Finance

  • Charity Donation App Tinbox Wants Brands To Fund Free Giving

    Charity Donation App Tinbox Wants Brands To Fund Free Giving

    Paris based startup Tinbox, which was founded in January last year by a couple of friends at Warwick University in the U.K., is aiming to make a business out of letting people donate freely to charities of their choice via a mobile app. Read More

  • Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

    Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

    The race to provide telecom services to developers of every stripe has a number of large, well-capitalized participants. New and quickly growing among the better-known names is Sinch, a company that was spun out of Rebtel just over 10 months ago. According to the firm, Sinch is now generating revenue at a $60 million run rate. Sinch started with certain advantages that are worth noting. It… Read More

  • Online Lender Avant Acquires Debt Management Service ReadyForZero

    Online Lender Avant Acquires Debt Management Service ReadyForZero

    Online lending platform Avant has acquired ReadyForZero, a Y Combinator-backed startup that helps consumers better manage their personal debit and credit using online financial software, the companies are announcing this morning. Financial terms are not being disclosed, but Chicago-based Avant had plenty of funds to play around with, having raised $334 million in equity capital, in addition… Read More

  • Snapdeal Acquires RupeePower, Will Add Loans, Other Financing To Its Marketplace

    Snapdeal Acquires RupeePower, Will Add Loans, Other Financing To Its Marketplace

    India’s Snapdeal has been on an acquisition spree in the last several months, tapping into the $1.1 billion it has raised from the likes of Softbank to expand from being a marketplace for goods into a platform for all kinds of online transactions. The latest chapter in this story is today’s news that it has acquired a majority stake in RupeePower, a provider of loans and credit… Read More

  • Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Etsy’s S1 filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself, as well as the firm’s recent deal with Neteller. Read More

  • Kabbage’s SMB Loan Platform Moves Into Asia Pacific As A White-Label Service

    Kabbage’s SMB Loan Platform Moves Into Asia Pacific As A White-Label Service

    Kabbage has taken root in the U.S. and UK markets as a platform where small businesses can quickly apply for and receive working capital loans — with Kabbage making fast decisions about eligibility through a mix of smart algorithms and online and offline data sources. Now the startup is growing its business on two fronts. It’s kicking off a new white-label offering where… Read More

  • No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    On Lending Club’s February 2015 quarterly earnings call, an analyst asked CEO Renaud Laplanche a simple question: have you considered getting the loans you’re issuing rated? Renaud had a simple answer: We have, but we won’t. As Renaud said, the marketplace lending platform’s loan grading system, which it illustrates on its website, is in many ways more transparent and… Read More

  • YC-Backed Instavest Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

    YC-Backed Instavest Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

    Instavest, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to help retail investors benefit from the trades of others. It also wants to help savvy speculators profit by sharing their trading data. Investors can list their trades on Instavest, including the company, share amount and rationale behind the investment. Other users can invest alongside the people willing to share their own purchases and sales. Read More

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