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Block rival SpotOn lands $300M at $3.6B valuation after doubling ARR last year

SpotOn, a competitor to Block and Toast, raises $300M at a $3.6B valuation in its third funding round in 12 months.

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Amex Ventures bets $5M on Trellis, which wants to make switching insurance providers easier

How many people have stuck with the same auto insurance provider because the process of finding a new one feels overwhelming and painful? A lot....

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Plaid officially expands into identity and income verification, fraud prevention and account funding

Fintech decacorn Plaid expands from its core business of account linking into identity and income verification, fraud prevention and account funding.

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TechCrunch+ roundup: DTC data strategy, starting up solo, insuretech growth versus risk

Fundraising is only one part of the journey. If you can't connect with an investor who'll help you find and fill in your gaps with regard...

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Forerunner, Bezos back Arrived, a startup that lets you buy into single-family rentals for ‘as little as $100’

Arrived has raised $25 million to give people a way to buy shares in single-family rental properties. Bezos Expeditions is an investor.

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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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iOS 15.5 brings new Apple Cash update that lets you send and request money directly in Wallet

Apple users can now request and send money from their Apple Cash card directly through the Wallet app with the launch of iOS 15.5. The company notes...

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Three PayPal Ventures alums strike out with their own $158M fund

A trio of former PayPal Ventures alums raise $158 million for Infinity Ventures, an early-stage fintech-focused fund

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The Interchange: Things go from bad to worse at Better.com

Welcome back to The Interchange, the weekly TechCrunch series that looks at the latest — and what’s ahead — in the global fintech industry....

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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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Better.com CEO Vishal Garg says he is ‘personally liable’ for $750M SoftBank loan

Better.com CEO Vishal Garg has acknowledged to employees that he “personally guaranteed” the $750 million cash infusion provided to the online...

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As FTX’s CEO eyes Robinhood, will we see crypto exchanges move into equities trading?

Would Coinbase be better off with a less fundamentalist stance and more diversified revenue streams? Yes? That would be the standard business advice?

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How close are we to understanding what’s going on?

The end of iPod, a time to reflect on technology trends, and #justdownturnthings.

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Altro has raised $18M to help you build credit just by paying for your Netflix subscription

Altro founders think credit access should be free. They came up with the idea of helping people build credit through recurring payment forms.

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Facebook Pay will be renamed Meta Pay soon

Facebook Pay will soon be renamed Meta Pay, according to a blog post written by Meta’s head of fintech, Stephane Kasriel. With the rebrand, the...

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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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Coinbase’s difficult Q1 results complicate market for crypto startups

Last night, Coinbase's first-quarter earnings report sent its already-depressed stock plummeting, causing the former public-market...

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Luxus wants the crown jewel of your portfolio to be an actual diamond

Female-founded investment platform Luxus hopes investors will bet on diamonds in a downturn by buying fractionalized shares of gems

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Robinhood aims to court users by offering attractive 1% interest rate on cash

Investing platform Robinhood to double its annual interest yield available to customers on uninvested cash to 1%

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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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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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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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The half-billion-dollar profit swing that led to Better.com’s myriad layoffs

S-4 from Aurora Acquisition Corp., the SPAC that Better.com intended to merge with, provides stark details about the latter’s financial...

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The Interchange: Stripe takes a swing at Plaid

Hi all, it was a roller coaster of a week in the world of fintech as I published two separate articles on startup layoffs and a nine-figure funding...

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Post-pandemic reset leads to wave of layoffs in tech

Over the past week, we’ve witnessed an alarming amount of layoffs across the startup ecosystem, from buzzy, big names like Cameo, OnDeck and...

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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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