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How Funding Circle went from $15m to $1bn in 4 years

Nice analysis

Funding Circle has thus far reacted with graceful discretion to numerous reports, all un-substantiated, that the company has achieved the...…

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Britain just gave the green light to a bank with no branches and no website — just an app

The mobile lead bank! Curious to experiment it

Atom Bank, a mobile-first challenger bank, just won a banking licence to operate in the UK and plans to launch later this year. Unlike...…

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USAA investment arm leads $24 million funding for connected car startup Automatic

Interesting start-up in the world of connected cars!

The financial company is leading the $24 million funding round for Automatic. Automatic, a startup that makes a device that shares...…

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UK private client wealth managers shun moderately rich

Growing regulatory costs are causing some UK wealth managers to fire clients with less than £500,000 of investable assets. One...

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London FinTech startup Currency Cloud raises $18m series C funding from Rakuten, Sapphire Ventures a

Currency Cloud, a fast and secure payment network for businesses, has landed $18mm in Series C funding led by Sapphire Venture.

London's finance and tech worlds are forming successful companies (Source; Getty) One of London’s FinTech stars has landed a new round...…

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Credit Karma Has Raised $175M On A Valuation Of $3.5B, As It Looks To An IPO In The Next 1-2 Years

Credit Karma, the platform that allows users to check their personal credit score and apply for loans, has raised a round of funding as...

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Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Team Up To Launch WebAssembly, A New Binary Format For The Web

Some financial institutions have already opted in to a web stack for their internal tools, but the major complaint is that programming...

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GoFundMe Founders to Reap a Fortune in Buyout

The two founders of the crowdfunding site GoFundMe are relinquishing control and reaping a fortune by selling a majority stake worth...

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Markets Headed to ‘Bubbleland,’ Warns Jeremy Grantham

While markets are not yet in bubble territory, Jeremy Grantham warns that they are getting closer. He does not believe that imminent...

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This partnership wants to bring credit scores to China

The opportunity space of credit scoring (e.g. credit Karma) copying into China....

A U.S. and Chinese company are trying to give China’s consumers access to credit by bring a new concept to that country: the credit...…

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Enigma attracts $28.2 mln Series B

Data discovery and analytics provider Engima has received $28.2 million in Series B funding. New Enterprise Associates led the round...

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Fintech reloaded

Nice report....however not too much news...think sufficient reports have been written that FinTech is happening

Deutsche BankThe time is ripe for established banks to transform themselves into digital platform-based ecosystems, says Deutsche Bank....…

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Tech's peer-to-peer model is coming for insurance

Insurance being disrupted! Uzamo great company, some comparable models in Europe tackling P2P

Much like the way Groupon leveraged the buying power of groups and peer-to-peer lender Lending Club cut out the middle man to offer lower...…

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Money Transfer Startup Azimo Raises $20M At A $100M Valuation

Do not get why they make payments free, with only FX as the cost, and ask for a kick back on the revenues

Azimo, a mobile money transfer startup out of London that was once feted by Facebook, is jumping into the funding ring with a $20 million...…

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Here's why WorldRemit is worth £320 million — it's building the WhatsApp of money

Interesting interview...not sure the what's app of Money is a term that makes sense

International money transfer start-up WorldRemit is worth a rumoured $500 million (£320 million) after raising $100 million (£64.5...…

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The Computer as a Financial Planner

Big outstanding question is whether the computer complements the advisor or replaces?

COMPUTER-GENERATED investment advice has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years. And for good reason. Many web-based services...…

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THE SEA CHANGE RIPPLE LABS SEES FOR FINTECH

Nice interview to get a perspective on the vision Ripple has

In the world of distributed ledgers, bitcoin may grab the lion’s share of attention and headlines. But there’s also a sea change going on...…

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The six accelerants of the AI boom This is the text of a short talk I gave at The Europas in June 20

Great article on AI

What is causing the current boom in AI innovation? My current thinking is that there are six primary drivers of the current AI wave....…

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Fund houses search for Chinese internet partnerships

International fund managers are exploring partnerships with Chinese internet firms such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu. These funds have...

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The wealth management discovery platform raised $5mm in Series B funding led by Highland Capital Ma

The wealth management discovery platform raised $5mm in Series B funding led by Highland Capital Management.

Harvest Exchange (HVST.com), the fast-growing investment management marketplace platform today announced a $5 million Series B funding...…

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Chinese technology company Beijing Kunlun just invested £22 million ($34.2 million) in peer-to-peer

Chinese technology company Beijing Kunlun just invested £22 million ($34.2 million) in peer-to-peer mortgage lender LendInvest in the...

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Polygenius Company Redefines US Consumer Insurance with Online Tools, Quotes and Advice

Brooklyn based insurance startup has raised $5.3mm in Series A funding from co-led by Karlin Ventures and Susa Ventures.

PolicyGenius secured $5.3 million in its Series A funding round, reasserting the company as the champion for consumer insurance advice...…

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Alibaba's Ant Financial valued at $45 bln after new funding

Alipay, the "crown Jewel' in the Ant financial group, has been a driving force in Alibaba’s eCommerce growth too. Alipay is China’s most...

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Quantopian: Giving Individuals the Tools to ‘Compete with Wall Street’s Best’

Boston FinTech startup, Quantopian, is open-sourcing its application to coders interested to “write market-beating algorithms.”

One Boston FinTech startup, Quantopian, is open-sourcing its application to coders interested in researching and testing financial...…

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UK has most billion-dollar 'unicorns' in Europe

Europe now has 40 unicorns, with the UK contributing 17, eight of which were founded in the last 12 months.

