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How to build paranoid infrastructure on top of AWS

In this fantastic post Coinbase outlines how it builds secure infrastructure in The Cloud. They share some of what they have learned,...

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What to look for when investing in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spend in 2015 was $75b, and the market is estimated to be worth $170b by 2020. This makes cybersecurity startups hot...

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Lendix Raises $13.5m Series C

The Paris based P2P SMB lender will use the amount to expand into additional European markets, including Spain and Italy in the coming...

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TranServ Raises $15m Series C

The Mumbai-based digital payments company raised the amount from investors including IDFC Spice Fund and Micromax Informatics, with...

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Kasisto receives investment from DBS Bank

The New York-based startup uses AI to provide an automated and enhanced banking experience for retail customers. 

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Encryption Wars: The Empire (Doesn't) Strike Back

The latest turn of events in the public battle between the FBI and Apple took another turn over the weekend, with the FBI dropping its...

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EU Global Data Privacy Regulation: Uncertainty remains

The European Commission's GDPR, which was adopted earlier in April and will start being enforced in 2018, is aimed at improving data...

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McKinsey report on the impact of falling investment returns for Millennials and the rest of us.

As a recent report from McKinsey points out, turning 30 just got a lot scarier! A looming collapse in investment returns means that 30yr...

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Why your wallet is becoming the next platform

Alex Rampell provides an interesting framework (payments as a "Stack") to help identify the problems in payments and the opportunities....

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Trov launches on-demand insurance for individual items

Trov, the Danvile, CA based on-demand insurance startup has raised a $25.5m Series C. The company is pivoting from being a provider of a...

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Why Citigroup is backing online lending start-up BlueVine

Four months after completing a $40m Series C, BlueVine, the Palo Alto based SMB lender accepted a strategic investment from Citi...

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BlackRock helps P2P mature with £12.7m investment

BlackRock is just the latest large fund house to offer investors exposure to P2P loans. It joins a number of fund managers investing in...

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VC Bill Gurley Tells Startups to Beware of ‘Dirty’ Fundraising Terms

In his most recent 5,700-word essay, Bill Gurley highlights why the unicorn financing market just became dangerous…for all involved.

One particular target of Gurley’s post was a class of controversial legal provisions that are becoming more popular in private...…

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Forter raises $32m Series C

San Francisco-based (but Tel Aviv-founded) fraud detection provider raised $32m in Series C.

The round was led by Scale Venture Partners,...

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Kueski raises $35m

Mexico-based online lender raised $10m Series A and $25m in debt financing, which could climb to $100m depending on portfolio requirements.

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Azimo Founder: Brexit would kill London FinTech

Several weeks ago, we covered the debate around Brexit. In the run-up to the pivotal referendum, a large number of startup founders have...

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Inside the crash of London's $2.7b unicorn Powa

Business Insider provides a great breakdown and plenty of insider gossip on how Dan Wagner built and destroyed UK payment startup, Powa.

Powa Technologies collapsed in February after blowing through more than $200 million of investor money. Insiders claim its flagship...…

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Fintech Fix: Prosper, Lending Club and Avant outlined their response to slowdown concerns at Lendit

There is concern that the rapidly growing area of online consumer credit is hitting a rough patch. The CEOs of three large providers of...

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Why Commercial Solar Needs 'FinTech'

Wunder explains how fintech is changing the commercial solar market. Wunder believes that, "The commercial market segment is not...

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Marketplace lenders go niche

With marketplace lending an increasingly competitive space, new entrants are finding niches where they can apply marketplace models...

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SWIFT and Accenture outline path to Distributed Ledger Technology adoption within financial services

The research report from Swift and Accenture analyses the opportunities and challenges of distributed ledger technology in financial...

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Public and Free Government Data Mining Tool

Datausa.io is one of my new favorite websites and a great tool for VCs doing market research. The tool was created by MIT and Deloitte in...

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PayPal poured millions into Acorns

Acorns the Newport Beach wealth management startup has raised a $30m Series D, led by Paypal and Rakuten.

PayPal contributed the majority of the investment. The raise brings Acorns’ total funding to $62 million and aligns it with the...…

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CFPB Sheds Light on Coming Payday-Loans Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a recent report that highlights the upcoming regulations that the bureau intends...

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Toss raises $23m Series A

The amount was raised by Viva Republica,  Toss' South Korea-based parent company. Toss is a P2P money transfer platform

The amount will be...

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Habito raises £1.55m seed round

Habito, a London-based digital mortgage broker, raised the amount to launch its service in the UK.

The round was led by Mosaic Ventures...

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Accenture Report - Fintech and the Evolving Landscape

Accenture released its latest report on fintech, noting that "More than $50b has been invested in almost 2,500 companies since 2010..."

Venture capitalists, private equity firms, corporates and a number of other players have poured an unprecedented amount of money into...…

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Vestmark raises $30 mln from Summit

Vestmark, the Wakefield, MASaaS provider of wealth management solutions for financial advisors and institutions, closed a $30m investment...

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Regions Bank pairs with Avant for online consumer loans

Regions Bank is using Avant’s tech platform to provide a digital experience for the bank's customers that want a consumer loan. Customers...

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LendIt 2016 Videos

In case you didn't make it to LendIt this week here are all the presentations that you missed, including MoneyLion's product demo.

Videos from LendIt

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It is huge, it is not widely known and it powers Wall Street

BB profiles Equinix, the $22.2 billion company that’s quietly grown into the world’s largest owner of interconnected data centers for...

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Indicted Payday-Loan Pioneer Has Fingers in Fintech Companies

Alternative lenders Everest (SME) and CircleBack (Consumer) both share an investor indicted last week on racketeering charges. His name...

