Omar Faridi

Open Banking Platform Yapily Partners Fintech Firm Ordo to Launch Neighbour2Neighbour Project to Help COVID-19 Volunteers

UK-based Yapily, an established enterprise connectivity platform, has confirmed that it will be teaming up with Fintech firm Ordo, in order to launch a new payments service. The payments platform was officially launched last month. It allows users to issue invoices in a  simple, quick… Read More

UK Fintech Flagstone, a Cash Deposit Marketplace, Secures $15 Million in Capital via Round led by OMERS Ventures

UK-based Fintech firm Flagstone, a developer of one of the largest cash deposit marketplaces in the country, has secured $15 million (appr. £12 million) in venture capital through a funding round led by OMERS Ventures. Existing investors Kindred Capital and Moneysupermarket Group plc also took… Read More

Hungary’s Reserve Bank Says Fintech Adoption Is Relatively Slow, as Most Consumers Still Using Cash

Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), the reserve bank of Hungary, has released its very first Fintech and Digitalization Report, which looks into the state of financial technology adoption and the level of digitalization across the nation’s banking ecosystem. The report revealed that there are at least… Read More

Bengaluru-based Digital Bank RazorPay Reports “Tremendous Adoption” of Fintech and Virtual Payments Due to COVID-19

Bengaluru-based Digital Bank RazorPay reports that there has been a significant increase in the number of digital payments, following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. RazorPay notes in its recent report that only a month into the nationwide lockdown in India, there has been a noticeable shift… Read More

Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

Morgan Bierschenk: CEO at Geoship, a Regenerative Village Building Platform, Explains why His Firm Chose Equity Crowdfunding to Raise Capital

We recently caught up with Morgan Bierschenk, the founder and CEO at Geoship, a Washington-based regenerative village building platform, “owned by the people, in service to the Earth.” Geoship aims to transform the housing industry by “building the future of home.” The company designs and… Read More

Cayman Islands Proposes New Legislation to Regulate Firms Dealing in Cryptocurrencies, Particularly Exchanges

The legislative assembly of the Cayman Islands has introduced five new pieces of legislation that may be used to regulate local firms dealing in cryptocurrencies. The proposed rules have mainly been created to monitor the operations of digital asset exchanges. The Virtual Asset Service Provider… Read More

Uruguay-based Fintech dLocal Adds Google Pay as a New Payment Option

Uruguay-based dLocal, a Fintech firm focused on facilitating international transactions, has reportedly added Google Pay as one of its local payment options. As mentioned on dLocal’s official website: “dLocal [aims] to close the payments innovation gap that exists between developed countries and emerging economies. We… Read More

Regtech: European Trade Repository REGIS-TR Partners Sensiple to Offer Interoperable, Automated Reporting Software

European trade repository REGIS-TR, which is a joint initiative established by the Clearstream (Deutsche Börse Group) and Iberclear (BME Group), will partner with Sensiple, a company offering regulatory technology (Regtech) for making repurchase agreements and facilitating secure lending. Through the partnership, REGIS-TR and Sensiple plan… Read More

Amsterdam-based Banking Challenger Finom Secures €6.5 Million in Seed Funding via Round led by Target Global

Amsterdam-based banking challenger Finom, which aims to serve entrepreneurs and SMEs, has secured €6.5 million in seed funding through an investment round led by Target Global. General Catalyst, FJlabs, the Raisin founders Frank Freund, Tamaz Georgadze, and Michael Stephan also took part in Finom’s funding… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz Secures Over Half a Billion Dollars for its Second Digital Asset Fund

Giant venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has finalized its second crypto asset fund which is valued at over half a billion dollars. Established in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in 2009, the VC firm confirmed the news on April 30, 2020. The… Read More

American Fintech Ripple’s On Demand Liquidity Payments Network Triples Transaction Volume in Q1 2020: Report

American Fintech Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) payments network has reportedly managed to triple its transaction volumes during Q1 2020. San Francisco-based Ripple’s XRP Markets Report confirms that the dollar value transacted using the company’s ODL service grew by over 294%, which may be a positive… Read More

Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Launches Blockchain Accelerator, will Coach 30 DLT Startups

Tencent Holdings Ltd., a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company whose subsidiaries offer various Internet-related products and services, has introduced a blockchain accelerator program. Tencent, which is among the world’s most valuable companies and also one of the largest VC firms and investment corporations, says it… Read More

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Recognizes the Nation’s Virtual Currency Exchange and Japan STO as Self-Regulatory Bodies

Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has certified two organizations as Certified Financial Instruments and Exchange Associations. As confirmed in an announcement made on April 30, 2020, the FSA has officially recognized the Japan STO (security token offering) Association and the Japan Virtual… Read More

Pakistan’s Largest Transaction Clearing Facilitator, NIFT, Partners with Fintech Haball to Introduce Contexual B2B Payments

The National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT), the largest transactional clearing facilitator in Pakistan and Haball, a Fintech firm that provides various B2B services, have teamed up, in order to launch contextual payments for local companies. NIFT is a payment system operator and provider. It offers… Read More

Indian Fintech Firm NIRA Secures $2.1 Million in Capital via Round led by UK, Europe, Local Angel Investors

Mumbai-based Fintech firm NIRA, which provides small-ticket loans to low-income workers via its mobile-based app and website, recently revealed that it has secured $2.1 million in funding through its pre-series A investment round. NIRA’s funding round included contributions from new and existing angel investors based… Read More

New Analysis Claims that Ethereum (ETH) Price Might be Manipulated by Certain Large Crypto Exchanges and “Whales”

A recent analysis of the top 10,000 Ethereum (ETH) wallet addresses suggests that the world’s second-largest digital asset (by market cap and overall adoption) could potentially see its value increase significantly in the foreseeable future. This, as the blockchain network prepares to transition from proof-of-work… Read More

WhatsApp Payments Plans to Penetrate India’s Lending Sector, Waiting for Regulatory Clearance

WhatsApp Payments, an in-chat payment feature that lets customers perform transfers through the messaging app to anyone in their contact list, has not achieved mainstream adoption in India. The UPI-based payments service lets users send and receive funds. It has been created by the National… Read More

Digital Identity: Eftpos Australia to Begin Testing its Mass-Market Online Customer ID Service, backed by Leading Banks, Merchants

Eftpos (electronic funds transfer at point of sale) Australia confirmed that it will begin running pilots of a mass-market digital identity service, which is reportedly backed by the nation’s leading banks and merchants. According to a document submitted to the Australian government’s Select Committee on… Read More

Micro Investment Mobile App Provider Stash Secures $112 Million in Capital via Round led by LendingTree

US-based Stash, the developer of a micro-investment mobile app, has acquired $112 million in capital through a Series F funding round that was led by LendingTree. Several other companies took part in Stash’s latest round, including Breyer Capital, Goodwater Capital, Greenspring Associates, Union Square Ventures… Read More

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