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The malls and grocery stores of the 20th century are being converted into industrial conveyor belts of goods and services traveling from the internet to your home.


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"The most feared investor in America" has Twitter’s CEO in his sights


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This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is…


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The industry has enjoyed a boom. Is a bust next?


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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments.…


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Bill Gates, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jamie Dimon, Masayoshi Son, Killer Mike and more will join us.


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Meet Alvin, a Silicon Valley executive in his late-30s. Alvin has accounts with three banks, an online brokerage account and has borrowed from no less than nine lenders in the past five years. In today’s world, why wouldn’t he? Financially literate, technologically savvy and affluent, Alvin is a me…


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The cryptocurrency is rumored to launch in 2021.


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Netflix tests a free promotional offering, Amazon’s drone delivery gets trial flight approval from the FAA and Neuralink shows off its human-brain tech. This is your Daily Crunch for August 31, 2020. The big story: Netflix sets some content free Netflix has taken some of its best-known Origin…


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The Netherlands’ ecosystem has been flourishing; more than $85 million was invested in regional startups in 2019 alone. The nation’s proximity to the U.K., Belgium, France and Germany makes Amsterdam a natural gateway to those markets. Long ago the savvy Dutch realized this, and built up Schi…


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Families have downloaded Goalsetter more than 60,000 times to help their kids learn about money.


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Rolling funds, the rise of solo capitalists, crowd syndicates and team-based seed funds all scream one thing in unison: venture capital is growing and getting unbundled at the same time. While the asset class remains largely exclusive and skewed white and male, innovation does have the potential to…


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Small and medium businesses and sole-traders account for the vast majority of businesses globally, 99.9% of all enterprises in the U.K. alone. And while the existence of millions of separate companies, with their individual demands, speaks of a fragmented market, together they still represent a lot…


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It's an amazing time to be a mortgage lender. The pandemic has set off an epic rush to buy homes and an urgent need for mortgages.


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HSBC has spent the last five years extending its reach into China as part of a broader push to Asia. But if push comes to shove and China makes good on its threat to the bank, the company's options are likely to be limited.


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Fintech has been a key startup story in recent quarters, with leading players in the genre raising titanic rounds at eye-popping valuations. Consider companies like Robinhood, and its epic capital run this year on the back of huge revenue growth, or Chime, which also raised huge sums while riding a…


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Boosters of growing ties with the mainland see greater business potential. But as the delayed Ant Group I.P.O. shows, peril comes with that promise.


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Digital mortgage platforms have the potential to reduce discrimination. But automated systems provide rich opportunities to perpetuate bias, too.


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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week wound up being incredibly busy. What else, with a week that included both the Airbnb and Affirm IPO filings, a host of mega-rounds for new un…


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Fed up with modern finance and Britain’s broken banking system, Anne Boden decided there was only one thing to do: set up a bank that ran in the way she wanted it to


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Part-time chief Jack Dorsey’s company is mired in high-profile hacks and concerns over leadership


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Sound Ventures, a fund co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, has filed paperwork indicating plans to raise a third fund at $150 million. Notably, the firm filed paperwork for the same total in 2018 for its second fund. The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its plan…


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It’s no secret that a massive digital transformation is happening within financial services companies and amid the growing number of non-financial outfits that are also adding financial products to their offerings. Still, Sheel Mohnot, who was formerly a general partner at the fintech fund of…


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The SoftBank Vision Fund has been screaming from the venture headlines the last few months, driven by eye-popping rounds (and valuations!) into some of the most notable startups around the world. Yet, SoftBank isn’t the only player rapidly buying up the cap tables of top startups. Indeed, ano…


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The COVID-19 pandemic is making life worse for many startups, but not all. Those benefiting are often taking advantage of the market updraft to add more capital to their accounts. Robinhood, for example, saw usage of its consumer fintech product rise rapidly. Then the company raised a Series F wort…


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By Terry Angelos, SVP and Global Head of Fintech, Visa Whether you realize it or not, fintech innovation is likely playing a role in your daily life. In fact, 73% of Americans say that using a fintech app to manage money will be part of their new normal (1) after COVID accelerated the move to [&hel…


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I tell most of my clients they need life insurance — but rarely expensive permanent life insurance. Term life insurance is usually a better fit.


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Website: bbc.com
2020-11-08 15:46:57 UTC

How Jack Ma's clash with the Chinese authorities stopped the biggest-ever share market debut.


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Avaloq's new partnership with Google Cloud will position it to capitalize on financial institutions' rising planned investment in cloud strategies.


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After years of neglecting minority founders, SoftBank created a fund dedicated to supporting them. Here's a look at the startups it's decided to back.


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Chip is adding an investment product next year, which complements its existing products and might help it lure in new users.


