In this week’s Ask Sophie column, Sophie explores immigration options for coming to the United States for customer discovery.

Ask Sophie: What visas could work to come to Silicon Valley for customer discovery?

Sophie Alcorn, attorney, author and founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley, California, is an award-winning Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar Board…

Ask Sophie: Do I qualify for the stateside visa stamping program?

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Mastercard CFO says India’s UPI ‘incredibly painful experience’ for ecosystem participants

India’s UPI is “fantastic at many levels” but remains an “incredibly painful experience” for ecosystem participants, Mastercard’s CFO said at a recent conference, underscoring tensions around the mobile payments rail that facilitates over 10 billion transactions monthly in the nation with low card penetration. When questioned about Mastercard’s prospects in emerging markets such as India,…

12:31 am PDT • October 11, 2023
Mastercard CFO says India’s UPI ‘incredibly painful experience’ for ecosystem participants

Visa announced today that it plans to invest $100 million in companies developing generative AI technologies and applications “that will impact the future of commerce and payments.” The investments will…

Visa earmarks $100M to invest in generative AI companies

The relationship between fintechs and incumbents has long been fraught with tension. But Marie-Elise Droga believes it doesn’t have to be this way. Droga joined payments giant Visa as SVP,…

Visa’s new head of fintech talks partnerships, venture and creators as an addressable market

Credit card giant Visa is acquiring Brazilian payments infrastructure startup Pismo for $1 billion in cash in what is likely one of the largest fintech M&A deals taking place this…

Visa acquires Brazilian fintech startup Pismo in $1B blockbuster deal

Visa is partnering with a host of financial service and payment companies for a new interoperable peer-to-peer (P2P) payment offering, one that allows people to transfer money to friends even…

Visa partners with PayPal, Venmo and others to power interoperable digital payments

Global payments giant Visa says it will invest $1 billion by 2027 to expand its investments in Africa amidst a digital payments boom on the continent. Visa chief Al Kelly…

Visa to invest $1B in Africa over the next five years

Uniswap’s Mary-Catherine Lader, Visa’s Cuy Sheffield, and Brett Harrison, former president of FTX, said at TechCrunch Disrupt that it’s still a great time to build a crypto startup.

Crypto bear markets are a ‘great time’ to launch startups, industry execs say

This FTX-branded Visa debit card will link directly to users’ accounts so people can pay for items and services with their crypto balance in FTX wallets.

Visa dives deeper into crypto as FTX-linked debit card expands outside US

India lifts ban on American Express

11:08 am PDT • August 24, 2022

India has lifted business restrictions on American Express, once again permitting the U.S. giant to onboard new customers in the South Asian market after the firm demonstrated “satisfactory compliance” with…

India lifts ban on American Express

Apple Pay launches in Malaysia

5:51 am PDT • August 10, 2022

Apple launched Apple Pay, which lets customers make payments in stores and online through iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac, in Malaysia on Tuesday. Currently, Apple Pay is supported for…

Apple Pay launches in Malaysia

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What downturn? Investors remain bullish on HR tech as the Great Resignation slows

HR tech platforms are still getting a lot of investor attention despite headwinds at the macroeconomic level that have the potential to affect their sales.

12:00 pm PDT • July 19, 2022
What downturn? Investors remain bullish on HR tech as the Great Resignation slows

Bloom, a Sudan-based fintech that offers a high-yield savings account and adjacent digital banking services, has raised a $6.5 million seed round. This investment is coming after the startup’s undisclosed…

Sudanese fintech Bloom nabs $6.5M, backed by Y Combinator, GFC and Visa

Payments giants and fintech startups in India on Saturday requested the central bank to treat widely used prepaid payment instruments on par with bank accounts for customers who have undertaken…

Indian fintechs request central bank to treat full-KYC PPI same as bank account to survive crackdown

I’m an F-1 student who had a job lined up with a crypto company, but they rescinded my job offer. What are my options, especially if I want to create…

Dear Sophie: What are my F-1 OPT options if my crypto job is no longer available?

India lifts ban on Mastercard

6:25 am PDT • June 16, 2022

India has lifted business restrictions on Mastercard, nearly a year after imposing the ban, once again allowing the cards giant to add new customers in the South Asian market after…

India lifts ban on Mastercard

Credit card companies are trying to sweeten the perks they offer their customers, and American Express is doing just that through a new partnership with crypto wealth management platform and…

The first US crypto rewards credit card on the American Express network is here

Global digital payments giant Visa and East Africa’s biggest telecom Safaricom, the operator of the M-Pesa mobile money product, have today launched a virtual card, enabling millions of M-Pesa users…

Visa and Kenya’s Safaricom launch virtual card to support global digital payments via M-Pesa

As equities continue to trade down from recent peaks, investors are searching for higher returns. Some have turned to the crypto-based decentralized finance (DeFi) realm, where yields from lending and…

Y Combinator-backed fintech Pebble uses stablecoins to offer 5% yield on cash

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Stripe and Plaid suit up for battle

Plaid and Stripe are now standing face to face, if not already on each other’s toes.

9:00 am PDT • May 22, 2022
Stripe and Plaid suit up for battle

African payments company Interswitch has secured a $110 million joint investment from LeapFrog Investments and Tana Africa Capital to scale its digital payment services across the continent, the two private…

Interswitch receives $110M investment from LeapFrog and Tana Africa Capital

Google today announced that its Chrome browser will now offer users the ability to use a virtual credit card number in online payment forms on the web. These virtual card…

Google Chrome adds virtual credit card numbers to keep your real ones safe

Some Crypto Bahamas attendees were dressed in suits, while others wore T-shirts and casual shorts, juxtaposing the professional financial world against the new digital age.

Crypto Bahamas signals stronger ties between old and new worlds of finance

Skyflow, which sells data privacy tools for corporate customers, this morning announced a partnership with Plaid, a unicorn that helps pass fintech data between parties through an API. TechCrunch most…

Skyflow and Plaid partner in effort to bolster fintech data security

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Daily Crunch: Citing ‘uncertain mortgage market,’ rolls out employee buyout plan

Global digital payments giant Visa has opened an innovation studio in Kenya, its first in Africa and sixth globally, after posts in Dubai, London, Miami, San Francisco and Singapore. The…

Visa unveils its first innovation hub in Africa to drive product development

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Daily Crunch: ‘Strategic finance platform’ Mosaic raises $25M Series B

Credit card giant Visa has launched an NFT creator program in an effort to bring small businesses into the digital economy. “We’ve seen rapid growth in the NFT ecosystem over…

Visa launches NFT program as it considers the digital art a new form of e-commerce

How did a growing company like Plaid scale the engineering team 17.5x in four years and keep everything in working order? We talked to CTO Jean-Denis Greze to get some…

How Plaid’s CTO grew his engineering team 17.5x in 4 years