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Fintech was the hottest thing around last year, a fact that may now turn into a venture capital and startup headache.

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Paris-based Breega closes €250M fund, opens Barcelona office to back Iberian startups

Paris-originated VC Breega wasn’t enormously well-known in the VC world (it only closed its 1st fund in 2015) until, perhaps, it started attracting attention with its second €110 million Seed fund, just under a year go. It’s portfolio now includes a number of scale-ups including Moneybox, Cuvva, Co…

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Fintech infrastructure startup Prime Trust raises $100M to add IRAs, crypto staking

The crypto infrastructure space is still hot despite the recent market downturn because it's a bet on adoption, Prime Trust's CFO said

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Down bad

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about layoffs and the Winklevoss rock gods. This week, we’re looking at a new layer of crypto doom and gloom. Get this newsletter in your inbox every Thursday by subscribing on TechCrunch’s newsletter page. crash redux We’ve talked cr…

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Bitcoin falls below $20,000 and Ethereum sinks past $1,000 as crypto market free fall continues

The crypto market suffered one of its most dramatic selloffs in years this week as the prices of top cryptocurrencies declined as much as 35% week-over-week as fears of a broad economic recession intensified. On Saturday, the total global market cap of cryptocurrencies sank below $850 billion as to…

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Brex leaving adrift some SMB customers roils corporate spend market

Given how competitive the corporate spend world has proved, Brex has kicked off an interesting strategic conversation in the well-funded fintech startup niche. Let’s talk about it.

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Mono aims to be ‘first bankingless bank’ for Latin America’s small businesses

Mono is building a fully digital bank with accounts that can be opened in around 15 minutes versus an average of two weeks at an incumbent bank.

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Is consolidation on the horizon for Southeast Asia’s tech industry?

An analysis of recent changes in the market reveals four factors that could catalyze consolidation in Southeast Asia in the near future.

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What the wave of layoffs says about the value of crypto exchanges

How could companies like Coinbase, which reported massive growth and huge profits last year, now be in a position where they would need to slash staffing?

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Walmart is acquiring Memomi, an AR startup powering virtual try-on for eyewear

Walmart is expanding its array of virtual try-on services for shoppers with today’s news that it’s planning to acquire Memomi, an AR optical tech company and current Walmart partner offering virtual try-on experience for eyewear. Deal terms were not disclosed, but Memomi has enabled dig…

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Venture studio Adanian Labs fuels startup growth in Africa

The venture studio targets to help build 300 next-generation startups over the next five years.

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