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Record student loan debt and two recessions are just some factors complicating millennials' financial lives. These power players are the specialists.


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The UK's financial conduct authority (FCA) removed a warning about fintech startup Lanistar.


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When it comes to the movement away from cash and toward a digital economy fueled by real time payments (RTPs) Asia is leading the world.


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Reports from CB Insights and BlueOcean show how digital-only banks have gained traction this year, and will look to maintain it going forward.


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Freetrade is launching a Self Invested Personal Pension product to offer a similar low-cost offering as its existing share trading solution.


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An overview of the financial services industry including the latest trends, stats, and analysis of the ever-growing financial sector.


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Lanistar claims to offer the "world's most secure" debit card.


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HMBradley has a different business model from most neobanks, focusing on deposits as opposed to fees generated from interchange.


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A spate of fintech hires suggests that new cryptocurrency and other financial technology regulations could be shaped as much by the private sector as by federal agencies themselves, WSJ Risk & Compliance Journal reports. Hackers attacking cryptocurrency exchanges in the last 18 months have stolen millions of dollars of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Plus, a large share of cryptocurrency trades appear to be fake, some researchers say.


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Website: wsj.com
2020-11-26 15:11:53 UTC

The record initial public offering of fintech giant Ant Group crashed before taking off. Another Chinese tech listing in Hong Kong should fare better.


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The U.S. buyout firm is in exclusive talks to sell its privately held European payments company to Italy’s Nexi for stock, the latest tie-up in the fast consolidating industry.


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So here we are. A week after a national election and we still don’t know the final results in a few states. But the market has made some assumptions — it always does.


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The venture capital market appears to be getting later, larger and more expensive. As a result, fintech — one of its hottest and most-funded sectors — is evolving in a similar manner. For late-stage fintech companies, it’s great news. But for smaller players, is the shift toward bigger, more …


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Back in 2018, Day One Ventures launched in Silicon Valley specifically designed to be both a VC and an investor that would also lead marketing and communications for its portfolio. Two years on, Day One has invested in numerous startups to do just that and has today filed with the SEC its new $52.5…


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Twitter is still recovering from the fallout of yesterday’s sizable attack on high-profile accounts, but it’s continuing to move forward with its plans to roll out a new version of its developer API. Today, the company is announcing its new Twitter API v2, rebuilt from the ground up. Th…


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Fintech has come into its own the past few years. Once an area of investment widely derided and avoided by VCs due to its regulated nature and entrenched incumbents, fintech has now emerged as one of the most popular categories for investment, buttressed by multiple, multi-billion dollar exits in j…


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Stripe has led a $12 million Series A round in Manila-based online payment platform PayMongo, the startup announced today. PayMongo, which offers an online payments API for businesses in the Philippines, was the first Filipino-owned financial tech startup to take part in Y Combinator’s accelerator …


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Spain’s All Iron Ventures (AIV), an investor in B2C marketplaces and e-commerce plays, has closed its first fund with commitments totalling €66.5 million (~$79 million) — which it touts as one of the largest first-fund raises in the country.  Capital committed to the fund by its parent …


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While the world awaits the Airbnb IPO filing that could come as early as next week, Upstart dropped its own S-1 filing. The fintech startup facilitates loans between consumers and partner banks, an operation that attracted around $144 million in capital prior to its IPO. First Round Capital, Khosla…


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The Department of Justice moved to block the long-impending Visa-Plaid deal today. The transaction was announced in early 2020, making the decision by the government to try and scuttle its consummation in November a large irritation to both parties. The pair spent nearly the entire year operating i…


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Curve, the London fintech that is re-bundling various financial products by letting you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and app, is partnering with Samsung in the U.K. to power its forthcoming debit card, which is scheduled to launch later this year. Dubbed “Samsung Pay Car…


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On a typical Saturday night, the dining room in Franco's Ristorante in Chicago's Southside is filled to the brim.


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Rate cuts to bring prices for customers more in line with other developed markets will hurt margins


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Website: economist.com
2020-11-14 22:42:04 UTC


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Boris Johnson’s chief adviser had a vision of government by data. But when the pandemic gave him a chance to remake the British state, he flunked it


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When former Bill Clinton speechwriter and political wunderkind Andrei Cherny launched Aspiration four years ago, the upstart fintech startup was one of Los Angeles’ early entrants into a  financial services market dominated by players from Europe and the financial capital of the U.S., New Yor…


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Monzo’s mobile-only bank has helped revolutionize British spending


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Samsung Pay Card, a new Mastercard debit card from the mobile handset giant, has launched in the U.K. today. Powered by London-based fintech Curve, it lets you consolidate all of your other existing bank cards into a single card and digital wallet, making it easy to manage your money and, of course…


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A Chinese smartphone-maker shrugs off feelings of inferiority


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The “buy now, pay later” firm has grown rapidly


