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Seed Fundraising - The do's and don'ts

Nice article bt Y-combinator on lessons on seed funding

Startup companies need to purchase equipment, rent offices, and hire staff. More importantly, they need to grow. In almost every case...…

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Robo-adviser set to nutmeg investing’s big players

Nice summary of Nutmeg, curious to see Nutmeg in 2020...as ROBO economics are not very attractive...at this scale

Nutmeg chooses investments for customers based on the outcome they are investing towards, rather than what risk profile they identify...…

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Financial industry giants join $50m Digital Asset Holdings funding round

Great to see all banks stepping up their participation in the ecosystem! The network effect of Blockchain!

Digital Asset Holdings, the blockchain startup helmed by former JP Morgan luminary Blythe Masters, has raised more than $50 million in a...…

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EPISODE 30: THE DIGITIZATION OF FINANCE

In this podcast, Don Duet, the Co-head of the Tech Division at Goldman Sachs explains how the bank thinks of itself as tech company. Don...

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Flywire acquires ScholarFX

Flywire (formerly peerTransfer), a provider of cross-border payment solutions, acquired Toronto-based ScholarFX, a processor of tuition,...

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Why Bill Gates Is Investing in Mobile Banking

The future is mobile, but requires massive investments in the ecosystems to enable also cheap pay-outs and devices in shops to pay with...

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End of the Delaware flip: Why US investors are targeting UK startups

The UK is getting Increasingly becoming attractive versus the US

Non-US targets are increasingly attractive to American multinationals Pfizer's record-breaking $160bn deal to take over the Irish...…

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8 Insurance Tech Startups That Are Planning To Launch in 2016

the hot sector for 2016! CBinsights put together this list of 8 early stage insurance companies taking the "insurtech" space by strom

Soon-to-launch insurance tech startups include stealth startup Ladder, aspiring carriers in health and P&C, and a couple of startups...…

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App Annie 2015 Retrospective — Monetization Opens New Frontiers

App Annie released its 2015 retrospective report. The report has great insights on developments in the app ecosystem. 

Below are some key highlights from this report: Emerging markets showed impressive download and revenue growth, particularly in India,...…

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BlueVine Raises $40 Million To Help Small Businesses With Cash Flow

Another great company in this space factoring!

Another big bet on “FinTech,” Palo-Alto based BlueVine has raised $40 million to provide credit lines for small businesses. The round is...…

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ING invests in Asian marketplace lender

ING among one of the most active FinTech investors of the European Banks! 

Hope the timing of the Chinese pricing worked in their favour

Fresh from its investment in US marketplace lender Kabbage, Dutch bank ING has taken a stake in WeLab, a non-bank provider of consumer...…

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Saxo Bank takes robo-advisor route with Blackrock

Blackrock well on track to roll-up the ROBO B2B market!

Saxo Bank has moved into the fast-expanding robo-advisory market with a full-scale digital investment platform for retail investors in...…

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resolution of the Bitcoin experiment

Great read on Bitcoin by an insider

I’ve spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer. The software I’ve written has been used by millions of users, hundreds of...…

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Technology and insurance predictions for 2016

2016 the year of Insurance!

Insurance companies will start marketing more toward millennials. (Photo: Handout/AP Photos) In recent years, we’ve seen major shifts...…

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Invesco acquires robo-adviser Jemstep The deal will bolster automated advice, investment management

Consolidation 

Investment management firm Invesco Ltd. has acquired Jemstep, one of the first online automated investment platforms in the financial...…

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Digital savings startup Moneybox raises $3 million

2016 the year of savings disruption!

Moneybox, a digital savings and investment app that rounds up spare change from card transactions into a stocks and shares ISA, has...…

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Starling secures $70 million investment

A lot of money is being invested in the UK new Banking scene. Historical results for new banks have been mixed in the UK, but who knows...

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Mambu, The SaaS Banking Platform, Picks Up €8 Million Funding

Interesting journey from micro credits to new bank models platforms

Mambu, the SaaS banking platform, has raised a further €8 million in funding. The round was led by Acton Capital Partners and...…

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Peter Thiel, Paypal Co-Founder and Facebook Backer, Invests in German FinTech Startup Deposit Soluti

Third savings player in Germany. Deposit Solutions is a Hamburg-based FinTech company which was founded in 2011 and has already mediated...

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Banks weigh up cost of keeping staff in London

Interesting to see the impact on the house prices in London of the shift! Next to that it is not only expensive fir the Banks....also for...

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Changing Insurance: Pushing a Plodding Giant

Insurance the next place to disrupt! we have made 3 investments (KNIP, Komparu and Salviol) in Insurance in 2014/2015 and look forward to...

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Singapore-based Xfers Lands $2.5M To Simplify Bank Transfers For Online Sellers

Singapore really becoming the hub in South East asia!

Xfers, a startup that wants to simplify bank transfers, announced today that it has raised a $2.5 million seed round. Based in Singapore,...…

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Russia's Sberbank recently discontinued its three-year-old SBT Venture Capital after failing to see

Expect to see more shut downs of the Corporate VC arms...in 2016, and growing shift towards partnerships with start-ups and funds and...

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Banks Cozy Up to Online Lending Upstarts Finance-technology startups have gained momentum and raised

Expect in 2016 to see this trend to continue via a mix of partnerships and M&A

On Deck Capital has had a pretty easy time attracting investments from venture capitalists and convincing customers to try its...…

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2015 Bitcoin Year in Review

Nice overview! Bitcoin the # 6 currency globally after the Swiss frank. Overall activity continues to grow, but overal adaptation is not...

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Bread Secures $14.3M from Bessemer, Boosting Alternative Lending Sector

Off we start the year with another Lending platform! 2016 might be the year of specialisation and consolidation in Lending platforms!

The alternative lending sector had an outstanding year in 2015. It is one of the hottest sectors in FinTech that attracts the most...…

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Magister Advisors - Blockchain & Bitcoin in 2016 - A Survey Of Global Leaders

Great research deck with cool facts on the Bitcoin and Blockchain landscake 

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Orange to launch mobile-only bank in 2017

Mobile only bank in 2017...unclear why you should communicate your plans a year ahead

Orange is seeking to target a new generation of consumers with its mobile bank plans French telecoms firm Orange is to create a new...…

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