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Disrupting Payments, Africa Style

A terrific re/code article that points out that by simply firing up your SMS app in rural Africa you can buy something. The merchant...

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Pet-Insurer Trupanion Sees IPO Pop

Truepanion has 19 rivals, but differentiates itself with a data-driven approach to insuring pets. Venture firm Maveron held a 25% stake...

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Howzat! FinTech Collective..

David Shillingford, a founding Collective member and insurance industry veteran, was in the WSJ today promoting this weekends annual...

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Two Hot African FinTech Startups

There are now more than 90 tech hubs in across Africa, according to the World Bank. This article lists the 12 hottest African Tech...

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A Shot at Banking Behind Bars

We are not sure that a former bank robber is the ideal candidate to set up a prison banking service. However do believe that improving...

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In Prisons, Sky-High Phone Rates and Money Transfer Fees

Our portfolio company American Prison Data Systems (APDS) is attacking this problem head on and we're extremely proud to be involved.

Inside the razor wire on Eagle Crest Way, in rural Clallam Bay, Wash., telephone calls start at $3.15. Emails out, beyond the security...…

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App makers get a payday lender

Pollen is a new startup out of London, that pays mobile app developers 95 percent of their receivables every seven days, in exchange...

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The P2P trend now moving into car insurance

Guevara is an insurance startup from the UK that lets customers take advantage of P2P group payments only with people they trust.

Customers of typical insurance companies pay a premium that’s generally determined by the average risk attached to the behavior of people...…

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Remembering The PIGS

On my recent travels through Spain I bumped into "The Pigs". A photo album with its title a reference to the unflattering acronym used...

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Isis Mobile Wallet Rebrands To Distance Itself From Militant Group ISIS

Do a Google search for ISIS and the Militant Group appears above the US based Mobile Wallet of the same name. Now that is an SEO pain..

Isis, the mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon here in the U.S., has decided to rebrand after its name became...…

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Moven nabs $8M to expand globally

Moven raises another $8 million in a Series A funding round with the intention to expand into international markets.

Moven wants to make it easier for users to manage their spending with their smartphones by offering app-based money management tools....…

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Yodlee files for a $75m IPO

As expected Yodlee filed for its public offering. Except for 2010, the company has lost money every year since its inception in 1999. ...

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