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Mizuho Financial Group willing to seek tie-ups to bolster 'fintech'

Momentum in Asia is growing rapidly, from China to Indonesia from Japan to India! 

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. is willing to team up with start-ups and other companies to bolster its "fintech" business and catch up with...…

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Robo-advisor MoneyFarm tries an interesting strategy to attract new customers

Innovative/omnichannel go to market strategy! 

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined Robo-advisor MoneyFarm has taken an unusual approach, but it could...…

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Santander Becomes the First U.K. Bank to Use Ripple for Cross-Border Payments

finally, real activity on the ripple platform!

Today Santander announced that they are the first U.K. bank to introduce Ripple’s blockchain technology to facilitate international...…

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Blockchain & Insurance: early thoughts Blockchain. 10 letters of headache, 10 letters of wonder

nice article especially the part looked through the lens of the value chain, the disrupting power of Blockchain is all the more tangible:

Over the last few years and months, this technological piece of art has been gaining traction among developers, journalists and citizens....…

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What Banks and Fintech Need to Ponder Before They Partner

Some banks and fintech companies are in the early stages of collaboration, but for the partnerships to fully take hold, the companies...

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Southeast Asia financial comparison startup Jirnexu lands $3M to expand to digital banking services

Malaysia-based financial comparison startup Saving Plus has closed a $3 million Series A round to move into new digital banking services....

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ClearTax raises $2 million from FF Angel and Sequoia Capital

The New Delhi-based provider of software that enables Indians to file their income tax returns raised the amount from Sequoia and Peter...

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Ex-banking bosses launch DFM service

A host of City titans list among Netwealth’s 28 initial investors, funding the firm’s £6.5M launch. They include Jupiter vice-chairman...

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SigFig, an Automated Investment Firm, Will Team Up With UBS

For UBS, bringing in SigFig’s technology is meant to bolster production as the industry faces competitive pressures. In the first...

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Mesitis Raises US$2.35M in Venture Capital Funding

The Singapore based provider of Canopy (a wealth data aggregation and visualization product)  will use the amount to further invest in...

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Startup insurer Clover Health nets $160M from VCs

Founded in 2012 and based in San Francisco, Clover Health aims to offer better and more affordable health care for consumers. Its...

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One of the Chicago market's biggest job-growth engines of recent times is tapping the brakes.

Online consumer lending startup Avant this week told nearly 60 employees, most of whom work in its Chicago headquarters, that they would...

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The mercurial nature of P2P lending

From hot to not, to probably a consolidation of winners and at the end a success story!

What Lending Club’s falling share price means for the P2P lending sector The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of...…

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Google’s Ban on Payday Ads Hits Its Own Investment

Venture-capital arm backs LendUp, where annual percentage rates are generally in the triple digits. Google announced this month it would...

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The Insurers Most Actively Investing In Startups Across The Internet Of Things

Nice overview of the IoT bets!

Four separate insurance investors, AXA Strategic Ventures, AmFam Ventures, MunichRe/HSB Ventures, and USAA have made three or more...…

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Telefonica to launch mobile bank with technology from Fidor

Expect to see many more of these Telco, FinTech and Bank Partnerships! Banks and Telcos have the customers, the start-ups the tech and CeX

Telefonica Germany is to launch a mobile banking service using white-label technology supplied by Fidor Bank. Slated for launch in...…

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Confused by blockchains? Revolution vs Evolution

Great article! trying to clarify a lot of the chaos and misunderstanding Just as it’s not helpful to call Twitter and Microsoft...

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Blockchain startup R3 is raising $200 million from big banks — but one of them is 'throwing stones'

R3, is trying to raise $200 million from a consortium of banks. One industry insider in the article described the stand-off as an...

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Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women

What makes Ellevest truly interesting is it is focused on empowering woman. I am not sure there is so much special that it justifies a...

