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Retirement Plans – A Neglected Niche?

Wealth Management profile Vestwell as part of a broader piece on the retirement space. Vestwell, led by Founder and CEO Aaron Schumm, a...

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Bitcoin reaches major milestone as users adopt upgrade

Segwit, the upgrade meant to lower the work and speed up the process to confirm transactions off the main chain, is now involved in more...

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U.K.'s Virgin Money to launch digital challenger bank

Virgin Money has already spent $53.3m over the last year developing its digital bank which will rival competitors like Starling and...

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Bitcoin futures regulator allows employees to trade crypto

After numerous employees inquiries, the CFTC has recently told their employees that it is kosher for them to invest in cyrptocurrencies...

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Israeli digital loan co Blender raises $16m

Israel based peer to peer lender has raised $16m in equity and debt financing, led by Blumberg Capital.  

Blender's services are cheaper than the loans offered by credit companies, but more expensive than bank loans. At the same time, Blender...…

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Honcker raises at least $15M from IAC as it takes on the car-leasing-on-demand market

New York based aggregator and search engine for car leasing services has raised a $23m Series A led by IAC.

Along with the funding, Honcker is releasing a new version of its app, with more parameters to search for vehicles and get...…

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Circle acquires cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex

Circle, a startup focused on peer-to-peer payments as well as providing liquidity to the crypto markets, has acquired U.S. based crypto...

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Newly Proposed Bills May Help Your Plan Sponsors

Vestwell provides an overview of retirement plan related legislation making its way through Congress, including bills addressing sponsor...

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Teampay raises $4m so you don’t have to steal your CEO’s credit card anymore

New York based corporate virtual credit card startup Teampay has raised a $4m Seed Round led by Crosscut Ventures.

Teampay’s focus is on the mid-market, targeting companies with two hundred to a thousand employees. Hoag said that “Our target customer...…

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Blockchain ‘could save asset managers $2.7bn a year’

Technology company Calastone has estimated that based on daily trade volumes of funds in the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Hong Kong,...

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Temenos and Fidessa forge banking software tie-up

Fidessa, one of the so-called “grandfathers” of the UK financial technology market, has agreed to a takeover by Swiss banking software...

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A $232 Million Cryptocurrency Fight Comes to a Close

The husband-and-wife team behind Tezos have been locked in a fierce battle for control of $232m with the head of the board of a nonprofit...

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Venezuela launches the ‘petro,’ its cryptocurrency

“Today, a cryptocurrency is being born that can take on Superman,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas however The U.S. Treasury warned...

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California Insurtech Startup Gabi Raises $9.5 Million During Latest Funding Round Led By Canvas Vent

San Francisco based insurance rate aggregator and advice startup Gabi has raised a $9.5m Series A round led by Canvas Ventures.

Gabi, a California-based insurtech startup, announced this week it secured $9.5 million during its Series A round, which was led by...…

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Anyfin bags €4.8M Series A to let you refinance your existing loans by taking a photo

Stockholm based consumer credit refinancing startup Anyfin has raised a €4.8m Series A led by Accel and Northzone.

“All the consumer has to do to save a bunch of money is to snap a picture of the credit card bill or loan statement and we do the rest....…

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Ahead of Saudi Aramco IPO, Nasdaq CEO says massive companies could benefit from dual-listing

Perhaps hedging her bets, Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman has been advocating that dual-listing in different time zones could help provide...

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ChronWell Raises $4.5M for First-Ever Workers’ Compensation Platform

Florida based tech-enabled workers compensation platform ChronWell has raised a $4.5m Series A round from undisclosed investors.

The Series A round will be used to fund the first phase of the company’s innovative platform which covers triage, on-site care, care...…

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Greenlight raises $16m for kids' debit card

Atlanta based youth-focused smart debit card provider Greenlight Financial Technology has raised a $16m Series A round led by TTV Capital.

Atlanta-based Greenlight combines a "smart" debit card with an app to help kids improve their financial literacy while giving parents...…

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Amino Payments raises $4.5M seed round to ramp up hiring

Philadelphia based blockchain adtech analytics startup Amino has raised a $4.5m Seed Round led by First Round Capital.

To date, the firm has brought on $6.25 million in venture capital, including the $1.75 million raise that started out as a small angel...…

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Braviant Holdings Announces $7 Million Equity Raise

Chicago based consumer lending startup Braviant Holdings has raised a $7m funding round from Loom Capital.

Braviant is one of the largest providers of pre-approved direct mail offers of credit for underbanked consumers in its market. Through...…

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NYC aims to become the global epicenter of crypto

Forbes reviews the upcoming “Blockchain Week” in NYC and its headline event (the Consensus conference), which will draw key speakers such...

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China turns off the tap for online lenders

China has tightened approval standards for new consumer credit securitizations, amidst concerns of irresponsible lending practices....

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RecargaPay hauls in $22 mln Series B

São Paulo based Brazil focused mobile payments platform RecargaPay has raised a $22m Series B round led by IFC, TheVentureCity, and Ventech.

