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Bench bookkeeping service raises $18 million in funding

Vancouver based SMB bookkeeping services startup Bench has raised an $18m Series B-1 funding round led by iNovia Capital, after raising a...

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EBanx Raises $30M in Funding

Brazil based end-to-end local payment solutions startup Ebanx has raised a $30m funding round led by FTV Capital.

Led by Alphonse Voigt, co-founder and CEO, EBanx provides local payment methods to international merchants, enabling them to sell their...…

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U.S. banks’ Venmo alternative, Zelle, moved $75B last year, says 100,000 people enroll daily

Zelle has released 2017 stats, showing over 247m payments totaling $75b passing through the platform - more than double Venmo's volume....

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BehavioSec Raises $17.5 Million in Series B Funding Round

Stockholm based behavioral biometrics fraud detection startup BehavioSec has raised a $17.5m Series B led by Trident Capital Cybersecurity.

In a statement announcing the success of the funding round, BehavioSec said the investment capital “will be used to expand global...…

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Spendesk raises $9.9 million to build your next corporate card

Paris based corporate card and expense tracking startup Spendesk has raised a $9.9m funding round led by Index Ventures.

“We are building a platform that simplifies your company’s operational spending — supplier payments, corporate expenses, card expenses,”...…

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Neptune Flood Secures $2M Seed Financing Round

Florida based digital flood insurance provider Neptune Flood has raised a $2m Seed Round led by Trevor Burgess, the founder of C1 Bank.

Founded in 2016 by insurance and technology industry veterans Jim Albert and Bill Martin, and also led by COO Stephanie Lee, Neptune...…

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E-Lending Startup Ezbob Raises 15 Million GBP

London based SMB lending startup Ezbob has raised a 15m GBP funding round from Da Vinci Capital Management, at a post money valuation of...

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GLMX Raises $20M in Growth Equity Financing

New York based repo trading technology provider GLMX has raised a $20m growth equity financing round led by Sutter Hill Ventures.

Founded in 2010 by Glenn Havlicek, CEO, GLMX has developed proprietary technology which provides an integrated global money market...…

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European banks brace for shake-up in customer data access

For the CEO of Norway's largest bank, the potential ramifications of PSD2 only became clear when he visited China and saw firsthand how...

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Bitcoin broker Coinbase booked $1 billion in revenue last year — so the company has told hovering VC

Coinbase issued a statement that warns its own shareholders from trading stock on secondary markets. 

“As a private company, Coinbase does not allow trading of stock on secondary markets for a variety of reasons, including the fact that...…

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Bitcoin Startup BitGo to Buy Asset Custodian

Blockchain security startup BitGo is acquiring a digital asset custodian based in South Dakota that holds more than $12 billion in...

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Twitter’s Anthony Noto to Become SoFi CEO

One of the first tasks for Mr. Noto will be to rebuild the executive team, which has been rocked by departures. However SoFi's lending...

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Australia counts down to real-time payments

Once it goes live next month, the new platform will enable real-time transactions that need only the recipient’s phone number or email...

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Tera Funding successfully raised KRW 10 billion (approx. US$9.3M) from Korean leading investors

Seoul based P2P lending platform Tera Funding has raised a $9.3m Series A led by Woori Bank, Atinum Investment, SBI Investment.

It is the largest single series A investment for Korean P2P lending start-ups. As an industry pioneer, Tera Funding has achieved a...…

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CreditStacks offers credit cards to international workers who relocate to the U.S. and have no credi

San Francisco based alternative credit card startup CreditStacks has raised a $4m Seed Round led by Clear Future and 500 Startups.

Founded in 2015 by Israeli-born entrepreneurs Elnor Rozenrot, Jonathan Jacobi, and Shahar Nechmad, together with American banker Robert...…

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botkeeper Raises $4.5 Million in Seed Funding as World’s First Robotic Bookkeeper

Boston based automated bookkeeping startup botkeeper has raised a $4.5m Seed Round led by Ignition Partners.

“Robotic botkeeping? It sounds like another crazy Silicon Valley whim,” said Enrico Palmerino, CEO at botkeeper. “But look under the...…

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Rally Rd collects $2.6 mln seed

New York based classic car investing marketplace Rally Rd has raised a $2.6m Seed Round led by Columbus Nova.

