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Dopay secures $2.4m funding

Dopay, the UK based payroll technology for the emerging markets has raised a $2.4m pre-series A round, led by Techstars Ventures and...

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How human traders will beat the machines

The FT is bearish on AI's ability to outperform human traders. The FT believes that until scientists develop a truly intelligent...

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Is Davos Credible?

Is Davos out of touch with with reality? According to the Huffington Post,  "Davos has become a place to homogenize executive management...

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Vestorly raises its game with artificial intelligence

Vestorly, the content marketing company for financial advisers, raised a $6m Series A, led by Sigma Prime. 

The recent fundraising, which included an investment from Sigma Prime Ventures, a technology venture capital firm in Boston, brings the...…

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Israel and the cyber arms race

Most cyber conferences showcase a clash between the suited up spy agency types, and the laid-back looking hackers. In Israel, where cyber...

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CBOE Makes Majority Investment In Vest Financial

YCombinator recent's demo day featured Vest Financial, an investment advisor that provides options-centric products. Now only a few...

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Davos and The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth is...

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Can your phone reveal how well you drive?

Insurers are already accessing data on driver speed, acceleration, braking and the deployment of airbags through downloaded apps and M2M...

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Google AI algorithm masters ancient game of Go

Google's DeepMind has comprehensively beaten a human champion playing Go, the board game which has been dubbed the world’s most complex...

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Y Combinator's Guide to Seed Fundraising

Geoff Ralston, a partner at Y Combinator, sets out in this blog post his starter guide to raising a seed round.

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A profile on UK based robo-adviser Nutmeg

Nutmeg has raised $50 million in funding from investors including Sir Charles Dunstone, the Carphone Warehouse founder, Balderton Capital...

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Saxo Bank takes robo-advisor route with Blackrock

Saxo Bank has moved into the fast-expanding robo-advisory market with a full-scale digital investment platform for retail investors in...

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Fintech: Search for a super-algo

Artificial Intelligence isn't just smart machines as we have seen in the Terminator and Matrix. AI is quickly becoming THE technology for...

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App Annie 2015 Retrospective

App Annie released its 2015 retrospective report. The report has great insights on developments in the app ecosystem. In 2015,...

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Why Bill Gates Is Investing in Mobile Banking

Bill Gates was interviewed by Bloomberg to discuss his view on mobile banking in emerging markets. BKash, a Bangladeshi mobile banking...

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Flywire acquires ScholarFX

Flywire (formerly peerTransfer), a provider of cross-border payment solutions, acquired Toronto-based ScholarFX, a processor of tuition,...

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Financial wellness platform Questis picks up $2.8 mln

Questis, a South Carolina based financial wellness platform, secured $2.8m in Seed financing. The round was led by Capital A Partners.

Questis has announced the close of its Angel Investor debt financing round including Capital A Partners. The company, which in the last...…

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3 women who are taking fintech by storm

Although fintech has quickly become an indispensable subset of the tech industry, the diversity in the sector undeniably lags behind...

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Is Bitcoin’s Promise Going Up In Smoke?

When Bitcoin developerMike Hearn, declared Bitcoin a failure and sold his Bitcoins the price of the currency fell 10% in a single day....

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Tech and the changing face of insurance

PolicyGenius' CEO, Jennifer Fitzegerald, explains how new technologies will impact our insurance policies. Jennifer believes that...

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Invesco acquires robo-adviser Jemstep

Jemstep, one of the first online automated investment platforms, has been acquired byInvesco. The deal illustrates the continuing trend...

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Not Too Big to Fail. Too Expensive to Exist

Metlife’s divestiture highlights the strain of government regulations on firms deemed “systematically important.” While the populist's...

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Investors Snub Money Managers for Market Clones

Investors withdrew $207b from money managers in 2015, while pouring $414b into passively managed funds, highlighting a sea of change in...

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Picwell collects $3M Series A

Picwell, a recommendation engine for health plan selection, has raised $3 million in Series A funding. The investors were BlueCross...

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A short history of the Bowie Bond

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Corporate Venture Capitalists at Banks leave for the start-up life

Over the past few months Sberbank, HSBC, StateStreet, Goldman, BNY and CME have all seen corporate venture talent leave to join start-ups. 

Away from the UK's capital, Russian bank Sberbank has restructured its fintech investing unit SBT Venture Capital, leading to the...…

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Ziggy was a financial pioneer too!

Bowie was a pioneering figure in music finance when, in 1997, he became the first rock star to “securitise” future profit on royalties...

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Are data aggregators really data aggravators?

We agree with portfolio company, Quovo, that the answer is undoubtedly - no! The growing number of consumers using personal financial...

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Openfolio: by the numbers

Portfolio company, Openfolio, does it again. The company just released its second  report on what the year looked like for the "real...

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Gem Scores 2016’s First Blockchain Investment

Gem, a Venice, California based blockchain platform provider,secured a $7.1m Series A, led by Pelion Venture Partners and participated in...

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Changing Insurance: Pushing a Plodding Giant

Our friends at Wharton FinTech break down the opportunity for fintech startups to disrupt the insurance industry. 

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Banks weigh up cost of keeping staff in London

Together, 15 of the top investment banks employ almost 70,000 people in London. Cost pressures could see many of them move out of the...

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Blackhawk Network Acquires GiftCards.com for $120m

David Jones, GMof Global Digital and eCommerce at Blackhawk Network (formerly GiftCardLab) is excited by the acquisition as it adds "

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Big Banks Start to Embrace Startups

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Can Fintech Fix Financial Services?

The public's image of bankers has never been strong.  The latest  negative influence on the banks' image comes from Michael Lewis' movie

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The Rise and Fall of Silk Road

Now the case is over and Ross Ulbricht is behind bars, Wired Magazine has dug deep into how a 29yr old idealist built a global drug...

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Bull vs. Bear - What's Next for Bitcoin in 2016

There are stronger arguments in favor of bitcoin in 2016 than against it. 

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Reinsurers hit by falling renewal prices

Prices for property catastrophe reinsurance in the UK fell by between 10% and 15%. In Europe prices fell by between 5% , according to...

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2015 Bitcoin Year in Review via Coinbase

Bitcoin transactions per day more than doubled; Bitcoin became more global; Bitcoin volatility decreased; The price of bitcoin went up;...

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Charles Cawley - The legend behind MBNA dies

Cawley was the first person to realize the commercial potential of issuing credit cards in the name of sports teams, charities, trade...

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