RecargaPay is a financial technology company democratizing mobile payments in Brazil that has reached 10 million mobile wallets and...…

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Fintech friendly Cross River Bank partners with PeerIQ, leading provider of consumer loan analytics

Cross River Bank, who is a major hub for the entire marketplace lending sector and works with more than 15 online lending companies, has...

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Benzinga Fintech Awards 2018

The window is closing for new entries to the 2018 FinTech Awards, so all category changing fintech startups should apply and .  As a...

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Even Financial Reports $3M Financing Round

New York based marketplace lending supply side platform Even Financial has raised a $3m funding round led by American Express Ventures.

Even Financial has said that its platform includes an API that “matches qualified consumers with the right financial products and...…

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$850 Million Raised in ICO So Far, Says Telegram

Despite criticism related to its potential blockchain-based business model and the apparent lack of governance on its tokens, Telegram...

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Venture investment in UK fintech more than doubles

Boosted by a handful of large fundraisings, fintech companies raised $1.6bn of venture capital investment last year.  

“There is no doubt that London’s position as a leading financial and technology centre is driven by the UK’s focus on policy and talent,...…

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Amazon partners with Bank of America for its lending program

In his shareholder letter 2yrs ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he was looking to team up with banks that could help his company expand...

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SEC kills Chinese-linked takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

The acquisition, which was proposed in February 2016 and worth around $25 million, was led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group, a...

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Cardlytics first fintech firm to go public in 2018

After stumbling in its debut, Cardlytics stock flew up 33% in 2 days this week, making it the 4th-best IPO of 2018. VC backed Cardlytics...

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Competing with BigCo: 2018 Edition

Steven Sinofsky's recent blog on 'competing with big companies' is a must read. He reminds us that it is highly likely that the next wave...

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Payworks Announces $14.5M Series B Investment Round

Munich based POS payment gateway technology startup Payworks has raised a $14.5m Series B round led by CommerzVentures and Visa.

Founded in 2012, Payworks has developed a next generation payment gateway technology, operated in the cloud and provided in a Software as...…

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Diverse Syndicate from Across the Country Invests $3 Million into SafeChain

Ohio based blockchain real estate transaction startup SafeChain has raised a $3m Series A round led by NCT Ventures.

Purchasing real estate today is an inefficient and paper based process that often requires 30 days and up to a dozen different entities...…

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Homesnap raises $14 million for real estate intelligence

Maryland based real estate agent data platform HomeSnap has raised a $14m Series B led by Updata Partners.

Homesnap has registered about 400,000 real estate agents, who use its services to find out things like how long a home has been on the...…

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Tipalti Closes $30 Million Series C Funding Round To Build Out R&D

San Mateo based payables automation startup Tipalti has raised a $30m Series C round led by Zeev Ventures.

Through its platform, Tipalti is typically able to automate 80 percent of a company’s AP and cross-border payments workload. With those...…

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Fullerton leads Series C investment round in Lendingkart

India based digital SME financing platform LendingKart has raised a $87m Series C round led by Fullerton Financial Holdings.

Lendingkart Technologies handles technology and digital marketing, while Lendingkart Finance underwrites loans for small and medium...…

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Stash Raises $37.5M To Launch New Banking Service

New York based micro-investing startup Stash has raised a $37.5m Series D round led by Union Square Ventures, after raising a $40m Series...

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The digital upstarts taking on Britain's dominant few bank

Since 2013, UK regulators have licensed more than 30 new banking entrants.  With over 80% of UK deposits controlled by five dominant...

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Global fintech funding holds steady in 2017

Fintech companies raised a total of $31b in 2017, favorable to the $25b raised in 2016 but well below the record $47b raised in 2015....

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Dwolla secures $12 million round of funding, will nearly double workforce

Des Moine based payments API startup Dwolla has raised a $12m Series D led by Foundry Group.

Dwolla's latest round of funding was led by Foundry Group with additional investment from Union Square Ventures, Next Level Ventures,...…

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Amazon partners with Bank of America for its lending program

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DailyPay Announces $9 Million in Series B Funding

New York based employee real-time wage access startup DailyPay has raised a $9m Series B led by Intercept Ventures.

Data shows the average DailyPay user accesses the system approximately one time per week and 94% of employee users self-report they use...…

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Zervant raises €6M for its invoicing software for small businesses

Finland based SMB-focused online invoicing startup Zervant has raised a €6m Series B led by Tesi.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Zervant offers simple invoicing software targeting micro enterprises in Europe,...…

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Why point-of-sale lending is hot right now

Many younger consumers have a love-hate relationship with credit.They are comfortable borrowing for specific purposes, such as paying for...

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Fintech startup Ohpen raises €25 million in Series C

Amsterdam based cloud-based core banking platform Ohpen has raised a €25m Series C round from Amerborgh, after raising a €17m Series B in...

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Altegris To Merge With Artivest

The combination of Artivest and Altegris will create the largest independent alternative investment technology firm, managing over $3b in...

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Cryptocurrency Meets Muni-Bond Market Under Berkeley Venture

Portfolio company Neighborly is working with the city of Berkeley, California on what could be the first ever municipal bond issuance to...