With the current focus on nostalgic automotive assets from the 1950’s through 1990’s, users can pick-and-choose from an eclectic...…

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Online brokerage Robinhood will offer free crypto trading

Robinhood Crytp will launch in February to consumers in California, Massachusets, Missouri, Montana, and New Hampshire.  

“Now in Robinhood, for the first time, consumers will be able to invest in and trade stocks, ETFs, options and cryptocurrencies all in...…

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StoreHub lands $5.1M help SMEs in Southeast Asia digitize their business

Malaysia based POS services startup StoreHub has raised a $5.1m Series A round led by Vertex Ventures.

StoreHub charges around $39 per month for its POS services — which it sells hardware for — and it is currently present in Malaysia,...…

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Robinhood adds zero-fee cryptocurrency trading and tracking

Robinhood will provide crypto trading services on a breakeven basis, giving customers the ability to combine trading crypto with...

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The Ten Commandments of Crypto taxes

If you rode the crypto bull in 2017 and realized some capital gains, make sure to pay your taxes!  This blog offers some good tips...

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Innovative criminals embrace online opportunities

The FT reviews the evolution of "crimtech" and the spreading phenomenon of online money launderers who are quickly replacing their...

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Stripe: Ending Bitcoin support

Stripe has announced that it will stop accepting bitcoin payments due to the increasing confirmation times and high fees for...

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An untold number of US homes are appraised by people just looking at Google Earth and Zillow

Overseas contractors, armed with Google Earth and listing websites, are appraising homes in the U.S. by the thousands.  This form of...

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Blockchain Startups Absorbed 5X More Capital Via ICOs Than Equity Financings In 2017

In 2017, ICOs raised over $5B across nearly 800 deals in 2017 while equity investors deployed $1B in 215 deals to the sector. 

In Q1’17, 19 ICOs closed for about $21M. Three quarters later, in Q4’17, over 500 ICOs closed for almost $3B. According to CB Insights,...…

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StreetShares Secures $23M Equity Funding

Washington DC based military and veteran-focused business financing startup StreetShares has raised a $23m Series B round led by Rotunda...

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Stripe: ending Bitcoin support

As Bitcoin continues to become less useful for payments given increasing confirmation times and processing costs (tens of dollars per...

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Hippo raises $25 million for home insurance

Mountain View based tech-enabled home insurance startup Hippo has raised a $25m Series B round led by Comcast Ventures and Fifth Wall,...

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Apple accelerates US investment and job creation

In addition to the massive expected cash repatriation, Apple expects to make a $350bn contribution to the US economy over the next five...

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Moscow creates bank to help it avoid US sanctions

Moscow is creating a bank that the Kremlin will use to finance its defence industry in a manoeuvre that will help it avoid new US...

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The Cashless Society Has Arrived— Only It’s in China

Mobile payments in China have surged to $9 trillion a year (US saw $112 billion in 2016), changing how people shop, borrow and even...

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Fintech startup Curve launches its connected card app

Curve's linked credit card is now available to consumers, allowing users to link all of their card accounts to a single app and connected...

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Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and others invest $38 million in research tech startup

New York based investment data and analytics platform has raised a $38m venture round led by Goldman Sachs.

It is among a growing group of financial technology companies that are hoping to take advantage of regulatory changes in Europe and...…

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Vestwell adds Morningstar Investment Management’s 3(21) Fiduciary Services

Vestwell will begin to offer investments curated by Morningstar in various asset classes and fund types on its platform.  

“Equipping advisors and clients with a digital retirement experience that helps alleviate administrative and fiduciary burdens has been,...…

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Apartment List raises $50 million for home rentals

San Francisco based apartment rental marketplace Apartment List has raised a $50m Series C round led by Passport Capital, Canaan...

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Varo Money raises $45 million for mobile banking without fees

San Francisco based mobile banking startup Varo Money has raised a $45m Series B led by Warburg Pincus and The Rise Fund.

Investors believe there’s a huge market opportunity to disrupt big banks and build a more cost-effective and consumer-friendly platform...…

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Leading Real Estate Marketplace Roofstock Hits $1 Billion in Transactions; Upsizes Series C Round

Oakland based single-family home marketplace Roofstock has raised an additional $7m in Series C funding, after a $35m Series C round in...

