The #ReversePitch event organized by SwissFintech at Technopark, was a wonderful fusion across the ecosystem and it captured much of the emerging interactivity. For those that didn’t hear about it, it was a mix of the typical pitching from Fintechs (5 homegrown Swiss companies – Biowatch, NetGuardians, Fractal-Labs, CarbonDelta, VirtualBroker)Read More
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Calling all fintech startups — today marks the opening of the application period for the second class of INV Fintech, a global accelerator operated by Bank Innovation and Fiserv. Interested startups can apply here. The application period will close Friday, September 9. INV, which launched in January, is the firstRead More
As the summer heats up, blockchain hype may (finally) be cooling down. 2016 will likely see less investment in bitcoin and blockchain technology, but that is true for many other areas, as well. This year to date has seen $161 million invested so far, while 2015 saw a total ofRead More
Long live the fintech accelerator. With all due respect to American Banker‘s BankThink portal and Forrester Research, the future could not be brighter for fintech accelerators, and I write that not just because Bank Innovation has launched an, er, fintech accelerator with Fiserv, U.S. Bank, and Cross River Bank. Last week,Read More
Bank Innovation and Fiserv today announce the launch of Bank Innovation INV, a revolutionary fintech accelerator that will cultivate financial services startups around the world. INV is now accepting applications for its first accelerator class, which will commence this quarter.
Affirm, the small business lending startup headed by Max Levchin, has raised $320 million to date. Apparently, even Levchin, a PayPal founder, views that as, well, a lot. Yesterday, in a wide-ranging interview with Inc. magazine, Levchin called out fintech for being “oversaturated” and “overinvested.” In other words, we’ve gotRead More
TEL AVIV — Mariano Belinky is arguably the Most Famous Man in Fintech Today. And not just because of his Spanish accent. No, it’s because Business Insider made a big deal last week about how Belinky has reviewed 820 fintech startup pitches this year for the bank’s $100 million VCRead More
Historically — and by “historically” I mean since the early 2000s — aggregators have largely fueled online lending. But something seems to be happening in the online lending aggregation space, or at least aggregation of small business lending. Yesterday, OnDeck Capital reported its third quarter earnings (+67% YOY originations growth), andRead More
What does it really cost to launch a fintech startup today? The question matters, a lot. There is so much capital flowing into fintech now — around $14 billion over the last 12 months, a 46% increase year over year, at last count — that it behooves everyone to considerRead More
This week’s theme is communities, connections, and crowdfunding. The top fintech rounds last week contained a mild surprise: unlike in previous weeks, the Top 5 was dominated by American companies. Three out of the five venture capital rounds featured here are headquartered in the US, with two based in California, and oneRead More