises $70M

It's been a big week for the alternative lending platforms here in the US..

Prosper.com, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace in the U.S., has raised $70 million led by Francisco Partners, a private equity firm with...…

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JP Morgan Backs an Online Broker, Motif Investing

JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs invest in an upstart online broker, in total Motif has raised over $86 million.

Motif Investing, based in San Mateo, Calif., opened its doors in 2012. The company lets investors buy a basket of stocks centered on a...…

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Gradually, Then Suddenly...The Course of Secular Change

Three charts which show the velocity of change on (1) analog photographs (2) music industry (3) Windows operating system

“Gradually, then suddenly.” That’s how Hemingway described the ill fortune of a bankrupt in The Sun also Rises. It should probably be...…

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Loans That Avoid Banks? Maybe Not

A great NY Times article sent in by Rob Foregger over the w/e. There is even a whiff of High Frequency Trading in there too with some...

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MasterCard lobbying on digital currency bitcoin

Nothing earth shattering here, but interesting to see the big players starting to get themselves educated.

The payment giant is the first company to officially lobby on the virtual currency, according to federal disclosure records. In a...…

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