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Klarna CEO says ‘maybe’ of taking public Europe’s most valuable fintech next year (but he’s not ruling out another round, either)

Yesterday at TechCrunch Berlin, we sat down with Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the co-founder and CEO of Klarna, a 15-year-old company that’s currently the most highly valued privately held fintech i

Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win

Natalie Massenet, the fashion entrepreneur who founded the designer fashion portal Net-a-Porter, chaired the British Fashion Council for four years and today runs Imaginary Ventures, a venture firm th

Where are US fintech’s next billion-dollar startups?

As fintech investments soar to new heights, investors are looking at the bottom and top levels of the services stack to find the next billion-dollar startups. That’s the word from seasoned inves

Max Levchin’s Affirm seeks capital amid surge in fintech funding

Fintech investment is expected to reach new highs in 2019.

Equity transcribed: Funding news round-up, a16z’s future, an upcoming IPO and more Lyft

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast that unpacks the numbers behind the headlines. Here we put the words of our wildly popular v

The future of a16z, Lyft’s sinking stock and another IPO to watch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

Mitzvah-minded unicorn Cross River is on holy mission to foster bank-fintech harmony

“Then I took your ancestor Abraham from the other side of the Euphrates River and led him through the entire land of Canaan. I multiplied his descendants, and gave him his son Isaac.” That’s a p

Affirm’s latest partnership brings its alternative financing to Walmart’s US stores and website

Financial technology company Affirm, which offers consumers an alternative to cash and credit when paying for large purchases, has scored a notable new partner: Walmart. The companies announced this m

Max Levchin’s Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing, is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it's raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sove

Affirm launches app to break purchases into monthly payments

Affirm is rolling out an app to make it easier to pay for large purchases in monthly payments. The concept has been in beta testing and it is now being made available widely. The company was started b

Affirm now has 1,000 retail partners

Today Affirm has announced that it has more than 1,000 merchants signed up to offer its financing options at checkout, helping to reduce the friction around making large purchases and, by extension, i

Cross River Bank gets unconventional validation with a $28M VC round

In a rare move, Battery Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Ribbit Capital, investors in a number of Silicon Valley's fintech startups, have backed the bank enabling many of their investments to lurch f

Levchin’s Affirm secures $100M credit line from Morgan Stanley

This morning, fintech startup Affirm announced a new $100 million credit line from Morgan Stanley. The money will go directly to supporting the company’s current financial products that help cus

Growing up in the intelligence era

IT is shifting from the SaaS workflow applications that characterized the cloud computing era to those that help customers make decisions: the intelligence era. The source of competitive advantage is

Affirm is partnering with Expedia and Eventbrite so you can pay for experiences over time

Affirm has made it no secret that its success will hinge on its ability to offer customers a wide range of retail partners where they can frequently use Affirm to pay. While the lending startup orig

Affirm acquires budgeting app Sweep to expand into personal finance

Online lending company Affirm has announced it is acquiring Sweep, an app-based personal finance tool. The move comes just two weeks after Affirm raised a $100M Series D round, which was partially

Affirm secures $100M in Series D funding to expand beyond loans

Affirm, the alternative lending site started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, has raised a $100M Series D led by fellow PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. The all equity round, whi

Serial Entrepreneur Max Levchin On Leaving A Legacy

In this podcast, Max talks about having true passion for an area of business, on the difficulty of building network effects businesses, the happiest day of an entrepreneur’s life, and leaving a lega

Affirm Partners With Shopify, Will Now Let All Merchants Offer Financing Options

Affirm, the lending company started by Max Levchin that offers customers payment plans for online purchases, has announced that the company’s financing options will now be available to all U.S-

Affirm Acquires Coding Bootcamp Lending Startup LendLayer

Affirm has completed a talent acquisition of LendLayer, a startup that provides lending for accelerated learning programs like Hackbright Academy. LendLayer partnered with a number of accelerated le
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