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Banking-as-a-service startup Unit closes on $100M at a $1.2B valuation

Unit, a banking-as-a-service startup, has closed on a $100 million Series C round of funding led by Insight Partners. Existing backers Accel, Better...

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To win insurtech 2.0, focus on underwriting before growth

Focusing on customer experience on the front end leads to rapid growth indeed, but failing to focus on underwriting on the back end can lead to a...

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Brazilian fintech infrastructure company Dock closes on $110M in funding, now valued at over $1.5B

São Paulo-based Dock operates a full-stack payments and digital banking “platform” across the region; the startup has raised $110 million.

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Token.io raises $40M to expand open banking-based account-to-account payments in Europe

The rise of digital payments has changed the nature of how people do business with each other; and open banking — a movement in banking where...

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Nexi, the Italian payments giant, buys Germany’s Orderbird for $140-150M to expand its SMB strategy

More consolidation is apace in the world of payments: Nexi, the Italian fintech that scooped up rivals Danish-based Nets and then Italy’s SIA...

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Fanhouse was built by creators, for creators (and they mean it)

Rosie Nguyen (@jasminericegirl) talks about how her experiences as a creator have shaped the way she's building Fanhouse, a new creator...

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As fintech gets more fragmented, Meld helps developers manage their tech stack

Fintech API platform Meld comes out of stealth with $8 million in seed funding led by Coatue

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Paddle, the company that wants to take on Apple in IAP, raises $200M at a $1.4B valuation to supercharge SaaS payments

Software as a service has become the default for how organizations adopt and use apps these days, thanks to advances in cloud computing and...

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Yapily to acquire finAPI in open banking consolidation move

Fintech startup Yapily plans to acquire finAPI; the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals before it closes. Both offer open banking...

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Gradient Ventures backs Mentum’s goal to democratize investment services in LatAm

The company offers technology in the form of APIs and widgets that businesses can use to create investment products for their customers.

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Consumers and data are driving changes in the insurance sector: Where are we headed?

Digital transformation in insurance is still in its early stages, but the combination of data, automation and massive investments in the sector is a...

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Rali_cap gets backing from global VCs and launches $30M fintech fund for emerging markets

Rali_cap, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on emerging markets fintech, has launched a $30 million fund. Last month, the firm, formerly...

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Binance gets regulatory nod in France, paving the way for Europe push

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, has gained regulatory approval to provide digital asset services in France, the first...

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Stripe flexes its fintech muscle with Financial Connections to pull banking data automatically

Stripe, the payments behemoth valued at $95 billion a year ago and now reportedly inching closer to an IPO, today announced a new product that fills...

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Kevin raises $65M as it charges ahead on account-to-account payments over point-of-sale terminals

Payments remains a very fragmented business around the world: depending on where you’re buying or selling something (and whether you are...

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Why a bipartisan embrace of crypto might never extend to Bitcoin

Hey everyone, and welcome back to Chain Reaction In our Chain Reaction podcast this week, Anita and I chatted with Sequoia Capital’s Shaun...

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Why the heck are SSNs still treated as passwords in the US?

A couple of weeks ago yet another of my friends was a victim of identity theft, and I got yet another deep look into how fantastically broken the...

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With Kard, banks and fintechs can build custom credit card rewards programs

Kard just raised a Series A led by Tiger Global for its rewards-as-a-service API for credit card issuers

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New bank, who dis? Lifestyle-focused neobank Cogni pivots to web3

Consumer fintech Cogni aims to capture young banking customers with its pivot to crypto and web3 products

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In the wake of Fast’s collapse, Volume thinks it can crack the payment checkout conundrum

Online payment methods can be expensive for merchants, who have to pay between 2% and 8% of every sale to debit and credit card, ewallet and BNPL...

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Creative Juice launches a $50M fund to invest in creators

YouTubers and other social media stars stars can apply for upfront cash to grow their businesses in exchange for a temporary cut of their revenue.

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PayU doubles down on LatAm fintech, acquires Ding and leads $46M investment in ‘superapp’ Treinta in Colombia

PayU, the fintech business controlled by Prosus with operations in 50+ countries — it’s been described as the PayPal of emerging markets...

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Fintech NovoPayment raises first venture round in 15 years to expand its full-stack banking API platform

Miami-based, female-founded fintech NovoPayment raises $19 million to court new customers

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China’s banking association proposes restrictions on NFTs

The verdict that China’s web3 community has been waiting for months is here: NFTs, or the tokens used to prove the ownership and authenticity...

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Digital bank Umba raises $15M, plans to expand into three new African markets

There’s no shortage of digital banks in Nigeria and, in general, in Africa. As the region continues to experience rapid growth in mobile usage and...

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Wagestream, a financial super app for waged workers, raises $175M, passes 1M users and doubles down on the U.S.

Front-line workers and those paid in hourly wages rather than salaries have become a prime target in the world of business IT, with a wave of apps...

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Stenn banks $50M on a $900M valuation for a platform to finance SMBs that trade internationally

Globalization has been one of the biggest trends in e-commerce in the last decade: internet rails facilitate a much wider marketplace of would-be...

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Vontive wants to be the Palantir of real estate investing

Ex-Palantir engineers launch mortgage tech platform for investment real estate with backing from 8VC, Founders Fund, and others

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