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Casual Trading App Bux Pulls In Another $6.9M In Funding

Congrats to BUX, one of our first investments!

More VC being thrown at casual trading startup Bux. The app, which turns stocks and derivatives trading (via CFDs) into a game-like and...…

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Break Up the Big Banks?

The too-big-to-fail debate has moved beyond a simple argument over whether banks should be broken up just because of their size. True,...

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App-only bank Mondo is valued at £30 million in an oversubscribed £6 million fundraise

Mobile-only bank Mondo is valued at £30 million in an oversubscribed £6 million fundraise....but still has to raise

Aspiring app-only bank Mondo has been valued at £30 million in a £6 million funding round, despite the fact that it has yet to fully...…

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European Banking sector

Must read from Bloomberg on the state of Europe's incumbent financial institutions and the growth of fintech disruptors. Short summary,...

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The Terms Behind Unicorn Valuations

The law firm Fenwick & West, published a new report highlighting the financing terms of recent financings with a $1b+ valuation. 

The Terms Behind Unicorn Valuations Background In May 2015, we published our first survey of the terms of unicorn financings. That...…

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UK P2P Lending Grows Over 80% Percent in 2015

The 2015 UK Alternative Finance Report‘ looks at the trends in the alternative finance industry, incl.. Alternative financing includes,...

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Zopa to launch three new products

Strong growth of P2P and models keep on developing! congrats!

ZopaPeer-to-peer pioneer Zopa will launch a new range of lending products in mid-March ahead of the new Innovative Finance ISA. The new...…

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The "Unicorn" Problem? Too many companies spent $300-500M to get to $30-40M annual revenue

 The Rise and Fall of the Unicorn! Nice article of the unicorn problem!

A major investor I very highly regard put his finger on it the other day, when he said to me that "too many companies spent $300-500M...…

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A Billion Dollars Was Transferred Over Venmo In January About $7.5 billion moved over the app in all

up 10X momentum kicking in

People transferred $1 billion over Venmo in January, the company said today, showing that usage of the mobile money app is still growing...…

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London-Based Curve De-Cloaks With All Your Bank Cards In One, And Broader Fintech Convergence Play

A similar model as Coin, let's see how traction will take off! 

Curve, the stealthy London-based startup backed by notable fintech investors, finally de-cloaks today with the soft launch of its iOS app...…

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The Problem with "The Problem with Oracles"

Nice article "The problem with oracles" in blockchain

Many of the innovative proposals for blockchain technology reach their potential by leveraging what is commonly called a “smart...…

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The Next Billion-Dollar Insurer

2016 the year of Insurance disruption and enablement. Big opportunities especially in Non life insurance Distribution, Claims Management,...

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Fintech Kabbage to add up to 300 jobs, expand Atlanta HQ

Great momentum of kabbage! 

Atlanta “tech unicorn” Kabbage will more than double its workforce and lease up to two additional floors — or more than 40,000 square...…

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UK sets out open banking API framework

In November of last year the government of the UK set up the Open Banking Working Group (OBWG) to explore how banks and fintech firms can...

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The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks

Millennials and small investors aren’t the only ones using robo-advisers. Poeple with much larger portfolios are also trying them out.

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions...…

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WorldRemit Gets $45M At A $500M Valuation

A debt funding round in stead of equity, and valuation at last years round, anyway impressive what they are doing! Question how...

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FinTech tools & Trends at Finovate Europe 2016

Nice overview of some of the interesting companies on Finnovate

The FinovateEurope conference closed its doors on February 10th in London after two days packed with company pitches, demos, and...…

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UK sets out open banking API framework

Expect that this will become a commodity solution offered for free, which is great for consumers and the banks and solution providers...

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Millennials Are Starting to Change the Stock Market

The new world of investing!

Alistair Owen pours most of his paycheck into what he calls a travel-and-lifestyle fund. “I’m not saving up to buy anything,” said the...…

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RBC partners with BlackRock's FutureAdvisor for robo-adviser pilot program

Acquisition of Future advisor seems to pay-off, with B2B2C being on a roll!

RBC Wealth Management has rolled out a robo-adviser for its top advisers in a half dozen teams within the United States as part of a...…

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Ripple unveils partnership with SBI

Japan’s SBI Group, has announced it is creating a new company in partnership with digital ledger technology (DLT) startup Ripple in order...

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The State Of P2P Lending

TechCrunch highlights the growth of online lenders and gives guidance on where it expects the industry to go in 2016. The jury is a  bit...

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The Zebra, A “Kayak For Auto Insurance,” Grabs $17 Million To Better Educate Drivers About Rates & C

The kayak for auto insurance! 2016 the year of insurance disruption!

Austin-based The Zebra, a startup that’s something of a “Kayak for auto insurance,” has been working to bring the process of shopping for...…

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China’s Tencent-Backed WeBank Raising Funds at $5.5 Billion Valuation The online lender is close to

Mega funding round from China! Private markets seem to remain hot in China!

Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s online banking affiliate WeBank is close to raising fresh funds from investors including...…

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OCBC Bank launches fintech innovation unit and accelerator

Singapore becoming the Asian FinTech hub! 

OCBC Bank has launched a fintech co-working space and innovation unit in Singapore and its first accelerator programme to identify and...…

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Vestorly raises its game with artificial intelligence The content marketing company for advisers is

Vestorly raising more money! expect to see many more B2B2C models popping up to help the intermediary step up its productivity and value add

Vestorly, a company whose platform allows advisers to sift through content to share with clients, is using the $4.1 million in...…

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Broken TransferWise is all “smoke and mirrors”

Not all is smoke and mirrors but 1Bn might include a significant unproven smoke

Currency exchange boss says TransferWise's $1bn business isn't all it's cracked up to be. Calling Britain’s most high profile...…

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Betterment for Business Officially Launches Robo-401(k) Participants have been using platform since

The shift from B2c to B2BC

Betterment for Business, the robo-advisor's new 401(k) platform, officially launches today with about 50 plan sponsors already signed up...…

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Dopay secures $2.4 million 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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A dose of reality may be hitting angel investing.

A volatile stock market is one factor making angels more cautious. This is one input that has led startup valuations to drop to their...

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