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Everything you need to know about Singapore's Startup Scene

Nice overview of the Singapore FinTech ecosystem

Since 2014, much has changed and the scene has certainly evolved. One of the most striking trends has been the explosion of accelerators...…

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The Android Pay details Google didn't tell you Ready to pay by phone? Here's what you need to know.

Ready to pay by phone? Here's the 7 things you need to know: 1) A fingerprint scan isn't required. 2) Tokenization keeps your money...

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'Buy button' to be added to Google search results

Google has confirmed that it is to introduce a "buy button" to its search results imminently. The button would give Google Search users...

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LendKey reaches $800 Million in Loans

LendKey has deployed $800M in loans to over 35,000 borrowers and raised an additional $125M commitment from its network of lenders....

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KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents the 2015 Internet Trends report

The 197 slides are worth a read, lots of nice facts...no real breaking new insights

KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents the 2015 Internet Trends report, 20 years after the inaugural “The Internet Report” was first published in...…

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Five things you need to know about marketplace lending

MS estimates 290 Bn by 2020...that is the size of 2 top 20 EMEA Bank's Balance Sheets

Marketplace lending – the new buzzword for peer-to-peer lending – is one of the fastest growing areas in fintech. Big banks are starting...…

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Generali braced for insurance revolution

Insurance companies “will disappear” unless they embrace sweeping technological change, Generali’s chief executive warned as the Italian...

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GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank

Another UK attacker...think we need 2 more attackers and we have more attackers than incumbents....traction of the attackers to be seen

We already knew that GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield was working on a new U.K. banking startup, but now, thanks in part to a noisy...…

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What's at stake for advisers if Salesforce is bought out?

Huge worries ....who acquires Salesforce....at a time advisors get disrupted...think they should focus on defending their business...

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TOMORROW’S ADVANCE MAN Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future.

Great article with lots of food for thought

At his firm, Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capitalist routinely lays out “what will happen in the next ten, twenty, thirty years.” On...…

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MASTERCARD LAUNCHES (ALMOST) REAL TIME PAYMENTS

MasterCard Send will enable customers to move funds into debit accounts in a half-hour or less, compared to the one to three days that...

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The Death of Bitcoin

Interesting article by looking back in historuy

The road of innovation is paved with the corpses of outmoded technologies. Throughout history there are countless examples of a...…

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When Goldman Sachs Began Flirting with Bitcoin

It was, though, Walker, the high-ranking Goldman executive, who provided the most encouraging comments about the technology. He said the...

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A number of ultra-cheap computers have been popping up. But nothing can match Chip, a tiny $9 device

Raspberry pi, the easily programmable 35 dollar computer, has been hugely successful, and has found its way into everything from smart...

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Funding Options, an SME financing tool, has raised £1.25m from GLI Finance for a 28.9% equity stake

Seen last months many Comparison Platforms of Platforms, now that the P2P platforms are more mature this wave is coming. Interestingly,...

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Ripple Labs Raises $28 Million in Series A Round

Interesting mix of investors from strategic Vc's to corporates

Digital currency startup Ripple Labs announced today that it has closed a new $28m Series A funding round. The company drew support...…

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Will Automated Driving Kill The Auto Insurance Industry?

"The truth is, if it's a safer way of driving, it's good for society and it's bad for our insurance business," Warren Buffett said...

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9M Insurance Telematics Policies in EU & North America Today

9 million in EU and US, interestingly more in EUR than US

EU and North America have today reached 9 million insurance telematics policies, estimated market research firm Berg Insight. The...…

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Digital Health Market Update

Health and Health Insurance map of innovators

We have updated our digital health market map and it is attached below. We are currently tracking over 760 companies in 23 categories...…

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Yu’e Bao Wow! How Alibaba Is Reshaping Chinese Finance

Jack Ma’s money market fund has raised $90 billion in just ten months, posing a threat to the country’s banks and challenging its...

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Five Robo Advisers, Five Very Different Portfolios

Five Robo Advisers, Five Very Different Portfolios, interesting how different the outcomes are . I recall that Strategic Asset...

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NerdWallet Raises $64 Million in First Round of Funding

NerdWallet, the online tools platform that helps customers understand how to make better financial decisions, has raised $64m in a...

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Human wealth advisers are going out of fashion

Robo advisors are becoming commonplace thanks to their considerably cheaper offerings than those provided by human wealth managers. The...

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Cyber security tops DTCC risk barometer

Cyber security the biggest threat to the digital revolution

The DTCC reports rising concern about cyber crime US post-trade utility the DTCC is reporting that almost half of the respondents in...…

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Rare Commercial RE Finance Startup Gets Funding

Residential and Commercial Real estate could be very well next areas to see mega disruption although harder nut to crack, especially as...

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Moven is expanding to new geographies and increasing customers’ money movement options with a PayPal

Moven has a nice momentum working on PR! Following the partnership with Accenture now also integration with PayPal. Not sure why each of...

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Digital shifts power away from investment banks

Great report from BCG on the impact of digital on I-Banking. The report suggests that partnerships with traditional technology vendors,...

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PayPal and Square are fighting over funding small businesses

Let's see how much space PayPal can grap back on what should have been its natural teritory to expand as a front runner in innovation in...

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FinTech Unicorn List: 36 Companies + 34 More Closing In

Looking back the unicorns were in lending in payments. Where will they be in 5 years from now? Cost reduction, Insurance, Security? Also...

