Fintech

Affirm files to go public

Affirm, a consumer finance business founded by PayPal mafia member Max Levchin, filed to go public this afternoon. The company’s financial results show that Affirm, which doles out personalized loan

What China’s fintech market can teach the world

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 innov

Inside fintech startup Upstart’s IPO filing

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 op

Is fintech’s Series A market hot, or just overhyped?

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.

Alpaca raises $10M Series A for its API-powered equities trading service

This morning Alpaca, a startup that helps other companies add commission-free equities trading to their own products, announced a $10 million Series A. The new capital event was led by Portag3, and in

Nivelo nabs $2.5M seed to reduce risk in digital ACH payments

As we plunge deeper into the pandemic, online transactions have become increasingly important, and ACH transactions, the ones that help us get direct deposit of our paychecks or pay our bills, are gro

Embedded finance might represent fintech’s future

The fintech industry is on a tear. Popular consumer services like Robinhood to Coinbase and Revolut have managed to attract millions of customers, but the most interesting trend right now is embedded

Valar triples down on Petal, leading $55M Series C round into the credit card disruptor

Sometimes raising venture capital can be as simple as talking to your existing investor and having them wire over another check. When we last caught up with Petal in January 2019, the startup was hot

In a post-NDA world, does transparency help founders identify conflicts of interest?

Once upon a time, fintech founders could pitch 10 investors before closing a round in a relatively hushed way. Entrepreneurs could even ask VCs to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to keep their in

10 Berlin-based VCs discuss how COVID-19 has changed the landscape

A breeding ground for European entrepreneurs, Berlin has a knack for producing a lot of new startups: the city attracts top international, diverse talent, and it is packed with investors, events and a

How to diagnose and treat machine learning models afflicted by COVID-19

Machine learning models for predicting behavior will need to change, and companies should take a proactive approach to leveraging new technology that can help with these fluctuations.

Building a fintech giant is very expensive

Venture capitalists and other investors have poured capital into fintech startups around the world in recent years, including a record number of rounds worth $100 million or more in the second quarter

The tale of 2 challenger bank models

Emerging market challenger banks will have to look carefully at market conditions, possible target segments, sustainable revenue sources and the regulatory structure that best supports their desired b

Point wants to provide credit card rewards with debit cards

Point, a new challenger bank in the U.S., is launching publicly today with an invite system. While Point is technically providing a bank account, the company focuses on rewards associated with a debit

(How to fix) 5 common UX mistakes in online banking

Customer support is a huge part of a user’s experience, and one that every bank likes to say they’re great at. But there is a lot we can learn from the mistakes that U.K. banks have made. Based on

How European seed firm Connect Ventures finds ‘product-first’ founders

Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform announced a new $80 million fund last month to continue investing in “product-led” founders.

Point to launch new challenger bank with rewards on debit card purchases

Meet Point, a new challenger bank in the U.S. that has been available as a private beta for the past year. Today, the company is announcing new fundraising — later this month, the company is launchi

From napkin notes to term sheets: A chat with Inspired Capital’s Alexa von Tobel

The next iteration of fintech is upon us, according to Inspired Capital’s Alexa von Tobel. “Fintech 1.0 was very much, ‘Let’s take what already exists and let’s do it better,&#82

Startups are poised to disrupt the $14B title insurance industry

It’s only a matter of time before buying a house becomes a fully-digital process, and visiting a title insurance company to read through and sign hundreds of pages of paper will soon feel like a rel

Personal Capital sells to Empower Retirement in deal worth up to $1B

Today Personal Capital, a fintech company that had attracted more than $265 million in private funding, announced that it is selling itself to Empower Retirement, a company that provides retirement se
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