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Airbnb just acquired a team of blockchain experts

ChangeCoin was best known for letting people tip each other with bitcoin. However Airbnb have acqui-hired the team behind it to explore...

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ICAP Acquires ENSO Financial Analytics

The acquisiton will sit in ICAPs Post Trade Risk and Information business and will help their hedge fund clients deal with the rapidly...

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Cuba’s creditors hire sovereign expert for debt talks

Global investors are preparing for Cuba to return to the financial markets, as it buries the hatchet with the US and opens its doors. A...

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Paymentwall deploys in Iran

Paymentwall, a San Francisco-based payments provider, has moved to expand its business into Iran, even as major banks remain reluctant to...

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The first Remittances & Financial Services Conference, IMTC CUBA 2016 will be held in Havana

As borders open and Cuba gets exposed to the US and global markets, the International Money Transfer & Payments Industry (IMTC) has taken...

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How 8% of investors lost money last month

Openfolio, a Fintech Collective portfolio company, explains how, despite March being a good month for investors, not everyone did well.

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Bright Health raises $80m Series A

The Minnesota City-based individual health insurance marketplace is led by industry veterans Bob Sheehy (former CEO of UnitedHealthcare),...

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Understanding the magnitude of Tesla’s $11b+ triumph

Jason Calacanis blogs about Musks staggering success in selling 276,000 cars 21 months before they are ready to be shipped.

What can we take from this incomprehensible success? Tesla built up massive demand based on absurd NPS scores over the eight years...…

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VC Funding Can Be Bad For Your Start-Up

Harvard Business Review highlights why venture capital might actually be detrimental to your business and highlights dilution, the...

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Financing Options: Your Customers

As Fred Wilson points out in his blog post from 2011 - why not take this approach with every startup? 1) It isn't always possible to find...

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Amazon mulls fintech acquisitions as valuations fall

Some good news following valuation drops - Amazon is thinking of placing some bets on fintech startups. After the growing success of...

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RobinHood’s CEO on the importance of design in fintech

RobinHood, the no-fee stock trading app, is famous for attracting 1m people to their waiting list before they launched. In this podcast,...

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Online-only Number26 surpasses 160k customers

The Berlin-based, app-only bank revealed in an interview that it has passed 160 thousand customers, with 80% of its customer growth...

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Panama to Delaware

The Panama Papers have been the main focus of this week's headlines, with Prime Ministers, pro athletes and bank robbers all using...

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Scalable Capital raises £5.6m Series A

The Munich-based digital investment manager raised the amount from existing investors Holtzbrink Ventures, as well as Monk's Hill...

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Finanzcheck raises €33m Series C

The investment in the Hamburg-based consumer loans marketplace was led by HarbourVest, with participation from Acton Capital and Highland...

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CompareAsiaGroup appoints new CEO

The Goldman Sachs-backed consumer finance startup, which allows consumers to compare loans, credit cards, insurance and other financial...

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Reserve acquires restaurant payment app Dash

The Opentable competitor, Reserve, has acquired the restaurant payment app, Dash. Terms of the deal were not announced. This acquisition...

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Marketplace Lending Power 20

Maya Capital, put together a list of the top 20 people in marketplace lending. It's an interesting group of executives, entrepreneurs,...

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SEC wary of excessive valuations

With investors such as Fidelity writing down the value of their holdings in Cloudera and Dropbox, the chair of the SEC has voiced concern...

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Fintech: Est. 1865

As part of its fintech bonanza, the NY Times Dealbook has put together a timeline of 'The Evolution of Fintech', which highlights key...

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Hedge Funds Are the New Venture Firms

Nick Shalek's (Ribbit Capital) response to Hedge Fund capital is “there’s the short-term cycle and then there is the long-term shift...

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From Wall Street Banking, a New Wave of Fintech Investors

We have been following the growing number of ex-wall street executives who have become fintech investors and advisors over the past year....

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7 Wall Street Firms Test Blockchain for Credit Default Swaps

Well done Axoni! Very exciting news for Tradeblock's subsidiary, Axoni, who successfully completed a test for the replication of a credit...

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Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s

The NY Times does a great job of digging into Ethereum, a bitcoin alternative that is garnering a lot of attention from WallStreet. 

The Ethereum system has sometimes been described as a single shared computer that is run by the network of users and on which resources...…

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Inside the $5 Billion Company That Will Launch Your Business

How do you launch a business? Stripe wants to be the answer. The $5b company is looking to move beyond just being a payment processor for...

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Branch.co raises $9.2m Series A

The San Francisco-based financial services platform will use the proceeds to expand services, including small-scale lending, in...

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Slice Labs raises $3.9m Seed

The New York-based company provides insurance services for workers in the so-called on-demand economy. 

The investors were Horizon...

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Small business owners paying the price in filing taxes

Without the dedicated accounting departments of their larger counterparts, and seeking to navigate a frequently complex tax code, its no...

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IRS has a record year in 2015

In reporting related to FY 2015 tax returns, the IRS reported collecting $3.3t in gross taxes, up from $3.06t in FY 2014. 

Collections...

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UK small business tax relief a boost to FinTech startups

In seeking to stimulate the slowing economy, and promote small business growth, the latest annual UK budget announced an increase in the...

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9 essential tax issues for startups

For entrepreneurs (and would-be entrepreneurs), thinking about and filing taxes can be a highly complicated process. Whilst many...

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How Two Millennials Launched Reonomy

Forbes explains the origins of how Reonomy was created with Charlie's vision and Rich's execution. Good example of how founders meet and...

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Why African fintech startups are so attractive to investors

New research from Disrupt Africa found that fintech startups represented 30% of the total capital invested in new African companies. One...

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