Unicorns - billion-dollar technology startups - are more common in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, according to new research...…

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Technology Disappear

Nice article

This year, in 2015, we are officially entering what is called the “Internet of Things” era. That’s when your watch, fridge, car and lamps...…

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The Facts about ADP & Zenefits: Response to the claims made by Zenefits

Classic start-up vs. incumbent battle.. As Ghandi once said.. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and...

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Broken Values & Bottom Lines

Nice way to get free adverstisement, although not sure all facts are facts

Note: Today, Charles Schwab Corporation rolled out a new automated investment service, designed to directly compete with my company,...…

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Response to Blog by Wealthfront CEO Adam Nash

Inetersting correspondence

Wealthfront CEO Adam Nash posted a blog that may have reflected his personal tagline, “inevitably optimistic, slightly amusing, always...…

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SEC questioned revenue at Twitter and Etsy pre-IPO

At least revenues could be questioned, in 2000, in many cases there was no revenue

A number of prominent tech companies have been subject to questioning from the SEC about how they record their revenues. When Etsy...…

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Apple Pay UK: date for new payment system revealed

In July Brits will be able to pay for good and services via their iPhone 6. Launch partners include: Boots, M&S, Lidl, Waitrose, London...

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European Mobile Payment Startup SumUp Discloses A Total $45M In Funding

Wondering when we will see a consolidation of the mobile and domestic payment space

In the rush of companies crowding into the mobile payment space, a startup out of Europe has announced more funding to grow its footprint...…

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How the Next Financial Crisis Will Happen

Nice article, the regulation to help create stability to create instability...

After the financial crisis, a focus on safety and soundness was good medicine for the financial system. New bank liquidity and capital...…

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Fintech’s Forgotten Markets

CIB/B2B fintech start-ups are often ignored as the big bucks head into B2C start-ups. However those start-ups tend to prove to deliver...

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UBS Bank Is Experimenting with ‘Smart-Bonds’ Using the Bitcoin Blockchain

Cool usecase of Blockchain!

During his talk at IDX Derivatives Expo in London, Alex Batlin, UBS Bank’s chief Information officer for innovation (CIOI) shed some...…

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FN Fintech Focus: Follow the money

Nice Overview....Asia is hot!

The growing buzz surrounding fintech has given rise to a number of initiatives to promote local cities as the place to be for start-ups...…

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Millennial Personal Finance – The Fin Tech Startups Targeting Millennials

Very nice overview of the Millenial FinTech space!

Fin Tech startups targeting the millennial demographic have raised over $2.29B across 126 deals. They range from 'robo-advisors' offering...…

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Organizing Connected Transportation

Nice overview of the connected transportation system, some of these sectors are hot to disrupt Insurance and Car Leasing

. At the time of writing this post, we’ve been able to identify 369 companies which have collectively raised $3.15B, and organized them...…

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Disruptive Ideas for the Insurance Industry: Pay as You Go, Micro-Insurance and More

Innovation in the insurance sector aiding the pay-as-you-go model and other cool things: What are startups up to?

Within a short span of time, micro-insurance and the pay-as-you-go model of insurance has evolved into a long-term strategic business...…

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Insurance-Tech Startups Are Invading The Multi-Trillion Dollar Insurance Industry

Strong growth, albeit from a small base. Main catalyst would be more entrepreneurs setting up insurance disruptors

Companies in the insurance tech space raised $2.12B since 2010 a whopping $1.39B of which has come since the start of 2014. 2015 is...…

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Direct Santander bank feeds now available

API's are starting to eat the information out of Banks

Santander Corporate & Commercial UK customers can now connect to Xero and automatically receive their bank transactions. With direct...…

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JPMorgan cuts the cord on voicemail

3.2 million savings on voicemail

For JPMorgan's retail employees, there will be no more messages after the beep. The company's consumer banking chief told an industry...…

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McKinsey: Robo-advisors have a cloudy future but 'virtual advice' delivered by 24-hour super-centers

McKinsey's new report, “The Virtual Financial Advisor: Delivering Personalized Advice in the Digital Age” argues that the prospects for...

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UBS sets up Singapore wealth management lab

UBS is setting up a technology innovation lab in Singapore to meet the changing demands of its wealth management clients, following the...

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Sungard, the financial software provider, filed for an IPO.

The company provides trading and investment management software for more than 15,000 financial firms. The company has hired investment...

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Markit buys Dublin-based software firm Information Mosaic

Mosaic develops enterprise software with a focus on corporate actions and post trade securities processing.

Dublin-based software company Information Mosaic has been bought by financial information services firm Markit. The value of the deal...…

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Brazil’s Nubank Raises $30M Led By Tiger To Build Out Its Mobile-Based Credit Card Business

Nubank, the Brazilian digital finance and payments company raised a new round. Innovating banking via the mobile should be a big success...

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The future of payments ...by google

At their I/O conference last week, Google outlines how customers will soon be able to pay "hands free".

Technical details have not...

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Alibaba moves into financial data and information services

Smart moves think we will see a lot of innovation to come out of Asia in the comings years, by combining different sets of data. Most of...

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DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals: Know Your Robots

Amazing to see how this is developing...curious how the role of Robots evolves, now very much in the manufacturing industry...when will...

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Fintech’s Forgotten Markets

gradually, people are figuring out that Financial Services has always been a tech business, but seem not be be fully aware of this. Look...

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