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Fintech Giants Roll Out Digital 401k Platform

Vestwell has partnered with portfolio risk startup Riskalyze to create Riskalyze Retirement Solutions. The end to end digital 401k...

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Goldman Sachs in Talks With Apple to Finance iPhone Sales

Goldman appears to be eyeing the "point-of-sale" finance business, and hopes to partner with Apple to offer loans on new iPhone...

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Fintech Firms Look to Enter Banking Via Century-Old Tactic

Fintech startups hoping to expand into digital banking are increasingly looking at obtaining an industrial loan charter, in lieu of...

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Bitcoin’s Plunge Weighs on Coin Offerings

ICO fundraising has cooled down from the $6b raised in 2017, as many altcoins find themselves trading 50+% lower than their peak levels....

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Cashforce seals EUR2 million Series A funding for international roll out

New York based cash forecasting software startup Cashforce has raised a €2m Series A led by Volta Ventures.  

Cashforce is unique because it offers full transparency into what exactly drives the cash flow of mid-size & large corporates with...…

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A Bargain at $5.3 Billion

Los Angeles may be writing the playbook for more economical spending on the Olympics.  The return on investment may be better for...

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Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus

America's elite law schools, business schools, and computer science departments are seeing a surge of student interest in cryptocurrency...

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Uno Home Loans raises $25 million from Westpac and launches search for new CEO

Sydney based mortgage loan comparison startup Uno Home Loans has raised a $25m funding round from Westpac.

Launched into the market in May 2016, the platform helps Australian homeowners and aspiring homeowners find and broker the right mortgage...…

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Berlin fintech startup Penta fetches seed funding

Berlin based small business digital banking startup Penta has raised a €2.2m Seed Round led by Inception Capital.  

Penta’s unique selling point is that it provides a free bank account as well as a faster service to small businesses who lack the people...…

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Venture investment in UK fintech more than doubles

Fintech investment in the UK is alive and well following Brexit turmoil - UK fintech startups raised $1.8 bn last year (up more than 150%...

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Autobooks raises $10 million funding round

Detroit based payments and accounting software startup Autobooks has raised a $10m funding round from investors including Draper...

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Human Interest Raises $11M in Series A Funding

San Francisco based employee benefits software startup Human Interest has raised an $11m Series A led by Wing Venture Capital.

Co-founded by Paul Sawaya and Roger Lee, Human Interest provides small business employers with 401(k) retirement savings plans for their...…

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CurveGlobal Completes Second Funding Round With Bank

London based interest rates derivatives platform CurveGlobal has raised a £20m funding round led by the London Stock Exchange Group and...

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Goldman Is Close to Buying Personal-Finance Startup Clarity

Goldman is looking to acquire PFM app Clarity Money and fold it into it's Marcus unit, which has originated more than $2b in loans since...

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Dfinity raises $61 million for blockchain-based cloud

Switzerland based blockchain cloud computing startup Dfinity has raised a $61m funding round from Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital.

The Dfinity team ran a public “seed stage” ICO last February and expected to follow that up with a “main” ICO late last year. But the new...…

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The dealmakers financing top adviser technology

InvestmentNews highlights FinTech Collective co-founder Brooks Gibbins, endearingly referring to him as "The Outsider."  Notably,...

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Federal Reserve restricts Wells' growth until firm improves governance and controls

The unusual declaration by the Fed comes in response to "pervasive" consumer abuses and compliance breakdowns at the bank.  

The firm did not have an effective firm-wide risk management framework in place that covered all key risks. This prevented the proper...…

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Regulators are looking at cryptocurrency

The SEC and CFTC provide a sober review on regulatory enforcement in the cryptocurrency world. The agencies  aspire to bring...

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eBay is ditching PayPal for a younger, European partner

PayPal and eBay have been in a relationship since the 1990's. The breakup highlights the rise of a new generation of financial technology...

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‘Crypto crazy’ Japanese mystified by virtual heist

The FT digs into the $500m theft of XEM coins in Japan by an anonymous hacker. Following a crumb trail on the XEM blockchain they detail...

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London fintech start-up Duco raises £20m

London based self-service data engineering software provider Duco has raised a $28m Series B led by Eight Roads and Insight Venture...

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The sad state of crypto custody

Techcrunch reviews the various issues surrounding both hardware wallets ("cold storage") and internet-connected, software wallets ("hot...

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10 Insurtechs for superb customer engagement

Embroker has been featured as one of Digitial Insurance Agenda Barcelona's "10 Insurtechs that drive superb customer engagement", helping...

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Google and Facebook set off a second wave of fintech talent

FT provides an interesting profile of Ireland's rapidly growing fintech scene (including TransferMate, Plynk, and most famously, Stripe)....

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Starbucks launches new credit card for coffee addicts

Starbucks is launching a co-branded credit card backed by JPM, with a $45 annual fee and coffee addict-focused rewards.  The company...

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Thomson Reuters Sells Stake in Unit to Blackstone-Led Group

Blackstone has acquired a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters' financial and risk division at a valuation of $20 billion.  Blackstone's...

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