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Moven Takes Its Mobile Banking Global With Accenture

Interesting the role Accenture plays in the ecosystem...what if moven turns out not to be the right option...how do you show you are...

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Blockchain Tech Could Improve Banking, Says EBA Report

Lets see when the "talk" becomes "walk"

Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce costs, improve product offerings and increase speed for banks, according to the most...…

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Whitechapel property successfully funded in February 2015South London property available via Propert

Real Estate Finance Marketplaces could be the next big thing, complexity seems the emotional aspect of mortgages. Time will tell, what...

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The API Opportunity in Banking

Great article!

The API Opportunity in Banking APIs in Financial Services have been in the news lately. In the recently released report by the...…

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4 Big Industries And Their Next Generation Tech Disruptors

Financial Services featured as one of the key industries to be overturned by startups going forward. Shows we are still early stage!

If we can learn anything from the inaugural Next Billion-Dollar Startup List, it’s that no industry is safe from the possibility, and...…

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BitSIM Adds a Secure Hardware Wallet to Any Phone

BitSIM has developed a small, zero-footprint "card" that attaches to any SIM, turning it into a bitcoin wallet that permits user to...

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Are you ready for Google’s mobile algorithm change?

Many smaller financial services firms, registered investment advisers, insurance agents should pay attention to this important change....

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Uber and Capital One announce partnership

In the same period as announcing a partnership with ZOPA, expect many more partnerships coming up

Uber signage inside the company's office. Taxi disrupting start-up Uber has already formed partnerships with companies as diverse as...…

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GLOBAL BITCOIN EXCHANGE ITBIT TODAY STARTS ACCEPTING U.S. CUSTOMERS NATIONWIDE THROUGH NEW YORK STAT

itBit has been one of the bitcoin companies to watch over the last year because of how fast they've acquired capital and their rapid BD...

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With robo-advisors on the rise, robo custodian Apex is rising with them, a diamond mined from the ru

Rob Forreger is the co-founder of Personal Capital and NextCapital. In this article, Rob provides perspectives on what the emerging...

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Capital One: Think More Like a Tech Company, Less Like a Bank

Capital One CEO, Richard Fairbank is encouraging his bank to think more like a tech company and less like a Bank.

Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank knows. “We’re going to need to think more like technology companies and maybe a little less like banks,”...…

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Personal Finance Startup MX Pulls In $30 Million Series A Funding From USAA and Digital Garage

MX is much like MINT and Simple, but seems to get more traction, and might expand more overseas!

MX will be looking to build out its...

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Digit, your personal piggy bank, raises $11.3 million

The San Francisco-based provider of automated savings tools raises $11.3 million in a Series A round. The company helps consumers save...

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Where Does P2P Lending Fit in a Family Office Portfolio?

This is an interesting exploratory piece by Lendit organiser Jason Jones. He put pen to paper after being asked the question "Where...

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PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit

Affirm, the company that Max Levchin started to provide installment loans to consumers at the point of sale, has raised $275 million in...

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Robinhood, an app backed by Snoop Dogg and Marc Andreessen that lets you buy and sell stocks without

Robinhood, the mobile-first financial brokerage, is leveraging technology to allow users to buys and sell stock without being charged a...

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Financial services The fintech revolution

Nice overview of FinTech, although not really something new in here

A wave of startups is changing finance—for the better IN THE years since the crash of 2007-08, policymakers have concentrated on...…

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Envestnet acquires Finance Logix

Finance Logix, the financial planning software provider, was acquired by Envestnet for $30m. Expect to see many of the 20-50m...

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Visa Europe unveils innovation hub for fintech startups

Following the start-up LaunchPad of MasterCard, the innovation hubs of UBS, BBVA, Santander, etc. now also Visa has a hub....next to...

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Putting Robo Advisers to the Test

Startups and established firms alike are creating low-cost ways to offer wealth management advice using rules-based algorithms.

Here’s how to choose among automated investment services from startups such as Betterment and financial giants like Vanguard. In the...…

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Investment Giant KKR Leads Rare $15M Early Stage Round For Fundraising Platform Artivest

Interesting model fixing a problem by making alternative assets more accessible.

In what may be one of its first investments in a Series A round, the investment firm KKR has pulled from its $98.6 billion in assets...…

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Why Facebook's Former Design Chief Is Joining A Finance Startup

Great Article on the shift of talent and similarities how Finance can be disrupted!

IF ANYTHING COULD BENEFIT FROM BETTER DESIGN, IT'S ONLINE FINANCE, SAYS KATE ARONOWITZ, WEALTHFRONT'S NEW VP OF DESIGN. Last week,...…

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Zenefits Just Raised $500 Million At A $4.5 Billion Valuation

Somehow positioned as insurance, but feel more a HR/Admin business, anyway is it an amazing success!

Zenefits today said it has raised $500 million in a round led by Fidelity and TPG at a whopping $4.5 billion valuation. The company,...…

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Uber and Zopa team on car loans for drivers

Great move, and expect many more partnerships in P2P lending to continue to accelerate growth!

Uber has struck a deal with peer-to-peer lender Zopa to offer its London-based drivers financing for new cars. The deal will see drivers...…

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From the people, for the people

Nice article on P2P lending!

SAVERS DO NOT get much in the way of interest from their banks these days. But a different logic seems to apply to borrowers, who still...…

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