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defi SOLUTIONS Announces $55 Million Investment from Bain Capital Ventures

Texas based lending software provider defi SOLUTIONS has raised a $55m Series C from Bain Capital Ventures.

defi SOLUTIONS began revolutionizing auto lending in 2012 and continues to defy the status quo with both its configurable...…

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Chart-topping fitness app "Sweatcoin" secures funding

Frankfurt based physical-movement backed digital currency startup Sweatcoin has raised a $5.7m seed round with participation from...

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Alibaba's AI Outguns Humans in Reading Test

Alibaba's natural language processing (NLP) neural network scored better than average humans in a Stanford University reading and...

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NYSE parent company launches cryptocurrency datafeed

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is partnering with blockchain startup Blockstream launch a new crypto data feed, providing historical and...

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India’s Razorpay nabs $20M led by Tiger Global for its Stripe-like payment gateway

Bangalore based payment API provider Razorpay has raised a $20m Series B round led by Tiger Global, at a valuation over $100m.

Today, Razorpay offers 6 different services, including subscriptions, invoicing and payment URLs alongside its basic payment offering,...…

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Ratehub taps $12-million in venture funding from Boston-based Elephant Partners LP

Toronto based financial product comparison startup Ratehub has raised a $12m Series A round led by Elephant Partners LP.  

Ratehub's business, roughly speaking, is split evenly between Ratehub.ca and CanWise Financial. On Ratehub.ca, there is advertising and...…

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China’s about to deal a final blow to its bitcoin whales

Chinese officials will not only block access to local and offshore platforms that provide centralized trading, but will target those who...

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Market Manipulation 101: Bitcoin Futures

Tomorrow, on January 17th, the first bitcoin futures will settle.  The CBOE cash-settled contracts will settle based on the 4pm ET...

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CFTC To Examine Self-Certification

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Market Risk Advisory Committee is set to convene on January 31st to examine the...

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BlackRock's ultimatum to CEOs: Help society or else

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink is informing business leaders that their companies must contribute to society if they want to receive investment...

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Software firm Cardlytics files for $75 million IPO

Cardlytics, the pioneer in using anonymized bank and transaction data for ad targeting, generated $113m in revenue in 2016 and $91m...

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JPMorgan Chase To Integrate Zcash Technology To Its Enterprise Blockchain Platform

Despite the potential for zero knowledge proofs to be used to evade regulation, JPMorgan and ZCash are leading the way in showing how the...

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A bitcoin bubble made in millennial heaven

But what attracts millennials in particular to cryptocurrencies? Is it because 18 to 34yr olds were either babies or at most a teenagers...

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B2B Payments Startup Finexio Lands Series A

San Mateo based B2B payments startup Finexio has raised a $4m Series A led by James R. Heinstand.

Finexio develops solutions with the aim of reducing companies’ reliance on paper in accounts payable departments. The company plans to...…

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TransferWise begins private launch of its consumer borderless account and bright green debit card

Expanding beyond it's money transfer roots, TransferWise is launching a bank account and debit card which can hold money in 28 currencies...

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Alkami raises $70 million for mobile banking software

Texas based white-label mobile banking platform Alkami has raised a $70m Series D round led by General Atlantic.

This adds to the over $46 million the company has raised since it was founded in 2009. Stephen Bohanon, founder of Alkami, started the...…

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Rex Lands $15 Million in Series B Funding

California based digital real estate agency REX has raised a $15m Series B from individual investors.

The Woodland Hills company, an online agency that sells homes without using MLS listings, said it grew 300 percent last year and has...…

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Fintech Startup YieldStreet Raises $113 Million

New York based loan crowdfunding platform YieldStreet has raised a $12.8m funding round led by Greycroft and Raine Ventures, as well as...

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Online lending platform EarlySalary raises $15.7 mn in Series B round

India based consumer lending platform EarlySalary has raised a $15.7m Series B round led by Eight Roads Ventures India.

The three-year-old startup essentially offers a mobile app that allows salaried individuals to avail instant loans for an average tenure...…

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Ladder Secures $30M in Series B Funding

Palo Alto based life insurance startup Ladder has raised a $30m Series B round led by RRE Ventures.

Led by Jamie Hale, CEO and co-founder, Ladder provides a digital-first life insurance product to serve today’s financially savvy...…

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UK fintech platform Goji gets backing from AXA and Anthemis

London based direct lending platform Goji has raised an undisclosed amount Series A round from AXA and Anthemis.

