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  • Grove raises $2.1M to find the sweet spot between old-school financial advisers and chatbots

    Grove raises $2.1M to find the sweet spot between old-school financial advisers and chatbots

    Right now if you want financial guidance and planning help you basically have two options – shell out thousands (or more) a year for an old-school Wall Street-affiliated advisor, or test your luck with one of the free financial planning chatbot startups that have been popping up over the past few years. Neither of these are ideal for most people; traditional advisors give good advice but… Read More

  • Rally Road lets you buy and sell equity shares in classic cars

    Rally Road lets you buy and sell equity shares in classic cars

    Want to put your money in something like a 1955 Porsche or 1985 Ferrari but don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend? Meet Rally Road. The New York-based startup lets investors buy a real equity stake in a classic car for as little as $50. The company just closed a $2.9M seed round led by Columbus Nova with participation from Social Leverage and other angel… Read More

  • Coinbase CEO: ‘Please invest responsibly’

    Coinbase CEO: ‘Please invest responsibly’

    In a Medium post, the CEO of Coinbase, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges out there, is urging users to be responsible about their investments. “We also wanted to remind customers of some of the risks associated with trading digital currency,” CEO Brian Armstrong wrote. “Digital currencies are volatile and the prices can go up and down.” Read More

  • Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

    Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

    Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading early-stage venture capital firms, has raised $170 million for its latest fund. Mangrove V will be used to invest across Europe and Israel. The amount matches that of its previous funds, and was completed inside two months with 90 percent coming from returning investors, said the firm. Read More

  • Stash raises $40 million Series C to make investing more approachable

    Stash raises $40 million Series C to make investing more approachable

    Micro-investing app Stash has raised an additional $40 million in Series C funding, the company announced this morning, following rapid growth in terms of sign-ups from new users – 86 percent of whom are first-time investors. The startup’s app is designed to help ease people into investing by allowing anyone to start with as little as $5, then build a portfolio you contribute more… Read More

  • Halal investment tool for Muslims lands a $5 million seed round

    Halal investment tool for Muslims lands a $5 million seed round

    For religious Muslims looking to get started with investing, the options are limited. Average Muslim investors can’t afford the kind of nuanced advice that a high end financial advisor can provide, but they can’t just throw money at a random fund that might not be Sharia-compliant either. Wahed CEO Junaid Wahedna believes there’s a better way — and with a new $5… Read More

  • Micro-investing app Stash raises $25 million Series B

    Micro-investing app Stash raises $25 million Series B

    Stash, a mobile application that aims to make investing easier for those who aren’t as financially experienced, has raised $25 million in Series B funding, the company announced today. The round, which follows the startup’s $9.25 million Series A just this August, was led by prior investor Valar Ventures, with participation from Breyer Capital, Goodwater Capital, and Entrée… Read More

  • Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

    Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

    Everyone knows the basics of how to improve their financial health: put money into savings, track your spending, reduce your debt, look for ways to save on your monthly bills, and make smart investments. Where people struggle is translating that knowledge into specific actions you can take today. That’s where an application called Albert steps into help. The startup, which has now closed… Read More

  • Grow launches its app for socially responsible investing

    Grow launches its app for socially responsible investing

    Amid an increasing number robo-investors like Betterment, Stash, and Robinhood, a new San Francisco-based fintech startup called Grow is entering the fray to compete based on investment type, not only financial returns. While the app operates much like its rivals in terms of making it easier for novice investors quickly build their portfolios, its biggest differentiator is that it focuses… Read More

  • Social investing site Instavest raises $1.7M in seed funding

    Social investing site Instavest raises $1.7M in seed funding

    Part of YC’s Winter 2015 class, Instavest is a startup trying to turn investing — an activity most of us are used to doing privately — into a social activity. The site launched about a year and a half ago with the goal of helping average retail investors learn from others who have more experience in investing and the stock market. Today the startup announced they closed a… Read More

  • Golden Gate Ventures closes new $60 million fund for Southeast Asia

    Golden Gate Ventures closes new $60 million fund for Southeast Asia

    Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures has closed a new $60 million fund for Southeast Asia’s rapidly-growing startup ecosystem. Read More

  • Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space Crunch Network

    Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space

    As companies race to make autonomous vehicles a reality, investment activity in the space is heating up. The AV investment landscape is complex. It includes both hardware and software players; it features competitors ranging from early-stage startups to large publicly traded corporations. This article provides a primer for those interested in understanding and investing in the rapidly evolving… Read More

  • How will marketplace lending become a mainstream investment asset class? Crunch Network

    How will marketplace lending become a mainstream investment asset class?

    A friend who recently started his own business couldn’t obtain a mortgage from three banks. I suggested he try marketplace lending platforms like SoFi to take advantage of the ongoing innovation in fintech. However, SoFi turned him down, as well, because it abides by the same underwriting rules as traditional banks. Like the banks, SoFi sells their mortgage loans to Fannie Mae. Read More

  • The technology-driven transformation of wealth management Crunch Network

    The technology-driven transformation of wealth management

    In today’s digital world, everyday functions such as making dinner reservations or hailing a taxi are done at the touch of a button. Similarly, other, more complex and esoteric functions, such as wealth management, are also moving toward automation. This evolution is enabled by the creation of state-of-the-art software, which has helped make wealth management more consumer-friendly… Read More

  • Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women

    Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women

    Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launched her anticipated new startup, a digital investment platform for women called Ellevest, this morning from the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 conference’s stage. Krawcheck is not your typical startup founder, which makes her entry in the investing space particularly interesting. Prior to Ellevest, she was the president of Global Wealth and… Read More

  • Betterment and Robinhood clash on how to disrupt investing

    Betterment and Robinhood clash on how to disrupt investing

    What does the future of the financial services industry look like? The founders of two startups with two very different answers to that question took the stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 conference this morning to discuss how they’re planning to disrupt traditional brokerages. Read More

  • PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    Acorns, the investing app, is announcing a $30 million strategic investment from PayPal, with participation from the Rakuten FinTech Fund. This brings the team’s total funding to $62 million. With 850,000 investment accounts, Acorns works by rounding up purchases and investing the remainder. In other words, if you buy a latte for $3.99, that penny will go into an ETF. Users trust Acorns… Read More

  • New law changes the liquidity game for tech company founders, workers and investors Crunch Network

    New law changes the liquidity game for tech company founders, workers and investors

    Late last year, Congress passed legislation that substantially improved the legal landscape for startups, early-stage companies and the stakeholders in the ecosystem. You might have read about, for example, Congress making permanent the 100 percent tax exclusion for sales of qualified small business stock held for more than five years (up to $10 million). This is great news for company… Read More

  • When capital prefers venture over public markets Crunch Network

    When capital prefers venture over public markets

    Market movements in the technology sector — particularly in SaaS tech companies — are causing a stir among investors. It’s always a challenge to estimate valuation ranges for publicly traded companies because these calculations require assumptions of growth. Investors are trying to draw parallels between publicly traded companies and private venture-funded companies, but a… Read More

  • Managing Your Startup In 2016: New Rules For A New Environment Crunch Network

    Managing Your Startup In 2016: New Rules For A New Environment

    It’s a new environment for startups in 2016. Financing will get harder. Valuation inflation will dissipate. Profitability will be in vogue again. And old-fashioned business fundamentals will balance out the disruption frenzy of the past five years. Given the new investment climate, what’s an entrepreneur to do? To answer that, let’s first examine the factors behind… Read More