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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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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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PayPal expands its ‘pay later’ options with a more flexible ‘PayPal Pay Monthly’ service

After Apple shook up the Buy Now, Pay Later market with news that it would now be a competitor to established firms, PayPal this morning is...

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Apple enters the BNPL market as regulation, competition intensify

How will all of these BNPL-focused providers fare with Apple pounding its way into their market?

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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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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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Namibian B2B e-commerce retail platform JABU raises $15M led by Tiger Global

More venture capital keeps trooping into Africa’s B2B e-commerce retail, a space where startups are digitizing informal trade to get thousands of...

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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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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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TechCrunch+ roundup: Churn rate basics, BNPL fraud, fundraising IP checklist

The venture capital market is slowing down, which means early-stage founders are chasing a smaller pool of money. We asked VCs to name a pro forma...

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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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TechCrunch+ roundup: eVTOL takes off, pivoting with agility, when to hire a lawyer

“Where’s my flying car?” is a staple of Gen X humor, since it reaffirms the cynical viewpoint that technology frequently fails to...

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How the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is set to shake up BNPL in 2022

BNPL services offer customers accessibility and flexibility for payments, but unregulated services mean people can unintentionally put their...

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TechCrunch+ roundup: Box unfolds a surprise, robotics pitch tips, BNPL growing pains

Growth is good, but like the James Brown song, Klarna is paying the cost to be the boss.

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Sequoia Capital India, STV back Dubai-based BNPL provider tabby in $54M extension round

Tabby, the Dubai-based buy now, pay later (BNPL) platform that lets users shop, pay later and earn cash from over 3,000 global brands, including...

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TechCrunch+ roundup: No-code investor survey, Zendesk’s next steps, Series A tips

When we published our last low-code/no-code investor survey in August 2020, the former president had decided to ban TikTok and theaters around the...

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Daily Crunch: Asian and Hispanic e-grocer Weee! bags $425 million Series E

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

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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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Daily Crunch: At SpaceX’s Starship update event, Musk offers updates on plans, progress

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Friday, February 11, 2022! Today we’re talking big rockets, self-driving cars, tech stocks getting rekt, and...

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Fintech outperformed the market in 2021, and it’s set to do even better

We were bullish on fintech when we launched the Matrix Fintech Index in 2017, but even we underestimated the magnitude of the growth to come.

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Sunday competitor Qlub emerges with $17M seed round from Cherry and Point Nine

Our behavior at restaurants and venues has changed massively in the last two years because of the pandemic, but many of us have realized the huge...

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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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