The London-based company will invest the “multi-million pound” funding in further product development, such as in its Diversified P2P...…

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Cardlay secures $5M in expansion capital from SEED Capital and SEB Venture.

Denmark based payments software startup Cardlay has announced a $4.81m Series A round led by SEB Venture and SEED Capital.

Cardlay, founded in 2016 by Jørgen Christian Juul, who previously founded Wallmob, provides tools for banks to manage payment cards,...…

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WeChat shows messaging is the future of financial services ‘platforms’

Tencent has now received a license that allows it to sell mutual funds on WeChat to its more than 980 million users.  WeChat is...

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Mylo, the fintech app that invests Canadians spare change, raises $2.5M in seed round

Montreal based robo investing app Mylo has raised a $2.5m Series Seed led by Desjardins Capital.

Mylo will use the funding to scale their operations and develop their backend technology to become a full-service AI-driven personal...…

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Ethereum Price Highs Overshadow New Wave of Tech Issues

Coindesk profiles some of the lingering technical issues with the Ethereum network, including a glitch that resulted in unnecessarily...

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Jamie Dimon: I regret callling Bitcoin a fraud

Best said by downtown Josh Brown on Twitter...."If you had Under Four Months in the capitulation pool, please report to the cashiers...

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UpLift Increases its Lending Capacity to $200m and Closes $90m New Financing

San Francisco based flexible travel payments startup UpLift has raised a $15m funding round led by Draper Nexus Ventures.

UpLift is the only financing solution 100% focused on the travel industry, delivering suppliers increased booking values, booking windows...…

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FindBob Closes $1.26M USD Seed Round

Toronto based planning tool for financial advisors FindBob has raised a $1.26m Series A led by Grinnell Mutual.

FindBob champions better transition behavior among financial professionals and their firms in order to perpetuate and protect their most...…

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Australia's REFFIND just bought into US blockchain leader Loyyal Corporation

New York based blockchain powered loyalty rewards platform Loyyal has raised a $2.3m funding round from REFFIND.

The $US2.3 million investment will give REFFIND an equity stake in Loyyal of between 12.8% and 14.8% and board representation. The...…

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4 Technology Trends That Will Transform Our World in 2018

Fortune offers predictions on tech trends in 2018: IoT becoming mixed with blockchain, increased FinTech adoption (especially in...

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CLARA analytics Announces $11.5 Million Series A Funding Led by Oak HC/FT

Santa Clara based workers comp claims software provider CLARA analytics has raised a $11.5m Series A led by Oak HC/FT

“CLARA is a first mover in utilizing AI to dramatically improve claims outcomes for the P&C industry. Their technology is highly advanced...…

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BondLink Raises $10M in Series A Funding

Boston based municipal bond issuer software provider BondLink has raised a $10m Series A led by Franklin Templeton Investments.

The company intends to use the funds to accelerate and expand adoption of its software to the public sector bond issuers across the...…

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Coinbase - don't forget to pay your taxes

Many Coinbase users were surprised to see a new banner message on the top of their accounts on New Years Day - a gentle reminder that...

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zlien Lands $10M to Eliminate Construction Liens

New Orleans based construction payments ecosystem zlien has raised a $10m Series B round led by S3 Ventures.

zlien connects construction stakeholders and leverages millions of data records to make payment documentation and lien rights fast and...…

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Ethereum crosses the $1,000 market

What a start to 2018 it has been for cryptocurrency, with Ethereum surpassing the $1,000 mark on many major exchanges, nowrepresenting a...

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Urban Jungle gets £1m to disrupt the insurance market

London based home insurance startup Urban Jungle has raised a £1m Seed Round led by Rob Devey, former CEO of Prudential UK.

The company will use the funds to improve the way in which renters can obtain home insurance. Founded by Jimmy Williams and Greg...…

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MoneyGram, Alibaba unit merger killed off

The U.S. government has blocked the MoneyGram - Ant Financial (Alibaba) merger, after months of negotiations.  The two plan to...

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Affirm’s big business for 2018 is marketing

After a Dec 2017 Series D valuing the company at $1.3b, Affirm is looking to tackle the 77% online shopping cart abandonment rate by...

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2018 Is The Year Fintech Is Forced To Grow Up

Law360 analyzes the impact that recent and upcoming regulation (specific to the U.K), including PSD2, the U.K Open Banking Initiative,...

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