Omar Faridi

Ethereum based DeFi Protocols Unite to Offer Decentralized Finance Services to Smartphone Users Globally

A consortium of Ethereum-based decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols and initiatives have  announced DeFi for the People, a collaboration of international crypto-focused organizations united by a shared goal: bringing DeFi to the 6 billion mobile phone users across the globe. Developed on Celo, the project includes… Read More

Chase and Visa to Allow Riders to Tap on MTA Subways with Contactless Cards to Donate to Non-Profits

Chase (NYSE: JPM) and Visa (NYSE: V) have revealed that beginning on August 30, 2021, and through September, whenever riders tap on MTA subways or buses with their Chase Visa contactless cards, they’ll be donating $0.10 per tap, up to $250,000, to domestic non-profit New… Read More

Banking Credit Info Provider CRIF Partners Regtech Know Your Customer

Banking credit information provider CRIF reveals that it has entered an international commercial partnership with Regtech firm Know Your Customer – which is supported by a strategic investment into the company. An international firm headquartered in Bologna, Italy, CRIF focuses on offering credit bureau and… Read More

Fintech Stripe Extends Partnership with China’s UnionPay International, a Leading Global Payments Network

Stripe, a tech firm that develops vital economic infrastructure for the Internet, has extended ts partnership with China’s UnionPay International, which is one of the biggest payment networks in the world. The updated integration should enable businesses in over 30 different markets, including Australia, Singapore,… Read More

Commission-Free Stock Brokerage Platform Alpaca Acquires $50M via Series B

Alpaca, a commission-free stock brokerage platform that provides APIs for Fintech-related apps to connect and trade in US stocks, reveals that it has finalized a $50 million Series B “on the heels” of driving 1500% YTD growth in brokerage accounts and “expanding partnerships” across Europe,… Read More

Digital Assets Prime Broker SFOX Appoints Former Goldman Sachs Exec John Mannino as Compliance Director

SFOX, the independent crypto-assets prime broker offering institutional traders and investors with access to international digital assets markets via a single account, have revealed that former Goldman Sachs exec John Mannino has decided to join the firm as its Director of Compliance. Mannino has joined… Read More

TheJobApp to Pay Gig Workers Right After their Shift Ends, Available Across the UK

TheJobApp, a newly developed app that has been introduced to improve gig working and support businesses, will be available across the United Kingdom. This proposition aims to provide immediate payments after shifts and assists businesses with sourcing the best gig economy workers in an efficient… Read More

Japanese BNPL Fintech Paidy Looking into Potential IPO this Year as Pay Later Services Become Wildely-Adopted

Japan-based Fintech firm Paidy, specializing in the Buy Now, Pay Later or BNPL sector, is reportedly looking into going public. This, according to a report from the FT. BNPL has become quite popular globally, with many new Fintechs entering the space within a relatively short… Read More

Trading Technologies International and Mysteel Commodity Services to Offer Liquidity Pools to Support Commodities Products

Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT), an international provider of high-performance professional trading software, infrastructure and data solutions, and Mysteel Singapore Pte ltd (known as Mysteel Commodity Services), an established commodities broker with a “major focus” on China, confirmed that they’ve partnered to introduce an electronic… Read More

Philippines based Mobile Wallet Fintech GCash Reports Steady Growth in Business

GCash, a leading mobile wallet provider in the Philippines, reports steady growth as it saw a significant rise in its number of users from 20 million in January 2020 to 46 million in June 2021, according to a release. The GCash app also had more… Read More

ThycoticCentrify, a Provider of Cloud Identity Security Services, Updates Privileged Access Management Solution

ThycoticCentrify, a provider of Cloud identity security services established via the merger of privileged access management (PAM) leaders Thycotic and Centrify, recently revealed that it has made updates to its PAM solution for DevOps, Thycotic DevOps Secrets Vault. The updated version provides certificate-based authentication and… Read More

MX Exchange Gets Full Approval from Securities Commission Malaysia to Serve as Digital Asset Exchange

MX Exchange has reportedly received full approval from the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to serve as a Recognized Market Operator-Digital Asset Exchange (RMO-DAX) for the trading of virtual currencies in the Southeast Asian country. This makes MX Exchange only the fourth DAX to offer compliant… Read More

Hong Kong Insurtech OneDegree Secures $28M via Series B1 from Sun Hung Kai & Co., Others

Hong Kong-based OneDegree, an Insurtech firm under the Cyberport Incubation Program, revealed on August 30, 2021 that it has secured $28 million in capital through a Series B1 round. The company has secured more than $70 million, to date. As noted by its management: “In… Read More

PERA Hub Teams Up with Brankas to Introduce Digital Remittance Platform in Southeast Asia

Philippines-headquartered financial services center PERA HUB has teamed up with Brankas, an Indonesia-based open API tech provider, in order to introduce a digital remittance platform, called PERA HUB Conex. As noted by its management: “PERA HUB is the country’s foremost urgent transaction center for money… Read More

Sensibill Partners with FreeAgent to Support Businesses with Managing Company Expenses

Sensibill, the customer data platform that “enriches” SKU-level data for the financial services sector, and FreeAgent, a provider of cloud accounting software for SMBs and accountants, will be supporting over 110,000 business clients to “better manage their business expenses.” As mentioned in a release, the… Read More

Steady Fintech Investments in MENA Region Now Fueling Growth of Digital Economy: Report

Fintech investments are fueling growth in the MENA region’s digital economy as consumers increasingly begin to conduct cashless transactions, following the Coronavirus outbreak. The region’s financial technology space is also benefitting from updated regulatory guidelines that may be more conducive for growth, according to consultancy… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Chooses 15 Finalists for Global CBDC Challenge

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, revealed on August 30, 2021 that 15 finalists were selected for the international competition to create a retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) solution (Global CBDC Challenge). The finalists include financial institutions,… Read More

James Wo: CEO at Digital Financial Group Discusses Future Impact of CeFi, DeFi, NFTs, Polkadot

We recently connected with James Wo, the Founder and CEO at Digital Financial Group, an investment company empowering Web 3.0 applications and blockchain or DLT -enabled platforms. Wo discussed the different products and services that his company supports. He also discussed the long-term impact that… Read More

Hats, a Decentralized Cybersecurity Incentive Network, Secures $3.5M via Seed Round

Hats has secured $3.5 million in seed funding in order to create an “incentivized” cybersecurity network. Hats is now live with Liquity and Kleros bounty vaults, according to an update shared with CI. Hats is described as a “decentralized” cybersecurity incentive network “governed by its… Read More

Amazon Web Services Chosen by Sun Life as its Cloud Tech Provider, Aims to Become Cloud First Organization

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), recently revealed that Sun Life (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) has chosen AWS as its Cloud tech  provider in order to become a “Cloud-first” organization, supporting ongoing innovation, and develop digital client experiences. Sun Life… Read More

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