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Wonga hit in the pocket by tighter lending rules

Wonga made £37M annual loss after a clampdown by UK regulators on payday lending. As part of Wonga’s effort to transform its image it...

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Oscar, a Health Insurance Start-Up, Valued at $1.5 Billion

The NY based health insurance startup, Oscar, was started by Thrive Capital's, Josh Kushner. The startup secured $145m on a $1.5b...

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Square graduates from barista tips to business financing

Last year Square Capital last year, the company has issued $100 million in loans to 20,000 small businesses.

Square charges 2.75%...

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The Unbundling Of Everything

The sharing economy and the Unbundling of Everything all nice trends. Interestingly enough they contradict e.g. UBER is bundling...

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Full Stack Fintech vs White Label Fintech

White-label fintech startups such as FIGO, Yodlee, Currency Cloud operate behind the scene, often in collaboration with incumbents....

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JPMMorgan FInTech investments map

Nice Overview, and also some very nice investments made! Also interesting to see what they did not invest in: BitCoin....

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Interactive Brokers Group (IBKR) to Acquire Covestor

Great to see how Interactive Brokers is transforming to a market place. with the growth of ROBO and general investment trends, see...

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Currency Cloud Launches in the US

Impressive growth of Currencycloud, ready for the next "s" curve! $Some cool facts: 10 billion of international payments and makes...

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Announcing Opendoor – New Srs B Investment for GGV

Think market for Mortgages is a next uncracked market that is huge and ready to disrupt. Given the emotional aspect of owning a house,...

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LONDON FINTECH: OPEN API STANDARD FOR UK BANKS

The API debate is heating up each week growing number of reports! Very few however look into the economics of API's

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German Online Loans Platform Smava Raises $16M

Lending is hot...and platforms are grappling the opportunity to take advantage of it. Lots of this money will go into marketing,...

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An app that has helped millennials save $25 million

Acorns an impressive digital savings app:

The 8 month old spp has grown to more than 650,000 members, opened over 300,000 investment...

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Larry Summers' full-throated endorsement of online lending

This week the former Treasury Secretary delivered the keynote address at LendIt. He expects online lenders to eventually capture 70%...

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Citibank, Lending Club to Partner on CRA Loans

Collaboration continues. Especially in place where there is socio political pressure for banks to continue to lend or where...

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Why Fintech Banks Will Rule The World

Interesting article, for the case of the aggregator and API world of banking. Coming years will be very interesting to see if Banks...

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Will SAP buy Tradeshift

Interesting article on the impact FinTech start-ups also have on the established IT companies.

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BNY Mellon Explores Bitcoin’s Potential

BNY's CIO Suresh Kumar is experimenting with blockchain The bank will use bitcoin, known internally as BK coins, as incentives to staff...

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Students fret over Venmo payments to alleged drug dealer

Columbia students are upset over the arrest of a student who was arrested on drug charges after accepting payments through Venmo. Every...

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Insurers Get Approval to Use Drones AIG, State Farm and USAA will be able to use the unmanned aircra

This will be interesting to see where the limits are in terms of using drones! But great to see tech is increasingly being used IOT and...

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Challenger bank Shawbrook fetches £725m valuation on IPO

A new listed Bank in the UK. Shawbrook targets small and medium sized companies for its loans. Virgin Money, TSB and OneSavings Bank...

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Citi looks to build a global ecosystem for FinTech

City was with City ventures clearly already one of the earlier movers in banking, interesting article on their broader plan

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10 Fintech Companies Outsourcing to Ukrainian Developers

For those looking for inspiration or input re outsoucing IT, please find below a set of examples , incl. names of outsource party of...

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Holvi challenges European banks by activating Millennials

Halve has an interesting client base with 83% of its customers bing millennials. Last weeks heard many rumors around this company, more...

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Behind PayPal’s Foreign Assets Violations

Wonder how well the FinTech Start-ups are organised to prevent AML issues like this?

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The CEO of America's biggest bank is worried about Silicon Valley and Bitcoin stealing his business

Interesting article, especially the end: Dimon also spared a few words for cybersecurity threats, an issue that has plagued JP Morgan...

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HOW FUNDBOX IS CHANGING SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING

82% of all businesses failures are due to poor cash flow management. Fundbox is a flow optimization tool that leverages Big Data...

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Measuring Social ‘Trust’ to Make Loans

Social credit! this is how credit works in communities...how do you expose people socially/put pressure on them like in the offline work?

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UBS to Open Blockchain Research Lab in London

Good to have a focused initiatives as most of these initiatives are so broad that it is hard to get meaningfull impact out of it

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Chicago’s Avant acquires fellow Y Combinator alum ReadyForZero to bolster smart lending platform

AvantCredit recently rebranded to Avant in hopes of no longer being recognized as just a lending service. The 3 year old Chicago based...

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Facebook enters the booming market for mobile payments

Nice overview article.....Also interesting that in contrast to Snapcash and Venmo, Facebook’s service does not make instant payments:...

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