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Website: economist.com
2020-12-01 05:10:48 UTC

The fightback against Big Tech’s feudal lords has begun


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A scheme to help the poor, and raise more revenue for the government


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A second health scare puts the focus on succession


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Washington is increasingly hostile to Chinese firms. Not Wall Street


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Website: economist.com
2020-12-01 21:05:22 UTC


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The world’s biggest IPO is now the world’s biggest suspended IPO


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The $10trn financial hub is in the eye of a geopolitical storm


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Robinhood’s huge, two-part Series F round came partially in Q2 and partially in Q3. The app-based trading platform announced the first $280 million  in early May, valuing the company at around $8.3 billion, up from a prior price tag of around $7.6 billion. Then in July, Robinhood tacked on $3…


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Sleek, the corporate services platform that helps entrepreneurs launch and run new companies in Singapore and Hong Kong, has raised $4 million. The new funding was led by SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of government agency Enterprise Singapore. Returning investors MI8 Limited and Pierre Lorinet …


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With $90 million in deposits and $18.25 million in new financing, HMBradley is making moves as the Los Angeles-based entrant into the challenger bank competition. LA is home to a growing community of financial services startups, and HMBradley is quickly taking its place among the leaders with a nov…


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While we are encouraged by the progress the industry has made to return to “normal,” the market for Series A fintech remains challenging for the vast majority of startup founders.


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Countingup, the business current account that “automates” your accounting, has raised £4 million in self-described bridge funding. Leading the round is ING Ventures, with co-investment from Triple Point, CVentures, and BiG Start Ventures. Founded by Tim Fouracre, who previously founded …


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While 2020 won’t be remembered fondly by many of us for much of anything, it was a blockbuster year for enterprise M&A with the top 10 deals totaling an astounding $165.2 billion. This is the third straight year I’ve done this compilation. Last year the number was $40 billion. The y…


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Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank now with more than 4.8 million customers, has closed another £60 million in funding, priced the same as and effectively an extension of its previous top-up round in June. This saw Monzo valued by private investors at around £1.2 billion, marked by industry observers …


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Adam Nash, a Silicon Valley-born-and-bred operator and investor, is back at it again. Today, on his personal blog, he announced that he has started a consumer fintech company that has already garnered initial funding from Ribbit Capital, along with other “friends and angels” who appear …


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A few of today’s top investors share their best advice on how to prepare investment portfolios for the next decade - with all of its expected trends and its propensity for ups and downs.


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A new bitcoin giant has emerged on the cryptocurrency scene. After three years of silence, the mysterious Stone Ridge spinoff also revealed it raised over $100 million and has more than $1 billion of cryptocurrency in custody.


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Website: forbes.com
2020-11-16 15:38:59 UTC

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When John Hibbs' daughter Xanthe received her first bank card in the mail, the six-year-old spent the next week Googling how to buy a horse.


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The venture is backed by General Catalyst and Khosla Ventures.


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If you want to know what the future of finance looks like, head east, where it’s already been laid down in China. Digital payments through mobile phones are ubiquitous, and there is incredible innovation around lending, investments and digital currencies that are at the vanguard of global financial…


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On Forbes’ new list of China’s 400 richest people, newcomer billionaires built fortunes in everything from e-cigarettes to e-commerce. They join the ranks of China’s wealthiest on the back of a booming stock market.


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What does the success of neobanks and wealthtech startups mean for private banks?


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Over the last few years, the European venture landscape has gained significant momentum and the returns start to come through. It is time to debunk several myths that people believe about European tech, and by doing so, we will shed some light on the investment opportunities emerging in Europe.


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Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) purchases are hot. But not as hot as you think: Just 7% of Americans will make a BNPL purchase this year. But those that do will spend $24 billion. Who are the winners and losers in the BNPL space?


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Venture capital firm Sequoia famously once only backed startups within bicycle distance of its Silicon Vally offices. Now the firm's investing heavily in its European presence to find the next Klarna and UiPath.


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Bank customers like challenger banks for financial empowerment but worry about their security and privacy, according to an analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).


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Fintech startup Robinhood Markets Inc said https://bit.ly/332nUlW on Friday some of its customers were reporting issues with bank transfers, and that the company was working to resolve the problem.


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Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank that now counts over 4 million account holders, has lost its CTO, TechCrunch has learned. According to multiple sources, Meri Williams, who joined the fast-growing fintech in September 2018 to much fanfare, announced internally that she was departing, saying that she…


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The Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit challenging Visa’s proposed $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid . News of the DOJ’s investigation first broke last month. “By acquiring Plaid, Visa would eliminate a nascent competitive threat that would likely result in subst…


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Silicon Valley is making bets that the future of banking is digital, doesn’t have fees and offers a relatively high savings rate.


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