Finance

  • Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

    Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

    Credit card fraud is a big problem, with an increasing number of companies launching products to patch the problems. The most recent example is Final, which today announced it is shipping its first consumer product: disposable credit card numbers. That’s lovely, but in doing so, it serves predominantly as an example of a company fixing a serious problem from the wrong side of the fence. Read More

  • Messaging app LINE sets price range for possible July IPO, poised to raise over $1 billion

    Messaging app LINE sets price range for possible July IPO, poised to raise over $1 billion

    LINE Corp., makers of a messaging app that’s gone mainstream in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, has set a price range for an initial public offering on the Tokyo and New York Stock exchanges in July. Its shares would be priced between 2,700 and 3,200 yen, or about $26.50-$31.50 per share. As The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today, at those prices, LINE’s IPO could raise up… Read More

  • So, does anybody want Twitter?

    So, does anybody want Twitter?

    Twitter is in trouble. In a move out of a middle school flag football game, Microsoft selected LinkedIn to join its team. The sheer size of the transaction has reignited conversations about who will be picked next to join the super special circle of public mega-cap tech companies. Vultures have been circling Twitter for well over a year, but the company has defied all experts who have… Read More

  • Why we don’t believe in tech ‘themes’ Crunch Network

    Why we don’t believe in tech ‘themes’

    The tech hype-cycle works something like this: Some driver triggers a flurry of investments in a particular “theme,” which in turn feeds news flow, panel discussions at conferences and a procession of expert “talking heads.” This febrile atmosphere all too often results in companies that are more noise than substance and an increasingly congested marketplace, which makes… Read More

  • How new tech can improve the loan process Crunch Network

    How new tech can improve the loan process

    Anyone who keeps up with the stock market is likely aware that Lending Club is in hot water. Anyone with professional lending experience is likely unphased by this. Even so, peer-to-peer services remain popular. Because of that, traditional lenders are finally feeling pressure to use technology to improve their own processes, and we’re already seeing substantial progress throughout… Read More

  • Former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago raises £4.6m to help small businesses get paid

    Former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago raises £4.6m to help small businesses get paid

    Back in November, TechCrunch took a look at former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago, a U.K. fintech startup that was looking to help freelancers and other small business owners get paid on time. Satago started an automated database that lets users see how well (or poorly) companies are at paying invoices in a timely fashion, and has tools such as automated invoices, reminders… Read More

  • Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China

    Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China

    How do you compete with China’s homegrown social payments giants? Veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of US based social payments app Circle, reckons you don’t; not like for like in the domestic Chinese market… Read More

  • Kabbage partners with Scotiabank to provide small business loans in Canada and Mexico

    Kabbage partners with Scotiabank to provide small business loans in Canada and Mexico

    Small business lending platform Kabbage announced a partnership with Scotiabank today to make it easier for residents of Canada and Mexico to take out small business loans of up to $100,000 in minutes. Kabbage has historically worked directly with business owners. The company offers rapid evaluation and a line of credit. The company has relied on partnerships with banks like Silicon Valley… Read More

  • PeerStreet lowers barriers for accredited investors who want access to real estate debt

    PeerStreet lowers barriers for accredited investors who want access to real estate debt

    Vive la révolution financière! PeerStreet co-founders, Brew Johnson, Brett Crosby, and Alex Perelman, have been working alongside famed investors like Dr. Michael Burry to provide investors access to real estate debt. Dr. Burry is famous for having been portrayed by Christian Bale in The Big Short. Historically, the only way to get exposure to real estate debt was to either make the… Read More

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