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Supply Chain Startup Fluent Raises $1.65 Million in Seed Funding

The New York-based blockchain startup uses the technology to improve supply chains globally. 

A blockchain startup dedicated to supply chain applications has raised $1.65m in new seed funding. Fluent, which last year raised...…

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Zenefits Was the Perfect Startup. Then It Self-Disrupted

Despite a visionary founder tackling a stodgy industry ripe for disruption with a steady stream of recurring revenue from the start, this...

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Why M-Pesa failed in South Africa

M-Pesa was launched in South Africa in 2010 with the hope it could capture a customer base of 10M users in 3yrs. However, 6yrs on the...

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LendingClub's Options: More Buybacks, Even a Deal?

By Wednesday, LendingClub had touched an all-time intraday low of $3.95, for a market cap of $1.5 billion. That is a world away from the...

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The insurance industry's new policy: Get digital

Another Nice article on the Insurance disruption!

It's taken a while, but the insurance industry is waking up to the opportunities – and threats – posed by technology and how it may upend...…

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Fintech Flip-Flop

China is home to multiple fintech giants, from Ant Financial to Lufax, and yet the Chinese government appears to have mixed views on how...

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VTS raises $55M in Series C at $200M valuation Cloud-based CRE platform scores one of the biggest-ev

VTS raises $55M in Series C at $200M valuationCloud-based CRE platform scores one of the biggest-ever venture rounds in real estate tech

VTS founders Nick Romito, Ryan Masiello and Karl Baum, and a screen shot of the product In one of commercial real estate technology’s...…

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Fintech startup Varo Money said Monday that it raised $27 million in funding to potentially start a

The San Francisco-based online-only bank raised the amount at an undisclosed valuation to launch its product, with the ultimate aim of...

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Alibaba's revenue soars, but new ventures hit profit

Ant Financial, now valued at close to $60B and one of founder Jack Ma's crown jewels, recorded a net loss in the quarter, mainly driven...

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French startup Linxo has won over almost 1 million customers and gained access to their bank account

French startup Linxo has won over almost 1 million customers and gained access to their bank accounts. The company’s app aggregates...

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Cybersecurity Venture Capital: What Investors Can Learn from the Industry’s Top Venture Capitalists

Cybersecurity spend in 2015 was $75b, and the market is estimated to be worth $170b by 2020. This makes cybersecurity startups hot...

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4.5Bn Series B - That can only be in china

Bigger big and biggest a series B of 4.5Bn for ANT 

It’s the biggest ever fundraising for a private Internet company. China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding’s affiliate...…

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Insurance tech start-up investment surges

Insurance investments tripping to more than 2Bn, this includes also health insurance. Expect to see this triple again in the next 2 years

Insurers such as Aviva have established their own in-house venture capital funds Investment in insurance tech start-ups more than...…

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With $25.5M in new funding, Trov launches on-demand insurance for individual items

On Demand one click insurance, niche or mainstream opportunity? Time will tell!

Insurance isn’t necessarily an inviting word, especially for millennials. Not only do young people have fewer items to insure, but the...…

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The Hottest FinTech Investors in Europe to Back the Next Big Breakthrough in FinTech

Nice overview of the European FinTech investment scene

Big breaks across industries don’t usually happen without VCs backing them. Success stories in most cases have co-authors and in 2016,...…

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ING's fintech boss on app-only banks: 'Where is the money? Where is the return?'

Good article on the issue of all the new Banks....where is the money...

Dutch banking giant ING thinks it can teach the new crop of app-only banks a thing or two about innovation and disruption. "We like...…

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Traditional insurers believe that 21% of their revenue is at risk to InsurTech start-ups within five

20% in 2020, could well be more as insurance is perfectly set up to be disrupted, actually the value chain is already disrupted and split...

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Fidelity, in Reversal, Raises Value of Many Tech Startups

Up and down - After a depressing start of the year we are back up, however not mark ups of the the high profile multi billion...

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