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UK-based Playter closes $55M round for its BNPL platform aimed at SMEs

Europe has no shortage of ‘buy now, pay later’ startups and a quick search is revealing. Berlin-based fintech startup Mondu has taken in €39.9...

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Fintech Kasheesh wants financially strained customers to say ‘bye’ to BNPL

Kasheesh just raised $5.5 million in funding for its multi-card payment solution from investors including NFL's Odell Beckham Jr

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A second wave of consumer BNPL startups is taking the model to new markets

While these services could help consumers access pricey necessities — in the case of health or childcare — is it really a good idea for consumers...

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Fintech’s fever can’t make up its mind

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our...

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Klarna’s potential valuation cut to $15B appears sufficiently steep

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Klarna, a European buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) provider, is considering raising capital at a valuation of...

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Apple’s Pay Later installment credit scheme will live under a new lending subsidiary

The news that Apple would offer its own “buy now, pay later” service splitting any Apple Pay bill into installments hit the fintech...

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The stock-market impact of Apple’s WWDC keynote

You might think that the substance of what Apple announces matters to folks buying and selling its shares on any given day, but it mostly...

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Affirm and Klarna ramp up competing efforts to attract US consumers

Fintechs Affirm and Klarna clamor to give U.S. consumers a way to pay in installments.

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Affirm teams up with Stripe as the BNPL wars intensify

Affirm is making its buy now, pay later technology available to businesses that use Stripe’s payments tech.

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Betastore gets $2.5M to solve stock-outs, financing challenges for informal retailers in West and Central Africa

Betastore eyes Ghana, the DRC and Cameroon markets after raising $2.5 million in pre-series A funding from 500 Global, VestedWorld, and Loyal VC.

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Klarna lays off 10% of its workforce

Swedish payment giant Klarna is going to cut hundreds of jobs in the coming days. Today’s news comes a few days after the Wall Street Journal...

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As Klarna looks to raise more capital, is it cutting its valuation enough?

No one likes a down round. They are dilutive, messy and demoralizing. But they are also miles better than not raising money and dying, so companies...

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As markets shift, MercadoLibre’s falling share price shows no company is safe

What then can we learn from MercadoLibre’s earnings report and ensuing valuation decline?

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BNPL in 2022: 4 fintech investors discuss regulation, trends and how to stand out

To get a better picture of where the BNPL market is at right now, we spoke with four active investors about their expectations for the space,...

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The BNPL boom may be fading

The shocking decline in the value of Upstart and Affirm is only part of the story. There are myriad startups in the BNPL market, meaning that a large...

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The BNPL crackdown hasn’t crushed Walnut and its latest $110M Series A

The startup is back with fresh funding this time in the form of a $110 million Series A round.

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Affirm’s CTO talks transparency and the tech that makes BNPL possible

TechCrunch sat down with Libor Michalek, president of technology at Affirm, to understand just how the company differentiates itself from its...

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Fraud as a service: Scammers are using encrypted messaging to undercut BNPL revenue

Payment fraud is going mainstream, and anyone with an internet connection can join in.

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Nigeria’s CredPal secures $15M in debt and equity to scale its BNPL product across Africa

The adoption of buy now, pay later (BNPL) in Nigeria as a payment option both online and at the point of sale is expected to record a CAGR of 20%...

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Using data to solve key pain points for today’s banking customers

Vast amounts of information improve banks’ ability to support customers, but financial institutions must know how to use it.

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Klarna shows that BNPL growth is not cheap

The BNPL market appears more expensive and less valuable than it did in mid-2021.

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What’s your BNPL startup really worth?

Is your startup more like Affirm or more like its smaller competitors? And if you are priced more like Affirm, why? Do you deserve the premium?

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Equity Monday: Fintech consolidation could be picking up

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Every...

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MarketForce raises $40 million Series A, introduces BNPL merchant stock financing

MarketForce, the retail B2B and end-to-end distribution platform founded in Kenya, has raised $40 million in Series A funding for its merchant...

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10 fintech investors discuss what they’re looking for and how to pitch them in Q1 2022

We interviewed fintech investors to shed some light on just what they're looking for and the best way to pitch them.

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Why Affirm’s stock is getting hit, and what the selloff means for the BNPL startup market

Should the myriad well-funded BNPL startups see Affirm's descent as a warning concerning their own efforts or something more company-specific to...

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BNPL payment startup Alma raises another $130 million round

French startup Alma is trying to build a new “buy now, pay later” giant in Europe. The company has closed a $130 million Series C round (€115...

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On a mission to be the ‘Affirm for B2B,’ Vartana secures $57M in debt, equity

While buy now, pay later startups have largely focused on the consumer, a growing group of them are now focusing on the B2B space. The premise behind...

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