finance

  • Stellar Partners With Oradian To Bring Instant Money Transfer To Nigeria

    Stellar Partners With Oradian To Bring Instant Money Transfer To Nigeria

    Stellar, the Stripe-backed open-source payment network, has launched its first major integration in the form of a partnership with Oradian, a company that sells cloud-based software to micro finance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries. As a refresher, Stellar is a non-profit foundation with the goal of connecting different financial systems around the world. Started by the… Read More

  • Kickstarter Needs Better Ways To Sanity-Check Complex Hardware Projects, Says Zano Review

    Kickstarter Needs Better Ways To Sanity-Check Complex Hardware Projects, Says Zano Review

    At the back end of last year, it emerged that crowdfunding platform Kickstarter had commissioned a freelance journalist to report on the collapse of a high profile U.K.-based drone project that was also the highest funded European project on its platform. The Zano review has now been published… Read More

  • FileThis 2.0 Will Organize Your Statements And Bills, Remind You When To Pay

    FileThis 2.0 Will Organize Your Statements And Bills, Remind You When To Pay

    As more consumers shift to using online services for managing their banking, bills, payments, and more, some of our most important personal and financial documents are scattered across a number of websites – sites which don’t always maintain thorough archives of our past statements. A service called FileThis has been working to address this problem by offering a utility that… Read More

  • The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation Crunch Network

    The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation

    Fintech, the (faintly uncool) term for financial technology, is booming these days. But it’s wrong to think of fintech as a single sector. There are two very distinct types of fintech innovation that entrepreneurs, consumers, investors and regulators need to be able to tell apart. To understand the distinction, it’s helpful to take a look at venture-backed innovation in general. Read More

  • Trim Will Find Your Subscriptions, Cancel Those You No Longer Want

    Trim Will Find Your Subscriptions, Cancel Those You No Longer Want

    Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Birchbox, Spotify, HBO NOW, newspapers, box of the month clubs, meal services, and more: The rise of subscription-based commerce means consumers now pay for a number of items on a recurring basis. But even a few dollars spent here and there have a way of adding up, and eating into your household’s budget. A new startup called Trim wants to help you… Read More

  • MoneySmart Raises Series A To Bring Personal Finance Tools To Southeast Asia’s Growing Middle Class

    MoneySmart Raises Series A To Bring Personal Finance Tools To Southeast Asia’s Growing Middle Class

    For most consumers who aren’t Scrooge McDuck, learning about personal finance is like dental checkups—boring, sometimes painful, but necessary. Vinod Nair, the founder and chief executive officer of MoneySmart, wants to change that. The site, which publishes articles and lets users compare services like home loans and credit card, tries to make personal finance fun (or at least… Read More

  • The Buckham Boot Brings Crowdfunding To Your Feet

    The Buckham Boot Brings Crowdfunding To Your Feet

    It’s never been easier for craftsmen to become manufacturers thanks to crowdfunding. Fans and buyers turn into investors and backers. Heck, manufacturing never left America: it just changed from bespoke to industrial in a bid to be more profitable. And now thanks to Kickstarter a small-scale boot maker in Flint, MI has a chance. Meet the Buckham Boot. It’s a $500 handmade leather… Read More

  • Leap Financial Puts Detailed Business Reporting In Startups’ Hands

    Leap Financial Puts Detailed Business Reporting In Startups’ Hands

    Most startups struggle when it comes to understanding the underlying financial metrics that typically determine the success or failure of their business. At the same time, they are often keeping the books in online tools with easily accessible data. Leap Financial,  a startup participating in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition this week, wants to make it easy to connect to… Read More

  • Lessons From An Advertising Past Crunch Network

    Lessons From An Advertising Past

    The Lending Club IPO was a watershed moment for marketplace lending. One of the largest U.S. public Internet offerings ever, its success makes crystal clear that peer-to-peer lending is not only here to stay, but is poised to grow enormously. With this stamp of validation behind it, the next question is: What lies ahead for the future of marketplace lending? Read More

  • London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries Crunch Network

    London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries

    While London is no Silicon Valley, or even New York, it is a melting pot of talent, and its tech scene is growing fast. In the whole of 2010, the total funding raised by London tech firms was less than £10 million. So far in 2015 it’s close to £1 billion, and there is an increasing amount of capital (“dry powder” in industry parlance) available to help identify and scale… Read More

  • How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence Crunch Network

    How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

    As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start performing the “due diligence” required to justify the investment. This is when the investor checks into the bold claims you have made about the size of your market opportunity and your work experience. The process effectively begins as soon as the VC has a real interest in pursuing your deal, and steps up… Read More

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